WNED-FM classical music host Jim Berryman will officially be taking on the duties of radio production and operations coordinator serving WNED 94.5FM and WBFO 88.7FM, effective December 16th. As part of this change, Berryman will no longer host Afternoon Classics on WNED.  However, he will retain his Saturday evening air shift and will serve as a fill-in announcer as needed.

After 24 years, Ken Brown has departed WBEN 930AM as host of the station’s Home Garden Show, Saturdays at 11am.  According to Alan Pergament’s blog at the Buffalo News, Brown blamed his departure on a salary cut that left his compensation less than it was 20 years ago.  But in an email to Pergament, WBEN Operations Manager Tim Wenger said Brown left because of the workload.  Dominic Cortese’s Home Improvement Show has expanded to two hours for now.

Michael Nurse, president and general manager of WKBW, Channel 7, has been elected to the board of directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association.  Nurse succeeded Bill Ransom and Channel 7 GM last July.

Ray Collins is the new President of the Broadcasters Club of Florida.  The club meets once a month over lunch at a Sarasota area country club.  Guest speakers, panel discussions and updates about the latest in broadcasting trends.  The group ranges from retired network executives and reporters to on-air talent.  Collins is former co-host of Wake Up! On WIVB, Channel 4.  He now runs a communications consulting company in Sarasota.

Former Buffalo radio programmer Darryl Parks was fired Wednesday (November 6, 2013) in a Clear Channel corporate restructuring.  He had served as vice president of Clear Channel’s news-talk radio operations since 2010.  Parks was operations manager at WGR 550AM in Buffalo during its news-talk format of the 1990s.

After just two weeks in late nights, talk show host David Bellavia has left WBEN 930 AM.  Operations Manager Tim Wenger told WBEN’s audience Monday morning that Bellavia’s full-time employer changed its mind and withdrew permission for Bellavia to serve as host from 10pm to 1am Monday through Friday.  Bellavia was also apparently told he can no longer serve as a fill-in for the station’s regular talk show hosts as he had been doing for the past year or so. 
Republican political consultant Michael Caputo will serve as a fill-in host on WBEN while Sandy Beach is currently away from his show from 9am to 12noon.  Caputo also appears on WGRZ, Ch. 2’s “2 Sides,” which is on hiatus until after today’s elections.  WBEN is replaying hours from Beach and Tom Bauerle from 10pm to 1am, rather than bringing back syndicated host Jim Bohannon. 

WLKK, 107.7 FM has hired a program director to oversee its new format known as “Alternative Buffalo 107.7.”  Nik Rivers, an alternative rock programmer from WZNE, 94.1 FM (94.1 The Zone) in Rochester, was tapped by Entercom to run “Alternative Buffalo.”

“Throughout our entire search from colleagues, to industry executives, and throughout the music industry, Nik’s name kept popping up as a guy who is respected by all for his knowledge and passion for alternative music and his ability to go the extra mile in connecting with fans,” said Entercom Buffalo Vice President/General Manager Greg Ried.  “The new ‘Alternative Buffalo 107.7’ is going to be a special station and Nik is the special leader we were looking for.”

“I’m very excited to be heading west to Buffalo to head up the ‘Alternative Buffalo 107.7,’” Rivers told the radio trade website All Access.  “Entercom has a rich tradition in the alternative format, and I am looking forward to getting started and joining the rest of their amazing team and delivering to Buffalo the radio station and music that it has been asking for.”

Entercom plans to hire music hosts for “Alternative Buffalo 107.7.”

The new format went on the air on September 26th, replacing the simulcast of WBEN, 930 AM.

Don Heins has left YNN where he was a sports anchor/reporter to join HarborCenter as communications manager.  He will serve as the primary media contact for the new downtown venue, now under construction.  HarborCenter will house two ice rinks, plus retail stores, a restaurant and hotel. Heins joined YNN full time in April 2011.  Besides anchoring, he reported from the field, covering the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Prior to YNN, Don spent four years at Time Warner Cable 8 News in Jamestown. A native of the Buffalo area, Heins obtained a communications degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. When not on the air, Heins can be found running in local races or hitting the ice for pickup games at our local rinks.  He is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association board and co-chaired the BBA’s 2013 Celebrity 5K run.

Anthony Congi is leaving WIVB, Channel 4, where he has served as a reporter for the past few years.  Congi tweeted his departure, saying this is his last week.  He says he and his wife will be moving back west to be closer to their families. Congi is a native of northern California and a graduate of the University of San Francisco.


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