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KISS FM going off the air after 15 years

By By GARY LIBERATORE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The economy is hitting home here in Central New York when it comes to local radio.

The popular music station KISS-FM (97.9 / 105.5) announced Friday morning on its air that it will be going "off the air."

The company that owns the station, Roser Communications, says the licensing agreements for the music it plays is very costly and that is the main reason why it has decided to shut things down starting Monday morning, May 18.

No employees will lose their jobs, but the programming will change starting Monday morning and the station will be called something new - though those details right now are not being released.

"Everybody is feeling the pinch with the recession and radio is no different...no different," said KISS FM DJ Jesse Jordan. "So, due to financial constraints, we are going to end KISS FM."

"Not just radio, broadcasting in general, car dealerships, it's tough economic times and you've got make ends meet," said fellow DJ Shaun Andrews. "This is just a way for us to not only make ends meet, but to bring something fresh and different to Central New York, radio-wise."

This weekend is being called a "celebration weekend" to highlight the station's 15 years of programming.

The station will flip the switch at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning and a new Roser Communications station will be on the air.

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