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WGY Morning Co-Host Chuck Custer Retiring

Custer began his tenure at WGY as a news anchor. He’s been co-hosting morning drive since 2011.

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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.”

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Mark Simone: Critics Have Said Radio Has Been Dying Since the Mid-60s

“Don’t believe all of that stuff. It’s here to stay.”

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Despite what you may read or hear, radio is not dying and has no deathbed in sight. And 710 WOR host Mark Simone wants you to know it.

While speaking with a caller during his radio show Wednesday, Simone was asked about radio usage by the general public. That’s when he stepped on his soapbox to sing the praises of the medium.

“It’s interesting. Radio listening is pretty consistent over the last 50 years. Television, newspapers all way, way, way down,” said Simone. “But actually the same percentage of people listen to the radio now that did 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 40. So don’t believe that.

“This is the best example. There’s a big trade magazine that has an article about ‘Radio is dying. That’s it. Radio’s finished. It’s over.’ This is from the June 1966 issue. Don’t believe all of that stuff. It’s here to stay.”

According to recent studies, 86% of Americans still call AM/FM radio their preferred audio medium in the car.

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Salem Radio Network Plots Debate Coverage Featuring Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Sebastian Gorka

A two-hour pre-debate special will feature Salem hosts previewing the debate live from Atlanta from 7-9 PM ET.

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On Thursday, June 27th, CNN will air a 90-minute debate between former President Donald Trump (R) and President Joe Biden (D). Salem Radio Network will have extensive coverage surrounding the event, including appearances by Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, and Sebastian Gorka.

A two-hour pre-debate special will feature Salem hosts previewing the debate live from Atlanta from 7-9 PM ET. Hewitt, Gallagher, and Gorka will be joined by the company’s White House correspondent Greg Clugston, who will be on-site at the CNN studios.

The debate takes place from 9-10:30 PM ET. CNN has not allowed the radio network to broadcast the debate, so Salem will return to regularly scheduled programming. After the debate ends at 10:30, it will be followed by a 30-minute wrap-up show hosted by Gallagher.

In addition to airing on the Salem Radio Network, all coverage will also be simulcast on the Salem News Channel.

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WGAU Morning Host Tim Bryant Departs

He also served as the station’s news director.

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Longtime WGAU morning shot host Tim Bryant has exited the Athens, Georgia news/talk outlet.

Bryant hosted Classic City Today from 6-10 AM as the only local weekday programming on the Cox Media Group station. He also served as the station’s news director and was a reporter for sister station 95.5 WSB in Atlanta.

In a post to social media, Bryant alluded to his departure, stating “I covet your prayers as my circumstances change.”

WGAU featured a re-air of yesterday’s edition of The Erick Erickson Show in morning drive Wednesday.

A report from RadioInsight alleges Bryant is the first public name in a round of layoffs affecting Cox Media Group. As of publication, no other names have been revealed as departing the Atlanta-based radio group.

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