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Jazz90.1 Featured in Greece Post

Alysa Stryker, Staff Writer - Greece, New York – November 24, 2010 – It’s no secret that independent radio stations around the country are fighting for their lives, fending off the push for syndicated programming and a continuous stream of top 40 hits. With time, stations have lost originality, created a culture of less personal connection with listeners, and foregone listener participation.
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Longtime Greece Radio Man Leaves the Air

After 50 years, Jack Mindy retires from the talking side

Jack MindyJuly 1, 2009 – Meaghan M. McDermott • Staff writer •  Democrat & Chronicle – After a five-decade career, radio man Jack Mindy is hanging up his headphones. Mindy, 66, has spent the past eight years manning the mike at Greece’s Jazz 90.1, also known as WGMC-FM (90.1), but his career started in high school. “There was this little radio station in Fredonia looking for high school kids to do a radio show,” said Mindy, a native of Buffalo. “So I sent in a post card and that was it. I started playing disc jockey.” (more…)

Greece Jazz Radio WGMC Marks 35 Years On Air

Greece still home to one of fewer than 10 such stations nationwide

Alan Morrell – Staff Writer

dc1.jpgDerrick Lucas got into jazz at a young age. He was just 4 years old when he asked his parents for his first record – Spectrum, by jazz drummer Billy Cobham. Cobham’s sound, he said, changed his young life. “I never heard anything like that,” said Lucas, now 38 and the music director for WGMC-FM (90.1) radio. “I went crazy.” Thus began his lifelong love of jazz, one he has shared through WGMC, a jazz-centered station celebrating its 35th anniversary this month. The station signed on in 1973 as a student-run station, run by the Greece Central School District that broadcast for 4½ hours on weekdays, but was off the air on weekends and school breaks. (more…)

The Little Radio Station That Could

Jessica Spies – Staff Writer – Greece Post

picture-012.jpgGreece, N.Y. – The small radio station WGMC-FM has found supporters in its hometown, Greece. And in Athens, Greece. While that station – now Jazz 90.1 – only reaches about 50 miles from it headquarters, Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane, it can be heard all over the world these days thanks to the Internet. All jazz all the time. (more…)

Jazz90.1 in the the Greece Post

Old school radio meets new, and it works

Colleen M. Farrell, staff writer

Rob Linton(March 20, 2008) Greece, N.Y. – Spin the radio dial around, away from the three-digit station numbers on the right, and you’ll land on one of the last vestiges of old-time radio, back when disc jockeys were local and callers could actually talk to the person spinning records.
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Jazz90.1 in the Democrat and Chronicle

School adds cool learning tool

Jazz station WGMC moves into Olympia High media center

Victoria E. Freile, Staff writer

Rob Linton(June 15, 2005) — GREECE — Until recently, many Olympia High School students didn’t know the Greece Central School District housed a radio station.In fact, many still don’t know much about it.
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Jazz90.1 Celebrates 35th Anniversary | See Pictures Here!

11-1973-wgmc-open-houser-1.jpgOn Saturday November 1, Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM celebrated its 35th anniversary. The radio station, which is owned and operated by the Greece Central School District, first went on air November 1, 1973 broadcasting from Greece Athena High School. WGMC began as a student run station, broadcasting only four and a half hours per day, and signing off on the weekends and during school holidays and recesses. Later that year, WGMC expanded to seven hours per day, and increased it’s on air hour time to nine hours a day one year later. (more…)

Jazz90.1 Featured in the Democrat and Chronicle

Democrat and Chronicle – March 5, 2012 - There was no telling how large the following for WGMC 90.1 FM would become when it started as a 10-watt school radio station in 1973. There’s also no telling what the future holds for WGMC. It’s that dynamic that makes pledge drives at one of America’s few remaining jazz radio stations essential. About half of its $200,000 annual budget depends on donations from listeners. So to reach its initial $50,000 goal, WGMC is gearing up for two fundraising events, a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and a station Open House on March 16. In addition, the first of two annual on-air pledge drives begins March 12. In his eight years as station manager, Rob Linton has learned to love jazz — as do most, if not all, of the 32-member mostly volunteer staff. Asking for funds on-air to maintain the station is the first step in his goal of increasing the station’s reach and listenership.
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Jazz90.1 Featured on YNN

Photo by YNNBy: Anne Lithiluxa – January 23, 2011 – In the month of February America celebrates Black History Month. In honor of that a local radio station will showcase African-American musicians who have helped shaped the jazz world as we know it today. For more than a decade Jazz 90.1 has been honoring the greats, the legends who have paved the way for new up and coming musicians. Starting February 1st, the station will highlight a different black artist four times a day, looking at how he or she has contributed to the growth of jazz music. They won’t feature only pioneers but also new artists.”Esperanza Spalding is one of them, Branford Marsalis,” said station manager Rob Linton. “So it is not just musicians who passed away but musicians who continue to shape jazz as we know it today.” Jazz 90.1 says it’s one of only eight jazz stations in the country that plays jazz music 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.