Legendary broadcaster Sandy Beach will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in October as part of the 2017 class. Beach currently hosts his morning program on WBEN-AM during the week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is a staple of Buffalo broadcasting having been in the market for 35 years.
His career in Buffalo radio started at WKBW-AM in 1968 and joined WBEN-AM in 2003. He hosted the afternoon drive for 10 years before morning to the mid-morning slot in 2013. Beach’s career has also brought him to Hartford, Dallas, San Francisco, and Milwaukee in an on-air capacity. According to the NYSBA, Beach is a three time nominee for Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year. Beach is also a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2003. Additionally, he earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a DJ in 2013.
Anchor and reporter Brittni Smallwood has left WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate, after 5 years at the station. Smallwood was named the 8 a.m. anchor of the station’s flagship morning program, “Wake Up!” in 2015 and took over co-anchoring duties after Teresa Weakley left the station in 2016. After nearly a year of filling-in for Weakley, Smallwood returned to her 8 a.m. spot after Melanie Orlins was hired. The timing of her departure works out because she is expected to give birth to her first child in a couple weeks.
Smallwood came to Buffalo after working at WETM-TV in Elmira and is a graduate of Syracuse and Saint Francis University. She has also been a mentor for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Student Mentoring Program for the past two years where she met 1-on-1 with a student that is interested in a career in broadcasting.
WKBW-TV launched a new news program on Tuesday titled, “The Now.” The program is anchored by Hannah Buehler along with weather forecasts from Chief Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski. The 30-minute program will air at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. “The Now” is a program that blends local, national, and international news with entertainment and lifestyle stories and features an entirely digital set superimposed on a green screen.
Two WNY stations are teaming up for the only live and local pregame show for the Buffalo Bills. WIVB-TV and WROC-TV have launched Buffalo Kickoff Live. The program will feature WIVB’s Josh Reed and Nick Filipowski, WGR-AM and Sideline Reporter Sal Capaccio, WROC’s Thad Brown, and Scott Pitoniak. You can catch the program on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. on WIVB-TV and at 7 p.m. on November 2, before the Thursday night game.