Van Richie Leaves WGNY-FM for WALL, Sunny Joe Allen Takes Over At WGNY -FM

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    Warren Hodges Jr
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    I was scanning the dial this morning when I noticed a familiar voice in an unexpected spot. As of this morning Van Richie is the new morning man on 1340 WALL, Middletown, also heard on translators 94.1, 94.9, 105.7, 106.1 and WPDH- HD2. Van was demoted to mid-days a couple of months ago on WGNY-FM, replaced by Bob O.
    Mark West who is responsible for putting local oldies on WALL this time moves to evenings 7PM- Midnight. Neversink media must be doing well if it can afford big ego Van and have a live programing in the evening, while many stations in this area at least are syndicated or voice tracked.
    Taking over mid-days at WGNY –FM is veteran broadcaster Sunny Joe Allen

    #173737

    Towerclimber31
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    Just when you though you had seen all the absolute bushwacking possible in the broadcast industry.

    This is absolutely incredulous that Mark West, who kept the memory of WALL alive and well gets shuttled off to Never Never land in the Neversink world.  WALL doesn’t exist without him.  What could have happened that makes this right?  Someone at Never Never land really needs to get checked out.   Tracking 7-12 is nuts.  Worse, mornings at WDLC or whatever it is being called these days is just plain silly.

    Van Ritchie’s tired Mission Impossible promos and shtick doesn’t hold a candle to Mark.

    Neversink wins the Cumulus-Cheap Channel Scrooge award for the month.

    #173741

    Warren Hodges Jr
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    That was exactly my reaction. He represents hometown radio, which Neversink promotes themselves as, at its finest. Mark kept WALL alive on his dime, buying time from Townsquare, and selling what commercials he could.
    Van Richie has the bigger name in the Mid-Hudson Valley , especially in the Newburgh- Poughkeepsie area. But his shtick is as old as he is. He must be pushing 80, and he is still doing the same thing he has done for decades. Why else would Sunrise, demote him to mid days and then let him leave?
    He has a good radio voice, but the huge ego to match. I suspect he used this to promote himself. Maybe Neversink thought this was a good “opportunity” to get a well known name outside Middletown. I wonder how they afford what he thinks he is worth. This may come to bite them in the butt, with blowback from listeners.

    #173746

    Towerclimber31
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    I’m trying to kid myself into believe that some “experts” know something that I don’t know regarding this situation.  It totally defies logic.  On the surface, this really seems totally arbitrary and capricious.

    If is something related to performance and Neversink was unhappy with what Mark was doing on air, I think we can all agree that Mark has earned a high degree of latitude to implement any requested changes while executing his shift.

    I hate the egg on my face with this.  This isn’t really something that is supposed to happen at a locally owned radio station.

     

    #173770

    musicradio77 TV
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    I have to agree on your reactions. And speaking of Van, I’ve listened to Sunny Joe Allen on WGNY-FM’s “Oldies 98.9” and he sounds terrific. He is now doing middays replacing Van since he moved to WALL doing mornings. I have several airchecks of Van from his days at WGNY-FM from 2011 through 2015. I stopped listening to Van Ritshie since the last one was from Christmas Eve, two years ago, because he sounded terrible in mornings at that time. Like Warren said that he is close to pushing 80 years old, and I don’t like him anymore. I should stick to Scott Shannon, because he is still the best morning show, and he is on WCBS-FM. I listened to Bob O and he is now doing mornings on WGNY-FM since the day after Christmas 2016 and he sounds really good and does a really good job doing mornings instead of middays. I usually listened to Bob O on middays, but only on weekends, because I listened to JJ Carter on WBPM, its competitor and he sounds terrific, and he is the guy who also did afternoons on WSPK’s “K104” as “Skywalker” on a CHR format.

     

    I started listening to Bob O at 5:30 AM for a half hour until Scott Shannon comes on at 6 AM. I love Bob O, and he is a legend alongside Scott Shannon, JJ Carter, Brian “The Cannon” Bannon, Bob Johnson, Mark West, Joe Manglass, Ross Brittin, Jay Scott, Richie Norris and John Manzi. Those are all of my favorites from different stations.

    #174051

    Towerclimber31
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    No one needs to sound like Scott Shannon.  You aren’t going to get Scott Shannon for a few dollars and a trade certificate to the Guilded Otter.

    That said, forget that someone is 80.  I am getting older everyday and certainly don’t to be cast out to sea because I got old.  I would think a mature person could bring excitement to these timeless jewels that a younger person might not be able to, but I think there is a way to present them in a fresh manner.

    Having listened in to WALL, I don’t think they are in a better place right now.  Mark sounds good at WDLC and I am hoping the best for him.

    #174053

    Warren Hodges Jr
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    So is Mark doing Country Mornings on WDLC and VT WALL at night. I have heard him on WALL in the evening, and I think the duck is gone, and he is just doing a straight music show.

    #174065

    musicradio77 TV
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    So is Mark doing Country Mornings on WDLC and VT WALL at night. I have heard him on WALL in the evening, and I think the duck is gone, and he is just doing a straight music show.

    I don’t think Mark is on WDLC, he’s still on WALL and I still like Mark West a lot better than Joe Manglass. The Duck sidekick is now gone, but I hope Van might bring the Duck over there.
    I enjoyed Mark West Andy I hope he does a great job doing evening with just playing the music, and none of the talking like he usually do back on his good old morning show. He plays lots of classic hits instead of playing oldies, and he is still sounding good. Keep up the good work, Mark.
    #174078

    Towerclimber31
    Participant

    Yes, Mark is on WDLC 107.7 mornings.  WALL at night tracking a shift.  No, he is not doing the morning show at night.

    #175471

    mrs. miller
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    I sold my house and moved to Florida, but I came back this summer to sell the rest of my “stuff.” I was very disappointed to find out that Van Ritshie no longer works at WGNY FM.  I used to call the station from time to time in order to participate in “Name That Oldie.” Once I sang a silly song, and Van Ritshie called me “Mrs. Miller.” My real name is Genie Polower, and I had never heard of Mrs. Miller, but I decided to play along and pretend I WAS Mrs. Miller.  I didn’t know Mrs. Miller had died years ago – lol… The next time I called and said I was Mrs. Miller, Van Ritshie explained that Elvira Miller was an unusual singer who sang silly songs or who sang real songs off key. I looked her up on Google, and I found her.  The next time I called I tried to imitate her rendition of “Downtown” and I told Van my real name.  I really enjoyed Van Ritshie’s morning show in spite of the fact that some people claim he is some kind of an egomaniac. I’m glad he found a better position, but, since I’m a devotee of the Golden Oldies, I still listen to Bob O in the mornings.  I also really like Bob O, and I can’t forget Buffalo Bob.. I met Van and Buffalo Bob a few times at Frank Guido’s and at car shows. I don’t think Van is pushing 80 as some people think.. I’m going to be 71 myself, and I think perhaps he’s 73 or so…

     

    Mrs. Miller (aka Genie Polower)

     

    #175511

    Warren Hodges Jr
    Participant

    I think Van is at least 80. He has been on the Hudson Valley’s airways for decades.

    He was on 1450 WKIP Poughkeepsie when they still played music in I am guessing in the late 70’s or early 80’s.
    He tried moving to a bigger market, Albany, NY briefly, it didn’t work out. .
    His spot on WKIP was filled so he landed again, briefly on 950 WHVW, Hyde Park. That station was struggling financially, and he returned to mornings on WKIP when the spot opened up. I saw him during this period and he was not young then.
    When the owners of WKIP decided to start a soft ac station Q92 92.1 WRNQ, Poughkeepsie he helped launch it in 1988-89.
    After a few years he retired and moved to Florida, did some part time work down there, but returned to the valley and WGNY am and then WGNY-FM.
    They began easing him out early this year moving him to mid-days with Bob O on the morning. He eventually left and is now heard on WALL Middletown and several repeater FM stations.
    He has an awesome voice but a huge ego which can get old if you have to work with him.

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