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.
The transmitter for Syracuse, NY, CBS affiliate WTVH has been down since New Year’s Eve.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
The orange tabby was adopted from the SPCA and is actually the third weather cat to work at the Syracuse NBC affiliate. The first was a stray that got hit by a car and died and the second didn’t like the noise on the outdoor weatherdeck and went to live in a nursing home in Watertown, NY.
“Like all of us, Doppler would prefer to retire while still in relatively decent health,” said WSTM chief meteorologist Wayne Mahar. “Few people realize that Doppler is 16 years old, that’s 84 human years, an age when most of us would have already retired.”
Here’s a video of Doppler in action. And by “action” we mean managing to look mildly annoyed while sleepily wearing a costume. Pretty standard stuff, really
Megan Coleman (left) has been named the evening co-anchor the for Syracuse NBC affiliate WSTM. Coleman steps into the empty anchor chair left by retiring Jackie Robinson. Lisa Spitz (right), who is currently the noon anchor, will take on the morning anchor duties vacated by Coleman on “Today in Central New York.”
Coleman was also named News Content Manager for the CNY Central Media Group that includes television stations WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ.
“I have the privilege to work with the best news team in Central New York,” says Coleman, who will begin her new duties Monday. “In addition to my anchoring responsibilities, I am particularly excited about my added role as News Content Manager, as it clearly serves to address the changing ways in which our viewers want and get their news.” Read more
Newport Television and Verizon reached a new retrans agreement over the weekend, just in time for FiOS subscribers in Albany to watch the Giants-Packers game on Sunday afternoon.
“We appreciate our viewers’ patience and understanding during this situation,” Newport said in a statement posted on the stations’ websites on Sunday, announcing the new deal.
Terms of the deal have not been released.
The Newport Television-owned stations in Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Albany have been pulled from Verizon FiOS as the company was unable to reach a new retrans agreement with the cable provider before yesterday’s midnight deadline.
According to Newport executive Michael DiPasquale, the company has been “working diligently to reach a resolution in this matter.”
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