Broadcast Tower Climb (Tunnel to Towers)
The first ever tower climb race held at One World Trade Center, and the feature was recognized with an Emmy nomination, and aired as part of the 2015 live Tunnel to Towers annual special.
The Emmy Award winning special, airs yearly on WCBS TV and nationally on CBS owned and operated stations. The Tower Climb honored Firefighters Stephen Siller and Billy Burke, who lost their lives on 9/11 as part of the rescue effort that save thousands.
FDNY Captain Billy Burke was in the North Tower even after he knew the South Tower collapsed. He was well aware of the danger but chose to stay behind with a wheelchair bound man and his co-worker and they all perished when the North Tower fell. Michael Burke started a foundation, in his brother’s name, to pay tuition for children whose parents died in the line of duty to attend SUNY Potsdam. The event raised $350,000 for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation which went to build a smart home for a catastrophically injured serviceman returning from the war.
The nomination of Tower Climb was in the Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment Category. Tunnel to Towers was hosted by Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi at the start line of the event and Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson at the finish line. Maurice DuBois was the talent for the feature.
Leading into the New York Jets Thursday Night Football game on WCBS in New York we had a huge audience tuning in and a huge challenge, how do you produce a half hour show without using NFL footage? We jam-packed the show with high-end guests.
Joining WCBS TV host Otis Livingston live from Met Life Stadium was Bob Glauber, the longtime NFL columnist from Newsday. Otis interviewed Jim Nantz and Tony Romo live from the TNF Broadcast Booth only minutes before the kickoff. Otis also shared his inspirational interview with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opened up about his battle with alcoholism.
Livingston also interviewed standout rookie safety Marcus Maye on his impact on the Jets defense. Then we turned to CBS Sports and Showtime Sports to get game previews from the sets of their high-profile shows. There were two Jets - Bills game previews from the guys on the “NFL Today” and also “Inside the NFL”. We worked hard to offer the New York audience the most in-depth Jets pregame show in the market.
Your Health with Joan Lunden and CDC
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) joined forces with the CBS Station Group to launch “Your Health with Joan Lunden”.
The 20 vignettes were broadcasted during the local morning news, on all CBS owned and operated stations, to alert viewers to the growing epidemic of prediabetes and the dangers of diabetes in America. An alarming 86 million American adults have prediabetes and 90% of them don’t know it.
29 million people living in the United States have diabetes and 25% of them don’t know it. That means they could be developing serious complications, which can include blindness, amputation, kidney disease, heart attack, and stroke.
The vignettes ended with a call to action sending viewers to https://www.cdc.gov/diabetesTV/ for lifesaving information.
Super Bowl 50
Producing all of CBS Sports Emmy submissions is a huge honor. CBS Sports is the best sports network in the country.
While overseeing all of their Emmy Submissions since 2015, the highlight was winning an Emmy Award for Super Bowl 50.
The Emmy nominations and awards have increased dramatically.
“Premieres on My Time” was a marketing campaign devised by Dish Network in partnership with the CBS Station group and CBS.com.
The commercials promoted the ability for their viewers to enjoy CBS premieres of Zoo, Big Brother, and Salvation on Dish Network whenever they want to watch them.
The spots aired on CBS Station Group affiliates throughout the United States, as well as, on CBS.com.
Wounded Veterans Spend Independence Day at Ground Zero – Tunnel to Towers
The live 9/11 special Tunnel to Towers aired in New York on WCBS TV and also on CBS affiliates across the country. The Independence Day feature was the recipient of the prestigious New York Emmy Nomination in the Human Interest Category: Program Feature/Segment.
We spent July 4th with veterans who returned from the war as triple and quadruple amputees. The emotional day started at the 9/11 memorial and ended on the Intrepid with a perfect view of the fireworks. The 18 men featured in the Emmy Nominated segment went from having an entire country depending on them, for our freedom, to them depending on many people for even their most basic needs. Together they have had to overcome similar obstacles and each of them are uniquely qualified to understand the difficulties of the others and offer advice.
These men are bonded by their love of country, their service, and their sacrifice. The Tunnel to Towers foundation is building each of these men a custom home to restore their sense of independence. These smart homes are built with the latest technology to allow them to take care of their daily needs with the assistance of an iPad. These veterans were rendered dependent in the war but spent our country’s birthday celebrating our independence as a country and theirs as in
Road to Glory – The Rematch
“Road to Glory – The Rematch” aired the night before the Super Bowl XLII on WCBS TV and previewed the Giants-Patriots Championship rematch.
The show was hosted by Chris Wragge and Otis Livingston. The were joined live in Indianapolis by Daily News Football Columnist, Gary Myers, former Giants Super Bowl Champions Amani Toomer, Carl Banks, Harry Carsen and WFAN’s Craig Carton,.
Chris Wragge had an exclusive one-on-one with Super Bowl XXI Champion Phil Simms.
The show was also live from the CBS Broadcast Studio In New York, where WCBS sports anchor Lisa Kerney was joined by Super Bowl XXI Champion Karl Nelson and WFAN Giants Insider and former Giants offensive tackle Roman Oben.
Race For The Cure
WCBS-TV in New York aired the show Race for the Cure as a prelude to the 2008 Susan G. Komen New York City Race for the Cure.
The broadcast was hosted by Maurice DuBois and Kate Sullivan. Race for the Cure was an inspiring hour-long special on breast cancer, featuring a positive and encouraging look at breast cancer survivors and new advances in fighting the disease.
The show detailed new fashions designed specifically for women with breast cancer, wig makers for women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, alternate treatments, complimentary treatments as well as the latest medical news.
The show featured the women of CBS2: Dr. Holly Phillips, Dana Tyler, Cindy Hsu, Kristine Johnson, Katie McGee along with Dr. Max Gomez and cancer survivor Steve Bartelstein.
Tunnel to Towers
Tunnel to Towers aired on WCBS-TV and was produced in conjunction with the Stephen Siller “Let Us Do Good” Children’s Foundation, the NYC Department of Transportation, FDNY, NYPD, and MTA. On September 11, 2001 Siller was off-duty but raced through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 80 pounds of his turnout gear strapped to his back to get to the World Trade Center site and help his fellow firefighters. Tunnel to Towers retraced the footsteps of this hero first responder who died on 9/11. The show honored Siller’s memory and the memory of all his fallen comrades. He perished that day along with 342 other members of the FDNY.
The Tunnel to Towers show was a live two-hour event covering the 2008 Tunnel to Towers run, which is an extraordinary annual event in New York City. The show was hosted by Maurice DuBois and Kate Sullivan at the starting line with hosts Chris Wragge and Kristine Johnson at the finish line. The show featured live interviews with John Turturro, Danny Aiello, London fire fighters, members of the United States Army and a performance by artist Michael Israel and the “Singing Policeman”, Danny Rodriguez, who ended the broadcast with a stirring rendition of God Bless America.
The charity event has raised over $4,000,000 since its inception and the money was donated to burn centers in New York and to aid orphans of the FDNY, NYPD and Military lost in the 9/11 attacks.
The Verizon Wrap Up Show (NCAA Tournament)
The Verizon wrap up show aired on CBS Owned-and-Operated Stations.
The show wrapped up the day’s NCAA Tournament action with highlights, post game reaction and a preview of the next day’s match ups.
The show captured the color and pageantry of the most exciting month of sports, March Madness. It aired on the following CBS Stations:
- California - Los Angeles KCBS
- California - San Francisco KPIX
- California - Sacramento KOVR
- Colorado - Denver KCNC
- Florida - Miami WFOR
- Illinois - Chicago WBBM
- Maryland - Baltimore WJZ
- Massachusetts - Boston WBZ
- Michigan - Detroit WWJ
- Minnesota - Minneapolis WCCO
- New York - New York WCBS
- Pennsylvania - Philadelphia KYW
- Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh KDKA
- Texas - Dallas KTVT
NYC Women: Make It Here, Make It Happen
If you can dream it you can do it! Watch the inspirational stories of five diverse women who overcame all obstacles to “make it happen” here in the greatest city in the world.
This half-hour documentary chronicles the path that each woman took to make her dreams come true. The women are different ages, have different backgrounds, and made different career choices, but what they have in common is an unwavering drive to succeed no matter the obstacles.
Join us as we follow the careers of the host of the Today Show, Hoda Kotb, Conductor Alondra De La Parra, Founder of Hot Bed Kitchen, Jessamyn Waldman Rodriquez, former White House senior staffer and current Chairman of Women & Co, Lisa Caputo, and Shavonne Bell.
Parentless, Shavonne was valedictorian of her high school class and is now a senior at the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen” is part of Women’s History Month.
Jets Feud in Foxbourgh (Playoff Special)
Winner of the prestigious New York State Broadcast Association Award, this prime time special aired on WCBS TV and previewed the playoff match up between the Jets and the Patriots.
These two arch rivals continued their feud in Foxborough Massachusetts with a trip to the AFC Championship game on the line. The special was a live one-hour show broadcasted from the WCBS studios in New York with live reports from Boston.
Feud in Foxbourgh was hosted, in New York, by Otis Livingston. He was joined by Joe Bingino from WFAN. The host of the show in Indianapolis was Otis Livingston, who was joined by WCBS-TV’s feature reporter Hazel Sanchez. Hazel was live from the Frozen Tundra of Boston Mass.
She covered a New Yorkers comparison of Boston and New York, entitled “A Tale of Two Cities”. Joining Otis and Joe in the CBS studios in New York was, Wesley Walker, who shared his insight as an all-time Jets great wide receiver, and former New England two-time Super Bowl Champion and present day Jets player, Damien Woody, who reported live from his home.
The show featured a look at the difference between the boisterous Rex Ryan and boring Bill Belichick, a comparison between three-time Super Bowl Winner Tom Brady and sophomore Marc Sanchez. These experts all finished the show with predictions and their exclusive keys to the game.
Remembering the Boss
Remembering the Boss was a half-hour tribute to the Yankees long time owner, George Steinbrenner. Remembering the Boss was hosted by Chris Wragge, Christen Johnson and Sam Ryan.
The half hour tribute show detailed the Boss’ 37 year run as the owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner. He became the most recognizable owner in all of sports.
Dating back to 1973, the Boss developed a reputation as a win at all costs owner. His Yankees won 7 World Series championships, and 11 AL pennants. In his first 23 seasons, he changed managers 20 times cementing his reputation as “The Boss”.
The show featured Hazel Sanchez live in Tampa where the boss had lived and passed away. Pablo Guzman interviewed Yogi Berra, and Otis Livingston’s feature on the charitable side of the boss, while Mary Calvi was live with the grieving Yankee fans at the Stadium.
Jets Flight Plan
Jets Flight Plan is a weekly preview show taking a look ahead to that week’s opponent airing Sunday Morning on WCBS.
This edition of Jets Flight Plan was a very special live look back at the Jets AFC Wildcard victory over the Cincinnati Bangles from the day before.
After a Saturday playoff game the Jets flew back to New York and, early Sunday morning Head Coach Rex Ryan joined host Sam Ryan live from the Jets team facility for the show.
The always frank head coach gave us his impression on the Jets playoff win and his bold prediction for their upcoming game against the San Diego Chargers.
Road to Glory
Road to Glory previewed the New York Jets AFC Championship Game with the Indianapolis Colts and aired on WCBS-TV the night before the game.
The special was a live one-hour show broadcasted from the WCBS studios in New York and the Jets team hotel in Indianapolis. Road to Glory was hosted in New York, by Sam Ryan with Craig Carton from WFAN.
The host of the show in Indianapolis was Otis Livingston, who was joined by WCBS-TV’s feature Reporter Hazel Sanchez. Hazel covered two stories, the first, detailed mass invasion of Indianapolis by the New York Jets fans.
The second feature was appropriately entitled “Sanchez on Sanchez” where she looked at the Jets rising star, quarterback Mark Sanchez. Joining Sam and Craig in the CBS studios in New York, to share their insight were Super Bowl III Champion Emerson Boozer and all-time Jet’s great, Wesley Walker.
Otis Livingston was joined by star Jets running back Thomas Jones, in a very rare night-before-the-game live appearance. New York Post’s Jets’ beat reporter, Mark Cannizzaro joined Otis on the set in Indianapolis with all the latest Jets team news.
Rounding out the show with predictions and their exclusive keys to the game were, the guys from the NFL Today, Boomer Esiason, Coach Bill Cower, Dan Marino and Shannon Sharp. Road to Glory won the prestigious New York State Broadcast Association Award
2009 Yankees Championship Parade
The Yankees celebrated their 27th World Series title with a uniquely New York tradition of a “ticker tape” parade. An estimated crowd of over 3 million people jammed the “Canyon of Heroes” in lower Manhattan, to pay tribute and throw confetti on their recently crowned champions.
The live broadcast lasted more then two hours and was covered with 11 cameras and 7 reporters and anchors. The parade was hosted by Chris Wragge, Sam Ryan, WFAN’s Craig Carton at City Hall.
There were four reporters strategically located on the parade route: Lou Young, Otis Livingston, Magee Hickey, and Pablo Guzmán. The caravan of Yankees players, coaches and front office personnel started in lower Broadway and snaked their way to City Hall under a constant confetti rain.
At City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg gave the Yankees “The Key to the City”. The day was topped off with Jay Z’s stirring live rendition of his smash hit, “Empire State of Mind”.
The song had become a staple at the stadium during their historic playoff run. WCBS TV was the only station in New York to create a half hour special during the break between the parade and the city hall ceremony.
The special included features on the Yankees’ march to the championship, A-Rod’s ‘Zero to Hero’ 2009, Joe Girardi’s bounce back year as the manager and many other features.
Date With Destiny
Date with Destiny was a one hour special previewing the New York Giants Super Bowl XLII encounter with the undefeated New England Patriots.
The show was broadcast live and emanated from our New York Studio at the CBS Broadcast Center and two separate live locations in Phoenix.
WCBS Sports director Ducis Rodgers anchored the broadcast from the Giants team hotel, John Discepolo was in front of the stadium, and Sam Ryan was in New York.
Joining Ducis Rodgers was Chris “Mad Dog” Russo from WFAN radio and Giants Super Bowl Champion George Martin. Joining John Discepolo was Craig Carton from WFAN radio and WCBS feature reporter, Hazel Sanchez.
Sam Ryan was joined by former Giants Super Bowl Champions Stephen Baker and Karl Nelson. The live one-hour special contained a one-on-one with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Giants Defensive End Osi Umenyiora interviewing fellow Giants teammate Justin Tuck, and inside Super Bowl XXI and XXV stories from Karl Nelson and Stephen Baker and much more.
The Giants historic upset of the undefeated New England Patriots ranks as one of the most thrilling Super Bowls of all time and its biggest upset. The foundation for the upset was prophetically laid out in Date with Destiny.
The Summary of the Games (S.O.G) was a half-hour retrospective of the XX Winter Olympic Games held in Torino, Italy.
The S.O.G. aired on the World Feed, as a part of the Closing Ceremonies broadcast, and was shown live at the Torino Olympics Stadium as a prelude to the Closing Ceremonies. The world feed was broadcast to over 80 television networks to potential worldwide audience of over 3 billion people.
The retrospective was distributed by TOBO (Torino Olympic Broadcast Organization) who produced the world television feed of the Torino Olympics.
Summary of the Games incorporated all of the gold medal winners, newsmakers and spotlighted the athletes’ vast range of emotions that are always a part of the Olympic Games.
Steel City Showdown
Steel City Showdown was a one-hour special that aired the Friday night prior to the Jets/Steelers playoff game.
The show broadcasted live from Pittsburgh and featured live interviews with Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards, Jets General Manager Terry Bradway, and Jets play-by-play man Bob Wischusen.
Steel City Showdown also featured the exclusive post game locker room celebration with Herman Edwards and the Jets players following their victory against the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the playoffs.
Steel City Showdown also included an in-depth feature with Pittsburgh native Curtis Martin, and two features that displayed the overwhelming outpouring of civic pride by Steelers fans in the city of Pittsburgh.
Sports Sunday was called the definitive weekly sports broadcast focusing on the New York sports scene.
Sports Sunday was a Sunday night television staple in New York from 2005 to 2008 airing on WCBS-TV from 11:35pm to 12:05.
Every week Sports Sunday offered a combination of in-depth highlights, player features, and music pieces. Each week Sports Sunday also featured a high profile in-studio guest.
This show featured a not to be missed interview with Stephon Marbury. Some of the other guests included Bill Russell, Justin Tuck, Tiki Barber, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Stephon Marbury, John Starks, Richard Jefferson, Boomer Esiason, Clark Kellogg, and Billy Wagner.
The only time Sports Sunday stepped outside of the sports world was to have Dominic Chianese in studio on the final night of the Sopranos.
Sports Sunday was honored by the prestigious New York State Broadcasters Association with its top sports award.
The Sunday Blitz was a weekly TV series that aired during the 2006 & 2007 NFL football seasons on WCBS TV in New York. The Blitz previewed the Giants and Jets games and aired on Sunday mornings leading into the CBS Network coverage of the NFL.
Over the two years the Sunday Blitz featured live reports from almost every NFL city and a weekly segment on the state of the Jets and Giants by CBS Network’s NFL Today team.
The list of guest analysts included former Super Bowl MVPs, Hall of Famers, All-Pro players and broadcasters. The Guests included Brandon Jacobs, Phil Simms, O.J. Anderson, Sam Huff, Harry Carson, Phil McConkey, Jim Fassel, Joe Morris, Sean Landeta, Howard Cross, Stephen Baker, Steve DeOssie, David Diehl, Bob Papa, Jim Nance, Larry Michael, John Riggins, Bob Wischusen, Joe Namath, Nick Mangold, Joe Klecko, Kareem McKenzie, Joe Klecko, Greg Butle, Marty Lyons, Victor Hobson, Al Toon, Emerson Boozer and many more!
This episode aired on October, 29, 2007 and was broadcast from three locations; our Sunday Blitz studio at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City, the NFL Today set and also live from Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The Giants were preparing to play the NFL’s first-ever regular season game in England, and Sunday Blitz reporter Gary Myers was live in Wembley Stadium joined by the BBC NFL broadcaster, Arlo White, who shared the English perspective on this historic event. The broadcast team from the NFL Today also gave their views on the NFL’s first regular season game in London.
Street Skillz is an Emmy nominated, original sports/reality/entertainment TV program created, produced and financed by T-LINE TV.
The show was executive produced and directed by Todd Ehrlich and aired on Metro TV in New York. Street Skillz was nominated for an Emmy as the outstanding sports program for 2002.
Street Skillz was a fast paced, upbeat, in-your-face sports/music program that combines the best of competitive sports and reality television with urban flavor and live Hip-Hop performances. Street Skillz was the first and only reality program targeted to the urban market.
Street Skillz featured a New York City Final Four with the winning team coming from Brooklyn. It helped to fulfill the dream of giving a street basketball player a professional contract. John Thomas AKA “Mookie, Mookie, Mookie” was the Street Skillz MVP and received a USBL contract!
Sports From The Roundtable
Sports from the Roundtable, was created by Todd F. Ehrlich who also served as the Executive Producer. The show was hosted by Duke Castiglione and aired for two seasons on WCBS-TV in New York.
Sports from the Roundtable was critically acclaimed and garnered two New York Association of Black Journalist awards taking two of the three awards in their sports categories.
Sports from the Roundtable was a unique sports talk television show that served as a lead into the NFL on CBS. Sports from the Roundtable aired during the football season for 20 weeks.
Roundtable features sportswriters, sportscasters and former athletes as well as frequent contributions from the entertainment industry. Sports from the Roundtable took a compelling look at New York’s biggest sports stories and controversies of the week, and examines their impact on the local sports scene.
Sports from the Roundtable was an intelligent sports talk show featuring inside information from experts on the beat. The show was produced in a high energy, fast paced, no-holds-barred way that reflected the New York sports scene that it covered.
Jets 24/7 with Herman Edwards
Jets 24/7 airs Sunday mornings on WCBS TV prior to the New York Jets football games. Jets 24/7 is a unique behind the scenes look at the Jets preparation for each game.
Jets 24/7 offers unprecedented access to Herm Edwards’ pre-game, halftime, and post-game locker room speeches.
The show combines a full game recap replete with interviews and live radio calls. Each show also includes practice footage and players features.
Crossing Over with John Edward
Crossing Over with John Edward was a nationally syndicated TV program. The opening billboards and teases were a critical part of the show’s success.
The opening billboards were vital in keeping the viewers tuned into the show. The opening billboards were produced to link common threads of the entire show’s content and to create a story line for each segment that would peak the viewers interest and ensure their watching the entire show.
Once we hooked the viewer to watch the opening segment at the end of each block, we’d keep the audience interested by writing and producing compelling teases for the next segment.
Inside Villanova Basketball
Inside Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright was a weekly look at the Villanova basketball program. Head Coach Jay Wright was the host of the show and offered unprecedented access to Villanova basketball.
Each show contained a feature on a player, a look at preparation for the upcoming week’s games, access to training, practice, and pre-game meals and speeches.
The show also captured off-season activities including Jay Wright’s golf tournament and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Villanova’s 1985 championship team. The show aired on Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, YES Network in New York, and CSTV nationally.
Voice of the Athlete
The Voice of the Athlete aired just ten days after the tragedies of September 11th.
The show detailed how the world of sports reacted to the 9/11 tragedies and focused on how the New York teams and athletes aided the New York community.
The Voice of the Athlete also detailed how each sport nationally reacted to the tragedy.
This heartwarming special detailed the value that sports had in trying to help restore some sense of normalcy during this incredibly trying time in American history.
WABC Eyewitness News
Produced over 1000 live sportscasts for WABC-TV Eyewitness News in New York, when it was the number one station in the number one market in the United States. Received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Sports News Coverage.
Field produced packages including live shots after the Rangers’ Stanley Cup Championship, the New York Giants opening Monday Night Football win, and was the first station and only people to interview Bobby Bonilla upon his secret arrival in New York for the negotiations that directly led to his signing with the New York Mets.
Also interviewed Mark Messier, Lawrence Taylor, Muhammad Ali, and Pete Rose among others for the 6pm and 11pm news broadcasts.