Paul Sidney, Of WLNG, Dies At 69
Originally Posted: April 03, 2009
Paul Sidney in May 2007 at the New York State Broadcasters Association awards.
Photo courtesy of WLNG
- Paul Sidney, well-known general manager, co-owner and on-air host of WLNG 92.1 FM radio in Sag Harbor, NY, died on Wednesday, April 1. He was 69 years old.
Sidney had been an on-air voice at WLNG since the station began in 1963. He started as a part-time contributor while still working at WLIS in Connecticut before WLNG's recruited him to be its first program manager in early 1964.
Since then, he had become the station's most well known voice and face and an icon in local hamlets, particularly Sag Harbor, where he regularly took up an observation post on a sidewalk bench outside his apartment when not on the air.
WLNG announcer and co-owner Gary Sapian, who had worked with Sidney since 1964, indicated that Sidney had been battling leukemia.
Sidney was known for broadcasting from his mobile broadcasting booth set up in a converted public bus, a format that he developed over the years covering community events. He was also known for enlisting business owners to broadcast their own commercials on air. He was honored with induction into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2007.