|Syracuse, New York|
|Slogan||The Local Station|
|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
|Translators||7 W07BA Dewitt|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||September 9, 1962|
|Call letters' meaning||SYRacuse|
|Sister station(s)||WWTI, WROC-TV,
|Former callsigns||WNYS-TV (1962-1978)
|Former channel number(s)||9 (VHF analog, 1962-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Variety Television Network (on DT2)|
|Transmitter power||105 kW|
WSYR-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station for Central New York State that is licensed to Syracuse. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 17 from a transmitter on Sevier Road in Pompey. The station can also be seen on Time Warner channel 9 and in high definition on digital channel 889. Owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, it has studios on Bridge Street in East Syracuse. Syndicated programming on WSYR includes: Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and Rachael Ray among others.
Although technically operating as a separate station in its own right, WWTI in Watertown can be considered a semi-satellite of WSYR. As such, WWTI clears all ABC programming and most local newscasts (see below) as provided by WSYR but airs separate commercials and legal identifications. The Watertown station airs its own lineup of syndicated programming but does, however, simulcast Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from WSYR weekday afternoons at 12:30. In addition, WWTI airs The Dr. Oz Show weekday mornings at 9 as opposed to the later airing at 4 on WSYR.
Channel 9 was the last of Syracuse's major network affiliates to sign on, doing so September 9, 1962 after a channel shuffle involving rival WHEN-TV and Rochester's WROC-TV allowed a third analog VHF station in Syracuse. The original call letters were WNYS-TV (now assigned to Syracuse's MyNetworkTV affiliate). It signed-on under the ownership of a group of local investors. The station was later owned by The Coca-Cola Company and has always been an ABC affiliate.
Fire overtook WNYS's studios in the basement of the Shopping Town Mall in DeWitt in April 1967 forcing the station to temporarily move to WCNY-TV's studios in Liverpool until its facilities were rebuilt.  The station was sold to The Outlet Company in 1978 and the call sign was changed to WIXT-TV with "IX" standing for Roman numeral 9. The Ackerley Group bought it in 1982.
In 1999, WIXT implemented a digital central-casting control hub for Ackerley's New York State cluster that includes stations in Rochester, Watertown, Binghamton, Elmira, and formerly Utica to help with the upcoming digital television transition. The central-casting still exists today; however, now that Nexstar owns WSYR-TV and most of the other stations in New York State that were previously owned by Ackerley, the hub is in the process of being relocated to now sister station WROC-TV. Other stations throughout Ackerley's New York cluster have received updated studios. Clear Channel Communications bought Ackerley in 2001 putting WIXT under the same ownership as WSYR-AM. The call sign was then changed to the current WSYR-TV in July 2005 creating a small amount of confusion as rival NBC affiliate WSTM-TV was known as WSYR-TV from February 15, 1950 until its sale to the Times Mirror Company in 1980.
On December 22, 2006, Nancy Duffy (a former general assignment reporter for the station) died after a long illness. She became the first woman police reporter in Central New York after joining the Syracuse Herald-Journal in 1966. She was Syracuse’s first female television reporter when she moved to WHEN-TV (now WTVH) in 1967. Duffy became the first woman to join the Syracuse Press Club and later served as its president. In 1970, Nancy served as press secretary at Syracuse City Hall. She returned to WTVH after a year and moved to WSYR as a weekday morning anchor and reporter in 1977. She had also founded the local St. Patrick's Day Parade and was active in the community.
On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting group established by Providence Equity Partners.  WSYR radio was not part of the sale as it remains owned and operated by Clear Channel. Nevertheless, the WSYR-TV call letters were retained.
WSYR-DT2 was affiliated with the Variety Television Network (operated by Newport Television) until its demise in early-January 2009. This station once served on cable as the default ABC affiliate in Northern New York State communities such as Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Massena, and Malone. Since then, most of those areas have been replaced with WSYR's sister station and fellow ABC affiliate WWTI. However, both were available in these markets for a short time with WVNY from Burlington, Vermont now serving Malone.
On July 19, 2012, Newport Television announced the sale of WSYR-TV and all of its stations in New York State except WXXA-TV in Albany and WHAM-TV in Rochester to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group as part of a 22-station deal that involved Nexstar, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Cox Media Group. The transaction was completed on December 3.
In 2004, WIXT premiered the area's only locally produced daytime talk/entertainment/lifestyle magazine show known as Bridge Street (named from the address of the studios). The program airs every weekday morning at 10 from a secondary set and is replayed on WSYR-DT2 weekdays at noon and weeknights at 9. In July 2008, 46-year station veteran Mike Price retired. The station's news studio was renamed the "Mike Price Studio" on July 9 in dedication to his work on Bridge Street. On December 29, Maureen Green (a former WSYR anchor) was featured as a substitute co-host on Bridge Street filling in for Rick Gary. This was the first time Green was seen on the airwaves since being fired from her position at WTVH as main weeknight anchor in December 2007.
On March 20, 2009, Keith Kobland (former weekday morning and noon anchor on WTVH until its consolidation with WSTM) joined Carrie Lazarus to co-host Bridge Street filling in for Rick Gary. On April 24, WSYR announced that Rick Gary had left the station after serving for more than two decades. Dan Cummings and Keith Kobland joined Carrie Lazarus as temporary replacements until February 1, 2010 when Bridge Street was relaunched with a new look hosted by Chris Brandolino and Tanja Babich.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|9.1||720p||16:9||WSYR-HD||Main WSYR-TV programming / ABC|
|9.2||480i||4:3||WSYR-2||Me-TV/Repeat of local news, syndicated programming|
On June 12, 2009, WSYR ceased analog television service on VHF channel 9. It remained on UHF channel 17 after the transition.  Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WSYR's virtual channel as 9.
After going from third to first place in Syracuse news ratings, work commenced on a new facility on Bridge Street in East Syracuse in 1985. Construction was completed in 1986 and WIXT moved there soon afterward. In 2000, a new news set and newsroom built by NewSet debuted. Also that year in response to declining ratings, WIXT began a new segment called "Your Stories". This feature is where viewers can call the station, not an automated phone system, and get right on-line with a staffer for help with questions. The most popular topics are turned into segments which air at 5:16 during the weeknight news at 5.  "Your Stories" was reinvented in 2007 when WSYR started the "Consumer Protection Unit". This is divided into three different parts: "Your Stories", "The Real Deal", and "Consumer Reports".
As of July 2008, WSYR remains number one in Nielsen ratings in Central New York for the whole day-part. However, this station and WSTM are in a tight battle for weekday mornings and weeknights at 11. WSYR makes up for this with huge leads during the week at noon, 5, 5:30, and 6. With the consolidation of WTVH and WSTM on March 2, 2009, there has been a noticeable decline in viewership especially on WTVH which now only airs separately-branded newscasts on weeknights with the same coverage. As a result, WSYR has seen increased viewership. Currently, there are only three news operations that cover the area including cable-only YNN Central New York.
Sister station WWTI in Watertown was hit by across the board cuts from Newport Television in June 2009. Eventually, it began simulcasting WSYR's news every night at 11 and added half-hour reports from the Buffalo Bills training camp produced by fellow ABC affiliate and sister station WHAM in Rochester.  On September 8, 2009, WWTI began simulcasting WSYR's weekday morning and nightly 6 o'clock newscasts.  After letting go the few on-air news staff that it had, the station became a news bureau of WSYR with contributions of content from the North Country from a single reporter. 
On September 7, 2010, WSYR added a prime time newscast weeknights at 10 on WSYR-DT2. However, unlike the hour-long weeknight and half-hour weekend broadcasts on low-power CW affiliate WSTQ-LP (produced by WSTM), WSYR-DT2's newscast only airs live for the first fifteen minutes and is then repeated four times in the 10 p.m. hour. The station also added a half-hour to the weekday morning show, which now starts at 4:30, becoming the first station outside of New York City to make such a launch.  WSYR was an affiliate of CNN Newsource but in a late-2008 cost-cutting move Newport Television chose to terminate all station affiliations with the network. That leaves ABC NewsOne as its lone source of national and world material.
Unlike weekday broadcasts that air on the main channel, weekend newscasts are not repeated on WSYR-DT2. However when the weekend news at 6 is delayed or pre-empted altogether by live ABC Sports programming, the broadcast may occasionally air live at the regular time on WSYR-DT2. The station operates its own weather radar at its transmitter site known as "Live Doppler 9" making it the only local weather radar based in the Syracuse area. It exists due to a perceived inability of the NOAA National Weather Service radars in Montague, Binghamton, and Buffalo to pick up lake-effect snow. There is a live streaming video feed of "Live Doppler 9" on its website. WSYR also offers a live video stream of its weekday newscasts.
On January 29, 2011, WSYR became the first and only station in Central New York to broadcast local news in true high definition. With the switch to HD came a new set, a new logo (which uses the same "Circle 9" design as fellow ABC affiliate KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, though with the 2007 version of the ABC logo placed on the bottom right side), and a new slogan ("The Local Station"). WRGB in Albany, New York, in January 2008, became the first station in upstate New York to broadcast their local newscasts in high definition. Back in mid-December 2010, rivals, WSTM and WTVH became the first two stations in the market to offer local newscasts in 16:9 enhanced definition widescreen. Although not truly high definition, the broadcasts match the aspect ratio of HD television screens.
On June 27, 2011, WSYR's 25-year-duo Rod Wood and Carrie Lazarus were inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. As one of the longest-running anchor teams in the United States, their names join those of Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, and other broadcast legends.
WSYR have previously used many versions of Frank Gari's "News Station" music package including customized vocal versions of the theme using old station slogans, "Making A Difference" and "Central New York's News Source". They used the theme from 1993 until August 19, 2013, in favor of "Aerial" by Stephen Arnold Music.
- Information 9 News (1962-?)
- Charles Hammond and the News (?–1972)
- 9 News (1972–1974 and 1989–1996)
- Channel 9/ 9 Eyewitness News (1974–1989)
- NewsChannel 9 (1996–present)
- "Colorful Channel 9" (1960s)
- "You'll Love It on WIXT" (1985-86) A localized version of the ABC slogan
- "The News Team That's Making a Difference" (1989–1992)
- "Your 24-Hour News Source" (1989–1992)
- "Making A Difference, Central New York's News Source" (1989–1996)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (1996–2007)
- "The News That Matters from the People You Trust" (2005-2011)
- "The Station That Tells Your Stories" (2005-2011)
- "Anytime, Anywhere: NewsChannel 9 is Everywhere" (2007–2011)
- "The Local Station" (2011–present)
News team (as of September 2012)
- Tanja Babich - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Staci-Lyn Honda - weekend mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
- Christie Casciano - weeknights at 10:00 (WSYR-DT2 Ind.) and 11:00 p.m.; also crime reporter
- Dan Cummings - weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also 'Your Stories' reporter
- James Gaddis - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also reporter and producer
- Carrie Lazarus - weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 p.m.; also "Family Healthcast" segment producer
- Rod Wood - weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.; also consumer reporter
NewsChannel 9 Storm Team
- Dave Longley (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 10:00 (WSYR-DT2 Ind.) and 11:00 p.m.
- Chris Brandolino - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also Bridge Street host
- Jim Teske (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at noon
- Julia Weiden (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
- TBD - weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Steve Infanti - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., also Friday Night Fever, Rewind and Reload, SU Shootaround, and Orange All Access host
- Sal Maneen - sports anchor; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., also sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor
- Lindsay Liquori - sports reporter, fill-in sports anchor; covers News Channel 9 High School Athlete of the Week
- Tim Fox - Bridge Street producer who also produces an occasional news story
- Staci-Lyn Honda
- Leigh Isaacson
- Jeff Kulikowsky - senior reporter
- Caroline Gable - Traffic Reporter (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Tammy Palmer
- Jennifer Sanders
- Caitlin Nuclo
Notable former on-air staff
- "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Newport Sells 22 Stations For $1 Billion, TVNewsCheck, July 19, 2012.
- Where to Watch Me-TV: WSYR
- "Rich Newberg". Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Jeff Rossen bio". NBC News. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- WSYR-TV "NewsChannel 9"
- WSYR-TV mobile
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WSYR-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W07BA