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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.

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Chris Geiger Named VP-GM of Tribune’s WTIC-WCCT

chris geigerTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Geiger vice president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT, the Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford-New Haven. Geiger’s appointment is effective April 28.

Geiger comes from Sinclair Broadcasting Group (formerly Barrington Broadcasting Group), where he was president of the company’s Syracuse media properties, including WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. Sinclair bought the stations from Barrington last year.

“Chris has extensive knowledge of all aspects of managing multiple television stations within a market. He has a successful track record of revenue growth and strong leadership skills and will be a great asset for Tribune’s stations in Hartford,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement.

Geiger replaces Rich Graziano, who recently departed from WTIC-WCCT to become general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

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.

Doppler the WSTM Weather Cat to Retire

Doppler, the weather cat for Syracuse, NY, station WSTM is ending his television career this week.

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
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Megan Coleman to Evenings, Lisa Spitz to Mornings at Syracuse’s WSTM

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

News Director Peggy Phillip Exits KSHB

KSHB news director Peggy Phillip has left the Kansas City NBC-affiliate, Bottom Line Communications reports.

Phillip joined the station three years ago. She has previously been news director at WMAR in Baltimore, WSTM in Syracuse and WMC in Memphis. In 2009, she was named to the RTDNA Board of Directors. She began her television career at KTVN in Reno.

Phillip’s exit comes just a month after KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac announced his retirement.

[via Bottom Line Communications, Rick Gevers & Associates]

Veteran Anchor Don Lark Returning to Connecticut

Don Lark, who was a marquee anchor for WFSB in the 80s and 90s , is returning to the Hartford-New Haven market to become a weekend anchor for WTNH.

Lark is set to make his on-air debut with WTNH this weekend.  He will anchor the station’s 6, 10, and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts alongside Sara Welch.

Lark left WFSB in 1995 to become an anchor at WSTM in Syracuse.  Most recently, he did communications work for Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign, according to The Laurel.

“Don knows and loves Connecticut,” read a memo sent out to WTNH staff this week. Read more