In a tweet yesterday afternoon, WGRZ-TV sports anchor and reporter Jonah Javad announced that he would be leaving the station on February 20, 2018. Javad is staying within TEGNA and will be headed off to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, the fifth largest television market in the country, as a sports reporter and fill-in anchor.
As we approach the end of the year, it’s always a busy time for stations as new broadcasters join the staff. Here are some of the latest new hires from local stations.
On November 30 at The Lambs Club in New York City, 11 individuals were inducted at the New York Chapter Gold and Silver Circle Ceremony from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. WGRZ-TV’s Chief Photographer Andy DeSantis was honored with the Silver Circle Award, recognizing his commitment and contributions to the television industry for a quarter century or more.
WGRZ-TV News Director Athan Kompos announced late last week that Collin Bishop has been promoted to the role of Assistant News Director.
2014 Hall of Fame Inductee and WIVB-TV anchor Don Postles has been recovering after being on leave for a couple months.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Chairman Emeritus Dave Gillen left the sales team at WGRZ-TV in early September and made the switch to Townsquare Media. His new job includes being a part of the sales team at Townsquare and also is on-air weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight on WMSX-FM (Mix 96). Gillen had been working weekend shifts since 2014 at the station, since the format switched.
WEDG-FM (103.3 The Edge) has made two personnel moves in the past month.
Evan James took over the 7 to 10 p.m. slot on weekday evenings following the departure of Josh Potter earlier this year. James is also the station’s imaging director as a part of his full-time duties, in addition to his on-air role. James previously was covering weekend duties and began with Cumulus as an intern. He attended St. Francis High School and Hilbert College.
In another hire, Zaque Evans has joined the team at 103.3 The Edge after spending nearly 4 years at Entercom in a variety of roles including Promotions Manager and as an On-Air Personality with Alternative Buffalo. He will be covering weekend and fill-in duties at the new station while he continues pursuing a graduate degree from the University at Buffalo.
In an announcement on Thursday from CBS News President David Rhodes, Western New York native Jeff Glor will become the next anchor of the CBS Evening News starting in November. The Kenmore East graduate and Tonawanda native has been working at CBS News since 2007.
“Jeff is a thoughtful, probing journalist with the versatility to anchor in any circumstance — from daily reporting to the most significant events of our time,” Rhodes said in the announcement.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western New York will be holding their annual gala on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. The “Harvest of Hope” gala runs every year and supports muscular dystrophy and ALS research, which are both muscle-debilitating diseases that diminish one’s physical mobility and strength.
Weinstein will be honored at this year’s gala and has already pledged $25,000 to this year’s event in support of research leading to a cure. Weinstein was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2016 and an outpouring of support from the Buffalo was sent to Mission Viejo, California, in the form of greeting cards filled with well wishes.
He retired from the station in 1999 and was a mainstay at WKBW-TV for over 30 years as a part of the longest running television anchor team in history for 24 years alongside Tom Jolls and Rick Azar.
The Weinstein’s are challenging the community to match their support of the MDA in the Western New York area. Tickets to the event can be purchased by clicking here.
In a move announced this morning by President & General Manager Jim Toellner, Adam Benigni will replace John Beard as co-anchor of Daybreak beginning in January 2018. Beard is scheduled to retire at the end of the year.
Benigni, who has been with the station since 1997, served as the station’s Sports Director after Ed Kilgore’s retirement in 2013. Earlier this year, Benigni temporarily filled in at the anchor desk after Scott Levin left the station. He moved away from that temporary role in September 2017.