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Rapper Ja Rule Calls Big Poppa on Kiss-FM from Nearby Prison

UTICA-ROME — Gary “Big Poppa” Spears probably had no idea what he was in for this morning, when he mentioned that today, Leap Year Day, also happens to be the birthday of rapper Ja Rule.  The rapper, serving time at Mid-State Correctional Facility in nearby Marcy, heard the mention on-air, called-in and chatted with Spears… Continue Reading[More »]

Kiss-FM Interview Gets Ink from Perez Hilton

UTICA/ROME — Some national attention for morning show host Gary “Big Poppa” Spears at Kiss-FM (WSKS/WSKU), after an interview he conducted on-air yesterday morning caught the attention of famous celebrity news blogger Perez Hilton.  Spears was chatting with American Idol season 3 finalist Diana DeGarmo, when she unleashed an interesting development about her love life. Continue Reading[More »]

Roser Cluster Efforts to Help Local Irene Victims

UTICA/ROME — While the rain of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene wasn’t too intense for Syracuse, the Utica/Rome area got hit quite hard.  Several streets in Oneida and Herkimer Counties have been closed due to severe flooding, and in fact, the NYS Thruway remains closed as of Tuesday night between Syracuse and Amsterdam.  The locally-owned Roser cluster… Continue Reading[More »]

POTW: Radio/TV Chat in Utica (2011)

UTICA/ROME — As reported here earlier this week, staffers at ABC affiliate WUTR and Fox affiliate WFXV are feverishly preparing for the September 12 launch of “Eyewitness News.”  Aside from learning how to use all their spiffy new HD gear, reporters and anchors have been logging plenty of miles around the area, getting themselves familiar… Continue Reading[More »]

What’s Ahead for Radio’s Next Ten Years?

CENTRAL NEW YORK — All this week we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of CNYRadio.com with a series of special reports.  Yesterday, several folks who’ve been in local radio for 10+ years explained why they feel consolidation was “the” biggest story from the past decade.  Despite the negative side of consolidation, most radio pros are optimistic for what’s… Continue Reading[More »]