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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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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.

21 hours ago

(L-R) Actors Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, at Fathom Events Presents The Premiere Of The Asylum And Syfy's 'Sharknado' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: New Yorkers Weigh In On ‘Sharknado 2′

I couldn’t have done it without Toni-Roni, Raji, Mohamed and Mike.

08/01/2014

(credit: Mary Montone)

Radio Free Montone: My Final Blog…From Here

The rooms are almost barren but for boxes of our belongings. No pictures on the walls, no family photo albums on the coffee table.

07/11/2014

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Radio Free Montone: Everyone Is Right…Until They’re Wrong

So many people are in the know these days.

06/27/2014

Israel Kass' set up in his car that enables him to listen to 1010 WINS. (credit: Israel Kass)

Radio Free Montone: The Things We Do For WINS

Give us 22 minutes and we’ll give you the world — anywhere you are!

06/20/2014

California Chrome #2, ridden by Victor Espinoza,during the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Another Year, Another Belmont Bust

I’ll take Pumpkin over California Chrome any day.

06/13/2014

Beyonce and Jay Z at at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)/Solange at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: First Zapruder, Now Jay-Z?

My immediate reaction was, “Who cares?” That is a legitimate question when deciding what stories to cover and which ones to ignore on any given day. I did not care…but plenty of people did.

05/16/2014

Andrew Jarzyk, 27, had been missing since March 30. (Credit: Hoboken Police)

Radio Free Montone: Rest In Peace, Andrew

“In the midst of life, we are in death.”

05/02/2014

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Radio Free Montone: Johnny, Are You Wearing Makeup?

My first TV segment called, “Mouth-Off to Montone,” consisted of some street interviews during which the camera was trained on the person I was interviewing.

03/21/2014

Gabila's Old Fashioned Coney Island Square Knish (credit: Handout)

Radio Free Montone: Just When You Think You Know Your Audience

Just when you think you know your audience. Well, think again.

02/28/2014

Two men clear snow off a sidewalk along Fifth Avenue in Harlem on Feb. 3, 2014. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Radio Free Montone: Not Ready To Retire…Just Yet

Having covered the Super Bowl from Sunday afternoon into Sunday night and not wrapping up until the wee hours of Monday morning, my clock radio did not call out to me at 3:20 a.m. I had the day off.
And it snowed.

02/07/2014

John Montone

Radio Free Montone: Metro-North Changes Too Little, Too Late?

The MTA took some commonsense steps to make its Metro North trains and tracks safer — one week too late.

12/13/2013

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Radio Free Montone: Help Make A Child’s Christmas Merry

The red Schwinn’s fenders were so shiny they reflected the lights on our Christmas tree. I was 9 years old, and that bicycle represented freedom to me.

12/06/2013

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Radio Free Montone: November 22, 1963

Six seconds in Dallas. A half century later

11/22/2013

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Radio Free Montone: Modern Day Storm Coverage

The first snowflake of the season touched down the other day and 1010 WINS was ready for it.

11/15/2013

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