Time Warner Cable News Rochester

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This article is about the 24-hour cable television news channel from Rochester, New York. For the sister channel, see Time Warner Cable News Buffalo.
Time Warner Cable News Rochester
Launched April 22, 1990 (1990-04-22)
Network Time Warner Cable News
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Western New York
Headquarters Rochester, New York
Formerly called WGRC-TV (1990–1992)
GRC9News (1992–1995)
R News (1995–2009)
YNN Rochester (2009–2013)
Sister channel(s) NY1
Time Warner Cable News Austin
Time Warner Cable News Buffalo
Time Warner Cable News Central New York
Time Warner Cable News Capital Region
Time Warner Cable News North Carolina
Website rochester.twcnews.com
(Finger Lakes)
Time Warner Cable
Channels 9 and 14 (SD&HD)
Channel 200 (HD)
Channel 1020 (VOD)

Time Warner Cable News Rochester is an American cable news television channel that is owned by Time Warner Cable, as an affiliate of its Time Warner Cable News slate of regional news channels. The channel provides 24-hour rolling news coverage focused primarily on Rochester, New York and the nearby Genesee River and Finger Lakes regions.

The channel is carried on channel 9 in standard definition, as well as high definition, the latter of which is typically rendered automatically by those Time Warner Cable customers' high definition supported set-top boxes. Standard definition feeds come through to those customers who purchase Time Warner Cable's Basic-Tier level of cable service, as well as for other tier level service customers who configure their in-home setups to include select televisions without set-top boxes. Higher tiered customers view the channel on digital channel 200 in high definition in Rochester. Channel 14 in other Time Warner Cable systems within the region fill in the extent of the area's coverage. As with the rest of its upstate sister news channels in upstate New York, Time Warner Cable News Rochester shares news content with New York City-based NY1, Time Warner Cable's flagship regional cable news channel (which the provider carries on the digital tiers of its Upstate New York systems).


The channel launched on April 22, 1990 as a local origination channel using the fictional call sign "WGRC" (standing for "Greater Rochester Cablevision," the area's major cable provider at the time); as such, it is the oldest channel among the Time Warner Cable News networks and the only one that was not launched by the provider. Originally carried on channel 5, the channel produced the first primetime newscast in the Rochester market, which aired nightly at 10:00 p.m. In 1992, the service was moved to channel 9, and was rebranded as "GRC9News;" at that point, the channel added an early evening newscast at 7:00 p.m.

After Time Warner Cable acquired the cable television franchise rights for the area, the channel was renamed again as "R News" on July 4, 1995 and adopted a 24-hour news format with rolling newscasts throughout the day. On May 25, 2005, Time Warner Cable announced that it would eliminate 30 staff positions from the channel and Syracuse-based sister network News 10 Now in a cost-saving consolidation of its three regional news channels at the time in upstate New York. News 10 Now and R News's technical production and master control operations were merged with Albany-based sister channel Capital News 9.

With the move, Capital News 9 began serving as the production and studio hub for the news programming of both channels, while News 10 Now began handling production responsibilities for weather forecast segments for all of its sister news channels statewide, using the channel's weather staff. Each of the channels retained their respective newsgathering crews, producers, facilities and news management; the channels also simulcast the Albany-produced political review program Capital Tonight. In addition, the cable access channels on the systems in each of the channels' markets now share broadcasts of collegiate sporting events in the event that Time Warner Cable is able to secure the rights to air the telecasts in all of its upstate markets.

On August 4, 2009 at 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time, the channel was renamed from R News to YNN Rochester, becoming the second TWC-owned news channel to adopt the "YNN" brand (standing for "Your News Now"), after Buffalo-based sister channel YNN Buffalo (which was the first to use the brand when it launched in April of that year). The "YNN" brand was later expanded to its sister channels in Syracuse (as YNN Central New York) and Albany (as YNN Capital Region). On December 16, 2013, the channel rebranded as Time Warner Cable News Rochester as part of a branding standardization across the provider's news channels that included the introduction of a new graphics and music package.[1]

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Jennifer Auh - weekend mornings (6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
  • Casey Bortnick - weekday evenings and overnight loop (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.)
  • Virginia Butler - weekday late mornings and afternoons (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Katie Cummings - fill-in anchor; also reporter
  • Cristina Domingues - fill-in anchor; also reporter
  • Alex Haight - weekend evenings and overnight loop (5:30 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.)
  • Kevin Jolly - fill-in anchor; also reporter
  • Kaitlyn Lionti - fill-in anchor; also reporter
  • Katie Morse - weekend late mornings and weekend afternoons (10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • Scott Patterson - weekday mornings (5:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Weather on the 1's[2]
  • Erick Adame - meteorologist; weekend evenings and overnight loop (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.)
  • Carrie Cheevers - meteorologist; fill-in
  • John DiPasquale (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Ryan Finn - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Courtney Furtado - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Michael Gouldrick (member, AMS) - director of meteorology; weekday afternoons and evenings (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
  • Todd Kerkman - meteorologist; weekday evenings and overnight loop (8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.)
  • Kyle Pieper - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Vanessa Richards - meteorologist; fill-in
  • Dan Russell (member, AMS) - meteorologist; weekday mornings and afternoons (5:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Brooke Zegarelli - meteorologist; weekend mornings and afternoons (6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Sports team[2]
  • Kevin Carroll - sports anchor; weekday evenings, overnight loop and subsequent mornings (5:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
  • Tom Carroll - sports director; also executive producer and fill-in sports anchor
  • Jon Scott - sports anchor and reporter
  • Greg Vorse - sports anchor and reporter
  • Andy Young - sports anchor; weekend evenings, overnight loop and subsequent mornings (5:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

  • Alicia King - traffic feed correspondent
  • Mike O'Brian - "Live Morning Drive" traffic feed correspondent
  • Gary Turner - "Live Drive Time" traffic feed correspondent

  • Bill Carey - general assignment reporter (via TWCN Central NY)
  • Crystal Cranmore - Elmira and Corning newsroom reporter (via TWCN Central NY)
  • Jon Dougherty - general assignment reporter (via TWCN Capital Region)
  • Rose Eiklor - Batavia newsroom reporter and general assignment reporter
  • Zack Fink - Albany bureau reporter
  • Mark Goshgarian - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor (via TWCN Buffalo)
  • Tara Grimes - general assignment reporter
  • Mike Hedeen - general assignment reporter
  • Candace Hopkins - general assignment reporter (via TWCN Central NY)
  • Michael Howard - Hudson Valley reporter (via TWCN Capital Region)
  • Vivian Lee - special assignment reporter (via NY1)
  • Mary McCombs - Monday general assignment reporter
  • Wendy Mills - general assignment reporter
  • Jamiese Price - general assignment reporter
  • Meg Rossman - general assignment reporter (via TWCN Buffalo)
  • Michael Scotto - Washington, D.C. bureau reporter
  • Cara Thomas - Utica and Rome newsroom reporter (via TWCN Central NY)
  • Maria Valvanis - Mohawk Valley reporter (via TWCN Capital Region)
  • Rebecca Vogt - general assignment reporter (via TWCN Buffalo)
  • Seth Voorhees - general assignment reporter
  • Ryan Whalen - general assignment reporter (via TWCN Buffalo)
  • Barry Wygel - Mohawk Valley reporter (via TWCN Capital Region)

Contributors & Correspondents
  • Adam Balkin - technology contributor ("Tech Talk")
  • Erin Billups - health contributor ("Healthy Living")
  • Lisa Chelenza - pet contributor ("Pet Pointers")
  • Valarie D'Elia - travel contributor ("Travel with Val")
  • Joya Dass - financial co-correspondent ("From the Floor")
  • Dan Eaton - food contributor ("Cooking at Home" and "Healthy at Home")
  • Terry Ettinger - gardening and environmental contributor ("Garden Journeys" and "Going Green")
  • Burton Fitzsimmons - science contributor ("Science Break")
  • Lauren Fix - automotive contributor ("The Car Coach")
  • Marcie Fraser - health contributor ("Active Now," "Child Wellness Wednesday," "Medical Minute" and "Healthy Living")
  • Vince Gallagher - education contributor ("State of Education")
  • Katie Gibas - health contributor ("Healthy Living")
  • Ed Keiner - automotive contributor ("Driver's Ed")
  • Diane King Hall - financial co-correspondent ("From the Floor")
  • Mike O'Brian - travel correspondent ("The Getaway Guy")
  • Annika Pergament - financial co-correspondent ("From the Floor")
  • Nick Reisman - Capital Tonight correspondent
  • Neil Rosen - film critic; also host of Talking Pictures On Demand
  • Solomon Syed - home improvement contributor ("Your Home")
  • Jill Urban - health contributor ("Wellness Report")
  • Tara Lynn Wagner - financial correspondent ("Money Matters")
  • Jeanne Yurman - financial co-correspondent ("From the Floor")


  • Ed Buttaccio - news director
  • Tom Carroll - sports director and executive producer
  • Yevette Collins - general manager
  • Michael Gouldrick - director of meteorology
  • Anne Meagher - operations manager


  1. ^ Kaplan, Don (November 20, 2013). "NY1 changing name to Time Warner Cable News NY1". Daily News. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d TWC News Staff

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