One of the most recognizable names in Buffalo broadcasting has passed away. Former WKBW-TV anchor Irv Weinstein died after a long battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Tuesday afternoon. He was 87 years old.
Weinstein was part of the nation’s longest running anchor team in the country alongside Rick Azar and Tom Jolls, when they took to the desk in 1965 until Azar’s retirement in 1988. Weinstein joined the station in 1964 after working at WKBW-AM from 1958 to 1964 as News Director for the classic radio station. Weinstein spent a total of 34 years at the station until his retirement on December 31, 1998. He was part of the first ever class to be inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 1998 and was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Weinstein was a Rochester native and began his broadcasting career at WHAM-AM and spent time in the midwest before returning to Western New York. He made several trips back following his retirement to visit his friends at WKBW-TV and his former teammates, Jolls and Azar.
“The entire 7 Eyewitness News family mourns the loss of our beloved Irv Weinstein,” said Michael Nurse, Vice President and General Manager of WKBW-TV. “He was truly a legend in Buffalo Broadcasting who also touched so many other through his incredible generosity to The Variety Club and countless other charities here in Western New York. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
Most recently, Weinstein was honored at this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Harvest of Hope” Gala and pledged $25,000 to this year’s event in support of research leading to a cure. Weinstein was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2016 and received an outpouring of support from the Buffalo was sent to Mission Viejo, California, in the form of greeting cards filled with well wishes, following a story by Keith Radford.
He is survived by his wife Elaine and his three children, Marc, Beth, and Rachel.