Start your day with WKTV News from 5:00am-7:00am and the "Talk of the Town" with Mark Piersma, weekdays 7:00am-10:00am. The "Talk of the Town" features local, regional, state and national guests. The issues that affect all of us, plus entertainment features, business updates, local news, weather -- and your phone calls!
Who is Mark Piersma? Sometimes we don't even know. It's like the old TV show "To Tell The Truth." Will the real Mark Piersma, please stand up! Sometimes he's hot, other times cold. He loves coffee. Sometimes too much. He's been called a liberal, a conservative, Democrat, and Republican. Luckily, not all at the same time.
Mark's originally from Oriskany and now calls Utica home, so he can debate the merits of the Master Plan, roundabout and the city's best pizza, by being right in the middle of it all. You'll hear Mark occasionally talk of his young son, since Mark sometimes has to stay up all night or sleep on the floor. We're not sure who in the family exactly causes what.
Samantha LaMarca: I am so happy to be joining the WUTQ family as the News Director. I'm originally from Oneida, but moved to New York City right after college. There, I worked for Fox News Channel for the past eight years. But there is no place like home. So I am glad to be returning to Central New York to bring you the news that really matters.