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Friday, November 14, 2008

Veteran Broadcaster Is Back On Internet Radio

By James Jones
The area's best known radio newscaster, marking 29 years this month, bringing news to the twin-tiers, has left Radio Station WFRM in Coudersport, PA.

Gerri Miller of Roulette has become a legend when it comes to gathering and disseminating news in the area.

She's a household name in a wide area of New York and Pennsylvania.

You could depend on her every day like clockwork to bring you the latest local news from the studio or in a remote broadcast from many locations in the listening area.

She has maintained a website for many years allowing people near and far to keep tabs on the news from the area.

Gerri is a pioneer in the news business devoting nearly half of her lifetime to her profession.

Gerri explains what happened:


"In a nutshell, Jayne James the former WFRM Sales Manager and Bob Schauer the former Chief Engineer tried to buy WFRM-AM from the owner Cary Simpson, at his urging. We spent 5 bitter months this summer negotiating in good faith despite the fact he never gave a definite price or list of what was available for purchase."

"In fact, he kept out some very important information, a contract
which he said was worth $60,000. He added that to the purchase price but forgot to send the information to our attorney in spite of repeated requests. So, our formal offer deducted that amount, but let him keep the revenues for five years."

"We had financing for the deal and a few times really believed we might
get the station we all had sacrificed and worked hard for. Simpson had promised all of us over the years that long-time employees would be taken care of and would have first chance on acquiring stations."

" He is 83 years old and is
selling off his stations. We are minority stockholders in the company which owns WFRM."

"We believe he never really was going to sell the station to us and
probably was surprised when we acquired the financing (especially because of what he paid us)."

" Anyway, he has reached a deal to sell the station out from
under us, to a competitor, at a price which is $10,000 lower than our ultimate offer."

Gerri continues "You can't just go down the road to start another radio station like you might a pizza shop or shoe store."

"The FCC licenses radio stations and has not allocated
any new licenses for this area of the country, if anywhere. However, recent legislation has made it much more feasible to "web-cast."

"Originally I had
planned a visual website with an audio news component but when I stumbled on information about web-casting this fall, we decided to go in that direction. We are adding things as we can and the programming will resemble AM 600's when we are done."

"The local news airs airs at 7:00, 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. noon, 3:00,
4:00 and 5:00 p.m. and in between there are forecasts, calendars, music and more."

"We have gotten a terrific response from listeners all over the
world--Florida, Missouri, Utah, Germany as well as from people right here in our own backyard."

"It's just taking awhile to think outside the box but it's
fun! I feel bad that I have lost listeners who are not on the internet, but there was nothing else I could do."

" In trade, we are picking up fans all around
the world. There are devices which can be purchased to make your computer act like a radio so you can hear our broadcast anywhere in the house (or your office if the boss allows). I am researching the information and will pass along what I have to anyone who asks. "

"I know the technology is changing so I
believe one day you will be able to pick us up in your car."

"I devoted 29 years, almost half my life, to writing news for WFRM. It's what I know best so this is a way to keep doing what I love to do and I hope as many of WFRM's listeners as are able will join us at gerrimiller.com"
Gerri has set up a new studio on Fishing Creek Road in Roulette, PA where she will be broadcasting music 24 hours a day, newscasts will air at 7:00, 8:00, and 10:00 a.m. and noon, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., along with weather, and community events.

Advertisers can reach her at 814-544-7479 or you can email her at

gerrimiller@pennswoods.net

Here are the links to Gerri's websites:

Black Forest Broadcasting (Radio)

GerriMiller.com...(Website)


6 comments :

Anonymous said...

I love Gerri Miller I have enjoyed her music and news for years here working in Austin I'm glad she is expanding her herizons,All aboard the Gerri train!Good Job and Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I wish Jerri all the best. She is such a great person!

Anonymous said...

And the rest of the story? Dave Lent found the money to buy the station? Gina Miner is the office secretary? Did Ken Leiberman sell the Port A building? Where is John Wright? Paul Heimel still getting paid to provide a "public service" to all? Hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

"And the rest of the story? "

I wish I knew what this meant. I am not up to speed with who's who in the zoo. Can anyone elaborate?

Anonymous said...

Sounds a bit like sour grapes to me?
Where is the contract?

Anonymous said...

Remember - no contracts needed. Just wave that majic hand and "poof" all is done!