Syracuse Radio Vet Barb Gibbons Dies

Calling hours are tonight for Barb Gibbons, a longtime Syracuse radio personality who died last Saturday following a sudden illness.  Gibbons, 65, had worked at WNDR, WFBL, WNTQ, and WSYR.

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O'Brien benefit raises over $25,000

SYRACUSE -- The Syracuse radio community and listeners alike showed up in huge numbers for the November 15th benefit for Jim O'Brien. The event, held at the Valley Legion Hall, raised over $25,000 through raffles, door prizes, and the sale of some WNDR related memorabilia.  O'Brien, who was a WNDR air personality for over 30 […]

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Chester Whiteside dies at 82

MONTROSE, AL -- Chester Whiteside certainly made his mark in Syracuse.  Whiteside was the city's first black disc jockey, working at 570 WSYR and 1260 WNDR during the 1960s, its first black television commentator, and Syracuse's first black firefighter. He also played a key role in establishing the Jerry Rescue monument in Clinton Square.  Whiteside died […]

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Benefit planned for Jim O'Brien

SYRACUSE -- The Syracuse radio community is coming together for a benefit in support of market veteran Jim O'Brien.

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New Times remembers 'Dandy Dan'

Following the death earlier this month of Syracuse radio legend 'Dandy Dan' Leonard, Syracuse New Times writers Allen Czelusniak and Bill DeLapp have put together a retrospective of Leonard's career which included a stint as a New Times writer in the 1970's.  (Link to original article at is no longer active.)

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'Dandy Dan' Leonard dies in California

Dan Leonard brought rock and rock to Syracuse radio and went on to become one of the market's legendary jocks. Leonard, who spent 27 years on the air in central New York starting in 1954 at WNDR, died Feb. 11 from cancer in California at the age of 75.

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