John Montone

john montone1 John MontoneYou never know where John Montone will spend his morning.

It may be in midtown interviewing irate cabbies and truckers about the latest ticket blitz. Or at a noisy diner chatting up patrons about taxes, Bloomberg or baseball. Or in the bowels of the subways shouting to strap-hangers as the A-train roars by.

Montone is 1010 WINS morning street reporter. His tape recorder is like a giant stethoscope taking the pulse of the city and its suburbs. Too much snow? Not enough sex? The President is coming to town? The LIRR can’t make it into town? Trump said what? Excuse me sir, do you use Viagra?

When buildings burn, Montone is there. When a serial rapist is on the loose, Montone is there. When editor Maloney barks, “Bed-sty,” Montone doesn’t ask why.

At 4 A.M. when the wind-chill is 30-below he’s talking to homeless men around a trash can fire. When the snow drifts across the BQE he’s in the 1010 WINS Mobile Unit jumping out to get the sound of cars spinning their wheels and drivers cursing their fate.

He can be sarcastic or outrageous, solemn or angry. His tongue is never far from his cheek and he pours his heart into his notebook. To Montone news and life are one and the same. He writes movies to play in the listener’s mind.

And once in a while Montone even wails on his harmonica.

But as a blues man, he’s a pretty good news man.

Wonder where he’ll be tomorrow morning?

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Radio Free Montone: Summer News Recap — Sharks, Ashley Madison & Trump

The news watch never stops, even during those lazy, hazy days of summer.


Ghost peppers pack 400 times the mouth-numbing heat of Tabasco. (Credit: CBS2)

Radio Free Montone: Chill Out

Back in the day only criminals and corrupt politicians hired attorneys. Which meant there was always plenty of work for those in the legal profession. But kids involved in high school hijinks did not lawyer up.


"Late Show" announcer Alan Kalter with 1010 WINS' John Montone. (Credit: 1010 WINS)

Radio Free Montone: Remembering Letterman With One Of His Guys

1010 WINS’ John Montone spoke with longtime “Late Show” announcer Alan Kalter this week about what it’s been like working with Letterman for two decades.


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Radio Free Montone: Excellence Is In Short Supply

I’m going to sound my age now, but tough. When I was a teenager and I had a job, I did that job right. Even if I didn’t like the job.


City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Credit: CBS2)

Radio Free Montone: A Week In The Life Of An All News Radio Reporter

On 1010 WINS, the news watch never stops. Here’s a weeks worth of my contributions.


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Radio Free Montone: Shots Fired…Shrug

While questioning folks from different boroughs and neighborhoods about a report that says there has been a spike in murders this year, I was reminded just how commonplace the sound of gunfire has become.


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Radio Free Montone: Central Park’s Natural Born Killers

The city’s hawk population is thriving and as these killing machines of the avian kingdom will do, they have left the carcasses of squirrels and pigeons strewn about the gardens and grass.


(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Leave Our Clocks Alone!

Hey, Ben Franklin, stick to lightning rods. Leave our clocks alone.


Military personnel on September 21, 2013 outside a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya where suspected terrorists engaged Kenyan security forces in a drawn out gun fight. (credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Mall Terror

Can al-Shabab get shopaholics to drop…the habit? I doubt it, but….


Barnegat Bay Frozen Over Jan. 2014 (Credit: Robert Burnaford )

Radio Free Montone: What Kind Of Fool Am I?

So what kind of fool was I? A wet, freezing fool. But I just had to try to catch the setting sun as it hit the ice because who knows if the opportunity will ever arise again.


A horse-drawn carriage is ridden near Central Park.  (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Cabbie Chaos

Before Bill de Blasio bans carriage horses, he’s trying his hand at horse trading.


Kim Kardashian (David Becker/Getty Images Entertainment)

Radio Free Montone: Big Butts Are Big News

Butts…big, big butts…well, let’s just say they are trending.


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Radio Free Montone: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy

Pimpin’ ain’t easy. Know what I mean?


Adrian Peterson (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: National Felons League?

Might that shield the NFL is so proud and protective of some day stand for the National Felons League?


Instructor Charles Vacca is seen giving a lesson on using Uzi to a 9-year-old girl at an Arizona gun range on August 25, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Radio Free Montone: I Was Shocked

As for me, after watching the south tower of the World Trade Center vaporize, I am rarely “shocked.” But the story called “Young Shooter” did the trick.