SYRACUSE -- It's a busy two weeks for ABC affiliate NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV). Right after 12 days of extensive coverage from the New York State Fair, it's the MDA Labor Day Telethon, followed the very next day by the addition of two more newscasts.
Starting on Tuesday, the station jumps on a trend that's been seen mostly in major markets so far, as The Morning News expands to a 4:30am start time. According to the station's website, Dan Cummings will anchor the extra half-hour with Chris Brandolino on weather. Co-anchor Christie Casciano will join in at 5:00.
And near the end of the day, NewsChannel 9 at 10:00 will debut Tuesday on digital subchannel 9.2, also available on Time Warner Cable channel 890, or Verizon FiOS channel 470. The 15-minute newscast will go live at 10, then repeated on tape on the quarter-hour until 11:00. James Gaddis, formerly of WBNG-TV in Binghamton, will be anchoring.
In other news from channel 9's Bridge Street studios, reporter Kim Brown is changing careers. After roughly six years in the newsroom, Brown is taking a job with her alma mater, Syracuse University. The Syracuse Press Club reports she'll be the new Alumni Program Coordinator at SU's Career Services office.
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