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.

09/11/2015

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.

05/29/2015

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.

05/22/2015

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.

05/15/2015

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.

05/08/2015

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.

04/10/2015

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.

03/27/2015

Radio Free Montone: Leave Our Clocks Alone!

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

03/13/2015

Radio Free Montone: Mall Terror

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

02/27/2015

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.

02/20/2015

Radio Free Montone: Cabbie Chaos

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

12/05/2014

Radio Free Montone: Big Butts Are Big News

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

11/14/2014

Radio Free Montone: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy

Pimpin’ ain’t easy. Know what I mean?

10/31/2014

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?

09/19/2014

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.

08/29/2014

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

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

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

So many people are in the know these days.

06/27/2014

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

Radio Free Montone: Another Year, Another Belmont Bust

I’ll take Pumpkin over California Chrome any day.

06/13/2014

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

Radio Free Montone: Rest In Peace, Andrew

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

05/02/2014

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

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

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

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

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

Radio Free Montone: November 22, 1963

Six seconds in Dallas. A half century later

11/22/2013

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

‘Radio Free’ Montone: The Accidental Assassin

November 24th, 1963. The basement of the Dallas city jail. Enter Lee Harvey Oswald. Enter Jack Ruby. Exit common sense.

11/08/2013

‘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

Grab Your Jacket! Fall Temperatures Usher Into New York Early

Fall may officially be one week away but with temperatures dropping nearly 40 degrees since Wednesday it feels like the seasons have already changed.

09/16/2011

Hurricane Irene on Long Island

South Shore Of Long Island Preparing For Irene’s Best Punch

Westhampton Beach mayor Conrad Teller was in the third grade during the Great New England Hurricane in 1938. Recalling the storm, which left 50 people dead, Teller says, unlike Hurricane Irene, no one knew what was about to hit.

08/25/2011

Tourist Recounts ‘Traumatic’ Experience After Carriage Horse Takes A Tumble

Theresa Shaver told 1010 WINS’ John Montone that her husband and son were sitting on the horse when it tripped over a curb and collapsed.

08/04/2011

Morning Commute Snarled For LIRR Customers After Weather-Related Signal Problems

It was another rough morning for some commuters on the Long Island Rail Road following lightning strikes that zapped signal equipment Monday.

08/02/2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Vetoes Measure Calling For Armed Guards At Late-Night Eateries

Mayor Cory Booker knocked down a measure approved by the City Council that would require fast food restaurants to post armed guards after 9 p.m. till closing saying that the eateries are only linked to 2 percent of all violent crime in Newark.

07/20/2011

With More Than 200 People Shot This Year, Newark Residents Say City Crime Is Getting Worse

While Newark’s acting police director Samuel DeMaio claims the Safe City campaign is working, many residents say the streets don’t seem any safer.

07/14/2011

Subway Series: NY Bragging Rights On The Line For Mets, Yankees

Two wins would secure Subway Series bragging rights to the Bronx. But not so fast, Yankees fans. Despite Thursday afternoon’s loss to Detroit, the Mets have been on a tear.

07/01/2011

High School Athlete From Harlem Stabbed To Death After Graduation

19-year-old Isayah Muller led his Truman High School team to a victory in the PSAL Bowl Championship last fall, but his promising career came to an end Tuesday night.

06/29/2011

Chicken Coops Popping Up In Backyards Across Brooklyn

Some folks in Brooklyn would make Frank Purdue proud. They’ve been raising chickens in their own backyards discovering the joys of freshly produced eggs.

06/24/2011

Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery Serving As Stage For ‘The Spoon River Project’

Performers in The Spoon River Project aren’t planning on dancing on anyone’s grave—only acting.

06/22/2011

Gov. Cuomo Threatens Special Session For NY Legislature Over Rent Control Law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Senate’s failure to renew the New York City rent control law before it expired Wednesday night is “unacceptable.”

06/16/2011

Rep. Peter King Holds Second Hearing On Islamic Radicalization In The U.S.

The latest House Homeland Security Committee hearing, led by New York Republican Peter King, examined Islamic radicalization in prisons.

06/15/2011

Burglary generic

Police Say Price Of Gold Could Be Driving Up Burglaries On Staten Island

Since the beginning of the year until May, crime increased 28.3 percent on Staten Island from the same time period last year. Police say there have been 272 burglaries since January.

06/15/2011

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

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

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

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

06/03/2011

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

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos runs after a catch for a touchdown in the second half of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

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

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

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.

05/20/2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eye On New York: Mouth Off To Montone

In this segment of Eye on New York, New Yorkers mouth off to 1010 WINS’ John Montone about the weather, New York sports fans, and rats.

04/24/2011

‘X-Factor’ Auditions Come To The Prudential Center

Producer Simon Cowell wants performers to bring “New Jersey attitude and swagger” to the Newark auditions for his new show.

04/13/2011

Supersized Dinosaurs Come To Museum of Natural History

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a new exhibition, takes a look at the supersized Sauropods – the most colossal animals to ever roam the planet.

04/13/2011

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Space Shuttle Enterprise Landing At Intrepid Museum

Museum officials estimate a shuttle would bring in more than one million visitors each year.

04/12/2011

Coney Island ‘Freak’ Show Opens On Saturday

It’s being billed as a ten day gathering of the strange, the weird, the odd and the unusual.

04/07/2011

City Council Squares Off With Bloomberg Over Parking Grace Period

Parking in the city can be an exercise in frustration and costly. The City Council is holding a hearing on how to improve street parking and reduce the number of nuisance tickets.

04/05/2011

Southwest jet

Feds: Grounding Southwest Boeing 737s Likely Just The Beginning

On Monday, Southwest revealed that inspectors found cracks in three more of its planes — similar to the ones suspected in the fuselage tear on one of its jets on Friday.

04/04/2011

Numbers Announced For Mega Millions Jackpot Of $312 Million

Mega Millions fever is getting even hotter across the Tri-State Area as the jackpot swells to the sixth-highest in the drawing’s history.

03/25/2011

MTA Official Mulls Food Ban On Subways Following Recent Food Fights

Following a string of recent videos showing food fights and vermin on trains, one MTA board member reportedly floated the idea of banning food and drinks in subway cars.

03/22/2011

Gay Rights Group Starts Online Petition Demanding Apple Remove ‘Hateful’ App

A gay rights group has started an online petition demanding that Apple remove an iPhone app by a religious organization that seeks to help homosexuals become straight.

03/21/2011

Report: New York Is The 2nd Most Congested City In The U.S.

The way things are going, experts say it won’t be long before the Big Apple edges out the City of Angels for the distinction of being the gridlock capital of America.

03/08/2011

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 laws that make it illegal to wear headphones on the streets, elevator etiquette and slow bus service.

03/06/2011

Report: MLB Done Loaning Money To Struggling Mets

Major League Baseball “will not make another major loan” to the cash-strapped owners of the Mets, according to the New York Times. That’s not good news for a team reportedly trying to secure a second loan to offset operating expenses.

03/02/2011

Teachers Union Furious As NYC Releases List Of Layoffs

The doomsday list details the worst case scenario under the mayor’s current plan to make deep cuts to education. It shows exactly how the planned 6,000 teaching jobs will be eliminated.

02/28/2011

Eye On New York: Mouth Off To Montone

In this segment of Eye on New York, New Yorkers mouth off to 1010 WINS’ John Montone about everything from public tennis court fees to alternate side of the street parking.

02/27/2011

Study: ‘Sidewalk Rage’ Plagues New York City Streets

Apparently, one doesn’t have to hit the road to feel the rage. It’s official, researchers say “sidewalk rage” is real.

02/22/2011

What Number For Carmelo?

The Knicks ended the Carmelo Anthony trade saga and their quest for a second superstar with one blockbuster deal. New York hopes Anthony could be in uniform Wednesday when they host the Bucks, but what number will he wear?

02/22/2011

Eye On New York: Mouth Off To Montone

In this Eye on New York segment, New Yorkers are mouthing off to 1010 WINS’ John Montone about skyrocketing taxes, irresponsible pet owners and even skateboarders.

02/21/2011

Flag of Iwo Jima

Local Marine Remembers Images Of Iwo Jima Years Later

Lou DiPaolo was only 18 years old when he hit the beach at Iwo Jima, but images of the battle still remain ingrained in his mind 66 years later to the day.

02/19/2011

Two Brooklyn Women Plan To Eat Dog Food For A Month

Two Brooklyn women are standing behind the integrity of their dog food and believe their recipe is so healthy that they are willing eat it too.

02/17/2011

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 the snow, ice, potholes and more.

02/13/2011

Boerum Hill Residents Want Speed Limit Lowered

Community leaders are proposing that the Department of Transportation experiment with reducing the speed limit to 20 mph in the traffic area bounded by Court Street, 4th Avenue, Pacific and Baltic Street.

02/10/2011

Confident Jets Fans Arrive In Pittsburgh For Sunday’s Game

In Pittsburgh’s sea of black and gold, Jets fans were making their landing. By mid-afternoon Saturday, it was a show of green and white invading the Steel City.

01/22/2011

You Ready Jets Fans? Join In On The Trash Talk!

The weekend just can’t get here soon enough for Jets fans. The Jets and Patriots will clash in New England Sunday for the third time this season.

01/14/2011

Bikers Say They’re Being Targeted Unfairly

With more bike lanes across the city and more cyclists using them, police are now cracking down on cyclists for violating traffic laws.

01/10/2011

Anger Remains As Limited NYC Trash Pick-Up Begins

For many residents the stench from rotting garbage is getting to be worse than the mounds of dirty snow.

01/03/2011

Toys ‘R’ Us Kicks Off Pre-Christmas Marathon Hours

The doors to a Toys ‘R’ Us in the Bronx opened Tuesday morning as promised for an 88-hour pre-Christmas shop-til’-you-drop marathon.

12/21/2010

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