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Board of Directors

Heidi Raphael

Vice President of Corporate Communications, Beasley Broadcast Group


As Vice President of Corporate Communications at Beasley Media Group, Heidi Raphael provides leadership in overseeing all aspects of communications and branding for one of the nation’s leading publicly- traded radio broadcasting companies. She has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine, a leading national industry publication, on an annual basis since 2006.

The broadcasting veteran began her broadcasting career at WECK-AM, WGR-AM, WHTT-FM and WGRF-FM in Buffalo. In 1994, Heidi left Western New York to work at WMMS-FM in Cleveland, Ohio, before being recruited to serve as the Marketing Director of Greater Media’s WRIF-FM in Detroit, Michigan. During that time, she was named “Promotions Director of the Year” (Major Market) by Billboard magazine for her work at the station.

Heidi was subsequently promoted to Director of Group Marketing, overseeing the combined marketing efforts of the company’s three station cluster in the Motor City. In this role she led several major accomplishments and innovations, including the start-up and development of a non-traditional revenue department for WGRV-FM in Detroit, which later became WMGC-FM.

In January 2005, Heidi was promoted to Director of Corporate Communications was based out of the company’s Braintree, Massachusetts-based corporate headquarters. She was subsequently promoted to the positions of Vice President in February 2008 and Senior Vice President in March 2016. The broadcasting veteran was named Vice President of Corporate Communications at Beasley Media Group in May of 2017 shortly after the company was acquired by Beasley Media Group and is based out of the company’s headquarters in Naples, Florida.

Heidi currently serves on the national Boards of Directors of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF). In addition, the radio veteran is a past elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM). She is also a current executive committee member and the past spokesperson of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group), which promotes the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry. In 2007, she co-founded the Radio Communicators Group (RCG), a national organization made up of the top corporate communications executives in the industry.

An avid philanthropist and active community member in her hometown of Buffalo, the current Naples, Florida resident served in a number of leadership positions on boards while residing in Buffalo, including as a Trustee of Medaille College, where she founded the Raphael Communications Scholarship, an annual honor given to a student interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting or public relations. In addition, Heidi served as the President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and Vice President of the Buffalo History Museum’s Board of Managers.

In 2013, she founded Musician Medics, an initiative designed to “play it forward” in conjunction with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, where musicians perform room to room and in group settings to provide musical comfort for patients and their families at area hospitals in the Western New York community. The program is currently celebrating its fifth year of making a difference in the Western New York area.

Heidi was recognized as a one of Western New York’s 2016 “Women of Influence” by Buffalo Business First for her professional experience and community involvement. The Cheektowaga, New York native received her undergraduate degree in Media Communications from Medaille College and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Steve Reszka

Anscombe Broadcasting Group


Steve Reszka has extensive media experience from both sides of the aisle. He currently owns Reszka & Associates, a national marketing communication and entertainment booking firm based in Buffalo. Steve is also co-owner of WSIR-AM in Winter Haven, Florida, where within three years he led the station from being silent to number two in the ratings in Polk County (the home of Disney World). His media background includes stations in Buffalo and Syracuse in the late 70s. Steve made the move to television news at stations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama during the 1980s. He was also a freelance reporter for NBC Sports and ABC News.




Katie Morse

Anchor/Reporter, WKBW-TV

Vice President

Katie is a multi-media journalist and anchor for 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo. Before moving to WKBW, she spent five years as an anchor/reporter at Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo. An Amherst native, Katie is dedicated to covering stories that impact the community. In the aftermath of the crash Flight 3407, Katie followed the families’ struggle to change airline regulations, and traveled with them to Washington D.C. as the National Transportation Safety Bureau investigated the incident. When the sale of the Buffalo Bills was made official in New York City, Katie was there to cover the team changing hands.

Katie started her broadcasting career at News 10, now in Syracuse, where she worked for two years. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio, and recently completed her MBA at Canisius College. Katie has been on the BBA Board since 2012 and chaired the organization’s 5K run from 2013 to 2015.

Herb Flemming

Flemming Communications


Herb Flemming became interested in radio while a student a Houghton College and, after graduation, worked at WYSL, WDCX, and WEBR 970 AM & WBCE, 94.5 FM, which were both owned by Buffalo’s morning newspaper, the Courier Express. Herb served in variously positions as public services, promotion director, production director, and a stint as program director. Herb also served as operations manager for 94.5 FM prior to when it and WEBR were purchase in the 1970’s by Algonquin Broadcasting.

At that time the Courier Express was embarking on building the Courier Cable System to serve the City of Buffalo, Herb remained with the company to help build and market the system. In that time, Herb began a 17-year relationship with NBC Sports, working weekend football games.

After the Courier Cable system was built, Herb joined Tops Markets, Inc. to form an in-house agency that handled their radio, television, and image and reputation management. After twenty years with Tops Markets, he shifted his focus toward public relations and development work and opened his own shop in 2001. Herb is also a licensed Real Estate Salesperson with WNY Metro Roberts Realty.

Herb has served on the Board of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association since the organization’s inception and is one of its founding members. He has been Secretary-Treasurer for most of that time.


George Thomas Apfel

Contract Engineer

Board Member

George Thomas Apfel started his 45-year radio career in Las Vegas in 1971 as a DJ and quickly became program director of KLAV-AM. He produced and co-hosted a weekly jazz show with bassist Monk Montgomery, interviewing jazz  legends. George became music director, production director, and program director at  KLUC-FM and KMZQ-FM. In addition to on-air work, he was a studio engineer and carpenter building custom studio furniture and entire radio stations. In the mid-90s, George became chief engineer and directed the consolidation of five separate stations to one facility, working for Regent Communications and then for Jacor. For 13 years George worked as IT Manager and engineer for the CBS Radio cluster in Las Vegas. In 2010 George returned home to Buffalo to become chief engineer for Entercom’s Buffalo and Rochester stations. In 2015 he returned to CBS as Houston’s IT manager. Recently George retired from full time radio work. He currently works for Entercom part time and Buffalo’s ReUse Action as IT guy and engineer at The Guild @980, and is researching the history of Western New York radio for a forthcoming book. George contributes Western New York radio history articles to the Buffalo Broadcasters Facebook page, and returns as a BBA board member after a year’s hiatus in Houston and continues to manage the BBA database.


Elizabeth Carey

Director of Public Affairs, AAA Western and Central New York

Board Member

Elizabeth Carey is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in television broadcasting.

She’s an engaging motivational speaker who has taught public speaking and communications at the collegiate level.

You might recognize her as a television personality. She provided the Business First segments on WKBW-TV for 15 years after working at other news outlets like Time Warner Cable and WIVB-TV.

Now you can often catch her talking about traffic safety and more as Director of Public Affairs for AAA Western and Central New York. She serves as company spokesperson with the media and throughout the community where she speaks at schools and public events.

You’ll also see her name in print in Gusto in The Buffalo News where she often writes about area restaurants on a freelance basis.

Elizabeth also lends her talents to inspire community leaders, business executives and students as a consultant at The Team Building Team, which provides communications training and professional development.

Elizabeth holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Buffalo State. She and her husband are raising their family in the snowy Buffalo Southtowns. When she’s not juggling work and home life, Elizabeth enjoys travel, Pilates and dining out in Buffalo.

Pat Feldballe

Pat Feldballe Productions

Board Member

Pat Feldballe began his career in broadcasting in 1972 at WBFO. Moving from there, he held on-air and production jobs at WBUF, WGRQ, WGR, and WKBW, leaving in 1982 to begin applying production skills as a freelance producer and voice talent. Today, Pat is still at it, combining voice work and production with teaching at Niagara County Community College. Pat is also host of the weekend Blues on WBFO. As a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Board of Directors, Pat is trying to increase the awareness and community presence of the BBA through the development of a series of half hour cable TV shows. He is a BBA Hall of Fame member inducted in 2009.


Terry Fisher

President & Director of Operations, Full Circle Studios

Board Member

Terry Fisher has been President of Full Circle Studios since 1999. He previously was Director of the Media Center at Canisius College and an Associate Professor of Communication Studies from 1989 to 1999. Terry is a current Board Member of the BFLO Experience (formerly Buffalo/Niagara Hall of Fame), a board member of the Theatre District Association, and serves on the Media Advisory Committee of Canisius College and Niagara County Community College.

Terry joined the BBA Board to accomplish three things: 1) The establishment of a permanent physical space that includes a BBA museum, encompassing film, print media, and theatre history, along with new media; 2) Preparation to establish a Buffalo School of Theatre, Film, and Digital Media in the downtown area and include in the curriculum certain aspects of broadcast television with the help of the BBA; 3) Creating a viable film/television production industry here in WNY.

Terry, and Full Circle Studios, is currently working on the design and installation of museum exhibits & digital interactive video materials for the Niagara Aerospace Museum, the Buffalo Business First – Business Hall of Fame, the Niagara County Historical Society, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Explore & More Children’s Museum, the Niagara Greenway Trail, and many others.

Annemarie Franczyk

Associate Professor of Communication, Buffalo State College

Board Member

Annemarie Franczyk is a journalist with 33 years of experience in local and national publications. Her favorite position was covering health care for 19 years for Business First of Buffalo, a publication of the American City Business Journal chain. She has advanced degrees in health policy and teaches journalism full time in the Communication Department at SUNY Buffalo State while continuing work as a freelance reporter.




Mike Igoe

Assistant Professor of Communication, State University of New York at Fredonia

Board Member

Prior to accepting his position at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013, Mike Igoe taught International Journalism at United International College in Zhuhai, China for three years. Before that, he taught communication courses for three semesters at Buffalo State College. Mike’s recent teaching career follows his 30 years as a television consumer reporter, 20 of them spent at WGRZ. He also worked in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania at WNEP-TV and Minneapolis/St. Paul at KARE-TV. At all three outlets he was a local host for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

Over the years, Mike has received a number of wards for his work, including citations from the Associated Press, the IFPA, and the United States Postal Service. Mike is also an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar and is the co-author of two books: Blending East and West: Understanding the Changing Chinese Society and Painless Presenting Made Easy.


Carl Lam

Meteorologist, WGRZ-TV

Board Member

Carl Lam is the Social Media Manager and Educational Outreach Coordinator with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. He coordinates the semi-annual Peer 2 Peer Speakers Tour, co-organizes the Student Mentoring Program, and produces content for the BBA’s website.

He currently serves as a fill-in meteorologist with WGRZ-TV’s Storm Team 2 and started in December of 2016. He also serves as a fill-in traffic reporter with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and appears on WGRZ’s “Daybreak” and has done so since July of 2014. Since 2013, he worked as an on-air host for WNED-FM, Western New York’s classical music station.

He earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration in 2016 and a Master of Music in Music Performance in 2017, both from the University at Buffalo. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music and Journalism along with a Bachelor of Science in Audio/Radio Production from Fredonia, where he participated in campus media in print, television, and radio. Carl was the winner of Fredonia’s 2014 Lanford Presidential Prize, which is awarded to the college’s top graduating senior.

Additionally, he is holds a Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University.

Stephen Marth

Assistant News Director, Spectrum News

Board Member

Stephen Marth is currently the Assistant News Director at Spectrum News in Buffalo. Stephen started in print, writing for The Spectrum newspaper at the University at Buffalo, before becoming the publication’s editor-in-chief in 2009. In February 2009, after the crash of Flight 3407, Stephen served as a runner for ABC News and – for the first time – saw the broadcasting side of journalism. He immediately fell in love.

Stephen decided he wanted more experience in broadcasting and took an internship over the summer of 2009 with Spectrum News (then YNN Buffalo). He was hired at the station in March 2010 as a freelance news assistant and was promoted to assignment editor that May. After serving in that role for just under a year, Stephen was promoted to producer in January 2011. His work and leadership led to a promotion to senior producer in November 2013 and then to executive producer in June 2015. He was elevated to his current role in June 2018.

Stephen also has experience in radio as a disc jockey and assistant general manager at WRUB, the State University of New York at Buffalo’s student radio station. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication.

Steven Monaco

Media Relations Director, Mercy Flight of Western New York

Board Member

Stephen Monaco is a longtime supporter and member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. He was elected to the board of directors several years ago. Stephen is an integral part of the BBA’s fundraising events, and has instituted major updates to its signature event – the Hall of Fame.

Stephen’s broadcasting career includes a stint as the executive producer of “Buffalo Backstage”, a local music-themed television program. He has also worked in the non-profit arena as media relations coordinator of air medical operations.

An avid philanthropist, Monaco supports a variety of organizations in the community, including the Jacqueline Hirsch Foundation, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo History Museum, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

The Cheektowaga, New York resident attended the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Rich Newberg

WIVB-TV (retired)

Board Member

Rich Newberg is co-chair of the Archive Committee of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. He is spearheading efforts to retrieve Buffalo’s moving image history through the digitization of local television news film and videotape.

Rich’s career in television and radio news spanned 46 years. He retired as senior correspondent of WIVB-TV (Buffalo’s CBS affiliate) at the end of 2015.

Rich won 11 New York Emmy awards and an Emmy in Chicago, and is currently a regional vice president of the National Television Academy’s New York Chapter. He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2006, and was also honored with the BBA’s 2012 Pinnacle Award for his lifetime achievements in TV news.

Jim Pastrick

Townsquare Media

Board Member

Jim Pastrick has served as air personality, news reporter, program and production director at a number of successful Western New York radio stations. Most notably, he has worked at WHTT, WGRF and WGR. Earlier in his career, he spent time at WYSL and WKBW. Mentored by the legendary Jeff Kaye, he served as an associate feature producer for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network. Jim was programming consultant for news-talk WLVL, Lockport from 2002 through 2005, and has done freelance voice production for a number of local radio stations, as well as XM Satellite radio. Presently an associate commercial and feature producer for the Townsquare Media radio stations in Buffalo, Pastrick, in 2017, was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame for his work behind-the-scenes.


John Robshaw

Robshaw & Associates

Board Member

Jim Safee

President, DGI Video

Board Member

Jim Safee began his broadcast career in the fall of 1979 as an intern from Medaille College at WUTV, Channel 29. He was hired in 1980 as a break director and moved up the ladder quickly. In 1981 Jim was promoted to Director of Marketing, in charge of the station’s promotion efforts. In 1982, he was promoted to Operations Manager in charge of on-air, production and promotion. In 1983 Jim moved over to sales and stayed there until 1985. He was hired as Western District Sales Manager for Audio Video Corporation where he worked until leaving to start a production company in 1987.

In 1989, DGI Video was formed and has operated from Jim’s studio at 57 Symphony Circle since 1995. Jim has produced both broadcast and non-broadcast projects for a wide range of clients over the last 25 years. He was on the ground floor of the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers where he produced the first Hall of Fame Ceremony in 1997. Since then, Jim has put in countless hours producing the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies year after year.


Nancy Sanders

News Operations Manager, WIVB-TV

Board Member

Nancy Sanders joined the BBA Board to become more involved with the issues facing broadcasters in our community such as cameras in courts, new technology as it affects our working environment and job duties. One of her passions and frustrations is the lack of access to broadcast archival material for the public. Nancy is on the front line of dealing with many requests from the public, documentary makers, etc. and would love to bring the archive project along.

Nancy has been heavily involved in producing and assigning news stories since 1973 – back in the days of film. She has fought hard to retrieve film archives from Channel 7 from the Buffalo Historical Society. Nancy believes Western New York’s newsrooms are sitting on riches of material from the past that should and could be used for programming and research. Nancy actively posts stories online and monitors and contributes to social media for WIVB.

Nancy has previous stints as Assistant News Director at WKBW TV for more than 30 years, News Director at Bridges TV for two and a half years, and Special Projects at WGRZ TV for one year. She has been Operations Manager at WIVB for more than 5 years and was inducted into the BBA Hall of Fame in 2013.

Avery Schneider

Reporter, Program Host and Administrative Assistant, WBFO-FM

Board Member

Avery Schneider is a Reporter, Program Host, and Administrative Assistant at WBFO News, Buffalo’s NPR station. He began his broadcasting career behind the microphone as a disc jockey for WRUB, the State University at Buffalo’s student radio station. Avery ventured into journalism as a staff writer for The Spectrum at the University at Buffalo, and then into broadcast journalism as a newsroom intern at WBFO. He was part of the team that covered the crash of Flight 3407, which won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and PRNDI First Place Award for Breaking News. Avery also worked as a Media Specialist Intern for University Communications at the University at Buffalo.

In 2010, Avery became a part-time evening reporter for WBFO. Since 2014, he has been back on the airwaves at WBFO, taking a hands-on approach to covering news around Western New York. In February 2017, Avery was assigned as the Lead Reporter for the WBFO Health & Wellness News Desk.

Avery is a 2010 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in English, a Journalism Certificate, and minors in Education and Military Science. He has been an active member of the BBA Board since 2015. Avery is the association’s website manager, overseeing its redesign and upgrade to digital member enrollment.

Buddy Shula

President & CEO, Radio One Buffalo, LLC

WECK 1230 AM and 102.9/100.5 FM

Board Member

Buddy Shula began his radio career in Buffalo back in 1983, when he was a high school intern at WPHD. Most of the time, he was running to Arby’s for JP, who Buddy credits for his radio “shot”. At just 16 years old, Buddy was on the air at that same station. Minor on air stints at WZIR, WVOR, WBTA followed and, in 1986, he was hired on air at WYRK. Buddy was part of the WYRK staff that saw the resurgence in country music. He spent ten years at WYRK and then moved to locally owned WNUC to become its afternoon drive personality along with working in sales and marketing. In 1999, Buddy was hired for on air and sales work at Q102.5. Since then, he has remained at Entercom as host and creator of WBEN’s “Buffalo Means Business,” spotlighting local business every Saturday at 6pm.Buddy‘s main role at Entercom is as one of the company’s top revenue producing marketing managers. He has been recognized several times in Radio Ink, along with being a contestant award winner at Entercom.

Hon. Penny Wolfgang

NYS State Supreme Court (retired)

Board Member

Don Yearke

WIVB-TV (retired)

Board Member

Don Yearke has a lifetime of experience in many areas of radio and television. He worked as a disc jockey and in news at WUSJ, WNIA, WEBR, WBNY and WKBW. Don was a reporter, producer and photographer at WKBW-TV for many years before joining WBEN-TV and WIVB-TV as a photojournalist. He as chief videographer at WIVB for 18 years before retiring. Don still works for WIVB-TV as a freelance photojournalist. He has been an active member of the BBA Board and is involved in the archive project. Don is a past president of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a BBA Hall of Fame member inducted in 2004.



Gregory Garrett

WIVB-TV, Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador

Dave “DG” Gillen

Townsquare Media

Chairman Emeritus

Dave “DG” Gillen started a radio station at Grand Island High School that lead to his first job in radio at WEBR while still in high school. He also worked part time WGRQ, WACJ and WNYS before becoming Music Director for WKSE in 1985. In 1992, Dave joined WMJQ for afternoons/Assistant Program Director, eventually becoming Program Director. In 2000, he shifted gears to take a position as Account Executive at WJYE and was a Senior Account Executive with WYRK until 2007 when he accepted a position as Account Executive at WIVB/WNLO. In 2010, Dave was promoted to Director of New Business Development at the stations and, in 2013, joined the sales team at WGRZ. In addition to his full time job, he joined the on air staff of Mix 96 in 2014 working weekends. In September 2017, DG went to work full-time at Townsquare Media as an Account Executive and also does 7p-Midnight MondayFriday.  Dave served as President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Board from 2004 through 2014. He was Chairman of the BBA from 2015-2016.