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Alex Silverman

Alex SilvermanAt least once a week, I’m asked why I decided to get into radio. Don’t I want to be on TV? Here’s the simple answer: radio news is storytelling reduced to its basest elements. It doesn’t have to be flashy, but it does have to be clear, concise, and personal. When it comes down to it, it’s still just “hit the sounder, open the mic, and tell the world.” That’s what I love.

I was twelve years old when I decided I wanted to work at WCBS 880. As a kid growing up in Bridgewater, New Jersey, I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me it would actually happen.

As a junior at Syracuse University in 2008, I got my first professional radio job as a weekend anchor and reporter at the local news/talk station, WSYR. The following spring, I was named morning drive anchor, and spent the year as my senior class’s earliest riser.

After graduation in 2010, I moved west to become a reporter and anchor at Seattle’s KIRO-FM, where I won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage.

While a year on the other coast was in many ways enlightening, it wasn’t home. In April 2011, I joined the country’s premier radio news team here at WCBS 880. It is an honor and an unparalleled privilege to spend each and every day working alongside the names, voices, and personalities I grew up admiring.

I usually anchor the news Saturday and Sunday afternoons; otherwise I’m out on the streets tracking down what’s happening.

Have a story idea? Email me at, and follow me on Twitter @AlexSilverman.

Cooper Union - New York, NY (file / credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cooper Union Considers Charging Tuition

Cooper Union is considering charging undergraduate students tuition for the first time since its founding in 1859.


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Ohio Farmer Donates Pumpkins To Paterson Children

The aftermath of Hurricane Irene is still being felt in New Jersey, especially on pumpkin farms.


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Time Capsule With Over 100-Year-Old Germs Found At Former Bellevue Hospital Medical College

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.


Rescue workers approach the rubble of the World Trade Center - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Reopened 9/11 Victims Fund Now Taking Applications

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.


The Empire State Building (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

NY Skyride Loses Suit Over Street Hawker Arrests

Ticket hawkers for NY Skyride at the Empire State Building will have to get vending licenses to continue selling tickets on the street.


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More Than 40 Years After Escaping, Convicted Killer From NJ Captured

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.


Rat Island (in the foreground) is seen from City Island - Bronx, NY - Sep 27, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

You Can Own Your Own Private Island, Right Here In New York City

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.


The Ansonia - New York, NY - Sep 26, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Giant Neon Peace Sign Has Some Upper West Siders Unhappy

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.


Second Avenue Subway Project (credit: MTA / Patrick Cashin)

Mixed Grades From Lawmakers, Neighborhood On Second Avenue Subway Project

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.


Passengers are seen on the 1/2/3 platform at 14th Street and 7th Avenue - New York, NY - Sep 23, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Report: Cell Phone Service Coming To Some Subway Platforms Next Week

The long-delayed project to wire New York City subway stations for cell phone service is finally bearing fruit.


Dragon dancers perform during the 12th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade - New York, NY - Feb 6, 2011 (credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

NYC Council Considers Business Improvement District For Chinatown

Chinatown has been hurting financially for the past decade and now the City Council may step in to get it back on track.


Ubaldo Vitali of Maplewood, NJ - Sep 20, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Maplewood’s Ubaldo Vitali Recipient Of MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’

The $500,000 fellowships for 2011 were announced Tuesday by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Protesters in the Wall Street area - New York, NY - Sep 19, 2011 (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Day Of Rage: Protesters Clog Wall Street Looking To Affect Change

If the traffic trouble from the United Nations General Assembly wasn’t enough for you, add a protest on Wall Street.


An NYC DOT worker removes a parking meter - New York, NY - Sep 19, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Age Of The Single-Space Parking Meter Ends In New York City

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.


Lance Armstrong (file / credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong Tweet Inspires Flash Mob Of Runners In NYC

Cycling champion Lance Armstrong sent out a tweet for people to join him on a 4 to 5-mile run/jog in Central Park on Sunday evening, and it worked.