As much as any Broadway musical, police car siren or subway train, all-news radio station 1010 WINS is part of the soundtrack of New York. It's distinctive top of the hour stinger and tagline, "Give us 22 minutes and we'll give you the world," seems perfectly in tune with the pace of New York City.
For more than 25 years, Al Jones has driven the streets of the city daily as a reporter for the station. He distills the stories he finds hourly into short 30-second reports and then moves on. Nearly every building he drives by reminds him of a story he has told in real time to 1010 WINS listeners. He remembers many in vivid detail.
After being shot in the chest, the victim made his way down 16 stories to street level where he stumbled for about a block until collapsing in front of a bodega where someone called for help. No one in the store would go on the record, but the counter man did allow Jones and others to watch surveillance video of the scene. Along with the report he filed for air, the station posted the raw video on its website, making users eyewitnesses.
© Dean Pagani 2019