Remembering the past... looking toward the future!

Board of Directors

Heidi Raphael

Vice President of Corporate Communications, Beasley Broadcast Group

Chairman

Heidi Raphael serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communication at Beasley Broadcast Group. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the corporate communication and marketing efforts of the company’s 21 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets.

A dedicated philanthropist, the Buffalo resident is the first woman president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. She is a member of the Medaille College Board of Trustees, Vice President of the Buffalo History Museum Board of Managers and a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Advisory Board, where she created the Musician Medics Program, an initiative in which local musicians “play it forward” by performing music from room to room for patients and their families at several area hospitals.

On a national level, Heidi has been consistently recognized among the “Most Influential Women in Radio in the United States” by Radio Ink magazine on a yearly basis since 2006. In addition, she is the past spokesperson and executive committee member of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group.

A former NAB Radio Board member, Heidi currently serves on the board of the National Library of American Broadcasting. In addition, she is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Heidi is a member of the Women’s Group, the Women’s TAP Fund, The Twentieth Century Club and the Buffalo Canoe Club. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications from Medaille College and Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix.

Steve Reszka

Anscombe Broadcasting Group

President

Steve Reszka has extensive media experience from both sides of the aisle. He currently owns Reszka & Associates, a national marketing communication and entertainment booking firm based in Buffalo. Steve is also co-owner of WSIR-AM in Winter Haven, Florida, where within three years he led the station from being silent to number two in the ratings in Polk County (the home of Disney World). His media background includes stations in Buffalo and Syracuse in the late 70s. Steve made the move to television news at stations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama during the 1980s. He was also a freelance reporter for NBC Sports and ABC News.

 

 

Katie Morse

Anchor/Reporter, WKBW-TV

Vice President

Katie is a multi-media journalist and anchor for 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo. Before moving to WKBW, she spent five years as an anchor/reporter at Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo. An Amherst native, Katie is dedicated to covering stories that impact the community. In the aftermath of the crash Flight 3407, Katie followed the families’ struggle to change airline regulations, and traveled with them to Washington D.C. as the National Transportation Safety Bureau investigated the incident. When the sale of the Buffalo Bills was made official in New York City, Katie was there to cover the team changing hands.

Katie started her broadcasting career at News 10, now in Syracuse, where she worked for two years. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio, and recently completed her MBA at Canisius College. Katie has been on the BBA Board since 2012 and chaired the organization’s 5K run from 2013 to 2015.

Herb Flemming

Flemming Communications

Secretary/Treasurer

Herb Flemming worked at WYSL, WDCX, and WEBR-WBCE, which was owned by the Courier Express and later purchased by Bill McKibben. When the Courier Express decided to build a cable TV system, Herb re-joined them to help build and then market it. In that time frame, Herb began a 17 year relationship with NBC Sports, working weekend football games. After the Courier Cable TV system was built, Herb joined Tops Markets to form an in-house agency that handled their radio, TV and Public Relations activities. After twenty years with Tops Markets, he shifted his focus toward public relations and development work and opened his own shop in 2001. Herb also is a Real Estate Agent with WNY Metro Roberts Realty. He has served on the BBA Board since the organization’s inception and is one of the original founding members.

 

George Thomas Apfel

Contract Engineer

Board Member

George Thomas Apfel started his 45-year radio career in Las Vegas in 1971 as a DJ and quickly became program director of KLAV-AM. He produced and co-hosted a weekly jazz show with bassist Monk Montgomery, interviewing jazz  legends. George became music director, production director, and program director at  KLUC-FM and KMZQ-FM. In addition to on-air work, he was a studio engineer and carpenter building custom studio furniture and entire radio stations. In the mid-90s, George became chief engineer and directed the consolidation of five separate stations to one facility, working for Regent Communications and then for Jacor. For 13 years George worked as IT Manager and engineer for the CBS Radio cluster in Las Vegas. In 2010 George returned home to Buffalo to become chief engineer for Entercom’s Buffalo and Rochester stations. In 2015 he returned to CBS as Houston’s IT manager. Recently George retired from full time radio work. He currently works for CBS part time and Buffalo’s ReUse Action as IT guy and engineer, and is researching the history of Western New York radio for a forthcoming book. George contributes Western New York radio history articles to the Buffalo Broadcasters Facebook page, and returns as a BBA board member after a year’s hiatus in Houston and continues to manage the BBA database.

Ed Buttaccio

Spectrum News

Board Member

Ed Buttaccio has served as News Director for Spectrum News in Buffalo since September 2010, 18 months after the station launched on cable channel 9. During his tenure, Ed has seen the station grow in staff size and gain a foothold in the Western New York market. He enjoys getting involved in community events like the Corporate Challenge, Ride for Roswell, Relay for Life, Taste of Buffalo and the Erie County Fair.

Ed is an alumnus of St. John Fisher College where he earned his BA degree in Communication/Journalism. He concurrently runs Spectrum News in Rochester as News Director – a position he’s held since February 1997.  Ed serves on the board of the Rochester Media Association and the diocesan school board of the Rochester Catholic Diocese.  He and his wife Maria make their home in Walworth where they raised their two daughters.

Paul Chiaravalloti, Esq.

Attorney

Board Member

Paul Chiaravalloti is an attorney whose practice focuses primarily on business matters. He is the owner of law offices with locations in Williamsville and New York City. Paul’s expertise includes business matters relating to contract negotiations, including buy/sell agreements, commercial litigation, offers in compromise and installment agreements for federal and state tax liabilities, as well as restructuring of distressed companies through Chapter 11 or out of court agreements with secured and unsecured creditors. Paul also represents clients in estate matters relating to wills, powers of appointment and healthcare proxies, and health law matters relating to contract negotiations, including buy and sell agreements and audits. Paul was of counsel to the law firm Siegel, Kelleher and Kahn from 1997-2007.

On a community level, Paul serves on the board of directors of the Pharmacists’ Association of Western New York. Paul received a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has an interest in broadcasting.

Pat Feldballe

Pat Feldballe Productions

Board Member

Pat Feldballe began his career in broadcasting in 1972 at WBFO. Moving from there, he held on-air and production jobs at WBUF, WGRQ, WGR, and WKBW, leaving in 1982 to begin applying production skills as a freelance producer and voice talent. Today, Pat is still at it, combining voice work and production with teaching at Niagara County Community College. Pat is also host of the weekend Blues on WBFO. As a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Board of Directors, Pat is trying to increase the awareness and community presence of the BBA through the development of a series of half hour cable TV shows. He is a BBA Hall of Fame member inducted in 2009.

Terry Fisher

Full Circle Studios

Board Member

Terry Fisher has been President of Full Circle Studios since 1999. He previously was Director of the Media Center at Canisius College and an Associate Professor from 1989 to 1999. Terry is a current Board Member of the BFLO Experience (formerly Buffalo/Niagara Hall of Fame), and serves on the Media Advisory Committees at Canisius College and Niagara County Community College.

Terry joined the BBA Board to accomplish three things: 1) The establishment of a permanent physical space that includes a BBA museum, encompassing film, print media, and theatre history, along with new media; 2) Preparation to establish a Buffalo School of Theatre, Film, and Digital Media in the downtown area and include in the curriculum certain aspects of broadcast television with the help of the BBA; 3) Creating a new tv/film facility downtown for live interviews with NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc. which would greatly expand Buffalo’s sphere of influence in the broadcast/cablecast world.

Terry is experienced in practically every aspect of media production and has been very active in archival and history aspects of local film and television. He owns one of the largest collections of historic film and video, including original footage of the Canadiana, Memorial Aud renovation, downtown Buffalo in the 60s, seventeen years of Studio Arena plays, and much more.

Annemarie Franczyk

Associate Professor of Communication, Buffalo State College

Board Member

Annemarie Franczyk is a print journalist with 33 years of experience in local and national publications. Her favorite position was covering health care for 19 years for Business First of Buffalo, a publication of the American City Business Journal chain. She has advanced degrees in health policy and teaches full time in the Communication Department at SUNY Buffalo State and continues a freelance career in print reporting.

 

 

 

Mike Igoe

Assistant Professor of Communication, State University of New York at Fredonia

Board Member

Prior to accepting his position at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013, Mike Igoe taught International Journalism at United International College in Zhuhai, China for three years. Before that, he taught communication courses for three semesters at Buffalo State College. Mike’s recent teaching career follows his 30 years as a television consumer reporter, 20 of them spent at WGRZ. He also worked in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania at WNEP-TV and Minneapolis/St. Paul at KARE-TV. At all three outlets he was a local host for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

Over the years, Mike has received a number of wards for his work, including citations from the Associated Press, the IFPA, and the United States Postal Service. Mike is also an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar and is the co-author of two books: Blending East and West: Understanding the Changing Chinese Society and Painless Presenting Made Easy.

Carl Lam

WGRZ-TV

Board Member

Carl Lam can say he was once part of an orchestra that performed with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He is a Hamburg native who began playing the violin at age 4 and has performed various orchestras across Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

In his work as a broadcaster, he currently serves as a fill-in weather anchor with WGRZ-TV’s Storm Team 2 and started in December of 2016. He also serves as a fill-in traffic reporter with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and appears on WGRZ’s “Daybreak” and has done so since July of 2014. From 2013 to 2016, he worked as an on-air host for WNED-FM, Western New York’s classical music station.

He earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo in 2016 and also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music and Journalism along with a Bachelor of Science in Audio/Radio Production from Fredonia, where he participated in campus media in print, television, and radio. Carl was the winner of Fredonia’s 2014 Lanford Presidential Prize, which is awarded to the college’s top graduating senior. During his Fredonia years, Carl was a news and weather intern at WGRZ-TV and interned at WBEN-AM.

Additionally, he is currently pursuing a Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University.

Stephen Marth

Spectrum News

Board Member

Stephen Marth is currently an executive producer for Spectrum News. He is also the station’s internship program coordinator. Stephen started in print, writing for The Spectrum at the University at Buffalo, before becoming the publication’s editor-in-chief in 2009. In February 2009, after the crash of Flight 3407, Stephen served as a runner for ABC News and – for the first time – saw the broadcasting side of journalism. He immediately fell in love.

Stephen decided he wanted more experience in broadcasting and took an internship over the summer of 2009 with Spectrum News (then YNN Buffalo). He was hired at the station in March 2010 as a freelance news assistant and was promoted to assignment editor that May. After serving in that role for just under a year, Stephen was promoted to producer in January 2011. His work and leadership led to a promotion to senior producer in November 2013.

Stephen also has experience in radio as a disc jockey and assistant general manager at WRUB, the State University of New York at Buffalo’s student radio station. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication.

Steven Monaco

Media Relations Director, Mercy Flight of Western New York

Board Member

Steven Monaco serves as the media relations director at Mercy Flight of Western New York, an independent, not-for-profit provider of emergency air-medical transport and supporting services. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the public relations and marketing efforts of the 35-year-old organization.

Steven is also the owner and president of Shelly’s Florist, a family-owned business located in Williamsville, New York. As an avid philanthropist, he supports a variety of organizations in the community, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo History Museum, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

The Cheektowaga, New York resident attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Rich Newberg

WIVB-TV (retired)

Board Member

Rich Newberg is chairman of the BBA’s Archive Task Force, coordinating efforts to digitize Buffalo TV news film from the 1960s and 1970s.

Rich was WIVB-TV’s Senior Correspondent until the end of 2015, serving 37 years at the station. His documentaries have won 10 New York Emmy Awards. Rich is also a Regional Vice President for the New York Chapter of the National Television Academy.

He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and was most recently honored with the BBA’s 2012 Pinnacle Award for his lifetime achievements in TV news.

 

John Robshaw

Robshaw & Associates

Board Member

Jim Safee

President, DGI Video

Board Member

Jim Safee began his broadcast career in the fall of 1979 as an intern from Medaille College at WUTV, Channel 29. He was hired in 1980 as a break director and moved up the ladder quickly. In 1981 Jim was promoted to Director of Marketing, in charge of the station’s promotion efforts. In 1982, he was promoted to Operations Manager in charge of on-air, production and promotion. In 1983 Jim moved over to sales and stayed there until 1985. He was hired as Western District Sales Manager for Audio Video Corporation where he worked until leaving to start a production company in 1987.

In 1989, DGI Video was formed and has operated from Jim’s studio at 57 Symphony Circle since 1995. Jim has produced both broadcast and non-broadcast projects for a wide range of clients over the last 25 years. He was on the ground floor of the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers where he produced the first Hall of Fame Ceremony in 1997. Since then, Jim has put in countless hours producing the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies year after year.

Nancy Sanders

News Operations Manager, WIVB-TV

Board Member

Nancy Sanders joined the BBA Board to become more involved with the issues facing broadcasters in our community such as cameras in courts, new technology as it affects our working environment and job duties. One of her passions and frustrations is the lack of access to broadcast archival material for the public. Nancy is on the front line of dealing with many requests from the public, documentary makers, etc. and would love to bring the archive project along.

Nancy has been heavily involved in producing and assigning news stories since 1973 – back in the days of film. She has fought hard to retrieve film archives from Channel 7 from the Buffalo Historical Society. Nancy believes Western New York’s newsrooms are sitting on riches of material from the past that should and could be used for programming and research. Nancy actively posts stories online and monitors and contributes to social media for WIVB.

Nancy has previous stints as Assistant News Director at WKBW TV for more than 30 years, News Director at Bridges TV for two and a half years, and Special Projects at WGRZ TV for one year. She has been Operations Manager at WIVB for more than 5 years and was inducted into the BBA Hall of Fame in 2013.

Avery Schneider

Reporter, Program Host and Administrative Assistant, WBFO-FM

Board Member

Avery Schneider is a Reporter, Program Host, and Administrative Assistant at WBFO News, Buffalo’s NPR station. He began his broadcasting career behind the microphone as a disc jockey for WRUB, the State University at Buffalo’s student radio station. Avery ventured into journalism as a staff writer for The Spectrum at the University at Buffalo, and then into broadcast journalism as a newsroom intern at WBFO. He was part of the team that covered the crash of Flight 3407, which won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and PRNDI First Place Award for Breaking News. Avery also worked as a Media Specialist Intern for University Communications at the University at Buffalo.

In 2010, Avery became a part-time evening reporter for WBFO. Since 2014, he has been back on the airwaves at WBFO, taking a hands-on approach to covering news around Western New York and hosting weekend programs.

Avery is a 2010 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in English, a Journalism Certificate, and minors in Education and Military Science. He has been an active member of the BBA Board since 2015 and serves as the association’s website manager.

Buddy Shula

Owner, WECK 1230 AM and 102.9 FM

Board Member

Buddy Shula began his radio career in Buffalo back in 1983, when he was a high school intern at WPHD. Most of the time, he was running to Arby’s for JP, who Buddy credits for his radio “shot”. At just 16 years old, Buddy was on the air at that same station. Minor on air stints at WZIR, WVOR, WBTA followed and, in 1986, he was hired on air at WYRK. Buddy was part of the WYRK staff that saw the resurgence in country music. He spent ten years at WYRK and then moved to locally owned WNUC to become its afternoon drive personality along with working in sales and marketing. In 1999, Buddy was hired for on air and sales work at Q102.5. Since then, he has remained at Entercom as host and creator of WBEN’s “Buffalo Means Business,” spotlighting local business every Saturday at 6pm.Buddy‘s main role at Entercom is as one of the company’s top revenue producing marketing managers. He has been recognized several times in Radio Ink, along with being a contestant award winner at Entercom. For more information on Buddy, visit www.buddyshula.com.

Hon. Penny Wolfgang

NYS State Supreme Court (retired)

Board Member

Don Yearke

WIVB-TV (retired)

Board Member

Don Yearke has a lifetime of experience in many areas of radio and television. He worked as a disc jockey and in news at WUSJ, WNIA, WEBR, WBNY and WKBW. Don was a reporter, producer and photographer at WKBW-TV for many years before joining WBEN-TV and WIVB-TV as a photojournalist. He as chief videographer at WIVB for 18 years before retiring. Don still works for WIVB-TV as a freelance photojournalist. He has been an active member of the BBA Board and is involved in the archive project. Don is a past president of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a BBA Hall of Fame member inducted in 2004.

 

Gregory Garrett

SUNY Buffalo State (Student)

Student Ambassador

Dave “DG” Gillen

WGRZ-TV

Chairman Emeritus

Dave Gillen started a radio station at Grand Island High School that lead to his first job in radio at WEBR while still in high school. He also worked part time WGRQ, WACJ and WNYS before becoming Music Director for WKSE in 1985. In 1992, Dave joined WMJQ for afternoons and as Assistant Program Director, eventually becoming Program Director. In 2000, he shifted gears to take a position as Account Executive at WJYE and was a Senior Account Executive with WYRK until 2007 when he accepted a position as Account Executive at WIVB/WNLO. In 2010, Dave was promoted to Director of New Business Development at the stations and, in 2013, joined the sales team at WGRZ. In addition to his full time job, he joined the on air staff of Mix 96 in 2014 working middays every other Saturday. Dave served as President of the BBA Board from 2004 through 2014. He was appointed Chairman of the BBA in 2015.