John Krauss, former g.m. for WRVO in Oswego, N.Y., and a public broadcasting manager for more than 40 years, died June 17. He was 64.
Krauss joined WRVO in 1969, the day the SUNY Oswego–owned station signed on the air. He rose to the rank of g.m. over time and shepherded the station’s transition from a 10-watt enterprise to one that today broadcasts at 50,000 watts.
He also took a role in front of the mic, hosting the nightly program The WRVO Playhouse, which rebroadcasted Golden Age radio programs from the 1930s to the 1950s. The program continues with a new host as Tuned to Yesterday.
Krauss retired in 2010, after 14 years as g.m.
“It would be impossible to overstate John’s contribution to the growth of WRVO over the years,” current WRVO GM Michael Ameigh said in a release from the station.