1999 Distinguished Broadcaster Award

Carl Spavento’s friendly, soothing voice was heard each day on Buffalo radio for 50 consecutive years. As if that on-air achievement weren’t enough, he also distinguished himself as the boss of several of Buffalo’s most elegant radio outlets. He was chief announcer and station manager of WBNY-AM, and general manager of WBNY-FM and WBUF-FM. Still later, he returned to his newscasting roots at WYSL, WPHD-FM, “the new WBUF” and WFXZ-FM. Spavento retired at age 73 in 1992, wrapping up a career loaded with superlative accomplishments.

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