Update: CC Selling Ithaca Translator to Saga

ITHACA - We're a couple days late on this one: W254BF, the former Power 106.9 (WPHR) translator located at 98.7 on the FM dial in Ithaca, is indeed being sold by Clear Channel to Saga Communications.  We told you last week that Saga used the outlet to launch a new AAA-formatted station branded as "98.7 The […]

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"98.7 The Vine" Sprouts AAA in Ithaca

ITHACA -- Another new format is on the air in Ithaca -- Saga Communications brings AAA to the market with Wednesday's launch of "98.7 The Vine" (W254BF).  As you might have guessed from the call letters, this is Saga's second Ithaca station relying on the combo of a low-power analog FM translator with an HD […]

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CHR's Return to Ithaca Appears Successful

ITHACA -- Saga's Q-Country (WQNY) is still the clear leader in Ithaca, but not without taking a hit of nearly 7 ratings points from Spring 2008 to Spring 2009. And in the newly-released Arbitron Persons 12+ ratings, CHR-formatted Z95-5 (WFIZ) has flashed from non-existence to second place.

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POTW: Pedal for Pets Bike-a-Thon (2009)

ITHACA -- Lots of bicycling in and around Ithaca a couple of weekends ago... all to benefit the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.  The Lite Rock 97.3 (WYXL) morning team was there to help get the cyclists motivated and ready to go.

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Saga Reverse Stock Split Takes Effect

When the New York Stock Exchange opens today, shares in Saga Communications stock will be worth about four times what they closed at yesterday.  But shareholders didn't hit the lottery: they'll own only a quarter of the number of shares.  (Sidebar inside: Updates on Citadel and Regent delisting threats)

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Saga Seeks Ithaca Chief Engineer

ITHACA -- Saga Communications has posted an opening for Chief Engineer of its 5-station Ithaca cluster.  We're told the current CE is heading south to accept a similar position in warmer climes.

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FCC Denies Challenge to Saga's Ithaca Acquisitions

ITHACA -- The 5-station cluster operated by Saga Communications will be allowed to stand, after the FCC denied an "Application for Review" filed by the Finger Lakes Alliance for Independent Media. But two FCC commissioners called their agreement "reluctant" in a separate statement.

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Correction on Ithaca's Hits Frequency

Saga's Chris Allinger points out an error we made in a story last week about the CHR Battle Brewing in Ithaca.  Saga's Hits 103.3 is actually simulcasting on the HD2 signal of Lite Rock 97.3 WYXL.  We had quoted another observer who said Hits was simulcasting on the HD2 of another Saga station.  We apologize […]

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CHR Battle Brewing in Ithaca

Less than two weeks after WFLR-FM changed its frequency, call letters and format to bring CHR to the long-CHR-deprived Ithaca market, it suddenly has a new competitor.

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