2 reporters have recently left local television for new opportunities.
A new face has joined the desk of WIVB-TV’s Wake Up!
In an announcement on Facebook, Steve Marth has confirmed that he will begin as Assistant News Director at Spectrum News Buffalo on Friday. Marth is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.
Marth has spent his entire career in Western New York at Spectrum News Buffalo and has been there through three name changes (formerly YNN Buffalo and Time Warner Cable News Buffalo). He began at the station as an intern in the summer of 2009 and eventually joined as a freelance news assistant in 2010. His climb through the ranks continued as he was promoted from producer to senior producer and then to executive producer, which was his most recent role.
He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication. Marth started in print, writing for The Spectrum at the University at Buffalo, before becoming the publication’s editor-in-chief in 2009. In February 2009, after the crash of Flight 3407, Stephen served as a runner for ABC News and – for the first time – saw the broadcasting side of journalism.
Lia Lando has signed off from WKBW-TV after 11 months at the anchor desk. She was hired in July 2017 to cover Sunday evening newscasts after Hannah Buehler was named to a weekday anchor slot.
You may recall that Lando was the interim anchor at WIVB-TV after Lisa Flynn retired from the station from 2009 to 2010. After that she spent five years at WHEC-TV in Rochester as the anchor of “Roc City Tonight” and the station’s 11 p.m. broadcast. Lando is returning to WROC-TV, where she had previously worked, as an anchor for the station on a full-time basis.
Earlier this month, the New York State Associated Press Association announced the winners of the annual awards given local print and broadcast media outlets. WNY stations walked away from the ceremony, in Saratoga Springs, with 38 awards total. This wrap-up highlights the TV stations and the awards they received.
Four new faces will be joining WKBW-TV in June as a part of the Journalism Career Program (JCP) with E.W. Scripps and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. This marks the third year of the program that has been a starting point for college graduates in Western New York.
James Groh, Nicole DeMentri, Rebecca Thornburg, and Sean Robson will be joining the ABC affiliate starting in June and all four will be Multimedia Journalists.
Groh (top left), originally from California, is currently a Multimedia Journalist and Sports Reporter with CitrusTV, the station’s television station. In the past, Groh has worked with Spectrum News Central New York as a photographer and worker as a reporter/writer for several local publications in Chico and San Francisco, California.
Hailing from New Jersey, DeMentri (bottom right) will also be one of the station’s newest MMJs. She has previously interned at Bloomberg News, NBC News, WSTM-TM, and MSNBC, and also worked abroad as an intern with The Week in London. DeMentri’s most recent role with CitrusTV is as anchor/multimedia journalist.
Boston native Rebecca Thornburg (top right) currently is a producer and reporter for NCC News and works in sports as a producer with Orange Television Network. Her previous experience includes stops at FOX Sports and WEEI-FM in Boston.
Robson (bottom left) will travel right down the Thruway from his hometown of Rochester to Buffalo. Robson is currently working with NCC News and as a reporter with WAER-FM. He has previously interned at WHAM-TV and WHEC-TV in Rochester.
The current class of JCP participants will complete their tenure at WKBW-TV in June including Brittany Muller, Chris DiMaria, Fatima Bangura, and Jeff Slawson.
You can now catch WECK-FM/AM on a third frequency in Western New York. The second FM frequency better serves the Buffalo Northtowns at 100.5 FM along with the station’s original frequencies of 1230 AM and 102.9 FM. With the acquisition of this frequency, WECK now fully covers the Western New York market on the FM and AM side of the dial.
In a press release from that station, President and Owner Buddy Shula said, “Adding FM coverage for rapidly growing parts of our Metro is important to WECK’s overall growth strategy – and to the service to our
communities.” The station features broadcast veterans hosting programming all day including Joe Chille, Steve Cichon, Gail Ann Huber, Tom Donahue, Jon Summers, Harv Moore, and Danny Neaverth.
Longtime broadcaster Steve Tasker officially joined John Murphy on Monday, April 23 for “One Bills Live.” The program features the Voice of the Bills John Murphy and Tasker and will air regularly from 12 to 3 p.m. on WGR-AM and MSG Networks.
Tasker, who is also known for his work as an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports, takes over for Donald Jones (Murphy’s former co-host) after he decided to leave the program earlier this year. The program will cover the latest Bills news from One Bills Drive and from around the league with guests from near and far.
In addition to his new role, he will continue to work with CBS Sports as a sideline reporter during the football season, according to Alan Pergament from the Buffalo News. Tasker is now entering his 21st season with CBS Sports.
Those wired to sports will remember Tasker as a star on special teams for the Buffalo Bills for 12 seasons (from 1986 to 1997) and appeared in the Pro Bowl seven times and was First-Team All-Pro on five occasions.
Callan Gray, from WIVB-TV, bid farewell to viewers in Western New York earlier this month. You can see her goodbye in the tweet below.
The former weekend anchor/reporter has moved to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is Market 15 in the country. She will be a reporter for the ABC affiliate. Gray’s three-year stint in Buffalo came after she worked at WCYB-TV/WEMT-TV in Tri-Cities, Tennessee as a reporter and anchor. while at Syracuse University, she was also the local host at WAER-FM of All Things Considered, NPR’s flagship program.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned degrees in Journalism and Earth Science.
Two Ithaca College graduates have started at WIVB-TV within the past few weeks.
Kelsey Anderson joined the station in March 2018 as a multi-media journalist. The Western New York native spent over four years in Boise, Idaho, at KBOI-TV as an anchor and reporter. Before leaving the station, Anderson was the station’s morning anchor alongside Bryan Levin. While out west, she earned awards from the Idaho State Broadcasters Association and the Idaho Press Club for her reporting. Anderson previously interned at WKBW-TV and WENY-TV in Elmira, New York.
WIVB-TV wasted no time in finding a replacement for Shannon Shepherd, who left the station to join Fox Sports San Diego. Jenna Harner joins the CBS affiliate as a sports reporter/anchor from WENY-TV in Elmira, New York, where she most recently served as Sports Director. She made her on-air debut this past weekend, just in time for the NFL Draft, baseball in Western New York, and the Bandits season. She is originally from Connecticut and interned at WFSB-TV and Fox CT before her stint in Elmira.
On Monday afternoon, Medaille College hosted their 13th annual Media Awards Luncheon at the Events Arena in the Kevin I. Sullivan Center. The ceremony recognizes local law enforcement, judges, public relations professionals, advertising agencies, and local broadcasters.
WIVB-TV sports reporter/anchor Shannon Shepherd is trading snow for sunshine as she moves out west.