Tag: Farewell

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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Don Lancer, Formerly of WOLF, Dies at 68

PHILADELPHIA -- Former WOLF 1490 personality Don Lancer, who eventually went on to work for nearly 40 years at Philadelphia's KYW, has passed away.  Multiple reports say Lancer, 68, lost his battle with cancer this morning.

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Rod Carr, Broadcaster-turned-Police Chief, Dies

Updated 3/12 with arrangements and 3/13 with official obituary. SYRACUSE -- Rod Carr, a former radio and television broadcaster who later changed careers into law enforcement, has passed away. Carr, who was actively serving as the Chief of Police in the Oswego County Village of Phoenix, died this morning of an apparent heart attack.

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Utica-Area Retired Broadcaster Dick Nellis Dies

UTICA/ROME -- Dick Nellis, who worked at a number of Mohawk Valley stations including WLFH, WADR, WALY and WUTQ, has passed away.  Nellis, who also worked at stations in the Hudson Valley region south of Albany, was 70.

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NPR's First News Director, former SU Professor, Dies

ASHEVILLE, NC -- Cleve Mathews, whose career highlights include helping to create NPR's All Things Considered and nearly 15 years as a professor and administrator at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, has died. Mathews was 84, when esophageal cancer claimed his life in North Carolina late last week.

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Larry Oyer, aka "Big Larry Williams," Dies

ALBANY -- He worked for many years in the Utica/Rome market, mostly at WRCK and WTLB.  Larry Oyer, who went by the name "Big Larry Williams" on the air, has died at the age of 57, following a brief illness.  Calling hours and a funeral are set to take place today near Albany, but a […]

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Utica Ad Agency Owner Tom Burke Dies

UTICA/ROME -- Calling hours will take place tomorrow evening for Tom Burke, a former radio personality who owned his own Utica-area advertising agency and DJ business. Burke, known for singing many of his clients' jingles himself, was 45 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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Albany's Boom Boom Brannigan Dies

Updated throughout on 10/21 -- ALBANY -- Longtime Albany radio personality Joseph Motto -- better known as "Boom Boom Brannigan" -- has died.  Before working in Albany radio between 1961 and 2004, the Utica native got his start at WTLB, where he used his real name on-air.

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Former WSGO Host Chetney Dies

OSWEGO -- For more than 40 years, Robert H. Chetney spent part of his Sundays hosting the Irish-American Hour on WSGO. Chetney passed away earlier this month at the age of 83.

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Former WTVH Weatherman Jack Slater Dies

SYRACUSE -- While he never worked in local radio, many will recognize his name nonetheless: former WTVH weatherman Jack Slater has passed away. Slater, who worked for the CBS affiliate during it's era of market dominance under the "NewsCenter 5" branding, was 76.

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