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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.

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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.”

Happy National Hug an Anchor Day!

It’s National Hug an Anchor Day, and anchors across the country are getting a little love from colleagues, fans, random people in parking lots and people in tomato costumes. Here’s a sample of how a few stations are celebrating.

KXRM in Colorado Springs enlisted the Fazoli’s mascot to help them celebrate:

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Todd Piro and Audrey Washington to Join WVIT

Reporters Todd Piro and Audrey Washington (pictured) are joining WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, later this month.

Piro joins WVIT from KPSP in Palm Springs, where he is the weekday morning anchor. Prior to his television career, he was a litigation lawyer and recruitment coordinator for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a law firm in Los Angeles.

Washington has been a reporter at WJAR in Providence for the past two years. She has also worked at WSYR in Syracuse and WITN in Greenville.

In a statement, WVIT president and general manager David Doebler said he was “thrilled to add Todd and Audrey to our award-winning news team.” Read more

Reporter Jan Carabeo Joins WTIC in Hartford

Jan Carabeo will join Hartford Fox-affiliate WTIC this week, the Hartford Courant reports.

Carabeo joins WTIC from WSYR, the ABC-affiliate in Syracuse, where she has been a general assignment reporter since 2010. Prior to that, she spent two years at WIVT, the ABC-affiliate in Binghamton.

She will be a reporter on the WTIC morning newscast. Her first day will be tomorrow.

Newport Strikes New Retrans Deal with Verizon, Ending Blackout

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.

Unable to reach a new deal with Verizon last week, Newport pulled three of its stations from the fiber optic cable system: WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg.

“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.

Newport Television Stations Blacked Out on Verizon as Carriage Deal Expires

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.”

Newport’s previous retrans agreement with Verizon expired at 11:59 p.m. last night, leaving FiOS customers without WSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg. Read more

Newport-Owned Stations May Go Dark on Verizon

Three stations owned by Newport TelevisionWSYR in Syracuse, WXXA in Albany, and WHP in Harrisburg–may be dropped from Verizon FiOS tonight as the station group stares down a deadline for retrans negotiations with the cable provider.

Newport’s current retrans contract with Verizon FiOS expires at midnight, tonight.

“We are currently working to reach a new agreement with Verizon FiOS TV,” reads a statement posted on the websites of Newport-owned stations affected by the negotiations. “However based on the current status of those discussions, we do not believe Verizon FiOS TV will be carrying [Newport stations after January 12th.”

Newport, which was founded in 2007, owns dozens of stations across the country but only three of its stations are carried on Verizon’s fiber optic cable service.

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