CENTRAL NEW YORK — As per tradition here at CNYRadio.com and CNYTVNews.com, New Year's Eve is when we look through a whole bunch of server stats to determine the Top 10 Stories that appeared on this website over the past year. We also asked readers to submit some of your own thoughts on which stories are the "biggest" in terms of importance, even if not by numbers alone.
Top 10 search terms: What readers wanted to know about the most
We’re always grateful for readers who stop by the site every day, or who keep an eye out for new stories via our RSS, Facebook or Twitter feeds. But there are plenty of readers who find the site through search engines like Google and Yahoo. Not counting searches for "cnyradio" or similar variations of the site's name, here are the top 10 search terms which brought users to CNYRadio.com and CNYTVNews.com during 2013:
- Dave Eichorn
- Tanja Babich
- Caroline Gable
- Bill Shedden WCNY
- Brent Axe
- Bill Keeler
- Dave Longley
- Dysfunctional Family BBQ
- KRockathon 2013
Source: Google Analytics, 1/1/13 through 12/30/13.
Your Picks: Readers nominate top stories
While the top 10 list which appears further down this page is based strictly upon site traffic stats, we realize that sometimes, the "biggest" stories aren't always necessarily the stories that get the biggest numbers. With that in mind, we asked readers to submit their own picks for the "biggest" story of 2013. While there didn't seem to be a consensus on any particular story, there was agreement on a particular topic: personnel changes.
- One reader pointed out how 92.7 The Drive (WXUR) in Utica has "completed its migration of key players" from 96.9 WOUR. Former midday host Alison and afternoon host Jerry Kraus were let go in 2007, just before Clear Channel sold WOUR to Galaxy Communications. Both have since picked up weekend shifts at WXUR. "Genesee Joe" Trisolino was the lone weekday on-air staffer to survive the sale and remained with WOUR for a few more years. But this past
August March (our mistake on the date!), Genesee Joe made the jump to WXUR, joining his old co-workers once again.
- On our CNYRadio.com Facebook page, reader Branden Jaquays commented, "I vote for the death of 'Sports Watch,' the longtime sports show on WIBX... and also, the untimely exit of WIBX's Branden Block," the former of which was an indirect side effect of WIBX hiring longtime local radio personality Bill Keeler to host mornings. Both events took place in January.
- Multiple readers pointed out the seemingly high number of changes on the talent roster at Syracuse ABC affiliate WSYR-TV. One reader pointed out, just since Labor Day, at least five on-air staffers have left: morning meteorologist Chris Brandolino, morning co-anchor Tanja Babich, weekend anchor James Gaddis, weekend meteorologist Julia Weiden and "Bridge Street" co-host Caroline Gable. On the plus side, all six left on their own -- and it seems plenty of viewers are pleased that Brandolino's exit makes it possible for NewsChannel 9 to bring former chief meteorologist Dave Eichorn back to the staff.
How did our reader picks compare to the actual site traffic stats?
Top 10 CNYRadio.com and CNYTVNews.com Stories of 2013
Without further adieu, we present to you, the ten most-viewed stories during 2013: