Syracuse stations flip to "Holly-FM," with 24/7 Christmas

SYRACUSE -- For the past several years, Central New Yorkers have come to expect all-Christmas music to hit the radio on November 1.  This year, a new record -- as of late Saturday night, October 5 -- there are two FM frequencies where you can hear holiday hits around the clock.  "Holly-FM" is up and […]

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Three Utica Stations Flipping to Sports, WUTQ(AM) to Become WUSP

Updated 7/23 -- UTICA-ROME -- Roser Communications Network's 95.5FM (W238CA), 1550 WUTQ and 1480 WRCK have broken away from simulcasting the news/talk/music format of 100.7 WUTQ-FM. Several signs point to the three stations flipping to a new sports talk format. While 100.7 will keep the WUTQ-FM calls, it appears 1550 WUTQ(AM) will be changing to […]

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Big Step Forward for Ithaca Community Radio

ITHACA -- Ten years of hard work are finally paying off for the leaders of Ithaca Community Radio.  The non-profit, community-owned station has launched its own programming lineup, after years of simulcasting public stations from places like Geneva and Binghamton.

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WSYR Extends Lonsberry Show to Three Hours

SYRACUSE -- Two weeks after Bob Lonsberry took over afternoons at FM Newsradio 106.9 and 570 WSYR, his show has been extended by an extra hour.  The Rochester-based host still takes to the airwaves at 3pm, but as of today, his show runs until 6pm rather than 5pm.

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Broadcasters on the Go

A local radio GM is on his way to a new job on the west coast, and a former Utica news anchor who has enjoyed some national face time on cable is back on broadcast TV in Atlanta. 

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New Mars Hill Station Fully Licensed

UTICA/ROME -- The newest affiliate of the Syracuse-based Mars Hill Network, WMHU (91.1/Cold Brook) is now fully licensed by the FCC.  The "License to Cover" was granted on July 11, but the FCC officially announced the approval today.

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WYFY's New Call Letters: WRUY

UTICA/ROME -- As reported here earlier, the call letters at WYFY/Rome will be changing before Bible Broadcasting Network officially hands the keys over to Tune In Broadcasting.  Now, we know those calls: the station, sold in February for $90,000, is now WRUY.  According to this week's edition of NorthEast Radio Watch, BBN swapped the calls […]

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Unbuilt Little Falls Station to Move East

UTICA/ROME -- The company planning to build a new AM station licensed to serve Little Falls has filed paperwork with the FCC to move the station to a new location, southeast of the original tower site. As a result, it appears WKAJ 1120 will eventually sign-on with Saint Johnsville as it's community of license.

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WCNY Applies to Move Antenna

SYRACUSE -- Classic FM (WCNY) has requested permission to move its transmitter to the relatively new TV tower on Sentinel Heights. Word comes from Scott Fybush's NorthEast Radio Watch that WCNY wants to move from its older tower in Pompey. Updated 6/22 with additional information.

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Busy Weekend for WEOS

GENEVA -- It was a busy weekend for NPR affiliate WEOS. The station hosted a live taping of Says You in Geneva on Friday night and a live broadcast of Whad'ya Know in Ithaca on Saturday. Scott Fybush attended the Ithaca event and posted photos in this week's edition of NorthEast Radio Watch, published today.

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