May 15, 2018

 

Local Radio Veteran To Retire

Ron “Smith” Reiff Calls It A Career After 55 years

 

Jamestown, NY - Media One Group radio announces the retirement of one of its broadcast veterans who has serviced the area’s airwaves for decades.  Ron Reiff will end his commercial radio broadcast career at the end of the month and local radio will never sound the same.

 

Area radio listeners may not recognize the name, because Reiff has been on the local airwaves as “Ron Smith” for decades.  Most recently Reiff has been a Senior Sales Consultant and commercial voice for Media One Group’s five local radio stations.  Additionally, Reiff has been educating fans of classic rock each Saturday morning on WQFX 103.1 FM and has been a radio commentator of Eisenhower High School Varity Football for the past seven seasons .  His recent accomplishments, however, are just the career extends far beyond his time with Media One Group.

 

Reiff first began radio in 1963 at WNAE-WRRN, while he was still in High School.  His first full-time job at the radio station was in the position of a copywriter and on-air personality in 1969.  From there he went onto WWSE in Jamestown where he became the first morning man in the stations history, the FM spin off of WJTN-AM.  In 1974 Smith began his twenty eight year tenure at WWCB in Corry, Pennsylvania.  He joined radio stations WKSN, WHUG and WQFX in June of 2004 and returned to the Orchard Road broadcast facility in West Ellicott in 2005 when Media One Group acquired the stations from Vox Allegheny.   For a majority of his career Reiff also provided professional voice over production for radio and television commercials across the country. 

“It has been an honor working alongside Ron,” said Andrew Hill, Media One Group’s Director of Operations and Programming. “His creativity for commercial copywriting is the best in the business and we’ve been lucky to have his talents in our community.  He could have easily been working in Hollywood with his skills.  His enthusiasm and belief in local radio has been inspirational for many young broadcasters he has come across.” Hill added. 

 

Other than radio broadcasting, Reiff’s other passion has been auto racing.  Reiff was the track announcer at State Line Speedway in Busti from 1986 to 2001.  In 1994, Dirt Track Magazine announced that Reiff had been voted as one of the top ten best track announcers on the East Coast!  In 2016 Reiff was honored with The Legacy Award by Stateline Speedway during their end of year banquet in appreciation of his many years of passion and dedication to the local speedway.  After giving up the mic at the track in 2001 he became the radio host of “The Pit Road Show” which aired on WHUG-FM, WWSE-FM and most recently on WQFX-FM each Saturday night, live from “the Pits” at Stateline Speedway.

 

Reiff, as a licensed amateur HAM radio operator, is looking forward to spending more time with his family and chatting with other HAM operators around the world under his call sign KB3BYP.

 

Anyone wishing to congratulate Reiff on his retirement can do so by emailing rsmith@mediaonegroupradio.com 

February 15, 2018

Indians Radio Comes to Jamestown

WKSN To Air Cleveland Games In 2018

 

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Coming off of one of the most exciting seasons in franchise history, the Cleveland Indians Radio Network has expanded and now southern Chautauqua County residents can listen to the Major League Baseball franchise on local radio.

 

Media One Group radio station WKSN, 1340 AM, signed a one year agreement to air most of the 162 games of the season, which starts on March 29th when the Indians play in Seattle.  “We are thrilled to be able to bring the Indians fans of Southwest New York the live play-by-play this season,” says Andrew Hill, Media One Group’s Director of Operations and Programming.  “We’ve considered becoming an affiliate for a few years and after the Indians appearance in the World Series last season it just made sense for us to jump on the network”. 

 

The network, which Hill refers to, is the Indians Radio Network and flagship radio station Newsradio WTAM 1100 and 100.7 WMMS in Cleveland.  Tom Hamilton, the "Voice of the Indians," will enter his 29th season of calling Indians baseball games on the radio and is joined in the booth by Jim Rosenhaus who joined the Indians prior to the 2007 season after spending 11 years as the play- by-play voice of then Indians AAA affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.

 

“We know this decision is going to be a ‘homerun’ with our local residents as well as our summertime audience which includes a lot of visitors from the Cleveland region”, added Hill.

January 24, 2018

WQFX Radio Returns To Full Power

103.1 FM Meets F.C.C. Requirements 

 

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – A heritage radio frequency in the Jamestown and Warren Marketplace is now broadcasting at full power.   

 

The antenna for radio station 103.1 FM, WQFX, suffered several lightning strikes at its Swede Hill Road location in the Pine Grove Township over the past several years according to Andrew Hill, Media One Group’s Director of Operations and Programming.  “We suffered at least two direct strikes to our auxiliary site which damaged our power generator as well as our relatively young transmitter,” says Hill.  “We have been struggling to reach 2,500 watts, which is what our licensed power limit is per the Federal Communications Commission.” 

 

The station, which has been owned and operated by Media One Group since 2005 has changed call letters and formats a few times over its 34 years.  But since becoming WQFX in 2000 it has remained focused on its Classic Rock programming line-up.  “With the recent changes to the rock station in Erie we have had a lot of feedback to increase our power to cover for the loss of that station and to also continue airing classic rock music,” adds Hill.  The Erie station Hill is referring to is Connoisseur Media’s WRKT which operated as “Rocket 101” at 100.9 FM for 28 years before moving further up the dial this past fall.  “We have seen a great increase in the amount of listeners in Chautauqua County that can no longer pickup that station.  Now that Media One has invested into our new state of the art transmitter we have been flooded with calls from listeners saying our signal sounds the best it ever has,” says Hill.   

 

“The Fox” features local personalities Brian Papalia, Lee John, Dan Warren, Ron Smith and airs the popular Nights with Alice Cooper program, NASCAR Races, Buffalo Sabres Hockey and Eisenhower Knights Varsity Football play-by-play.

January 15, 2018

Areas Largest Radio Group Adds Station

Media One Group’s WJTN Adding 101.3 FM

 

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- A heritage AM radio station in Chautauqua County is joining the hundreds of AM stations across the nation adding a FM translator to expand its listening base.

 

The new channel, 101.3 FM, will simulcast the existing station, WJTN, currently found on 1240 AM, according to Media One Group Founder | President | CEO James T. Embrescia.  Embrescia states, “The new signal will enhance our coverage of WJTN throughout the Chautauqua Lake area and provide more opportunity for listeners to hear our great local programming in better sound quality.”  The Federal Communications Commission approved the station’s expansion late last week.  WJTN took to the airwaves in December 1924 and continues to be one of the longest continuously running broadcast stations in the United States.

 

Both frequencies will broadcast WJTN’s current programming line-up which includes local personalities Dennis Webster, Dan Warren and Lee John each weekday and popular syndicated programs from John Tesh, Jim Bohanon and George Noorey.  Additionally, The Saturday Breakfast Party, Times of Your Life, High School Bowl and Farm Bureau Radio Show will be featured on the weekends.

 

“We want to thank our listeners in Jamestown for supporting our station for the past ninety four years and hope they continue to find value in our radio product on WJTN as well as our other heritage stations in the marketplace,” adds Andrew Hill, Media One Group’s Director of Operations and Programming.  “We are excited that this additional FM frequency will let new listeners discover the local programs we work hard to present each week.”

 

In addition to the new frequency Hill adds that the programming staff has been working hard to put together a great lineup of music that is absent in the marketplace.  “Our large FM station, SE93, has adjusted its music over the past few years to lineup with music that today’s adult listeners enjoy, therefore, we felt the great artists such as Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston were absent from the local market.  It seemed obvious to us that this popular mix of music that was successful on SE93 over the past twenty years deserves a new place to thrive.  It just makes sense to bring this great music to WJTN’s listeners” says Hill. “As long as the weather cooperates and our new state of the art equipment arrives on time we plan to have WJTN-FM operating this spring.”

 

Embrescia adds, “Our corporate officers are pleased with the hard work that has been done in the Chautauqua market of stations and we strongly believe we have invested into some of the best minds of radio working for the people of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties.”

 

WJTN will continue to stream its local programming on its website, www.WJTN.com, and invites listeners to contact them on that website with any feedback they may have on any of their five stations in the market.

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