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In April, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association selected three students to be the next group of mentees as a part of the Second Annual Student Mentoring Program.

Since the announcement, the students have been arranging meetings with their assigned mentors and spending time with them at their respective stations, learning more about their job duties, and getting feedback on their work. Find out more about the mentees and their teams below. 

New owner Buddy Shula has announced that several other Buffalo broadcasting legends will soon grace the airwaves at WECK.

Earlier last week, it was announced that former longtime WBEN-AM morning anchor John Zach would join the station as News Director and anchor news during the morning program. Similarly, Gail Ann Huber was named a co-host to the station’s program alongside current host Tom Donahue. Huber had worked for WYRK-FM and most recently with WHTT-FM before rejoining the station.

The new staff announcements include former AM Buffalo co-host Jon Summers, who will take on a regular airshift from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Harv Moore with hosting duties from 12 to 3 p.m., and Mike Jacobs as the afternoon drive host from 3 to 7 p.m. Shula will also be hosting during the evening hours. Moore’s former co-host, Robert Taylor, will do the imaging for the station.

Most notably, Danny Neaverth, from WKBW-AM and WHTT-FM, will host a show on Friday afternoons called “Danny Moves Your Friday Fanny.”

This is all part of Shula’s overhaul of WECK and will launch these programs on July 10, 2017.

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After joining the station about 7 months ago, WGRZ-TV News Director Catherine (Kate) Glover is no longer with the station. In an email sent out yesterday, General Manager Jim Toellner announced Glover’s departure. The Western New York native arrived at the station after serving as News Director at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon for two years and was promoted from Assistant News Director. Glover had also worked for Time Warner Western Region, KNSD-TV, Fox News, CNN, and WRC-TV. Her career began in Buffalo as an Assignment Editor at WKBW-TV and also worked as a reporter/anchor at WGR-AM, when the station was on the all-news format.


The station has also replenished the producing roster by adding Marybeth Calabrese, the Western New York native and Buffalo State graduate, who joined the station after working at WHEC-TV and Time Warner Cable News in Rochester. Miranda Ruckdeschel, whose first stint at the station was from 2013 to 2016, has rejoined the station as a producer. Ruckdeschel had worked for WKBW-TV and then YNN Buffalo before joining WGRZ-TV. Dave DeLuca has been hired as a digital producer and started at the station recently. DeLuca is a Buffalo State graduate and has interned at The Buffalo News, WBFO-FM, among others.

In a press release sent out by WKBW-TV, the station is welcoming 4 new staffers and recent Syracuse graduates as a part of their Journalism Career Program. The program is linked to Syracuse University and provides a 12-month long program in their respective roles, run by The E.W. Scripps Company.

Fatima Bangura (top left) will join the station as a Digital Producer working with online content for the station’s website. Bangura has interned with MSNBC and Black Enterprise Magazine and served as a producer and reporter for Newhouse Communications Center News, the university’s newscast.

Chris DiMaria (top right), Jeff Slawson (bottom left), and Brittany Muller (bottom right) will join the station as Multi-Media Journalists. DiMaria served as an intern for NBC Olympics, WTXF-TV, and KYW-TV in both the news and sports department. Slawson is a Western New York native and attended high school at Williamsville North. He worked as an Assignment Desk Intern at WPIX-TV in New York City and also interned with MSNBC. Muller is a Florida native and has interned with WTVJ-TV in Miami and NBC Olympics.

They are expected to start at the station during June.


With a new group of JCP Participants headed to Buffalo, all but one have left to go to other Scripps stations across the country.

As previously mentioned, Paola Suro (bottom left) left WKBW-TV at the end of April to join WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently serves as a Enterprise Reporter for the station’s morning show. Former digital producer Bretton Keenan (top left) has moved to WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is expected to continue in that capacity. Cole Ellenbogen (bottom right), who produced the station’s 4:30 a.m. newscast in addition to other shows, has moved to West Palm Beach, Florida with WPTV-TV. Josh Bazan (top right) will remain in Buffalo as a Multi-Media Journalist, filling the vacancy after Cierra Johnson left the station.

Legendary broadcaster and journalist John Zach will be joining WECK Radio (1230 AM/102.9FM) as the station’s News Director beginning on July 10. The move comes as new owner Buddy Shula continues to build and transform the station.

Zach ended his nearly 18-year stint at WBEN-AM at the end of 2016 and had indicated to Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News that he didn’t plan on retiring. He had also worked at WGR-AM and WKBW-AM, where he served as the station’s News Director. In a press release, Zach said, “I am looking forward to working with the WECK team to give Buffalo the information needed to start the day.”

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer will anchor news on WECK’s weekday morning show with Tom Donahue and newly announced co-host Gail Ann Huber.

The station has also signed an affiliation agreement to bring CBS Radio News back to the area after it was dropped by WBEN-AM.

Shula has indicated that more additions to the staff will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

 

Congratulations go out to Dale Mussen from WYRK-FM on celebrating 40 years in Buffalo broadcasting! Earlier this morning, Mayor Byron Brown has proclaimed that June 1 is “Dale Mussen Day” in Buffalo.

He got his start at WWOL-FM on June 1, 177 and then Mussen started with WYRK-FM on June 1, 1982. “The Breakfast Club” is currently hosted by Mussen, Clay Moden, and Liz Mantel from 5:30 to 10 a.m. on weekday mornings and he’s been with the show since 1986. The program has contributed to the station being nominated numerous times as the Country Music Association’s Medium Market Station of the Year Award. Mussen is the only member of the original station that is still there today!

He’s been a critical part of the station’s ratings dominance as they continue to be at or near the top of local radio ratings.

In his spare time, Mussen officiates high school football and has been doing so for 30 years. He is also a member of the JFK Touch Football League Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

As the May Sweeps are wrapping up, WGRZ-TV is losing 3 members of their team by the end of the month.

The most visible departure will be evening anchor Scott Levin, who joined the station in the fall of 1998. He came to Western New York and WGRZ-TV after spending a number of years in Washington and Virginia working as a reporter and anchor of all shifts. Levin will be leaving the station after the 6 p.m. newscast on May 24 and begin a new career outside of broadcasting with the West Herr Auto Group as a Finance Manager. He has won multiple Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his work at the desk along with many NYSBA awards for Best Newscast. Levin has shared the anchor desk with Maryalice Demler, Bazi Kanani, Carol Kaplan, Laura Steele, Jodi Johnston, and Victoria Hong, among others.

Nightside Executive Producer Matt Pitts is also leaving WGRZ-TV at the end of the month to join KeyBank as the Communications Manager for the Western New York area. He joined the station in 2007 as a producer and promoted to his current role in early 2016. Before joining WGRZ-TV, Pitts was a producer at WIVB-TV for 7 years also worked at WBEN as a reporter and news anchor. The Buffalo State College graduate serves as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.

Producer Corinne Lettieri is also moving to another TEGNA owned station, WCNC-TV, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lettieri is a St. Bonaventure graduate and joined the station immediately after graduation and began producing the station’s morning show in 2015. Her last day will be Friday, May 26. The station has already hired producer Michelle Hale, who began at the end of March after spending a year in Syracuse at WSYR-TV.

The Chairman of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Heidi Raphael, has been named Vice President of Corporate Communications with Beasley Media Group, which is effective immediately. Beasley owns 63 stations in 15 markets, many of which are along the East Coast and in large to mid-sized markets.

Rapahel spent 20 years with Greater Media, Inc. and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, a role she was promoted to in March 2016. She had previously served in many positions within the company including Marketing Director at WRIF-FM, New Business Development Director at WMGC-FM, and Group marketing Director for Greater Media Detroit. She was promoted to Director of Corporate Communications in 2006 and then two years later was upped to Vice President of Corporate Communications. Beasley purchased Greater Media in July 2016.

Locally, Raphael served as President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association from 2015 to 2017 and now serves as the organization’s Chairman. On a national level, Raphael has been consistently recognized among the “Most Influential Women in Radio in the United States” by Radio Ink magazine on a yearly basis since 2006. In addition, she is the past spokesperson and executive committee member of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group. A former NAB Radio Board member, Raphael currently serves on the board of the National Library of American Broadcasting. In addition, she is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Raphael is a member of the Women’s Group, the Women’s TAP Fund, The Twentieth Century Club and the Buffalo Canoe Club. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications from Medaille College and Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix.

It’s been a busy few weeks for local radio stations with four departures that have already happened or are scheduled for later this week.

Former morning and midday jock Eric Jordan (left) is no longer with Mix 96 (WMSX-FM). Jordan had most recently been covering morning news/traffic/co-hosting duties on the Mix Morning Rush with Laura Daniels. He previously had worked with Total Traffic Buffalo providing afternoon traffic reports for the Townsquare Media cluster. Juli Hinds, assistant professor of communication at Medaille College, has been covering the midday shift that Jordan used to cover for the station.


Justin Tyme (right), of Kiss 98.5 (WKSE-FM), has left the station after 4 years. In a short write up from All Access, Tyme told the trade magazine that,”I’m on the lookout for my next fulltime gig.” He had been hosting shows during all timeslots including mornings, afternoon drive, evenings, and weekends for the station.


Midday host Virginia Barron (left) is scheduled to leave WNED-FM at the end of this week. Barron joined the station in 2013 hosting the station’s long running “Tuesday Night Opera” program and other programming as well. She then moved to weekday evenings before jumping to middays in August of 2016. She is leaving to focus on her program Buffalo String Works, where she serves as the Executive Director and co-founder, which is a program providing music instruction to children of low-income, refugee, and immigrant parents. Her replacement, Adam Luebke, current conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, is expected to start in June 2017.


Finally, Zaque Evans (right) has left his full-time role as Promotions Manager for the Entercom cluster but will remain in a part-time capacity with the station as an on-air personality on Alternative Buffalo (WLKK-FM). Evans is returning to his alma mater, the University at Buffalo, to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of sociology.

As the May book begins, WKBW-TV will be doing so with two fewer reporters.

Paola Suro, a Journalism Career Program participant through the E.W. Scripps Corporation, has moved back to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. She has already started at her new station, WCPO-TV, which is another Scripps station, on the Good Morning Tri-State program as an enterprise journalist. Suro came to Buffalo in June of 2016 after graduating from Syracuse University and had previously interned with WCPO-TV, Good Morning America, Univision, and WSYR-TV. Her last day was Friday, April 21. 

Reporter Cierra Johnson is also headed back to Columbus, Ohio, which is also her hometown, to work at WBNS-TV, which is owned by the Dispatch Broadcast Group. She came to Buffalo in December of 2014 as a multimedia journalist after participating in the E.W. Scripps Apprentice Program at WCPO-TV, where she worked various roles in the newsroom. Johnson attended Ohio University at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and her last day is Friday, May 12.

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