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WIBX's Bill Keeler fighting cancer for 2nd time

UTICA-ROME -- Longtime Mohawk Valley broadcaster Bill Keeler recently revealed to listeners of his WIBX 950 morning show that he's fighting cancer -- for a second time. While the type of cancer he has isn't curable, he says it's treatable and the survival rate is much higher than it was just 20 years ago.

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Utica-Rome Radio
Big Frog 104 wins "Best Morning Show" Award

UTICA-ROME -- The married morning duo of "Polly Wogg" and "Tadpole" have been named "Best Morning Show" by the New York State Broadcasters Association. The pair will collect their trophy on behalf of Big Frog 104 (WFRG) when the NYSBA holds their 2024 awards luncheons this fall.

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Job Postings
Job Opening: Video Editor at CNY Central

SYRACUSE -- The CNYCentral cluster of TV stations is hiring a full-time news video editor. The hire will be editing video for the newscasts on NBC3 (WSTM-TV), CW6 (WSTM-DT 3.2) and CBS5 (WTVH). Here's the full posting as provided by Sinclair Broadcast Group:

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Syracuse Radio
Syracuse broadcast legend Phil Markert dies

He was on the radio for more than a half-century, and he was the very first voice viewers heard when ABC television affiliate "Colorful Channel 9" (WNYS-TV, now NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV) debuted in 1962. Longtime Syracuse broadcaster Phil Markert has died at the age of 92.

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Syracuse Radio
Former Syracuse radio programmer Bob Paris dies

SYRACUSE -- Longtime Syracuse radio programmer Gary Gallup, better known by his on-air name, Bob Paris, has lost his battle with leukemia the age of 78, according to a report on syracuse.com today.

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Syracuse Radio
KRock Rebooting "KRockathon"

SYRACUSE -- We're a bit late on this one, but big news for rock fans: Galaxy Media's KROCK stations are "rebooting" their legendary KRockathon concert series with a day-long concert featuring 6 returning bands at the New York State Fairgrounds in July.

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Job Postings
Job Alert: CNY Central Seeks Weekend Anchor / Producer

SYRACUSE -- CNY Central is looking for a new weekend news anchor/producer. The position could pay up to $45,000/year, according to a job posting submitted to CNYTVNews.com by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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Utica-Rome Radio
Utica radio engineer Gary Morgan dies

UTICA-ROME -- One colleague described him as a local "broadcasting pioneer." Longtime local radio engineer Gary Morgan died on Monday at the age of 80, after a long career that included stops at RCA in New York City before returning to the Mohawk Valley to work for stations including WUFM, WRUN and WADR.

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Syracuse Radio
Syracuse Radio Ratings: #1 stable, shakeups below

SYRACUSE -- No big surprises at the top of the Syracuse radio ratings chart, with iHeart Country B104.7 (WBBS) leading the way. But there's some notable movement among "the best of the rest" in the latest audience estimates released today by Nielsen. The survey covered the months of January, February and March.

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Job Postings
Lite 98.7 seeks morning co-host

UTICA-ROME -- Townsquare Media's long-running adult contemporary Lite 98.7 (WLZW) is looking for a new morning co-host to sit alongside Dave Wheeler, following the recent exit of Envy McKee, who just joined the station last March. The posting calls for someone with "great on-air skills" along with the ability to be a "strong content creator and [...] to be the champion of the station on the streets."

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