Longtime WGY Morning Co-Host Chuck Custer will call it a career on December 18th. Custer has been on the air at WGY for 36 years.
He has been with co-host Kelly Lynch for the last nine years.
“For over 36 years, Chuck Custer has been synonymous with WGY,” said iHeartMedia Albany SVP/Programming John Cooper. “From his time as the leader of the award-winning WGY News Department, his outstanding work with ‘Don Weeks in the Mornings,’ his current co-host position with Kelly Lynch, and most importantly all the time he’s contributed to the people of the Capital District. Chuck has been the consummate professional. He’s a great broadcaster who will long be remembered.”
“Chuck has devoted much of his life to informing WGY listeners as well as serving our community with the WGY Christmas Wish campaign and annual Radiothon to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med,” said iHeartMedia Albany Area Pres. Kristen Delaney. “We wish him a happy retirement.”
“It was a lifelong dream to work at WGY, a powerful, influential station with a great history and heritage,” said Custer. “I’ve been very fortunate to have such a great run here. I’ve worked with many tremendous and talented people, made many friends, and I have had an opportunity to take on many different challenges. For 36-plus-years, I’ve loved what I was doing and loved coming to work. Not many people can say that.”
“Chuck’s commitment to the WGY brand and its audience is one-of-a-kind,” said News and Program Dir. Jeff Wolf. “We should all be so fortunate to leave behind such a rich and enduring legacy.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
WIBC’s Eric Berman Departs
According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, eight Emmis Corp. employees in the Indianapolis cluster were terminated yesterday in advance of the company’s sale to Urban One.
WIBC reporter Eric Berman confirmed he was one of the eight employees dismissed, tweeting “Some personal news: this morning my tenure at WIBC came to an end. For 28 years, it has been my privilege to bring you fair and detailed coverage of news affecting Hoosiers’ lives, and I hope you’ll stick around for whatever comes next.”
Berman was the only on-air employee affected by the cutbacks.
Emmis said in a statement “Today, Emmis notified eight individuals that their positions have been eliminated. Impacted individuals are being provided severance and offered insurance coverage. These are difficult days, and we wish them nothing but success.”
Urban One is expected to complete their purchase of the Emmis Indianapolis stations by the end of the month.
Fox Business’ Larry Kudlow Will Have WHCU Carry Radio Show
Kudlow will have a new station carrying his syndicated radio program, the “Larry Kudlow Show,” on WHCU in Ithica, NY.
Fox Business host Larry Kudlow will have a new station carrying his syndicated radio program, the “Larry Kudlow Show.”
Radio Online reports that WHCU in Ithica, NY, will be broadcasting the former President Donald Trump adviser’s show beginning on Aug. 27 and will air from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays and replaces the “Sebastian Gorka Radio Show.”
Kudlow’s radio show began in 2010 and stopped when Donald Trump appointed Kudlow as Director of the National Economic Council in 2018, and he restarted the show in 2022.
“Larry’s weekend show was one of the most popular on our airwaves,” Cayuga Radio Group President Chet Osadchey said. “It’s great to have it back here on the Ithaca airwaves.”
Also, the station will have a short daily feature on WHCU called “The Kudlow Riff,” which provides an economic editorial starting Aug. 29.
Kudlow hosts “Kudlow” on Fox Business weeknights at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., delivering financial market analysis among various topics.
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Dan Mandis: Karin Jean-Pierre Is Not Trustworthy
Mandis accused White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre of being untrustworthy for dodging questions.
Cumulus Media talk show host Dan Mandis accused White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre of being untrustworthy following repeated attempts to dodge questions regarding the federal raid on former President Donald Trump’s home.
Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy peppered Jean-Pierre with questions Tuesday about whether the Biden administration was using law enforcement to go after political opponents.
“I did think it was really interesting for Karin Jean-Pierre to try to not answer anything as it relates to the raid on Mar-a-Lago,” said Mandis.
Mandis was filling in for Vince Coglianese on News Talk 105.9 WMAL in Washington D.C. Mandis hosts the morning show on Cumulus-owned SuperTalk 99.7 WTN in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The less that they (White House), the more suspicious they look,” Mandis added. “During yesterday’s press briefing, she (Jean-Pierre) refused to provide any answers whatsoever.”
Mandis said that Jean-Pierre issued a “no comment” 18 times during the briefing.
“The White House Press Corps did try to get her to make some sort of a statement,” he said.
“The Vince Coglianese Show” is heard daily on WMAL-FM 105.9 from 3-6 p.m.
Ryan Hedrick serves as the Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. Prior to WFMD, he hosted an afternoon program at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA. He has worked at Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and for stations in Baltimore, MD. He has also worked at WIBW-AM in Topeka KS, earning the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.