It has been an active month of December in local media with a number of changes and updates to pass along.

Ashley Rowe, co-anchor of WKBW-TV’s evening newscasts, has signed onto a contract extension, according to the Buffalo News.

Ashley Rowe is co-anchor at WKBW-TV.

Rowe, who joined the station in 2016 after the departure of Joanna Pasceri, co-anchors alongside anchors Jeff Russo and Keith Radford. Before she joined the ABC affiliate, she worked in Toronto and Hamilton with CHCH-TV and CTV News as a reporter, anchor, and writer.

Rowe recently married Dan Greene, a 2016 winner of the 43North Start-Up Competition, who is the COO of Formarum.

Veteran meteorologist Don Paul presented his last forecast on Sunday, December 23. In a column from the Buffalo News, Paul bid farewell to television…for the time being.

Paul has been an icon of Buffalo broadcasting, having spent 34 years forecasting for Western New York and over 4 decades in the business. He is one of the few broadcasters in the region to have completed the triple crown of working at all three local news stations. He is also a 2016 Inductee into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame. You can watch a video recognizing his career on his inductee page.

Meteorologist Don Paul has retired from TV.
Meteorologist Don Paul is also a contributor to the Buffalo News.

Paul served as Chief Meteorologist at WIVB-TV for 29 years before retiring in March 2016. During the late 80s and early 90s, Paul was the Chief Meteorologist at WGRZ-TV for three years. He joined WKBW-TV in September 2016 as the weekend evening meteorologist.

He holds a bachelor’s in meteorology with a minor in political science from Rutgers University, where he also completed the Army ROTC program. He served as first lieutenant at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of captain.

A format flip has arrived at WMSX-FM for the second time in 4 years. The station switched to a Soft AC format on Wednesday, December 26 after ending the Christmas format. The station is now known as “96.1 The Breeze.”

96.1 changed from Mix 96 to The Breeze.
WMSX-FM changed formats from Hot AC to Soft AC on Wednesday, December 26.

In 2014, the station changed call letters and format from WJYE-FM to WMSX-FM and to a Hot AC format.

Along with the format flip, morning co-host Melody Nardone was let go from the station, which she confirmed in a post on her Facebook page. She had joined the station in April 2018 along with Dave Fields as the station’s new morning team. The station’s website states that a “full talent line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.”

The Townsquare station’s new format consists of music from Adele, Richard Marx, Genesis, Seals and Crofts, and more.

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