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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).

WBFO has launched their newest news desk that will be covered by reporter and BBA Board Member, Avery Schneider (above). The Health and Wellness Desk is the fourth content-specific news desk in the newsroom and is funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

Schneider interned with WBFO when it was part of the University at Buffalo in 2010 and returned in 2014 serving multiple roles including program host, reporter, and administrative assistant. He will serve as the lead reporter on this desk assignment.

His new assignment joins Eileen Buckley, Chris Caya, and Scott Sackett, all of whom covered specific areas in the Western New York community.


News broke earlier today that Entercom has entered into an agreement to merge with CBS Radio. According to AllAccess.com, the newly combined company will have  244 stations and a share in 23 of the top 25 markets across the nation. This move will make Entercome the largest pure-play radio station owner in the country. 

The current President of Entercom, David Field, will lead the merged company once the transaction is approved.

There are currently 7 stations owned by Entercom in Western New York including WGR-AM, WTSS-FM, WKSE-FM, WBEN-AM, WLKK-FM, WWKB-AM, and WWWS-AM.

                    Photo Credit: WBEN.com

The Buffalo News reported late last week that John Zach, co-anchor of Buffalo’s Early News on WBEN-AM, is set to retire on December 30, 2016 after joining the station in 1998 and being paired with co-anchor Susan Rose since 2003. His career, that spans nearly 6 decades, started in the late 1950s when he met Danny Neaverth, who urged him to be a disc jockey. Following work in Georgia, his stops along the way included working on news teams at WKBW-AM (where he also served as news director) and WGR-AM.

Zach is one of the founding members of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, which was formed in 1996, and he was later inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

According to The Buffalo News, Brian Mazurowski will be the interim replacement until a successor is permanently named.

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Legendary broadcaster and Hall of Famer Jim Santella, known as the “Father of Progressive Rock in Buffalo,” has written a book that is available now and would make a great holiday gift! The book titled, “Classic Rock Classic Jock: The Jim Santella Story,” highlights his 45 year long career as readers get to learn more about Santella and his incredible accomplishments. His career brought him to Buffalo’s first progressive radio station, WYSL-FM and grew from there after hosting many programs in various music genres like country, jazz, and blues.

Buffalo Heritage Unlimited published the book and has it available for purchase on their website (http://www.buffaloheritage.com/shop/classic-rock-classic-jock-the-jim-santella-story/). It is also available at Talking Leaves, Record Theatre, The Buffalo Store, Premier Gourmet, Viddler’s Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

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