SYRACUSE — Dave Frisina, who was suddenly fired last week from TK99/105 (WTKW/WTKV) after eight years with the classic rocker, says he’s going to stay active in his efforts to promote the local music scene. “The only thing that’s changing is I’m not on the radio right now,” he tells the Syracuse NewTimes, in an article published today.
In the Syracuse NewTimes article — which you can read online or pick up for free at dozens of locations around Syracuse for the next week — Frisina says he’ll continue to support local musicians however he can. He says he also has plans to travel — since it’s the first time in 30 years he’s had the chance to get away from work for more than a single week at a time.
As you read here last week, Frisina’s reputation with local music goes much deeper than the 8 years he spent at TK99. From the time he graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1977 until 2003, he worked across town at 95X (WAQX), where he launched Soundcheck, a weekly show devoted purely to music from local artists. He took the show along with him when he moved to TK99. Galaxy Communications, the Syracuse-based owner of TK99 (and Utica station 96.9 WOUR, where Frisina was also heard), declined to comment on the reason for Frisina’s dismissal.
The newspaper refers to Frisina’s firing as “2011’s biggest WTF moment in Syracuse radio news,” even bigger than Jim Reith’s dismissal from WSYR in October. Reporter Jessica Novak also took note of various protest movements on the internet, “including un-liking the [TK99] Facebook page and removing the station from preset radio dial options.”
To their credit, Galaxy has been allowing fans to speak their minds right on the station’s own Facebook page. Plenty of comments were posted after VP/Programming Mimi Griswold announced Frisina was removed from the lineup. In a situation where many companies might prefer to quickly delete any negative comments, Galaxy has only asked listeners to refrain from name-calling; they don’t appear to be censoring comments, even those which contain language which wouldn’t be allowed on the radio.