We asked you to take part in our poll to decide who should be named WCBS/Channel 2 new morning co-anchor.
This was becoming a landslide win for Chris Wragge. Readers were in agreement with this reporter’s assessment that the evening anchor should set his alarm clock for pre-dawn. At the time of this writing, Wragge secured 28 percent of the vote. However, that’s down from more than 40 percent.
Former WPIX anchor Jim Watkins has caught fire as a write-in, putting him second on viewers’ wish list. Watkins, now at RNN’s FiOS1, previously worked for PIX GM Betty Ellen Barlamino, who runs WCBS sister site WLNY.
Also getting some write-in support, the legendary WNBC anchor Sue Simmons, and current Channel 4 anchor David Ushery.
Alice Gainer, who made her WCBS anchoring debut yesterday, got someone’s write-in vote. Gainer did weekend anchoring at News 12 New Jersey. She joined Channel 2 as a reporter in January.
Don Dahler picked up 17 percent of the vote. Cindy Hsu settled for less than 9 percent of the vote.
We stated that WCBS rarely puts two women at the anchor desk together, reducing Hsu’s chances of the weekday promotion. Perhaps from the temporary Gainer/Hsu team, management is ready for a Mary Calvi/Hsu combo.
WCBS has no comment about the poll or any details about its next anchor.