New radio station, TONY-FM emerges in Mohawk Valley

99.1 TONY-FM hit the Utica airwaves Thursday morning.

TONY-FM is a new local radio station with the motto, “we play everything!”

The station will feature a wide variety of musical genres and artists, from Billy Joel to America to Van Halen to Depeche Mode to Wham! and Adam Ant.

According to a news release, the playlist promises to be “packed with surprises.”

The station kicked off at 11 a.m. Thursday with an 10,000 song streak with no interruptions.

“Listening ti TONY-FM is going to be wild. You will never know what’s coming up next! There will be a different type of music on the air with each song that is played, plus crazy songs popping up that no other radio in the market plays,” Galaxy Communications President and CEO Ed Levine said.

99.1 TONY-FM is locally owned and operated by Galaxy Communications, with studios in the Landmarc Building in downtown Utica.

The frequency was broadcasting ESPN Radio which can still be heard at 1310 AM in Utica, 1350 AM in Rome and 1230 AM in Little Falls.

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Utica College Follows “My Hometown Sports” to ESPN Radio

UTICA/ROME — Starting this fall, radio coverage of Utica College sports will be moving from Townsquare news/talker WIBX to Galaxy’s three Utica-Rome ESPN Radio stations.  That’s according to an announcement from the college this week.

Those who’ve been watching recent moves in the market are probably not surprised: the crew at “My Hometown Sports,” who has been producing the play-by-play broadcasts for the past few years, made a similar move earlier this month.  Fred Miller and Gene Conte, who formerly hosted SportsWatch on WIBX, reappeared after a few weeks off with the debut of their new ESPN Radio show, The Cheap Seats, on Monday — the same day UC made its announcement.

According to a press release on the Utica College website, My Hometown Sports team will continue to provide live coverage of UC football, basketball and hockey.  On top of that, the college says “spring sports such as lacrosse, baseball, and softball will likely be broadcast for the first time.”

The deal is effective with the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year, with the first broadcast of UC football coming September 3, when the Pioneers head north to take on Saint Lawrence.  The school says a complete radio schedule will be finalized within the next month.

Galaxy’s Utica-Rome trio of ESPN Radio stations include WTLB/Utica, WIXT/Little Falls and WRNY/Rome.

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