Mel Busler

Mel Busler

Sports Anchor


I started my broadcast career at WATN radio in 1978. I moved over to 7News in 1982, becoming full time Sports Anchor of the 6 and 11 news in 1984.

I have had the pleasure of covering North Country sports for over 27 years here at 7News. I was lucky enough to find a career I enjoy and to find that career in my hometown of Watertown.

I take my responsibilities here at 7News seriously, but as you can tell, I try to have fun doing it.

I'm not sure if I should brag about my one major contribution to society, but Busler's Beauties has certainly been my calling card.

Plus I'm proud of the Athlete of the Week segment, which puts the spotlight on area athletes.

Being from the area, working at 7News has given me the opportunity to work with some great charities over the years, Disabled Persons Action Organization, Meals on Wheels, American Cancer Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Add to that the bad exhibition of basketball and softball I have spread over the years to area benefits through the No Stars, you can see why I enjoy my job and what it has brought.

I have been lucky enough to win awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association, Associated Press and the Syracuse Press Club. But what I'm most proud of is the family I'm a part of. My wife Rose and sons Mel and Matt is what it's all about.

Thank you for letting me into your homes and I hope to continue that visit for many years to come.

Recent Articles by Mel

  Mel’s Sports History: an interview with Christian Laettner

  Mel’s Sports History: remembering The Baron

  Mel’s Sports History: How Sugar Ray got his name

  Mel’s History Class: NY-Penn League pro baseball in Watertown

  Still Cannoneers, but JCC sports branding is a work in progress

  Looking back 40 years: the Lake Placid Winter Olympics

  Mel remembers longtime Watertown lacrosse coach Matt Branski

  Lyme hopes transfers will help boost team to repeat success

  Carthage running back Fombo Azah racks up big numbers on the gridiron

  Watertown swimmers on their way to states

  South Jeff swimmer overcomes obstacles & inspires

  JCC volleyball team aims for a return to nationals

  Local Tae Kwon Do school ‘kicks’ in some money for American Cancer Society

  Cannoneers eager for men’s soccer playoff win

  MMA coming to Watertown this weekend

  Former NHL star is special guest at Wolves preseason practice

  Highlights & scores: Tim McCreadie sits out Oswego’s Super DIRT Week

  Figure skating club begins another year on the ice

  Carmen Basilio boxing event this weekend

  North Country Sports Hall of Fame induction coming soon

  Carthage off to a good start on the gridiron

  ’Very young’ Indian River girls’ soccer team shows promise

  Highlights & scores: IHC out-kicks Indian River

  Scrimmage helps warm up girls’ soccer teams for upcoming season

  John Burr, voice of local racing, is remembered

  After a tough couple years, Comets boys’ soccer on the rise