NYC Media

NYC Media is the radio, television, and online media network of the City of New York. It oversees four public television channels, a public radio station, and an Internet video on demand service.[1]

Located in the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, NYC Media occupies the tower portion, from the 25th floor to the 29th floor as well as transmission facilities in Brooklyn, the Empire State Building and the Conde Nast Building in Times Square.[2]

NYC Media is an amalgamation of channels, studios, distribution and production entities.[1] NYC Media was originally called NYC TV when it took over Crosswalks Television in 2003; it became NYC Media Group when it acquired control of broadcast stations WNYE-FM and WNYE-TV as well.

In late 2009, it was announced that NYC Media Group would be split off from the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and merge with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting to form the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. As of 2018, the general manager of NYC Media is Janet Choi.

NYC Media
NYC Media logo
Agency overview
JurisdictionCity of New York
HeadquartersManhattan Municipal Building (25th–29th floors)
Agency executives
Parent agencyMayor's Office of Media and Entertainment


In 2003, co-founders Seth Unger and Arick Wierson - both aides to Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg - launched NYC-TV, which replaced "Crosswalks Television," the name of the previous network.[3][4]

In 2005, NYC TV expanded when it acquired WNYE-TV along with the radio station WNYE-FM. The new group was called NYC Media Group. The local cable channels programmed by NYC Media provide coverage of a diverse array of programming formats ranging from local politics and government news on channel 74, traffic camera feeds on channel 72, and ethnic/international programming on channel 73.

NYC Media has received attention as an innovator in municipal broadcasting. Since its inception, NYC Media has been nominated for 160 New York Emmy Awards, winning 42.[5] It has also won 42 Telly Awards and 4 Promax Awards and was recently nominated for 4 Webby Awards.[6] Cities such as Seoul, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Los Angeles have expressed interest in replicating the station's success. On September 24, 2007 Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference[6] to introduce NYC Media On Demand, a partnership with online video platform Brightcove to offer on demand programming online.[7]

Its main over-the-air broadcast channel, WNYE-TV (channel 25), reaches the New York City metropolitan area, which includes Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York state as well as portions of New Jersey and Connecticut. WNYE-TV is carried on all area cable and satellite systems. NYC Media's main broadcast signal, WNYE-TV, reaches 7.43 million households (approximately 20 million people) in the New York City market, thus making it the fifth largest local television station in the United States.[8] The main broadcast station is seen in the New York City area on channel 25 on all cable and satellite systems with the exception of Altice USA, where it is seen on channel 22.


NYC Media operates four television channels: NYC life, NYC gov, NYC drive, and NYC world.[1]

  • NYC life, is NYC Media's flagship television station and broadcasts as WNYE-TV channel 25.1 as well as appearing on local cable television as channel 22 on Altice USA and on channel 25 on other cable services.[1]
  • NYC gov, covers city government meetings and press conferences. It appears on most local cable services as channel 74.[1]
  • NYC drive, formerly known as City Drive Live, provides live feeds from traffic cameras. It appears on most local cable services as channel 72.[1]
  • NYC world provides international and ethnic programming. It appears on most local cable services as channel 73.[1]

Services on most of these channels had previously each been branded as NYC TV or nyctv with a cable channel number since 2003, and before that as Crosswalks Television.[9]


NYC Media operates WNYE-FM, branded as "NYC radio 91.5".[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About NYC Media". NYC Media (City of New York). Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  2. ^ "DTV Reception Maps". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  3. ^ "NYC TV has replaced Crosswalks Television as the city's official television network" Metro Briefing: New York, June 25, 2003
  4. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (2003-07-14). "New From City Hall, TV Worth Watching". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2003-09-18.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Mayor Announces NYC Media OD". 2007-09-24.
  7. ^ "Big Apple teams for web TV: Bloomberg announces deal with Brightcove". MultiChannel. 2007-09-24.
  8. ^ "Optimal Abolition of FCC Spectrum Allocation" Journal of Economic Perspectives—Volume 22, Number 1—Winter 2008—Pages 103–128
  9. ^ "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Announces Launch of NYC TV - the Official Television Network of The City of New York (PR 101-03)" (Press release). City of New York. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  10. ^ "Radio". NYC Media (City of New York). Retrieved 2018-06-13.
Arick Wierson

Arick Wierson (born November 23, 1971) is an six-time Emmy Award-winning American television and media executive, columnist, public relations strategist and international political consultant.

Wierson first gained national prominence as a senior communications and political aide to former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Along with co-founder Seth Unger, Wierson was responsible for the creation and launch of NYC TV (now known as NYC Media), a network that has been recognized as an innovator and pioneer in public broadcasting across the United States and internationally, and is credited with spurring the revolution in hyperlocal non-news format programming in the broadcasting world. At the time, Wierson was described as "one of the most important people in New York media" by the television industry's weekly "Bible", Broadcasting & Cable magazine.Arick Wierson has also been credited as a major force behind the creation of the first private television station in Angola, TV Zimbo, and the establishment of Luanda Fashion Center, the largest department store in Angola.In the United States, Wierson played a key role in the launch of the annual Manova Summit, a large annual event on the global health calendar that brings together leaders from healthcare and retail, an event that has been called the "Davos of Health." Wierson is a regular contributor for CNN and CNBC, and a columnist writing for the New York Observer on politics, business and health.Wierson played a well-documented role as an external advisor to the campaign of presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro who was elected President of Brazil in October 2018. with the campaign's strategic messaging and television advertising.

Avis Richards

Avis Richards is an American producer, director and philanthropist. In 2005, she founded the Birds Nest Foundation. Based in New York City, the 501(c)(3) organization works to provide other non-profit charities media content at little to no cost. In addition, Richards has produced and directed hundreds of episodes and films including Lunch: The Film, Lunch NYC and Dylan’s Lunchbox.Lunch: The Film focuses on the nutritional value of school lunches in the United States, offering alternative options to traditional school lunches. The short documentary earned Richards recognition from the Davey Awards, Poppy Jasper Film Festival, W3 Awards, Empixx Awards, and Stevie Awards.Lunch NYC, shown through NYC Media, focuses on the positive health movements taking place in New York City. The program was nominated for three New York Emmy Awards in 2012 in the categories of community service, health/science: program feature/segment, and graphics: news/program. Likewise, the show Dylan's Lunchbox, hosted by 16-year-old food critic Dylan Richards, features healthy restaurants throughout New York City and targets a young audience.

Richards launched the Ground Up Campaign, an initiative to donate indoor academic gardens to 100 public schools in New York City. The campaign partnered with Veggiecation Program, Grow to Learn NYC and Green Bronx Machine.Richards has worked with Goldie Hawn, John Legend, Michael Bolton, Joe Torre, and Andre Agassi, among others.Richards has received numerous honors including the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland and the United Way of New York City Women Leadership Council's Luncheon Honoree. In 2010, Richards was honored with University of Maryland's Nonprofit Industry Impact Award and the Activist Award for Advocacy and Leadership.

Cesare Wright

Cesare Wright is an American documentary filmmaker.

Wright completed his MFA in Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. In 2002, Wright received the Louis Sudler Award in Humanities at Rice University for his ethnographic documentary film Back to the Primitive, which explores issues of including human suspension, body modification, S&M performance, and Satanic and Luciferian stage rituals. Wright also worked as a News Editor for Fox 26 News in Houston, TX. While filming Border Wars, a documentary about paramilitary civilian activity along the U.S./Mexico border, Wright recorded one of the first documented incursions of Mexican soldiers across the U.S. border. In 2007, Wright directed Goals, a film exploring issues of immigration and assimilation vicariously through sports, which premiered on The Documentary Channel and NYC Media. Material from his films has aired on numerous national and international broadcasts, including Fox, Telemundo, German Spiegel TV, and French TV 2. The industry premiere of Border Wars was held at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Working with the Gracie family, founders of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Wright directed the Gracie Women Empowered series, which released in June 2011.

Harry Hunkele

Harry Hunkele is an American Film and Television Director, Producer and Editor. He is a ten-time Emmy Award winning television director and producer and is the director of the feature documentary "Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace" (Channel Productions, 2011). [1]

Jami Floyd

Jami Floyd is an American attorney, journalist, network news anchor, legal and political analyst, former White House Fellow, and former host of TED Talks in NYC on NYC Media. She is the former Legal Contributor at Al Jazeera America and currently is a host and legal analyst at WNYC Radio.

Julie Laipply

Julie Laipply (born 1978) also known as Julie Marie Carrier or Julie Carrier is a speaker and author who is recognized for her work promoting youth leadership and self-esteem in young women.

Laipply won the Miss Virginia USA 2002 title in a state pageant held in late 2001. She represented Virginia in the Miss USA 2002 pageant broadcast live from Gary, Indiana in March 2002.Laipply graduated from the Ohio State University Honors Program with a degree in Leadership Studies in 2000. She competed in the Miss Ohio system prior to competing at Miss Virginia USA, placing in the top ten in 2001, and used the scholarship money she received to pay for college. She moved to Virginia to become a consultant for a training firm contracted by The Pentagon where she served as a Senior Management Consultant in leadership training and development.

In addition to being a professional speaker who has traveled the country, Laipply is a New York Emmy-nominated television personality for NYC Media in New York City. Her current television projects include "$9.99" and " What's Cooking at Gracie".


KEXP-FM (90.3 MHz) is a public radio station in Seattle, Washington, that specializes in alternative and indie rock programmed by its disc jockeys. Its broadcasting license is owned by Friends of KEXP, an independent 501(c)(3) organization. There are weekly programs dedicated to other musical genres, including rockabilly, blues, world music, hip hop, electronica, punk, and alternative country. Live, in-studio performances by artists are also regularly scheduled.

KEXP also broadcasts on Intelsat's Galaxy 18 satellite. Music licensing fees associated with internet radio are covered by the station's affiliation with National Public Radio (NPR).

Katherine Oliver

Katherine Oliver is an American media and entertainment executive based in New York City. Oliver is currently a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy firm founded by Michael Bloomberg to provide advice and long-term solutions to cities worldwide. She also oversees film, television and digital media projects for Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable foundation of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.On August 1, 2002, Oliver was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the Commissioner of The New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, which facilitates all aspects of film, television and commercial production in New York City, coordinating on-location filming, liaising with the community and promoting the City as an entertainment capital. Oliver was the main liaison between the Mayor's Office and Hollywood and aimed "to make filmmakers and production companies happy to return to New York."In 2013, Oliver and Mayor Bloomberg were featured on the cover of Variety and were credited for their role in "revitalizing the city's entertainment sector." AM New York noted that: "New York's film and TV industry is stronger than it has ever been, pumping $7.1 billion into the local economy in 2011 and bringing in some $60 billion over the last decade." After Bloomberg announced that former president and co-founder of NYC Media Group Arick Wierson was returning to the private sector, Bloomberg named Oliver as the incoming president of NYC Media and general manager of NYC Media. In July 2010, Oliver became the commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, the city agency that includes the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, NYC Media, and NYC Digital.

Lady Clover Honey

Lady Clover Honey is an American drag queen, comedian and Television Correspondent who lives and works in New York City. Born Kevin Clover Welsh in Totowa, New Jersey, he moved across the Hudson River to Manhattan in 1998. Lady Clover Honey is perhaps best known as an Entertainment News Reporter on the television program Under the Pink Carpet, a show that highlights Gay nightlife and culture in New York City and is broadcast on NYC Life/NYC Media WNYE-TV, and on WYBE MiND TV in Philadelphia, making her the first recurring Drag personality to be regularly seen in a series on an official NYC media broadcast.Her film appearances include the Casper Andreas movies A Four Letter Word (2007), Between Love and Goodbye (2008), The Big Gay Musical (2009), and Violet Tendencies (2010) along with Shore Thing (2008) directed by Lovari, Farm Girl in New York (2007) directed by J. Robert Spencer and An Englishman in New York, a Quentin Crisp biopic. She also appeared in a non-sexual celebrity cameo as a fashionista in the adult-entertainment film, Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita.

Lady Clover Honey's theatrical credits include replacing the legendary Lady Bunny as rambunctious minister's wife Charity Divine in the acclaimed political comedy When Joey Married Bobby with performances at the Roy Arias Theater on West 43rd Street in NYC's Broadway Theater District.Lady Clover Honey's notable live performances including being the first and only Drag Maestro Conductor at Carnegie Hall where she took the baton to guide the orchestra and choir at a concert for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus in December 2005. She also is known for hosting events at the annual Fresh Fruit Festival the largest LGBT arts festival in New York City, and for curating visual fine art and photography shows at the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation in Soho, NYC's Art district.

Lauren Scala

Lauren Scala (born February 10, 1982) is a television reporter in New York City. She currently serves as the traffic reporter on WNBC's Today in New York and as a features reporter/host for the station's daily lifestyle show "New York Live." From 2010 until 2012, Lauren has been the host of WNBC's Live Interactive Trivia Game on the Saturday edition of Today in New York' during the 9am broadcast.

She also currently hosts a half-hour show called "In the Wings," which is a backstage guide to everything Broadway that appears on NBC NY Nonstop and is an East Coast Entertainment Correspondent for EPIX.

Scala previously hosted several other half-hour shows for NBC's digital cable channel New York Nonstop, including Don't Miss This a collaboration with Time Out New York Magazine, "The Great American Health Challenge", New York City's first local fitness-themed reality competition show, and "Nonstop Sound," a show about music in the big apple.

She began her hosting career at Time Out New York On Demand, where she also worked as an associate producer on several hundred New York City based lifestyle video segments before the channel concluded. She was the co-host of NYCTV's entertainment news roundup City Scoop until January 2010. She is also a member of the New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).

In 2009, Scala hosted the official broadcast of the 52nd Annual New York Emmy Awards, which aired Thursday, April 9, 2009 on NYCTV, a division of NYC Media Group.

Prior to her on-air career, Lauren worked at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and DreamWorks Pictures in movie studio publicity and events.

Scala grew up in Mineola, New York, and attended Mineola High School.

She also attended Fordham University.

Media in New York City

New York City has been called the media capital of the world. The media of New York City are internationally influential and include some of the most important newspapers, largest publishing houses, biggest record companies, and most prolific television studios in the world. It is a major global center for the book and magazine publican, music, newspaper, and television industries.

New York is also the largest media market in North America (followed by Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto). Some of the city's media conglomerates include CNN (WMN&S), the Hearst Corporation, NBCUniversal, CBS, The New York Times Company, the Fox Corporation and News Corp, the Thomson Reuters Corporation, WarnerMedia, and Viacom. Seven of the world's top eight global advertising agency networks are headquartered in New York. Three of the "Big Four" record labels are also headquartered or co-headquartered in the city. One-third of all American independent films are produced in New York. More than 200 newspapers and 350 consumer magazines have an office in the city and the book-publishing industry employs about 25,000 people.Two of the three national daily newspapers in the United States are The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Major tabloid newspapers in the city include the Daily News, Newsday (which is technically headquartered in Melville, New York), and the New York Post, founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton. The city also has a major ethnic press, with 270 newspapers and magazines published in more than 40 languages. El Diario La Prensa is New York's largest Spanish-language daily and the oldest in the nation. The New York Amsterdam News, published in Harlem, is a prominent African-American newspaper. The Village Voice was the largest alternative newspaper, ceasing all forms of publication August 31, 2018.

The television industry developed in New York and is a significant employer in the city's economy. The four major American broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, are all headquartered in New York. Many cable channels are based in the city as well, including MTV, Fox News, HBO and Comedy Central. In 2005 there were more than 100 television shows taped in New York City.New York is also a major center for non-commercial media. The oldest public-access cable television channel in the United States is the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, founded in 1971. WNET is the city's major public television station and a primary provider of national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programming. WNYC, a public radio station owned by the city until 1997, has the largest public radio audience in the United States. The City of New York operates a public broadcast service, NYC Media, that produces several original New York Emmy Award-winning shows covering music and culture in city neighborhoods, as well as city government-access television (GATV).

New York City is home to a number of major online media companies, including Verizon's digital content subsidiary Oath Inc. and its operations under the AOL brand, along with news and entertainment companies like BuzzFeed and VICE Media.

New York City Charter

The New York City Charter is the municipal charter of New York City. As of January 2018, it includes a non-numbered introductory chapter, plus chapters identified by a number (1 through 75) or a number plus a letter suffix.As part of the 1898 consolidation of New York City, the New York State Legislature enacted a charter for the consolidated city (Laws of 1897, chapter 378, effective January 1, 1898). The Charter was overhauled in 1989, after the New York City Board of Estimate had been declared unconstitutional, to redistribute power from the Board of Estimate to the Mayor and City Council.

Secrets of New York

Secrets of New York is an American documentary television series created by Arick Wierson and presented by Kelly Choi. The series premiered on February 2, 2005 and is produced by NYC Media. The show won six New York Emmy Awards in 2007 and five in 2008. Secrets of New York airs on WNYE-TV, WNBC and on PBS stations nationwide and has been recognized for its approach to the television documentary format. Each episode describes an aspect of the History of New York City, ending with one obscure fact presented as a "secret".

Seth Unger

Seth Unger is a co-founder of NYC TV now called NYC Media, the network he and Arick Wierson launched in 2003 while working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Among Unger's most notable accomplishments at the network is the creation of "Blueprint | NYC", a documentary series that highlights local architectural and historical interests in New York City. In 2004, the series won five local New York Emmy Awards. Previous to joining NYC TV, Unger was an executive at Messenger Records, later leaving to work as a campaign aide to Michael Bloomberg in 2001. Unger retired from NYC TV in 2006 to spend more time with his daughters.

He is a 1997 graduate of Columbia University. He is married to wife Allison Jaffin, a top aide to Mayor Bloomberg who followed him into politics from Bloomberg's eponymous financial and media empire, Bloomberg, LP. Together they have twin daughters

The Hermetic Organ

The Hermetic Organ is an album by John Zorn, consisting of a single live improvisation on the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University, which was released on Tzadik Records in June 2012. The performance was held at 11 PM on the evening of December 9, 2011, which Zorn has noted was a full moon, as an encore to a "Composer Portrait" ensemble performance of his works held earlier that night at the Miller Theatre. It is the first release by Zorn to exclusively document his solo improvisations on the organ, his first instrument. In 2014, Zorn released a second volume of improvisations, The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2.

The Well-Tuned Piano

The Well-Tuned Piano is a long, improvisatory, solo piano work by composer La Monte Young. Begun in 1964, Young has never considered the composition or performance "finished", and he has performed incarnations of it several times since its debut in 1974. A typical performance lasts five to six hours. The Guardian described the piece as "one of the great achievements of 20th-century music."

Under the Pink Carpet

Under the PINK Carpet is a television entertainment/news magazine series that highlights gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) arts, nightlife and culture in New York City and is broadcast on NYC Life/NYC Media WNYE-TV, and on WYBE MiND TV in Philadelphia, The goal of the series is to entertain and educate about the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender) Community, give exposure to Out artists and to show how Gay citizens contribute to the cultural fabric of New York City and the world. The show first started in Philadelphia before the production moved to New York City.

The show is created, produced and directed by Tony Sawicki, who also serves as the primary correspondent. Also featured are Drag Diva personality Lady Clover Honey, actor and filmmaker Fred Anguera, comedian Marianne Schaberg, performance artist Robin Cloud, and attorney and self-described "Fag-Hag" Stephanie Butler and comic Michele Balan who went on to achieve network fame as a top contestant on NBC's "Last Comic Standing".

In 2004, Under the PINK Carpet was distributed by NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association)a national distributor of PBS television programs to PBS stations in Washington DC, San Francisco and Austin. The series was also broadcast in Canada on the OUTtv cable network.

In May 2010, Tony Sawicki received a Passion Fruit Award for his outstanding dedication and contributions to the Arts and the LGBT Communities for his work on Under the PINK Carpet from the Fresh Fruit Festival, the largest annual LGBT Arts Festival in New York City.


WNYE-TV, channel 25, is a non-commercial educational, independent television station licensed to New York City. WNYE-TV is operated by NYC Media, a division of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, along with WNYE-FM. WNYE's studios are located at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, and its transmitter is located at the Condé Nast Building in midtown Manhattan.


WNYE (91.5 MHz) is a non-commercial educational FM radio station licensed to New York City. WNYE is operated by NYC Media, a division of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, along with WNYE-TV (channel 25). WNYE's studios are located at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, while its transmitter is located at the former Condé Nast Building. Because its funding comes from the City of New York, WNYE is different from most non-commercial radio stations in that it does not ask for listener donations and it airs no fund drives.

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