After spending over two decades at WBEN-AM, Sandy Beach is retiring from the station.
The news broke last week that Sandy Beach, a broadcasting icon in Western New York, is retiring after 23 years at WBEN-AM at the end of July.
His career in Buffalo radio started at WKBW-AM in 1968 and joined WBEN-AM in 2003. He hosted the afternoon drive for 10 years before morning to the mid-morning slot in 2013. Beach’s career has also brought him to Hartford, Dallas, San Francisco, and Milwaukee in an on-air capacity.
According to the NYSBA, Beach is a three time nominee for Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year. Beach is a 2003 inductee into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a DJ in 2013. Additionally, Beach was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association in October 2017.
Taking his place will be former afternoon host and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia.
Bellavia has been a regular on WBEN-AM since 2013 when started hosting a late evening show and eventually was paired with Tom Bauerle during the afternoon. Their program ran for three years before Bellavia stepped away from the station and toured the country after receiving the Medal of Honor in 2019.
Bellavia will begin hosting his program on Monday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every weekday.
In a statement, Senior Vice President and Market Manager Tim Holly said, “David is a true representation of an American patriot and the perfect choice to help unite our listeners each morning.”