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B104.7 Falls to #2 in Syracuse

SYRACUSE -- It used to be unheard of, but it's now happened at least three times within the past year -- iHeart Media's country-formatted B104.7 (WBBS) was not ranked #1 in the latest Nielsen ratings. The once-dominant station, which is now almost completely devoid of locally-based DJs, fell to second place among those stations to […]

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Few Changes in Utica-Rome Radio Ratings

UTICA-ROME -- No big surprises in the latest Utica-Rome radio audience estimates released by Nielsen. As usual, Townsquare Media's entire cluster enjoys a solid lock over the rest of the market -- at least among those stations Nielsen includes in the publicly-available numbers.

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WSYR 570 Continues Climb in Syracuse Ratings

SYRACUSE -- Many wondered how Rush Limbaugh's death earlier this year might impact talk radio. But it doesn't seem to be an issue for Newsradio 570 & 106.9 WSYR. For the second Nielsen ratings report in a row, the iHeart news/talker has bested its sister station, former longtime market leader, B104.7 (WBBS).

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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 […]

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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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Year in Review 2013: Remembering those we lost

CENTRAL NEW YORK -- Two people at two different stations, who worked at their respective stations for decades, climbing the ladder to upper management... some pioneers in local television... and a few who left us much sooner than expected.   In this installment of our four-part "Year in Review," we pause to remember the local […]

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Year in Review 2013: Format flips and station sales

CENTRAL NEW YORK -- As the year winds down to a close, it's time to begin our annual look back at 2013.  We have a four-part series of Year in Review which stretches from today, right up to New Year's Eve.  In part one, we recap the many changes in terms of station ownership (especially in […]

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All-Christmas "Holly-FM" stunting changes to all-Beatles format

Updated 11pm-- SYRACUSE -- As expected, two radio stations that launched an all-Christmas format on the unusually early date of October 5 have changed their tune.  The former "Holly-FM" stations 103.9 (WNDR Mexico) and 95.3 (W237AY DeWitt) are now playing non-stop Beatles tunes.  And it looks WMBO 1340 Auburn is joining the two FMs in […]

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Clear Channel names new Syracuse GM

SYRACUSE -- One longtime veteran of local radio will be replaced by another, when Clear Channel Syracuse Market Manager Joel Delmonico calls it a career at the end of the month. The company announced General Sales Manager Rick Yacobush as the heir to the company's highest-ranking position in Syracuse.

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50 years later: How Syracuse broadcasters covered JFK

SYRACUSE -- Clips from the network news coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago today in Dallas, are readily available online, and will no doubt be rebroadcast on a multitude of channels today.  But how did local broadcasters cover the story in 1963?  Many who were working in […]

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