Host, Station Owner Don DeRosa Loses Battle With Cancer
June 21, 2010 at 4:22 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former SYRACUSE, UTICA, and ALBANY radio personality, station manager, and owner DON DEROSA, who died SATURDAY afternoon after a battle with cancer at 69 in SYRACUSE, according to the SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD.
According to CNYRADIO.COM, DEROSA hosted and served as PD at WRUN-A/UTICA, and worked at WTLB/UTICA, WSNY and WPTR-A/ALBANY; he was GM at WOSC-A/FULTON, NY and WKFM/SYRACUSE before buying WOSC (then WZZZ-A) in 2002, renaming it WAMF-A, and flipping it to Country while hosting mornings. The station's studios burned down in 2003 but the station remained on the air; he sold it in 2007.
Visitation is from 5 to 8p (ET) at SEARS- MIDDLETON-JONES FUNERAL HOME in NORTH SYRACUSE, with Mass at 10a (ET) WEDNESDAY at ST. ROSE OF LIMA CHURCH in NORTH SYRACUSE and burial at ST. MARY'S CEMETERY in HERKIMER. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to FRANCIS HOUSE, 108 Michaels Ave., SYRACUSE, NY 13208.