Dusty Rhodes Returning to Syracuse... Briefly

April 28, 2010 by

SYRACUSE -- Popular announcer Dusty Rhodes will be back on the Syracuse airwaves in May, hosting a four-part series entitled Syracuse Radio in the Fifties on WCNY-HD2. Installments of the program are scheduled to air on Sunday afternoons, starting May 2.

The following details come to from WCNY Program Director Peter McElvein:

Dusty Rhodes, courtesy WCNY
Dusty Rhodes, courtesy WCNY

Dusty Rhodes was there, in an exciting period for radio in Syracuse, the 1950’s. He started at WOLF as a high school student in 1955 and stayed in local radio during his years at Syracuse University. After graduation he was off to Cincinnati to be one of the original “Good Guys” on famous top-40 station WSAI.

For the 50th reunion of his high school class at Eastwood High Dusty produced a four-hour audio program on “Syracuse Radio in the Fifties.” The series will air on WCNY-HD2 at noon on the first four Sundays of May.

The four programs are:

  • May 2: “The WOLF Buckaroo Sandman”, featuring some of the most-requested songs in the ‘50’s, tracing the evolution of country music into Elvis and rock and roll.
  • May 9: Tributes to WSYR, WHEN, WFBL and WNDR, remembering their personalities in the ‘50s and some of their most popular programs, and remembrances of some of the WOLF music programs
  • May 16 and 23: “The WOLF Sandman Serenade”, a two-hour commemoration of Syracuse popular nightly pop music request program, with some of the biggest hits from 1951 to 1957.

WCNY-HD2’s programming is deep-library 50’s and 60’s oldies with hourly NPR News. As a tribute to the beloved “Sandman Serenade” program on WOLF in the 50’s, WCNY-HD2 has revived the title for its 10 P.M. to 12 midnight program.

WCNY-HD2 is found at 91.3 HD2 in Syracuse, 89.5 HD2 in Utica and 90.9 HD2 in Watertown. It is one of three digital radio services of WCNY public broadcasting.

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