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?

Follow John On Twitter

You can send John tips and story ideas at: montone@wins.com.

Want to Mouth Off? E-mail mouth@wins.com to share your opinion.

‘Radio Free’ Montone: Where Have All The Wise Guys Gone?

“You give me 22-minutes and I’ll give you reasonable doubt.”

11/01/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: Still Stronger Than The Storm

“I’m from Jersey,” she said, “I love the water.”

10/25/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: I Love Sports, Players Not So Much

Puig’s bat-tossing, finger-pointing self-adulation after his line drive to right field in game 3 of the NLCS crystallized the rise of the individual over the team — in team sports.

10/18/2013

Radio Free Montone: This Blog Is ‘Shocking’

It confounds me to hear trite phrases or hyperbolic headlines in news stories. The other day an online headline read, “Tom Hanks Reveals Startling Health News.” He’s dying, I thought. Oh, no not Tom Hanks! I love him.

10/11/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: Bartender, Another Round Of Apathy

In this city that never sleeps, some people actually do.

10/04/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: This Sound, ‘Nat’ Sound

TV has pictures. Radio has sound. One morning many years ago I decided to emphasize sound where there wasn’t any.

09/27/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: Big Lottery Jackpots & 1010 WINS: Perfect Together

Unlike many news organization which fill their pages and air with politicians, public officials and self-serving lawyers, 1010 WINS has always gone out of its way to give voice to the people of the metropolitan area.

09/20/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: Stop, Frisk & Thank The NYPD

Have the city council and the courts handcuffed the NYPD by ruling and voting to curtail the police tactic known as “stop and frisk,?” That will take years to answer, but by then…we’ll…listen up.

09/13/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: We Must Never Forget

A dozen years have passed and yet, all those firefighters — young guys most of them…I can still see them marching in as the rest of us were running away — marching in and then in a matter of minutes it was over. We must never forget.

09/06/2013

‘Radio Free’ Montone: Power To The People

When I think of this final summer holiday, it reminds me of the men and women I see and often talk to on the streets and in the subways of our city early in the morning.

08/30/2013

Stories Of Fatherhood: 1010 WINS’ John Montone

He grew up in what was called a cold water flat in West New York, N.J., and like a lot of other first generation immigrants, my father, John Louis Montone, had a lot of brothers and sisters – about half of whom survived infancy.

06/10/2012

Expert: Elmo, Mickey, T-Pain Mic Are Must-Have Toys Of The Season

December will be here before you know it and the must-have toy list for kids is already here.

10/28/2011

Maspeth Residents, Business Owners Say New Traffic Pattern Is Creating A Bigger Mess

It’s called the Maspeth Bypass but some locals are calling the traffic scheme the “Maspeth Mess.”

10/13/2011

Tattoo Convention Coming To The Meadowlands

Celebrity tattoo artist Mario Barth is bringing “Inked Out New Jersey” to Secaucus from Sept. 23 through Sept. 25.

09/23/2011

Activists Say Rotting Trees In Prospect Park Pose ‘Immediate Danger’

Activists say the Parks Department is ignoring the “immediate danger” of giant, rotted out trees that surround the lake at Prospect Park.

09/21/2011

previous

next

More From CBS New York

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
Get Our Morning Briefs
Bloomberg WCBS Tri-State Business Index

Listen Live