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Utica’s Hank Brown to retire at year’s end

Utica’s Hank Brown to retire at year’s end

UTICA-ROME — After 55 years of broadcasting in the Mohawk Valley, Hank Brown is ready to hang up his headphones for good.  His final broadcast on 95.5FM WUSP will be New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31.  This, according to a press release from WUSP’s Tom Coyne today.Continue Reading

65th anniversary of WIBX move from 1230 to 950AM [AUDIO]

65th anniversary of WIBX move from 1230 to 950AM [AUDIO]

UTICA-ROME — Sixty-six years ago today, on May 2, 1947, federal regulators gave WIBX the green light to move to its current home at 950AM. Thanks to a former WIBX broadcaster, we’re pleased to share an aircheck of the switch from 1230AM to 950AM.[More »]Continue Reading

Where Are They Now: Two Former Utica Sportscasters

Where Are They Now: Two Former Utica Sportscasters

UTICA — Longtime fans of local professional sports in Utica might remember names like Mike Kalinowski and Tim Roye.  Kalinowski used to call Mohawk Valley Prowlers hockey games on the former WRUN 1150.  Even earlier, Roye hosted SportsWatch on WIBX and handled play-by-play for the long-gone Utica Blue Sox during baseball season.  Today, they’re both working forContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

Broadcast Icon Dick Clark Dies at 82, Started Career in Utica

Broadcast Icon Dick Clark Dies at 82, Started Career in Utica

LOS ANGELES — Broadcast personality Dick Clark, best known for shows like American Bandstand, the game show Pyramid and the annual New Year’s Rockin Eve specials on ABC, has died following a “massive heart attack” this morning in California.  Clark, who was 82, made his very first appearances on radio and television in Utica, and graduated from Syracuse University.[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: Congratulations, Bob Ausfeld (2003)

ALBANY — Not many people have the honor of saying they were the General Manager of two prominent radio stations before turning 30, especially in a top-75 market.  But Robert Ausfeld did just that, and after nearly four decades in radio, he’s set to retire at month’s end.  Although Ausfeld was based in Albany, heContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: Old Friends and Foes Unite (2011)

ROCHESTER — Back in the 70s, you might say Utica radio stations WRUN and WBVM had a rivalry that matched that of Ron Burgundy and Wes Mantooth in “Anchorman” — well, maybe except for the deadly back alley battles involving trident-wielding weathermen.  But, just as Wes and Ron set aside their differences,  so have theseContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

POTW: Early Days of WIBX (c. 1926)

UTICA/ROME — News/talker WIBX 950 turns 85 years old on Sunday.  We hadn’t realized the big milestone was approaching until CNYRadio.com reader Jerry Reed sent in a picture from the very early days of the station — along with a history of the station he compiled in 1991.  So we have not only a picture, butContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

WUTI Sale Price Revealed

UTICA/ROME — Even though Leatherstocking Media Group has controlled the programming on WUTI 1150 since September 20, the station is still owned by Digital Radio Broadcasting.  As part of the FCC’s sale approval process, the pricetag on the sale has been revealed.  Updated 10/20.[More »]Continue Reading

Leatherstocking Overtakes WUTI 1150, Flips to Talk

Updated 9/21 at 7:30pm – UTICA/ROME — The endless stream of music on WUTI 1150 is coming to an end.  Owner Bud Williamson told CNYRadio.com late this evening that “1150 will be programmed by Leatherstocking [Media Group] starting tomorrow.”  We presume WUTI will carry the same “CNY Talk Radio” lineup as Leatherstocking stations WFBL/Syracuse andContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading

Host, Programmer, Owner Don DeRosa Dies

SYRACUSE — He worked as an on-air personality, a programmer, and even a station owner.  We regret to pass along the news that Don DeRosa lost his battle to cancer yesterday.  Former colleague Jeff Moulton tells us DeRosa passed at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon — while friends and former colleagues gathered in Syracuse for aContinue Reading[More »]Continue Reading