|Born||James Logan Ryan
|Other names||Jim Ryan|
|Notable credit(s)||WCBS; WNYW; WNBC|
James "Jim" Logan Ryan (born 1939) is television reporter and anchorman in New York City.
He was born in 1939 and graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx and then Manhattan College in the Riverdale section of The Bronx. He started his broadcast news career as a producer at WNBC in 1974, eventually becoming an anchor/reporter until he left for WNEW (later WNYW) in 1985. He became the station's political reporter until he began co-anchoring Good Day New York in 1988, a position he held until 2005, when WNYW threw an on-air retirement celebration for him. He was known for often wearing a black leather blazer during the broadcast. A few months later, he was "lured out of retirement" (according to weatherman and friend Dave Price), when he was hired to join the anchor team at CBS 2 News This Morning. Ryan (and the other anchors) were replaced in April 2006 in a major shake-up at WCBS-TV. In the mid 1990s, Ryan also hosted A Current Affair.
On September 11, 2001, Ryan was anchoring Good Day New York. During a commercial break at 8:48 AM, WNYW cut to breaking news to show World Trade Center tower one burning. Ryan, Dave Price and Lyn Brown were anchoring during the attacks that Tuesday morning.
In 2001 Ryan had an on air argument with Dick Oliver during a segment on a landlord tenant dispute, an incident that would later inspire a series of sketches on Saturday Night Live where cast member Bill Hader would portray elderly reporter "Herb Welch".
During his tenure, he would end GDNY by saying, "Have a good day New York."
In 2002 he had heart surgery.
In 2005 he left Good Day New York.
- "'Good Day' For Ryan's Return". New York Times. July 9, 2002. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
[Jim Ryan], 61, underwent a triple-bypass on May 17. He looked slightly thinner yesterday but was otherwise chipper as he was greeted by the Emerald Society, a bagpipe corps composed of employees from the New York City Dept. of Sanitation. Jim Ryan's return to "Good Day New York" yesterday was celebrated with bagpipes and lots of confetti. Ryan had been off the air since mid-May after undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery.
- "Two News Vets Pick Up Anchor". Daily News. June 1, 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
According to a station spokeswoman, Ryan is stepping down to write a novel and spend more time with his family. "He has not informed us of his plans beyond that," the spokeswoman said. "However, we have never ruled out the possibility of Jim Ryan contributing to WNYW in the future."
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