SYRACUSE -- Come Monday, there will be a new voice in the morning at Classic FM (WCNY-FM). Peter McElvein, who has worked at the station for 15 years tells CNYRadio.com today was his last day. He's retiring after 15 years with the public station.
Overall, McElvein's career in local radio spans 45 years. During what he calls "the golden days of local AM radio in the 70s," McElvein worked at WHEN and WOLF. At WCNY-FM, his official title was program director, but also worked on the TV side of the operation. For the past few months, McElvein hosted morning drive on WCNY-FM, following the exit of Bill Shedden.
McElvein won't be completely walking away from his craft. He tells CNYRadio.com he'll continue to host "Traditions Today," a public access television program about the Orthodox Church, of which he is a member. The show airs Sundays at 7:00pm on Time Warner Cable channel 98.
No word yet on who will be hosting mornings at WCNY-FM as of next week. WCNY-FM 91.3 in Syracuse is simulcast on WUNY-FM 89.5 in Utica. Both stations also have HD Radio feeds. As usual, the HD-1 channel simulcasts the main analog feed, Classic FM. The HD-2 subchannel carries "Oldies FM," while the HD-3 subchannel offers "Jazz FM."
We wish McElvein all the best in his retirement!
Best wishes to Pete from all of us at WCNY!
I had the good fortune to work with Pete twice. A real professional and one of the nicest people you would want to meet. Back in the day, Colonel Corn was one of the funniest ongoing bits in Syracuse radio. Though the Colonel never seemed to make it into the studio on time, Pete did and Central New York was entertained. Enjoy your retirement, my friend!