Remembering the past... looking toward the future!


In a move announced by owner Buddy Shula, Joe Chille, longtime morning host and operations manager at WJYE-FM (now WMSX-FM), will host the afternoon drive on WECK-FM from 3 to 7 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. The 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee takes over for Mike Jacobs, who moves to more duties behind-the-scenes and will continue to host weekends. Chille will begin his duties on Monday, January 22. Danny Neaverth will continue hosting Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. 

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Chairman Emeritus Dave Gillen left the sales team at WGRZ-TV in early September and made the switch to Townsquare Media. His new job includes being a part of the sales team at Townsquare and also is on-air weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight on WMSX-FM (Mix 96). Gillen had been working weekend shifts since 2014 at the station, since the format switched.

WEDG-FM (103.3 The Edge) has made two personnel moves in the past month.

Evan James took over the 7 to 10 p.m. slot on weekday evenings following the departure of Josh Potter earlier this year. James is also the station’s imaging director as a part of his full-time duties, in addition to his on-air role. James previously was covering weekend duties and began with Cumulus as an intern. He attended St. Francis High School and Hilbert College.

In another hire, Zaque Evans has joined the team at 103.3 The Edge after spending nearly 4 years at Entercom in a variety of roles including Promotions Manager and as an On-Air Personality with Alternative Buffalo. He will be covering weekend and fill-in duties at the new station while he continues pursuing a graduate degree from the University at Buffalo.

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.

After 14 years with WBLK-FM, Chris Reynolds has left the station. He has served in multiple roles with the company including the most recent combination of Brand Manager/Program Director, Midday Personality, and Promotions Director (which was added recently).  The news was announced on AllAccess this morning.

Reynolds joined WBLK-FM in 2003 but had previously worked in Flint, Baltimore, Houston, Loos Angeles, and Tulsa, which is his hometown. During his time as Brand Manager, ratings soared to second place in the Buffalo market with a strong 9.3 rating for the Fall of 2016.

“The ratings on the station speak volumes to how we were able to touch the community in a real and emotional way; in fact, our recent Fall ratings were the best for the station in over two decades, we accomplished #1 in virtually every demo and all day-parts,” Reynolds said to AllAccess (you can read the full article here).

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