Veteran Buffalo radio announcer Carl Spavento has died at the age of 96.

Spavento was best known for his years at WBUF 92.9FM. He served as chief announcer in the 1960s when the station was part of the Empire State Network playing beautiful music. Then, in the 1980s, Spavento returned as a newscaster during 92.9’s adult contemporary era. His friendly, soothing voice was heard each day on Buffalo radio for 50 consecutive years.

Spavento also served as chief announcer and station manager of the old WBNY 1400AM, as general manager of WBNY 96.1FM and as a newscaster at WYSL 1400AM and WPHD 103.3FM.

Spavento retired at age 73 in 1992. He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

A wake will be held today (Sunday, March 22) from 4 to 7pm at the Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive (at Hopkins Road) in Amherst. The funeral service is Monday (March 23) at 11am at Amigone.

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