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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NPR Layoffs Impact WRVO and WEOS

Yesterday's announced budget cuts at NPR will result in "Day to Day" being pulled from the WRVO weekday lineup, and "News and Notes" disappearing from the WEOS weekday lineup.  No replacements have been named yet.

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WRUN to Upgrade Facilities

The Albany-based owner of WRUN/Utica has received permission from the FCC to make some major changes at the station's transmitter site in Oriskany.

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POTW: The WRUN Transmitter Site (2008)

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.

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WRUN Parent Wins Several Awards

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.

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Arrangements for "Uncle" Fred Horton

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.

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Former WSEN Employee Dies

Update (3/9/08): Service Arrangements and obituary "Uncle" Fred Horton passed away Tuesday morning in Erie, PA, according to Horton most recently worked for WXTA there, and formerly worked at WSEN. His family has established a memorial fund to cover medical expenses.

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Regent sells WRUN

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.

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WRUN adds Big Bands, Ballads & Blues

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.

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