Dunn Leaving WHCU; Station Seeks News Director

November 26, 2012 by

Updated 12/2 with email address for applicants.  ITHACA -- After seven years overseeing news and programming for News/Talk 95.9 and 870 WHCU and Progressive Talk WNYY 1440, Geoff Dunn is leaving radio. Dunn has accepted a new position with Tompkins County, prompting the Cayuga Radio Group to begin accepting applications for News Director candidates at WHCU. We've got more about Dunn's accomplishments, plus the official job posting within this story.

A press release announcing Dunn's mid-December departure says Dunn has been "instrumental in guiding, developing and lifting WHCU and WNYY to new heights." Dunn, who also hosts WHCU's Morning News Watch, is credited with strengthening the stations' ties with Cornell University, and raising "the profile of the stations online and in social media."

In summary, the Saga-owned Cayuga Radio Group says Dunn "has been a terrific ambassador to our station, our company, and the news profession." His new job with Tompkins County begins in mid-December. In the meantime, the station says "Geoff has generously offered up his help in the transition" to a new News Director.

Here is the job posting as submitted by GM Chet Osadchey and OM Chris Allinger:

Good News!

Ithaca’s heritage news talk Radio station, WHCU has a career opportunity for News Director. This is a chance for right person to guide and grow the city’s primary news source in this gorgeous college town at the foot of the Finger Lakes in New York State.
Our candidate will understand contemporary news writing and presentation, have strong on-air delivery skills and be able to train and nurture up-and-coming staff. Creative use of web and social media to deliver and support the on-air product is a must.
Live and work for one of the best companies in the business in one of the prettiest areas in the Northeast with an excellent team and all the tools for success.

Send materials immediately to:
Brand Manager/WHCU
Cayuga Radio Group
1751 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Saga Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Added 12/2 - Applicants can also submit their materials via email to

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