March 9, 2012
Joangel Concepcion is WHEC's newest reporter. She joins us from KVEO NBC 23 in McAllen, TX. Concepcion is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelpia, PA and a native of Miami, FL.
Update: Thalia Hayden is now at KMIR (NBC) in Palm Springs, CA.
December 31, 2011
Many have noticed the lack of updates from RNYN this past year. There are several factors that played a role in this. Earlier this year I experienced a hard drive failure which resulted in a long-term loss of practically everything that I require to operate this website. Miraculously I was able to salvage a majority of the data, but for an extended period of time, the only access which I had to the Internet was via my smartphone.
When I began operating this website, ten years ago, I had endless amounts of free time. I was just 14 years old and could spend my time watching newscasts up to six hours a day picking apart the oh so subtle changes that most would not notice (or even care to notice.) As I grew older, my responsibilites changed, which unfortunately meant that RNYN had to be placed on the back burner from time to time. I started this website for no other reason than to have fun and share my passion of television news with others. I have never collected a single cent from this operation and never plan on doing so either.
One reader suggested that I pull the plug on this site since it seems that I cannot keep up with it. I can tell you with certainty that RNYN is here to stay, regardless of the criticism it has received. Although the forum has not been actively used since its introduction nearly a year ago, I would like to remind readers that they can post topics for discussion at any time. A huge part of this website is dependent upon the loyal readers of RNYN. Please continue to e-mail your tips and suggestions, or simply start a discussion on the forum!
Now that everything is back in place, I anticipate more frequent, consistent updates, pending an apocalypse doesn't occur. Thank you for your continued interest in RNYN and have a safe and Happy New Year!
March 29, 2011
John DiPasquale is the new morning meteorologist at WROC. DiPasquale comes to Rochester from WXXA, the FOX affiliate in Albany, NY. He is a native of the Finger Lakes area and has forecasted the weather in several other area markets.
For those of you wondering about Brian Neudorff, he is still providing weather forecasts for Rochester from his private website www.wx-man.com (which is having technical difficulties, it seems). You can also follow Brian on Facebook or Twitter.
Elizabeth Schubert has left WHAM-TV in order to be closer to family in the Washington, D.C. area. Don Alhart wrote a special poem for Elizabeth which he uploaded to YouTube while vacationing in Aruba.
February 28, 2011
I would like to thank everyone for the e-mails that I received over the past few weeks. Your support is what makes this site a success. The past month has proven to be quite a challenge for me on a personal level, so unfortunately I have not been able to attend to the website as frequently as I would have liked. With that being said, I am here now!
There are a couple of updates to report from WHEC: Thalia Hayden returned to News 10NBC in January after having spent a year at WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL. Also, Nikki Rudd has moved from weekends to weekday mornings. Christine VanTimmeran has taken her place as weekend anchor.
January 20, 2011
There are more changes in the weather at WROC/WUHF. Metorologist Bob Metcalfe is leaving his current role to work within a different department at the station. Meteorologist Stacey Pensgen of WHAM-TV is said to be taking his place. WHAM has recently hired Adam Chodak from KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, CO. Chodak will serve as anchor/reporter, possibly filling the position that Edward Moody vacated back in December.
January 14, 2011
Meteorologist Brian Neudorff was recently informed that his contract will not be renewed with Nexstar's WROC/WUHF duopoly. The station claims to be moving in a different direction with the morning show.
Deanna King, who has worked at WHEC in a number of capacities, such as reporter, assignment editor, and producer will soon make her debut on WROC as a reporter.
I'm heading to Detroit for the weekend. The North American International Auto Show is calling my name.
January 5, 2011
For those that have been following the contract negotiations between Time Warner and Sinclair Broadcast Group, a long term agreement still has not been reached. The two sides have temporarily agreed on a 2-week extension that will allow WUHF to be seen on Time Warner Cable until January 14. If an agreement cannot be made by then, Time Warner has said that they will still provide FOX network programming, perhaps from another market. For more information concerning this issue, I encourage you to check out the websites that both companies have set up. Sinclair Broadcast Group and Time Warner Cable.
WHAM-TV has taken full advantage of the dispute between WUHF (Sinclair) and Time Warner by offering viewers an alternative choice for news at 10:00. Last week, WHAM announced the addition of 13WHAM News @ 10:00 on Rochester's CW. The newscast premiered on January 1st.
In Syracuse, 9 WSYR (ABC) has officially announced their intent to debut their newscasts in high defintion, beginning in February. For more information, including a behind-the- scenes look at the demolition of the old set, please visit 9wsyr.com. Last month, WSTM NBC 3 and WTVH CBS 5 began broadcasting their newscasts in "enhanced widescreen", which is a standard definition signal in widescreen. Video can be seen on the YouTube channel.
January 2, 2011
There are several updates to report this time around on RNYN. Thank you so much to everyone who sent me e-mails with the following information. I apologize for not posting your news sooner, since the past few weeks have been quite busy for me working the graveyard shift. Some of this news is old by now, but what the hey...
We'll start off at WROC/WUHF:
Linzi Sheldon, who left News 10NBC earlier this year as the Finger Lakes Bureau Reporter, joined WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC back in September. WHEC hired Ted Fioraliso in October from WENY (ABC/CBS) in Elmira, NY to fill the backpack journalist position.
Also from WENY comes Toby Motyka. He is now a sports reporter with 13 WHAM. Sarah Sheridan, fiancée of Toby Motyka is also joining WHAM as a reporter. She has anchored Good Morning Twin Tiers at WENY for the past three years. In the weather department, Meteorologist Jeff Nadjer could be seen much of this past week giving his forecast. Nadjer is a graduate of SUNY Brockport. Finally, my apologies to Angela Hong who came to Rochester all the way back in August as WHAM's first video-journalist (also referred to as backpack journalist). Hong is a native of Atlanta, GA and was an anchor and reporter at WDNN in Dalton, GA.
I hope that covers it all. Keep those e-mails coming and Happy New Year!
December 8, 2010
Quite a few changes will be occurring at one local station before the end of the year. At WROC/WUHF, some have already taken place. Evan Axelbank, who has been with us for a better part of the past two years will soon join WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, FL. It has also been learned that Meghan Backus is leaving the station. Amanda Ciavarri, a graduate of St. Bonaventure and most recently a reporter with WICZ in Binghamton is said to be joining News 8 / Fox Rochester, filling one of the vacated positions. (Ciavarri has already made her Rochester debut, I've been told.) There are currently four openings for a general assignment reporter, as well as a meteorologist. With that being said, some changes will also be occurring in the weather department. I will release more details as soon as I am able to.
Across town, Edward Moody has left WHAM-TV in order to further pursue his television career in Indianapolis, IN.
September 17, 2010
It has been quite a week in Rochester television. On Sunday, at 6:00, WHAM debuted their new set, logo, and graphics, all in High Definiton. The upgrades to their facilities have been in the works for several months. You can visit our YouTube channel to see the new 13 WHAM News in HD. Also, you can find some other goodies on there too!
The other major event occurring this week was WROC's premiere of the market's first 4:00 newscast. News 8 First at 4 premiered on Tuesday, which was originally scheduled for Monday, but preempted due to CBS Sports coverage of Tennis. Matt Molloy anchors the new show, but he is hardly anchored at all, moving around quite frequently in the newsroom and talking to reporters about the stories that they are working on. Also, a special focus has been given to viewer participation via social network sites. Speaking of social networking, don't forget to become a fan of RNYN on Facebook!
Congratulations are long overdue to Don Alhart, who was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame earlier this summer. 13WHAM aired a special tribute to Don, and has been kind enough to post it online for those who missed the original airing. Click the link above to view more.
August 2, 2010
Jennifer Johnson, who spent the last 8 years at News 10NBC, will be joining 13WHAM News at the end of the month as morning co-anchor. Former WHAM morning co-anchor, Holly Maynard is now the weekend anchor at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC.
July 13, 2010
13 WHAM-TV recently announced that they will soon broadcast their newscasts in High Defintion. For the past several weeks, crews have been working on building a new HD set, while newscasts temporarily originate from the newsroom. New graphics and an updated logo will also be featured when 13 WHAM News goes HD in mid-September. See attached press release for more info.
July 7, 2010
Richard J. McCollough sent us this press release, regarding a new news service for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community, set to launch in January 2011: