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

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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GALAXY TOASTS LONG ISLAND BEER AND WINE EVENTS.

Aug 31st, 2016 by Inside Radio

Galaxy Communications is expanding its event empire. The upstate New York radio broadcaster is acquiring two Long Island-based beer and wine events, the “Hops & Props Craft Beer Fest” and “Taste of Flight Wine Expo” for an undisclosed sum.

Like many radio companies, Galaxy has been diversifying its business by adding live events and using its radio stations and digital media to support and promote the events. In the Syracuse and Utica, NY markets where Galaxy owns stations, the company puts on several festivals, including the popular “Taste of Syracuse” food and beverage event and “The Janesville Beach Hot Air Balloon Festival.” To manage its growing roster of events, Galaxy created a live events division, Galaxy Events.

The Long Island-based events, however, are new territory because Galaxy doesn’t own any radio stations in the market. As part of its purchase of the parent company, DBE Events, Galaxy is also retaining its chief executive, Eric Bell, who is joining the Galaxy Events team. With Bell on board, Galaxy says it can continue to grow the Long Island events and expand them to other markets.

“Buying these two terrific events gives us a foothold into the Long Island market,” Ed Levine, president and CEO of Galaxy Communications, said in a news release. “Having Eric Bell on staff will give us further ability to expand and scale our events division beyond merely where we own radio stations.”

As part of the deal, Galaxy plans to open a Long Island office. Said Bell: “I see this as a platform for growth. I was impressed by the dedication and talent of Galaxy Events team and know that working with them will help to grow the festivals that I started within the Long Island Market and will allow for additional growth in new markets.”

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