In an announcement made this morning on his Facebook page, Brian Meyer will be leaving his position of Senior Director of News and Public Affairs at WBFO-FM on March 30, 2018.
In a move announced by owner Buddy Shula, Joe Chille, longtime morning host and operations manager at WJYE-FM (now WMSX-FM), will host the afternoon drive on WECK-FM from 3 to 7 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. The 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee takes over for Mike Jacobs, who moves to more duties behind-the-scenes and will continue to host weekends. Chille will begin his duties on Monday, January 22. Danny Neaverth will continue hosting Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m.
January 2018 will be an active period of change for WGRZ-TV and WKBW-TV as anchors and meteorologists are prepared to exchange shifts.
One of the most recognizable names in Buffalo broadcasting has passed away. Former WKBW-TV anchor Irv Weinstein died after a long battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Tuesday afternoon. He was 87 years old.
WIVB-TV was the first station in the market to launch a 4 p.m. and now they will be the first to launch a 6:30 p.m. newscast airing on its sister station, WNLO-TV. The station had been airing promos for the new newscast, which will begin on Monday, January 15, 2018.
Two well-known local broadcasters will serve on the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Board of Directors beginning in January. Elizabeth Carey from AAA and formerly of WKBW-TV/Business First and Jim Pastrick of Townsquare Media will begin three-year terms in helping to further the organization’s mission, programs, and projects.
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.