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.
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Don Alhart has signed a multi-year contract extension at WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester.
Alhart anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and serves at the station’s associate news director. He has worked at WHAM for almost 50 years.
“When you think of news in Rochester, you think of Don Alhart,” WHAM general manager Chuck Samuels said in a statement. “The passion he has for his job and this community is evident every day. We are thrilled to let the viewers know that he will be behind the anchor desk for many years to come.”
Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes the reins today at six stations it acquired from Newport Television: WKRC in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio, WHP in Harrisburg-Lancaster, WPMI and WJTC in Mobile and KSAS in Wichita.
Sinclair has also announced the acquisition of WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, from Newport Television for $54 million, bringing the total amount paid at closing to $459.7 million.
B&CreportsJohn Seabers will be the new general manager at WOAI. Seabers is a former general manager of KABB-KMYS, Sinclair’s San Antonio duopoly. In January, he was promoted to group manager at the company.
WHAM reporter Sean Carroll was silenced by aides for Sandra Lee after he asked the Food Network star about her boyfriend, newly inaugurated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
During an event at a Rochester food bank in which Lee was, according to a press release, using “her added notoriety as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s significant other to raise awareness of hunger in New York State,” Carroll brought up the topic that other reporters had been dancing around.
When Carroll and his photojournalist pressed Lee about her relationship with Gov. Cuomo, one of her aides shut the press conference down. Carroll, who has been with the Rochester ABC-affiliate since 2007, was told that he could no longer ask Lee questions.
Here’s video of the exchange…
In a post about the exchange, Carroll wrote that, although Lee’s aides made it clear that questioning should be about her food bank initiatives, he felt that WHAM’s “viewers/readers needed a word or two about why Ms. Lee would not so much as mention the job her boyfriend just began…a job that includes governing some 19 million New Yorkers.”
WHAM in Rochester, NY announced on Monday that it will launch a new half-hour newscast beginning January 1. The new 10 p.m. newscast will be broadcast on WHAM-DT2, the ABC-affiliate’s digital sub-channel and local CW-affiliate.
The newscast will include the usual mix of local news, weather, and sports and the Newport Television-owned duopoly plans to have it air seven days a week.
“We are extremely excited to expand our news product, and give the people of Rochester a convenient alternative to the late news,” said Chuck Samuels, WHAM’s vice president and general manager. “We have a commitment to this community to be the leaders in local news and weather.”
WHAM-DT2 was launched in 2000 as a cable-only WB-affiliate known as WRWB. WHAM acquired the station from Time Warner in 2006 following the launch of the CW network.