CENTRAL NEW YORK — ABC affiliates NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV Syracuse) and WUTR 20 Utica have been removed from DirecTV's satellite TV service as a result of a dispute with station owner Nexstar Media Group.
Former Syracuse radio DJ Don Bombard, whose career eventually took him to the legendary WCBS-FM in New York City, has died. His wife made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon. Bombard's radio career started in 1962 when he was 15, when he won a guest DJ contest on WOLF 1490. The DJ who introduced Bombard to the airwaves: Marv Albert.
SYRACUSE -- There's a new co-host next to Steve Infanti on "Bridge Street" on NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV), but the name is a familiar one to Syracuse TV audiences. Iris St. Meran was introduced as the long-running local daytime talk show's co-host on Monday.
UTICA-ROME -- Longtime Mohawk Valley radio listeners might remember him from his time on multiple stations including 96.9 WOUR, K-Rock and the former Rock 107. "Hard Rock Harry" Enea died after a battle with cancer, according to public Facebook posts from his family.
SYRACUSE -- Longtime local radio personality Becky Palmer passed away over the weekend, according to various media reports. She was best known for 22 years co-hosting mornings on iHeart's country-formatted B104.7 (WBBS), ending with her retirement in 2019.
UTICA-ROME -- Townsquare Media's 100,000-watt country blowtorch Big Frog 104 (WFRG) has once again claimed the top spot in Nielsen's semi-annual audience estimates for the market. At first glance, Townsquare's entire cluster appears to have swept the entire market.
[Updated 11/8 with arrangements and obituary] SYRACUSE -- It's a sad day for the local TV news community: after battling cancer for more than a decade, longtime NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) photojournalist Eddie Jones passed away on Sunday. Throughout it all, he maintained the positive attutide many knew him for, and continued to work, punching the clock as recently as last week.