Ed Levine, President and CEO of Galaxy Communications, LP, is the winner of the 2009 Crystal Ball Award. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives (CNYSME) to a local businessperson or group of business people for contributions to the sales and marketing profession, and for efforts and work in the areas of community development and support. 2009 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Crystal Ball Award.
Levine’s ownership career began in 1990 with the signing on of WKLL in Utica-Rome and the creation of The Radio Corporation. He later added new partners and the company transitioned into Galaxy Communications, LP. Galaxy currently owns 14 stations in Syracuse and Utica-Rome. In Syracuse: WTKW/WTKV (TK 99 and TK 105); WKRL/WKRH (100.9 and 106.5 K-Rock), WSCP AM (1070), WZUN (Sunny 102), WTLA/WSGO (1200AM and 1440AM). In Utica, the stations are: WOUR (96.9); WKLL (94.9 K-Rock); WUMX (Mix 102.5), WSCP AM (1070), WIXT AM (1230), WRNY AM (1350) and WTLB (1310AM, The Game). As a locally owned and operated company, Levine and his staff compete against large, national companies in both markets (Clear Channel, Citadel, and Regent). In spite of this, Galaxy Communications is the #2 cluster in both ratings and revenue in both markets with annual revenue of $10 million.