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Carl Eilenberg

WNYS-TV (Ch. 9)

Rome Observer

Mayor of Rome, N.Y.

Carl Eilenberg has had a number of careers but, as he says, "I?ve never stopped being a broadcaster and sports-guy."
Most all of those careers have been in broadcasting" on radio, television and even public address announcing. But, Carl has not limited himself to these media alone.

His longest career position so far was his 12 years as mayor of Rome. Carl moved there after he and a group purchased a radio station in that city.

A native of Syracuse, Carl started his broadcasting career while a student at Syracuse University, serving for two years as sports director at WAER-FM. In 1951, he became sports director at WAGE radio under the name "Carl Davis." As Carl tells it, "GM Doug Johnson hired me and Frank Burgmeier on the same day to do news and sports. He thought two Bergs in a row would be hard for the audience to grasp." So Carl used his mother's maiden name. During his two years at that station, he covered the gamut of area sports, including football, basketball, bowling, ski racing, lacrosse, and golf.

During that time, Carl did live broadcasts of several Carmen Basilio, Cliff Hart and Joey DeJohn fights. He also broadcast SU boxing, gymnastics and wrestling when the university?s teams were "among the best in the nation," he says.

After serving in the Air Forces, Carl worked in public relations for Syracuse Savings Bank, and hosted radio shows on WFBL between 1958 and 1962 as "Peter Scott," a combination of his two sons' names. Then he and Ed Herr started an advertising agency.

He never left the broadcast booth, though. Carl broadcast Syracuse Chiefs baseball for two years with Marv Albert, and took the reigns of Syracuse Nationals basketball games when Jim McKechnie and team owner Danny Biasone had a "disagreement."

When WNYS-TV (Channel 9) started in 1962, Carl joined the new station and worked there for seven years -- first as news and sports director and then operations manager. He says the highlight of his Channel 9 days came during the Blizzard of 1966 when a dozen staff members stayed at the station for six days, producing newscasts that won several awards. Also at Channel 9, he and Marty Ross hosted the station's first live TV talk show.

Carl was never at a loss for things to do. He volunteered at WCNY-TV, hosting talk, discussion, sports and news shows; even some live hockey, Pop Warner football, box lacrosse, high school sports, college football, bocce and polo!

Carl also was among a group who helped SU form a radio football network across the state. When the Carrier Dome opened in 1980, Carl moved there to announce football and basketball, and women?s and men?s lacrosse. He's still there to this day.

With his wife Susan, he put out two weekly newspapers -- the Rome Observer and the Lives and Times of Oneida County -- plus a magazine, Mohawk Valley Women.

"It?s been a terrific career," Carl says. "I don?t want it to end until Syracuse wins national championships in football, basketball and lacrosse -- all in the same year!"
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