Remembering those we lost in 2002
Thursday, January 02, 2003
SYRACUSE, UTICA -- The Central New York radio community said goodbye to several broadcast veterans
'Dandy Dan' Leonard
Dan Leonard brought rock and rock to Syracuse radio and went on to become one
of the market's legendary jocks. Leonard, who spent 27 years on the air in
Central New York, starting in 1954 at WNDR, died Feb. 11 from cancer in California
at the age of 75. In 1993, Leonard was honored with the first Syracuse Areas Music
Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.
Former Syracuse television news anchor and investigative reporter Sheryl Nathans
died of cancer in a Pennsylvania hospice on April 9 at the age of 55. While known primarily as a television journalist,
Nathans also hosted the issues oriented show Every Woman Everywhere on 570 WSYR
in the mid 90s.
Keith Eubanks was a well-known national audio production and voiceover talent who voiced the
sweepers and imaging for Hot 107-9 in the mid 90s. Eubanks died in Atlanta in June from
complications of pneumonia. He was 38.
When Fred Hillegas joined WSYR 570 AM in 1946, he was the sole member of its news department.
As the news staff grew, Hillegas served as the station's news director in addition to
heading up the news team at WSYR TV 3 (now WSTM). Hillegas, who left WSYR in 1972, died
in July at the age of 85.
Judy Krauss died July 2 at the age of 53 following a long battle with cancer.
Krauss was WRVO's donor services manager and wife of station manager John Krauss.
Former 62 WHEN news anchor and reporter Jeff Scheidecker died in November
of lymphatic cancer at the age of 46. Scheidecker's 23-year broadcast
career also included work as a television news director at stations in Syracuse; Greensboro, NC; South Bend, IN; and Orlando, FL. He was most recently operations manager at WGGB-TV in Springfield, MA.
Former WTLB midday personality Bob O'Donnell died of cancer in December in Bonita Springs
at the age of 59. O'Donnell, who worked at the Utica station during their Top 40 days of
the late 60s and early 70s, originally made his mark as part of a folk music trio, the
We also remember Jessica Flegal who lost her life in a tragic car accident
in LaFayette in June. Flegal was the 16-year-old daughter of Syracuse
radio veteran Rick Gary.
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