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Former WKBW Anchor Liz LewinWKBW-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.


Reporter Madison CarterThe 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.”


New Marketing Manager Dick Bauerle for WECK-AM
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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.

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As WECK-AM/FM provides more local programming, two BBA board members are now hosting shows on the station.


Owner and CEO Buddy Shula hosts the “Living Senior Radio” show on Saturdays beginning July 7, 2018. The program can be heard on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In a press release from the station, the program will feature segments from local businesses and services that would be of interest to listeners who are of age 55 and older. The program will also tackle topics including health care restaurants, and legal counsel. “Buffalo is a city that has a very large population over 55 years old. My job with this show, and with WECK is to cater to this age demographic,” said Shula.


Also, since November 2017, former WKBW-TV Business First reporter and current Director of Public Relations for AAA WCNY Elizabeth Carey has been co-hosting “AAA Talking Travel” with Brian Murray, Director of Travel for AAA WCNY.

Carey and Murray host the weekly program with segments about domestic/international travel and tips and ideas for future trips. The program airs on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and Sundays at 6:30 a.m.

Links to previous episodes are available on WECK’s website at http://weckbuffalo.com/podcasts/aaa-travel-show

 

In a move announced by owner Buddy Shula, Joe Chille, longtime morning host and operations manager at WJYE-FM (now WMSX-FM), will host the afternoon drive on WECK-FM from 3 to 7 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. The 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee takes over for Mike Jacobs, who moves to more duties behind-the-scenes and will continue to host weekends. Chille will begin his duties on Monday, January 22. Danny Neaverth will continue hosting Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. 

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/).

With so many familiar voices returning to the airwaves at WECK, owner Buddy Shula has announced that three members of the team are receiving promotions to new roles in addition to their current positions.

New WECK Program Director Glenn Topolski
  • Glenn Topolski has been promoted to Program Director of WECK. A familiar voice around town, Toploski has worked at WTSS-FM, WYRK-FM, WJYE-FM, and WSPQ in on-air capacities.
  • Current Production Director Frank Miller has added the role of Assistant Program Director to his duties at the station.
  • Mike Jacobs is now the Community Events Coordinator, in addition to being the afternoon drive personality. He has previously worked at WKSE-FM, WYRK-FM, WHTT-FM, and WEDG-FM.

WECK is also bringing back two local sports broadcasters to the airwaves for a local sports program. Paul Peck and Kevin Sylvester are launching their newest platform in August but will debut their program, “Buffalo Sports Page Radio,” on Saturday, August 5. The show will air from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday mornings and Sundays during football season from 11 a.m. to 1.pm. Their program will also include their staff of contributors along with Tyler Dunne (formerly of the Buffalo News) and Jim Kubiak.

 

New owner Buddy Shula has announced that several other Buffalo broadcasting legends will soon grace the airwaves at WECK.

Earlier last week, it was announced that former longtime WBEN-AM morning anchor John Zach would join the station as News Director and anchor news during the morning program. Similarly, Gail Ann Huber was named a co-host to the station’s program alongside current host Tom Donahue. Huber had worked for WYRK-FM and most recently with WHTT-FM before rejoining the station.

The new staff announcements include former AM Buffalo co-host Jon Summers, who will take on a regular airshift from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Harv Moore with hosting duties from 12 to 3 p.m., and Mike Jacobs as the afternoon drive host from 3 to 7 p.m. Shula will also be hosting during the evening hours. Moore’s former co-host, Robert Taylor, will do the imaging for the station.

Most notably, Danny Neaverth, from WKBW-AM and WHTT-FM, will host a show on Friday afternoons called “Danny Moves Your Friday Fanny.”

This is all part of Shula’s overhaul of WECK and will launch these programs on July 10, 2017.

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Legendary broadcaster and journalist John Zach will be joining WECK Radio (1230 AM/102.9FM) as the station’s News Director beginning on July 10. The move comes as new owner Buddy Shula continues to build and transform the station.

Zach ended his nearly 18-year stint at WBEN-AM at the end of 2016 and had indicated to Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News that he didn’t plan on retiring. He had also worked at WGR-AM and WKBW-AM, where he served as the station’s News Director. In a press release, Zach said, “I am looking forward to working with the WECK team to give Buffalo the information needed to start the day.”

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer will anchor news on WECK’s weekday morning show with Tom Donahue and newly announced co-host Gail Ann Huber.

The station has also signed an affiliation agreement to bring CBS Radio News back to the area after it was dropped by WBEN-AM.

Shula has indicated that more additions to the staff will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

 

If you wanted to attend the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony but couldn’t get a ticket, you’re in luck! You can catch the broadcast tonight (Wednesday, December 28) at 8:30pm on WBBZ-TV.

Tune in to see broadcasting legends secure their place in Buffalo broadcasting history. You’ll see speeches and video compilations of former 97 Rock morning man Larry Norton, former WIVB-TV and current WKBW-TV meteorologist Don Paul, Susan Hunt of Pie Town Productions, former WKBW-TV Head of Operations Steve Zappia, WECK-AM’s Tom (Donahue) McCray, former WKBW-TV anchor Nolan Johannes. The broadcast will also include Stephanie Aponte, the Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award winner and The Fischers from WBTA-FM for 75 years in broadcasting.

WBBZ is at Channel 67.1 over-the-air, Channel 5 or 1230 (HD) for Time Warner Cable customers, Channel 5 for FiOS customers; Channel 5 for Dish customers; Channel 67 for DirecTV viewers.