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Former WKBW Anchor Liz LewinWKBW-TV reporter and Saturday evening anchor Liz Lewin has left after completing her second stint with the station.

Lewin rejoined the ABC affiliate in June 2016 and was a reporter for the station’s morning show. In August 2017, it was announced that Lewin would be taking over the Saturday evening anchor spot. She had quietly left the station earlier this summer and is now headed west. Lewin announced on social media that she will be the new weekend morning anchor at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan.

Lewin is a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University in New York City and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.


Reporter Madison CarterThe station also wasted no time in searching for a replacement for Lewin. The newest member of the WKBW-TV team is reporter Madison Carter.

Carter, a Syracuse University graduate, comes to Western New York after working at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia, for two years. She began as a multimedia journalist and eventually rose to the role of morning anchor. Her reporting was honored with two Virginias Associated Press Awards and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

In the station’s press release, Vice President and General Manager Mike Nurse said, “I look forward to seeing her embrace the WNY community and report on the issues that affect our area.”


New Marketing Manager Dick Bauerle for WECK-AM
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Buddy Shula, CEO and owner of WECK, announced that Richard “Dick” Bauerle has joined WECK-AM/FM as a Senior Marketing Manager.

Bauerle, who has over three decades of experience, joins the station after 12 years with Entercom Buffalo as an Account Executive. In the station’s press release, Bauerle said, “I have watched Buddy grow his radio station group to a major player in Buffalo in a very short time and it is time for me to hop on board.”

The station employs a number of veteran on-air personalities and recognized behind-the-scenes personnel since Shula’s purchase of the station.

If you’re a regular viewer of Wake Up! on WIVB-TV, you’ll soon be watching a new morning co-anchor alongside Jordan Williams. The station has hired Melanie Orlins (left), who most recently moved to Buffalo from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she served as the Morning Anchor for FOX 43. She has also worked in Grand Forks, North Dakota and is a Florida State Univeristy alum. She takes over for Teresa Weakley, who left to move closer to family and is now working at WOOD-TV, over a year ago. Interim anchor Brittni Smallwood will return to anchoring the 8 a.m. newscast and report for Wake Up!


A familiar face in local television has returned to the local airwaves. Lia Lando (right) started filling-in as a weekend anchor at WKBW-TV in early July. Some may remember 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. She has previously worked at WROC-TV and WETM-TV.

According to the Buffalo News, WKBW-TV will be launching a new news program after Labor Day titled, “The Now.” The program will be anchored by Hannah Buehler along with weather forecasts from Chief Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski. In Alan Pergament’s article, a reporter will be added to this program too but no one has been specifically named to that role at this time. The 30-minute program will air  at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“The Now” is a program that blends local, national, and international news with entertainment and lifestyle stories. The program will be independently produced in Buffalo and is currently hiring for a producer to fill that job. Many other stations owned by Scripps are already airing this program including stations in Phoenix, West Palm Beach, Denver, Cleveland, and Kansas City.


WGRZ-TV has added a new reporter from out west. Joshua Robinson comes from ABC/FOX duopoly KTMF-TV/KWYB-TV in Missoula, Montana, where he was a reporter covering the entire state and fill-in anchor. He is a reporter for “Daybreak” and is a graduate of Fresno State University. Fun fact too, Robinson is also a former pastry chef and worked in Las Vegas at all of Mario Batali’s restaurants on the strip.


In a producer switcheroo, WGRZ-TV hired Adrian Torres, who started in mid0June as a multimedia producer. He previously worked at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas and also worked in radio. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and majored in Broadcast Journalism.

Producer Dan Baran is leaving the station to take a producing job in North Carolina at TEGNA sister station, WCNC-TV. Baran has spent just over 3 years at WGRZ-TV and previously worked for 4 years at Time Warner Cable News as a news assistant/producer.


Spectrum News has filled vacancies on the producing side of the newsroom. Christine Streich has joined the station as a Senior Producer after spending 3 years at WKBW-TV as a producer. Streich has worked in public radio in New York City and graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Brian Barker has been promoted to the role of Senior Producer and Dan Eye joins the staff as an Associate Producer.

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After just under 5 years at WMSX-FM (Mix 96), Laura Daniels is no longer with the Townsquare Media cluster. Daniels took over hosting/DJing the morning program after Joe Chille retired in August 2012. During her tenure at WMSX-FM, she hosted the program with Gordon Scherer, Keith Kelly, and Eric Jordan. In a brief conversation, Daniels said she is grateful for her time at Townsquare Media and said, “I am looking for my next Buffalo broadcasting opportunity.”

The Jamestown native began her career in 1998 in Albany, New York at WYJB-FM. During that time, she hosted the morning program at the station and was a radio personality on WFLY-FM, WDVT-FM, and WZMR-FM as well. She also worked many different areas in radio operations including production and did television traffic in the Capital Region.

She is also the President of Laura Daniels, Inc., a voiceover and copywriting business. Daniels is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Services Support Foundation.

There has been no announcement of future plans. Meanwhile, Juli Hinds is handling morning duties on an interim basis.