A familiar voice is returning to the morning airwaves and we’re sure that you know who it is…
Local news organizations often rely on stringers to shoot footage of stories for manyreasons and we remember one that recently passed away.
Two reporters with Western New York roots are coming back home after years away from Buffalo.
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.
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.
Following the news about Brian Meyer’s upcoming departure from WBFO-FM at the end of March, the station has named Dave Rosenthal as the Senior Director of News and Public Affairs. Rosenthal will begin his new position on April 1, 2018. According to the press release, Rosenthal will be responsible for the news department at WBFO along with WNED-TV’s public affairs programming and digital media projects.
It’s been a busy hiring season at Spectrum News Buffalo as the station announced three new hires and a promotion from the staff.
Since the start of 2017, three local websites have popped up from current/former broadcasters in the Buffalo area. Each have a unique perspective on what they cover and are all good reads!
Former WGRZ-TV anchor/reporter Mary Friona has started Totally Buffalo, a blog/webpage dedicated to all things Buffalo! The site features updates on local happenings, stories about the people of WNY, breaking news, and much more. Friona is also launching a part of the website called Totally Niagara Falls, which covers her hometown and the community that we all treasure and value. The link to her site can be found here (https://www.totallybuffalo.com/).
The Cheektowaga Chronicle is a locally owned, independent, online news publication run by former WKBW-TV and WGRZ-TV photojournalist Jim Herr. The site covers the news around Cheektowaga and dives into investigative reports that affect the community. Herr is a lifelong resident of Cheektowaga and also is a member of the Pine Hill Drum and Bugle Corps, where he’s also served as President of the organization for the past four years. The link to his site can be found here (http://cheektowagachronicle.com/).
Finally, the most recent debut of the trio is Buffalo Sports Page run by Kevin Sylvester and Paul Peck. The site features covers the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bulls, baseball, and golf. The duo are also hosting a radio show of the sports page on WECK-AM/FM on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sundays during football season from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The list of contributors to the site include UB Athletics Broadcaster Bob Gaughan, Tony Mrozik, J.K. Karlsen, comedian Jeff Wozer, Amy Audibert, Jim Kubiak, Bradley Gelber, football writer Greg Gabriel, Scott Wilson, Buffalo NHL Correspondent Joe Yerdon, and Nick Mendola. You can visit their page by clicking on the link (https://www.buffalosportspage.com/).