Fans of Syracuse Radio Vet Ponder Lack of iHeartMedia Love

Kathy Rowe was unceremoniously dumped after 34 years at Y94.

It’s a callous way to end a faithful employee’s decades-long radio run. But as reported by’s Geoff Herbert, that’s just what Y94 did earlier this week:

Central New York radio personality Kathy Rowe is “no longer with” Y94FM (WYYY-FM) after more than 30 years on the air, iHeartMedia Syracuse Market Manager Rick Yacobush confirmed Tuesday. Rowe appeared on the Y94 morning show earlier that day, but then listeners noticed when she was unceremoniously removed from the station website.

“30 years and you can’t even make an announcement? Slow Clap, ClearChannel (IHeartMedia will never be a thing),” Twitter user @TedConroy complained.

Rowe had been with Y94 since 1982, serving at one point as program director. Herbert also discovered that another New York iHeartRadio personality, Jim Free, was let go the same day from 92.5 KGB in Binghamton. The parent company is dealing with a mountain of debt these days, so perhaps these two moves are part of broader cost-cutting. Stay tuned.

Update (May 9):
Rowe posted a weekend Facebook message. It reads, in part:

I look forward to a lack of productivity and not dissing Mondays. And I suspect I’ll see you out there sooner rather than later.

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