On Saturday, Terry Ettinger, longtime host of WSYR 570 AM program The Weeder’s Digest, said his on-air goodbyes. The news that the weekly 6-to-8 a.m. Syracuse gardening-focused call-in show had been canceled sprouted a stream of complimentary reader comments:
salinqmind: Terry Ettinger’s gone? Oh, what a shame! One more little bit of beauty and brightness gone from the world, listening to his show was often a high point of my Saturdays. I called a few times over the years and he was so kind and patient.
FourCurbed: Terry will be sorely missed. I am an arborist and in the 20 plus years I’ve listened to his show I’ve never once heard him ill-advise a caller with tree problems. His solutions to horticultural issues were always with an environmentally-friendly approach… On Terry’s show last week he dissed fracking by pointing out research on its poor energy return on investment. I can’t help but wonder if his fracking skepticism rankled those conservative-minded powers who control the “direction” of WSYR.
Ettinger fell into a radio career after appearing on WSYR in May 1988 as a guest. The SUNY ESF greenhouse manager separately hosts Garden Journeys and Going Green for Time Warner Cable News. He told Post-Standard reporter Ken Sturtz that the loss of The Weeder’s Digest is “more emotional than financial.”[Photo courtesy: LinkedIn]