A Longtime Capitaland Voice Preps For Retirement


For two generations of Capital District radio listeners, Chuck Custer has been a part of morning drive, thanks to his role as a key information source on a leading News/Talk station.

Come December 18, he’ll no longer be on WGY-AM 810 and WGY-FM 103.1 in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy market.

Chuck Custer is retiring.

Custer has hosted the WGY morning show alongside co-host Kelly Lynch since 2011. Prior to that, he served as News Anchor for the station presently owned by iHeartMedia and later moved to mornings as News Anchor on a show hosted by the legendary Don Weeks.

Weeks died in March 2015.

Custer also previously served as News Director and Program Director for WGY. He joined the station in 1984 as Evening News Anchor.

“For over 36 years, Chuck Custer has been synonymous with WGY,” said John Cooper, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Albany. “From his time as the leader of the award-winning WGY News Department, his outstanding work with ‘Don Weeks in the Mornings’, his current co-host position with Kelly Lynch, and most importantly all the time he’s contributed to the people of the Capital District. Chuck has been the consummate professional. He’s a great broadcaster who will long be remembered.”

Kristen Delaney, Area President of iHeartMedia Albany, added, “Chuck has devoted much of his life to informing WGY listeners as well as serving our community with the WGY Christmas Wish campaign and annual Radiothon to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.”

For Custer, “It was a lifelong dream to work at WGY, a powerful, influential station with a great history and heritage,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have such a great run here. I’ve worked with many tremendous and talented people, made many friends, and I have had an opportunity to take on many different challenges. For 36-plus-years, I’ve loved what I was doing and loved coming to work. Not many people can say that.”