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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 (http://www.buffaloheritage.com/shop/classic-rock-classic-jock-the-jim-santella-story/). It is also available at Talking Leaves, Record Theatre, The Buffalo Store, Premier Gourmet, Viddler’s Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

fullsizerenderCurrent Buffalo Broadcasters Association Board Member Carl Lam is now covering weather duties at WGRZ-TV on a fill-in basis with the station. He made his first appearance on Sunday’s evening broadcasts and will continue to cover when needed. Lam is a former two time intern at WGRZ-TV with the news department in 2013 and the weather team in 2014. He is also continuing his role as a fill-in traffic reporter with the NFTA appearing on Daybreak. He joins the team of Kevin O’Connell, Patrick Hammer, Maria Genero, Jennifer Stanonis, Kevin O’Neill, and Mary Beth Wrobel.

heather-waldmanAnd also, if you missed the update from August, meteorologist Heather Waldman will also be joining Storm Team 2 and splitting evening shifts with Maria Genero, when Kevin O’Connell is expected to retire. The Penn State Graduate has been working at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania and is expected to arrive sometime in early 2017.

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As an “In Case You Missed It” story, vwhtt-logoeteran DJ Dan Rinelli joined WHTT-FM back in October of 2016 on weekend and fill-in on-air duties. He had previously been with Townsquare Media since 2008 as Production Director and then later became the Afternoon Drive Host at Mix 96 (WMSX-FM). Rinelli left the cluster in May 2016.

quattriniAfter spending less than a year at WIVB-TV, reporter Nick Quattrini has left the station at the end of November. He joined the CBS affiliate after spending five years at WENY-TV in Elmira in March of 2016 and was assaulted while covering a story in Niagara Falls along with his photographer in October of 2016. In a Twitter message, he confirmed that he has taken a job back at WENY-TV in Elmira as the Assistant News Director and evening anchor for the 6 & 11 p.m. shows.

 

Finally, producer Sara Johnson has also left WIVB-TV. The St. Bonaventure graduate spent two years working at the CBS affiliate and previously spent time working at wivb-logoWHAM-TV in Rochester. Johnson did not reveal her future plans but is moving out of the area.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Kevin O'Connell's Facebook Page
Photo Credit: Kevin O’Connell’s Facebook Page

Chief Weather Anchor Kevin O’Connell from WGRZ-TV can add the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ (NATAS) Silver Circle award to his long list of accolades. O’Connell joined the NBC affiliate in 1993.

The Gold & Silver Circles are made up from a highly distinguished broadcast professionals who have made significant contributions to their respective market. O’Connell was one of seventeen individuals selected to receive this prestigious award and no one else in Western New York has ever claimed this honor.

The ceremony was held in New York City at the Time Warner Center last week and other notable names receiving the Gold or Silver Circle award include Pat Battle from WNBC-TV, Diana Williams from WABC-TV, and Gabe Pressman from WNBC-TV.

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allan-harrisSince we posted about the story, there’s been an update to Allan Harris’ road to getting a healthy kidney. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Harris received a call that he would be receiving a kidney transplant. However, after several tests, the kidney was not healthy enough and Harris remains at the top of the waiting list.

According to the article from WBEN, Harris had been undergoing dialysis while also working a split shift to keep listeners updated on the latest road conditions. Harris, who also worked in Rochester in television and radio, came back to Buffalo in 2007 and has been with the station covering traffic duties during the week and Sunday morning news duties.

We’ve got Allan in our thoughts and he’ll return to the airwaves on Monday, December 5th.