Alternative Buffalo 107.7 has let go all of their on-air personalities, including program director and afternoon host Nik Rivers, morning DJ Brandi, Kennedy, Axe, and all weekend hosts. The changes came after Entercom announced a nationwide streamlining of country and alternative formats, which has resulted in eliminating more than 30 staffers. The station will be rebranded as “Alt 107.7” and will feature personalities from the Entercom’s alternative station in New York City, WNYL-FM.
After working for the station for seven years, Rivers does not know what he will do next. His release from Alt Buffalo came six weeks after he and his wife had their first child, according to the Buffalo News.
“Things don’t always end the way you think they will. Today, I say goodbye to Alternative Buffalo 107.7 after nearly 7 years,” Rivers said via his Facebook. “…I am looking forward to my next adventure….being a father to my amazing little girl, with my rock…my everything Meghan by my side. I will miss you my #AltFamily.”
In the past, Rivers worked at many other radio stations as a Program Director at WZNE, WFKL, and WZMR.
Multimedia journalist Rebecca Thornburg (left) is departing from WKBW-TV (Channel 7) on September 18 after spending two years working for the television station. Thornburg came to Western New York as a participant in the Journalism Career Program through a partnership with E.W. Scripps and Syracuse University. She will be returning to her home state of Massachusetts where she will be working for Boston 25 News in an off-air role as a creative services producer and writer.
“I have loved my time here in Buffalo and am really going to miss the people. I’m so thankful for the last 2 years telling some awesome stories and exploring all over WNY,” Thornburgsaid in an interview. “WKBW has taught me so much and really helped me grow in so many ways as a journalist. I’ve had a blast!
Graduating in 2018, Thornburg began her career at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University majoring in broadcast journalism. During her academic career, she was able to gain experience from participating in many campus media stations and internship opportunities.
At WBFO-FM, they are welcoming Buffalo native I’Jaz Eberhardt on board as a weekend anchor. She is currently on her way to getting her MS in data and science analytics after she received her BA in journalism from SUNY Buffalo in 2019. Eberhardt received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at graduation and participated in the Muriel Howard Honors Program and the Kenzie Scholars Program. Eberhardt is also a former participant in the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Student Mentoring Program.
Eberhardt has experience as a graduate intern at SUNY Buffalo for the Marketing and Communications Department, Senior News Editor and Staff Writer of The Record, and Art and Music Reviewer at BuffaloVibe.