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.
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.
A tragedy on Long Island is having an impact in Brooklyn.
To people passing by West 66th Street, it’s worth a second look, or a photo.
One Brooklyn wine shop and grocery store is uncorking the wave of the future.
Higgins is one of just 130 people in the world with Barth Syndrome – an extremely rare, and potentially fatal, genetic condition.
Two syringes that washed up on Monmouth Beach over the weekend are stirring up sore feelings of the past.
If you walk down a residential street near the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, you might look up at the old sign with Mayor Ed Koch’s name on it.
Business owners are complaining that a stream of buses are crowding Midtown streets scaring away customers and creating a dangerous scenario for pedestrians.
When the lawnmower comes around, most nine-year-olds probably wouldn’t think to watch and learn.
The Coast Guard has banned boats from the area near the base of the Verrazano Bridge where 1,500 live anti-aircraft shells are sitting at the bottom of Gravesend Bay.
Yanks Fan And New Brunswick Bar Owner Larry Blatterfein: Red Sox-Rooting Mayor Denying Liquor License
Larry Blatterfein says New Brunswick is Yankees territory and wants to open a bar called “Buck Foston’s” but says the mayor is standing in his way.
How long would it take to get one dollar from a million people in New York City? A 29-year-old homeless man is trying to find out.
Suffolk County police say a silver-haired suspect will face grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a wallet from a Walmart customer.
A man who climbed on top of a traffic pole in Times Square snarling traffic to the area came down at his own will and was promptly placed in handcuffs.
A man who had his life change unexpectedly on 9/11, but not the way you might think, has created a tribute for all to see in memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed on that day in 2001.