2000 Inductee

Al Anscombe is a groundbreaking triple-pioneer in radio, television and cable. Starting his career as a junior sports announcer in the late 1930s at the Buffalo Broadcasting Corp., he became a major player in that company, eventually rising to vice president and station manger of WKBW Radio. In that post he presided over such widely diverse talent as Bill Mazer, Foster Brooks, Stan Jasinski, Jack Mahl and George “Hound Dog” Lorenz. He later was prominent in the management team that transformed KB into one of American’s great rock radio stations in 1958. Anscombe’s commercial and political efforts were paramount in securing the FCC license of WKBW-TV (Channel 7) also in 1958. He was a prime factor in UHF-TV in the 1960s then shifted into cable in the 1970s as owner of Amherst Cable Vision. In 1996, Anscombe become the founding chairman of the Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers.

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