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Meteorologist Mike Masco: I Left WGGB ‘To Be Closer To Family’

Meteorologist Mike Masco has left Springfield ABC-affiliate WGGB “to be closer to family.”

“I’ve been back and forth every weekend to take care of my mom who has been sick for the last several months,” Masco said of his departure. “This became extremely frustrating! I worked closely with my management to work out an exit and they were tremendously helpful!”

Masco’s departure has been linked to this on-air incident last week. News director Jim Tortora told TVSpy that Masco’s departure and the exchange were unrelated.

Masco said he was moving to Philadelphia and would be filling in on Fox O&O WTXF “from time to time,” but a Fox spokesperson tells TVSpy that Masco is not scheduled to appear on the station.

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WSYR Names Rob Cartwright News Director

WSYR has chosen Rob Cartwright to lead its news team.

Cartwright, who most recently worked as assistant news director at KDAF in Dallas-Fort Worth, is set to join the Syracuse ABC-affiliate as its new news director early next year.

In announcing the hiring, WSYR vice president and general manager Theresa Underwood said Cartwright  “will add a new dimension to our staff and management team.”

Underwood recently appointed WSYR staffers Roger Mirabito to assistant ND and Jessica Purchiaroni to executive producer. Read more

Jim Tortora Named News Director at WGGB

Jim Tortora, who resigned as news director of Syracuse’s WSYR this spring after being romantically linked to a reporter, has been tapped to lead the newsroom of WGGB in Springfield, MA.

WGGB president and owner John Gormally sent the following email to staff this week, announcing the move…

I am writing to let everyone know that Jim Tortora has been named News Director for Gormally Broadcasting LLC. He starts Monday October 3. Jim was the News Director at WSYR (the Syracuse ABC affiliate) for the past 14 years. In that capacity, he led WSYR to first place in most if not all news dayparts, while winning many awards for news excellence along the way. I am confident he will do the same here at WGGB. Read more

Other Shoe Drops in WSYR Sex Scandal as Reporter Jennifer Lewke Resigns

The other shoe has dropped in the newsroom sex scandal at Syracuse’s WSYR as reporter Jennifer Lewke resigned this week, following the departure two weeks ago of news director Jim Tortora, her alleged lover.

According to CNYRadio, WSYR general manager Theresa Underwood sent the following email to staff on Thursday:

Please be advised that I have accepted the resignation of Jennifer Lewke. We wish Jennifer the best of luck in the future.

The alleged affair between Tortora and Lewke was reportedly brought to light when Tortora’s daughter sent a message to WSYR staff from his email account announcing: “Jim Tortora and Jennifer Lewke are having an affair.”

Lewke had been with WSYR for nearly six years and served as the ABC-affiliate’s “consumer investigator.” Her resignation comes at the close of May sweeps.

WSYR News Director Resigns Following Email Announcement of Affair with Reporter

Following the abrupt resignation of WSYR news director Jim Tortora, there have been whispers that Tortora was romantically involved with a WSYR reporter and now it appears that it was indeed an affair that led to his departure.

According to NewsBlues, WSYR staffers received an email last week that stated: “Jim Tortora and Jennifer Lewke are having an affair.”

Lewke (right), WSYR’s consumer investigator, is still with the station.

While Lewke and Tortora have been unavailable for comment, NewsBlues says that station employees believe that Tortora’s daughter sent the email using his account. Read more