Lynn Engle (left) has parted ways with Classical 94.5 WNED. She joined the station in March of 2013 on a part-time basis and was the host of Evening Classics two nights a week and also Classical Canada.
WIVB, Channel 4 sports anchor/reporter Lauren Brill is leaving the station after her contract expires at the end of the month. She’s been with Channel 4 for three years, anchoring weekend sports broadcasts and reporting during the week. Brill has landed a job at WEWS in Cleveland as a sports reporter.
There have been two industry moves on the sales front in Buffalo broadcasting. First, Dan Budsinski has resigned from Townsquare to become local sales manager at WUTV/WNYO. And Angelo Cicatello has left WUTV/WNYO for WBBZ-TV, where he was appointed general sales manager.
Veteran radio broadcaster Jack Mindy celebrated his “second” retirement Tuesday (June 30th) from WGMC 90.1FM in Greece, NY. Six years after leaving his daily airshift as a jazz host, Mindy has retired as the WGMC’s operations manager. He grew up in Buffalo and spent part of his career as a host on WBEN 930AM and WWKB 1520AM.
Jazzy T from WBLK 93.7FM will appear on the new TBS and Funny or Die series “America’s Next Weatherman,” a show produced by Mark Burnett. She along with 11 others will go through a series of physical challenges and “dramatic vote offs” with the end goal of a chance to do a forecast on CNN’s New Day. The series will begin airing on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00pm on TBS.
WKBW, Channel 7 news anchor/reporter Kendra Eaglin is leaving the station. She anchored her final newscast Saturday (June 27th). Eaglin posted on her Facebook page that she is moving home to Oakland, California. Her posting did not indicate if she has another TV job lined up. Eaglin joined Channel 7 as a reporter five years ago. She then began anchoring the 6 and 11pm newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. Last year, her weekend role was reduced to Saturdays when the anchor team of Ed Drantch and Katie Morse was assigned the Sunday newscasts.
Steve Cichon has been hired as a part-time associate producer for a WNED-TV documentary on painkiller addictions. The BlueCross Blueshield Association is funding the project, which begins production this fall. Cichon is former news director of WBEN 930AM.
The TV news and gossip site, ftvlive.com, is reporting that Lisa Polster is no longer news director of WKBW, Channel 7. Polster is said to be joining WIVB, Channel 4 as morning executive producer. Aaron Mason, Channel 7’s assistant news director, succeeds Polster on an interim basis.
WIVB, Channel 4 is bringing in a new weekend reporter. Ali Ingersoll will join Channel 4 on June 29th. Ingersoll has been a reporter for WTAJ in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which serves the central portion of the state. Ingersoll was a multi-media journalist for the station’s bureau in State College. She is a graduate of Penn State. Ingersoll did internships at ABC News and WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. After graduation, she spent a year at a CBS-affiliate in Wausau, Wisconsin before joining WTAJ.
Industry trade publication “Inside Radio” has promoted former Buffalo radio personality Paul Heine to managing editor. He had been senior editor. Heine succeeds Frank Sax, who has left to pursue other interests. Heine joined “Inside Radio” in 2009 after serving as executive editor of “Radio & Records” and “Billboard Radio Monitor.” He was a part of the old WGRQ (now 97 Rock) during its early days as an album rock station.
Shannon Ross has been hired as the new morning executive producer at WKBW, Channel 7. She has also worked as an executive producer for Time Warner Cable News and a producer at WIVB, Channel 4. Ross is a former member of the BBA board.
WGRZ, Channel 2 reporter Scott Brown returned to work Monday following an eight month medical leave. Buffalo News TV critic Alan Pergament said Brown will be working on a part-time basis. The veteran reporter confirmed he was “dealing with some health issues since last fall.” But Brown said he’s feeling better and is “happy to be back at work.”
Scott Sackett has returned to WNED 94.5FM as a part-time classical music host. Sackett served as morning host at WNED from 1999 to 2006. He left the station in 2006 to create his own company, Skipping Stone Pictures. He is an independent producer for PBS. Sackett fills a void created by the departures of veteran part-timers Marty Wimmer and John Andres over the past year.
WGRZ, Channel 2 has hired a new meteorologist. He is Patrick Hammer, whose most recent job was as a fill-in at Minneapolis TV station, KARE. Previously, he was a full-time meteorologist at KTSP in Minneapolis. According to Buffalo News TV Critic Alan Pergament, Hammer is the heir apparent to Channel 2’s chief meteorologist Kevin O’Connell. In a post on his blog Talkin’ TV, Pergament reports O’Connell will fulfill the final year-and-a-half of his current contract but has expressed a desire to scale back. Hammer will begin as a weekend meteorologist on Channel 2 and will fill in when O’Connell is off. Hammer wrote on his Twitter feed that he is “totally fired up” about coming to Buffalo. O’Connell is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame who has had a stellar career. By the end of his contract, O’Connell will have spent a quarter-century as Channel 2’s lead weather anchor. Before that, he spent some time as a weather anchor and game show host in Los Angeles. O’Connell began his career as a disc jockey at the old WYSL 1400AM and WEBR 970AM. He then moved to WBEN TV (now WIVB), Channel 4 in the mid-1970s where he did weather and a daily radio show on WBEN 930AM. In 2011, O’Connell made a brief return to radio as the host of a voice-tracked afternoon music show on WECK 1230AM.
Tom McCray, known to legions of radio listeners in Buffalo as Tom Donahue, has retired as an associate professor of Communications at Buffalo State College. He has taught countless students — including such luminaries as Dave Cash, Gabe DiMaio, Claudine Ewing, Mylous Hairston, George Richert, Tom Calderone, Tom Tran, Tom Shuh and more — the art of radio broadcasting and production since joining the Buffalo State faculty in 1980. During all that time, Donahue has maintained a presence on Buffalo radio. He currently is host of Good Morning, Buffalo on WECK 1230AM and 102.9FM.
WGRZ, Channel 2’s Jen Stanonis has earned the highest weather seal awarded to a meteorologist in television — the CBM Weather Seal, which means she is now a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. It’s given by the American Meteorological Society. Jen is a member of the BBA board.
Veteran Buffalo TV sales executive Ed Bassler has been named general manager of WWNY/WNYF, Watertown, New York. The announcement was made by Lucy Brown, president of Kenosha, Wisconsin-based United Communications Corporation, which owns the CBS and FOX combination. Bassler begins at the station Monday, June 29. Most recently Bassler has been vice president of sales for WBBZ, Buffalo. He is a native of Cazenovia, New York. Bassler also worked at Buffalo’s WIVB and WKBW.
Stacey Bell, a weekend news anchor at WNBC-TV in New York City, is moving to Buffalo. There is no indication yet of whether she’s hoping to land at one of Buffalo’s three major news stations. In a posting on her Facebook page, Bell said, “stay tuned.” She did not give a reason for her move here. Bell had been at WNBC for just over a year. She made news during a severe winter storm in January when she was nearly struck by an out-of-control car while reporting live. Previously, Bell worked at a Long Island TV station as well as at the FOX affiliate in Cleveland.
WIVB, Channel 4 has made some personnel reassignments. Brittni Smallwood, who had been anchoring “Weekend Wake Up!,” will become a reporter during the weekday “Wake Up!” broadcast from 5 to 7am on WIVB. Smallwood will then anchor the 8am hour of the show on sister station, WNLO, Channel 23. Marissa Perlman, who recently arrived at WIVB from a station in Elmira, will succeed Smallwood as “Weekend Wake Up!” anchor. The changes are expected to take place in early June.
One of the recent new arrivals at WIVB, Channel 4, Callan Gray, will become the station’s new weekend anchor for WIVB’s 6 and 11pm newscasts and the 10pm newscast on WNLO, Channel 23. Gray was one of three new staffers who were given tryouts in recent weeks. Also competing for the anchor position were Dave Greber and Marissa Perlman. Gray is a Syracuse University graduate, who arrived at WIVB from a station in Bristol, VA. WIVB News Director Scott Levy told Buffalo News TV critic Alan Pergament that Gray has “a natural presence behind the desk and has a style that allows her to connect with viewers.” She’ll assume her new duties on May 23rd. Gray succeeds Lou Raguse, who left WIVB early this year for a TV job in Wisconsin.
Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer Dick Biondi is celebrating his 55th anniversary at WLS Radio in Chicago. He joined the station on May 2, 1960 following a two-year stint as the 7 to midnight host on the old WKBW Radio 1520. Biondi, 82, hosts a nightly music show on WLS-FM from 11pm to 2am. He was inducted into the BBA Hall in 2011.
Local comedian Eddy Dobosiewicz, known as “Airborne Eddy,” has been removed as a contributor to two Buffalo television stations after a Twitter posting about the racial unrest in Baltimore that many felt was offensive. WKBW, Channel 7 dismissed Dobosiewicz, who had been contributing nostalgia pieces as part of the series “Queen City Chronicles” on Eyewitness News. Dobosiewicz was also suspended by WBBZ, Channel 67 where he was a longtime co-host of “Off Beat Cinema.” It’s not known if Dobosiewicz will be allowed to return to WBBZ. Dobosiewicz wrote an article for the website, Politics NY, where he offered an apology.
Congratulations, BBA Hall of Famer Tom Calderone! VH1 President Tom Calderone will receive the Cultural Ambassador Award at the 2nd Annual Arts Services Initiatives (ASI) Cultural Awards. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30-8:30pm at Hotel @ The Lafayette. It is presented by M & T Bank. The event will feature awards, live performances, a gallery featuring the works of the winners and finalists, open bar and food! Individual Tickets are $75, Patron Tickets are $100, and Patron Tables are $800 and are available at www.asiwny.org
Sal Capaccio is the new full-time beat reporter for the Buffalo Bills at WGR 550AM. He announced his appointment in a series of “tweets” to his Twitter followers.
Capaccio says he’s always “had a passion for talking and writing about football, the NFL and specifically the Bills.” He joined WGR several years ago as a weekend talk show host. Capaccio has filled in for vacationing full-timers at WGR and was the sideline reporter for Bills games on the station last season. He succeeds Joe Buscaglia, who left WGR last month to cover the Bills for WKBW, Channel 7.
Entercom General Manager Greff Ried also announced the promotion of producer Matthew Coller to digital editor at WGR.
WIVB, Channel 4 has hired three new reporters. According to the industry website TVSpy, all three will be on board in the coming week. Marissa Perlman arrives April 6th from WETM-TV in Elmira, where she’s spent the past three years. On April 7th, Katie Alexander joins the News 4 staff. Her resume includes stints at KWQC-TV in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa as well as WWNY-TV in Watertown, New York. Callan Gray is expected to start April 13th from WCYB-TV in Bristol, Virginia. While in college, Gray was a freelancer at WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York. TVSpy also reports Dan Schrack was hired as an assignment editor while Sara Mullen was named special projects/weekend editor.
Veteran Buffalo radio news reporter Michael Mroziak is returning to WBFO 88.7FM. Mroziak, who most recently served as sports editor of the Niagara Gazette, is filling a reporter’s vacancy and will begin his new duties on April 1st. He spent two years as a reporter at WBFO prior to the station’s sale from the University at Buffalo to the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association. Mroziak’s resume also includes stints as a reporter and anchor at the old WNED-AM and WBEN 930AM. He spent time as a news producer at WIVB, Channel 4.
Joe Buscaglia is joining the sports staff of WKBW, Channel 7. Buscaglia informed his Twitter followers that he’ll serve as Bills beat reporter for Eyewitness News. That was the role he served in while working for WGR 550AM. Buscaglia will also report on other sports stories and will serve as a fill-in sports anchor. He’ll continue the strong online presence on WKBW that he created for himself at WGR. Buscaglia will start his new job on April 1.
Chris Musial has joined WBBZ-TV as vice president and general manager. Musial, who retired as WIVB/WNLO-TV president and GM in 2013, has been serving as a consultant to WBBZ for the last few months. He is in the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame as well as the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
WIVB, Channel 4 news staffers Lou Raguse and Emily Guggenmos are leaving the station after three years. Raguse and Guggenmos, who are married, plan a move to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raguse has accepted a reporter’s position at KARE-TV. Guggenmos plans to focus on raising daugther Violet and will take on freelance assignments. The move to Minneapolis brings them close to their respective families. Raguse has served as weekend anchor and a reporter at Channel 4 while Guggenmos has been a morning reporter. Guggenmos wrote on her Facebook page that they have “truly enjoyed” their time in Western New York. Their last day at Channel 4 is March 11th.
Two more young reporters are exiting WIVB, Channel 4. According to Alan Pergament’s blog Talkin’ TV, Joe Melillo is moving to a bigger market, Indianapolis, where he will work at WISH-TV. That station is owned by Channel 4’s parent company, LIN Media. Melillo’s time in Buffalo was short, having arrived at Channel 4 in July 2014. Also, the Channel 4 news staff was informed that Elysia Rodriguez had left the station after one year on the job. Coming to WIVB starting in March is Jenn Schanz, who has worked in the Lincoln, Nebraska market. The station has also hired Dave Greber, who has worked as an anchor at WBNG in Binghamton, New York. He’s slated to be a reporter at Channel 4 but could serve as a substitute anchor, given his background.
Dick Biondi returned to the airwaves of WLS-FM in Chicago on February 3rd. The 82-year-old Biondi hosts a music show from 11pm to 2am. He had been off the air since mid-December after coming down with the flu and then injuring himself in a fall at his home. Biondi, who hosted evenings at WKBW Radio in Buffalo in the late 1950s, is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
WIVB-TV news anchor Don Postles has signed a new two-year contract with the station, according to Alan Pergament’s blog Talkin’ TV. Station management declined comment because it’s a contractual matter. But the new contract assures that Postles will continue as the station’s primary male anchor at 5, 6 and 11pm.
WBFO 88.7FM has parted company with Sunday evening Blues host Anita West. Pat Feldballe, who has been hosting the Blues on Saturday nights, is now hosting Sunday as well. Feldballe owns his own video production company and is a member of the board of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. West continues as a weekend host on WGRF 96.9FM. No reason was given for West’s departure. WBFO released the following statement on its Facebook page: The Saturday and Sunday evening blues shows will continue on WBFO. Our commitment to the blues is stronger than ever, as we will be bringing our loyal listeners an additional Buffalo Blues Bash in April.
WBFO has promoted Omar Fetouh to the post of assistant news director. Fetouh anchors middays on WBFO and coordinates assignments and the station’s news page on the web. He joined the old WNED-AM as an intern in 2000, moved into a part-time role and became a full-timer in 2008. Fetouh was among the old WNED staff who became part of WBFO when Western New York Public Broadcasting acquired the station in 2012.
WBBZ-TV General Manager Bob Koshinski has left that post after three years with the station. Koshinski continues as host of “All Sports WNY,” which airs Tuesdays at 6:30pm on WBBZ. Koshinski told Alan Pergament that he wants to work on some of his outside business interests. That would include a Buffalo sports website also known as “All Sports WNY.”
WTTS 102.5FM morning host Rob Lucas returned to his air shift in January. He had been off the air since October when he lost his voice. Lucas was diagnosed with with paresis of the vocal fold. His doctors cleared him to return as long as he takes proper precautions to protect his voice.
LouAnn Delaney has joined WBBZ-TV as an account executive. Delaney has spent two decades at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, where she served as marketing and public relations director. Her experience also includes sales positions at WGRZ, Channel 2, WYRK 106.5FM and WBEN 930AM.
Jeff Russo has been named a news anchor at WKBW, Channel 7. He is now anchoring Channel 7’s 5:30pm newscast. Russo arrived at Channel 7 as a sportscaster in 2003. He became sports director when John Murphy left the station in 2007.
Tim Schmitt, who hosted a daily call-in show on WLVL, 1340AM in Lockport, had his last show January 8th. Schmitt and his family are now in Texas where he has a new career opportunity. During his time in Buffalo area media, Schmitt filled in as a sports anchor at WKBW, Channel 7, aired radio commentaries on WBFO 88.7FM and was a sports editor at the Tonawanda News.
Eric DuVall was named news director at WLVL. He’s doing morning news updates and succeeds Schmitt as host of the station’s 11am-1pm talk show. DuVall is a graduate of Canisius College and was most recently managing editor of the Tonawanda News.
Ken Casey has joined WMSX, 96.1FM as a weekend music host. Casey previously worked at WKSE, 98.5FM.
There have been a number of behind-the-scenes personnel moves in local broadcast media. David Crumb left Time Warner Cable where he served as local sales manager to join Townsquare in the same capacity. WGRZ, Channel 2 Research Director Mike Morrano has exited for a new job at WUTV, Channel 29. Tom Prince joined WGRZ as digital sales manager. He was with LocalEdge, an Internet marketing services company. And longtime WGRZ employee Kevin LeFauve has exited as traffic director and has moved to Connecticut.
WIVB, Channel 4’s Jacquie Walker returned to the anchor desk January 5th, after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Jacquie offered these words of appreciation to viewers in a Facebook posting: I want you to know that every prayer and every message you have sent on my behalf has been important in my healing and ongoing treatment. Thank you, thank you! Nalina Shapiro, who filled in for Jacquie during her absence, was promoted to anchor of WIVB’s 5:30pm newscast and WNLO, Channel 23’s 10pm newscast.
Mary Beth Wrobel has returned to WGRZ, Channel 2 on a part-time fill-in basis. The longtime Buffalo TV meteorologist left Channel 2 in 2013 to take a marketing and sales job on the West Coast. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner informed Alan Pergament that Wrobel is able to do her job from here and has moved back. Wrobel filled in on the weekend editions of “Daybreak” prior to the Christmas holidays.
WBFO 88.7FM news reporter Ashley Hirtzel has left. She joined the station in early 2013 as a reporter for the statewide public radio reporting initiative “Innovation Trail.” Most recently, Hirtzel was a general assignment reporter. She is now Community Relations and Development Coordinator for Deaf Access Services in Buffalo. WBFO continues its search for her replacement.
WGRF 96.9FM (97 Rock) personality DJ Jickster is once again camped out at the Eastern Hills Mall collecting turkeys to feed the region’s poor this Thanksgiving. His “Rock Out Hunger” campaign got a late start because of last week’s massive lake effect snow storm. Jickster is living inside a tractor trailer truck, accepting donations of turkeys and other food items, as well as cash donations. He’ll be there through 10am Wednesday morning. The Food Bank of Western New York will coordinate the distribution of the food donations to those in need.
WIVB, Channel 4 news anchor Jacquie Walker has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News “Talkin’ TV” blog reports Walker shared the news in an email that was posted to the staff by General Manager Rene LaSpina. Walker, who has been with Channel 4 for 31 years, is taking time off so that she can be treated at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She said the cancer is at an early stage. “My family and I have faith that I will be cured,” Walker said in her email. Jacquie is a former member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association board. Get well soon!
Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret is returning to the broadcast booth. He was scheduled to do the play-by-play of the first period of the Sabres home game against the Toronto Maples Leafs Saturday night on MSG and WGR 550AM. Jeanneret said last week he was cancer free. He was diagnosed with throat cancer last summer and has undergpne intensive treatment. â€œThe time seems right to slowly begin transitioning back to work,â€ Jeanneret said. â€œMy doctors have told me Iâ€™m cancer free and Iâ€™m feeling well enough to get back in the booth, even if itâ€™s only on a limited basis for the time being. The kindness and well-wishes from everyone, especially Sabres fans and the Western New York community, has been overwhelming and Iâ€™m truly grateful for the tremendous support during this process.â€
The personnel station shifting in Buffalo TV is continuing. The latest to move from one station to another is John Borsa. The former reporter/anchor at WKBW, Channel 7 will join WGRZ, Channel 2, according to a report by Buffalo News TV critic Alan Pergament. Borsa had been with Channel 7 for 11 years following a stint as a news anchor at WBEN 930AM.
The changes also include some behind-the-scenes personnel as well. Aaron Mason, executive news producer at WIVB, Channel 4, will become the assistant news director at WKBW. Mason was expected to remain at WIVB through much of the November sweeps. His last day is Friday, November 21st.
WIVB has hired a new news director. He is Scott Levy, who has held the same position at WTAJ, the CBS affiliate in Johnstown-Altoona, Pa. Levy replaces longtime WIVB News Director Joe Schlaerth, who was fired over the summer. Peter Jacobus has been serving as interim news director. Levy is scheduled to begin at WIVB sometime in December.
Former WGR Radio air personality Joe Galuski, who is now in his third decade at WSYR Radio in Syracuse, shared with his listeners this week that he is battling cancer. Galuski was a music host at WGR 550AM in the 1980s. After leaving Buffalo, he settled in Syracuse where he transitioned to talk and has been a popular morning show host at WSYR. Here is a link to an interview Galuski had with his fill-in hosts.
Veteran broadcast journalist John Borsa has left WKBW, Channel 7. Alan Pergament is reporting on his blog, Talkin’ TV, at the Buffalo News that Borsa departed after 11 years with the station. For much of his time, Borsa was a reporter. He started co-anchoring Sunday newscasts at Channel 7 a couple of years ago. Then this summer, Borsa temporarily served as morning news anchor after Cole Heath and Tiffany Lundberg were released.
Pergament reports newly hired staffers Ed Drantch and Katie Morse will anchor Sunday newscasts while current anchor Kendra Eaglin will continue on Saturdays. Drantch was strictly a reporter at WIVB, Channel 4 while Morse was an anchor/reporter at Time Warner Cable News.
Former Buffalo radio host Mark Richards is returning to our market. Richards is joining WMSX 96.1FM as midday host. He arrives here from WLZW Radio in Utica-Rome, where he was a morning host. Heather Davis, who was doing middays at Mix96, is going to another Townsquare station, WGNA in Albany.
Time Warner Cable News anchor/reporter Katie Morse is leaving the 24-hour local news operation to become a reporter at WKBW, Channel 7. She starts her new job on October 28th. Morse is a charter member of the TWC News team from its first days in March 2009. She is also a member of the board of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and chair of the BBA’s 5K Celebrity Run.
WIVB, Channel 4 is losing two of its talented, young reporters. Ed Drantch, who joined WIVB three years ago, is leaving for WKBW, Channel 7. Drantch’s first day at Channel 7 is Monday, October 13th. Also departing Channel 4 after three years is Rachel Kingston. Her last day is October 4th. Kingston is taking a position with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. She began her career as a newscaster/reporter at WBEN 930AM.
There were also several behind-the-scenes departures at Channel 4. The station’s longtime executive assistant Barb Bickerton was let go as were sales assistant Diana Everett and promotions director Marie Dabney.
WKBW has hired new personnel for its digital efforts. Eli George is leaving WIVB to become digital director at WKBW, overseeing digital content on the website. Jenna Orlikowski joins WKBW and will be responsible for digital sales. She held similar posts at WGRZ, Channel 2 and WIVB.
Crystal Fuller has exited the sales department at Townsquare Media. She is joining Cumulus’ Buffalo cluster.
Veteran Buffalo traffic reporter Gordon Scherer has parted ways with WMSX, 96.1FM. Keith Kelly is now delivering traffic reports on what’s known as Mix96.
Keith Radford will continue as evening co-anchor on WKBW. Alan Pergament is reporting on his blog Talkin’ TV at the Buffalo News that Radford has signed a two-year contract. He anchors the 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts with Joanna Pasceri.
WIVB, Channel 4 has parted company with medical reporter Dr. Peter Ostrow. He had served in that position since 1988. Ostrow is an associate professor of Pathology and Neurology at the University at Buffalo Medical School and is co-director of the Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease. He is also co-founder of the Kenneth Alford Medical Education Center. WIVB has also released its video freelancers who covered outlying areas of Western New York.
Broadcast veteran Cheryl Hagen is joining the full-time news staff at WBFO 88.7FM. The station has created the new position of news producer/reporter/host. Hagen will be working during “Morning Edition” to increase local news coverage for broadcast, online and social media. She will also package morning news stories for use throughout the rest of the broadcast day and serve as on-air host as assigned. Since June, Hagen has been anchoring newscasts on WBFO one evening a week. After leaving WJYE (now WMSX) 96.1FM two years ago, Hagen became a grant writer and donor relations specialist at Gateway-Longview Foundation in Williamsville. She also produces and anchors traffic reports for the NFTA on WGRZ, Channel 2. Hagen’s background also includes stints as a reporter at WGRZ and the old WEBR 970AM as well as assistant operations director at Metro Networks.
Andrew Baglini is joining WIVB, Channel 4 as the station’s new weekend meteorologist. Baglini arrives in Buffalo after working for AccuWeather the past three years. He starts September 15th. Baglini replaces Bryan Shaw, who departed Channel 4 at the end of his contract in May and is now a meteorologist at a Louisville TV station.
Laura Gray is returning to WKBW, Channel 7. According to a station news release, Gray will join Meteorologist Andy Parker when Channel 7 unveils its revamped morning show next month. She’ll also anchor the station noon broadcast. Gray worked as a reporter at WKBW for five years before leaving in 2011 for a communications position at Delaware North. WKBW dismissed “Good Morning” anchors Tiffany Lundberg and Cole Heath after they failed to build an audience in their one year on the air.
Nancy Abramo has been hired as Media Account Executive at Time Warner Cable. Most recently, she was an account executive at Townsquare Media in Buffalo.
Allie Hartwick, former host of “Wingin’ It!” o