UTICA-ROME -- Longtime local radio personality Jerry "The Doctor" Kraus has a new full-time job. Although it's expected he'll keep his weekend gig at 92.7 The Drive (WXUR), Kraus has just been named Executive Director of the Stanley Center for the Arts.
Utica Observer-Dispatch reporter Sara Tracey says the position has been vacant for about a year. In a story published this afternoon, she references a press release which noted Kraus is already a known supporter of the arts, as a board member for the Stanley and a member of the Broadway Theater League.
In the same release, Kraus said he wants to make sure the Stanley maintains its footing as "a central figure in the local arts scene." In order do that, he'll be leaving his current full-time job as public relations director for the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.
In Tracey's article, Kraus said he feels "bittersweet" about leaving Stevens-Swan "after five years of real success," but he "just couldn't pass up" the opportunity at the Stanley.
"The Doctor" worked at 96.9 WOUR for thirty years, a run that ended in 2007 when Clear Channel decided to exit the Utica-Rome market. When the Texas-based corporation sold its 9-station cluster to Syracuse-based Galaxy Communications, most of the on-air staff, including Kraus, were let go.
Kraus started with Stevens-Swan in 2008, and even tried his hand in politics for awhile, winning election to the City of Utica Common Council from 2009-2011. He returned to radio last June, as host of "The Recovery Room," every Sunday from 9am to noon on WXUR. He also hosts Saturday nights from 7pm to midnight.
According to the Observer-Dispatch article, Scott Shatraw, President of the Stanley's Board of Directors, said he believes Kraus "will be a true local ambassador, not just an administrator."
We wish "The Doctor" all the best in his new venture!