About Dave Radigan
My radio career began in the early/mid-1990s when my Uncle Don took me to work one day at WYLF radio in Penn Yan, NY. It was a live broadcast from the Naples Classic Car Show, and I knew that day I wanted to own a radio station someday. I was captivated by the magic of radio. That dream came true in 2006 when I founded the Radigan Broadcasting Group, a family endeavor, to purchase 1330-AM WEBO in Owego.
Before I moved to Tioga County, I spent years working for the Entercom Marketing Results Group (now Audacy) in Rochester, NY at WBEE-FM, WBZA-FM and what was at the time WBBF-AM/FM which later became WROC-AM, and WFKL-FM which was sold to another company. While at Entercom I worked my way up from intern, to board-operator, then part-time DJ, to full-time DJ and Program Director of Oldies station WBBF. I worked at Entercom full-time throughout college and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in Communication. When the station was sold, I moved over to fill-in and weekends at #1 Rated WBEE-FM while I finished college, where I played country music and was the most-listened-to DJ of any Rochester radio station during that time slot. Upon graduation, I left radio for television and spent just over a year working for Nexstar Broadcasting at Rochester’s CBS affiliate, WROC-TV as the News Department’s Assignment Manager. Duties at WROC-TV included managing a staff of 30, a fleet of 13 vehicles, and 6 daily television news broadcasts for two TV stations (including Sinclair’s Fox affiliate WUHF-TV at the time through a shared services agreement) where I quickly came to miss radio.
It was while working in television that I became aware of an opportunity at buy WEBO, and began researching further. It took about 9 months to complete the purchase, just in time for the June 2006 Flood. Since then we have completely rebuilt the radio station’s technical facility (twice now, thanks to the Flood of 2011). What was once an all-nationally syndicated talk radio station, we replaced with local programming, including news, weather, and high school sports supplemented by music from the ’80s, ’90s and now, as well as Syracuse University Football/Men’s Basketball, and NASCAR. The station has evolved into an Adult Contemporary leader in the Binghamton market with a tight playlist, quality programming, and loads of local news, weather and sports which we are extremely proud of and committed to.
Since moving to Tioga County in 2006, I purchased a home in Owego in 2009 and served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT until 2018 including 5 years as an Assistant Fire Chief. I received the Training Award–twice, and was honored as Firefighter of the Year in 2011. I also volunteered as an Emergency Squad ambulance driver for several years. I have also served on the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, Board of Directors, and the Owego Business Development Board for Tioga State Bank.
In February of 2008, I was honored as one of “20 in their 20’s” by the Southern Tier Opportunities Coalition, an honor given to a diverse group of young people based on their contributions to the Southern Tier business community at a young age. I have also been honored with a “Public Service Award” in recognition of the dedication and commitment shown during the Flood of 2006 in the Southern Tier Region by Assemblyman, Gary D. Finch.
In 2018 I married my wife Irene, who made me the step-dad of 4 great crazy kids, and in 2020 we welcomed our daughter Emily to the world, 5 weeks ahead of schedule. One month after she was born, we purchased WATS/WAVR in Sayre, PA/Waverly, NY from longtime owner Chuck Carver, and now operate 7 radio signals from offices in Owego and Sayre. Its a busy life, full of fun and surprises, but we are happy and we love what we do.
I can be heard hosting the Morning Show on live in Owego on WEBO weekday mornings from 7-10, and afternoons on Choice 102 in Sayre from 2-7pm when our workload is not too heavy.