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A new face has joined the desk of WIVB-TV’s Wake Up!
WKBW-TV reporter and Saturday evening anchor Liz Lewin has left after completing her second stint with the station.
Lewin rejoined the ABC affiliate in June 2016 and was a reporter for the station’s morning show. In August 2017, it was announced that Lewin would be taking over the Saturday evening anchor spot. She had quietly left the station earlier this summer and is now headed west. Lewin announced on social media that she will be the new weekend morning anchor at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan.
Lewin is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University in New York City and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
The station also wasted no time in searching for a replacement for Lewin. The newest member of the WKBW-TV team is reporter Madison Carter.
Carter, a Syracuse University graduate, comes to Western New York after working at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia, for two years. She began as a multimedia journalist and eventually rose to the role of morning anchor. Her reporting was honored with two Virginias Associated Press Awards and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
In the station’s press release, Vice President and General Manager Mike Nurse said, “I look forward to seeing her embrace the WNY community and report on the issues that affect our area.”
Buddy Shula, CEO and owner of WECK, announced that Richard “Dick” Bauerle has joined WECK-AM/FM as a Senior Marketing Manager.
Bauerle, who has over three decades of experience, joins the station after 12 years with Entercom Buffalo as an Account Executive. In the station’s press release, Bauerle said, “I have watched Buddy grow his radio station group to a major player in Buffalo in a very short time and it is time for me to hop on board.”
The station employs a number of veteran on-air personalities and recognized behind-the-scenes personnel since Shula’s purchase of the station.
As one anchor prepares to leave, another anchor is moving across town.
WNED-FM has named Mark Swarts (above) as the new morning host following the departure of Bob Krum in early May.
Swarts, who joined the station in January 2017, had been hosting the some of the station’s evening programming before making the switch to his new role.
In a press release from WNED, Swarts worked in radio 37 years ago as Production Director and Morning DJ for WWOL and WACJ.
He will officially take over the morning show on Monday, July 9 and host the 6 to 11 a.m. program.
In case you missed it, former morning host Bob Krum left the station in early May after ten years with the station.
Krum had originally joined the station as a music librarian and maintained the station’s CD collection. In 2013, Krum took over the morning host duties and developed several holiday programs including “A Krummy Christmas.”
Before working at WNED-FM, Krum was a mathematics teacher at Canisius High School for over two decades.
Matt Moran is the newest reporter/anchor at WBEN-AM and joined the station in May 2018 in a full-time capacity.
Moran is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and had worked at Spectrum News Buffalo as a Sports Production Assistant and as a part-time producer and reporter for WBEN-AM before landing the full-time gig.
He fills the vacancy created by Dave Debo, who left the station in March to become News Director of WBFO-FM.
As WECK-AM/FM provides more local programming, two BBA board members are now hosting shows on the station.
Owner and CEO Buddy Shula hosts the “Living Senior Radio” show on Saturdays beginning July 7, 2018. The program can be heard on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In a press release from the station, the program will feature segments from local businesses and services that would be of interest to listeners who are of age 55 and older. The program will also tackle topics including health care restaurants, and legal counsel. “Buffalo is a city that has a very large population over 55 years old. My job with this show, and with WECK is to cater to this age demographic,” said Shula.
Also, since November 2017, former WKBW-TV Business First reporter and current Director of Public Relations for AAA WCNY Elizabeth Carey has been co-hosting “AAA Talking Travel” with Brian Murray, Director of Travel for AAA WCNY.
Carey and Murray host the weekly program with segments about domestic/international travel and tips and ideas for future trips. The program airs on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 6:30 a.m.
Links to previous episodes are available on WECK’s website at http://weckbuffalo.com/podcasts/aaa-travel-show