Itâ€™s the time of year when Buffalo radio stations make headlines with their promotions to raise money and collect food to help the needy this holiday season.
Once again, WGRF, 97 Rockâ€™s D.J. Jickster headed up a high-profile drive, â€œOperation: Rock Out Hunger.â€ He spent a week living in a truck trailer outside of Quaker Steak and Lube on Transit Road, collecting cash and food items.
A check of Jicksterâ€™s Twitter feed shows a big donation of 254 turkeys from Dashâ€™s Markets and visits from local TV celebrities and area elected officials. All donations will be given to the Food Bank of Western New York.
The Buffalo Sabres partnered with Entercom Buffalo for a Thanksgiving turkey drive to benefit local food pantries. Entercom Buffalo and WGR are the radio broadcast partners for the Buffalo Sabres.
For every turkey dropped off on a recent Friday, the Sabres gave away two tickets to an upcoming game to the donor.
All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York.
The promotion, held during the morning rush hour, reportedly resulted in a massive traffic jam along Maple Road in Amherst.
WUFO 1080AM celebrated the grand opening Friday (Nov. 15, 2013) of its new studio and offices at 143 Broadway, adjacent to the Michigan Street Heritage Corridor.
According to the Buffalo News, WUFOâ€™s general manager Sheila Brown and the Rev. Darius Pridgen have purchased the station from Sheridan Broadcasting. Pridgen, a Buffalo Common Council member and minister at True Bethel Baptist Church, hosts a weekly talk show on WUFO Fridays at 12noon. Brown joined the station as an account executive in 1986 and became general manager in 2008.
Their new company is called Vision Multi Media Group. WUFOâ€™s tower remains near its old LaSalle Avenue location.
The holiday music format shift at two Buffalo radio stations has arrived earlier than ever this year. WJYE, 96.1 FM and WTSS, 102.5 FM began playing holiday music on Saturday, November 2nd. The two stations have been competing in this format for many years now.
The start date has been creeping closer to the beginning of November the past couple of years.
WJYE ran an online listener poll that showed, as of 2pm Nov. 2, nearly a third of its listeners wanted holiday music â€œnow.â€ Just under 29 percent of listeners preferred waiting until after Thanksgiving while nearly as many say the station shouldnâ€™t play holiday music until Christmas Eve. Only 1.5 percent responded that they wanted no holiday music.
WKBW, Channel 7 held a ceremony November 1st to name its news studio at 7 Broadcast Plaza in honor of Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar and Tom Jolls. News anchor Keith Radford unveiled a plague dedicating the studio.
Channel 7 reached Tom Jolls on the phone. He expressed his appreciation for the honor. But Tom did admit that of the three, he spent the least amount of time in the studio since he used to do the weather outside and only joined his colleagues to wrap up the evening newscasts.
Congratulations to Irv, Rick and Tom on the honor, and kudos to Channel 7 for recognizing Buffalo’s longest-serving anchor team!
Time Warner Cable announced this week it will introduce a new, theme-based digital channel lineup in December to customers in Buffalo. In a news release, the company says the new lineup groups channels together intuitively, making it simpler and easier for subscribers to find the programming they want to view â€” and to discover other content.
Channels will be grouped into themes like Entertainment, News & Info, Sports Music, Kids & Teens and Premiums. Likewise, On Demand content will be found on channels 1000 and above in categories like Primetime On Demand, Entertainment On Demand, Kids On Demand and Music On Demand.
â€œOur new, theme-based lineup will make it much simpler and easier for our customers to navigate through the lineup,â€ said Terence Rafferty, regional vice president of operations at Time Warner Cable. â€œAnd with the new lineup, customers with an HD box will automatically receive the HD feed of the corresponding standard-definition channel, providing the best picture available.â€
All parental control and DVR settings will transition automatically, so customers donâ€™t have to worry about reprogramming their parental control settings or losing recordings of their favorite shows.
There is no change in channels 1 to 99, and no change in which channels are part of a customerâ€™s Time Warner Cable TV package.
Most Time Warner Cable Digital TV customers in Western New York will receive the new lineup Dec. 3, with the new lineup taking effect in the city of Buffalo, Dunkirk, Westfield, Olean, Wellsville and Ulysses on Dec. 5.
Meanwhile, various media reports from around the country since last spring say YNN, the companyâ€™s 24-hour local news operation, will be re-branded as Time Warner Cable News. Thereâ€™s no definitive word from the company on when this will happen, though a reported timeline suggests it will be this winter, possibly in December.
Daybreak TV Productions, the television production unit of Buffaloâ€™s Roman Catholic Diocese, is producing a documentary titled â€œBuilding a Basilica,â€ about Venerable Nelson Bakerâ€™s quest to build Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna.
â€œBuilding a Basilicaâ€ tells the story of the priest and architect who built a magnificent church. On Thursday (October 24, 2013), actor Brian Dennehey recorded the narration for the documentary.
It will air on ABC affiliates on January 19, 2014.
The Buffalo Bisons have extended their radio contract to air games on WWKB, AM 1520 for another three years. That means Bisons game will air on the newly-branded ESPN 1520 through the 2016 season. The team moved to WWKB in 2008.
“We are very pleased to renew this great partnership with Entercom Broadcasting,” said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manager of the Bisons. “Entercom is a leader in providing sports entertainment to fans throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario and we’re very excited to be a part of the newly-formed ESPN Buffalo 1520 AM format.”
“Bison Baseball is the cornerstone of our commitment on the new ESPN 1520 AM to provide more local play by play and the very best in sports entertainment for the Western New York listener,” said Greg Ried, Vice President/General Manager of Entercom Buffalo LLC.
The partnership will include all 144 regular season Bisons’ games, the broadcast of the annual Triple-A All Star Game (the 2014 game is on July 16 in Durham, NC), all Bisons’ post season games and the Triple-A National Baseball Championship Game on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.