Buffalo radio and television broadcasters were recognized for their outstanding coverage during the November 2014 storm at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference. The event took place February 23-25th at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.
FCC Commissioner and Western New York native Michael Oâ€™Rielly, who was one of one of several featured speakers at the conference, discussed the great coverage that Buffalo radio and television stations provided to the Western New York community during the November storm. US Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who also spoke during the event, praised Buffalo broadcasters for their efforts and talked about the kindness that people showed toward each other in the community.
In addition, newly appointed WBBZ-TV Vice President and General Manager Chris Musial created a video by NYSBA President and Executive Director David Donovan, which was premiered at the event. It featured highlights from the extensive coverage provided by local radio and television stations throughout the storm.
WKBW-TV Vice President/General Manager and New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) Board Member Mike Nurse was among the Western New York delegation that met with lawmakers on the Hill to discuss important issues impacting the broadcasting industry.
In addition, Buffalo Broadcasters Association President and NAB Radio Board member Heidi Raphael attended the event to meet with leaders in government and the national broadcasting community.
â€œIt was a proud moment for Buffaloâ€™s outstanding broadcasters,â€ said Raphael. “From the positive remarks echoed by FCC Commissioner Oâ€™Rielly and Senator Schumer regarding the around the clock coverage that stations provided during the November storm to the amazing video that was shown on stage that underscored their tireless efforts, it was truly incredible.”