Alex Silverman

bio picI 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.

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,

09/16/2011

Beer and a Movie (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880, clipart.com)

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.

09/16/2011

Package Delivery (credit: clipart.com,file)

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?

09/15/2011

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.

09/15/2011

Dictionary - File / Photo: AP

Taking Issue With ‘Ground Zero’

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

09/09/2011

Wedding Cake (credit: clipart.com)

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.

08/26/2011

New York City Sewer (credit: Steve Duncan / undercity.org)

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.

08/19/2011

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?

08/18/2011

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.

08/17/2011

"New York, Phew York"

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.

08/16/2011

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.

08/12/2011

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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.

08/11/2011

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.

08/11/2011

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.”

08/10/2011

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.

08/09/2011

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