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.

Parkway Pharmacy - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 15, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Brooklyn Pharmacy Wants It Known – They Don’t Sell Prescription Painkillers

A tragedy on Long Island is having an impact in Brooklyn.

07/15/2011

A WikiLeaks truck is seen near Lincoln Center - New York, NY - Jul 13, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

What’s Up With That WikiLeaks Truck Near Lincoln Center?

To people passing by West 66th Street, it’s worth a second look, or a photo.

07/13/2011

The ShopKeep iPad system is seen in use - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 12, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Brooklyn Wine Shop Replaces Cash Register With iPad

One Brooklyn wine shop and grocery store is uncorking the wave of the future.

07/13/2011

Health Alert - Graphic: AP

New Jersey’s Jack Higgins Is A Man Trapped In A Boy’s Body

Higgins is one of just 130 people in the world with Barth Syndrome – an extremely rare, and potentially fatal, genetic condition.

07/12/2011

Syringe (credit: AP)

Two Syringes Wash Up On Jersey Shore

Two syringes that washed up on Monmouth Beach over the weekend are stirring up sore feelings of the past.

07/12/2011

Architectural Salvage Warehouse - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 11, 2011 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

New York City To Auction Historic Artifacts From Brooklyn Warehouse

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.

07/12/2011

A BoltBus is seen on West 34th Street - New York, NY (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

Group: Inter-City Discount Buses Clogging Midtown Streets And Sidewalks

Business owners are complaining that a stream of buses are crowding Midtown streets scaring away customers and creating a dangerous scenario for pedestrians.

07/11/2011

Lawnmower (file / credit: clipart.com)

11-Year-Old Has Booming Landscaping Business In Chatham

When the lawnmower comes around, most nine-year-olds probably wouldn’t think to watch and learn.

07/05/2011

Verrazano Narrows Bridge (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Coast Guard Bans Boats From Area Near Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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.

07/03/2011

FILE -- Bottles of liquor sit on a shelf (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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.

07/01/2011

Chris Coon (credit: Ask A Million)

New York City Homeless Man On Mission For A Million Dollars

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.

06/30/2011

Riverhead Walmart Suspect (credit: Suffolk County Police)

Elderly Woman Sought In Theft At Riverhead Walmart

Suffolk County police say a silver-haired suspect will face grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a wallet from a Walmart customer.

06/29/2011

A man climbed on top a traffic pole in Times Square Tuesday attracting a huge crowd and snarling traffic in the area (credit: CBS 2)

Aspiring Rapper Raymond Velasquez Climbs Pole In Times Square

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.

06/28/2011

American Flags (file / credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

John Michelotti Creates Flag Tribute To Victims Of 9/11 For 10th Anniversary

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.

06/28/2011

Diamond (file / credit: AP)

WCBS 880 Interview: Raffi Stepanian – Diamond Hunter Of 47th Street

We like to bring you the stories of people who’ve found unique ways to make a living. Today, we introduce you to a man who pays the bills with nothing but a pair of tweezers – on his hands and knees.

06/21/2011

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