WCBS Newsradio 880 Celebrates 50 Years Of News In New York

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In this week’s 50 Stories podcast, Wayne Cabot hears from 1967 newsroom tech Jerry LeBow.

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High Island in the Bronx where the WCBS radio transmitter fell after being hit by a small airplane in 1967. (Credit: WCBS Newsradio 880)

He shares memories of the ill-fated launch of Newsradio 88 hours after the main and backup radio towers were flatted in a fatal plane crash, as well as the struggle to get back on the air many weeks later.

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He also remembers the intense involvement of William S. Paley in crafting the new format, along with some never-before told stories that would have gotten him fired.