Behind the "8 Ball"

How many of you CNYRadio readers remember the Western Electric 630A microphone?  Nicknamed "the 8-ball" due to its shape, this non-directional microphone was used exclusively at WHCU in Ithaca, New York during the 1940s and 1950s.

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Traffic Manager Wanted in Ithaca

ITHACA -- Saga's Cayuga Radio Group is on the lookout for a traffic manager... meaning "schedule the commercials" kind of traffic, not the "Route 13 is jammed" kind of traffic. It's a fast paced job, and while experience is preferred -- especially with Marketron -- training will be provided for the right candidate.

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Lite Rock 97.3 Brings Dave Ashton Back to Ithaca

ITHACA -- Observant readers have noticed some changes at Saga's Lite Rock 97.3 (WYXL) over the past couple of weeks: about a week after morning co-host Brian Stoll disappeared from the station, a new co-host is in place.  Dave Ashton, a familiar name to local listeners, is back in the market -- not only […]

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Cayuga Radio Seeking Chief Engineer

ITHACA/CORTLAND -- Saga's cluster of Ithaca/Cortland stations, also known as The Cayuga Radio Group, is looking for a new Chief Engineer.  The official job posting reads as follows:

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FCC Fines Saga $10,000 for "Willful Violations"

ITHACA -- The FCC has ordered Saga Communications to pay $10,000 in fines, in regards to what the Commission has ruled to be "willful violations" the company made regarding transmitter W240CB. The ruling came after complaints were filed by the Geneva-based Finger Lakes Media Group, who argued W240CB's signal at 95.9FM had interfered with programming […]

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Q-Country Goes HD, Subchannels Carry AM Sisters

ITHACA/CORTLAND -- There are three more HD Radio offerings in the market now, thanks to the recent addition of multicasting equipment at Saga's Q-Country 103.7 (WQNY).  The market's perennial ratings leader is now available in HD, and its subchannels are helping to improve the coverage of its two AM sister stations in the Cayuga Radio […]

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Trio Goes "All-Request" to Benefit SPCA

ITHACA/CORTLAND -- For 12 hours tomorrow, you've got the chance to request virtually any song you want on any of three radio stations in the Cayuga Radio Group owned by Saga Communications.  It'll cost you -- but the money's going to a good cause.  It's "Tunes for Tails" to benefit the SPCA of Tompkins County.

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Saga Cluster Dominates Ithaca Ratings

ITHACA/CORTLAND -- Stations owned by Saga Communications hold four of the top five spots in the latest public ratings data released by Arbitron. Leading the pack, Q-Country 103.7 (WQNY), posting more than a full-point gain since last spring, going from a 13.8 to a 14.9 among persons age 12+ in the Fall 2009 survey.

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Taylor: Chapter 11 for Regent? (And 3Q Reports from Saga, CC)

Less than a week after Citadel Broadcasting announced it may soon be exploring "the possibility of seeking relief through a Chapter 11 filing," one prominent online columnist explains why he thinks Regent could be in a similar situation.  Both companies own stations in Central New York.

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POTW: A "Bear-y" Good Time (2009)

ITHACA -- The view may include plenty of yellows, oranges and browns as you drive through the Finger Lakes region, but once you get to Ithaca, it's all red and white.  Saga's Lite Rock 97.3 (WYXL) recently helped with a pep rally for the Cornell football team, and to bring awareness to a local organization […]

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