I grew up in the New York area in awe of the big voices and the world-class sound of WCBS Newsradio. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I was probably 10 or 12 when I decided I wanted to be one of those voices. I felt like I knew the men and women behind them. So when people ask (and they always do) “why radio?,” the answer is simple: It’s personal. One-on-one. Whether it’s the weather or the most urgent news bulletin, there’s only one way to do it: Hit the sounder, open the mic and tell a story.
My start in radio came at Syracuse University, where I became general manager of WJPZ, the best college station anywhere, on whose Board of Directors I still serve. I landed my first professional broadcasting job as a wildly under-qualified college junior, reporting in the evenings and anchoring weekends at the local news station, WSYR. A year later, I became the weekday morning anchor and spent my last days of college as the senior class’ earliest riser by a good four hours.
I spent a year in the northwest as a reporter and anchor at Seattle’s KIRO-FM, where I won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage before getting the offer of a lifetime: the chance to work alongside the faces and voices I grew up admiring.
It is an honor to cover the news on the greatest radio station in the greatest city in the world every day. From Occupy Wall Street to Hurricane Sandy to the 2013 race for mayor to the East Harlem explosion, it’s been an unparalleled privilege to get to know so many New Yorkers, to visit so many neighborhoods that I otherwise might never see, and to share those experiences with our audience. I cover all sorts of stories, but I especially love any chance to explore the history of our amazing city.
In addition to my reports, which air around the clock, I usually anchor the news on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so join me then, and be sure to send along any story ideas, follow me on Twitter and check out some of my favorite stories on Soundcloud.
Mohamed Alsiadi describes the Aleppo of his youth as a vibrant city bursting with diversity, where the arts could flourish and he was able to study music, his life’s passion. “I was lucky to grow up with that culture,” said the Fordham and Rutgers University professor who has lived in the U.S. for about 20 years.
Cooper Union is considering charging undergraduate students tuition for the first time since its founding in 1859.
The aftermath of Hurricane Irene is still being felt in New Jersey, especially on pumpkin farms.
In 1897, a time capsule was sealed up and hidden away in the cornerstone of what was Bellevue Hospital Medical College in Manhattan. Now, it has been found.
The fund is intended to help people who became ill after working at ground zero and others whose sicknesses can be tied to the site. Residents, workers and those whose claims to the first fund were denied can apply beginning today.
Ticket hawkers for NY Skyride at the Empire State Building will have to get vending licenses to continue selling tickets on the street.
A convicted killer who escaped a New Jersey prison and then hijacked a Delta flight has been captured in Portugal after four decades on the run.
It lacks many basic amenities and has an off-putting name, but Rat Island can be your very own when it goes up for auction next week.
A magnificent and ornate building at West 73rd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side was once Babe Ruth’s home. But the location is drawing attention for a much different reason.
The tunneling for the new Second Avenue Subway was finally completed this week, and residents and lawmakers are now weighing in on the progress of the project.
The long-delayed project to wire New York City subway stations for cell phone service is finally bearing fruit.
Chinatown has been hurting financially for the past decade and now the City Council may step in to get it back on track.
The $500,000 fellowships for 2011 were announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
If the traffic trouble from the United Nations General Assembly wasn’t enough for you, add a protest on Wall Street.
Time’s up for parking meters in New York City. Department of Transportation workers will remove the last single space parking meter in Manhattan today.