Wednesday, July 29, 2015



Chapter A    Sending 100's of Thank You's.. out to the following for over 44 Years 
                     of helping us tell the History of Syracuse Music Story - Ron Wray

Chapter 1    A Look Back to the 1950's

Chapter 2    WOLF Radio Sandman Serenade & Dick Clark

Chapter 3    The Early Years & Big Bands

Chapter 4    First Syracuse Radio & Television Broadcasts

Chapter 5    Jimmy Cavallo, Alan Freed & The Early 1950's

Chapter 6    The Jazz Influence

Chapter 7    Dixieland, Sal Nistico & Mangione Brothers

Chapter 8   Birth of Syracuse Rock

Chapter 9    WNDR Radio, Dandy Dan Leonard, Rhythm Cadets, The Eldaros
                      Little Jan, Jeff and The Notes w/ Duane Hitchings

Chapter 10   Calm Before the Storm- Rock & Roll Loses Some of It's Biggest Stars

Chapter 11   Early 1960's - Part 1

Chapter 12   Early 1960's - Part 2
                      Ronnie Dio, Bobby Comstock, Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars

Chapter 13   Sam and The Twisters

Chapter 14   New Sounds, New Bands, Syracuse University Music Influences-
                     Felix Cavaliere, Lou Reed, Mike  Esposito & Garland Jefferies

Chapter 15   The Beatles & British Invasion, Mid 60's & Bud Ballou

Chapter 16   Bud Ballou Leaves, Dale Dorman Arrives

Chapter 17   Three Rivers Inn Nightclub 1934-2001

Chapter 18   Bobby Comstock, Alan Freed, American Bandstand

Chapter 19   John Lennon & Yoko Ono at the Everson Museum - 1971

Chapter 20   Jimmy Cavallo - Then & Now

Chapter 21   Howie Wyeth - From Sidewinders to Jam Factory

Chapter 22   50 Year Career of Jazz Great - Mark Murphy (Updated)

Chapter 23   Sandy Bigtree & Bigtree Sisters

Chapter 24   Don Barber and The Dukes

Chapter 25   The Seven  (1969-1972) ** Updated**

Chapter 26   The Sermon  (1968-71)

Chapter 27   The Livin' Ennd (1967-1975)

Chapter 28   Ed Wool & the Nomads, Sure Cure, Pineapple Heard & Wool

Chapter 29   Great Record Stores in CNY 1950'S- 1980'S

Chapter 30   Suburban Amusement Park- Manlius, NY

Chapter 31   Ridgewoods are the roots of Dean Brothers, Joe Whiting, Mark Doyle,
                     Freewill & Jukin Bone

Chapter 32   Tex Roe- NYS Country Music Hall of Famer

Chapter 33   Dave Hanlon "Syracuse Hall of Fame Great" (Update 4/25/ 2014)
                    Hanlon a Sammy Hall of Famers was recently inducted into
                    the Rochester, NY Music Hall of Fame

Chapter 34   John Kane

Chapter 35   Irving Kaufman "Syracuse First Great Recording Artist 1914-1974

Chapter 36   Lloyd Baskin

Chapter 37   Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1940-45

Chapter 38   The WHO in Syracuse 1969 & 1981

Chapter 39   Jazz Great - Chris Powell and The Blue Flames

Chapter 40   Ronnie France a Hall of Fame Musician "Who Plays from the Heart"

Chapter 41   WOLF Radio Welcomes Led Zeppelin to Syracuse 1969 & 1971

Chapter 42  Jimi Hendrix in Syracuse- May 4, 1969

Chapter 43  Dan Elliott from SAMMY's to Doo-Wop Hall of Fame (Updated)

Chapter 44   Eric Clapton w/ Derek & The Dominoes with special guest Duane
                     Allman Play Syracuse - December 2, 1970

Chapter 45   Elvis Presley Performs in Syracuse - July 25 & 27, 1976

Chapter 46   The Vikings (1962) to Carmen Licitra and The Vikings (1963-67)

Chapter 47   Jimmy Van Heusen

Chapter 48   Del Shannon's Syracuse Visits

Chapter 49   British Invasion - Searchers & Animals Play Syracuse in 1964

Chapter 50   Rolling Stones First Visit Syracuse- Oct 30, 1965

Chapter 51   First Syracuse War Memorial Rock & Roll Shows 1956-57

Chapter 52   Rolling Stones Return to Syracuse - July 6, 1966

Chapter 53   WOLF Radio Super Dances 1975-77

Chapter 54   Ten Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1861-1905

Chapter 55   Famous Names Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1950-56

Chapter 56   Biggest Show of Star 1957 Review

Chapter 57   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1916-1929

Chapter 58  More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY 1906-1915

Chapter 59   Do You Remember  1959-69 Syracuse Radio Hits ?

Chapter 60   Buddy Grealy Band

Chapter 61   Question- Ron During Your 40+ Years in Syracuse Music,
                     What are Your Top Ronnie James Dio Moments ?

Chapter 62   Clark Music Co. (1859- 2012), Syracuse Music icon closes it doors.

Chapter 63   Mark Bialczyk - "His Dedication Has No Bounds".

Chapter 64   Hall of Fame Fiddle King - Hal Casey Passes Away, Jan 17, 2012

Chapter 65   Women in Syracuse Music History 1950's- present. (Update 2/1/2015)
                    Major listing of Women who contributed to our Syr Music success

Chapter 66   Sad to report the death of our friend Jean Gerber (Gerber Music)

Chapter 67   David "Rock" Feinstein Inducted into Syracuse Area Music Awards
                     Hall of Fame. Induction speech by Ron Wray - Nov 14, 2011.

Chapter 68    Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) - Hall of Fame Inductees,
                     Lifetime Achievement & Music Educators Award winners. (1993-pres)

Chapter 69    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1958-1959)

Chapter 70    Rock & Roll movies hit Syracuse theaters (Loews State, Paramount,
                       R.KO. Keiths, Loews Strand, North & Salina Drive-In, others)
                       ( listing still in process)

Chapter 71    Syracuse Area Music Awards "Hall of Fame" Class of 2013.
                     Inducted on March 7, 2013 at Dinosaur Bar B Que
                     (Update- Ron Wray's induction speech of "The Seven')

Chapter 72   "New Dio" products to hit market on May 28 (DVD, Blu Ray, Cd, Vinyl)

Chapter 73   "The Madisons"/ "Billy Kidd & The Madisons" includes Chuck Roberts,
                      Johnny Whipple, Carl Irvine, Terry Golden, Jimmy Foran (1960-66)

Chapter 74    The History of Syracuse Music Album /Cd series celebrates 42+ years
                     since snowy December 1970. Here's who was there at the beginning

Chapter 75    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1960)
                     (updated- see Chapter 104)

Chapter 76    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1962)

Chapter 77    Utica's famed "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello dies at age 70.

Chapter 78    Jack Belle- "Mr Concert"  His concerts and professionalism brought
                      us to a new high". His concert list is amazing..

Chapter 79   "Rockin the Redhouse" Benefit Event @ Palace Theater- May 31, 2013

Chapter 80   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1963).

Chapter 81    Passing of Syracuse R&B great "Little" Willie Gatewood,at  age 75

Chapter 82    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1964)

Chapter 83   More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1965)

Chapter 84 - New Dio "Magica" Deluxe Edition 2 Cd set & Just Joe's new Cd
                    "So The Story Goes" highlights June releases

Chapter 85 - David "Rock" Feinstein New CD "Clash of Armour" released
                    The Rods get ready to rock Brazil in July.

Chapter 86 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1966)

Chapter 87 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1967)

Chapter 88 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1968)

Chapter 89 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1969)

Chapter 90 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1970)

Chapter 91 - Three Syracuse Area Music Hall of Famers (SAMMY's) release Cd's-
                     Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, David "Rock" Feinstein and the band
                     The Seven (Chuck Mellone, Chuck Sgroi, Chuck Wheeler, Frank Sgroi,
                     Russo, Al Ruscito, Tommy Forest).

Chapter 92 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1971)

Chapter 93- More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1972)

Chapter 94- More Famous People Who Performed in CNY (1973)

Chapter 95- Two great Central New York artists release super Cds in July
                    JUST JOE & FULTON CHAIN GANG.

Chapter 96-  The Rods - Live video's hit the internet- Hurricane Sandy Benefit
                     May 11, 2013  & "New" complete set video from Brazil- July 28, 2013.
                     Rods are- David "Rock" Feinstein, Carl Canedy & Garry Bordonaro

Chapter 97-  More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1974)

Chapter 98 - More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1975)

Chapter 99-  NIJI Entertainment releases  "New" Ronnie James Dio "Snapshot"
                     10-track Cd (6 Live) on Tuesday, August 20

Chapter 100 - From the Sidewinders to Jam Factory. From playing the SU Campus,
                       signing with EPIC Record and playing the famed Fillmore West

Chapter 101- More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1976)

Chapter 102 - Two Former ELF Members "Rock" Feinstein & Mickey Lee Soule
                       Still Touring The World

Chapter 103  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1961) update

Chapter 104  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1960) update

Chapter 105  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1959) update

Chapter 106  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1958) update

Chapter 107  Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1957) update

Chapter 108   Three New 8MM Videos of Ronnie Dio & The Prophets found.

Chapter 109   Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1956)

Chapter 110   The Rods "Vengeance" Album released on 12 inch colored vinyl
                       in Germany by High Roller Records. Includes - Dio track.

Chapter 111   Upbeat TV Show out of Cleveland featured many CNY Artists
                       Ronnie Dio & Prophets, Larry Santos, The Seven, Wool, etc

Chapter 112   Passing of Rock Hall of Famer & SU Alumni- Lou Reed at 71
                        Former Syracuse University grad, musician and music legend.

                        For more on Lou Reed, also see Chapter 14, SU Music Influences.

Chapter 113    Syracuse Area Music Awards Announce 2014 Dates for Awards
                        Show & Hall of Fame Event.

Chapter 114    The Emeralds 1955-58 
Chapter 115    Dio at Dominos LP (Released  by JOVE Records in 1963)
                        Ronnie Dio & The Prophets, LP  song listing & liner notes
Chapter 116    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1976)

Chapter 117    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1977)

Chapter 118    Native Syracusan artist / producer Chris Goss "Sound City- Real To
                      Reel" Soundtrack nominated for 2014 Grammy Award. Cd includes
                      Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield & others.
Chapter 119    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1978)
                        Includes Frank Sinatra, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Santana etc

Chapter 120    Everly Brothers first visit Syracuse September 16, 1957, then return
                       four other times. Plus a stop near by at the Turning Stone Casino.                  

Chapter 121   Mark Doyle's many musical talents continues to make CNY a better
                       place to live (Career update)

 Chapter 122  Syracuse Area Music Awards 2014- Hall of Fame & Award Show
                      Dates, Show times and information..March 6-7, 2014

                      March 6- Sammys Hall of Fame Induction & Special Awards
                                        held at Dinosaur Bar B Que- Syracuse, NY

                      Sammys- Syracuse New Times- "Lifetime Achievement Award to-
                       Ronnie James Dio

                      Sammys- Music Educator Award to- John Spillett

                      Sammys Hall of Fame- Flashcubes, Art Robins, Gerber Music,
                      Tiffault Family, Homel-Alaniz Band

                       MC- Dave Frisina ("The Rebel")

                      March 7- Sammys Award Show -Palace Theater-Syracuse, NY
                         Live band performances & Awards

                        Live Bands who performed-
                                 Brownskin Band, Mike McKay Band, The Goonies
                                 Pale Green Stars,
                                 Flashcubes (Reunion) w/ special guest Tom Kenny

                          MC- Skip Murphy

Chapter 123     Syracuse Area Music Awards- 2014 Results from Palace Th  3/7

Chapter 124     Ronnie James Dio "Lifetime Achievement Award" sponsored by the
                        Syracuse New Times. Induction speech given by Ron Wray at
                        SAMMYs Awards Hall of Fame event the evening of March 6

Chapter 125    More Famous People Who Performed or Spoke in CNY (1979)

Chapter 126    Jim O'Brien  "34 Year Syracuse Radio Legend"

Chapter 127    2014 "Rockin The Redhouse" Benefit Concert at Landmark Theater
                        April 25, 2014. Band performing, sponsors, 2014 Band Winner.

Chapter 128    Listing of Syracuse & CNY Record & Music Stores though
                        the years.

Chapter 129   Great "British Invasion" Acts that played CNY in 1960's

Chapter 130    CNY World Music News-  Rods return from Spain Metal Fest
                       and Sweden Rock Festival of 78 bands.

                        New Dio Tribute 2 Lp set  to be released on RED Vinyl

Chapter 131     Career of Charlie Bertini & 30 Years of Apple Jazz Festival
Chapter 132      Dinosaur Radio's History of Syracuse Rock and Roll "Then and
                         Now" live music series at Pensabene's Rest 135 State Fair Blvd.
                          Syracuse, NY 13204 (between West Genesee & Hiawatha Blvd)
                         "New" 2015 updated schedule Feb -June 14

Chapter 133     Sad to report the passing of Syracuse Legendary Radio
                         Broadcaster Dale Dorman at age 71 in Tewksbury, Mass on
                        Oct 21, 2014. Short story here- you can see total updated career
                        on Chapter 16.

Chapter 134     National Record Store Day- November 28, 2014- Rhino
                         Records releases "New" DIO- "This Is Your Life" Limited
                         Edition 12 " Vinyl Picture Disc (5,500 copies only). This
                         tribute compilation also contain Side B-  'Live Tracks"- Neon
                         Knights, Rainbow in the Dark, Straight Through the Heart.
                         Along with tribute tracks by Anthrax, Halestorm and others.

Chapter 135    New Year's Eve 2014  Central New York- Happenings

Chapter 136    Syracuse Area Music Awards - 2015 Hall of Fame Class,
                       Lifetime Achievement and Music Educator Award Winners
                       Loren Barriger, Bobby Comstock, Chris Goss, The Works.
                       Lifetime Achievement Award- Jon Fishman.
                       Music Educator- David Rezak.
                      Plus- Listing of All 2015 Sammy Award Winners.

Chapter 137   Syracuse Area Music Awards- Bobby Comstock's Sammys
                       Hall of Fame Induction speech March 5th by Ron Wray

Chapter 138   Onondaga Historical Assn. open "New" Museum Exhibit "Salt
                      City Rock"- History of Rock N Roll in Syracuse - Feb 20, 2015

Chapter 139    Broadcasting Legend Ron Bee passes away- March 18, 2015

Chapter 140   Tony Trischka, Peter Asher, Jeff Alan Ross appear as surprise
                       special guests on History of Syracuse, Rock n Roll, "Then & Now"
                      live Creek Creek union show at Pensabene's Sunday April 12, 2015.
                      (Updated May 21)

Chapter 141    The Passing of Thomas M. Royal leader of 1950's vocal group
                        the Emeralds (1955-57)

Chapter 142    Dinosaur Radio History of Syracuse Rock n Roll  "Then and Now"
                       live shows reunites Sammy Hall of Famer The Sandy Bigtree  Band
                       May 31, 2015 at Penebene's. Also 20+ Syr musical great return.

Chapter 143    Ronnie James Dio- 5th Year Memorial Events to be held in Los
                       Angles, Ca-  May 15-17 (Updated)

Chapter 144   Loren Barriger honored by Jordan-Eldbridge High with "Graduate
                      of Distinction" award- May 27, 2015.

Chapter 145   Dio Day Cortland June 20, 2015- Ronnie James Dio Music
                      Scholarship Fund Concert- Saturday at J.M. McDonald Sports
                     Complex... 9 acts. Including The Rods, Cafferty Band, Timeline,
                     Blue Monday, Black & Blue (Austin & Schell), Sons of Sabbath

Chapter 146   Songs that Charted #1 on WOLF, WNDR, BIG 50 surveys on July 4
                       1959- 1988. Also CNY Music happening July 4.

Chapter 147   Say goodbye to Sports O Rama - Opened December 17, 1959

Update          See Chapter 33..Dave Hanlon w/ Duke Jupiter inducted into the
                      Rochester, NY Music Hall of Fame- April 27, 2014.

Update          Chapter 65-Women in Syracuse Music History- Update 5/18/2015
                      Major list of women who contributed to our music history A-Z            ..


Monday, July 27, 2015


It was a big day back on December 17, 1959 when Sports O Rama opened on Route 11 in Mattydale, NY. We first remember that fine business as the newest roller skating and archery range in Central New York, But soon area disc jockeys WOLF's  Bob Dell and Andy Andrews starred bring national, regional and local recording artists in for major music and sporting events. Though the years its name would change and later be vacant for many years. The property and building would be sold to Dunkin Donuts and scheduled for demolition in late July 2015. The end to another fame Rock & Roll and entertainment venue that bought us many great memories though the years.

I've listed below the many national recording artist I remembered who performed at Sports O Rama. Followed by local and famous celeb's who graced the Sports O Rama stage-floor.

Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee & The shadows, Buddy Know & Rhythm Orchids, Brian Hyland, Duane Eddy, Dion, Searchers, Dovells, Bobby Lewis, Bobby Vinton, Ral Donner, Regents, Jean Thomas (Moon River), Little Peggy March, Hot Toddys, Ersel Hickey, Dick & Dee Dee, Troy Shondell (This Time), Bobby Comstock, Ronnie Dio & The Prophets, The McCoy (Rick Derringer- Hang On Sloopy), The Seeds (Pushin To Hard), Outsiders (Time Won't Let Me), Shadows of Knight, ? and the Mysterians (96 Tears), Ron Cochran, Restrictions, Charlie Spivak Orchestra, Candi Scott, Jac-Lin Combo.

Local CNY artists included- The Sabers 9Ron Lauback), Keystones (Hal Robinson), Eternals (Tom Rozzano, Freddy Simmons), Paul and the Velvets, Bel Larks, Little Linda, Duke Dixon & Singbillies, Jimmy Ashby & Trebletones, Eddie Williamson Orchestra and many-many more.

Other famous names include
Ernie Davis (SU Heisman Trophy Winner, Willie Moscone (World Billard & Trick Shot Champion), Frankie Frisch (National Baseball Hall of Famer), Coach Ben S.(Syracuse University Football Coach).

It's now just a great memory- Sports O be missed, but always remembered in our rock & roll hearts....

Thursday, July 2, 2015


SYRACUSE MUSIC CHARTS # 1 RECORDS - Listing  July 4th, 1959-1988
          From WOLF, WNDR, BIG 50's Weekly Music Survey Sheets 

1959 - Big Hunk of Love- Elvis
1960 - Mule Skinner Blues- The Fendermen
1961 - Quarter to Three- Gary "U.S". Bonds
1962 - Cry Myself to Sleep- Del Shannon
1963 - Surf City- Jan & Dean
            Fooba Wooba John- Sam & The Twisters
1964 - Rag Doll- 4 Seasons
1965 - Save Your Heart For Me- Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1966 - Wild Thing - The Troggs
1967 - Ding Dong The Witch is Dead- Fifth Estate
1968 - Mama's & Papa's
1969 - In The Year 25 / 25 -  Zager and Evans
1970 - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart- Bee Gees
1971 - Don't Pull Your Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
1972 - Lean on Me - Bill Withers
1973 - Playground in My Mind- Clint Holmes
           Smoke on the Water- Deep Purple
1974 - Billy Don't Be a Hero- Bo Donaldson & Heywoods
1975 - Love Will Keep You Together- Captain & Tennille
1976 - Afternoon Delight - Starline Vocal Band
1977 - I'm In You - Peter Frampton
1978 - Use To Be My Girl - O'Jays
1979 - Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
1980 - Its Still Rock & Roll To Me - Billy Joel
1981 - Jessie's Girl- Rick Springfield
1984 - Dancing In The Dark- Bruce Springfield
1987 - Alone - Heart
1988 - Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson


1963 - Loretta Lynn - NYS Fair Coliseum
1964 - Baron Daemon - Seneca Falls Hootnany Show
1965 - Dee Dee Sharpe w/ Ronnie Dio & Prophets- Little York Lake Park
            WIlmer & The Dukes- Hewitts / Fairmount
1966 - Faron Young- Suburban Park-Manlius
1971 - Ides of March- Suburban Park- Manlius
1973 - Jimmy Cavallo- Mr Mikes
1979 - Ramones w/ Flashcubes - Uncle Sam's
1980 - The Works - Cornestone
1981- Alec Star - Lakeshore Sylvan Beach
1982 - Whizz Kidds - Lost Horizon
1983- Alec Star - Lost Horizon


Sam & The Twisters-  June 29 & July 6, 1963
Otis & All Night Workers - Dec 4, 1965
The Sermon - Sept 3 & Sept 10, 1969

Wednesday, June 10, 2015



The Ronnie James Dio Music Scholarship Fund was formed in 2010 after the untimely death of Cortland's own Ronnie James Dio (Padavona). Ronnie became an internationally know performer not only for his incredible vocal ability, but also as a world- class songwriter and record producer.
The Dio Day Music Scholarship Committee has been able to award several $1,000 scholarships over the past few years in the name of Ronnie James Dio to  local students, who are pursuing a career in music, and who are chosen by their teachers and the school music staff. This has been possible by generous contributions and donations from the community as well as proceeds from fund raising events.
This years fund raising event was held on Saturday- June 20, 2015 at J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, NY  12-10 pm, Below is a listing of performances. Thanks for supporting this worthy cause and for keeping Ronnie's music alive.

Dio Day Cortland 2015-  Performance Schedule

12:00 pm    Jim VanDeuson

1:00 pm      Blue Monday  (Terry Mingle, Brian Mingle)

2:00 pm      Tractor Beam

3:00 pm      Timeline Blues Brothers Revue
                   Ted Storto, Mike Ferrante, Rance Walters, Curt Smith, Shane Storto

4:00 pm      Black & Blue (Dan Austin, Rick Schell)

5:00 pm      Cafferty Band
                   Joe Leo, Steve Corey, Dan Austin, Brian Miles, Danielle Rausa others

6:00 pm      Blind Spots (Matty Walsh)

7:00 pm     Tailor Made  (Tink Bennett)

8:00 pm     The Rods (Rock Feinstein, Carl Canedy, Garry Bordonaro)
                                    Special Guest- Veronica Freeman

9:00 pm     Sons of Sabbath

Thanks to all bands, crew members, sponsors and all volunteers

Ronnie James Dio- Music Scholarship Award Winners

2015  John Gerhard

2013  Breanna Jones

2012  Aaron Kriever

Thursday, May 28, 2015


If being inducted into the Syracuse Area Music all of Fame (March 2015) and touring the world playing his music aren't  enough. The famed guitar/vocalist Loren Barriger was honored on evening of May 27, 2015 by Jordan-Eldbridge High School with its "Graduate of Distinction" award. It highest honor in its very first class... Congrats my friend. Your presents make Central New York a greater place to live.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


The Ronnie James Dio 5th Year Memorial Events will be held in Los Angles May 15-17, 2015. A great salute to our friend Ronnie that will include a Friday May 15- Bowl for Ronnie in Studio City, Ca funds to benefit Ronnie's "Stand Up and Shout" Cancer Fund....Saturday May 16 (1-5 PM) an event to celebrate Ronnie's music for all his fans at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, that will include live music and many longtime Dio fans sharing there memories. CNYers Ron Wray & David "Rock" Feinstein (Rock performed "Mistreated: and spoke sharing his memories of Ronnie) will both attend Saturday concert event.  Saturday May 17 will be a Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally & BBQ  with performances by Eddie Money, Gabbie Rae, Great White and Dio Disciples and others. See Ronnie James Dio website for more information on all three Dio Memorial events

During the three day events you could see the following Wendy Dio, Eddie Truck, Geezer Butler, Jack Black, David "Rock " Feinstein, Kyle Gass, Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Jimmy Bain, Lita Ford, Eddie Money, Rudy Sarzo , Christian Martucci, Vinnie Appice, Ann Boleyn, Rowan Robertson, Oni Logan,  Bjorn Englen, John Payne, Roy Mayorgam,  Sean McNabb, Rough Cut Band, Great White Band, Hellion, Lorraine Lewis, Dean Schachtel  and many others. Along with great video interview from Rob Halford, Chris Jericho, Ripper Owens, Geezer Butler and others.

Many thanks go out to Wendy Dio, Dean Schachtel, Rock & Denise Feinstein, Mary Kusnier for making me feel so welcome..

On a very sad note- our very good friend Dean Schachtel (Board member of RJD "Stand Up and Shout " Cancer Fund and GM of Niji Entertainment and one of Ronnie's key right hand men ) passed away very suddenly on Monday June 18 following the Dio 5 yr Memorial weekend. We were all shocked as Dean had truely made my day May 16 at Ronnie's Memorial Service so enjoyable. I miss you my friend.....

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Dinosaur Radio History of Syracuse Rock n Roll "Then and Now" Next live event #10 was Sunday May 31, 2015 and held at Pensabene's Casa Grande (Syracuse, NY) and with feature the Sandy Bigtree Band (Gary Lavancher, Dan "Cato" Eaton, Jimmy Johns, Pat Hodson and Sammy Hall of Famer Sandy Bigtree). Time 5-8 PM, doors opened at 4 PM. Admission is FREE.

Along with the Sandy Bigtree Band that evening will be The History of Syracuse Music All-Star Band featuring 16 of CNY's musical guests including- Buke Badikian, Ted Boileau, Mike Ferrante, Mark Hoffmann, Ed McBarron, Skip Murphy, Dave Novak, Frank Rhodes, Steve Schad, Don Shoudy, Curt Smith, Shane Storto, Ted Storto, Scotty Trudell, Bill Weiss & Mark Wildrick.. These musicians have or still perform in many of CNY best bands including- Timeline, Stroke, Blacklites, Letizia & Z Band, Nightcaps, Cross Creek, Coachmen, Hoffmann Family Band, Ad Ventures, Skip Murphy's Merry Pranksters,  3's A Crowd, El Kabong, Fab Cats, Carman Licitra & The Viking, Sermon, Jam Factory, Out of the Blue  and others. They will perform over 20+ of your all-time favorite danceable songs.