WCNY Bringing Dusty Rhodes Back for Christmas Countdown

December 14, 2011 by

SYRACUSE -- Syracuse native Dusty Rhodes, who started his career at WOLF before graduating from SU and moving to Cincinnati, will be back on local airwaves again this Christmas Eve.  The 50th anniversary of the nationally-known "Dusty Rhodes Christmas Show" will be carried locally on WCNY-HD2.

Dusty Rhodes, courtesy WCNY
Dusty Rhodes, courtesy WCNY

WCNY radio program director Peter McElvein tells the countdown of the top 60 Christmas oldies hits will begin at noon on Saturday, December 24th, and it'll run right up until midnight.  If you have an HD Radio receiver, you can get WCNY-HD2 at 93.1-HD in Syracuse or 89.5-HD2 in Utica.  If you don't have HD Radio, you can stream WCNY-HD2 via the station's website at

Rhodes' first Christmas countdown aired on WSAI in Cincinnati in 1961, the same year he graduated from Syracuse University, according to McElvein.  Prior to his move to Cincinnati, Rhodes started his career at WOLF while attending Eastwood High School, where he graduated in 1957.

This isn't the first time WCNY-HD2 has brought Rhodes back to his hometown -- fans might recall he hosted a four-part series entitled Syracuse Radio in the Fifties, which aired on Sunday afternoons during May 2010.

One comment on “WCNY Bringing Dusty Rhodes Back for Christmas Countdown”

  1. If the Rhodes name sounds familiar that's becuase Dusty's younger brother is Frank Rhodes of the local band Smokin, and their sister Martha. All Rhodes led to Crestline Dr. in Eastwood. Welcome back Dusty. Sic Nick Wolf 1978 - 1981.


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