See Neil A. Carousso’s original reporting on American heroes and veterans-related issues on Entercom’s ConnectingVets.com platform.
  
Neil A. Carousso is the Segment Producer and Features Editor of The 880 Weekly Rewind with Lynda Lopez, airing Friday nights at 7 PM on WCBS Newsradio 880. Each week Lynda talks with newsmakers for a deep dive into the top stories of the week and the impact it has on people.
Neil A. Carousso produces WCBS Newsradio 880’s Small Business Spotlight with Bloomberg Business reporter Joe Connolly. Click here to watch the weekly video segments with Tri-State Area entrepreneurs for tips on how you can grow sales and expand your business.

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  • ‘Doing Our Part:’ Inspiring Organizations With Inspiring Stories

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    Executive Produced and Edited by Neil A. Carousso

    Investors Bank is proud to present “Doing Our Part,” an important series of interviews created to spotlight New York and New Jersey organizations working for the well-being of the communities they serve.

    Whether providing food for those in need, helping struggling businesses or offering programs for local youth, these organizations play a critical role. The Investors Foundation recognizes their impact and supports them in their efforts. Watch and listen to the interviews below to learn how these inspiring organizations are doing their part.

    For the past 15 years, the Investors Foundation has helped support local civic-minded organizations and initiatives with contributions of more than $40 million. Learn about the Investors Foundation and its activities, including how it may be able to help your organization.

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  • WCBS 880 Special Report: Chaos in the Capitol – A Nation Divided

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    By Neil. A. Carousso and the WCBS 880 News Team

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The nation and the world watched in horror Wednesday as a pro-Trump insurrectionist mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly occupation that claimed the lives of five people, including a police officer.

    Lawmakers, who had gathered for a joint session of Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, and their staff feared for their lives as the violent mob invaded the Senate and House chambers.

    Members of Congress were forced into hiding, scrambled to hide under desks, were told to don gas masks and evacuated to undisclosed safe rooms.

    Anchor Lynda Lopez hosts an hour-long special, Chaos in the Capitol – A Nation Divided,” that looks back at this week’s historic events and how they unfolded.

    Chaos at the Capitol – A Nation Divided will feature firsthand accounts from lawmakers and reporters who were in the nation’s Capitol when it descended into chaos, as well as analysis on how we got here, what it will take to move forward as a nation, and more.

    The broadcast includes interviews with freshman Congressman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, CBS News correspondent Steve Dorsey, former Long Island Congressman Steve Israel, Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer, CBS News election law expert David Becker, child psychiatrist and professor Dr. Llinda Drozdowicz and more.

    Below is our segment featuring Becker, as interviewed by producer Neil A. Carousso.

    Becker explains Wednesday’s riots are the culmination of a years-long disinformation campaign and discusses what it will take to restore confidence in future elections.

    Neil A. Carousso contributed reporting and produced the WCBS 880 Special: Chaos in the Capitol – A Nation Divided, hosted by Lynda Lopez, on Friday, January 8, 2021, which was nationally syndicated on Entercom stations.

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  • Dr. Fauci Says Christmas Does Not Need to be Canceled; Explains When Life May Return to Normal

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, spoke with WCBS 880 about the promise of two authorized COVID-19 vaccines and opines on the holidays amid a surge in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

    This week, WCBS 880’s Lynda Lopez examines the historic COVID-19 vaccine rollout and a possible New York City shutdown on the horizon.

    Listen back to The 880 Weekly Rewind, including the Week In Sound as heard on WCBS Newsradio 880, produced by Neil A. Carousso, on the media player above.

    You can listen to The 880 Weekly Rewind with Lynda Lopez Friday nights at 7 PM ET for a deeper understanding of the top local, national and international stories of the week, featuring interviews with newsmakers and the Week/Month In Sound audio file.

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  • Robert Herjavec’s pandemic advice to business owners: ‘When you’re going through hell… keep going’

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec believes the coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs to fill needs and shares his advice for overcoming adversity on the WCBS Small Business Spotlight, sponsored by BNB Bank.

    “Whatever you start doing today, your business will not be doing that in a year. Things change. The world changes. You have to adapt,” he said, adding he prefers to invest in individuals rather than single businesses on ABC’s “Shark Tank” for that reason.

    “The entrepreneur will always figure out the path and the entrepreneur will build a great team in order to figure out the path,” he said.

    Herjavec told Joe Connolly and Neil A. Carousso he started his first business after he was fired and needed to make a mortgage payment. He started other businesses in economic recessions.

    “In this kind of a time, don’t perfect your product, don’t spend all this time on your management team or buying better software to run your business. Go sell something,” the self-made entrepreneur emphasized when asked for his advice for owners. “Sales cures all ills and the harder the economy, the harder the macro conditions, the more you need sales.”

    A record 80,820 Americans have taken the first steps into entrepreneurship this year; that’s 30.6 percent more new business applications than all of 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Herjavec represents the embodiment of the American Dream. His family escaped the former Communist country Yugoslavia in 1970 when Robert was eight years old. His father was a successful manager in Yugoslavia, but was jailed 22 times for speaking out about the dangers of communism. They immigrated to Canada where Robert’s father Vladimir swept floors in a factory.

    His upbringing shaped Robert as a kid who sought to make something out of nothing, later founding BRAK Systems, which he sold to then-AT&T Canada in 2000 for $30.2 million. He currently runs the Herjavec Group – a global cybersecurity firm with its headquarters in Toronto, Canada.

    “I’ve been through hell and I’ve been through some really hard times,” he told WCBS 880, recalling advice he lives by, “When you’re going through hell, you’ve just got to keep going.”

    Herjavec told Connolly and Carousso that business owners who are struggling right now should take an honest assessment of the company and the market and be in contact with their customers regularly.

    “The worst thing you can do in this time is nothing,” he said, continuing, “Don’t let fear overcome you to the point that you’re that deer in the headlights. You just got to keep going.”

    Herjavec says he and his fellow Sharks did not know if their businesses would survive at the outset of the pandemic. He has not seen his employees in-person since February 17.

    “I’m running a $300 million business; I haven’t seen a single employee,” he said from his Los Angeles home, noting it’s difficult to motivate his remote Herjavec Group team on video calls. So, Herjavec began expressing his appreciation through premium, savory cookies and brownies from Bake Me A Wish – a New York-based company whose mission is centered on expressing gratitude and appreciation for employees and colleagues.

    “My dad was this blue collar guy, worked really hard, swept floors in a factory, and he always said to me, ‘You should thank people for the opportunity,'” he explained, adding, “I was just looking for a way to say thank you.”

    Now, the ‘Shark Tank’ star is extending personalized gift baskets to companies who want to share their appreciation for their workers ahead of the unprecedented holidays. You can see Bake Me A Wish’s corporate catalogue, endorsed by Herjavec, here.

    “You don’t have to be a jerk, you don’t have to be mean and I think it’s the opposite,” the Shark said of succeeding in business. “You’ve got to empower people. You’ve got to lead people. You have to give people vision of where they want to go.”

    Watch Joe Connolly and Neil A. Carousso’s conversation with Robert Herjavec above for more business advice and keys to pitching your idea, product or business on “Shark Tank” or any boardroom. 

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  • Week In Sound: President Trump Refuses to Concede to Joe Biden

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald J. Trump refused to concede the 2020 presidential election after Joe Biden was projected the winner, peddling voter fraud conspiracies. Meantime, Pfizer announced their COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective and could be ready by the end of the year while cases and hospitalizations surge in all 50 states.

    Listen back to the Week In Sound as heard on WCBS Newsradio 880, produced by Neil A. Carousso, on the media player above.

    You can listen to The 880 Weekly Rewind with Lynda Lopez Friday nights at 7 PM ET for a deeper understanding of the top local, national and international stories of the week, featuring interviews with newsmakers and the Week/Month In Sound audio file.

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