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News items related to the Ithaca/Cortland radio market. Counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Tompkins. Arbitron issued its final ratings report for this market in early 2010 (for Fall 2009) and the market has been unrated since that time.

POTW: Barry Leonard’s 1000th Cornell broadcast

POTW: Barry Leonard’s 1000th Cornell broadcast

ITHACA — Longtime Cornell University sports broadcaster Barry Leonard celebrated a notable milestone last month.  Twenty-two years into his tenure as “the Voice of the Big Red,” Leonard was recognized for calling his 1,000th game on the radio.Continue Reading

Year in Review 2013: Comings and goings

Year in Review 2013: Comings and goings

CENTRAL NEW YORK — As another year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at all the changes in local broadcasting over the past 364 days.  We begin a four-part “Year in Review” series with a look at personnel comings and goings as reported by CNYRadio.com and CNYTVNews.com.[More »]Continue Reading

Year in Review 2013: Remembering those we lost

Year in Review 2013: Remembering those we lost

CENTRAL NEW YORK — Two people at two different stations, who worked at their respective stations for decades, climbing the ladder to upper management… some pioneers in local television… and a few who left us much sooner than expected.   In this installment of our four-part “Year in Review,” we pause to remember the localContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

FCC approves Z95.5 sale to Saga Communications

FCC approves Z95.5 sale to Saga Communications

ITHACA — Two CHR competitors are one step closer to becoming part of the same family, raising questions as to their future.  In today’s edition of its Daily Digest, the FCC announced it has approved the sale of Z95.5 (WFIZ) to Saga Communications, the owner of rival Hits 103.3 (W277BS, simulcasting WYXL-HD2).[More »]Continue Reading

Year in Review 2013: Format flips and station sales

Year in Review 2013: Format flips and station sales

CENTRAL NEW YORK — As the year winds down to a close, it’s time to begin our annual look back at 2013.  We have a four-part series of Year in Review which stretches from today, right up to New Year’s Eve.  In part one, we recap the many changes in terms of station ownership (especially inContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

ESPN Radio Ithaca adds FM simulcast

ESPN Radio Ithaca adds FM simulcast

ITHACA/CORTLAND — A new FM translator is making it easier for sports talk fans to find ESPN Radio 1160 (WPIE), especially at night.  The station is now simulcasting on 107.1 FM (W296CP), after clearing up some unexpected complications that delayed the “official” FM launch by a few months.[More »]Continue Reading

New radio message board created to fill void

New radio message board created to fill void

THE INTERNET — Before there was CNYRadio.com — and even after the original CNYRadio.com launched without any commenting features — it was up to the general radio community to share the latest news and gossip on various message boards.  Earlier this month, one of the longest-running message boards to cover local radio suddenly disappeared… butContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: Ithaca College broadcasters reunite (2013)

POTW: Ithaca College broadcasters reunite (2013)

ITHACA — Several broadcasters who learned their trade at Ithaca College got together last month during the college’s reunion weekend.  Longtime WHCU/WYXL General Manager Rudy Paolangeli — also an Ithaca College alumnus and former faculty member — shared a photo from the gathering.[More »]Continue Reading

Saga moves to buy competitor Z95.5 in Ithaca

Saga moves to buy competitor Z95.5 in Ithaca

Updated 11:20am – ITHACA — The parent company of the Cayuga Radio Group, the dominant radio cluster in Ithaca, is looking to grow bigger.  According to documents filed with the FCC last week, Saga Communications wants to buy ROI Broadcasting CHR station Z95.5 (WFIZ) and three translators.  The $715,000 deal is being spurred by aContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

Where are they now: Dave Vieser moves to CBS News Radio

Where are they now: Dave Vieser moves to CBS News Radio

NEW YORK CITY — Continuing our catching-up on news from “while we were out on hiatus,” former CNY broadcaster Dave Vieser checks-in to share some good news.  The former Assistant PD and morning co-host of the Morning News Watch on Ithaca’s WHCU is now back on WHCU — and hundreds of other radio stations acrossContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading