Jack Prior, who piloted Buffalo radio’s first traffic copter, died Sunday at Canterbury Woods in Amherst.  He was 88.

A Buffalo News obituary cites Prior’s status as a major figure in the region’s aeronautical history.  But the Buffalo Broadcasters Association memorializes him for his contributions to broadcasting.  Prior was pilot of the WEBR traffic copter in the 1960s as announcer and BBA Hall of Famer Jack Sharpe delivered live traffic reports from high above the city.

Doris Jones posted on her Facebook page today that Prior also took her up in a helicopter as she delivered ski reports on WGR 550AM.

Prior later founded Prior Aviation Services adjacent to Buffalo Niagara International Airport.  His terminal was often the scene of news conferences by politicians flying in for a quick stop, from presidential candidates to governors and senators. 

Plans for a memorial service have not been finalized.

The board and members of the BBA offer Jack’s family our sincerest condolences. 

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