Sunny 102's Melissa Midgley Featured in Magazine

SYRACUSE -- Do you know how a local elementary school teacher wound up becoming "Big Mike" Fiss' morning co-host on Sunny 102 (WZUN)?  Take a look inside the pages of the June edition of Syracuse Woman magazine and you'll learn this and more about Melissa Midgley.

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Broadcasters Remember Dick Clark's CNY Connections

SYRACUSE and UTICA -- As you've no doubt heard by now, broadcast icon Dick Clark died today at the age of 82.  And you read here this afternoon that Clark's legendary career started right here in Central New York, first at WRUN radio in Utica, then WOLF in Syracuse, then back to WRUN and onto […]

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Elvis Duran Debuts on Mix 102.5 Next Week

UTICA/ROME -- There's a new (but famililar, for some listeners) morning show coming to the Mohawk Valley. Starting Monday, the syndicated "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show" will be carried by hot AC Mix 102.5 (WUMX), weekdays from 6-10am. Duran's show, based in New York City, is already carried in more than 40 markets nationwide, […]

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POTW: Big Mike's 30th Christmas Broadcast (2011)

SYRACUSE -- Years before the practice of radio stations "going all-Christmas" became a popular trend across the country, there was Big Mike's Christmas Broadcast.  Every year, Sunny 102's Big Mike Fiss invites dozens of local musicians to perform holiday favorites live on the air.  This year was particularly notable -- it was the 30th year […]

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Big Mike Unveils 2011 Christmas Show Lineup

Updated 9:00pm with date correction -- SYRACUSE -- Longtime morning show host "Big Mike" Fiss is promising "the biggest line-up ever" for his annual Christmas broadcast on Sunny 102.1 (WZUN) on Wednesday, December 21.  That's because this will be the 30th year Fiss has hosted the live-on-location broadcast, featuring holiday favorites performed by local talent.  You can listen on […]

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While We Were Out

UPDATED 11/21 at 6:00pm -- We're back from a little more than a week "off the grid" (a.k.a. vacation).  Here's a quick recap -- bullet points first, details to follow -- on some of the stories that happened while your editor was away. No More Night Host at 93Q Y94FM Goes All-Christmas Syracuse PD Wins […]

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POTW: Big Mike on Google's Street View (2011)

SYRACUSE -- Although quite a few people spotted the Google Maps Street View car over the summer (including Utica's WLZW, Syracuse's NewsChannel 9 and the Syracuse Post-Standard), it seems most people catch it after it has passed by.  But morning host "Big Mike" Fiss of Sunny 102 (WZUN) and Mix 102.5 (WUMX) was lucky enough […]

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Lite 98.7 Goes All-Christmas

UTICA/ROME -- Less than two weeks after crosstown competitor Mix 102.5 (WUMX) went all-Christmas, the market's heritage AC station, Lite 98.7 (WLZW) has made the switch. Today's start date is notably earlier than years past: in 2009 and 2010, WLZW waited until the day after Thanksgiving to roll out its holiday playlist.

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Kris Kringle Arrives on Local Radio

SYRACUSE and UTICA/ROME -- Just like the previous few years, the start of November has brought about the start of wall-to-wall Christmas music on radios across Central New York.  As expected, Galaxy's Classic Hits Sunny 102 (WZUN) in Syracuse and Hot AC Mix 102.5 (WUMX) in Utica/Rome are first to jump in the all-Christmas pool.

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POTW: Keith Kobland Loses a Bet (2011)

SYRACUSE -- A friendly wager between two local broadcasters resulted in some public humilation for NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) reporter Keith Kobland. Kobland, who also provides morning news updates for Classic Hits Sunny 102 (WZUN), lost a bet against Sunny morning show co-host Melissa Midgley.

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