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WIBX and WKTV Help Raise $1.1 Million for Heart Association

UTICA-ROME -- They call it "America's Greatest Heart Weekend," and it all started with the annual WIBX Heart Radiothon 41 years ago.  Since then, the radiothon and a run have been joined by a walk, a health expo and NBC affiliate WKTV's Heart Telethon.  Working together, the events raised more than $1.1 Million for the […]

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WKTV Morning Anchor Leaving for Baltimore

UTICA -- After six years of climbing Smith Hill every morning while most of us sleep, WKTV morning co-anchor Megan Koskovich is leaving the NBC affiliate shortly after the current February sweeps period ends.  She's making a rather big jump up the TV market ladder, but she likely won't be seen on-camera.

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Tom Coyne Out at WKTV After 17 Years

Updated 12:45pm with station confirmation. UTICA -- Most TV program directors usually aren't "known" to the public, but it's a safe bet anyone who has ever watched WKTV has at least heard the voice of Tom Coyne, and if you watched enough, you may have actually seen him appearing on-camera. has learned from multiple […]

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WKTV to Air Humane Society Telethon

UTICA -- NBC affiliate NewsChannel 2 (WKTV) is devoting much of the day tomorrow to a worthy local cause. From noon to 8pm, the station will broadcast a telethon to benefit the Stevens-Swan Humane Society. It's the animal shelter's biggest fundraiser each year.

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WKTV Seeks Account Executive

UTICA -- NBC affiliate WKTV NewsChannel 2 is looking to fill an opening in the sales department.  Frank Abbadessa, Station Manager and Director of Sales, sends along the following job posting:

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The Biggest Stories of 2011: Your Picks

CENTRAL NEW YORK -- Tomorrow, we'll tally up our web server stats and countdown the top 10 stories of the year, as ranked by number of page views. First, we're adding something new to our "Year in Review" coverage this year: earlier this month, we put out an open call for YOUR opinions on the […]

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POTW: Stuffing the Bus with KISS-FM (2011)

UTICA/ROME -- It's a joint effort between radio and TV stations in the Mohawk Valley, and organizers say this year's "Stuff the Bus" toy drive is on pace to surpass last year's total of 8,000+ toys.  The entire thing wraps up with two events taking place tomorrow -- in New Hartford and in Utica.

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WKTV Sends a GM to Providence... and Gets One Back

UTICA -- A little over a month since Vic Vetters announced plans to leave NBC affiliate NewsChannel 2 (WKTV) for a new job in Providence, the station's parent owner has named a new GM -- who comes to Utica from Providence.  While Vetters went to Providence's NBC affiliate (WJAR), Steve Doerr comes to WKTV from […]

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Amanda Gabeler Returns to Utica TV

UTICA/ROME -- When WUTR and WFXV revived local news last month, they only hired one meteorologist.  So what happens when Jeff Matthews needs a night off?  We found out tonight, when former WKTV chief meteorologist Amanda Gabeler appeared in his place.

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WKTV's Don Shipman Gets Married

UTICA -- Our congratulations to WKTV anchor Don Shipman, who got married over the weekend.  According to the NBC affiliate, Shipman and longtime partner Adam Lawless have been planning their big day for quite awhile -- and New York State's recent legalization of same-sex marriages finally allowed their plans to become a reality.

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