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WBEN-AM

WNED-FM has named Mark Swarts (above) as the new morning host following the departure of Bob Krum in early May.

Swarts, who joined the station in January 2017, had been hosting the some of the station’s evening programming before making the switch to his new role.

In a press release from WNED, Swarts worked in radio 37 years ago as Production Director and Morning DJ for WWOL and WACJ.

He will officially take over the morning show on Monday, July 9 and host the 6 to 11 a.m. program.


In case you missed it, former morning host Bob Krum left the station in early May after ten years with the station.

Krum had originally joined the station as a music librarian and maintained the station’s CD collection. In 2013, Krum took over the morning host duties and developed several holiday programs including “A Krummy Christmas.”

Before working at WNED-FM, Krum was a mathematics teacher at Canisius High School for over two decades.


Matt Moran is the newest reporter/anchor at WBEN-AM and joined the station in May 2018 in a full-time capacity.

Moran is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and had worked at Spectrum News Buffalo as a Sports Production Assistant and as a part-time producer and reporter for WBEN-AM before landing the full-time gig.

He fills the vacancy created by Dave Debo, who left the station in March to become News Director of WBFO-FM.

On Friday, June 15, WBEN-AM’s Sandy Beach will celebrate 50 years of broadcasting in Western New York. To celebrate this milestone, the station will be honoring the broadcasting legend by bringing in special guests during The Sandy Beach Show from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Guests for the program include Joey Reynolds, Stan Roberts, and Danny Neaverth, who will all be in-studio. If you’d like to congratulate Beach on this impressive milestone, you can call 716-803-0930 during the program!

His career in Buffalo radio started at WKBW-AM in 1968 and joined WBEN-AM in 2003. He hosted the afternoon drive for 10 years before morning to the mid-morning slot in 2013. Beach’s career has also brought him to Hartford, Dallas, San Francisco, and Milwaukee in an on-air capacity. According to the NYSBA, Beach is a three time nominee for Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year. Beach is a 2003 inductee into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a DJ in 2013. Additionally, Beach was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association in October 2017.

Heading the Class of 2017 is the Voice of the Nashville Predators Pete Weber, WKBW-TV meteorologist Mike Randall, 97 Rock’s Carl Russo, Townsquare Media Associate Commercial Producer Jim Pastrick, WLV -AM Station Owner Dick Greene and radio newsman the late Ray Marks.

In addition to the induction ceremony, the BBA will present the Tim Russert Medal of Merit to Noah Maciejewski, a student at Fredonia.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Dinner is Thursday, September 28th with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7:00 p.m. in the studios of WNED-TV. WIVB-TV Anchor Jacquie Walker and WGRZ-TV anchor John Beard will be the MCs. Penny Wolfgang and Steve Monaco are this year’s event chairs.

“The Class of 2017 inductees have an interesting cross-section of broadcasting,” said Steve Reszka, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. “We are honored to recognize and welcome them into the Hall of Fame.”

In news from today, Afternoon Drive Host/Assistant Program Director/Music Director Jud Heussler (pictured above) is leaving Kiss 98.5 (WKSE-FM) after spending nearly 8 years with the station. The Fredonia graduate began at the station as an intern and took over the afternoon hosting duties in 2012. Heussler is moving south and heading to Raleigh, North Carolina to be Program Director at duoply Pulse FM 96.9 & 102.5 (WWPL-FM and WPLW-FM). His last day on the air in Buffalo will be Tuesday, January 31. He was also the recipient of the Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2013 from the BEMAs, which used to be hosted by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.


Also from the Entercom cluster, traffic reporter Allan Harris has undergone a successful kidney transplant. The news was confirmed on Twitter by WBEN-AM on Friday afternoon. Just before Thanksgiving, Harris had announced on the air that there was a kidney transplant available, however, it wasn’t a match. Tim Wenger and Randy Bushover have been filling in while Harris is out recovering. No timetable has been announced of when he will return but we wish him the best as he gets well!


WGRZ-TV’s Claudine Ewing was featured in the Buffalo News article by Alan Pergament for celebrating 25 years in broadcasting. The Buffalo State graduate started off her career at WBEN-AM and WIVB-TV before making the switch over to WGRZ-TV in 1998. Ewing reports regularly and also fills-in on the anchor desk periodically. Congratulations to Claudine on such an incredible milestone!


In news from the producing world, WKBW-TV has added John Tummino as the 11 p.m. producer. He spent two years working at WPTZ-TV, which covered the Burlington, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York markets. He also worked at WSYR-TV and News 12 New Jersey following graduation from Syracuse University.

Also, Lucas Smith, former producer at WIVB-TV, is now an Executive Producer at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. As reported previously, Smith had spent 8 years with News 4 before heading south.