Galaxy Communications Inks Gen Media Partners As New National Ad Sales Rep

GALAXY COMMUNICATIONS, the central NEW YORK station group run by ED LEVINE, has inked a deal for GEN MEDIA PARTNERS to be its new national advertising sales representative.

GEN CEO KEVIN GARRITY said, “We are delighted to welcome ED and GALAXY COMMUNICATIONS to GEN MEDIA PARTNERS.  ED’s team is known for creatively utilizing all of their assets to connect advertisers with loyal listeners. Our independent position in national representation allows us to super-serve ED’s stations, working in partnership with his team to bring robust opportunities to national agencies and brands.”

“We are very pleased to move GALAXY’s national business to the leading independent rep firm in radio,” added LEVINE. “I will sleep better at night knowing that I’m not relying on my direct competitor to oversee my national business any longer. GEN MEDIA‘s independent standing aligns with GALAXY’s, and their experienced team knows how to increase national revenue for the independent broadcaster.

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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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PLAYING THE ‘HITS’ HAS DIFFERENT MEANING, CROSS-FORMAT.

July 25th, 2016 by Inside Radio

Classic hits, adult hits…what’s the difference right? Just play the oldies! (If you’re a radio programmer, that’s meant to be a joke.) The two goldies formats have plenty of musical crossover but, as Billy Joel covers in “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” they each still have a distinct persona.

“There are differences between the two formats, not necessarily because of what the two audiences like as much as what they’ve been trained to expect from the stations,” offers Edison Research VP Sean Ross. “At classic hits, one Duran Duran song is a reliable hit. Adult hits plays five, and if they’ve been built around variety as a selling point, it doesn’t matter to some PDs how the other four test.”

Still, it can be tricky to define—and refine—the format’s signature since gold-based formats must constantly evolve to pinpoint their audience sweet spots. And to make things all the more difficult, there are more than a few of those Duran Duran or “Jack and Diane”-type hits that serve both. This makes differentiating classic and adult hits risky business, although savvy players say they’ve “got this.”

“In Syracuse, I call it the Steve Miller Syndrome. You can hear ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ on no less than five radio stations in this market,” says Mimi Griswold, brand manager at Galaxy Communications. “What plays before and after that song on a classic hits station vs. an adult hits station vs. a classic rock station is what defines the station profile. It’s feel.”

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INSIDE STORY: SOME STATIONS FIND NIELSEN ISN’T MEASURE OF THEIR SUCCESS.

June 6th, 2016 By Inside Radio

As radio industry sticky wickets go, this one’s a doozy—and all-too familiar. You’re a smaller or midsize station, trying to prove your worth to clients and, among other ledger items, you’ve got one huge expense: Nielsen Ratings. Do those numbers give you the arsenal you need to sell, or is the price too high?

Stations all over the map, and format list, grapple with this all the time, and many have taken the leap away from Nielsen—and what is said to be a minimum $100,000 annually for data not everybody believes is authoritative enough to cement relationships with local advertisers. For those stations, it’s about hitting the streets, the web and the phone to prove ROI—and they’re finding their way to results.

True, in most markets, Nielsen remains the only game in town for radio to show advertisers who dominates a market by age, gender, daypart and so on. And yet some stations—and companies—continue to bow out. In midsize market Syracuse, N.Y., Galaxy Communications Syracuse market manager & director of Sales, Steve Vasick, explains, “The decision to forgo Nielsen ratings originally came about eight or so years ago when the economic collapse put pressure on everyone’s bottom line. With a six-figure expense tied to a ratings service subscription, it made more sense to maintain jobs and forgo the ratings.”

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