Earlier this week Gothamist had the chance to attend the taping of Len Berman's 20th Anniversary of Spanning the World special at NBC’s 30 Rock studios.. The show was filled with some of the best clips of the past twenty years and a visit by the always fun Al Roker. During the breaks in the taping Len answered questions from the audience, including several interesting hockey related questions from a young Rangers fan which he handled with aplomb. Hopefully everything else will make the final cut when the special airs on Saturday at 7:00 p. m. on WNBC. And nobody got hurt.
CBS 2 News This Morning - Chris Wragge and Kristine Johnson
CBS 2 News at Noon - Chris Wragge and Kate Sullivan
CBS 2 News at 5:00 p.m. - Dana Tyler and Steve Bartelstein
CBS 2 News at 6:00 p.m. - Jim Rosenfield and Kate Sullivan
CBS 2 News at 11:00 p.m. - Dana Tyler and Jim Rosenfield
We think this is a bit pie in the sky, especially with the addition of ex-WABCer Steve Bartelstein who told the Daily News on Sunday, "I don't know if it will be TV here, or TV elsewhere." We tried to get a confirmation or denial on the rumors, but a CBS spokesman told us, "We don't comment on rumors, period." However, given what CBS 2 has done recently, anything is possible. We also think that the rumors that he is headed down I-95 to Philadelphia to either WPVI-TV (WABC's s co-owned sister station) or KYW-TV are even more implausible.
In other WCBS related news, meteorologist Jeff Berardelli is gone from the station and will be starting at sister station WFOR in Miami on April 11th on the weekend morning shift. Today's Daily News reports that recently departed Reid Lamberty will be starting on Fox 5 as a weekend anchor, education reporter Kerri Lyon will be leaving channel 2 and in a bit of a shocker, Cindy Hsu had her contract renewed after the station management changed their mind.
Maybe Steve Should Have Gotten Bagels
An interesting video has surfaced thanks to an obsessive watcher of WABC who placed it on YouTube. The video, from March 2nd's noon newscast, shows reporter Nina Pineda doing a stand up about subway delays and she says that she 45 minutes late and she tried to "hide the tardiness" by buying bagels. Ironically, this was about a week before Steve Bartelstein, whose problems included tardiness, was fired. Maybe he should have gotten some bagels.
Fox 5's Karen Hepp and husband Brian Sullivan are now the proud parents of Quinn Joseph Sullivan, who was born last Tuesday. We wish them all well.
And finally, observant viewers may have noticed that the series of ads supporting Governor Spitzer’s health care reform to go against the ones by his critics such as SEIU 1199. All of the ads, including the quite clever one titled “Choir”, are on line and have been paid for by his reelection campaign, Spitzer 2010.