On June 24th, 2008, one of Siena’s own was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in Lake George, at the historic Sagamore Hotel. John Kelly, the director of Siena College’s radio station, WVCR, has led three different radio stations to the top of the charts during his years in the business.
Kelly got his start in radio in 1962 when he received an entry-level job at WTRY, out of Albany. The radio station quickly gained popularity and was sitting on top of the charts in no time at all.
In 1986, Kelly was hired by Jim Morrell, an auto dealership owner, to be general manager of Albany Broadcasting. While at Albany Broadcasting, Kelly helped to pilot PYX 106.5 FM and FLY 92.3 FM to Number 1 in the nation.
Mr. Kelly is modest about his achievements, saying, “I never knew much about anything. I just hired good people and got out of their way.” In 1997, he was named NYSBA’s Broadcaster of the Year. Joseph Reilly (for whom the Siena TV station is named), president of NYSBA and good friend of Kelly, complimented on Kelly’s “great eye for talent.”
Many big names were in attendance at the dinner and the reception. Governor David Paterson of New York was there and gave the opening remarks at the dinner. Famous author, Mary Higgins Clark attended as well. An autographed version of her newest novel, Where Are You Now? was given as a gift for the reception-goers.
Today, John Kelly is the director of Siena’s WVCR radio station, which can be heard at 88.3 FM.