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.

Bronx New School - Bronx, NY - Aug 8, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Lease Renewal At Bronx New School Leads To Discovery Of Toxic Chemical TCE

When the school’s lease came up for renewal, the Department of Education had to test for toxic chemicals and what they found confirmed some parents’ fears.

08/08/2011

A trader looks up at a monitor while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)

Roller Coaster Ride On The Dow Ends As Index Closes Up 61 Points

Wall Street was not for the faint of heart Friday. The breathtaking peaks and valleys of the day came to an end with the Dow closing up 61 points.

08/05/2011

Hector Canonge holds an English class at the Magic Touch Laundromat in Inwood - New York, NY - Aug 2, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Inwood Laundromat Becomes English Classroom

Local artist Hector Canonge decided to teach free English classes at the Magic Touch Laundromat twice a week for a month.

08/03/2011

Garbage Cube (credit: Justin Gignac)

Justin Gignac Turns New York City Trash Into Art

For the past ten years, artist Justin Gignac has been packaging and selling plain old city trash to collectors around the world.

08/02/2011

BeenVerified iPhone App (credit: BeenVerified)

‘BeenVerified’ Co-Founder Discusses Relaunch Of Controversial Background Check App

When two guys from Marlboro, New Jersey launched BeenVerified, a million people suddenly knew a lot more going into that blind date or Craigslist purchase.

08/01/2011

Commuters enter a subway train in New York City (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

MTA Budget Cuts Means Old Subway Cars Staying In Service

The retirement age for the oldest cars in the system was supposed to be 40, but thanks to MTA budget cuts, new cars aren’t coming until 2017 when the old R-32s will be 53-years-old.

07/30/2011

John Lahutsky, Andrei Sullivan, and Joe Girardi in Central Park - New York, NY - Jul 29, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

New York Yankees HOPE Week Reunites Childhood Orphan Friends Over A Decade Later

At 18-months-old John Lahutsky was declared incurable with cerebral palsy and didn’t see the outside of a Russian orphanage for years.

07/29/2011

Palm (credit: clipart.com)

Patients Check In At NYU Hospital With Hand Scan

New technology is helping hospitals get information about their patients without a single piece of paper.

07/29/2011

MyBlockNYC

New Website Is Interactive Video Map Of New York City

What if you could see what’s happening and what’s happened, on any block in the city? That’s what MyBlockNYC.com is trying to make that happen.

07/29/2011

Eva van Dok Pinkley's donated breast milk - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 28, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Brooklyn Cancer Survivor Receives Donations Of Breast Milk For Her Baby

Two months after undergoing a double-mastectomy, Eva van Dok Pinkley, 40, got pregnant. However, the procedure that saved her life has now left her unable to nurse her 3-week-old son Oliver.

07/28/2011

The Empire State Building is seen from West 34th Street - New York, NY - May 10, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

Yankees Bring Smiles To Children Of Haiti’s Earthquake During HOPE Week

The New York Yankees may have lost to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, but some kids from Haiti who lost just about everything were big winners as HOPE Week continued.

07/28/2011

New York City Taxi (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

What Happens When A Complaint Is Filed With The Taxi And Limousine Commission?

The Taxi and Limousine Commission’s Conan Freud says only 11 percent of rider complaints end up in hearings, mostly because those who complain don’t follow up on the case.

07/25/2011

QR Code (credit: Free Art & Technology)

New QR Codes Emulate ‘Hobo Symbols’ Of The Past

Technology is bringing a new life to a tradition that is over 100-years-old.

07/21/2011

Cars are seen parked on 10th Avenue - New York, NY - Jul 20, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

New App Will Let You Buy Or Sell A Parking Space In NYC

We’ve all been there, late for an appointment and desparetely circling the streets of Manhattan hunting for a parking space.

07/20/2011

Water flows from a bathroom tap. (Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

NYC Water Lead Levels Back To Normal, Says DEP

Farrell Sklerov with the Department of Environmental Protection says there were some troubling test results last year, a small uptick in lead levels in homes with older pipes.

07/16/2011

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