Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 14, 1987
The Lee family has agreed to sell radio station WZOZ for $650,000 to Wireless Works Inc., station manager David Lee said Monday.
The agreement, which was reached last weekend, requires approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Approval is expected in early autumn, said Lee. A date of Oct. 1 has tentatively been set for the transfer.
Wireless Works Inc. is owned by two brothers, Chris and Jeff Coffin, who operate radio stations in Ogdensburg and Liberty. Chris Coffin said the brothers decided to acquire the Oneonta FM radio station because they believe the community is growing economically.
The Coffins said they plan few programming changes and will maintain the "adult contemporary" format adopted by Lee. The new owners will add technical equipment and perhaps increase an emphasis on news, he said.
Lee said he and his family are looking to acquire a radio station in a larger metropolitan market. The Lee family, which has owned the radio station since 1982, is pleased to sell to the Coffins because "they are capable and have a good background in the business," said Lee.
50 years ago
July 14, 1962
DELHI _ Delaware County summer resorts are flourishing. Friday, a survey was taken over a wide area in the eastern end of the county, and the findings were most satisfactory.
Charles Seiden, who 32 years ago was bellhop at, and for the past seven years has owned and operated, the Grand Hotel, singularly located in Delaware, Ulster, and Greene counties, off Route 28, at Highmount, had this to say:
"The season started nicely, and at present, we are completely filled."
Harry Kent, 19, of Queens, a pre-medic student at Queens College, who managers the Mathes Hotel in Fleishmanns, owned and operated by Mrs. Clara Mathes and her late husband for the past 20 years, gave a fine report.
He said, "The season is very good, much better than 1961. We have 180 guests housed in our three story hotel, and its 50 adjoining bungalows.
"The stock market slump hasn't seemed to hurt our business at all. We were packed for the Fourth of July weekend, and were even sending people to other hotels."