Drowning victim Graham Andrus to be honored at Fredonia Oct. 22

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Fredonia Radio Systems is holding a remembrance ceremony for a former member during SUNY Fredonia’s 2011 Alumni Weekend. The ceremony is an event that will honor Graham E. Andrus, a long-time member of the station who passed away while snorkeling in Seneca Lake on Aug. 12.

Andrus was a 2006 graduate of Haverling Junior-Senior High School and a native of Bath.

The remembrance ceremony for Andrus will be held on October 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fredonia Radio Systems in 115 McEwen Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus in Fredonia.

As part of the ceremony, the station’s talk studio will be dedicated to Andrus and renamed as the “Graham Command.” In his honor, a painting above the talk studio entrance and a plaque inside of the talk studio will be unveiled. Following this, refreshments will be provided and guests are encouraged to share stories about Andrus and contribute to the scholarship fund that has been created in his name at SUNY Fredonia's Foundation House.

“We could depend on him to be there for us, to spread himself way too thin but never complain, to see all of his projects and commitments through to completion, to stick to his guns and to love his friends,” said Bryan VanGelder, a former general manager of Fredonia Radio Systems and 2004 graduate of Haverling Junior-Senior High School. Not only did Andrus fill the station with his charismatic personality and positive attitude, but he played a key role in establishing a sense of community among the “FRS family.” During his time at the station, Andrus hosted a radio program called the “Asian Invasion,” worked within the engineering department, and contributed to the news team.

To learn more about the remembrance ceremony for Graham Andrus, call Fredonia Radio Systems at 716-673-3420 ext. 101 or check out www.fredoniaradio.com.

Fredonia Radio Systems consists of two stations WDVL 89.5 and WCVF 88-9 FM, broadcasting and webcasting to the Fredonia and Dunkirk community and worldwide.