Bill Lambdin

Contact Bill at blambdin@wnyt.com

Bill Lambdin has reported news at NewsChannel 13 since 1980. When he started the station's call letters were WAST and its affiliation was with CBS. News crews were still shooting film. CD players and DVDs had not been invented and computers had no practical use in a newsroom.

Bill was born in Maryland, but at age eight moved with his parents to Broadalbin in Fulton County where he graduated from the old Broadalbin High School. Four years at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York produced a lot of good times and a B.A. degree in music.

During his college years he worked summers and weekends at various radio stations in Amsterdam and Utica.

After college Bill spent two years as a reporter, anchor and weatherman at the ABC affiliate in Utica, WUTR-TV. That was followed by a five-year stretch at the NBC affiliate in Chattanooga, Tennessee WRCB-TV. His time there was primarily divided between reporting news and anchoring sports. It was in Chattanooga where he developed a lifelong friendship with authentic southern barbeque. During his time at WRCB-TV Bill was voted awards for news and feature writing by the area chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists. On his way out the Board of Legislators named him a “Distinguished Citizen of Hamilton County” Tennessee. It was the first, but certainly not the last time elected leaders were glad to see him leave.

After more than 30 years on the job at NewsChannel 13, Bill has reported more stories from the field than any other staff member, present or past. He's ridden a circus elephant, been bussed by Morganna, baseball's kissing bandit, and asked questions that annoyed governors of both major political parties. His favorite assignment is the annual induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Despite decades in upstate New York Bill remains a fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Other interests include skydiving and comedy films of the 1920s and 1930s.


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