Radio veteran John "Jack" Hessmiller dies

SYRACUSE -- Former WAER-FM sportcaster and WOLF 1490 news reporter John "Jack" Hessmiller, Jr., has died. An obituary published today reports the former broadcaster passed in May at the age of 58, following an illness. A memorial service is planned for August 3.

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Where Are They Now: Sunny Joe

SYRACUSE -- Almost a year since "Yo! Sunny Joe" Allen exited Foxfur's MOViN 100.3/96.5 (WMVN), he's back on the air again. According to AllAccess, he just started this week doing afternoons for Saga-owned WKNE, a top-40 station in Keene, New Hampshire. In Syracuse, Allen also served as production director for sister stations New Country WOLF […]

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POTW: Garage Sale Jackpot (2010)

SYRACUSE -- Many garage sale shoppers say they love to look because you never know what you're going to find.  Among the piles of used clothing and old books, sharp-eyed shoppers occasionally hit the jackpot.  That's just what reader Terrance Neidl did while browsing a garage sale in Liverpool earlier this month.

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Dick Purtan to Retire; Detroit Host Started Career in CNY

DETROIT -- After 45 years on the air in the Motor City, Buffalo native and SU graduate Dick Purtan is getting ready to call it a career.  Purtan -- who used some other names on-air in Syracuse -- announced his retirement plans on his morning radio show this week.  Updated 2/14 with comment from Jay […]

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WVOA Flips to Radio Disney

SYRACUSE -- A few months after returning to a prior religious format, WVOA 105.1 has joined some of its sister stations in carrying the syndicated Radio Disney format.  This brings Radio Disney back to the FM dial in Syracuse for the first time since it was replaced by the MOViN format (WOLF-FM/WWLF-FM) a few years […]

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One Ex-CNYer Hires Another... in Pittsfield, MA

PITTSFIELD, MA -- Former Utica and Syracuse jock Nick Caplan has landed on his feet again... with a morning gig in western Massachusetts.  And his boss is a fellow former Utica radio programmer.

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Merger Adds Dick Clark to WSEN Lineup

SYRACUSE - There's a very familiar name coming to Classic Hits 92.1 WSEN.  The man famous for hosting "American Bandstand" and decades of New Years' Eve countdowns is joining the station's weekend schedule.

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Former CNY'er McMahon Exits WBZ/Boston

An observant reader points out Bob McMahon, formerly of stations in Utica and Syracuse, has been let go from WBZ in Boston.

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"Rick Ryder" Dies at 65

Tim Huppmann, known to listeners of TK99, WSEN, WOLF and other stations as "Rick Ryder," died on Monday, according to an obituary published in the Syracuse Post-Standard earlier this week.  Huppmann, who also served for many years working his way up the ranks to Chief of Rescue and Firefighting at Hancock Airport, was 65 years […]

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XM Offers Flashback to 1960s WOLF

Thanks to an observant reader for pointing this out -- XM Radio's "Sonic Sound Salutes" show will spend five hours paying tribute to WOLF in its days as a Top 40 station.  The five-hour show begins this afternoon (Friday) at 4:00, on XM's "60s" channel.

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