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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Lawnmower (file / credit:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.