Major Changes Coming to New York Newscasts
One of New York State’s longest running news crews will be shutting down later this year.
If you’ve spent any time watching the TV news in Rochester, New York, you’ve probably seen Ginny Ryan and Doug Emblidge at 5 p.m. The duo have anchored the 13WHAM News at 5 p.m. since 1990 and announced that they will both be retiring later this year.
Ginny Ryan has announced that October 7 will be her last newscast, while Doug Emblidge’s last newscast will be on November 29.
Ryan first joined WHAM in 1987 as a reporter, then moved to present the 5 p.m. news in 1990. She has co-presented the 11 p.m. news since 1991.
Emblidge worked for a few news stations in Rochester before joining WHAMi in 1984 when he took on weekend anchoring duties while also reporting on weeknights. He was also a weekday sports anchor from 1986 to 1989, before presenting the 5 p.m. news in 1990. Emblidge also co-anchored WHAM’s Morning News from 2000 to 2020.
Both Ryan and Emblidge posted messages to viewers and fans on WHAM’s website.
It was a good race. This work has been our vocation and our passion for 75 years. There are so many things we will miss – the privilege of being reporters and storytellers, the buzz of the newsroom, the adrenaline rush of live television and, above all, the people.
We will miss connecting every day with the viewers who have treated us so well for so long. It has been an honour.
Ginny Ryan will leave the television station to take up a position at Canandaigua National Bank as Director of Community Engagement.
Doug Emblidge will leave to take up a position at Alesco Advisors, a Rochester-based investment advisory firm.
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