Taylor was born Edward O'Donnell in Utica, New York in 1952, and attended the now-defunct Graham Junior College in Boston. After working at stations in Utica and Albany, his career included stops at WEQX (102.7) Manchester VT, WPYX (106.5 Albany), and four years as morning host at WKVT-FM (92.7) Brattleboro VT. In recent months, he had been working as a salesman for WYRY (104.9) Hinsdale NH.
Taylor was to have started January 5 at WXOD, replacing a jock who reportedly resigned after spilling coffee into the station's board.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ian Taylor Memorial Fund, c/o First Vermont Bank, 215 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301, Rescue, Inc., PO Box 593, Brattleboro, Vt. 05302 or to the Monadnock Humane Society, PO Box 678, W. Swanzey, N.H. 03469.
Up the dial and down the road, future PaxNet affiliate WHRC (Channel 46, soon to be WIPX) in Norwell has launched a local newscast of sorts. "Norwell News" debuted last week on channel 46.
Emerson College's WERS (88.9) will move into new quarters in August. Emerson's new Ansin Building at 180 Tremont Street gets its name from the parents of WHDH-TV owner Ed Ansin, who donated $1 million to the school. WERS has spent the last 14 years in second-floor studios at 126 Beacon Street.
"Kiss 108," WXKS-FM (107.9) Medford-Boston, has been shuffling its DJ lineup in the wake of J.J. Wright's recent departure. Ed McMahon takes over Wright's old 10 AM - 2 PM shift, while "Artie the One Man Party" follows Dale Dorman from 6-10 PM, Skip Kelly works 10 PM -2 AM, and Christine Fox gets the all-night shift. Also shuffling jocks is modern rocker WFNX (101.7 Lynn), where Julie Kramer is replacing Adrian in the 10 AM - 3 PM spot, Angie C. departs the morning show (with Chris Kennedy filling in as interim host), and Cruze, 'FNX's new program director, takes the PM drive slot.
There's a new nickname for WXGL (95.5 Topsham). The classic rocker now IDs as "Galaxy 95.5," killing off its longtime "Eagle" nickname.
Gannett Co. (not to be confused with Maine media giant Guy Gannett) has closed on its purchase of Portland's WCSH (Channel 6) and Bangor's WLBZ (Channel 2), for a reported $115 million.
And Bob Bittner's WJTO (730) in Bath has a new manager. Tory Gates moves up from Bittner's WJIB (740 Cambridge-Boston) to replace Scott Garrett at the station.
New hires at WTNH (Channel 8) in New Haven: Susan Hiland joins the station from ABC News One in Chicago to anchor the morning news. Behind the assignment desk, ex-WTIC radio anchor/reporter Dana Whalen joins channel 8 as assignment editor, the job she was doing most recently at WTIC-TV.
Also from the Flower City, congratulations to Tom Sheridan. The former Boston jock is switching Jacor stations in Rochester, moving from PD and morning DJ at AAA WMAX-FM (106.7 Irondequoit) to AC WVOR (100.5), effective Monday.
As WRGB-TV (Channel 6) in Schenectady gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it's getting a new on-air look. At the end of January, WRGB will get new sets and music, and "NewsCenter 6" will give way to a simple "Channel 6 News" identity.
Dan Binder is out as program director at modern-rock WQBK-FM (103.9 Rensselaer)/WQBJ (103.5 Cobleskill); no replacement has been named yet.
Chalk up another one for border broadcaster Tim Martz; the Watertown Daily Times reports he's buying country WNCQ (102.9) Morristown, in the Ogdensburg area -- and serving the Cornwall, Ontario area across the border. Martz' Cartier Communications is also buying the construction permit for WZEA (98.7) Ogdensburg. Martz owns WYUL (94.7 Chateaugay), which the Times says will begin broadcasting with a regular format in March or April, along with WICY (1490) and WVNV (96.5) in Malone and 8 other stations along the border in Maine and Michigan -- not counting the four he's selling to Pilot.
In Hudson, country WTHK (93.5) is running in mono at the moment; blame problems with the station's studio-to-transmitter link.
And that's it for another week -- see you next Thursday!