Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 20, 1988
DELHI — Delhi could get a 24-hour FM radio station in six months, according to the manager of the proposed project.
Earlier this summer, the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. announced a 30-day “window of opportunity” for investors to file for exclusive rights to FM frequency 100.3 on the dial. However, there were no takers, and the new station offering was left as a first-come, first-served in filings, removing the competition.
“We applied in August and we have been formally accepted by the FCC,” said Kevin Wright of Walton, who formerly worked for Walton-based WDLA. “That means no other application can be taken, unless something goes wrong with ours.”
Wright said he has Stanley Snadowsky and Allan Pepper, co-owners of the Bottom Line nightclub in New York city, as investors in the new station.
The search for a tower site in how Wright said he met Snadowsky. Above Snadowsky’s seasonal home off the Cabin Hill Road near the Delhi-Andes town line is a former radar installation which the U.S. government sold to Snakowsky five years ago. On the massive metal platform a 28-foot transmitter mast will be mounted, said Wright.
“I intended to rent space on that tower, so I climbed over the fence because it was the only way to meet Mr. Snadowsky. I wound up with an investor,” said Wright.
Currently, Wright is looking for a radio rental space in Delhi.
The stereo station format will include live disc jockeys 24 hours a day, with no automated programming, said Wright.
50 years ago
Sept. 20, 1963
RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The State Bank of Albany, of which the local bank is a branch, celebrated its 160th birthday this month.
It was first known as the New York State Bank. It became a national bank in 1863 and operated under the name of New York State National Bank until 1937.
It then became a trust company under the New York State law and acquired its present name — State Bank of Albany.
The original bank was designed by Philip Hooker, famous Albany architect. In 1927 the present 16-story headquarters were constructed and the original façade, incorporated into the new building.
In 1933 the first branch office was opened and has now grown to include 24 offices spread throughout northeastern New York State. The statement of condition on June 30, 1963 totaled over $500,000,000.