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What's on YNN? FAQ

> When do you telecast local sports news?
> What’s the Triple Play?
> I love Weather on the 10s, but am not sure when to catch the extended forecast. When is that on?
> How do you gather your traffic information?
> When do you telecast your traffic reports?
> How often does YNN repeat a newscast?
> I love Dan Eaton’s Cooking at Home segments, along with Garden Journeys and some of the other features on YNN, but am not sure when to watch for those. Is there a set schedule?
> Do you show the Lottery numbers?
> My son was interviewed in a story you did about a year ago. Is there any way I can see that again?
> You show only a few Community Calendar items on the air. Are there more than that?
> I was in Elmira visiting friends recently and watched YNN. It was the same anchors and weather people but all the news was different. What was I watching?
> Are there other YNN channels around the state as well?

When do you telecast local sports news?
YNN does a local sportscast twice an hour, 16 hours a day. Specifically, our first full, “main” sportscast of the day runs at approximately 6:25 p.m., then hourly at :45 minutes past the hour, starting at 6:45 p.m. As new, evening sports stories are produced, we update our sportscasts at 10:45 p.m., and again at 11:25 p.m. Those updates continue to run hourly from 12:45 a.m. through 9:45 a.m.
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So, what’s the Triple Play?
The Triple Play is a shorter sportscast, usually containing major regional or national sports items of note. The Triple Play starts at 5:45 p.m., then runs hourly at approximately :23 minutes past the hour starting at 7:23 p.m. Note, there is no main sportscast or Triple Play during Capital Tonight, that show is telecast weeknights 8-9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
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I love Weather on the 10s, but am not sure when to catch the extended forecast. When is that on?
Our seven-day forecast is included in our weathercasts at :10 and :40 past the hour. Our forecast at :20 past the hour usually includes a look at how our weekend weather is shaping up. Our forecast at :50 past the hour generally includes a recreational forecast, like Boat & Beach, or the Fall Foliage report. You can always catch a quick forecast for the next 12-24 hours at the top and bottom of the hour. And, we always show the latest live SkyTracker Doppler radar view following the weathercasts at :20 and :50.
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How do you gather your traffic information?
Traffic Anchor Lacey Leonardi uses a network of spotters and her contacts at local police and DOT agencies, as well as a variety of websites, to compile her information. We also have our own traffic cameras in downtown Syracuse, near the State Fairgrounds, and along Vestal Parkway. In addition, we now have “Beat the Traffic,” a new traffic data collection and display system. Beat the Traffic automatically gathers data on traffic accidents and tie-ups, along with construction-related delays. The system also uses GPS technology to calculate and automatically display the average speed of vehicles traveling along our major highways.
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When do you telecast your traffic reports?
Traffic Now reports are telecast on weekdays starting in the 6:30am and the 3:00pm half-hours. In Central New York, reports air at approximately :37, :52, :07, and :22 past the hour, from 6:37 to 8:52am, and in the afternoon from 3:22 p.m. to 6:52 p.m. In the Southern Tier, reports are telecast at approximately :13 and :43 past the hour, in those same hours.
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How often does YNN repeat a newscast?
Glad you asked! Even though you may see a story repeat every hour, or even every half-hour, we don’t simply repeat each newscast. Each hour of news on YNN is independently produced. So every hour, and in fact every half hour, can be and usually is different from the one preceding it. Our goal is to always have the latest, most-updated stories in a given hour of news. As new stories come into our mix, they essentially “bump” the oldest ones off the list. Similarly, as soon as there is an update or new information on a given story, that update will replace the older version of the story.
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I love Dan Eaton’s Cooking at Home segments, along with Garden Journeys and some of the other features on YNN, but am not sure when to watch for those. Is there a set schedule?
Yes there is! Our features are telecast at :25 and :55 past the hour. A given story will run every three hours on a specific day, starting at either 5:00 a.m., 6:00 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. (one hour later on weekends). The “grid” below should give you a pretty good idea of when each feature airs:


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Do you show the Lottery numbers?
Yes, you can catch the latest state lottery numbers at approximately :17 past the hour. It usually follows our hourly Business Now report.
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My son was interviewed in a story you did about a year ago. Is there any way I can see that again?
Yes! With rare exception, just about all of our past stories are archived here at ynn.com. Try typing his name into the “search the ynn archives” box at the top of our homepage, and it should come up. If not, email us at info@syracuse.ynn.com with the information and we’ll send you a link. By the way, this website is also a great way to see a story again, or to catch a story you may have missed on TV.
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You show only a few Community Calendar items on the air. Are there more than that?
Yes, a lot more! We get dozens of community calendar requests a week and have time to air only those few of those at a time on TV. But you can see all of them, listed by date, on this website by clicking on “Calendar.”
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I was in Elmira visiting friends recently and watched YNN. It was the same anchors and weather people but all the news was different. What was I watching?
Very perceptive! YNN is actually two newschannels in one. Our channel serving Central and Northern New York launched in 2003. The news for that channel is gathered by our Syracuse-based team, along with several reporters and photographers based in regional newsrooms located in Rome, Ithaca, Oswego, Watertown and Potsdam. In February of 2007, we launched a completely separate version of the channel to serve the Southern Tier region, utilizing a separate newsgathering team based in Binghamton and Elmira/Corning. Teams of producers and editors at our headquarters in Syracuse produce the newscasts for both channels. The anchors and meteorologists anchor the news and provide the weathercasts for both versions of YNN.
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And, are there other YNN channels around the state as well?
Yes. In addition to our two channels serving Central/Northern New York and the Southern Tier, our parent company Time Warner Cable also operates four other YNN 24-hour news channels across Upstate New York. Our sister YNN channels are located in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, and in the Hudson Valley. Adding our flagship channel, NY1 in New York City, and we really have evolved into a major statewide news network, available exclusively to our cable subscribers.
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