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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.

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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.

Columbus Anchors Show What Happens During Breaks

WSYX anchor Bob Kendrick recently posted a video revealing what really happens between segments at the Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate.

The video also features chief meteorologist Bill Kelly, a fast food run and a tear inducing rendition of the Disney song “Beauty and the Beast.”

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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.

WTVH Transmitter Down Since Tuesday

cny centralThe transmitter for Syracuse, NY, CBS affiliate WTVH has been down since New Year’s Eve.

The station is reminding viewers to watch its over-the-air signal on digital channel 3.3, via facebook, Twitter and its own website.

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.

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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.”

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

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