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Karin Franklin-King

WNYS-TV (Ch. 9)

WSYR, WCNY-TV

Nine years after Karin Franklin-King's 1967 arrival in Central New York to attend Onondaga Community College, she was a local broadcast pioneer.

On her way, she picked up a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego, and a master's degree in fine arts from Cornell University in 1973. She has been involved in Syracuse-area news and public affairs programming ever since.Karin got involved with public affairs television -- and her first taste of TV -- while still at Cornell when she appeared in a series -- "Your Future Now" -- which she describes as a "TV High School." The series, which was broadcast throughout the United States, enabled more than 65,000 participants to obtain their high school or equivalency diploma’ she recalls.

In 1973, Karin joined WCNY-TV. She was the producer, director and host of a new public affairs program, "Extension 24." Her "pioneering" move came three years later.

Karin became host and producer of WNYS-TV's (Channel 9) "Open Line", then Syracuse’s only weekday phone-in television talk show .

"The Phil Donahue show was the rage at the time and I was the only female talk show host in the country riding the wave of daytime talk," Karin explains. That "wave" brought big-name celebrity interviews to the show -- including Harry Belafonte, Sugar Ray Leonard, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Donahue himself.

"The show was not just about entertainers," she explains. "It dealt with serious issues, including poverty, child abuse, mental health, job layoffs and much more."

By 1982, "Open Line" had run its course and Karin joined WSYR radio as co-anchor and features reporter. She stayed until 1986, when she became corporate relations director for Mutual of New York (MONY) in Syracuse, where she was responsible for public, media and employee relations, corporate contributions programs and related operations.

She left MONY to start her own public relations business in 1999, yet Karin continues to host two live weekly call-in television shows -- a public affairs Time-Warner Cable talk-show, "Straight to the Source," and "Parenting Partners" which involves counselors who answer questions and advise parents on healthy development of children.

Karin’s involvement with community organizations includes serving as president of the Corporate Volunteer Council, vice-chair of the Syracuse Mayor’s 1998 Sesquicentennial Committee, president of the Syracuse chapter of Women in Communications, and as board member of the Consortium for Children Services. She also has served as a consultant for Loretto Foundation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., and the New York State Council for the Arts.

Add to all of these activities her roles as a stage actress and singer with Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, Paul Robeson Performing Company and other theater groups in the area. She calls performing on stage "my first love."
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Maureen Green

WTVH-TV
WIXT-TV

Like a lot of Central New Yorkers, Maureen Green came here for the educational opportunities and then never left. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Maureen came to Syracuse for graduate work at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications.

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