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Benefit June 19 for Former WTLB "Emperor" Don DeRosa

UTICA/ROME -- We're sad to report former (we're talking decades ago) Utica radio personality and programmer Don DeRosa was recently diagnosed with cancer.  Friends of DeRosa -- also known to some by the nicknames "Polka Stoney" or "Donnie D" -- are organizing a benefit to help defray the costs of DeRosa's medical treatments.  It's happening […]

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POTW: A Studio Full of Nostalgia (2009)

For the first Picture of the Week of the new year, we've got a double feature: another reader-submitted memory of the once-mighty WRUN, along with a rather impressive home studio setup.

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Update: Arrangements Set for Joe Graziano

UTICA -- Calling hours for longtime local radio host Joe Graziano are set for today (Tuesday) from 3-6pm at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes at 2222 Genesee Street.  According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, a Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life with military honors will follow the visitation.  As reported earlier, Graziano died on Friday […]

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Joe Graziano Dies at 74

UTICA/ROME -- Joe Graziano, a Mohawk Valley radio fixture whose career spanned more than half a century, passed away on Friday at the age of 74.  During the last several years of his career, Graziano hosted the Cuppa Joe Show on at least three different radio stations.

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POTW: The Beginning of WRUN (1946)

UTICA-ROME -- A little over a week ago, we witnessed the end of the WRUN call letters on 1150 AM, after more than six decades of service.  The station was recently purchased by Digital Radio Broadcasting, and the call letters changed to WUTI.  With special thanks to Jerry Reed, we're able to take a trip […]

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WRUN Sale Becomes Official; Call Letters Change

UTICA-ROME -- The sale of WRUN 1150 from Albany-based Northeast Public Radio to Bud Williamson's Digital Radio Broadcasting is now official.  The deal (first reported in July), which included a swap for another station plus some cash, closed last week. Updated 12/10 at 10pm with WRUN call letters changed to WUTI.

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WRUN(AM) Traded for a Cooperstown FM

UTICA -- Northeast Public Radio, a multi-station network originating from flagship WAMC/Albany, has reportedly traded away WRUN(AM) for an FM translator in Cooperstown.  The deal allows the network to reach more listeners closer to its home base, but it won't be completely leaving the Mohawk Valley.

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Former WIBX Board Op Dies at 32

UTICA-ROME -- Former WIBX board operator R. Clark Witt, IV, passed away on Sunday, following a long illness.  He was 32 years old.  Writing obituaries is never pleasant -- but this one is especially tough for your editor -- we were co-workers at Regent Broadcasting from 1999 until about 2002-ish, when Clark graduated from Utica College […]

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The Return of WRUN-FM... Sort Of

UTICA-ROME -- This one slid under our radar earlier this month: a familiar set of call letters is back on the air, though with a new frequency and a new location.  WRUN-FM is simulcasting Northeast Public Radio programming on 90.3 from Remsen.

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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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