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Anchor Elsa Gillis leaving Utica's WUTR

UTICA -- Earlier this evening, we reported WUTR reporter Rachel Polansky is moving to Syracuse sister station WSYR-TV.  We just learned she's not the only Eyewitness News staffer whose daily trips up and down Smith Hill are numbered.  Anchor Elsa Gillis announced she's also leaving -- for a new job in Louisiana.

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Matt Herkimer exits Big Frog 104 after 25 years

Updated 8:20pm -- UTICA-ROME -- For the first time in its 25-year history, perennial market leader Big Frog 104 (WFRG) is playing "the best and most country" without its longtime morning host.  Matt Herkimer's bio and photo disappeared from the station website over the weekend, and he's not on the air this morning.

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POTW: Sandy Parker at Utica's WUFM (1967)

UTICA-ROME -- Since we've resumed our "Picture of the Week" feature earlier this month, we're pleased that we've been able to go "around the horn," featuring a photo from each of the markets we cover.  Not only does this week's photo take us to Utica-Rome (after last week in Ithaca and the week before in […]

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YNN rebranding as "Time Warner Cable News"

SYRACUSE -- Next month, YNN will be rebranded as "Time Warner Cable News."  Although it may be common knowledge among local broadcasters that the 24/7 local news channel is owned by and only available on Time Warner Cable, a majority of average customers didn't -- so the cable giant wants to make it unavoidably obvious.

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WUTQ's "Talk of the Town" to celebrate anniversary

UTICA-ROME -- The hosts of 100.7 WUTQ's "Talk of the Town" are getting ready to celebrate another year in the studio together.  Mark Piersma and Frank Elias are opening the doors to the WUTQ studios to the public for an extended "2nd Anniversary Show" tomorrow morning.  Guests will enjoy "music, food... and more" according to […]

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Y94 and Lite 98.7 flip the all-Christmas switch

SYRACUSE and UTICA-ROME -- The mystery is over as to when Clear Channel's Y94 (WYYY Syracuse) and Townsquare Media's Lite 98.7 (WLZW Utica) would trade-in their usual adult contemporary formats to go all-Christmas.  Both stations made the switch on Friday afternoon.

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Feds OK new Rome translator for WRVO

UTICA-ROME -- NPR news/talk fans in the Copper City could soon have another option for tuning-in the NPR affiliate from the Port City.  The FCC has granted a construction permit for a new FM translator in Rome to simulcast Oswego's WRVO.  When construction is complete, the signal at 92.3FM is expected to cover the city's […]

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YNN celebrating 10th anniversary

SYRACUSE -- Your News Now, or YNN, is celebrating ten years on Time Warner Cable.  The 24/7 local news channel, which started out as "News 10 Now," still has 17 of its original staff members on board, including GM Ron Lombard.  Today on syracuse.com, Katrina Tulloch interviewed Lombard about his reflections on the past decade.

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Past and present broadcasters score election victories

SYRACUSE and UTICA -- At least two former Syracuse TV reporters enjoyed victories on election night. Jean Kessner was re-elected to the Syracuse Common Council. Stefan Mychajliw was re-elected as Erie County Comptroller in his hometown of Buffalo. And in Utica, longtime WIBX "Auto Talk" host Ed Welsh was re-elected to the Oneida County Legislature.

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WKAL announces format, job openings

UTICA-ROME -- It's been a long time in the works, and the signal has been on-again/off-again several times over the past two years.  Today, some sure signs of progress -- management has announced the station's eventual format, and they're taking applications for a number of job openings.

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