Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – As the music world mourns the passing of iconic rock star Lou Reed, Central New York is mourning the loss of a locally influenced musician who began as a Syracuse University student.
Since the news broke that Reed had died, rock stations across the country have been playing hits by the Velvet Underground and their front man.
DJs in the Salt City and beyond say Reed will be missed. “I think it was more than the music that got on the radio, it was the influence he had on other artists and what they did with that influence,” said Dave Frisina, a DJ at classic rock station The Rebel.
When he learned of Lou Reed's death, Dave Frisina was in the middle of his show so he knew exactly what to play next - one of Lou's greatest hits, "Sweet Jane."
“When something happens that’s important, when something happens that we find out about right away, with music that has to do with music people grew up listening too, we can react to that,” Frisina said.
Syracuse University noted that Reed was a pillar of a very active music scene.
“When you're in college, you're exposing yourself to so many different people and different ideas, that it has to have some affect down the line,” Frisina said.
“Cat Man Jo was here of course, Felix Cavalier…so the SU campus scene was very big,” said local music historian Ron Gersbacher.
Reed set the tone himself, performing his own music live on campus.
“Lou formed his own on-campus band – that band was called LA and the Eldorados,” said Gersbacher. Reed's first and second names were "Lewis" and "Allan."
On Sunday night, Syracuse University released a statement saying they celebrate Reed’s poetic soul and innovative spirit.
In 2007, he was presented with the school’s highest alumni honor, the George Arents Award.