2009 Inductee

From 1977 to 1982, when Irv Weinstein smiled wryly and growled on an Eyewitness Newscast, it was Don Polec’s time to shine, bringing the offbeat and, well, goofy to the airwaves.

A native of Buffalo’s Riverside section, Polec tried radio at WKBW, but found it wasn’t quite for him. After two years of managing a handful of different Burger King restaurants around Western New York, Polec looked for work as a videographer. He sent Irv a resume that listed experience as an urban sheep herder and professional vagrant. He was on the air, with that same sort of silliness, almost immediately thereafter.

Polec left Buffalo in 1982 for Philadelphia, where Action News featured antics his Western New York fans would recognize in Don Polec’s World reports until earlier this year. Polec’s Buffalo brand of zany-yet-artful reports were also featured on the national stage when he was a Good Morning America correspondent in the late 80s and early 90s.

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