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NY Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Passes


Radio Ink was sad to learn that Bud Wertheimer recently passed away. Wertheimer started in the radio business back in 1963 and, for 15 years, headed up Functional Broadcasting as it evolved from being primarily a background music service to Upstate New York's only main channel FM network. The Empire State FM Network, as it was known, consisted of a group of four stations in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany.

In 1978, Wertheimer and Rochester morning man, Jack Palvino, formed The Lincoln Group and purchased WVOR-FM in Rochester. Within four books, WVOR led the market in ratings and revenue share. In 1985, the NAB featured WVOR-FM in its book, "Radio, In Search of EXCELLENCE." Wertheimer  was 75.

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