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Doug Emblidge to close out a 39-year career with 13WHAM

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  • Emblidge will join a Rochester-based investment advisory firm.
  • He became interested in a television news career as a teen.
  • He’s a 1982 graduate of SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
  • Over the course of his storied career, Emblidge has taken on many roles, including a DJ, a weekend news anchor, a weeknight news reporter, and a morning show co-host.

On Oct. 7, Ginny Ryan, one-half of 13WHAM’s longest-running on-air duo, signed off for the last time.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, it will be her former co-anchor’s turn.

Doug Emblidge will close out a 39-year run at the ABC affiliate on the 5 p.m. newscast and a career in local broadcasting that stretches back to his teenage years.

He doesn’t know what sort of send-off his colleagues have planned for the show.

“I’m doing one final story, so I get the last word,” said Emblidge, 61. “I’m sure there will be some nice things. But I’m an ugly crier, so it won’t be good.”

On Dec. 1, he will join Alesco Advisors, a Pittsford-based investment advisory firm.

Doug Emblidge, seen here with his wife, Coleen, will do his final newscast on 13WHAM (Channel 13) at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, closing out a local broadcasting career that stretches back to his teenage years.

Starting his journalism career

Emblidge’s father, Roger, and his grandfather, Norman, were pharmacists. Norman founded Emblidge Pharmacy on Main Street in Honeoye Falls and passed it on to Roger. As fond as he was of the family business, Emblidge had no interest in pharmacy.

But as fate would have it, Roger Emblidge went to Charlotte High School with Dick Burt, who joined Channel 13 in 1962, formerly known as WOKR-TV, and was its first news anchor.





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