WLZW's Rich Lawrence Bids Farewell

March 26, 2011 by

UTICA/ROME -- In less than two hours, "Flashback Saturday Night" host Rich Lawrence will be signing off Lite 98.7 (WLZW) for the last time.  Lawrence says he's had a blast over the past five years he had been on the station's part-time roster, but he says it's time to move on.

Lawrence posted his reflections this evening in a farewell letter on the Lite 98.7 website.  While most of the weekenders at WLZW take shifts on a rotating basis, Lawrence enjoyed the honor of hosting the station's specialty "Flashback Saturday Night" show nearly every weekend.  He also appeared during the week from time to time, as needed to fill-in for the regular weekday personalities.

In addition to his past five years on the WLZW roster, Lawrence has worked at the station once before.  He joined the station for a short time in 1993 as an intern, before his career took him east to Gloversville and west to South Dakota before heading back to New York.  Lawrence has also logged some part-time hours with the company's Albany/Schenectady/Troy cluster.

One Man's Departure is Another's Chance to Arrive

Lite 98.7 PD Eric Meier is already accepting applications for local talent to join the Townsquare Media station's part-time staff.  The official job posting, as found on, reads as follows:

Lite 98.7 WLZW is looking to add to our part-timer roster. We are a Townsquare Media-owned, market-dominant, heritage AC in Utica/Rome, NY. Lite 98.7 has the largest and best part-time staff in the market and I’m looking for more exceptional talent for prime shifts. If you’re interested, please send your audio, resume and cover letter to:


Eric Meier
9418 River Road
Marcy, NY

Central New York applicants only, please, as this is a part-time position. Experience with AudioVault and Adobe Audition and WordPress-based blogging platforms are all pluses.

Townsquare Media of Utica/Rome is an EOE.

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Disclosure: editor Peter Naughton is also a part-time weekend host at WLZW.  However, we were not contacted in advance by Lawrence or Meier for this story. is not aware of any further details beyond those included in this story.


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