1998 Inductee

Famous for his quarter century run as the twice-a-night sports anchor at WKBW-TV (Channel 7). To hundreds of thousands of viewers, his face and voice are the definitive representation of sports on the Niagara Frontier. In the mid-1950s, he became one of the youngest staff announcers at NBC-TV in New York, eventually returning to Buffalo to work at NBC-owned WBUF-TV, Channel 17. In 1958, when Channel 7 signed on, it was Azar’s voice that welcomed viewers to what would become Buffalo’s No.1 TV station. Seated at the Channel 7 news desk with Tom Jolls and Irv Weinstein, Azar made up the longest running anchor team in the history of television (24 years – beginning in 1965). Azar retired from WKBW-TV in 1989.

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