Linda Pellegrino has made her mark in both Buffalo radio and television, especially as the longtime host of WKBW, Channel 7’s AM BUFFALO. She will be celebrating her 25th anniversary hosting the legendary show with Jon Summers this coming June! The broadcasting veteran has played music on the radio, delivered weather forecasts on Eyewitness News and conducted thousands of live interviews.
All of Western New York embraced Linda during her very public battle overcoming cancer. And she has given back to the community by participating in countless charitable activities over the course of her broadcasting career.
After graduating from Brockport State, Linda became a popular radio personality in Buffalo in the 1980s. She worked at WBEN, WWKB, WGR and WHTT in Buffalo and WHAM in Rochester. Linda was also a popular movie host on WUTV, Channel 29 and WUHF, Channel 31 in Rochester.
In 1986, Linda joined WKBW-TV and has been at the station ever since. She contributed feature stories to Eyewitness News and was a weathercaster on Channel 7. Now, as Host of AM BUFFALO, Linda’s engaging style draws in viewers from two countries to what is Buffalo’s longest-running local morning TV show.
She has interviewed thousands of guests from all walks of life-elected officials, world-famous doctors, Hollywood stars- even British royalty. Her guest includes Gregory Peck, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Woody Allen and Nicole Kidman. Linda has taken AM BUFFALO on the road to Cancun, Mexico, Las Vegas and Hollywood, and WKBW viewers across the country to California, Alaska, Hawaii and Europe.
Besides her work at Channel 7, Linda has served as host for various local shows produced by Buffalo’s Catholic Diocese. One of her specials, “The Snowman Knows,” won a Gabriel Award. Linda’s work at Channel 7 has earned her awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters and two New York State Emmy nominations. In addition, she has twice been honored as Italian-American of the Year by the Italian-American Society of Western New York.
Her philanthropic work has included the Variety Club Telethon fundraisers, the Cystic Fibrosis Bass Eye Celebrity Fishing Challenge and the annual holiday parties for the Center for Handicapped Children.
Linda has served as the Honorary Chairperson at Buffalo’s Heritage Centers. She’s also a past board member for Hunter’s Hope as well as a spokesperson for Hospice and the Buffalo City Animal Shelter.
As a four year breast and thyroid cancer survivor, Linda has been a vocal advocate of women getting annual mammograms. Linda and her husband, Bob, have a son, Brett, who is currently attending Canisius College for post graduate studies in Child Psychology.