On Thursday, Townsquare Media announced the addition of a new Morning News Anchor and Co-Host of First News with Keeler in the Morning on WIBX950 AM, Kristine Bellino, beginning on Monday, October 18th. Kristine is a veteran, mom of two, and has more than three decades of experience in local news and broadcasting. Bellino started her career as an intern with ABC News and has worked in television, radio, cable tv, and various outlets across the country. She has also produced and hosted a podcast on sustainability and dreams of owning an off-the-grid farm one day.

The position for Bellino is a familiar one, as she worked in the news department at WIBX from 2012 until 2016, where she was a morning news anchor on the Keeler Show. Kristine returns to the WIBX News team at Townsquare Media after most recently serving as Director of Programming and Audience Development and Morning Show Host at WCPE in Raleigh, NC. Prior, Bellino was the Digital Executive Producer for Nexstar Media General’s WJTV in Jackson, MS.

“I am thrilled to be working with Bill Keeler and Andrew Derminio in the morning again, I am beyond excited!,” said Bellino. “Returning to our adopted hometown of Utica is an inspiring homecoming for my family. Returning to TSM and Karen Carey's team means doing it right."

Over the past 95 years, WIBX has covered decades of local breaking news moments leading up to its 21st Century coverage of news, talk, sports, and entertainment and provides local, unique and engaging digital content on its website, the WIBX App, Facebook page and the radio show, Keeler in the Morning is simulcast on WFXV Fox 33.

Bellino is replacing longtime WIBX Brand Manager Jeff Monaski, who recently took a media relations position with Democratic Assemblywoman, Marianne Buttenschon.

61 Amazing Snapshots of Utica's Most Unique Boilermaker Ever

The 2021 Utica Boilermaker Road Race will go down in the history books as one of the most unique, with an all-vaccinated field running the 5K and 15K on October 10th, without elite runners, and with thousands of regular participants sitting this one out because of COVID. The excitement this year was special and exclusive and there was no shortage of it, as seen through the lens of award winning photo-journalist Nancy L. Ford of Utica. Here are 61 awesome photos featuring some of the best moments from this year's race.

9 New Favorites from the New Menu at Utica's 72 Tavern and Grill

The 72 Tavern and Grill, a Utica, NY sports bar and restaurant connected to the Adirondack Bank Center, has now re-opened after an 18-month COVID-19 shutdown. The grand reopening has featured previous favorites from the previous menu, and some new updated menu items. Here are photos taken by photographer Nancy L. Ford of some of our favorites tasted during the restaurant's soft opening.

17 Amazing Vintage Utica, NY Collectables Selling Right Now on Ebay

Check out these very unique and vintage Utica, NY, created collectables that are for sale right now on Ebay. These items could make for unique holiday gift ideas. Prices range from $999 to $38.75 an there are links back to Ebay for each item.

13 Eyesight Myths That Have Been Completely Disproven

There are several untruths and innocent wives tales that have somehow seemed to stick over the years, despite the fact that they are unequivocally false. Often times, moms are the culprit in spreading these little lies as a way to keep their kids in line. Here are 13 myths about glasses and vision that are absolutely not true, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Plus we've added 5 of our own Bonus Myths, to keep your attention.