SYRACUSE -- Meteorologist Pat Pagano has been relieved of his duties for "Central New York's Morning News" on Newsradio 570 WSYR, according to published reports. Pagano had been providing morning drive weather reports on WSYR for 34 years.
The Syracuse Post-Standard says Pagano was informed earlier this week that today would be his final day on the air. The newspaper did not say how many other stations Pagano works with, but the Long Island-based forecaster said "radio is becoming very limited," as stations scale back on budgets. Pagano tells the Post-Standard he'd like to try to get a deal with another station in the market, but if that doesn't happen, he may exit radio altogether.
The Post-Standard said it was unable to reach WSYR program director Jason Furst for additional comment.
WSYR has been using forecasts from meteorologists at former sister station WSYR-TV (NewsChannel 9) in all other dayparts outside of weekday mornings. That partnership has continued even though Clear Channel sold off its TV stations earlier this year.
However, WSYR-TV will not be taking over morning weather duties; the station has been running promos stating it's going to be using forecasts from The Weather Channel starting on Monday. Not a big surprise, as WSYR-TV's two senior meteorologists are already committed to other radio stations for morning drive.