Tag: Don DeRosa

POTW: WTLB's Terrible Tie Contest (1962)

UTICA/ROME -- It's been awhile since we've had a "classic" Picture of the Week!  Today, we're going back to 1962, with a shot submitted by reader Jeff Moulton.  It's a "terrible tie contest" held by WTLB back in the early 1960s.

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FCC Reverses $7,000 Order Against Former WAMF Owner

FULTON -- The Federal Communications Commission today released a ruling made on Friday, that it would cancel a $7,000 "forfeiture" it had levied in 2007 against Fulton station WAMF 1300 for licensing violations. The reason given by the FCC: it "has since learned" of then-owner Don DeRosa's passing, which happened three months ago.

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Host, Programmer, Owner Don DeRosa Dies

SYRACUSE -- He worked as an on-air personality, a programmer, and even a station owner.  We regret to pass along the news that Don DeRosa lost his battle to cancer yesterday.  Former colleague Jeff Moulton tells us DeRosa passed at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon -- while friends and former colleagues gathered in Syracuse for a […]

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Benefit June 19 for Former WTLB "Emperor" Don DeRosa

UTICA/ROME -- We're sad to report former (we're talking decades ago) Utica radio personality and programmer Don DeRosa was recently diagnosed with cancer.  Friends of DeRosa -- also known to some by the nicknames "Polka Stoney" or "Donnie D" -- are organizing a benefit to help defray the costs of DeRosa's medical treatments.  It's happening […]

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Former WTLB Host Profiled by Rochester Paper

ROCHESTER -- Former WTLB/Utica personality Matt Rinaldi is the focus of a recent column published in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  

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WAMF studios destroyed by fire

Investigators are looking into the cause of Sunday's blaze that destroyed three businesses in Fulton including the studios of WAMF 1300 AM. Because its transmitter facility is located in Granby, the automated country station was able to remain on the air. (2010 Update: Original source article at is no longer available.)

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Fulton's WAMF switches to country

FULTON - It's Patsy Cline and George Jones for 'The New AM 1300'. Fulton's WAMF 1300 AM (formerly WOSC and WZZZ) is up and running with a new format of traditional country music with Don DeRosa, the station's new owner, handling morning show duties.

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WZZZ to change call letters

The former WOSC 1300 AM, which has been WZZZ for the past fifteen years, is changing its call letters to WAMF. The Fulton station was bought by Don DeRosa earlier this month.

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WZZZ Sold for $300,000

FULTON -- Fulton's WZZZ 1300 AM has been bought for $300,000 by a former manager of the station. Don DeRosa was general manager of the 1,000 watt AM, at the time known as WOSC, along with Magic 104.7, WKFM in the early 80's. DeRosa also spent time at WPTR in Albany during the 60's and […]

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