A Brief History
CNYRadio.com launched on March 1, 2001. Created by Scott Jameson, a computer programmer and Syracuse radio personality, the original site featured news, station listings, schedules, a “Picture of the Week” and even a weekly comic strip drawn by Scott himself.
At first, CNYRadio.com only covered happenings in the Syracuse radio market, but later grew to include the surrounding markets: Utica-Rome, Watertown and Ithaca/Cortland. In 2005, Scott decided to put the site “on hiatus.”
At least one reader of the original site wanted to see it come back. In late 2007, Peter Naughton, a local broadcaster with some web design experience of his own, contacted Scott about reviving the site. Scott graciously “transfered the license,” so to speak, and Peter started design on the new CNYRadio.com.
After a few months of design and testing, the current CNYRadio.com launched in February 2008 with a primary emphasis on news within the local broadcasting industry. The new site launched covering the same four markets as the original, and most of the news articles from the original site have been imported to the current site. In keeping with tradition, we continue to feature a new “Picture of the Week” every Friday.
Near the end of 2010, we learned that a similar website, CNYTVNews.com, was about to go under. The domain registration was expiring, and owner Mike Szweil told us he didn’t have the time or resources to keep the site going. We offered to “rescue” the domain name, and we merged CNYTVNews.com in with CNYRadio.com.
Keeping tabs on dozens of stations in three markets is no easy task. This site wouldn’t be much without help from our readers. Whether you’ve got a quick news tip to pass along, or you’re interested in writing a guest column or coming on board as a regular staff writer, contact us anytime.
About Your Editor
Peter Naughton’s broadcasting career started in Utica/Rome radio, as a part-time DJ for Lite 98.7 (WLZW) and Big Frog 104 (WFRG) during his breaks home from SUNY Oswego. Following a brief stint as a reporter/producer at WUTR-TV and his graduation from Oswego, Naughton was promoted to afternoon drive host at WLZW. Along the way, he became the webmaster for WLZW and its three sister stations, and later added program director duties at Lite 98.7.
In 2005, Naughton moved back to TV news, as producer of The Morning News at NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) in Syracuse. The overnight work schedule made it possible to pick up some Saturday morning anchoring shifts at Newsradio 570 WSYR, but Naughton would give up radio again when NewsChannel 9 promoted him to producer of Eleven @ 11:00.
Early in 2009, Naughton moved to a new job — still in Central New York, but outside of broadcasting. He returned to radio as a part-time weekend host for WLZW from 2009 to 2012, and continues to operate his own DJ and voiceover service.