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WCNY recognized with The Frank Saplin Award

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster was recognized with The Frank Saplin Award, Aug. 6 at the 45th Annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic in Preble, NY. The award was named after Frank Saplin, co-founder of the Picnic in 1973. He previously hosted the Picnic on his farm in Ira, NY.

The award is presented to an individual, band, or organization that is a strong supporter of the Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, or bluegrass music.

WCNY-FM/TV was recognized with the award for its 45 years of support to the Bill Knowlton Bluegrass Ramble Radio Program, the Picnic, and to bluegrass and old-time country music. Picnic Master of Ceremony Bill Knowlton, host of WCNY’s Bill Knowlton Bluegrass Ramble radio program, presented the award to Jim Aroune, WCNY’s vice president, content production & delivery.

From 1982 to 1984, WCNY-TV produced 52 Bluegrass Ramble television shows for the Eastern Educational Television Network. They were shown on Public TV stations across America. In addition, WCNY-FM records and broadcasts all nine hours of the Bluegrass Ramble Picnic every year, hosts the annual Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance, and broadcasts the anniversary of the Bluegrass Ramble by airing a radio barn dance, hosted by WCNY at its Broadcast and Education Center. WCNY also provides marketing support for the events.

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