ABC50 www.InformNNY.com 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.
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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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The House GOP elected Rep. Elise Stefanik to the House Republican Conference Chair – the No. 3 leadership post.
05/14/2021
Stefanik elected as House GOP Conference Chair

The House GOP elected Rep. Elise Stefanik to the House Republican Conference Chair – the No. 3 leadership post.

WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The House GOP elected Rep. Elise Stefanik to the House Republican Conference Chair – the No. 3 leadership post. Stefanik released the following statement after bei…

It’s the tale of two stances — those who want the vaccine mandates on college campuses and those who don’t or aren’t qui...
05/14/2021
More than 300 universities across the US requiring students to receive COVID-19 vaccine

It’s the tale of two stances — those who want the vaccine mandates on college campuses and those who don’t or aren’t quite sold on the idea just yet.

As U.S. colleges and universities hope to return to normal, they’re weighing how far they’re willing to go to keep campus safe — to require or not to require students, faculty, and staff to g…

Car seat manufacturer Diono is recalling several models of child booster seats that they say could have broken or separa...
05/14/2021
Diono recalls certain car booster seats over headrest issue

Car seat manufacturer Diono is recalling several models of child booster seats that they say could have broken or separated headrests during the event of a crash.

Car seat manufacturer Diono is recalling several models of child booster seats that they say could have broken or separated headrests during a crash.

Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the Centers for Disease Control’s new COVID-19 masking guidance Thursday, saying it ...
05/14/2021
Gov. Cuomo: New York State reviewing new CDC masking guidance

Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the Centers for Disease Control’s new COVID-19 masking guidance Thursday, saying it was under review by state health officials.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise film will debut in theaters and on Disney+ Premier on July 30, Disney announced on Thursday
05/14/2021
Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ hits theaters and streaming on July 30

Disney’s Jungle Cruise film will debut in theaters and on Disney+ Premier on July 30, Disney announced on Thursday

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A female massage therapist spent years reaching out to Ohio State football players, offering sessions that sometimes led...
05/14/2021
Ohio State: Massage therapist targeted football players in scheme for s*xual activity

A female massage therapist spent years reaching out to Ohio State football players, offering sessions that sometimes led to s*xual encounters, according to an investigation released Thursday by the university

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In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing...
05/14/2021
CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings

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In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday ...
05/13/2021
Watch Live: Biden speaks after CDC announces fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

In a move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is easing indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.

Many questions were raised after New York legalized recreational ma*****na earlier this year
05/13/2021
N.Y. ma*****na law Q&A: employment and public use

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Okay, Western New Yorkers, listen up, the Buffalo Zoo is calling on the community to help name new African lion cubs
05/13/2021
Buffalo Zoo looking for help naming new African lion cubs

Okay, Western New Yorkers, listen up, the Buffalo Zoo is calling on the community to help name new African lion cubs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Okay, Western New Yorkers, listen up, the Buffalo Zoo is calling on the community to help name new African lion cubs. The zoo says the cubs are growing quickly, and aft…

The man suspected of shooting and wounding three people in Times Square, including a 4-year-old girl, will get a few day...
05/13/2021
Times Square shooting suspect mulls extradition from Florida

The man suspected of shooting and wounding three people in Times Square, including a 4-year-old girl, will get a few days to consider extradition from Florida

STARKE, Fla. — The man suspected of shooting and wounding three people in Times Square, including a 4-year-old girl, will get a few days to consider extradition from Florida. At a brief hearing Thu…

Dates have been confirmed for this year's waterfowl hunting season in New York State
05/13/2021
DEC announces dates for 2021-2022 waterfowl hunting season

Dates have been confirmed for this year's waterfowl hunting season in New York State

NEW YORK (WWTI) — Dates have been confirmed for this year’s waterfowl hunting season in New York State. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the dat…

Watkins Glen Police and the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office are searching for Devon J. Schulman, 25 of Berkshire, after...
05/13/2021
Watkins Glen Police searching for suspect after 74-year-old injured in hit and run

Watkins Glen Police and the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office are searching for Devon J. Schulman, 25 of Berkshire, after a hit and run accident that left a 74-year-old man with several broken bones

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – Watkins Glen Police and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office are searching for Devon J. Schulman, 25 of Berkshire, after a hit and run accident that left a 7…

Appointments are no longer necessary for COVID-19 vaccinations at Price Chopper/Market 32 locations
05/13/2021
Price Chopper/Market 32 offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations

Appointments are no longer necessary for COVID-19 vaccinations at Price Chopper/Market 32 locations

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (WWTI) — Appointments are no longer necessary for COVID-19 vaccinations at Price Chopper locations. Price Chopper/ Market 32 announced on Thursday that patients will not be …

Farmers market goers, mark your calendars!
05/13/2021
Carthage Farmers Market kicking off 2021 season on May 28

Farmers market goers, mark your calendars!

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWTI) — Farmers market goers, mark your calendars! The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market will officially kick off its 2021 season on May 28. Carthage’s Fa…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated p...
05/13/2021
CDC to say vaccinated people can ditch masks indoors in many instances: AP source

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places, according to a person briefed on the announcement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in…

A person attempting to save a group of goslings stuck in a Henrietta roadway was attacked by the grown geese guarding th...
05/13/2021
Good Samaritan saves goslings stuck in Henrietta roadway, as geese attack

A person attempting to save a group of goslings stuck in a Henrietta roadway was attacked by the grown geese guarding the gaggle, and it was all caught on camera

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — A person attempting to save a group of goslings stuck in a Henrietta roadway was attacked by the grown geese guarding the gaggle, and it was all caught on camera. The video…

05/13/2021
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🚁Construction begins for a new hangar at Fort Drum
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Every year, the Watertown Family YMCA, along with YMCA's across the country, celebrate Healthy Kids Day.This year, the W...
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This year, the Watertown YMCA has extended the day to a week-long challenge

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President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks on the Colonial Pipeline incident less than 24 hours after the pipeline re...
05/13/2021
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An upcoming Civil War Roundtable will features tours and previews of this year's Reenactment Weekend in the North Countr...
05/13/2021
Upcoming Civil War Roundtable to preview 2021 Reenactment Weekend

An upcoming Civil War Roundtable will features tours and previews of this year's Reenactment Weekend in the North Country

MADRID, N.Y. (WWTI) — An upcoming Civil War Roundtable will features tours and previews of this year’s Reenactment Weekend in the North Country. Co-hosted by the St. Lawrence County His…

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