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Is Clear Channel radio's 'big bully'?

No doubt about it, Clear Channel Communications is the radio industry's heaviest hitter. The group owns 1,200 stations in the United States including six in Syracuse.  A recent article in Salon.com characterizes them as "Radio's Big Bully."  Galaxy Communications' Ed Levine is quoted in the piece.  (2008 Update: the article is still live on Salon's website - click here to read it.)

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Syracuse radio stations stop web broadcasts

The world of online web rebroadcast of radio stations across the country has been put on hold. At issue, a 1999 union contract requiring advertising agencies to pay voice-over artists 300 percent of their normal fees if a radio commercial is simulcast on the web. Most radio stations across the country, including those in Syracuse, have temporarily suspended web broadcasting while the situation is addressed.

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Comedy World pulls the plug

Last fall, Syracuse AM station WNSS became the first station in the country to begin broadcasting programming provided by the Comedy World Network. On Wednesday, April 25, local Station Manager Ed Kilgore received a call from the network's General Manager Jay Clark, informing him that the network had run out of money. Hours later, 1260 AM went silent.

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WCNY names new station manager

Local public broadcasting outlet WCNY has named Paul A. Dunn of Clinton, NY as its new station manager. Dunn, who steps up from his role as director of corporate support, will oversee WCNY-TV (channel 24) and public radio station "Classic FM" which is broadcast regionally on 91.3 FM in Syracuse (WCNY-FM), 89.5 FM in Utica (WUNY), and 90.9 FM in Watertown (WJNY).

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Power 106.9 looking for a boost

The booster for Auburn station WPHR 106.9 FM won't be in Auburn, though that's the community of license applied for. The 1720-watt, vertical-only signal will broadcast from near the merge of I-81 and I-690 in downtown Syracuse. The request is subject to FCC approval.

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Jim Asker moves to Music Row

Former WSEN Program Director and afternoon drive jock Jim Asker has joined AllAccess.com as head of their Nashville-based country office.

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Syracuse Community Radio hopes for new CP

WXXC 88.7 FM in Truxton has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to reinstate their construction permit. The Syracuse Community Radio station's CP was revoked due to allegations that the group misled the FCC by filing for a license despite the fact that the station itself was still under construction.

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Family Life Radio adds new frequency

Family Life Radio has been granted a license for W207BH 89.3 FM in Baldwinsville. The translator will serve the north side of Syracuse simulcasting Canandaigua's WCIY 88.9 FM.

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WAER's Eric Cohen wins Gavin national award

National radio trade publication Gavin Magazine has named Jazz 88's Music Director Eric Cohen its Jazz Programmer of the Year award winner.

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Is Britney dating Rick Roberts?

Rumors have been swirling on the Internet that Britney Spears has been dating 'a Syracuse DJ'. The mystery man is 93Q's night jock Rick Roberts who, though an unabashed Britney fan, denies that he and the teen pop star are an item. www.101britney.com reports on an incident that may have spawned the speculation. (Source article has since been deleted)

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