Co-founder Of WRFA Retires

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JAMESTOWN – The co-founder of a Downtown Jamestown radio station is retiring.

Long time General Manager of WRFA-FM Dennis Drew’s last day as the manager of the station is Wednesday.

A lifetime music lover, Drew worked with engineer Ed Tomassini to bring the station to life in 2014.

In an interview with WRFA’s Jason Sample, who is taking over the GM role, Drew explained the reason for the change.

“It’s been a while coming actually, I really feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of what we tried to do, we tried to build a station and then tried to build the multimedia room upstairs, although the pandemic kind of got in the middle of everything, but we were doing 50 shows a year with the Maniacs, and I was coming in and shepherding through this media space that we built upstairs and I was getting to be too much, and I felt like it was time for you (Jason Sample) and the younger people to operate the facilities and move forward.”

The outgoing GM says his retirement is not a goodbye, as he plans to volunteer with the station in the future.

Many also know the Jamestown native for founding the American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs.


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