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Wainwright Named Permanent WSYR Host
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 20 July 2015 20:10

According to iHeartMedia, Mark Wainwright has been named permanent Morning Drive Host at Newsradio 570 WSYR.

Wainwright did his first morning show at 570 WSYR in March of 2013, and soon became the designated fill-in host for veteran morning personality, Joe Galuski. When Joe was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2014, Mark hosted the show throughout most of Galuski's illness, and continued as a guest host after Joe's death in May.

“Mark Wainwright has become a familiar voice to our listeners and he has developed great relationships with our staff and clients,” said Rich Lauber, iHeartMedia Senior Vice President of Programming.

Wainwright spent more than 25 years as a morning personality, talk show host, and on-air personality at many respected radio stations around the country.

 
SPC Announces Award Finalists
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:33
 

The Syracuse Press Club would like to thank all of you for entering this year's 37th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Contest. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories. Please attend the awards banquet to collect your award or support your peers. In addition to the contest winners, we will honor local journalists receiving special club awards for Best Newcomer, Professional Standards, Scholarship and Best News Source. We will also be adding a well-deserving journalist to our Wall of Distinction. Those winners will be announced soon.

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall.
 
To reserve a table for the dinner, please click here. Our reservations deadline is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th. 

Note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  We will announce at the May 2nd awards dinner who won first and second place awards 

Read on for the list.

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Joe Galuski, WSYR Radio host, Dies
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:25
 
 
 
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- CNY broadcasting legend Joe Galuski, who had been battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, passed away Thursday morning. Anchor Don Lark, clearly upset, broke the news to listeners during the morning newscast. Galuski had previously dealt with the disease in 1992. He had been off the air since last September, with Main Wainwright and George Kilpatrick filling in as guest hosts. His family said he had gone through seven rounds of chemotherapy and was most recently living in hospice care. The cancer was deemed "untreatable by conventional methods" according to the family's GoFundMe account, which had been set up to help raise funds to pay medical bills.
 
Joe has been in the business since 1975 and has hosted 570's morning show since 1998. The Press Club sends its thoughts and prayers to the Galuski family.
 
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SPC Announces Award Winners
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:38

 

Syracuse Press Club honors Lazarus, more than 125 other journalists, at awards banquet

 

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- WSYR-TV anchor Carrie Lazarus was inducted tonight onto the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction and more than 125 other Central New York journalists were honored at the club’s annual awards banquet.

Lazarus was the only journalist inducted this year onto the Wall, a permanent exhibit honoring the top journalists in the region, said press club President Josh Cradduck.

The Wall hangs in the theater lobby at the Onondaga County's John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Induction onto the wall is the highest honor bestowed by the club. About 70 journalists have been inducted.

At the awards banquet at Drumlin’s Country Club, special club awards were given to several other journalists: 

Former Syracuse.com / The Post-Standard photojournalist Michelle Gabel was awarded the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.

Julie McMahon, a reporter at Syracuse.com / The Post-Standard, and Rachel Polansky, a reporter at WSYR-TV, were each named winners of the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award, given to journalists with less than three years of professional experience.

Dennis Connors, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association, received the Philip A. Hofmann President’s Award for Best News Source.

More than 150 people attended the annual event that honors winners in the club’s annual Professional Recognition Awards contest for print, radio, TV, online and college student journalists. A full list of the winners is attached.

Two journalists from Central New York were the hosts at the dinner. Award-winning television correspondent Dawn Fratangelo, who is from Savannah, and Fox Sports NASCAR producer Mark R. "Smitty" Smith, of Baldwinsville, served as emcees.

They are the first two journalists the club has asked to return to Syracuse as part of a new initiative called SyracusePRODUCES. The initiative hopes to recognize talented journalists who have emerged from the Central New York area and connect them with current journalists in the area. 

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NewsChannel 9 Names News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:33

Congratulations to Phil Rankin, who this week was promoted to news director at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. He was most recently the interim news director, serving as a result of Rob Cartwright's departure.

Before that, Phil was the Digital Media Director, overseeing the website, mobile apps and social media accounts.

He is a graduate on SUNY Oswego. 

 
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Wall of Distinction

The Syracuse press Club would like to send its condolences to the family of long-time channel 3 and WSYR radio reporter Jerry Barsha.  Barsha died September 10th at the Cleveland Clinic where he was undergoing treatment. He was 83.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at the Sisskind Funeral Chapel at 3175 East Genesee Street, Syracuse at 11am. Calling hours will immediately precede the services at the funeral home beginning at 10 am.

Jerry was a native of Brooklyn, who like many central New York broadcasters settled in the Syracuse area after attending and graduating Syracuse University.   Jerry's career at what was then WSYR-TV 3 and WSYR Radio began in 1957, where he worked in both radio and television news. Jerry worked for 32 years at the station before retiring.  He also taught for 35 years at Onondaga Community College.  Jerry was a Syracuse Press Club Wall of Distinction honoree and a winner of the club's lifetime achievement award. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Martha, four daughters, and six grandchildren.

Here is a link to our page on Jerry, when he was installed on the Wall of Distinction

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