It’s been a busy first week of February with news that three broadcasters are joining new stations while three have left or are planning to leave soon.
Headlining the list of departures is 5:30 and 10 p.m. anchor Nalina Shapiro from WIVB-TV, who will be leaving the station. Shapiro has been with the CBS affiliate for nearly 8 years, since May of 2010. The Emmy nominated reporter and anchor is a graduate of Franklin Pierce University and will be headed to Dallas, Texas. According to the Buffalo News, she will be pursuing a career outside of broadcasting when she relocates to Texas. There has been no word on her successor or when her last day on the air will be.
Hall of Fame Inductee and legendary newsman John Zach is no longer with WECK-FM/AM. Zach returned to the Buffalo airwaves as WECK’s News Director in July 2017 after retiring from WBEN-AM in December 2016, where he had spent 18 years alongside Susan Rose. Buddy Shula, CEO of WECK-FM/AM, confirmed in an email that Zach has left the station. From the Buffalo News, Shula indicates that he hasn’t been able to reach Zach since deciding to leave the station at the beginning of February. Shula has indicated that he is looking for a replacement for Zach for the morning show.
Assignment Editor Katarina Schmieder has left WIVB-TV after spending three years with the station. Schmieder is a Medaille College graduate and had previously worked at Time Warner Cable News (now Spectrum News). Schmieder is leaving to become the Communications Director for the Erie County Legislature’s Republican Caucus.
WNED-FM’s Peter Hall is set to retire from his full-time role on Friday, February 16. Hall is currently the afternoon drive host for the station, host of “Buffalo Philharmonic Live,” and co-host of “Theater Talk” that airs on both WNED-FM and WBFO-FM. He will continue hosting “Theater Talk” and fill-in for the station when needed. Hall maintains an active in the community by emceeing for the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, making appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in pre-concert talks, reviewing local theater for buffalorising.com.
Hall is a graduate of Columbia University and holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo. Hall is also a professor at Canisius College teaching marketing courses and teaches skiing at Kissing Bridge.
WNED-FM is bringing on Mark E. Michaud as Program Director of the station. Michaud most recently worked at KDFC-FM in San Francisco and with sister station KUSC-FM in Los Angeles as music director. He comes to Western New York with over 30 years of experience in radio with stints in Kansas City, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Boston with WCRB-FM. He will take over the afternoon drive slot on February 19 following Peter Hall’s retirement. He is a graduate of McGill University and also studied piano and voice at the University of Maine.
WGRZ-TV has added a new producer to their roster by welcoming Mitch Simon back to Western New York. Simon is a Western New York native and graduated from Buffalo State. He comes back to Buffalo after spending about 1.5 years in Pittsburgh at KDKA-TV as the 4 p.m. producer and from 2013 to 2016 worked at crosstown rival, WKBW-TV, as a producer.