Remembering the past... looking toward the future!

Earlier this month, four Buffalo Broadcasters Association board members presented at the Broadcast Education Association’s National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The panel consisted of Chairman Heidi Raphael, Annemarie Franczyk, Mike Igoe, and moderator Carl Lam. The panel presented on building educational outreach programs with connections from local media and how educators across the country can bring this model to their classrooms.

The programs mentioned in the presentation are run locally by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. The Student Mentoring Program is now in its third year and will feature a new group of students to be announced later this week. Also, the Peer 2 Peer Speakers Tour was shared as a model of connecting broadcasters with students in candid conversations with industry professionals who can relate to what students are learning in the classroom.

The national conference was host to over 1,200 attendees and spanned 4 days at the Westgate Hotel and Convention Center.

Following the news about Brian Meyer’s upcoming departure from WBFO-FM at the end of March, the station has named Dave Rosenthal as the Senior Director of News and Public Affairs. Rosenthal will begin his new position on April 1, 2018. According to the press release, Rosenthal will be responsible for the news department at WBFO along with WNED-TV’s public affairs programming and digital media projects.

WECK-AM/FM will start broadcasting on its second FM frequency in the spring. The Federal Communications Commission granted WECK-FM the additional frequency of 100.5FM, which will cover the Buffalo Northtowns, in addition to the current 102.9FM frequency, which covers the Southtowns. The station’s 1230AM frequency covers all of the Buffalo Metro area.

According to Buddy Shula, owner of WECK-AM/FM, the frequency was granted to that station as a part of the AM Revitalization Project, an initiative from the FCC. “It will be great to have the WECK brand and all associated content on FM covering the entire metro,” Shula said.

He expects that the frequency will be in operation by mid-April.


WBFO-FM is beefing up the staff with two new hires including Nick Lippa and broadcasting veteran Sandy White.

Lippa (left), will transition to a full-time role with the station in early February, is currently hosting weekend programing on the NPR affiliate and assisting with general reporting. In his new role, he will continue to serve as news anchor, reporter, and host of “Nick’s Flix” on WNED-FM. Lippa is a former WBFO intern and is a graduate of Buffalo State College.

The station is also bringing back longtime journalist Sandy White (right) to the Buffalo broadcasting landscape as the lead reporter for the Seniors News Desk. The grant for this sponsored news desk is coming from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The two-year grant will provide $20,000 per year to the initiative.

According to Current, the public media trade publication, WBFO will be expected to provide 50 on-air news reports during that time. “There are so many issues facing seniors – healthcare trends, retirement living, working during retirement, financial planning/security, transportation, exercise, nutrition, courtship, and leveraging technology,” said Brian Meyer, News Director at WBFO, in a statement. “Our coverage will cast a spotlight on senior issues in a way that will educate, engage and entertain our radio and digital audiences.”

Sandy White has worked across the country at KNBC-TV, KCOP-TV, BET and spent over 15 years at WIVB-TV and WGRZ-TV combined where she worked alongside Rich Newberg and Les Trent. In her time outside of broadcasting, she started the Mustard Seed World Consulting Group.


 Miranda Ruckdeschel and Marybeth Calabrese have both left WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate. Ruckdeschel was in her second stint with the station and worked with the station from 2013 to 2016. She had previously worked at then YNN Buffalo and WKBW-TV as the morning show producer.
Calabrese, who joined the station less than one year ago from WHEC-TV in Rochester, has left the station to pursue other opportunities outside of broadcasting. She is a Western New York native and is an alumna of Buffalo State College.