Mark Philp has retired after 38 years at News
Channel 9 in 2008. We want to wish him the
best of luck during his retirement.
Mike Price retirement from NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV
in 2008. Mike joined “Colorful Channel 9” as a staff
announcer on Sept. 2, 1962, one week before the
station signed on the air for the first time. Mike was our
first President of our local and had been a member
since the inception of Local 211 in 1972. He has
worked at Channel Nine for 46 years.
Retired Members 2008
Retireies at the NABET-CWA Local 211 2009 Clam Bake
William J. Button, 77, of East Syracuse,
passed away peacefully Sunday at home
with his family by his side. William was
retired from WSYR-TV and was a Korean
War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy.
William is survived by his wife, Marilyn;
three sons, Tim and Tom of East
Syracuse and William J. Jr. of MA; two
grandchildren, William IV (Johnny) and
Erika; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill Button a longtime Newschannel 9
photographer passed away on Sunday
July 4, 2010. .
Retireies at the NABET-CWA Local 211 2010 Clam Bake
NABET members from WSYR TV in
Syracuse said goodbye to a long-time
colleague. Retired news cameraman
Rock J. Carbone died on September
26th with family at his side. He was 92
Read more here.
WSTM Employee Joe Turrisi
Joe Turrisi has been retired for close to 15
years, but the memories linger here in
WSTM studios and beyond. MORE
Joe and Rocky 2013
|See the 2009 Jim
Kearns Clam Bake
Video that Rocky
and Joe are in.
Photog Brian Erb Retires 2014 -Marks 42 1/2 Years at WSTM Syracuse TV
Brian receives Gold Union Card
Following article about Brian from
November 23, 2011 • By CNYRadio.com
Brian Erb, who recently marked his 40th anniversary as a news
photographer with TV-3. We’re careful not to say he’s worked
at “WSTM-TV” for the past 40 years — not just because WSTM,
WTVH and WSTQ now collectively call themselves “CNYCentral” — but because WSTM-TV
wasn’t known by those call letters when Erb started.
Longtime Syracuse residents will remember that channel 3′s original owners were the
Newhouse family — who also owned WSYR 570 and WSYR-FM (which, back then, was 94.5
FM). So, when TV came along, they signed-on as WSYR-TV. It wasn’t until 1980, when
Newhouse sold the TV station to Times Mirror Company, that the present WSTM-TV call
letters came to be.
News of Erb’s anniversary was reported by CNYCentral over the weekend. (We didn’t
catch it immediately, just getting back from vacation.) The story from Laura Hand points
out that news video was shot on 16mm film when Erb started at the station — film that had
to be developed and then literally cut-and-spliced before it was ready to air.
So… next time you’re steaming about how long it takes your freshly-shot news footage to
copy from the camera’s memory card to the nonlinear editor’s hard drive, you might find
some relief in reminding yourself: at least it’s not the 70s and you aren’t dealing with
developing and cutting film!
Syracuse Press Club President Lou Gulino used to be the assignment editor at WSTM. In
the SPC’s latest newsletter, Gulino credited Erb with helping “dozens of of young reporters
and producers learn their craft.” He went on to compliment Erb as “a talented guy, a great
resource, and the kind of guy an assignment editor could really appreciate when breaking
Retirees and Lost Members
LOCAL 211 SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
Robert H. Pearce
December 26, 2015
Longtime WIXT/WSYR News
Producer Bob Pearce passed
away earlier this week. Bob
was employed by NewsChannel
9 for 31 years. He began his
career as a photojournalist, then becoming a News
Producer before retiring in 2008.Some of Bob’s best
known work was producing the Rick Around Town
series. He was also part of a news producing team that
won several Syracuse Press Club and New York State
awards.Robert H. Pearce, , 67 of Cicero, passed away
peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer on
Saturday, December 26, 2015. Born in Oakland, CA,
Bob was raised in Rockville, MD where he developed
his lifelong passions for boating, aviation, music, cars
and travel. Bob graduated from Duke University in 1970
and shortly after moved to the Syracuse area where he
met his wife Patricia and began his 31 year career with
channel 9 news as a photo journalist retiring as
executive producer. In retirement Bob enjoyed Rv'ing
and traveling with his wife, time spent with old friends
and the pleasure of meeting new friends along their
travels. He was predeceased by his Step daughter Kelly
Jean Cook and parents, Harvey and Sadie Pearce.
Surviving: His Wife of 34 years, Patricia E. Pearce. Step
Daughter; Lucinda (Gordon) Evans of Roscoe, IL. Step
Son; Donald (Amy) Cook of Fulton. Step Daughter;
Cathy Cook of Syracuse. Four Grandchildren and
several Great Grandchildren.