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Board of Directors

Katie Morse
Katie Morse

Katie Morse

Chair

Anchor / Reporter, WKBW-TV

 

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.

Steve Monaco
Stephen Monaco

Stephen Monaco

President

 

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.

Noah Maciejewski
Noah Maciejweski

Noah Maciejewski

Vice-President

716 Sound LLC

 

Noah Maciejewski is the President of 716 Sound, a company he founded in 2018. Through this business, Noah provides DJ, photo booth, and lighting services for weddings and events throughout WNY.

 

Noah first found his passion for broadcasting while attending SUNY Fredonia and working with campus media groups Fredonia Radio Systems (FRS) and WNYF-TV. Throughout college he held numerous management positions within FRS and was the host of multiple radio programs. His work in college radio was recognized on a national level with several awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, including Best On-Air Personality in both 2017 and 2018. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fredonia in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication.

 

From the time he graduated, Noah has worked with Audacy (formerly Entercom), as an On-Air Personality and Promotions Assistant. In that time, he has hosted the midday shift on WKSE-FM (Kiss 98.5), weekends on WLKK-FM (Alternative Buffalo 107.7/104.7), and a variety of fill-in roles at WTSS-FM Star 102.5. Noah continues to work with Audacy today in a variety of on-air fill-in roles with Kiss 98.5 and 107.7/104.7 The Wolf.

 

Noah was first introduced to the Buffalo Broadcasters Association as a student member. He was the 2017 Tim Russert Media Career Award recipient, and a participant in the BBA Mentorship program. He is now honored to give back to the broadcasting community and sit on the Board of Directors as Vice- President of the BBA.

Laura Freeman
Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman

Treasurer

Independent Marketing and Promotion Consultant

 

After graduating from Erie community college, Laura Freeman went on to work for creative Artists Agency based in Los Angeles California as the local Field Marketing Manager before being promoted to the East Coast Regional Marketing Manager.
After CAA she then worked doing marketing and promotions for Liberty Cab as well as acting as a spokesperson in radio commercials, promotional events, and appearing on several episodes of Bragging Rights on WBBZ on behalf of the company.
Laura then began work in radio, at WJJL AM as it transitioned to WEBR Radio where responsibilities included acting as Director of Operations and Traffic Manager as well as doing commercial voice overs.


Laura is currently doing independent work with multiple companies in event marketing and helping to execute promotional events for nationally known brands.  She is currently the Operations Director of Buffalo Sports Insider.

Dan Fisher
Dan Fischer

Dan Fischer

Secretary

Owner - HPL Communications

 

Dan formed HPL Communications with his wife Debbie in November, 2003, and completed their purchase of WBTA in February, 2004.


Dan has held various management positions in radio since 1971. He is a Buffalo native and spent the early years of his career in broadcast news winning several awards from The Associated Press, United Press International and the New York State Broadcasters Association. He was a frequent guest lecturer on radio broadcasting at SUNY Fredonia and for many years, was an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown Community College.
Dan was twice selected to serve as a consultant to the US State Department on private radio development projects in Africa and Eastern Europe.


Dan is a member and past-president of the Batavia Rotary Club, and serves on the board of tof the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and the Holland Land Office Museum
 

Dan and Debbie were proud to accept the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Award recognizing WBTA as “Business of the Year.”

 

Jackie Albarella
Jackie Albarella

Jackie Albarella

Board Member

Jackie Albarella is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist and gardener.  In 2022, she was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Her photography has been exhibited throughout the country with one-woman exhibits at The Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Buffalo History Museum, WNED- TV Horizons Gallery, The University Women Association of Rochester, NY and the Gallery at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Jackie’s work has taken her across the country and to Ireland, Italy, England and Hawaii.  Her garden series has been aired throughout the country as well as locally in Buffalo, NY.  Jackie currently can be seen each Saturday on WGRZ-TV, NBC Buffalo, Daybreak Saturday program.

 

Jackie is the author of five books, which include, The Hotel Lafayette: Restoring Louise Bethune’s Masterpiece, Women in the City of Good Neighbors, Inspiring Women of Western New York, and Dirty Tricks in the Garden.

Albarella has received numerous awards, including the New York State Broadcasters Award, National Telly Awards, Professional Communicators Award and the National Garden Writers Association Award.

 

Her community commitment serving on Boards includes the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation WNY Chapter, Buffalo Botanical Gardens, and Buffalo Broadcasters. She is co-founder of the Veterans and Artists Collaborative which provides veterans free art classes and a chance to share their experiences.

Taylor Epps
Taylor Epps

Taylor Epps

Board Member

Weekend Anchor and In-Depth Reporter at WKBW-TV

 

Taylor Epps is a Weekend Anchor and in-depth reporter at 7 News in Buffalo. She moved to Buffalo in 2019 immediately after graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. 

In her more than three years in WNY, Epps has covered a wide range of community-based stories from following heroic local veterans to our nation’s capitol with Honor Flight Buffalo Niagara, to covering viral sensations like the 12-year-old Dunkirk DJ or the Real Hood Santa, to topics that have had life-shattering impacts on our area, like the continuous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the events of May 14th at Tops. 

Epps was recognized as one of the 30 under 30 Changemakers of 2020.

She is also a board member of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

 

Pat Feldballe
Pat Feldballe

Pat Feldballe

Board Member

Pat Feldballe Productions

 

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 for businesses and advertisers both locally and worldwide. A former adjunct instructor at Niagara County Community College, Pat taught courses in Media Study, audio production, Writing for Media and Film Music Appreciation. Pat is also host of the weekend Blues on WBFO.

 

In addition to his BBA Board Membership, Pat is a Hall of Fame member, inducted in 2009.

 

Terry Fisher
Terry Fisher

Terry Fisher

Board Member

President & Director of Operations, Full Circle Studios

 

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.

 

Herb Flemming
Herb Flemming

Herb Flemming

Board Member

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.

Gregory Garrett
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Gregory Garrett

Board Member

 

Bio Coming Soon!

Paul Hare
Paul Hare

Paul Hare

Board Member

Weather Forecaster / Traffic Reporter
WGRZ-TV, NFTA, & Owner, Monarch Productions

 

Paul Hare works as a weather forecaster at WGRZ-TV, primarily covering weekend weather duties since October 2023.  Paul is also working towards his Broadcast & Operational Meteorology Certificate through Mississippi State University.  

 

Paul also provides on-air traffic reports weekdays on WGRZ-TV for Most Buffalo and Channel 2 News First at Five, as well as local radio stations WUFO and WXRL.  Paul started at the NFTA in 2012, first reporting traffic on WKBW-TV for one year, before transitioning to WGRZ in 2013.  Paul has also previously reported traffic on WECK & WLVL Radio.  Since the weather in Western New York regularly impacts the commute, Paul has also contributed to past Storm Team 2 coverage, most recently during the Blizzard of December 2022, and most notably during "Snowvember" in November 2014.

Outside of television broadcasting, Paul started Monarch Productions in 2006, and has worked as a videographer and photographer.  Over the years, Paul has shot and edited hundreds of events, including weddings, graduations, sports contests, and dance recitals.  He has also produced corporate videos, training videos, and television commercials.

Paul has also recently started working as a production assistant, covering Buffalo Bills games for NFL Network.

While Paul is extremely passionate about broadcasting, he is also passionate about teaching.  Paul is a high school math teacher at Amherst Central High School.  In addition to teaching, Paul has co-produced the school’s morning television broadcast and has advised the Digital Video Club at Amherst Middle School.

Paul has been a member and supporter of the BBA for many years, and is thrilled to now be on the Board of Directors to continue preserving the rich history of Buffalo Broadcasting, and to encourage and inspire future generations of broadcasters.

Mike Igoe
Mike Igoe

Mike Igoe

Board Member

Associate Professor of Communication, SUNY Fredonia

 

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.

Tom Langmyer
Tom Langmyer

Thomas E. Langmyer

Board Member

President & Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Media, LLC

 

Tom Langmyer is President & Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Media, LLC (a Delaware Corporation), which is a station acquisition and advisory firm.  He is a nationally known and respected media executive.

 

Before founding Great Lakes Media, he was Vice President & General Manager of WTMJ and WKTI in Milwaukee and also served as National Vice President, News/Talk/Sports Programming for Scripps Media.

 

Langmyer spent nearly a decade as Vice President & General Manager of Tribune’s WGN Radio in Chicago, leading the station back to the top of the ratings and breaking revenue records for the station and the Chicago market.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Langmyer was Vice President & General Manager of CBS Radio’s KMOX in St. Louis and Corporate Vice President, Programming for CBS Radio’s News/Talk Stations Group.

 

Langmyer’s background also includes advising private equity firms and broadcasting companies throughout the U.S.  He specializes in a number of areas including business assessment, executive coaching, leadership, strategic planning, research, brand development, sales management, marketing, news, programming, public relations, digital and social media.  He is a nationally recognized expert on localism in media.  He has advised, consulted and programmed stations such as WNEW in New York and others in a broad variety of formats, including news, news/talk, sports, top-40, country, urban, classic rock, adult contemporary, adult standards and alternative.

Joana Leamon
Joana Leamon

Joana Leamon

Board Member

Producer / Editor at Buffalo Toronto Public Media, WNED-TV

 

Joana Leamon is a Media Production major at SUNY Buffalo State college and will graduate May 2022. In 2019 and 2020, she earned two Associate of Science degrees in Communication and Media Arts as well as a Certificate for Multimedia Production from SUNY Jamestown Community College.

 

Joana is an Honors student who has held several leadership positions. She served as Vice President of JCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and was named to the PTK All-New York Academic Team in 2019. She graduated from JCC with Highest Honors and was presented with the Trustees’ Award for highest academic achievement in Communication. She also received the 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and SUNY Chancellor’s Scholarship.

 

Joana has served as a Peer Mentor at both JCC and Buffalo State. She also serves as Vice President of BSC-TV, Buffalo State’s television club, and President of the Communication Honors Society. She is a producer and interviewer for Buffalo State’s radio station, WBNY 91.3 FM, and helped establish the public affairs radio show, “Let’s Talk, Buffalo.” She has also spent the last several years as a freelance videographer and post-production editor, creating content for digital media campaigns and advertisements. Additionally, she volunteers weekly at Christ Chapel Wesleyan church where she produces weekly services for homebound congregants and manages the church’s YouTube.

 

Most recently, Joana was honored to receive the 2021 Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Tim Russert Media Career Award and was nominated for the 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the President’s Medal for Outstanding Student at Buffalo State College. In her final semester at Buffalo State, Joana is excited to join the Buffalo Toronto Public Media team as a TV Production/Digital Media intern, participate in the 2022 MicroMania Film Festival, become involved with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, and complete her capstone courses.

Samantha Mitri
Samantha Mitri

Samantha Mitri

Board Member

Marketing Consultant, WUTV-TV / WNYO-TV

 

Bio coming soon!

Ellen Maxwell Notarius
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Ellen Maxwell Notarius

Board Member

Buffalo State University

 

Bio coming soon!

Michael Quinniey
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Michael Quinniey

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Aaron Saykin
Aaron Saykin

Aaron Saykin

Board Member

Attorney, Hodgson Russ LLP

 

A former television reporter of 13 years, Aaron now works as an attorney and concentrates his statewide practice in Media and First Amendment Law, as well as complex commercial disputes involving construction law, and municipal and environmental law. 

As an attorney at Hodgson Russ LLP, Aaron has represented private and public sector clients engaged in some of the region’s most significant disputes.  He also advises clients on media related issues, including communicating with the press, and is experienced in handling matters involving defamation, the First Amendment, the N.Y. Open Meetings Law, and the N.Y. Freedom of Information Law.  

 

Prior to his legal career, Aaron worked at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, where he was one of the original three “red coats,” alongside his then-colleagues Stefan Mychajliw and Scott Brown.  He also worked at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh; WECT-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina; and WGGB-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Nancy Sanders
Nancy Sanders

Nancy Sanders

Board Member

WIVB-TV (retired)

 

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. She has also been involved in supervising broadcast interns and mentoring recent graduates for her entire career. 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 where she worked for 32 years,  News Director at Bridges TV for two and a half years, and Special Projects at WGRZ TV for one year. She was Operations Manager at WIVB for more than 11 years.

Penny Wolfgang
Penny Wolfgang

Hon. Penny Wolfgang

Board Member

NYS State Supreme Court (retired)

 

Hon. Judge Penny Wolfgang is a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice. The New York City native began her legal career in Buffalo as a private attorney and then a public defender. While working as a public defender, Penny was tasked with representing the legal community on a series of public service information programs in Buffalo media called “The Law and You.” Penny fell in love with the idea of communicating legal information in everyday language that would be useful and helpful to the community. 

Because of the public acceptance of her informational spots, Penny was urged to become a judge. She did and was elected first to county court and subsequently to the Supreme Court. 

As such, she always believed in cameras in the courtroom, always allowing media into her courtroom to show the public exactly what happens in their courts. 

Through the years, Judge Penny never lost her interest in media, continuing her radio career on Entercom stations as the host of the weekly public affairs program, “On Target.”

Steve Reszka
Steve Reszka

Steve Reszka

Chair Emeritus

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.

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