WCBS Newsradio 880 Celebrates 50 Years Of News In New York

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In this week’s 50 Stories podcast, Wayne Cabot sits down with WCBS’ own reporters who covered the summer of 1977 in New York City.

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gettyimages 2401281 50 Stories: The Infamous Summer Of 1977

A crowd of New Yorkers make their way home during a power cut after a power station was struck by lightning July 13, 1977 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Alpert/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

What made the summer of 1977 so infamous?

New York City was “coming off the rails,” as Cabot puts it.

The city was struggling through a financial crisis. A blackout that was thought to “never happen,” happened. Ed Koch was mayor. And of course, “Son of Sam,” who was striking terror in the hearts of New Yorkers, was on the loose.

Listen to the full episode above to hear what other legendary voices from WCBS’ all-star lineup — such as Irene Cornell, Rich Lamb, Art Athens, Steve Reed, Ben Farnsworth, and more — have to say about what they remember about that infamous summer.

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