Time Warner Cable News Capital Region

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Time Warner Cable News Capital Region
Network Time Warner Cable News
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Albany, New York
Headquarters Albany, New York
Formerly called Capital News 9 (2002-2010), YNN Capital Region (2010-2013)
Website Albany/Capital Region
Saratoga County
Berkshire County
Hudson Valley
Time Warner Cable Channel 9 (SD)

Time Warner Cable News Capital Region is a 24-hour cable news television channel on Time Warner Cable in New York's Capital District and an affiliate of Time Warner Cable News.


The channel debuted on October 11, 2002 as Capital News 9, nearly a year after originally planned due to various delays in infrastructure and staffing. In August 2006, Capital News 9 increased its reach to the former Adelphia systems in the market when Time Warner closed on their purchase of those systems. Time Warner Cable News Capital Region is seen on channel 9 on Time Warner Cable only in its market.

Logo as Capital News 9, used from October 11, 2002 until March 15, 2010; it is based on a similar logo used by its former sister channel in the Tampa Bay area, Bay News 9 (now owned by Bright House Networks).

In April 2008, Capital News 9 began simulcasting its audio full-time on local radio station WUAM 900 AM. The channel no longer broadcasts on the radio after its contract ended with the station and both parties agreed not to renew it.

Prior to the launch of Capital News 9, Time Warner Cable offered local news on its systemwide local origination channel (also on channel 9) by repurposing WRGB's 6:00 news. But after Nielsen numbers showed the broadcast was competitive with WXXA's fledgling 6:30 newscast, Time Warner Cable moved forward with the launch. With the launch of Capital News 9, the regional Public-access television cable TV channel that was on channel 9 moved to channel 3 on most systems TW3.

Capital News 9 came out of a period of heavy cable news channel planning by Time Warner Cable. Within a two-year period, the company launched channels in Central New York (News 10 Now), Houston and San Antonio (now-defunct stations News 24 Houston and News 9 San Antonio). Two channels were also launched in North Carolina, one based in Raleigh and another in Charlotte (both referred to as News 14 Carolina. Of the launches, only YNN Central New York and a merged-together News 14 Carolina remain, the byproduct of financial losses and a dispute with the Belo Corporation which was a partner in the Texas and Charlotte outlets.

The financial issues that killed and crippled Capital News 9's sisters also had an effect on the station. In 2005, Time Warner partially merged their operations with News 10 Now of Syracuse. Consequently, both Capital News 9 and News 10 Now centralcasted their news operations from Albany, with anchors covering both stations simultaneously. Weather was hubbed out of News 10 Now's downtown Syracuse location. Each station, along with YNN Rochester, carries the political review program Capital Tonight. Also, the channels' sister cable-access stations now share college sports programming if and when Time Warner can get the rights in all of its upstate markets.

In March 2010, as part of a statewide rebranding of Time Warner's news channels, Capital News 9 adopted the "YNN" (Your News Now) moniker, which was already in use on YNN Buffalo and YNN Rochester.

On December 16, 2013, YNN Capital Region was changed to Time Warner Cable News Capital Region. It's Hudson Valley feed was also changed from YNN Hudson Valley to Time Warner Cable News Hudson Valley.

The channel is currently the only 24-hour local news channel in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. The channel offers extensive local news, weather, and sports coverage. It's also the home of the only daily state-wide political television show, Capital Tonight, and several franchise features, like Cooking at Home, and Healthy Living.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[1][edit]


  • Julie Chapman - weekday mornings
  • JoDee Kenney - weekday mornings
  • Solomon Syed - weekday afternoons
  • Kate Welshofer - weekday evenings and overnight loop
  • Karen Tararache - weekend evenings and overnight loop; also reporter
  • Jon Dougherty - weekend mornings and afternoons; also reporter

Weather on the 1s

  • Mike Bono (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekday evenings, weekend mornings
  • Erick Adame - meteorologist; weekday afternoons and evenings
  • Ryan Finn - meteorologist; weekday mornings
  • Heather Morrison - meteorologist; weekend evenings

Sports team

  • Marisa Jacques - sports director; weekday evenings and overnight loop
  • Seth Leavitt - sports anchor; weekend evenings and overnight loop
  • Chris Watson - sports anchor; fill-in, also sports reporter


  • Jon Gabriel - weekday mornings and evenings


  • Maria Valvanis - general assignment reporter
  • Madeleine Rivera - general assignment reporter
  • Geoff Redick - general assignment reporter
  • Emily DeFeciani - general assignment reporter
  • Katie Eastman - general assignment reporter
  • Jon Dougherty - general assignment reporter and anchor
  • Karen Tararache - general assignment reporter and anchor
  • Barry Wygel - Mohawk Valley Bureau reporter
  • Jim Vasil - Berkshire County Bureau reporter
  • Matt Hunter - Saratoga Bureau reporter


  • Adam Balkin - technology reporter ("Tech Beat"/"App Wrap")
  • Lisa Chelenza - pet reporter ("Pet Pointers")
  • Valarie D’Elia - travel correspondent ("Travel with Val")
  • Terry Ettinger - garden reporter ("Garden Journeys")
  • Shazia Khan - financial correspondent ("Money Matters")
  • Mike O’Brian - travel correspondent ("The Getaway Guy")
  • Dan Eaton - "Cooking at Home" contributor
  • Marcie Fraser - health correspondent ("Tone Up", "Child Wellness" & Healthy Living")
  • Neil Rosen - entertainment correspondent (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Tara Lynn Wagner - financial correspondent ("Money Matters")

Local program hosts[edit]

Weekend Buzz

Capital Tonight


  1. ^ "Our Team". Time Warner Cable News. albany.twcnews.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 

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