WCNY Names Peter Zalizniak to Head Sales Department

SYRACUSE -- Experienced sales professional Peter S. Salizniak has been appointed as Director of Business Development and Sales for WCNY, according to a press release issued by the public broadcaster this week.  He brings more than a dozen years of sales experience to the new position.

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John Tonello Named to VP Post at WCNY-TV/FM

SYRACUSE -- Public broadcaster WCNY-TV/FM has named John S. Tonello as Vice President of Advancement, Communications and Content Delivery.  Along with more than 20 years of experience in the communications field, Tonello brings experience in running a city -- in December, he wrapped up a two-term run as the Mayor of Elmira.

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WCNY Bringing Dusty Rhodes Back for Christmas Countdown

SYRACUSE -- Syracuse native Dusty Rhodes, who started his career at WOLF before graduating from SU and moving to Cincinnati, will be back on local airwaves again this Christmas Eve.  The 50th anniversary of the nationally-known "Dusty Rhodes Christmas Show" will be carried locally on WCNY-HD2.

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Bluegrass Ramble Host Wins National Award

SYRACUSE -- His peers have spoken. Next month, Bill Knowlton from WCNY's Bluegrass Ramble will receive top honors for his efforts to promote bluegrass music. That honor will come in the form of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Distinguished Achievement Award, to be presented to Knowlton in Nashville on September 29.

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Local Stations Concerned About Effects of NPR Fallout

SYRACUSE -- If you keep up with the national trades, you're well aware of the problems facing National Public Radio. Capping off a series of controversial headlines over the past several weeks, NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller "resigned" yesterday. Today, management at WRVO and WCNY say they're worried that the negative press on top […]

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WCNY Hosting New Year's Party

SYRACUSE -- Public broadcaster WCNY says tickets are still available for "The Party: WCNY's New Year Celebration," happening at the Oncenter Ballroom in Syracuse.  Admission includes food, an open bar and a midnight champagne toast.  For those who prefer a quieter New Year's Eve at home, WCNY will televise the event live.

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WCNY Signs New Roger Ebert Show

SYRACUSE -- Local PBS affiliate WCNY appears on the list of stations that have signed up to carry the next incarnation of Roger Ebert's movie review program.  It's titled Roger Ebert presents At the Movies and it's set to debut next month.

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Tower Worker Who Fell Returns to Smith Hill

UTICA-ROME -- Two of the three men who fell from a Smith Hill broadcast tower on Monday have been released from the hospital... and one of the workers has already returned to climb the tower again.

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WCNY Heads North for some Arctic Air

SYRACUSE -- Local PBS affiliate WCNY-TV has completed a locally-produced documentary that details work scientists and military personnel are performing in Greeland to study climate change. The program, Artic Air: A Greenlandic Journey with the 109th, will debut on Monday, November 8.

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WXUR Impacted by WKTV Tower Mishap

UTICA-ROME -- One addition to our earlier coverage of the mishap on the tower at WKTV on Smith Hill -- another radio station, 92.7 The Drive (WXUR) was taken off the air for a few hours.

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