ITHACA -- When Greg Fry left Saga news/talker WHCU more than four years ago, he was the assistant news director. Today, station management announced he's coming back -- but this time, he'll be omitting the word "assistant" from his old title.
It was the summer of 2008 when Fry handed in his notice, to accept a position on the news team at Clear Channel news/talker WGY in Albany. While there, Fry and his colleagues earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for their coverage of a December 2008 ice storm that left more than 250,000 people without power in and around the capital district. Unfortunately, Fry was among nearly 600 people impacted by a 2009 wave of layoffs carried out at Clear Channel stations across the country.
But, according to his LinkedIn profile, it wasn't long before Fry was back on the radio, as Hudson Valley Bureau Chief for Albany-based public radio powerhouse WAMC. After that, Fry jumped into print journalism, spending the past several months as online editor for a group of weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania.
"We are proud to have Greg return to Ithaca and head up our news department," said Chris Allinger, Operations Manager for the Cayuga Radio Group, in a press release. "He is versed on all aspects of news operations, the market, and is a solid fit to our growing news team."
"I am proud to welcome Greg back," said VP/GM Chet Osadchey. "He is wonderfully suited for this position. His strong work ethic and his depth in the news profession make him the ideal candidate to continue take WHCU to new heights in listeners, coverage, and community."
Fry's arrival fills a vacancy left by Geoff Dunn, who left WHCU last month to accept a new position with Tompkins County.