Looking back at the life and career of Syracuse air traffic reporter Tony Bombardo

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Tony Bombardo was Central New York’s eye in the sky for more than 30 years, filing air traffic reports during the morning and afternoon commutes. He started at 620 WHEN Radio in 1977 as Captain Scott King and switched to NewsChannel 9’s morning newscasts, and his own name, in 1990.  

NewsChannel 9’s Dan Cummings remembers a guy with a smile in his voice and an ability to turn a phrase to help you through the drive to work.

“‘Crunchy Bunchy’ time was a favorite. Traffic was backing up on the in commute or the outbound commute, it was crunchy bunchy time. But because the traffic often was not enough to bother talking about, he’s get into ‘sunglasses and sun visors working,’ you know?” Dan Cummings said.

Bombardo was an Air Force veteran who served during the Berlin crisis in the early ’60’.  That experience served him well on at least one occasion, when his landing gear stuck, forcing an emergency landing at Hancock Field. Bombardo was cool and calm under extreme circumstances.

Colleagues are remembering Bombardo as a guy who would do anything for you. One of Syracuse media’s best-loved personalities on the air, and in the air. 

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