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After 14 years with WBLK-FM, Chris Reynolds has left the station. He has served in multiple roles with the company including the most recent combination of Brand Manager/Program Director, Midday Personality, and Promotions Director (which was added recently).  The news was announced on AllAccess this morning.

Reynolds joined WBLK-FM in 2003 but had previously worked in Flint, Baltimore, Houston, Loos Angeles, and Tulsa, which is his hometown. During his time as Brand Manager, ratings soared to second place in the Buffalo market with a strong 9.3 rating for the Fall of 2016.

“The ratings on the station speak volumes to how we were able to touch the community in a real and emotional way; in fact, our recent Fall ratings were the best for the station in over two decades, we accomplished #1 in virtually every demo and all day-parts,” Reynolds said to AllAccess (you can read the full article here).

As we begin March, there have been a few changes to the staffing behind the camera.

Nate Benson from WGRZ-TV is leaving after more than 3 years with the station. Benson worked overnights as a photographer and editor and then added the title of reporter to his credits in covering breaking news. He also worked on reports for part of the “Innovate WNY’ series and investigated topics like 3D-printing, earthquake engineering, and how ice cream is developed at Perry’s. Before joining WGRZ-TV, Benson worked at WBBZ-TV as a technical director and producer and he’s a graduate of the University at Buffalo. He is leaving the broadcasting business and headed for a position with 43 North.

Producer, photographer, and photojournalist, Jim Gibbons has also left WGRZ-TV after coming to the station in 2015. He joins former News Director Jeff Woodard’s staff at the State University of New York at Fredonia as a photographer/editor in the Department of Marketing and Communications. In his time before coming to WGRZ-TV, he spent five years as photographer for Time Warner Cable News Syracuse and also worked with News 10 Now. Gibbons is a graduate of Lyndon State College.

Following the departure of photogrpaher Jim Herr, WKBW-TV has added Rob Neves as an overnight photographer. The Fredonia graduate came to the station from FOX46 Charlotte (WJZY-TV), where he served as an audio engineer. He also worked at WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh before the stint in Charlotte. He began his position with WKBW-TV in February of 2017.



In an interview with Linda Pellegrino on Tuesday’s edition of AM Buffalo, Jon Summers announced that he is retiring after nearly 59 years in the broadcasting business. Summers was dubbed AM Buffalo’s “Man Around Town” and did local segments at senior centers, festivals, home/garden shows, and much more.

Summers spent 27 years as co-host of the program with Linda Pellegrino and has also been the voice of WKBW-TV by recording commercials that would air throughout the day on the station. From his interview, he stated that there hasn’t been a single week since 1974 that his voice hasn’t appeared on the station in some way.

He came to Buffalo after working in Washington D.C. to WKBW-AM in 1974 and worked with other local stations including WBEN-AM/FM, WJYE-FM, and WECK-AM.

You can see the complete interview of Jon and Linda by clicking on this link.

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Dominic Mancuso has been appointed as the new Vice President and General Manager of WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV by Nexstar Broadcasting as of this morning. The move comes as a part of Nexstar Broadcasting merging with Media General.

According to the press release, Mancuso comes to WIVB-TV with 33 years of broadcasting and sales experience. He was most recently the Vice President and General Manager of WOIO-TV and WUAB-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. Before that, Mancuso worked in Nashville, Tennessee as the General Manager of WZTV-TV, WUXP-TV, and WNAB-TV.

Mancuso has spent over half his career in Chicago, Illinois, as a Vice President of Programming and Promotions for WFLD-TV and WPWR-TV and also in various voles at WGN-TV in the sales department and later became the Station Manager.

Effective immediately, he replaces Rene LaSpina, the former General Manager, who had been at the station since June of 2013.

WBFO has launched their newest news desk that will be covered by reporter and BBA Board Member, Avery Schneider (above). The Health and Wellness Desk is the fourth content-specific news desk in the newsroom and is funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

Schneider interned with WBFO when it was part of the University at Buffalo in 2010 and returned in 2014 serving multiple roles including program host, reporter, and administrative assistant. He will serve as the lead reporter on this desk assignment.

His new assignment joins Eileen Buckley, Chris Caya, and Scott Sackett, all of whom covered specific areas in the Western New York community.

News broke earlier today that Entercom has entered into an agreement to merge with CBS Radio. According to, the newly combined company will have  244 stations and a share in 23 of the top 25 markets across the nation. This move will make Entercome the largest pure-play radio station owner in the country. 

The current President of Entercom, David Field, will lead the merged company once the transaction is approved.

There are currently 7 stations owned by Entercom in Western New York including WGR-AM, WTSS-FM, WKSE-FM, WBEN-AM, WLKK-FM, WWKB-AM, and WWWS-AM.

In news from today, Afternoon Drive Host/Assistant Program Director/Music Director Jud Heussler (pictured above) is leaving Kiss 98.5 (WKSE-FM) after spending nearly 8 years with the station. The Fredonia graduate began at the station as an intern and took over the afternoon hosting duties in 2012. Heussler is moving south and heading to Raleigh, North Carolina to be Program Director at duoply Pulse FM 96.9 & 102.5 (WWPL-FM and WPLW-FM). His last day on the air in Buffalo will be Tuesday, January 31. He was also the recipient of the Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2013 from the BEMAs, which used to be hosted by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.

Also from the Entercom cluster, traffic reporter Allan Harris has undergone a successful kidney transplant. The news was confirmed on Twitter by WBEN-AM on Friday afternoon. Just before Thanksgiving, Harris had announced on the air that there was a kidney transplant available, however, it wasn’t a match. Tim Wenger and Randy Bushover have been filling in while Harris is out recovering. No timetable has been announced of when he will return but we wish him the best as he gets well!

WGRZ-TV’s Claudine Ewing was featured in the Buffalo News article by Alan Pergament for celebrating 25 years in broadcasting. The Buffalo State graduate started off her career at WBEN-AM and WIVB-TV before making the switch over to WGRZ-TV in 1998. Ewing reports regularly and also fills-in on the anchor desk periodically. Congratulations to Claudine on such an incredible milestone!

In news from the producing world, WKBW-TV has added John Tummino as the 11 p.m. producer. He spent two years working at WPTZ-TV, which covered the Burlington, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York markets. He also worked at WSYR-TV and News 12 New Jersey following graduation from Syracuse University.

Also, Lucas Smith, former producer at WIVB-TV, is now an Executive Producer at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. As reported previously, Smith had spent 8 years with News 4 before heading south.

As we entered 2017, it was mentioned that weather anchor Kevin O’Connell had planned on retiring in January of this year. On last night’s broadcast, he shared with viewers that he will be staying for another year and a half, making the expected retirement date around June of 2018. The 41-year veteran of the business has already been inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for his work as a broadcaster and community icon.

Also from Tuesday night’s broadcast, O’Connell introduced meteorologist Heather Waldman, who officially started with the station on Monday. Waldman comes from AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania and is a Penn State alum. In the news release from WGRZ-TV, Waldman will be covering the weekend newscasts and also working behind-the-scenes three days during the week.

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In other news, WIVB-TV producer and St. Bonaventure alum Lucas Smith has left the station. He is moving to WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida. He had been with the station since 2009 and was producing the 5 p.m. newscasts during the week.

If you wanted to attend the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony but couldn’t get a ticket, you’re in luck! You can catch the broadcast tonight (Wednesday, December 28) at 8:30pm on WBBZ-TV.

Tune in to see broadcasting legends secure their place in Buffalo broadcasting history. You’ll see speeches and video compilations of former 97 Rock morning man Larry Norton, former WIVB-TV and current WKBW-TV meteorologist Don Paul, Susan Hunt of Pie Town Productions, former WKBW-TV Head of Operations Steve Zappia, WECK-AM’s Tom (Donahue) McCray, former WKBW-TV anchor Nolan Johannes. The broadcast will also include Stephanie Aponte, the Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award winner and The Fischers from WBTA-FM for 75 years in broadcasting.

WBBZ is at Channel 67.1 over-the-air, Channel 5 or 1230 (HD) for Time Warner Cable customers, Channel 5 for FiOS customers; Channel 5 for Dish customers; Channel 67 for DirecTV viewers.

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The Buffalo News reported late last week that John Zach, co-anchor of Buffalo’s Early News on WBEN-AM, is set to retire on December 30, 2016 after joining the station in 1998 and being paired with co-anchor Susan Rose since 2003. His career, that spans nearly 6 decades, started in the late 1950s when he met Danny Neaverth, who urged him to be a disc jockey. Following work in Georgia, his stops along the way included working on news teams at WKBW-AM (where he also served as news director) and WGR-AM.

Zach is one of the founding members of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, which was formed in 1996, and he was later inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

According to The Buffalo News, Brian Mazurowski will be the interim replacement until a successor is permanently named.

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Legendary broadcaster and Hall of Famer Jim Santella, known as the “Father of Progressive Rock in Buffalo,” has written a book that is available now and would make a great holiday gift! The book titled, “Classic Rock Classic Jock: The Jim Santella Story,” highlights his 45 year long career as readers get to learn more about Santella and his incredible accomplishments. His career brought him to Buffalo’s first progressive radio station, WYSL-FM and grew from there after hosting many programs in various music genres like country, jazz, and blues.

Buffalo Heritage Unlimited published the book and has it available for purchase on their website ( It is also available at Talking Leaves, Record Theatre, The Buffalo Store, Premier Gourmet, Viddler’s Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

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