Kidd Chris Returns to CNY via 92.7 The Drive

UTICA-ROME -- Central New York native Kidd Chris, who now hosts mornings at KUFO in Portland, Oregon, is returning to the Mohawk Valley's airwaves.  He's hosting a new Saturday night show, starting tonight, on 92.7 The Drive (WXUR).  The show will air from 7pm to midnight.  Updated 5/10 with correction.

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POTW: Mark Fuller at WZOW (1974)

UTICA/ROME -- The station located at 107.3 on the FM dial in the Utica-Rome market has certainly run the gamut of formats.  Today, it carries satellite-driven religious music.  Before that, WRCK's longest-running brand was "Rock 107."   Even earlier, the station ran country as WTLB-FM, but before any of that... there was WZOW-FM.

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Former Utica Engineer Dies

UTICA-ROME -- Merv Ainsworth, a longtime WKTV engineer who helped to bring FM radio to Utica in the 1960s, died over the weekend.  He was 83 years old.

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Gary Spears Exits Kiss-FM

UTICA-ROME -- Today was the last day for Gary "Big Poppa" Spears on morning drive at Kiss-FM (WSKS/WSKU).  A press release from the CHR station late this afternoon says Spears "has left the building." 

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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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Route 81 Radio Foreclosure Sale

The Pennsylvania-based company that owned Galaxy's Utica-Rome cluster for a short time in 2004, is now history.  "Route 81 Radio" has been taken over by one of it's own primary investors following a foreclosure sale, reports Scott Fybush in this week's NorthEast Radio Watch.  Route 81 no longer has any properties in Central New York, […]

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Bill Keeler comes to Syracuse TV

The Keeler Show, a local late night television program featuring Bill Keeler, has made its way to Syracuse.

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Galaxy gets its Utica stations back

With a uniformed police officer at his side, Ed Levine, head of Galaxy Communications, made a trip to Utica earlier this week to pick up the keys to the three stations his company previously owned.

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WKLL to simulcast WTLB

WKLL 94.9 FM is cranking it down a few notches in Utica-Rome. The former modern rock station, which had been simulcasting Galaxy Communications' K-Rock (WKRL) signal out of Syracuse, will switch to WTLB's adult standards format and WTLB-FM call letters on Monday. WKLL, WTLB, and WRCK were all recently purchased from Galaxy by Route 81 […]

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Utica K-Rock simulcasting Rock 107

Following last month's announcement that Galaxy Communications is selling its Utica-Rome stations to Route 81 Radio, it looks like that transition has begun.  Over the weekend, Galaxy switched its WKLL 94.9 FM simulcast of K-Rock to sister station Rock 107 (WRCK). There's no official word yet on what formats Route 81 Radio has planned for […]

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