Randy Gorbman

Director of News and Public Affairs

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.

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A well known figure in umpire circles in Major League baseball as well as his hometown of Rochester has died. According to the D&C, Ken Kaiser has died at the age of 72.

The Gates-Chili alum was a major league umpire for 23 years. He worked two World Series, and all-star game and several playoff games.

Wayne County based Baldwin Richardson Foods is expanding in the Town of Williamson and adding jobs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the maker of custom food ingredients will add up to 30 new jobs and he says the expansion will also help retain the current 275 positions.

Cuomo says "the company's continued investment in Wayne County is further proof that the Finger Lakes is moving forward."

Baldwin Richardson is installing new equipment and adding at least 50,000 square feet to its current facility. They plan to break ground next Spring.

General Electric is closing a manufacturing facility in Rochester, on Science Parkway.

The company says that less than 100 employees will be affected, although the exact number was not released.

GE issued a statement saying that in an effort to provide its customers with more competitive, efficient products and services, the manufacturing work will transition to one of the company’s partner suppliers.

Officials say that work will go to a Florida-based supplier, but that manufacturing will be performed at the company’s operations in China.


New York State is planning to expand opportunities for college courses in some state prisons. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan D-A Cyrus Vance say $7.3 million will provide college-level education and training for  more than 2,500 prisoners across the state.

The money comes from large bank settlements secured by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. 

Among the programs in this region will be classes at the Albion Correctional facility, provided by Medaille College and Five Points Correctional Facility, with services provided by Cornell University.

One Wayne County deputy has resigned and three others disciplined in the wake of a prison escape that happened in early July.

It happened on July 2nd, when officials say 25 year old Shawn Meacham impersonated a weekend inmate scheduled for release and he walked out of the jail facility.

Meacham was serving time for violating the conditions of his probation in connection with a burglary charge.  Meacham was captured the next day.

Same day grocery delivery from Wegmans is about to begin through the Instacart app. They also deliver from other retailers including CVS, Price Rite, and Petco.

The pace of small business job growth is a little slower than it was a year ago but wages are up; accelerating, at what Paychex calls, a decent pace.

BlueTie has been sold. CEO and President Robert Doty now owns the business outright. 

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP & WXXI News)  Don Baylor, the 1979 AL MVP with the California Angels who went on to become manager of the year with the Colorado Rockies in 1995, has died. He was 68.

Baylor is also in the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame.

Wegmans will begin to offer same-day delivery in the Rochester area on Tuesday, partnering with a San Francisco company called Instacart.

And now we get word that  the service will also include some other retailers.

As of Tuesday, Wegmans begins to  provide same-day delivery in parts of the Rochester and Canandaigua areas.

It does come at a cost over what you would normally pay in the store, there are fees both for the delivery, and the price of the various items you get may be higher than what you pay in the supermarket.

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New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan issued a statement on Sunday saying that he had recently been treated for an alcohol problem.

According to Newsday, the statement came from Flanagan after an inquiry from that newspaper.

Newsday says that the GOP Senate leader entered a program last month, not long after the close of the 2017 legislative session.


The 41st edition of the Park Ave Summer Art Fest usually brings thousands of people to that event in Rochester, but as with any festival, attendance is helped or hurt by the weather.

And with a fair amount of sunshine Saturday and more expected on Sunday, along with comfortable temperatures, it should mean another big year in terms of attendance, and vendors hope that will translate into a lot of  business.

The event features more than 350 artists from 22 states and Canada along the  1 ¼  miles of Park Avenue stretching from Alexander Street to Culver Road.