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Viewers Complain After WENY Cuts Away From World Cup Final for Tornado Warning

Viewers of WENY bent the Elmira, NY ABC affiliate’s twitter feed after the station cut away from the last six minutes of the World Cup final to air a tornado warning.

The big match between Germany and Argentina was decided while WENY was warning viewers about possible tornadoes in the area.

Viewers complained loudly over Twitter, but the station had some support on facebook.

The tweet below sums up the sentiment being expressed by World Cup fans. There were so many NSFW tweets, TVSpy chose one to represent the many. You can see it after the jump.

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Chief Meteorologist Joe Pasquarelli Says Goodbye to WETM

WETM chief meteorologist Joe Pasquarelli is leaving the station and the television business. He signed off from the Elmira, N.Y. NBC affiliate this morning.

Pasquarelli, the WETM morning and noon meteorologist, has worked at the station for nine years. He is moving back closer to his family in Canandaigua, N.Y. Before joining WETM, he worked at WHAM in Rochester.

Watch WETM’s tribute to Pasquarelli after the jump. Read more

Scott Levy Joins Elmira’s WETM as News Director

Scott Levy has joined WETM, the NBC affiliate for Elmira, NY, as News Director.

Levy replaces Scott Nichols, who left to lead Bonten Media Group’s Eastern North Carolina stations which include ABC affiliate WCTI and FOX affiliates WFXI in Morehead City and WYDO in Greenville.

Levy comes to Elmira from News12 Bronx-Brooklyn where he was the morning executive producer.  On his twitter page he posted a farewell to the New York City area, “Triborough Bridge.  Final Time.  For Now. #movingday #ElmiraBound”

Brian Williams Remembers His Role Model, WETM Anchor Carl Proper

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams was interviewed on WETM Wednesday night about the death of his role model, Carl Proper.

Proper was an anchor for the Elmira, N.Y. NBC affiliate for more than 40 years before he retired in 2006. He died Saturday morning. Williams, who lived until Elmira until he was 10, described him as “the local go-to guy in so many ways — as a journalist, as a charity fundraiser, as a community leader.”

“It strikes me … after you’re done preparing your broadcast, we’re going to come on the air with ‘Nightly News’ tonight,” Williams told WETM anchor Rebecca Soloman. “And I wonder if any of this would have happened ever if I hadn’t had a great role model on local television in our house on West Church Street in Elmira.”

The video of Williams’ interview has not yet been posted online, but WETM’s tribute to Proper is after the jump. Read more