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I wanted to pass along notice of the sudden passing of Ed Schumacher who owned and managed WTUZ(FM) 99.9 “Z-Country” radio in Uhrichsville, Ohio, serving Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Ed was diagnosed with colorectal cancer about six months ago and it progressed...
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3/27/2013 1:18:00 AM

It’s not quite the Odyssey, but it’s still a worthy endeavor

CBS News Radio’s Peter King and his partner-in-crime, brother Rick Sommers, are working on a book about Ithaca radio. That’s Ithaca in New York not ancient Greece.

Why Ithaca? Peter and Rick got their radio starts in Ithaca and spent time in several local stations. Rick too is a veteran broadcaster.

And if they are not worthy, they point to a cast of famous players passing over the Ithacan airwaves through the years: Bill Diehl, Bob Kur, Bettina Gregory, Pam Coulter, Keith Olbermann, Peter Schacknow, Dave Price and closest thing radio has to the comic genius of Aristophanes, The Greaseman.  Okay, maybe that last part was a little over-the-top. Beware of Greasemen bearing gifts.  

As Greece was the incubator for democracy, so Ithaca, as Peter describes it, is a “wonderful incubator for talent.”   

So in due gratitude they wish to sing the praises of Ithacan radio. Lacking a lyre and chorus or the patience to compose an epic poem, they’ll do the next best thing and and write an “Ithaca Radio” edition for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. The series has earned the encomiums of radio broadcasters by publishing a number of books that showcased, among other things, the broadcast radio history of select cities and stations.  

So the call is out for volunteers in this noble crusade. Stories, pictures, memorabilia, freebies, promo items, stickers, giveaways, ads, art, newspaper and magazine articles, tapes, records … anything with the keywords Ithaca AND radio are wanted. The items can be returned.

The authors can be contacted here.

 

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I wanted to pass along notice of the sudden passing of Ed Schumacher who owned and managed WTUZ(FM) 99.9 “Z-Country” radio in Uhrichsville, Ohio, serving Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Ed was diagnosed with colorectal cancer about six months ago and it progressed quickly. He died on March 20.

I met and worked with Ed when I started in radio at WJER(AM/FM) in Dover, Ohio, at 17 years old. That was 32 years ago. He was truly a radio pro and a caring individual. He’ll be greatly missed by many, but his spirit also lives on through WTUZ and his community involvement.

Ed started his career at WOMP(AM/FM) in Bellaire, Ohio, then went to WNPQ(FM) in New Philadelphia, Ohio, before WJER and finally owning WTUZ. 

Ed applied for an FM frequency in 1989 and signed his station on from his house in 1990. He was a life-long radio broadcaster who had always dreamed of owning his own station. He was very well respected for his community involvement and saluted for being a “great local radio owner.”

Ed had worked for his competition, WJER, prior to starting WTUZ radio in 1990. Through his leadership, WTUZ won many awards including AP national awards for news and community programming. See here.

Ed’s obituary says, “Ed’s family would like to remind everyone that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and, if you are over 50 years old, please get tested. Thank you.” It notes that, true to his radio pro nature, his body will be cremated and his ashes spread out over WTUZ’s transmitter site. 

The obituary notes that Fr. Jeff Coning will celebrate Ed’s funeral Mass Monday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m., in Sacred Heart Church in New Philadelphia. Following the Mass, there will be a luncheon in the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center in Dover.  

Here can be found some very thoughtful remembrances of Ed by those who knew him at WTUZ.

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3/8/2013 6:06:00 PM
The commissioner has made news in radio circles for his interest in AM; but another interest is the transition of U.S. society to Internet protocol, a subject that happens to affect radio stations in numerous ways.
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