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Jim Kenyon Retiring from WSTM-WTVH

Jim Kenyon, investigative reporter for WSTM-WTVH, is retiring after 38 years with the Syracuse N.Y. CBS and NBC affiliates.

Kenyon started at WSTM in 1976 after working in Columbus, Ohio as a reporter. He started his career in 1970 at WSYR in Syracuse, which at the time was known as WNYS.

The Post-Standard said Kenyon briefly worked as an anchor in 1993, but soon returned to investigate reporting.

Kenyon told The Post-Standard in 1996 he was offered a job at WTVH-5 — nearly two decades before it joined WSTM to become CNY Central — but stayed with the NBC affiliate so he could focus on in-depth reporting.

“It’s been my greatest honor to serve my community,” Kenyon said on the station website. “Through good times and bad, I hope that I’ve been able to shed light on the events and issues that affect our lives. Thank you to all who have helped me along the way, from my many news sources, to the managers who put their trust in me to tell the true story and to my competitors in the local media who have kept me on my toes.”

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Sinclair Appoints New GM to Syracuse Stations

cny centralAmy Collins has been named GM of Syracuse NBC and CW affiliates WSTM-WSTQ by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Collins will also oversee sales and non-programming related services for CBS affiliate WTVH. The three stations make up CNYcentral.

“Having grown with these stations over the past 15 years, I am thrilled to be able to lead this team into the future with a great company like Sinclair,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins started at WTVH in 1999 as an account executive. She was named national sales manager in 2000. Two years later, she became the local/general sales manager and was named VP and Director of sales at WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ in 2009.

Megan Coleman Recovering After Fainting On-Air Friday

coleman wstm faintsWSTM said anchor Megan Coleman is feeling better after leaving the Syracuse NBC affiliate’s 5:30 p.m. Friday newscast early.

About 20 minutes into the show, the anchor team were talking about the Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball team when Coleman appeared to faint.

“You OK honey?” asked anchor Matt Mulcahy who helped Coleman as she fell forward onto the news desk. “What do you say we go to a commercial right now? Megan’s been under the weather today.”

The station reports Coleman hadn’t been feeling well, but wanted to tough it out.

A short time later – off the air –  Megan was laughing, talking and walking.  Paramedics checked her out just to be sure she was o.k.   They found her to be alright, but ordered her to get some rest and relaxation at home this weekend.

Jeremy Miller Returning to WSTM


Syracuse NBC affiliate WSTM has announced Jeremy Miller will return to “Today in Central New York.”

Miller was a traffic report for the Syracuse NBC affiliate from 2010 until 2012. He also anchored the WTVH “Morning News on the Go.”

“My family and I are so excited to return to Syracuse! I can’t wait to be back in the studio with Lisa Spitz and Peter Hall,” Miller said in a statement. “We’re going to have a great time on Today in Central New York! It’s an amazing feeling to be reunited with family and friends.”

He last worked at the Family Life Network in Bath, NY. He starts at WSTM the first week in April.

Columbus Anchors Show What Happens During Breaks

WSYX anchor Bob Kendrick recently posted a video revealing what really happens between segments at the Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate.

The video also features chief meteorologist Bill Kelly, a fast food run and a tear inducing rendition of the Disney song “Beauty and the Beast.”

[FTVLive]

WSYR Adds Weekend Meteorologist

wsyr_smallKate Thornton will join Syracuse ABC affiliate WSYR as weekend meteorologist.

Thornton announced the news on her facebook page, “Time to officially let the cat out of the bag….I’ve accepted a position to be the new weekend meteorologist at WSYR News Channel 9 in Syracuse!”

WSYR news director Rob Cartwright confirmed with TVSpy Thornton will start in two weeks on January 22.

She comes to WSYR from WICZ in Binghamton, NY, where she worked for over three years.

WTVH Transmitter Down Since Tuesday

cny centralThe transmitter for Syracuse, NY, CBS affiliate WTVH has been down since New Year’s Eve.

The station is reminding viewers to watch its over-the-air signal on digital channel 3.3, via facebook, Twitter and its own website.

It also asked viewers to sit tight by saying, “Engineers are working on fixing the problem, which started New Year’s Eve evening.”

Yesterday, TVSpy asked WTVH how many viewers were affected by the outage, but we haven’t heard back. We will update when we do.

[FTVLive]

Rachel Polansky Joins WSYR From WUTR

rachel polansky_304x200Rachel Polansky is joining WSYR, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, as a reporter. Polansky comes from Utica, N.Y., where she has been a reporter at WUTR for the past year and a half.

“You have all made me feel so welcome and I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful experience. While you may not see me everyday, I’ll still be reporting for CNY and I hope you will follow me as I begin my next journey on December 8th!” Polansky wrote on her WUTR Facebook page.

Polansky, a 2012 graduate of Penn State, will report on weekends and three days a week for WSYR.

WSYR Morning Team Soon Losing Two

babich_brnadolinowsyr copyTwo of the three anchors for the WSYR morning news are leaving the station before the year is over, cnyradio reports.

Tanja Babich is scheduled to anchor alongside Dan Cummings until the end of November sweeps while meteorologist Chris Brandolino will stay at the Syracuse, NY, ABC affiliate until December 31.

Brandolino is moving to New Zealand to work for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. There’s no word where Babich is heading.

Babich started at WSYR in 2007. She was named morning anchor in 2011. This will be the second trip South for Brandolino. Before coming to WSYR three years ago, he worked for the Australia Bureau of Meteorology. He had previously worked at Syracuse NBC affiliate WSTM.

A Surprise Celebration For Rod Wood’s 50 Years On the Air in Syracuse

Syracuse ABC affiliate WSYR surprised Rod Wood with an on-air celebration of his 50 years as a broadcaster in Central New York (video above).

Several television personalities, including ABC News anchor David Muir, Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell and ESPN’s Mike Tirico, recorded video salutes for Wood.

“You’ve been the trusted newsman there in Syracuse for decades now and I can’t think of a better team than you and Carrie [Lazarus]. I’m so glad that everyone at channel 9 isn’t letting the day go by without letting you know that you’ve been there for 50 years,” Muir said. “…Here’s to another 50.”

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