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.
This POTW has a somewhat timely purpose. WRUN's (relatively) new owner Northeast Public Radio, is about to kick off its fall fund drive. Starting next week, the network of 19 stations throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts will begin efforts to raise $800,000 in donations from listeners.
The parent of WRUN (AM 1150 Utica) brought home 7 trophies from the 14th Annual Communicator Awards. Staffers from Northeast Public Radio's flagship station, WAMC Albany, earned themselves three top-tier Communicator Awards of Excellence, and four Communicator Awards of Distinction.
Arrangements for "Uncle" Fred Horton have been set for this Saturday, March 15, at 1pm, at Calvary Chapel in Liverpool [Google Map]. Horton, whose career included stops at WSEN, WYYY and WRUN, died March 4th in Erie, Pennsylvania. His obituary appeared in today's Syracuse Post-Standard.
Update (3/9/08): Service Arrangements and obituary "Uncle" Fred Horton passed away Tuesday morning in Erie, PA, according to AllAccess.com. Horton most recently worked for WXTA there, and formerly worked at WSEN. His family has established a memorial fund to cover medical expenses.
Northeast Public Radio is extending its affiliate network to the west into the Utica-Rome market. Regent Communications has sold WRUN for $275,000 to the Albany-based NPR cluster headed up by Alan Chartock. That brings to 13 the number of stations simulcasting programming from WAMC, the group's flagship station in Albany.
Dick Carr's syndicated Big Bands, Ballads & Blues has picked up its 40th affiliate station. Beginning next month, WRUN in Utica-Rome will carry the two-hour weekly show featuring a mix of adult standards and jazz masters. The program is hosted and produced by Syracuse resident Dick Carr and is marketed by the WOR Radio Network.