College radio station to air local history series

WGSU-FM (89.3 FM), the college radio station at SUNY Geneseo, is re-airing its local history series on Saturday mornings.

“Geneseo Today,” airing at 10:30 a.m. will feature during the next few weeks a series of five interviews with alumni and others that were produced as part of an ongoing “WGSU History” series.

The rebroadcast is the result of January, due to holiday break, typically being a slow time of year for new student productions.

Michael Saffran, faculty director of the radio station, said the rebroadcasts have been a January tradition. This is the third consecutive year the station has featured the rebroadcasts.

The series began Dec. 30 with the first of a two-part episode featuring Robert “Doc” Freiburger, a 1961 graduate of the college who still lives in Geneseo. The second part of the interview will air Jan. 6. The two-part interview originally aired in 2015.

Other interviews planned for rebroadcast include Paul Scipione, a member of SUNY Geneseo’s Class of 1968 and a former professor and author of “A Nation of Numbers,” a book that explores the history of market research in America; Paul Pakusch, a member of the Class of 1983 who worked as a technician at WHEC-TV, channel 10 in Rochester, for more than 30 years; former WGSU faculty director Chris Prusyzynski, a lecturer of communication at SUNY Geneseo; and Dave Slade, a Class of 1971 graduate, who is originally from Avon and a former radio announcer for the Rochester Red Wings. The Pruszynski and Slade interviews will be presented in two parts.

The schedule of the remaining broadcasts is still being finalized and might be pre-empted by new regular episodes of “Geneseo Today,” Saffran said.

Another interview, with alumnus Don Mathisen, is being edited for possible broadcast.

The broadcasts are planned to air weekly through Feb. 17.

There are multiple ways to listen: on the radio at 89.3 FM and online at

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