Each year, we see many broadcasters come and go from Western New York. Some are here for the very first time and for others, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Some who have left stay local, some head off to bigger markets, while some have left the broadcasting world completely. In our best attempt to cover all the bases, here’s a look back at what changed in 2018. This is as comprehensive of a list that we could keep track of.
Two reporters with Western New York roots are coming back home after years away from Buffalo.
2 reporters have recently left local television for new opportunities.
WKBW-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.
The 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.”
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.
As one anchor prepares to leave, another anchor is moving across town.
At the end of the May book, 2 reporters are moving onto their next stops. May 23 will be the last day for WGRZ-TV’s Danny Spewak and WIVB-TV’s Ali Ingersoll.
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.
As we approach the end of the year, it’s always a busy time for stations as new broadcasters join the staff. Here are some of the latest new hires from local stations.
Here are some of the highlights from the past several weeks from local broadcasting.