Sports anchor/reporter Tom Martin made it official yesterday and announced that he is leaving Buffalo for Kansas City. He will take over as a weekend sports anchor/reporter for KCTV-TV after two years in Buffalo. Martin came to Buffalo two years ago as WIVB-TV was revamping their entire sports department following the departures of Lauren Brill and Steve Vesey. Before Buffalo, the Mizzou grad worked at KATC-TV and KOMU-TV. He will start at the new station sometime in September.
Martin was also a four-time participant and guest speaker for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Peer 2 Peer Speakers Tour. The initiative strives to connect the rising stars of the industry with students that might be interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting at local colleges and universities.
Fun fact, this is also where former WIVB-TV News Director Scott Levy went to take a new opportunity as well.
According to Alan Pergament from the Buffalo News, former Rochester anchor Lia Lando is taking over the anchor desk on Sunday evenings starting in September, when the move becomes permanent. The vacancy is a result of Hannah Buehler’s shift to anchoring the new weekday evening news program, “The Now.” Lando had started filling-in at the station in July alongside Don Paul and led to speculation that she may eventually continue in some capacity. She had previously worked in Rochester, Elmira, and Buffalo for a time at WIVB-TV after Lisa Flynn retired.
Congratulations to WGRZ’s Claudine Ewing, Chief Photojournalist Andy DeSantis, and videojournalist Luke Carter of Atlanta on their win at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Awards this past weekend. The win came in the Television Feature: Long Form category from Market 16 and Below. You can see a link to her story here.
Also, Dan Telvock from the Investigative Post picked up an award for his story, “Looking for Lead (In All the Wrong Places),” in the Digital Media – Interactive: News category. You can read more on this topic and see the stories associated with this by clicking on the link.
WNED-FM has also brought on a new announcer to their team. Pianist Anna Whistler takes over the midday slot after Adam Luebke left the role in early August. Whistler is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a faculty member at the Community Music School of Buffalo and with Buffalo Suzuki Strings.