Jason Aiello is in his eighteenth year in radio. Starting in the business during the late 90’s using reel-to-reel tape, to cd, to digital, Jason has watched how the industry can, and has changed. Jason spent some time in the Albany area, after coming back to the Utica market about five years ago to join the Talk of the Town team. He is now the host of the Talk of the Town, along with his co-hosts Rocco LaDucca, and Mark Wolber. Jason likes Oreos, naps, and spending time with his girlfriend Catherine, his son Sam, and their crazy dog Emma. Reach Jason through email at Jason@wutqfm.com.
Rocco LaDuca joined Talk of the Town in September 2017 following more than 10 years covering crime and courts for the Utica Observer-Dispatch newspaper, where he wrote about dozens of high-profile murders, trials and investigative reports from 2004 until 2015, including a 7-part series on the Utica Mob. He also served several years as Communications Director for New York State Senator Joseph Griffo.
Growing up in Lancaster, a suburb near Buffalo, Rocco moved to the Mohawk Valley in 2004 after graduating with a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Rocco currently lives in Clinton, but can often be found catching up on the news at your local Barnes n Noble coffee shop. Inspired by David Letterman and the mystery of a good conspiracy theory, Rocco is driven by a desire to balance quirky entertainment, skepticism and insightful interviews.
Rocco is always ready to get to the bottom of a compelling rumor, so if you have anything you’d like Rocco to look into, or if you would be interested in being a guest on the show between 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays, please call Rocco at 315-734-9245, ext. 3022, or send an email to: RoccoL@wutqfm.com.
Joleen Ferris has been a reporter with local NBC affiliate, NewsChannel 2, for 24 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Utica College, where she has returned a few times as an adjunct professor. Joleen began her career in radio, as an advertising copywriter with ROCK 107/WTLB. Joleen also fills in as an anchor/producer at NewsChannel 2. She lives in Deerfield, with her daughter and their two cats, Leo and Luna. In her spare time, she enjoys, running, hiking, reading and sampling the Utica area’s wonderful restaurants.
Alexandria grew up in Marcy, NY and is a former graduate from Whitesboro High School and Suny Polytechnic Institute. In April of 2017 we recruited Alex to help produce our morning show. She does a lot of the behind the scenes work and does a lot on our website and social media pages. Alex also is a radio personality for our sister station 97.9/105.5 KISS FM as “Alex Affect” (Monday-Thursday 10 pm - 2 am and Sundays 3 - 7 pm.). Outside of work she enjoys graphic design, photography, writing/blogging, lacrosse, being outside, snowboarding, adventuring, and hanging out with friends and family.