I'd like to be the first to wish News 12 The Bronx a joyous and healthy Happy Birthday and 17 year anniversary.
You're no longer a baby, you're a popular and good looking teenager. However, since my talented team and I lovingly gave birth to you 17 years ago, and I will always and forever see you as one of my many beautiful cable and broadcast babes.
News 12 Long Island is the flagship channel of the Cablevision news group. It launched way back on December 15, 1986 as the brainchild of visionary Charles Dolan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dolan. News 12 became the first 24-hour local cable news channel in the nation. This cable TV station provides 24-hour news coverage primarily focused on Long Island news and information content.
Years later, I was very proud to be chosen your founding station manager, to build and then launch News 12 The Bronx in June 1988, after being hired by the company founder, owner and then CEO.
I had already lived in the NY metropolitan area before, while working for NBC http://www.nbcnews.com/ as an awatrd winning writer and producer. Later, as news director, for WNJU-TV 47, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNJU. I moved to City Island, The Bronx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Island,_Bronx from the west coast, where I had been working for KVEA-TV 52, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVEA .
Following many intense months of nearly non stop work, News 12 became the sixth and most diverse operation of the News 12 Regional News Network, which currently reaches about 300,000 cable television households in The Bronx.
We built this 24 hour cable news channel inside what used to be an abandoned roller-skating ring, located in the Soundview area. I then hired the best staff I was able to recruit and so to it that they were well trained inside the very same South Bronx neighborhood, where US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor enjoyed her early years.
These "on air " staffers included folks who are now well known media personalities, like NBC News anchorwoman Natalie Morales: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Morales and FOX Newsman James Rosen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Rosen_%28journalist%29#Career to name two. The only staff member, who is still working there from the original founding group, which I hired at News 12 The Bronx: http://bronx.news12.com/ is Operations Manager Brian Webb, https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=26637770&authType=name&authTok…
News 12 The Bronx was the first television news organization in the region to adopt the utilization of robotic cameras: http://www.parkervision.com/, as well as digital video servers to play back news: http://www.capitalnetworks.com/ and an environmentally friendly fleet of Hybrid electric vehicles which make up the state of the art news-gathering mobile units and reduce air pollution.
HB News 12, The Bronx * https://youtu.be/gParpNbPD8Y
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Roberto Soto Broadcast/Cable Launches and Media Start Up Projects:
NBC Radio: "The Source" and Television "NBC News Overnight" http://www.NBCNews.com
Noticiero Telemundo: http://www.telemundo.com/ noticias/noticiero-telemundo/
TVMartí:http://www.martinoticias.com/ archive/television_marti/ latest/213/213.html
Associated Press Television News: http://www.aptn.com/
City Images: http://www.cimages.me
Dose of News: http://doseofnews.com
This is the only channel that covers The Bronx. The northernmost of the five NYC boroughs of New York City. Coextensive with Bronx County, it was the last of the 62 counties of New York State to be incorporated.
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