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WXXI completes acquisition of WJZR-FM radio frequency

Making a pathway to a bigger radio viewers for its information content material, WXXI Public Broadcasting on Tuesday accomplished its acquisition of Lee Rust’s now-dormant WJZR sign.

About 20 folks gathered in a convention room at WXXI’s State Road places of work to look at Rust and WXXI President Norm Silverstein signal the papers closing the deal. A sight that WXXI Govt Vice President & Normal Supervisor Susan Rogers in comparison with watching a bride and groom on the altar. Hurry up and signal, she mentioned, “earlier than somebody says, ‘I object.’”

And with no objections, the champagne corks have been popped.

WJZR-FM (105.9), which aired jazz and blues for practically three a long time, went silent on July 10 after station proprietor and operator Rust performed Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Method.”

“Issues change, there’s so some ways to listen to music right this moment that, one much less radio station…” Rust mentioned, his voice trailing off.

He is trying ahead now to specializing in his images pastime and tending to the handful of acres he owns in Webster.

“Radio has been supplanted by the Web,” Rust mentioned. “And I do not wish to see the know-how put within the again seat, or out the window, however, you understand, that is the best way know-how all the time goes.”

But Silverman sees alternative.

“We have a possibility now to essentially unfold out our sign, to make it possible for folks get it at night time, and within the winter months,” Silverman mentioned. “And we could not have carried out it with out the assist and cooperation of Lee Rust. He is been simply terrific.”

That cooperation included Rust decreasing the $1.2 million sale value by $525,000.

Over his three a long time at WJZR, in addition to time spent with different stations in Rochester, Lee witnessed vital modifications in radio.

“The early days have been much more energetic than now,” he mentioned, “as a result of the automation wasn’t there, and there weren’t computer systems, it was all folks. So the extra folks it was, the extra attention-grabbing it was, so the primary days after we had 15 or 16 workers, it was disaster on daily basis.”

And but, “The primary day was in all probability essentially the most thrilling, as a result of it was all potential again then.”

The probabilities now embody a number of choices for the WXXI partnerships, choices that will solely attain the ears of radio audiences over the following few years.

WXXI’s radio programming contains native information reporting and the “Connections with Evan Dawson” discuss present, in addition to nationally syndicated reveals similar to “Morning Version” and “All Issues Thought of.”

With the addition of recent gear to enhance its sign, the plan is for the station previously generally known as WJZR to hold the identical information programming as WXXI-AM (1370).

The brand new sign joins a household of seven radio station companies that features WRUR-FM (88.5), which options music programming such because the weekday morning “Open Tunings,” in addition to the longtime Friday-evening duo of “Rejuvenation” and “Blacks and Blues,” supplemented by nationally syndicated programming similar to World Café.

Classical 91.5 presents a full schedule curated by native and nationwide hosts, in addition to reveals specializing in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and “Dwell at Hochstein.” Ithaca’s WITH-FM (90.1) airs “Open Tunings” in addition to nationally produced music reveals similar to “Afropop Worldwide” and “Mountain Stage.”

The Houghton-based WXXY-FM (90.3) affords classical and NPR-fueled information.

Geneva’s WEOS-FM (89.5 and 90.3) airs programming from NPR, PRX, the BBC World Service and Pacifica Radio, in addition to the domestically produced Saturday-night gem “Caught within the Psychedelic Period.” There’s additionally a repeater station in Webster.

These be part of WXXI’s PBS tv channel, in addition to its acquisition of CITY journal in 2019.

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