Former Finger Lakes Radio Station Owner Dies


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — For nearly 30 years, a member of the Canandaigua Kiwanis Club and its former President was a well-known owner, news anchor and morning host for an AM radio station in nearby Penn Yan, in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region.

He also owned an FM licensed to Seneca Falls, on the eastern end of the Finger Lakes.

This former radio station owner — the twin brother of a noted media broker — passed away Tuesday of an apparent heart attack just shy of his 68th birthday.

Russell S. Kimble, the brother of George Kimble of Kozacko Media Services, died peacefully in his sleep.

It was discovered he had died after Kimble failed to appear at the regular luncheon of the Kiwanis Club.

Russell Kimble owned WYLF-AM 850 in Penn Yan from 1988-2012. He also owned WFLK-FM 99.3 in Seneca Falls from 1993-2016; WFLK was operated by current owner Finger Lakes Radio Group since 2008.

At WYLF, Kimble was the wake-up host and the news man, covering stories from across the region due south of Rochester. Under Kimble’s ownership, the facility went from 500 watts to 1,000 watts, and aired an Oldies format.

When Kimble’s wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he sold the station to Jeff Pearce, of Montana.