Local Radio Engineer and Broadcast Icon Larry Hodge Has Passed Away
Long-time radio engineer and broadcaster Larry Hodge has died at the age of 75. Hodge served as Chief Engineer for WNBF Radio and sister stations including WHWK, WAAL, WYOS and WILD 104 (now KISS 104.1) for close to 30 years. He started with Stoner Broadcasting in October, 1978.
Hodge oversaw two station moves and numerous technological advancements He set-up and engineered international and regional broadcasts for his Binghamton stations and Stoner Broadcasting as well as various other duties for stations in Elmira and Montrose.
A graduate of Houghton College and Asbury Theological Seminary Larry served as a pastor at several area churches. He was Conklin Youth Commissioner for several years and umpired hundreds of softball and baseball games in the spring and summer months. He loved to watch his two sons play football and baseball and his daughter star for Susquehanna Valley championship softball teams and then at the University at Albany.
He helped the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown when stations like WCCO in Minneapolis broadcast the annual induction ceremonies. He also was a member of WNBF's broadcast team that aired the annual Hall of Fame game at Doubleday Field. Larry set-up live, remote on-course radio coverage at the B.C. Open for WNBF and anchored reports from the 18th hole under the air-name Larry Williams.
Larry was loved and respected by his colleagues and fellow broadcasters. He made things work when there was seemingly no way to get it done. He was quick to help and stayed to make sure you were not left alone until things were working properly. At all hours of the day and night including holidays he was called on to keep his radio stations on the air and operating as they should be.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, 137 Robinson Street in Binghamton from 4 until 7 PM. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. A funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 11 AM at the Sunshine Valley Wesleyan Church on Blatchley Road in Windsor. Additional details are available online at: