Tag: Hank Brown

Utica broadcaster Hank Brown dead at 91

UTICA — He hosted "Twist-O-Rama" on WKTV well before Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" became a thing. Longtime Utica broadcaster Hank Brown died at the age of 91 today.

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Utica's Hank Brown to retire at year's end

UTICA-ROME -- After 55 years of broadcasting in the Mohawk Valley, Hank Brown is ready to hang up his headphones for good.  His final broadcast on 95.5FM WUSP will be New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31.  This, according to a press release from WUSP's Tom Coyne today.

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FCC reinstates WKAJ construction permit

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Back in 2012, it seemed as if 1120 WKAJ would be the radio station that disappeared before it got started.  The FCC cancelled the construction permit and deleted WKAJ from its call sign database after owner Cranesville Block Company missed a key deadline, that had already been extended by two months.  But […]

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Mets and Patriots Compliment Local Sports on 95.5 WUSP

UTICA-ROME -- Although it's been about a week since 95.5FM WUSP signed-on, it's taken about that long for us to find out what the Mohawk Valley's newest sports talk station is bringing to the table.  On top of a network affiliation and deals with the New York Mets and the New England Patriots, owners are […]

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New Lineup Begins on WUSP, WRCK and 95.5FM

UTICA/ROME -- Although word of a new format on two AM radio stations and an FM translator was first leaked in late July, it wasn't clear exactly when the new lineup would begin on WUSP 1550, WRCK 1480 and translator 95.5FM (W238CA).  That question is answered now; an observant reader says the new lineup […]

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Cranesville Asks FCC For Another Chance on DWKAJ

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- Even though the FCC had previously made it clear that it's decision stands regarding the cancelled construction permit for a new AM station just east of the border between the Utica-Rome and Albany-Schenectady-Troy radio markets, the would-be owner of the station is asking for another chance from the FCC.

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Cranesville Asks FCC to Reconsider WKAJ Application

WASHINGTON, DC -- Contrary to a report published on January 25, it looks like Cranesville Block Company isn't ready to give up on plans to bring a new AM station to St. Johnsville.  Cranesville has filed a "petition for reconsideration" with the FCC, likely blaming the non-launch of WKAJ on factors beyond the company's […]

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FCC Cancels WKAJ Construction Permit

UTICA/ROME -- Looks like Hank Brown won't be returning to the radio as "your host for coffee and toast," at least not on WKAJ 1120 as he announced last month.  Given the fact the station's construction permit expired before Brown made the announcement, it's no surprise the permit has been officially cancelled by the FCC.

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Hank Brown Plans Radio Comeback - But Will Station Be Legal?

Updated at 10:00pm UTICA/ROME -- Nearly eight months after his morning show on WUTQ/WADR was replaced by an extension of the station's "Talk of the Town" program, Hank Brown is returning to radio.  While a local newspaper was first to report Brown's announcement, we discovered something on the FCC website which seems to indicate Brown's […]

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WUTQ Swaps Hank Brown for WKTV Simulcast

UTICA/ROME -- The three-station simulcast (two AMs and an FM translator) known as B95.5 will be rebranding itself come Monday as "95.5FM WUTQ, your FM local news and talk headquarters."  The station, which has combined local talk with "beautiful music," will be focusing more on news and talk programming.  As a result, longtime morning host […]

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