Randy Gorbman

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

Ontario County health officials say that Deep Run Beach in the Town of Gorham and Onanda Park Beach in the Town of Canandaigua have reopened their swimming areas.

Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake remains closed for the swimming season due to algae blooms.

Officials say that it is safe to swim and boat in areas of the lake without visible algae. Blue-green algae occur naturally in bodies of water in low numbers, but during prolonged hot weather the algae can become abundant.

Tops Markets is announcing plans to close 10 stores it says are underperforming as part of its effort to restructure and emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed for earlier this year.

The stores identified for closing include three in the immediate Rochester area:

  • 710 Lake Ave.
  • 175 N. Winton Road.
  • 6720 Pittsford/Palmyra Road, Fairport.

Sears Holdings is closing more stores including one in the Rochester area.

The company this week announced another 46 locations to close, including 33 Sears stores and 13 Kmart stores.

The latest list will include the Sears store at Eastview Mall in Victor. It will close down in November. Also, the company says the Sears Auto Center at that location will close in late September.

Sears was an original anchor store at Eastview when it opened in 1971.

Sears issued this statement:

There may not be a settlement yet between New York State and Charter/Spectrum. But it appears the two sides are at least willing to talk a little longer.

Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum cable TV and internet, has been in danger of losing its ability to operate in New York State.

Why yes, that was the Goodyear Blimp you saw in the sky Sunday. It was because Monro Muffler Brake used it to promote a rebranding of its stores that starts this fall.

Also in this report, it looks like job growth remains strong for the region, and Southwest Airlines is adding a flight from Rochester to Ft. Myers, Florida.