New York State Broadcasters Association elects Galaxy’s Levine as board chairman

By Journal Staff, Business Journal News Network

The New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc. (NYSBA) announced it has elected Ed Levine, president and CEO of Galaxy Communications in Syracuse/Utica, as its board chairman for the coming year.

He replaces Bob Krummenacker, VP and general manager of Quincy Broadcasting’s WBNG-TV in Binghamton, who has served as the association’s board chairman for the last year.

“I look forward to working with our incoming Chairman, Ed Levine, CEO of Galaxy Communications, who is one of the most successful and respected radio executives in the country,” David Donovan, president and executive director of NYSBA, said in a news release.

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NYSBA Elects 2017 Board of Directors Ed Levine to serve as Chairman of the Board

New York, NY: The New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc.,(NYSBA) elected its officers and board of directors at its Annual Meeting in New York City.  David Donovan, President and Executive Director of NYSBA stated, “NYSBA is fortunate to have the most respected and dynamic executives in broadcasting serving on its Board of Directors. Through their leadership, NYSBA will help ensure that that radio and television stations in New York meet the challenges of today’s hyper competitive marketplace.”  He continued, “I want to thank Bob Krummenacker, V.P. and General Manager of Quincy Broadcasting’s WBNG-TV, Binghamton, for his tireless efforts and leadership as Chairman this past year.  I look forward to working with our incoming Chairman, Ed Levine, CEO of Galaxy Communications, who is one of the most successful and respected radio executives in the country.”

NYSBA officers for 2017 will be:

·        Chairman: Ed Levine, President & CEO Galaxy Communications, Syracuse/Utica
·        Vice Chairman TV: Chuck Samuels, Vice President/GM (TV) WHAM-TV/WUHF-TV, Rochester
·        Vice Chairman Radio: Ramon Pineda, Sr. Vice President/Regional Director Univision Television/Radio Group, New York City
·        Secretary:Dave Davis, President/GM WABC-TV, New York City
·        Treasurer: John Shea, Vice President/GM Cox Media Group, West Babylon

New members joining the Board of Directors for 2017:

·        Heather Binnie, East Coast Divisional Manager CBS Television Distribution Group, NYC
·        Karen Carey, Market President/Chief Revenue Officer WFRG/WIBX/WLZW/WODZ, Marcy
·        Amy Collins, General Manager WSTM-TV/WSTQ-TV/WTVH-TV, Syracuse
·        Charlie Morgan, Sr. Vice President/Mkt. Mgr. Emmis, NYC
·        Rob Williams, Sr. Vice President, Operations Townsquare Media, Greenwich, CT

Returning to the board for 2017:

·        Steve Baboulis, Vice President/GM, WNYT-TV/WNYA-TV, Albany
·        Alan Bishop, Owner/Pres., Fingerlakes Radio Group/Chadwick Bay Broadcasting Corp., Geneva
·        Timothy Busch, Exec. Vice President/COO Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Rochester
·        Chuck Carver, President/GM WATS/WAVR, Waverly
·        Jerry Crowley, Vice President/GM WMCA/WNYM, NYC
·        Kristen Delaney, Area President, iHeartMedia, Albany
·        Peter Dunn, President CBS Television Stations, NYC
·        David Feinblatt, President/GM, WLIG-TV, Long Island
·        Scott Hopeck, President/Mkt. Mgr. iHeartMedia, NYC
·        Bob Krummenacker, Vice President/GM, WBNG-TV, Binghamton
·        Maire Mason, V.P. General Manager WNSH NYC
·        Lew Leone, Vice President/GM WNYW-TV/WWOR-TV, NYC
·        Eric Lerner, President/GM, WNBC-TV, NYC
·        Chad Lopez, Vice President/Mkt. Mgr., Cumulus, NYC
·        Michael Nurse, President/GM, WKBW-TV, Buffalo
·        Chet Osadchey, Vice President/GM, Cayuga Radio Group, Ithaca
·        Norm Silverstein, President/CEO, WXXI-TV/AM/FM, Rochester
·        Robert Vonick, Vice President/Sr. Tax Counsel, ABC, NYC
·        Theresa Underwood, SVP/Reg Mgr, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Syracuse

For additional information contact David Donovan at ddonovan@nysbroadcasters.org

In $3M deal, Galaxy Communications to take over most of Berkshire County’s airwaves

By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — Local radio in Berkshire County is undergoing another ownership change, as the majority of the county’s commercial radio stations are being purchased by a chain based in central New York.

Galaxy Communications, a privately owned independent chain headquartered in Syracuse, is purchasing six Berkshire County radio stations and two translator stations from Gamma Broadcasting in a cash and stock deal worth $3.17 million, according to Galaxy’s website. Gamma principals Bruce Danziger and Burton Barlow also hold an attributable interest in Vox AM/FM, which owns stations in New York and Vermont.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, and is expected to close by the end of 2016, according to Galaxy’s president and CEO Ed Levine.

“I’m relying on the FCC for timing, but feel confident it will be in December,” said Levine, whose group owns 14 radio stations in the Syracuse-Utica N.Y. area. This is Galaxy’s first expansion outside of New York state.

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NY’S GALAXY CLUSTER BUY TAKES IT INTO WESTERN MASS.

October 18th, 2016 by Inside Radio

Ed Levine’s Galaxy Communications is expanding beyond its Central New York base by acquiring six stations and two translators in the Berkshires area of Western Massachusetts from Gamma Broadcasting. The transaction is a cash and stock deal valued at $3.17 million. Stations involved in the deal are AC “Live 95.9” WBEC-FM and talk/sports WBEC (1420) in Pittsfield; the classic hits simulcast of “Whoopee” WUPE-AM&FM (100.1, 1110) in North Adams; AC WSBS Great Barrington (860); AC WNAW North Adams (1230), the Great Barrington-licensed translator W231AK at 94.1 and the Pittsfield-licensed translator station W277CJ at 103.3.

Galaxy will pay Gamma $1.68 million for all the outstanding stock of Berkshires Media Group, which holds the licensees for WNAW, WUPE-FM and WSBS and translator W277CJ. Berkshire and Gamma are commonly controlled entities. Galaxy is paying $1.47 million in cash for WBEC-FM, WBEC and WUPE-AM. Galaxy will also pay $20,000 for translator W231AK, which is licensed to Northeast Airchecks. Northeast has filed an application to transfer the translator license to Gamma.

“These six radio stations do a tremendous job of serving their communities with great local radio. They have thrived under the ownership of Gamma Broadcasting, which has done a wonderful job,” Galaxy president and CEO Ed Levine said in a statement. “I look forward to working with market manager Peter Barry and the entire staff of radio professionals.”

Gamma principals Bruce Danziger and Burton Barlow hold an attributable interest in Vox AM/FM, which also owns stations in New York and Vermont.

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Galaxy Communications’ Ed Levine

By Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media

In 1990, Ed switched gears and turned his focus to ownership in the market area he knew all too well: Syracuse and Utica/Rome, New York. In the years since, Galaxy Communications has become a dominant player in both markets, both in ratings and revenue.  

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