Tag: Saga Communications

Q-Country's Allinger Wants a Ton of Toys

ITHACA -- He's lived inside a block of ice to raise money for the homeless, floated in the air to help stock up a local food bank, and ran a 60-hour on-air marathon to benefit improvements for the State Theater.  And starting today, Q-Country (WQNY) morning host Chris Allinger is camping out at a local […]

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POTW: Ithaca's Winter Wonderland (2007-08)

ITHACA -- There's been an unusual lack of snowfall so far this season in the Central New York region... and while many folks might enjoy that fact, at least one local radio journalist is reminiscing to the way the weather probably should be this time of year.

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Premiere Cancels "Jeff Foxworthy Countdown"

About 300 country stations nationwide -- including three in Central New York -- are hunting for new programming to fill their weekend schedules after Premiere Radio Networks cancelled the long-running "Jeff Foxworthy Countdown" today.

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Taylor: Chapter 11 for Regent? (And 3Q Reports from Saga, CC)

Less than a week after Citadel Broadcasting announced it may soon be exploring "the possibility of seeking relief through a Chapter 11 filing," one prominent online columnist explains why he thinks Regent could be in a similar situation.  Both companies own stations in Central New York.

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POTW: A "Bear-y" Good Time (2009)

ITHACA -- The view may include plenty of yellows, oranges and browns as you drive through the Finger Lakes region, but once you get to Ithaca, it's all red and white.  Saga's Lite Rock 97.3 (WYXL) recently helped with a pep rally for the Cornell football team, and to bring awareness to a local organization […]

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Wanted: Anchor/Reporter at Ithaca's WHCU

ITHACA -- With the "soap opera" in Utica ending, we're reminded of a job that's been open even longer -- at Saga's News Talk 870 WHCU.  Since mid-June, the station has been searching for a news anchor/reporter to replace Todd Messer, who left the area after getting married in July.  APD Dave Vieser shares the […]

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Update: CC Selling Ithaca Translator to Saga

ITHACA - We're a couple days late on this one: W254BF, the former Power 106.9 (WPHR) translator located at 98.7 on the FM dial in Ithaca, is indeed being sold by Clear Channel to Saga Communications.  We told you last week that Saga used the outlet to launch a new AAA-formatted station branded as "98.7 The […]

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Mark Vanness Gets New Gig... in Albany

SYRACUSE -- Former Ithaca morning show host Mark Vanness excitedly writes today: "I got a J-O-B!"  Not only did he find a way to get back into radio on a full-time basis; he's making a rather significant market rank jump as well.

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"98.7 The Vine" Sprouts AAA in Ithaca

ITHACA -- Another new format is on the air in Ithaca -- Saga Communications brings AAA to the market with Wednesday's launch of "98.7 The Vine" (W254BF).  As you might have guessed from the call letters, this is Saga's second Ithaca station relying on the combo of a low-power analog FM translator with an HD […]

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CHR's Return to Ithaca Appears Successful

ITHACA -- Saga's Q-Country (WQNY) is still the clear leader in Ithaca, but not without taking a hit of nearly 7 ratings points from Spring 2008 to Spring 2009. And in the newly-released Arbitron Persons 12+ ratings, CHR-formatted Z95-5 (WFIZ) has flashed from non-existence to second place.

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