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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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The East River Ferry on Monday, June 13, 2011 (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Commuters In Brooklyn, Queens Can Now Take Ferry Across East River

East River Ferry service will be free until June 24. After that it will cost $4 for a one-way ticket, $12 for an unlimited day pass and $140 for an unlimited monthly pass.

06/13/2011

Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner (credit: AP/Charles Dharapak)

With Wife Huma Abedin In Abu Dhabi, Embattled Rep. Weiner Tries To Keep His Job

The shocking revelations in his Twitter sex scandal keep coming and so do calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.

06/09/2011

Overflowing garbage can in Prospect Park (credit: cathyerway/Flickr)

Pig-Sty In Prospect Park? Residents Say, ‘Yes’

Brooklyn residents say part of Prospect Park’s landscape has become a landfill.

06/03/2011

Family with the mother (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Teen Shot, Killed In Front Of Crown Heights Bodega

Police say a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed Wednesday night outside of a Bodega near his home in Crown Heights.

06/02/2011

William C. Johnson (credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Authorities Arrest ‘Person Of Interest’ In Drive-By Shooting That Killed Newark Cop

A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Newark, N.J., police officer who was getting a slice of pizza at a neighborhood fast-food place.

05/27/2011

Brooklyn Grocery Store (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Columbia Study Finds Groceries Cheaper In NYC

A report released this week by a pair of economists from Columbia University showed groceries cost 10 percent less in New York City than in other big cities across the country.

05/26/2011

Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees bats against the New York Mets on June 20, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Subway Series: Mets, Yankees Battle For New York Bragging Rights

The Yankees look to continue their torrid hitting when they renew their crosstown rivalry with the Mets in the opener of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

WFAN–05/20/2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears in court for a bail hearing in his sexual assault case (credit: Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images)

Former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Granted $1 Million Bail In Alleged Assault On Hotel Maid

After just one more night at Rikers Island, Strauss-Kahn will be put under house arrest in a posh Manhattan apartment being rented by his wife.

05/19/2011

Robert Fitzpatrick, author of 'The Doomsday Code,' believes the world will end May 21, 2011. (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Apocalypse Now? Not Until Saturday Says Robert Fitzpatrick Of Staten Island

Two days and counting — The end of the world is near, according to a Staten Island man who says that around 6pm Saturday, all Hell will be breaking loose.

05/19/2011

Eye On New York: Mouth Off To Montone

New York and higher education both cost too much. That’s what New Yorkers are saying this week in “Mouth off to Montone.”

05/15/2011

Darren Meenan shows off his best-selling shirt (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Douglaston Man Capitalizes On His Love For The Mets With T-Shirts For The Fans By The Fans

Darren Meenan has been printing Mets-themed t-shirts for fellow die-hard fans since the last home game of 2009. His best-seller says: Don’t Trade Reyes.

05/13/2011

(credit: NYCDOT)

Skeleton Signs Installed To Slow Drivers Down

The Department of Transportation is trying something new to slow drivers down. Electronic signs are popping up throughout the city as part of a scare tactic to get drivers to stop speeding.

05/13/2011

Joe Han, owner of Han's Family Market on 93rd and Broadway, pointing to what he says are violations on a fruit vendor's stand a block away (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

War Wages Between Produce Market, Fruit Carts On Upper West Side

Produce market owner Joe Han says two fruit carts within a block of his store, Han’s Family Market, have expanded well beyond what the city allows.

05/12/2011

New York's MTA Unveils New Glass Atrium At Brooklyn Transit Hub

Eye On New York: Mouth Off To Montone

In this Eye on New York segment, New Yorkers mouth off to 1010 WINS’ John Montone about long commutes, the Long Island Railroad and extra long shoelaces.

05/08/2011

Retired FDNY deputy fire chief Jim Riches holds a picture of his son Jimmy, also a firefighter, who was killed on 9/11. (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Jim Riches, Father Of Fallen 9/11 Firefighter, Meets President Obama At Ground Zero

A small group of 9/11 families met with President Barack Obama Thursday during his visit to Ground Zero — four days after he announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

05/05/2011

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