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InformNNY.com is your place for local news and information! WWTI ABC50 first signed onto the air as WFYF in December 1987. Until then, most North Country viewers relied on the over-the-air signal from WUTR in Utica for their ABC programming. Putting WFYF on the air was a multi-million dollar investment for several partners, including David James Alteri, who served as General Manager, Steven Fox and Richard Kimball. The station turned out to be under-capitalized for the extended period necessary before advertising revenue could support its operations. The original ownership team dissolved and new station General Manager Shelly Markoff took control. Under Markoff, the station changed its call letters to WWTI. In the face of a national recession, however, it was still tough going for the fledgling station. In early 1991 the station dropped its local newscasts. Greyhound Financial Services, an original investor in the station assumed control operating WWTI with ABC and syndicated programming for the next five years. In 1996 the station was purchased by Robert Smith who also owned television stations in Utica and Elmira, New York as well as in California and Alaska. Then the growth began! In September of 1998 an agreement between WWTI , Warner Brothers and Time Warner Cable allowed WWTI to launch a cable-only Warner Brothers affiliate station, WBWT 31. Warner Brothers later merged with CBS to form the CW Network. The North Country CW as it is now known, is a full power over the air local CW affiliate. The industry trend continued of larger broadcast ownership groups, and in March 2000, Mr. Smith sold the station to Ackerley Communications, which owned a chain of television and radio stations, extensive outdoor advertising, as well as the The Seattle Supersonics of the NBA and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. David Males, then General Sales Manager, was promoted to General Manager. Becoming a part of The Ackerley Group put WWTI on the cutting edge of technology and digital broadcast. The implementation of Digital Central Casting, controlling commercial and programming playback for many stations from one central location, began by placing a fiber connection between the 7 Ackerley owned TV stations, and WIXT in Syracuse as the central station. This system was later copied and implemented by a number of other broadcast groups as they attempted to steam-line operations and create greater efficiencies and synergies among its holdings. In 2002 Ackerley sold its holding to an even larger company, media giant Clear Channel Communications. In 2009 Newport Television, purchased the television assets of Clear Channel Communications. After becoming a digital-exclusive station, Newport announced on July 19, 2012 that it would sell twelve of its stations, including WWTI, to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Mr. Males continues as General Manager today. WWTI ABC50 and The North Country CW continue to bring cutting edge digital broadcast and interactive technology to Northern New York and Southern Eastern Ontario. The stations continue to be immersed into the local communities forming partnerships with The American Cancer Society, The Watertown Teen Center, The American Red Cross, The Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of United States Army, The Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce and scores of other local Chambers of Commerce.
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05/30/2020
Hometown Heroes: The Raines Family

The Raines Family was chosen as The Northern New York Fort Drum AUSA Family of The Year - and as this month's #HometownHeroes. Watch their story here:

Elmira, NY native and retired NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is excited to see finally see the SpaceX rocket launch this ...
05/30/2020
Elmira native/retired NASA astronaut Eileen Collins excited for SpaceX launch, future of space exploration

Elmira, NY native and retired NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is excited to see finally see the SpaceX rocket launch this weekend after years of the country relying on Russian rockets to transport Americans into space.

(WETM) – Elmira native and retired NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is excited to see finally see the SpaceX rocket launch this weekend after years of the country relying on Russian rockets to t…

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization...
05/29/2020
President Trump says U.S. will terminate relationship with World Health Organization

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has “total control” over the global organization.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronav…

A fiery explosion followed by a sonic boom rattled the South Texas Gulf Coast during a failed test just before 2 p.m. at...
05/29/2020
Explosion at SpaceX South Texas facility caught on camera

A fiery explosion followed by a sonic boom rattled the South Texas Gulf Coast during a failed test just before 2 p.m. at SpaceX’s rocket testing launchpad near Boca Chica Beach, Texas.

BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas (Border Report) — A fiery explosion followed by a sonic boom rattled the South Texas Gulf Coast during a failed test just before 2 p.m. at SpaceX’s rocket testin…

A county-wide task force is bringing together business organizations, economic development officials, government leaders...
05/29/2020
Task force created to manage reopening of St. Lawrence County

A county-wide task force is bringing together business organizations, economic development officials, government leaders and public health experts to help guide County and regional efforts to reopen the county’s economy as quickly and safely as possible.

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – A county-wide task force is bringing together business organizations, economic development officials, government leaders and public health experts to help g…

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported for Jefferson County today.
05/29/2020
Two new cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported for Jefferson County today.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported for Jefferson County today. There have been 73 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. The following COVID-19 statistics a…

The Northern New York Community Foundation has announced nearly $10,000 in grant awards to support nonprofit organizatio...
05/29/2020
Nearly $10,000 in Community Support Fund Grants approved to help North Country residents

The Northern New York Community Foundation has announced nearly $10,000 in grant awards to support nonprofit organizations responding to the needs of thousands of North Country residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – The Northern New York Community Foundation has announced nearly $10,000 in grant awards to support nonprofit organizations responding to the needs of thousands of Nor…

The new early warning dashboard combines the state’s data collection efforts for New Yorkers, government officials and e...
05/29/2020
New York State’s new early warning dashboard tracks new infections, hospital capacity and more

The new early warning dashboard combines the state’s data collection efforts for New Yorkers, government officials and experts to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.

NEW YORK (WWTI) – Governor Cuomo announced today that five regions can enter Phase Two of reopening, including Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier. …

One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in St. Lawrence County today. There have been 201 positive cases of COVID-19 in S...
05/29/2020
New case of COVID-19 in St. Lawrence County brings total to 201 positive cases

One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in St. Lawrence County today. There have been 201 positive cases of COVID-19 in St. Lawrence County.

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – One new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in St. Lawrence County today. There have been 201 positive cases of COVID-19 in St. Lawrence County. Of the 201 positive ca…

As of 1pm today, Lewis County is open for Phase Two businesses.
05/29/2020
Lewis County businesses opening as part of Phase 2

As of 1pm today, Lewis County is open for Phase Two businesses.

LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – As of 1pm today, Lewis County is open for Phase Two businesses. Business guidance can be found at the Forward NY website. Similar to Phase One, businesses must com…

Former President Barack Obama on Friday responded to the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, saying black Americ...
05/29/2020
Obama on George Floyd death: ‘This shouldn’t be “normal”‘

Former President Barack Obama on Friday responded to the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, saying black Americans nationwide are feeling “anguish” that he said is “shared by me and millions of others.”

Former President Barack Obama on Friday responded to the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, saying black Americans nationwide are feeling “anguish” that he said is “share…

Temperatures will drop into the 50s overnight.  Rain showers will continue throughout the night.  Cold fronts moving in ...
05/29/2020
5-29-20: Temperatures in the 50s tonight, thunderstorms possible

Temperatures will drop into the 50s overnight. Rain showers will continue throughout the night. Cold fronts moving in may spark thunderstorms, so we’ll look out for the possibility of those becoming severe.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – Temperatures will drop into the 50s overnight. Rain showers will continue throughout the night. Cold fronts moving in may spark thunderstorms, so we’ll look out for…

Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the first five regions to move into Phase One two weeks ago can now begin movi...
05/29/2020
Five New York regions can move into Phase Two

Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the first five regions to move into Phase One two weeks ago can now begin moving into Phase Two of reopening, including the North Country.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the first five regions to move into Phase One two weeks ago can now begin moving into Phase Two of reopening. Businesse…

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, one of four officers fired after George Floyd’s death, has been arrested.
05/29/2020
Fired police officer Derek Chauvin taken into custody in George Floyd’s death

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, one of four officers fired after George Floyd’s death, has been arrested.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, one of four officers fired after George Floyd’s death, has been arrested. The arrest comes days after protests have broken out across the nat…

It is a tradition at Jefferson Community College to recognize students, faculty and staff in April for their excellence ...
05/29/2020
JCC students, faculty and staff recognized for excellence and achievements

It is a tradition at Jefferson Community College to recognize students, faculty and staff in April for their excellence and achievements at the College’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – It is a tradition at Jefferson Community College to recognize students, faculty and staff in April for their excellence and achievements at the College’s Annual Award…

Governor Cuomo is giving his daily coronavirus update at 1pm.  Click below to watch live.
05/29/2020
WATCH: Governor Cuomo to speak at 1 p.m. in New Rochelle

Governor Cuomo is giving his daily coronavirus update at 1pm. Click below to watch live.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to speak at Iona College in New Rochelle at 1 p.m. on Friday. With most regions in New York in Phase One of reopening many regi…

There have been a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lewis County since the virus it the North Country. No new c...
05/29/2020
Number of quarantined COVID-19 cases in Lewis County drops, number of recovered cases increases

There have been a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lewis County since the virus it the North Country. No new cases were reported to Lewis County Public Health today.

LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – There have been a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lewis County since the virus it the North Country. No new cases were reported to Lewis County Public Health …

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced ...
05/29/2020
US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recess…

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has released guidance for Phase Two hours into what many communities expected to be the b...
05/29/2020
New York releases guidance for phase two amid confusion

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has released guidance for Phase Two hours into what many communities expected to be the beginning of a new step forward in reopening.

NEW YORK (WETM) – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has released guidance for Phase Two hours into what many communities expected to be the beginning of a new step forward in reopening. Th…

Organizers of the Jefferson County Fair report the fair scheduled for July 7 through 12 is canceled.
05/29/2020
Jefferson County Fair is canceled

Organizers of the Jefferson County Fair report the fair scheduled for July 7 through 12 is canceled.

WATERTOWN, NY (WSYR-TV) Organizers of the Jefferson County Fair report the fair scheduled for July 7 through 12 is canceled. In a post to the fair’s website, organizers said that due to curre…

An elementary school and school district are receiving backlash from families over this year’s yearbook cover, which app...
05/29/2020
Parents angered over yearbook cover photo for elementary school

An elementary school and school district are receiving backlash from families over this year’s yearbook cover, which appears to exclude students of color.

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KTVI) — A Missouri elementary school and school district are receiving backlash from families over this year’s yearbook cover, which appears to exclude students of color.…

Highs will be near 80 degrees today.  We are expecting thunderstorms capable of producing gusty winds, heavy rain and po...
05/29/2020
5-29-20: Thunderstorms today, highs near 80 degrees

Highs will be near 80 degrees today. We are expecting thunderstorms capable of producing gusty winds, heavy rain and possibly hail in some areas.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – Highs will be near 80 degrees today. We are expecting thunderstorms capable of producing gusty winds, heavy rain and possibly hail in some areas. “When thunder roars…

Syracuse University’s Athletic Department sent a letter to season ticket holders this week alerting them that there may ...
05/29/2020
SU tells season ticket holders it is planning for reduced capacity for football season

Syracuse University’s Athletic Department sent a letter to season ticket holders this week alerting them that there may be reduced seating capacity for fans at SU football games.

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse University’s Athletic Department sent a letter to season ticket holders this week alerting them that there may be reduced seating capacity for fans at …

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Might want to move your bug after Cuomo got called on not having an interpreter. :-)
God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit Please Let these People See ! ALCOA is an Agent of Cancer. Child abuse & Disease in Your community ! NYPA Hydro Turbines Killing Fisheries and causing Coastal Dead ZONES 32 super giant Hydro turbine Butcher the entire St Lawrence River Providing Power to ALCOA Acoustic Weapon an Agent Child Cancers ALCOA's Long range Acoustic Weapon Murders susceptible People Children Babies, Bees, insects, Public Health and Safety still in Extreme Ignorant resistance to the seriousness of the industrial infrasound risks to Health of Children, People and Environment from the ALCOA Massena smelter the Toxic Vibration is vibrating the entire New York and Surrounding States ! management of this ongoing situation is impacted by failures and resistance at the state and local Public Safety levels to work with us in a forthright, transparent and proactive manner consistent with the seriousness of the On Going risks to public health tri-axial seat pad accelerometer HVM100 tests show 2.8 meters squared daily active whole body pathology Vibration ! From Massena NY to Burlington Vermont Fletcher Allen Hospital, and the same Hum in Lafayette NY, 173 Miles without weakening ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kTZzGbqVSc&feature=youtu.be http://thehum.info/ shows it's vibrating across many States ! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17014895 Vibroacoustic disease: biological affects of infrasound and low frequency noise https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189154 The clinical stages of vibroacoustic disease, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17315094 Respiratory pathology in vibroacoustic disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189173 Vibroacoustic disease; some forensics aspects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189173 Neurological aspects of vibroacoustic disease. CAUSING SUICIDES Soldiers & KIDS ! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300889 Effect of infrasound on cochlear https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_ii/otm_ii_3.html... https://able2know.org/topic/114246-1
God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit Please Let these People See ! ALCOA is an Agent of Cancer. Child abuse & Disease in Your community ! NYPA Hydro Turbines Killing Fisheries and causing Coastal Dead ZONES 32 super giant Hydro turbine Butcher the entire St Lawrence River Providing Power to ALCOA Acoustic Weapon an Agent Child Cancers ALCOA's Long range Acoustic Weapon Murders susceptible People Children Babies, Bees, insects, Public Health and Safety still in Extreme Ignorant resistance to the seriousness of the industrial infrasound risks to Health of Children, People and Environment from the ALCOA Massena smelter the Toxic Vibration is vibrating the entire New York and Surrounding States ! management of this ongoing situation is impacted by failures and resistance at the state and local Public Safety levels to work with us in a forthright, transparent and proactive manner consistent with the seriousness of the On Going risks to public health tri-axial seat pad accelerometer HVM100 tests show 2.8 meters squared daily active whole body pathology Vibration ! From Massena NY to Burlington Vermont Fletcher Allen Hospital, and the same Hum in Lafayette NY, 173 Miles without weakening ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kTZzGbqVSc&feature=youtu.be http://thehum.info/ shows it's vibrating across many States ! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17014895 Vibroacoustic disease: biological affects of infrasound and low frequency noise https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189154 The clinical stages of vibroacoustic disease, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17315094 Respiratory pathology in vibroacoustic disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189173 Vibroacoustic disease; some forensics aspects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10189173 Neurological aspects of vibroacoustic disease. CAUSING SUICIDES Soldiers & KIDS ! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17300889 Effect of infrasound on cochlear https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_ii/otm_ii_3.html... https://able2know.org/topic/114246-1
ALCOA Massena is pumping dealy biration into our Homes, community & Environment !https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXCZ3OyklrE
Removing potus virus briefing during a national crisis is wrong. Get a backbone!
Lots of snow overnight in Copenhagen, NY The Fish family was out this morning enjoying the "unknown"... Like how to get out of the 5 ft drift.
Your local commercials are running long and cutting off the beginnings of the CW shows. Please fix this
This guy works hard!! Wooden Boat Brewery, Clayton.
Children are not Safe on Fort Drum Base ! under Acoustic attack ! the hum map shows Watertown is Humming Hard ! Please Help spread the word this plant has an Acoustic Weapon running 24/7 found at all mass shootings, Child Cancers, Breast Cancers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kTZzGbqVSc&feature=youtu.be https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Drum-Directorate-of-Emergency-Services-885121491518077/?ref=py_c