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Looking for a job in local broadcasting?

Looking for a job in local broadcasting?

SYRACUSE and UTICA — Looking to start off the new year with a new job?  We’ve spotted a handful of job openings within local broadcast outlets over the past few days.  For your convenience, we’ve got all the details here in one roundup-style article.  Of course, broadcasters, we still continue to accept job postings anytime — and we’ll publish them here for free.  Details on how to submit are inside this article.Continue Reading

WKAL announces format, job openings

WKAL announces format, job openings

UTICA-ROME — It’s been a long time in the works, and the signal has been on-again/off-again several times over the past two years.  Today, some sure signs of progress — management has announced the station’s eventual format, and they’re taking applications for a number of job openings.[More »]Continue Reading

Rome’s WKAL 1450 back on-the-air days before FCC deadline [AUDIO]

Rome’s WKAL 1450 back on-the-air days before FCC deadline [AUDIO]

UTICA-ROME — Could the prolonged mystery surrounding the status of Rome’s WKAL be reaching an end?  The station — which faced a May 7 deadline to begin broadcasting or lose its broadcast license — appears to be up and running.[More »]Continue Reading

Rome’s WKAL requests FCC deadline extension

Rome’s WKAL requests FCC deadline extension

UTICA-ROME — Radio station 1450 WKAL is supposed to be back on the air tomorrow, but the station’s owner has asked the FCC for more time to complete construction of a new studio space in Rome.[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: Rod Foote at WKAL (1970s)

POTW: Rod Foote at WKAL (1970s)

UTICA-ROME — Longtime residents of Rome remember when WKAL’s studios were located within the Capitol Theatre on West Dominick Street.  The theatre and the radio station were both originally owned by the Kallet family, hence the call letters.  Rod Foote worked for WKAL from 1967 to 1972, and he recently discovered a treasure from hisContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

Observers Continue to Question WKAL’s Status

Observers Continue to Question WKAL’s Status

UTICA-ROME — If you’ve been eager to find out what the new owners of 1450 WKAL/Rome plan to do with the signal, it appears you’ll have to wait a bit longer.  After WKAL’s owners told the FCC it had finally resumed full-time broadcasting for the first time in nearly a year, the station went silentContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

Call Sign Changes Aplenty in Utica-Rome Radio

Call Sign Changes Aplenty in Utica-Rome Radio

UTICA-ROME — The FCC’s monthly list of call sign changes has been released today, and there are several changes on the list. There are a few we were expecting (such as WRCK becoming WUTQ-FM), but also a few surprises we didn’t see coming.[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: Vintage WKAL Sign Discovered (2011)

Updated at 8:00am – ROME — Any longtime residents of the Copper City are being asked for help in piecing together the history of a vintage “WKAL On The Air” sign recently found “stashed away in the rafters” at the Capitol Theatre.  WKAL used to be located within the theatre.  Officials want to restore theContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: WKAL Talent Publicity Poster

UTICA-ROME — Remember WKAL?  Way back before FM radio took hold in the Mohawk Valley, this 1kW station at 1450AM was among the limited options for radio audiences, especially back in the 40s — when WIBX was the only other station in the market.  Today, we hear from a former WKAL personality who recently foundContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

Retired Utica Broadcaster Jack Fredericks Dies

Updated 9/17 with arrangements – UTICA-ROME — NBC affiliate WKTV is reporting the death of retired local broadcaster Jack Fredericks, at the age of 84.  Fredericks spent most of his long career at the TV station atop Smith Hill, but he broke into the business while he was still in high school, as an announcerContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading