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In a tweet yesterday afternoon, WGRZ-TV sports anchor and reporter Jonah Javad announced that he would be leaving the station on February 20, 2018. Javad is staying within TEGNA and will be headed off to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, the fifth largest television market in the country, as a sports reporter and fill-in anchor

Javad joined the station immediately after graduating from the University of Missouri back in 2012 and has been with the station ever since. In his time at the NBC affiliate, Javad has won three Emmys and three Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting. He also took over regular hosting duties for Sports Talk Sunday, in addition to his anchoring and reporting duties, after Adam Benigni’s move to the news department.

Before joining the station, Javad worked at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri and interned at ESPN.

Javad will be the second Buffalo transplant to the City of Dallas along with former WKBW-TV reporter Julie Fine, who left the station in 2010.

In an announcement made on Monday by General Manager Jim Toellner, longtime Executive Producer Athan Kompos has been named News Director at WGRZ-TV. Kompos was most recently Acting News Director after Kate Glover’s departure in June. The Buffalo native and Canisius graduate has been with the station since 2004 and was promoted to the Executive Producer role in 2009.

Sports anchor/reporter Tom Martin made it official yesterday and announced that he is leaving Buffalo for Kansas City. He will take over as a weekend sports anchor/reporter for KCTV-TV after two years in Buffalo. Martin came to Buffalo two years ago as WIVB-TV was revamping their entire sports department following the departures of Lauren Brill and Steve Vesey. Before Buffalo, the Mizzou grad worked at KATC-TV and KOMU-TV. He will start at the new station sometime in September.

Martin was also a four-time participant and guest speaker for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Peer 2 Peer Speakers Tour. The initiative strives to connect the rising stars of the industry with students that might be interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting at local colleges and universities.

Fun fact, this is also where former WIVB-TV News Director Scott Levy went to take a new opportunity as well.

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/).

Photo courtesy of @PeckonSports

In a news release, veteran sports broadcasters Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester have announced their new platform, Buffalo Sports Page, which will officially launch later this summer. The project is still being worked on but is getting closer to completion day-by-day.

The platform will feature insight, opinions, and analysis of the nuts and bolts of the city, the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. It will also highlight coverage of local college sports, written stories, podcasts (which they are already producing), and video content. Sylvester and Peck will take on the roles of Managing Editors and Site Contributors.

The pair are no strangers to the local broadcasting scene with Peck currently serving as the Voice of the Buffalo Bulls and spent 24 years with WIVB-TV as a sports anchor/reporter. Sylvester is an announcer for PGA Tour Radio and host of Tee 2 Green, which airs on WGRZ-TV and WGR-AM.

The news release also mentions the list of preliminary contributors with more expected to be added on later including Nick Mendola, Bob Gaughan, Jim Kubiak, and Amy Audibert.

The site is expected to launch sometime this summer and we’ll let you know when it does. You can follow the page by liking their Facebook page, following them on Twitter, or going to their website.

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