Earlier this month, Westwood One announced it was launching its own news service:
Powered by CNN, Westwood One News will provide stations around-the-clock news updates from one to five minutes in length. Additional programming will include live two-ways with both Westwood One and CNN correspondents, special reports, live feeds of breaking news and sound bites for local news production.
Now comes the related staffing news. Per an announcement today, CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum has been tapped to head up the service’s New York City bureau as senior correspondent. Crossing over in D.C. meanwhile will be NBC News Radio’s Bob Costantini:
Kastenbaum, for the past year, has worked at CNN as as a producer, reporter and CNN Newsource correspondent. Recently, he reported from Ferguson, Missouri on violent clashes between protesters and police. His coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and investigative work on the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal resulted in several exclusive reports.
Kastenbaum was a correspondent for CNN Radio for seven years after starting his career at all-news radio station WINS in New York. He’s won more than a dozen local and national awards for his reporting, including the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting: Hard News and the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Sound.
Other correspondents announced today are CNN’s Jim Roope, who will be Westwood One News’ west coast correspondent based in Los Angeles and Alan Scaia, Midwest reporter headquartered in Dallas. Westwood One News will launch later this year.