Sunday, September 30, 2007

Keefe To Leave For Cincinnati Anchor Chair

According to the Cincinnati Enquirier, Brendan Keefe is moving to WCPO-TV, where he will be the co-anchor of the station's 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins next Monday, October 8th.

Keefe joined CBS 2 as a reporter on February 1, 2003, the day the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry. He joined the station from KPRC-TV in Houston, where he often covered NASA and its missions. He has since been to Iraq and Kuwait three times and most recently co-anchored the weekend morning newscasts for the past few months.

In CBS 2 bio, Keefe says that his dream job is to be a "street reporter for life" and that he's a journalist "for the thrill of the hunt - - the hunt for the truth."

(Thanks to David G. for sending in this article!)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

CBS 2 Sponsors Two Charity Events This Weekend

It's going to be a busy morning for CBS 2 as the station is sponsoring a couple of walks/runs tomorrow.

Cindy Hsu and Jim Rosenfield will be at Battery Park for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes while Lonnie Quinn will take part in the walk at the Bronx Zoo.

Beginning at 10:00 tomorrow morning, Chris Wragge and Kristine Johnson will anchor live from the Tunnel to Towers Run. The press release says that Brendan Keefe and Lou Young will contribute reports while Dana Tyler has an interview with the widow of Stephen Siller, the heroic firefighter who inspired the walk. The hour-long broadcast will also be streamed live at

Both events will be covered during CBS 2 News Sunday Morning from 6:00 to 9:00. Elise Finch will provide weather reports from the site of the Tunnel to Towers Run, which begins at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bolaris Hints He's Returning To Philadelphia

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, John Bolaris says he misses that city "in a big way." He told a radio show that his CBS 2 contract ends at the end of the year and that "I should be hanging with you guys soon." Bolaris told the Philadelphia Daily News, "It's destiny."

There is speculation that he could go to either WTXF or WCAU. Bolaris joined CBS 2 from WCAU in 2002.

Monday, September 10, 2007

9/11/07 Coverage Plans

CBS 2 News will air the September 11th memorial service tomorrow morning with coverage beginning at 8:25. The service will include the reading of nearly 3,000 names.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Cindy Hsu Anchors From "Race For The Cure"

From 6:oo to 9:00 this morning, Cindy Hsu provided live reports from the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Brendan Keefe anchored the rest of CBS 2 News Sunday Morning from the studio. Hsu was joined by breast cancer survivors and their families, some of whom were featured on last night's special.

At the end of the newscast, Hsu was joined by the rest of CBS 2's team participating in the event: Maurice DuBois, Kate Sullivan, Dana Tyler, Chris Wragge, Kristine Johnson, Lonnie Quinn, Tamsen Fadal and Dr. Holly Phillips.

"Sunday Blitz" Returns Today

CBS 2's football pre-game show, "Sunday Blitz," returns this morning for a second season at 11:00. Chris Wragge hostedthe show for its first few months last fall until he was named as a news anchor. Ducis Rodgers and Sam Ryan then shared the responsibilities. It is not yet clear who will host the show this time. The show's graphics this year appear to be based on the CBS Sports package.

"Sunday Blitz" is followed by "Jets 24/7" at 11:30, "The NFL Today" at noon and Jets vs. Patriots at 1:00.

Friday, September 7, 2007

CBS 2 Presents "Race For The Cure"

On the eve of this weekend's Susan G. Komen New York City Race for the Cure, CBS 2 News will air an hour-long special on breast cancer. "Race For The Cure" is hosted by morning anchors Maurice DuBois and Kate Sullivan and airs Saturday night at 7:00. According to the press release, the "inspirational hour" "highlights the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New York City and takes a positive and encouraging look at breast cancer survivors and new advances in fighting the disease." Dr. Holly Phillips, Dr. Max Gomez, Dana Tyler, Cindy Hsu, Kristine Johnson, Tamsen Fadal and Katie McGee will also provide reports.

For the third year in a row, CBS 2 is the media sponsor of the 5K race, which takes place Sunday morning at 9:00. Check out two of the spots the station has been running for the cause here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Don Dahler's Debut

Don Dahler has just appeared on CBS 2 News for the first time. He's filling in for Jim Rosenfield on the 6 p.m. newscast right now with Dana Tyler.

6:29PM Update: Before tossing to Lonnie Quinn with weather, Dana Tyler took note of Dahler's debut. "This is Don Dahler and we welcome him to CBS 2," she said. "So nice to see you here. You probably recognize him as a network correspondent, which you have done for years. And joining us as an anchor here on the weekends and subbing for Jim and Chris."

When asked how he felt halfway through his first CBS 2 newscast, Dahler said: "This must be what Joba Chamberlain felt like when he was called up to the Yankees, except I don't have a hundred-mile-an-hour fastball and I haven't seen 21 in a long time. That's where the resemblance ends." Then he added, "I'm very happy to be here, thank you."