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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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The Justice Department charged two people with federal terrorism offenses on Wednesday for allegedly claiming they were ...
04/09/2020
US charges 2 with terror crimes over threats to spread virus

The Justice Department charged two people with federal terrorism offenses on Wednesday for allegedly claiming they were intentionally trying to spread the coronavirus.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department charged two people with federal terrorism offenses on Wednesday for allegedly claiming they were intentionally trying to spread the coronavirus. The charges…

U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot in...
04/09/2020
Second US study for COVID-19 vaccine uses skin-deep shots

U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab. The pinch should feel like a…

The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against Presid...
04/09/2020
Biden vs. Trump: General election battle is now set

The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump this fall.

The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump this fall, the former vice president’s place on the ge…

The body of 8-year-old Gideon McKean was found on Wednesday.
04/08/2020
Police: Body of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s grandson found

The body of 8-year-old Gideon McKean was found on Wednesday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on Wednesday, two days after the body of the boy’s mother was found in…

Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment o...
04/08/2020
Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton scandal, dies at 70

Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at age 70.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at age 70. Her dea…

St. Lawrence County Public Health announced the county’s first death related to coronavirus today.
04/08/2020
St. Lawrence County mourns first COVID-19 related death

St. Lawrence County Public Health announced the county’s first death related to coronavirus today.

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – Since the coronavirus epidemic hit the North Country, 78 positive cases have been confirmed in St. Lawrence County. St. Lawrence County Public Health announ…

Carthage students received a nice gift from a distance today from local educators who are missing their students and wan...
04/08/2020
Comet Pride Parade of Cars: Carthage teachers organize parade for students in effort to connect while apart

Carthage students received a nice gift from a distance today from local educators who are missing their students and wanted a way to connect with them while maintaining a safe social distance.

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWTI) – Carthage students received a nice gift from a distance today from local educators who are missing their students and wanted a way to connect with them while maintainin…

On April 26, the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan is hosting the 26th Annual AdironDuck Race online for the fir...
04/08/2020
26th Annual AdironDuck Race online for first time this year

On April 26, the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan is hosting the 26th Annual AdironDuck Race online for the first time.

CROGHAN, N.Y. (WWTI) – On April 26, the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan is hosting the 26th Annual AdironDuck Race online for the first time. As an alternative to canceling the even…

We’ll be waking up to rain tomorrow.  There is a cold front coming through and the wind will pick up, which could cause ...
04/08/2020
4-8-20: Cold front on its way, bringing rain and possible snow in some areas

We’ll be waking up to rain tomorrow. There is a cold front coming through and the wind will pick up, which could cause a transition from rain to snow.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – We are getting a couple breaks of sunshine today. Temperatures will be around 40 degrees overnight with mostly cloudy skies. We’ll be waking up to rain tomorrow. Th…

On March 17, New York was rated the 4th most aggressive state against coronavirus. Less than one month later, the state ...
04/08/2020
New York is most aggressive state against coronavirus: WalletHub

On March 17, New York was rated the 4th most aggressive state against coronavirus. Less than one month later, the state was ranked the most aggressive on April 7.

(WWTI) – Amid the coronavirus epidemic, many states are taking the CDC’s advice and have enforced social distancing. Gatherings have been banned, non-essential businesses have been clos…

04/08/2020
Coronavirus: Facts Not Fear Midday Update 4/8

LIVE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The coronavirus has now killed more people than the 2009 H1N1 pandemic as the US grapples with its deadliest day yet. Watch your daily live coronavirus update now: bit.ly/2RkJ4Wq

“The reality is, our miracle families can’t wait for the curve to flatten or an economic boost,” said Kristin LaClair, D...
04/08/2020
#ChildrensHospitalsWeek: Ways to support local kids and Samaritan caregivers

“The reality is, our miracle families can’t wait for the curve to flatten or an economic boost,” said Kristin LaClair, Director of CMN. “Our families need us now more than ever – no matter what that support looks like. We are all in this together.”

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – As the North Country’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, the staff at Samaritan Medical Center remains on the front lines of caring for the community&#…

“This is a catastrophe,” said tomato grower Tony DiMare.  “We haven’t even started to calculate it. It’s going to be in ...
04/08/2020
Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: vegetables

“This is a catastrophe,” said tomato grower Tony DiMare. “We haven’t even started to calculate it. It’s going to be in the millions of dollars. Losses mount every day.”

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers’ fields. Thousa…

Cuomo said that on 9/11, there were 2,753 people who died at the World Trade Center. Coronavirus has already taken 6,268...
04/08/2020
Gov. Cuomo directing flags be flown at half-mast for coronavirus victims

Cuomo said that on 9/11, there were 2,753 people who died at the World Trade Center. Coronavirus has already taken 6,268 New Yorkers.

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo started his daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday saying that the day was full of mixed emotions. He says the good is that what…

Governor Cuomo will give his daily coronavirus update today at 12:30pm.  Click below to watch live.
04/08/2020
WATCH: Daily coronavirus update from Gov. Cuomo set for 12:30 p.m.

Governor Cuomo will give his daily coronavirus update today at 12:30pm. Click below to watch live.

UPDATE: Governor Cuomo just tweeted that the briefing will now be at 12:30 p.m. UPDATE: I will be giving my #Coronavirus briefing at *12:30PM* ET. Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 8, 2020 ALBANY, N…

Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential bid on Wednesday,
04/08/2020
Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 race

Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential bid on Wednesday,

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential …

Congressional Democratic leaders proposed Wednesday adding hundreds of billions of dollars to $250 billion in fresh emer...
04/08/2020
Democrats want additions to Trump $250B emergency virus aid

Congressional Democratic leaders proposed Wednesday adding hundreds of billions of dollars to $250 billion in fresh emergency aid President Donald Trump wants to help small businesses weather the coronavirus epidemic.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democratic leaders proposed Wednesday adding hundreds of billions of dollars for health care, state and local governments, and food stamps to $250 billion in fresh e…

Today is cooler than yesterday, with temperatures around 50 degrees and mostly cloudy skies.
04/08/2020
4-8-20: Snow in April? It’s possible for tomorrow and Friday

Today is cooler than yesterday, with temperatures around 50 degrees and mostly cloudy skies.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – Today is cooler than yesterday, with temperatures around 50 degrees and mostly cloudy skies. Tomorrow will be a rainy day, with temperatures in the 40s and the possi…

“Amid all of the stressful news that we are all dealing with, I hope that this can bring a smile to some of your faces!”
04/08/2020
Cuteness alert: Zoo shows off clouded leopard kittens

“Amid all of the stressful news that we are all dealing with, I hope that this can bring a smile to some of your faces!”

MIAMI (AP) — Providing exactly what’s needed in these trying times, Zoo Miami has shared images of two clouded leopard cubs. The male and female have been secluded in a den with their mother,…

Claudia Whitmire of Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County spoke with ABC50’s Alex Hazard about how they ...
04/08/2020
CAPC of Jefferson County packing over 500 meals daily for local children

Claudia Whitmire of Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County spoke with ABC50’s Alex Hazard about how they are operating during the pandemic, remaining committed to families and those in need in the community.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – Amid the coronavirus epidemic, some everyday resources are becoming harder to get. Claudia Whitmire of Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County spoke wit…

A new survey shows the percentage of people in each state who admit to drinking while working from home during the coron...
04/08/2020
Survey asks how many people in each state admit to drinking while working from home

A new survey shows the percentage of people in each state who admit to drinking while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — A new survey shows the percentage of people in each state who admit to drinking while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Alcohol.org conducted a stud…

Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandati...
04/08/2020
Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee…

Made in Northern New York Minute: Amy Mitchell, Vice Principal at Immaculate Heart Central, has been doing the morning a...
04/08/2020
Vice Principal at Immaculate Heart Central does morning announcements online to stay connected

Made in Northern New York Minute: Amy Mitchell, Vice Principal at Immaculate Heart Central, has been doing the morning announcements online every weekday since students have been home.

WATERTOWN, N.Y, (WWTI) – Classrooms are empty across the North Country and throughout the nation during the coronavirus epidemic. Students have transitioned to distance learning while they ar…

John Prine died Tuesday at the age of 73.
04/08/2020
Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

John Prine died Tuesday at the age of 73.

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other …

A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied R&B singer R. Kelly’s request for release from jail in Chicago because he ...
04/08/2020
Judge: R Kelly must remain locked up amid coronavirus crisis

A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied R&B singer R. Kelly’s request for release from jail in Chicago because he was concerned he could contract the coronavirus while behind bars.

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied R&B singer R. Kelly’s request for release from jail in Chicago because he was concerned he could contract the coronavirus whi…

Small business owners hoping for quick help from the government’s emergency $349 billion lending program were still wait...
04/08/2020
Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

Small business owners hoping for quick help from the government’s emergency $349 billion lending program were still waiting Tuesday amid reports of computer problems at the Small Business Administration.

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners hoping for quick help from the government’s emergency $349 billion lending program were still waiting Tuesday amid reports of computer problems at the Small Bu…

The motorcyclists who died were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a New England group that includes Marines and t...
04/08/2020
Lawyers list drugs in driver’s system in motorcycle deaths

The motorcyclists who died were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, a New England group that includes Marines and their spouses.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A truck driver charged in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists had fentanyl, morphine and a chemical found in cocaine in his system that day, and told authorities he often w…

A mayor whose wife violated the a stay at home order by partying at a bar during the coronavirus epidemic said he told t...
04/08/2020
Wife of Illinois mayor cited for violating stay-at-home order after attending bar party, police say

A mayor whose wife violated the a stay at home order by partying at a bar during the coronavirus epidemic said he told the police chief she doesn't get special treatment and to treat her like he would anyone else violating the order.

ALTON, Ill. — The wife of an Illinois mayor is being cited for allegedly violating the state’s stay-at-home order by attending a party at a downtown bar. Alton Mayor Brant Walker said h…

Convicted former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as “Pharma Bro,” wants to get out of prison so he can help resea...
04/08/2020
‘Pharma Bro’ wants out of prison to research coronavirus

Convicted former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as “Pharma Bro,” wants to get out of prison so he can help research a treatment for the coronavirus, his lawyer said Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Convicted former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as “Pharma Bro,” wants to get out of prison so he can help research a treatment for the coronavirus, his lawyer said Tuesday.…

Pastor Aaron Goetzinger spoke with us to clear up some confusion after postcards from the church were mailed to North Co...
04/07/2020
Pastor clears up confusion after Easter Sunday Service postcards hit North Country households

Pastor Aaron Goetzinger spoke with us to clear up some confusion after postcards from the church were mailed to North Country households inviting them to Easter Sunday Service.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) – Amid the coronavirus epidemic, some churches have come into the spotlight for not following social distancing guidelines and encouraging parishioners to gather for se…

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Trump administration will seek an additional $250 billion to support a progra...
04/07/2020
Pres. Trump, White House coronavirus task force plan Tuesday briefing

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Trump administration will seek an additional $250 billion to support a program designed to bolster small businesses to keep them from laying off workers.

WASHINGTON (Nexstar/AP) — President Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force held a briefing Tuesday to discuss the latest efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus in the …

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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
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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
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