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WECK-AM/FM

New WECK-AM/FM LogoYou can now catch WECK-FM/AM on a third frequency in Western New York. The second FM frequency better serves the Buffalo Northtowns at 100.5 FM along with the station’s original frequencies of 1230 AM and 102.9 FM. With the acquisition of this frequency, WECK now fully covers the Western New York market on the FM and AM side of the dial.

In a press release from that station, President and Owner Buddy Shula said, “Adding FM coverage for rapidly growing parts of our Metro is important to WECK’s overall growth strategy – and to the service to our
communities.” The station features broadcast veterans hosting programming all day including Joe Chille, Steve Cichon, Gail Ann Huber, Tom Donahue, Jon Summers, Harv Moore, and Danny Neaverth.


John Murphy and Steve Tasker for their new show
Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

Longtime broadcaster Steve Tasker officially joined John Murphy on Monday, April 23 for “One Bills Live.” The program features the Voice of the Bills John Murphy and Tasker and will air regularly from 12 to 3 p.m. on WGR-AM and MSG Networks.

Tasker, who is also known for his work as an analyst and reporter for CBS Sports, takes over for Donald Jones (Murphy’s former co-host) after he decided to leave the program earlier this year. The program will cover the latest Bills news from One Bills Drive and from around the league with guests from near and far.

In addition to his new role, he will continue to work with CBS Sports as a sideline reporter during the football season, according to Alan Pergament from the Buffalo News. Tasker is now entering his 21st season with CBS Sports.

Those wired to sports will remember Tasker as a star on special teams for the Buffalo Bills for 12 seasons (from 1986 to 1997) and appeared in the Pro Bowl seven times and was First-Team All-Pro on five occasions.

WECK-AM/FM will start broadcasting on its second FM frequency in the spring. The Federal Communications Commission granted WECK-FM the additional frequency of 100.5FM, which will cover the Buffalo Northtowns, in addition to the current 102.9FM frequency, which covers the Southtowns. The station’s 1230AM frequency covers all of the Buffalo Metro area.

According to Buddy Shula, owner of WECK-AM/FM, the frequency was granted to that station as a part of the AM Revitalization Project, an initiative from the FCC. “It will be great to have the WECK brand and all associated content on FM covering the entire metro,” Shula said.

He expects that the frequency will be in operation by mid-April.


WBFO-FM is beefing up the staff with two new hires including Nick Lippa and broadcasting veteran Sandy White.

Lippa (left), will transition to a full-time role with the station in early February, is currently hosting weekend programing on the NPR affiliate and assisting with general reporting. In his new role, he will continue to serve as news anchor, reporter, and host of “Nick’s Flix” on WNED-FM. Lippa is a former WBFO intern and is a graduate of Buffalo State College.

The station is also bringing back longtime journalist Sandy White (right) to the Buffalo broadcasting landscape as the lead reporter for the Seniors News Desk. The grant for this sponsored news desk is coming from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The two-year grant will provide $20,000 per year to the initiative.

According to Current, the public media trade publication, WBFO will be expected to provide 50 on-air news reports during that time. “There are so many issues facing seniors – healthcare trends, retirement living, working during retirement, financial planning/security, transportation, exercise, nutrition, courtship, and leveraging technology,” said Brian Meyer, News Director at WBFO, in a statement. “Our coverage will cast a spotlight on senior issues in a way that will educate, engage and entertain our radio and digital audiences.”

Sandy White has worked across the country at KNBC-TV, KCOP-TV, BET and spent over 15 years at WIVB-TV and WGRZ-TV combined where she worked alongside Rich Newberg and Les Trent. In her time outside of broadcasting, she started the Mustard Seed World Consulting Group.


 Miranda Ruckdeschel and Marybeth Calabrese have both left WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate. Ruckdeschel was in her second stint with the station and worked with the station from 2013 to 2016. She had previously worked at then YNN Buffalo and WKBW-TV as the morning show producer.
Calabrese, who joined the station less than one year ago from WHEC-TV in Rochester, has left the station to pursue other opportunities outside of broadcasting. She is a Western New York native and is an alumna of Buffalo State College.