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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.

Warwick Hotel - New York, NY - Sep 16, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Controversy Comes To NYC Ahead Of UN General Assembly

Two days out, the Assembly is already drawing world leaders and international criticism to New York. Among the world leaders gathering is the always controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the hotel where he’ll stay is under fire for hosting him,


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Want Booze With Your Movie? Head To Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema

It is now legal to purchase alcoholic beverages in movie theaters in New York.


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Village Doorman Is There To Sign For Your Package

It’s a classic urban dilemma: you have a package coming that needs a signature, but you can’t be there and don’t have a doorman. So, what do you do?


Fort Monmouth - Eatontown, NJ (file / credit: Marko Georgiev/Getty Images)

Fort Monmouth Closing After 94 Years; Relocating To Maryland

The Army post’s flag will be lowered at 4:30 p.m. today when “Retreat” is sounded for the last time.


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Taking Issue With ‘Ground Zero’

Alex Silverman had our weekly chat with language maven Ben Zimmer.


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Hurricane Irene Disrupts Irene’s Wedding In Connecticut

Sunday is the big day for Irene, not the hurricane, but Irene Rios of West Haven, Connecticut. She was supposed to have her wedding at the Savin Rock Conference Center but not anymore.


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WCBS 880 Interview: NYC Urban Explorer Steve Duncan

Steve Duncan is a man who has spent a lot of time in places most New Yorkers will never see.


Kim Kardashian (file / credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

New Device Will Keep You From Hearing About Celebs You Don’t Care About

Kim Kardashian is marrying New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries this Saturday. Perhaps you’ve heard enough?


Matsu (file / credit: Joan Hong)

Dognappings Rampant In Brooklyn; Reward Offered For Stolen Yorkie ‘Matsu’

Joan Hong says her Yorkie named Matsu was stolen off the street in Brooklyn. It is the third dognapping reported in the last month.


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Smells Of New York City Compiled In Scratch-N-Sniff Book ‘New York, Phew York’

New York City is known for, among other things, well, how do we say this, its scents – both the good and the bad.


A flyer about free garbage cans is seen near the Atlantic Yards project - Brooklyn, NY - Aug 12, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Brooklyn Residents Cry Foul Over Rats At Atlantic Yards

The Forest City Ratner company has decided to give out hundreds of rat-proof trash cans to a small part of the neighborhood in an effort to combat the problem.


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It’s Official: Tornado Touched Down In Monmouth County, NJ On Tuesday

The Weather Service confirmed that a small twister touched down Tuesday afternoon along Route 33 in Millstone Township. It stayed on the ground for about half a mile with a path 50 yards wide.


Seafare Salad at Zabar's (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Zabar’s Clears The Air About Its ‘Lobster’ Salad

Zabar’s has been selling its lobster salad for over twenty years, but recently a reporter from New Orleans visited the Upper West Side store and decided to give New York a heads up about what’s really in it.


Excerpt from a letter at The Blue Donkey on the Upper West Side - New York, NY - Aug 9, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Blue Donkey Bar Gives Up Fight, Shuts Down After One Man’s Complaints

In the words of one Upper West Side bar owner, “the quickest way to end the war is to lose.”


New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz talks about debt settlement companies - New York, NY - Aug 9, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

NYC Consumer Affairs Cracks Down On Unscrupulous Debt Settlement Companies

New York City Consumer Affairs commissioner Jonathan Mintz has subpoenaed fifteen debt settlement companies.