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A Brief History

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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 the Staff

General Email Address: cnyradio@cnyradio.com

If you have general comments, news tips, press releases or other correspondence, you can use the above email address or our Contact Form.  To reach a specific person directly, please use the personal email addresses below:

Peter Naughton, Editor: peter@cnyradio.com

Peter started his broadcasting career while attending SUNY Oswego, as a weekend DJ for Utica’s Lite 98.7 and producer/reporter for WUTR.  After graduating, Naughton became WLZW’s afternoon host, and later added PD stripes.  In 2005, Naughton went back to TV, spending nearly four years producing newscasts at Syracuse’s WSYR-TV (with some weekend anchoring at WSYR radio on the side).  In 2009, Naughton decided to take full-time work outside of broadcasting, but now runs CNYRadio.com, CNYTVNews.com and his own mobile DJ business on the side.

Kevin DeValk, Writer: kevin@cnyradio.com

Kevin DeValk is a freelance writer. He grew up in Liverpool and interned at WTVH-TV while studying journalism at the State University of New York at Albany. Kevin was a staff writer for six years at the Finger Lakes Times in Geneva. He lives in Henrietta.

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CNYRadio.com and CNYTVNews.com is a labor of love — everyone working on this site does so on their own free time as a volunteer effort.  (The small amount of revenue generated by ad banner clicks is put right back into covering the costs of keeping the site online.)  If you’d like to help us out by writing about local radio and TV, please email cnyradio@cnyradio.com.  While we can’t offer any compensation, we offer the chance for you to get some exposure as a writer, build your portfolio, and make networking connections within local broadcasting.