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Jerry Condra Dies at 85

He'll be remembered by younger broadcasters as a professor at SUNY Oswego. Some may remember him from Syracuse's channel 9, when it was WNYS-TV. Others around the country knew him as a kids' show host, a weatherman, an anchor, a news director and a general manager. Jerry Condra died this past week at the age […]

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Year in Review 2013: Remembering those we lost

CENTRAL NEW YORK -- Two people at two different stations, who worked at their respective stations for decades, climbing the ladder to upper management... some pioneers in local television... and a few who left us much sooner than expected.   In this installment of our four-part "Year in Review," we pause to remember the local […]

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Retired WSTM production manager Joe Turrisi dies

SYRACUSE -- Condolences to family, friends and former colleagues of longtime WSTM-TV employee Joseph Turrisi, who died this past weekend at the age of 81.  The lifelong Syracuse resident enjoyed a 46-year career at channel 3, where he held the position of production manager upon his retirement.

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Obituary published for ex-WSYR anchor Tara Howard

Updated 10/20 -- SYRACUSE -- An obituary published today advises, "be prepared to smile, laugh, and cry" at a celebration of life this weekend in Cazenovia, in memory of former WSYR radio news anchor Tara Howard Knauff.  She died on Monday following a battle with cancer.

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Cancer claims former WSYR radio host

SYRACUSE -- Former WSYR radio host Tara Howard Knauff has died.  According to Geoff Herbert on syracuse.com, the former morning show co-anchor passed away following a battle with cancer.  Howard worked at WSYR from 1991 to 2000.  Howard spent the final years of her career at ABC News Radio in New York City.

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Radio veteran John "Jack" Hessmiller dies

SYRACUSE -- Former WAER-FM sportcaster and WOLF 1490 news reporter John "Jack" Hessmiller, Jr., has died. An obituary published today reports the former broadcaster passed in May at the age of 58, following an illness. A memorial service is planned for August 3.

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Funeral arrangements announced for John Krauss

OSWEGO -- Funeral arrangements for John Krauss, the retired WRVO General Manager who died on Monday, have been announced. Calling hours will be offered tomorrow and Saturday in Oswego, with a memorial service to immediately follow Saturday's calling hours.

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Retired WRVO General Manager John Krauss dies

OSWEGO -- His voice was the very first to be heard when WRVO debuted in 1969.  John Krauss would stay with the Oswego station for the next 41 years, working his way up the ranks, eventually serving as General Manager from 1996 until his retirement in 2010.  Today, we're sad to report Krauss has died.

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Veteran broadcaster Vincent Spadafora dies in crash

VERONA -- Longtime Onondaga Community College radio instructor and local sports radio broadcaster Vince "Vinny" Spadafora has died at the age of 65.  His death is the result of a one-car rollover accident on Friday night.

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Former Syracuse TV and radio reporter Tony Gaskins dead at 56

CLEVELAND, OH -- Tony Gaskins, who worked in Syracuse at channel 9 and WSYR radio throughout most of the 1980s, has died.  Family members say Gaskins passed following an apparent heart attack on Tuesday.  The Emmy-award winning reporter, known for his deep voice and unique sign-off, was 56 years old.

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