Tag: Farewell

Former Fox 68 Owner Chuck McFadden Dies

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Charles "Chuck" McFadden, a former owner of Fox 68 (WSYT) in Syracuse, passed away on Monday at the age of 79.  After more than three decades in various television sales and management jobs, McFadden formed his own company in the late 80s and bought WSYT in 1991, operating the station until […]

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Longtime Syracuse Broadcaster Alan Milair Dies

SYRACUSE -- Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of longtime Syracuse radio and TV broadcaster Alan Milair, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 81. Milair worked at WSYR radio and television (channel 3 at that time) for 30 years, after starting his broadcast career in Cortland. Calling hours will […]

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Broadcast Icon Dick Clark Dies at 82, Started Career in Utica

LOS ANGELES -- Broadcast personality Dick Clark, best known for shows like American Bandstand, the game show Pyramid and the annual New Year's Rockin Eve specials on ABC, has died following a "massive heart attack" this morning in California.  Clark, who was 82, made his very first appearances on radio and television in Utica, and graduated from Syracuse University.

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TV Bowling Host Marty Piraino Dies

SYRACUSE -- Long gone are the days of weekly local televised bowling matches, but many fans still remember Marty Piraino.  Known for his frequent appearances as a competitor and a host on programs like "Syracuse Bowls" and "WSTM Challenge Bowling" from the 1960s through the 1990s, Piraino died on Tuesday.

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Former WHCU Women's Editor Barbara Hall Dies

ITHACA -- For nearly sixty years, listeners tuning in to News-Talk 870 WHCU may have heard the voice of Barbara Hall, the station's longtime Women's Editor. We're sorry to hear word from Ithaca of Hall's passing on Tuesday at the age of 89.

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Journalist, TV Producer Richard Long Dies

SYRACUSE -- Longtime local newspaper reporter Richard Long -- who logged plenty of time as a television documentary producer later in his career -- has died. In the late 1990s, Long produced Skaneateles Scrapbook, an 11-episode series which aired on local cable access channels. Of the two plays he wrote, one eventually became an award-winning […]

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Cancer Claims Former Cortland/Homer DJ David McGrady

CORTLAND -- Former local radio and event disc jockey David McGrady has passed away.  According to an obituary which appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard on Wednesday, McGrady, 44, had been battling colon cancer. He worked at radio stations in Cortland and Homer following his graduation from SUNY Geneseo.

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Longtime WIBX Fixture Bill Heiderich Dies

UTICA/ROME -- We regret to report that Bill Heiderich, whose radio career at WIBX spanned more than 60 years, passed away on Saturday at the age of 89.  Word of Heiderich's passing first came in from readers over the weekend, and the news has been confirmed this morning.

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Former WSEN/WFBL Owner Dies

SYRACUSE -- Rick Buckley of Buckley Radio, the former owner of  WSEN AM/FM and WFBL (AM) in Syracuse, has died.  According to national trade sites AllAccess and Radio-Info, Buckley died this morning after suffering a brain embolism on Saturday.  Buckley, who served as his namesake company's president for nearly 40 years, sold the three Syracuse stations […]

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Former WRVO News Director Dies

GRANBY -- Our sympathies go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Chris Ulanowski.  The former news director for the WRVO Stations has died at 51.  

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