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5 Syracuse radio personalities out as iHeart cuts staff nationwide

There are no longer any Syracuse-based hosts on heritage AC station Y94 (WYYY), in the wake of a nationwide staffing purge carried out by corporate owner iHeart Media on Tuesday. The cuts include 5 people in Syracuse and others elsewhere with connections to Syracuse. We'll keep this post updated if any more names come in.

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"The Dinosaur" launches on 95.3 and 103.9

SYRACUSE -- After three months of stunting, the new format for 103.9 (WNDR, Mexico) and translator 95.3 (W237AY, DeWitt) has been revealed. Locally-owned Renard Communications launched "95.3 and 103.9 The Dinosaur" at noon today, offering "Classic Top 40," predominantly from the 60s and 70s. The station brings some well-known names back to the Syracuse airwaves -- and they're looking for more talent to join the team.

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FCC approves new WRVO translators

OSWEGO -- The WRVO Stations are looking to expand their reach in the Ithaca and Cortland areas. This week, the FCC approved application permits for two new FM translators that would simulcast the WRVO signal from SUNY Oswego.

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NewsChannel 9 hires new sports reporter

SYRACUSE -- NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) is looking west towards "cheesehead territory" to fill a vacancy in its sports department. The station says Shannon Shepherd will be moving from WSAU-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin to join the Nexstar-owned ABC affiliate at the end of this month.

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Former channel 3 GM named in lawsuit at current station

CLEVELAND, OH -- Former WSTM-TV general manager Bill Applegate, now serving in the same post at Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO, is among the defendants in a lawsuit brought by one of the station's sales staffers. The plaintiff alleges that he was encouraged to provide sexual favors to encourage clients to spend money with the station.

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Job Postings
Job opportunities at WCNY radio and TV

SYRACUSE -- Public broadcaster WCNY has announced a total of four job openings at its new facilities in the Near West Side neighborhood of Syracuse.  The jobs include a program director for WCNY-FM, two positions in the television joint master control facility based at WCNY, and an account executive.

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Trailer released for WJPZ history documentary

SYRACUSE -- Providing real-world experience that goes beyond textbooks and quizzes, many alumni of SU's Newhouse School would argue that student-run WJPZ radio is the "greatest media classroom."  That's part of the title for a new documentary due to premiere in March.

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Channel 9 hires new weekend meteorologist

SYRACUSE -- The Storm Team at NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) will return to "full strength" by the end of the month.  Kate Thornton will be moving up I-81 from Binghamton to handle the ABC affiliate's weekend newscasts and to fill-in on other newscasts as needed.

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Utica-Rome Radio
Big Frog 104 keeps lead in Utica-Rome ratings

UTICA-ROME -- There's no question Central New Yorkers love their country music.  Two days after Nielsen Audio revealed B104.7 (WBBS) was tops in the ratings in Syracuse, the company says Big Frog 104 (WFRG) has the largest audience among all the radio stations in the Utica-Rome market.

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B104.7 retains Syracuse radio ratings lead

SYRACUSE -- Despite losing more than two whole ratings points, Clear Channel country station B104.7 (WBBS) retained the the top spot in the latest audience estimates for the Syracuse radio market.  Nielsen Audio just released its numbers from the Fall 2013 survey period.

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