A pioneer in Buffalo television has died.

Ernest Cavallo of Hamburg passed June 10, 2014 at the age of 90. 

After enrolling in a radio and TV training program at the end of his World War II military service, Cavallo helped construct the studios for WGR, Channel 2.  He spent 17 years at the station.  According to an obituary in the Buffalo News, one of the highlights of his years at WGR was his selection by NBC to participate in a show called “World Wide Broadcast,” hosted by Dave Garroway.  His family says Cavallo tied himself to the ledge of a nearby building to air a panoramic view of the then brand new Skyway and the waterfront for the NBC program. 

From WGR, Cavallo was hired by Buffalo State where he developed and built an on-campus television studio for the school’s Communications Department.  He also worked as a cameraman for Buffalo Bills and Sabres games. 

Cavallo is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ginetta, four children and eleven grandchildren. 

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