Remembering the past... looking toward the future!


Award Winner Monica Manney standing at a television set

The third annual Student Mentoring Program has selected the following three students to participate in the program after a rigorous application and review process. The students have a customized team of 6 mentors to meet with and discuss their career progress, goals, and what they need to do to improve.

Rochester native Cordell Cumming is a senior at SUNY Brockport studying journalism and broadcasting with a concentration in media production. He graduated with his Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College in 2015.

Cumming is currently an intern with Spectrum News Rochester and WROC-TV. Along with his internships, he serves as the Sports Director at the college television station, Talon Television.

Before joining the television station in 2017, Cumming was a sports reporter at the campus radio station 89.1 The Point. He also worked at the college online news publication, “The Brockport Beat.” Cumming was the features reporter for a section of the publication called “Cordell’s Corner.”

Cumming aspires to be a sports reporter in the future.

Allison Staebell is a senior at the University at Buffalo majoring in Media Study and pursuing the journalism certificate with a minor in political science.

The lifelong Buffalo native attended Williamsville South High School. She currently works for Spectrum News as a News Assistant and interns at WIVB-TV.

Previously, Staebell interned at Spectrum News in the news department. She also currently serves as Senior Multimedia Editor for The Spectrum, the independent student publication of the University at Buffalo, and Technical Director for UB’s Student Association.

Staebell aspires to become a producer in the future and has an interest in videojournalism.

Monica Manney is Buffalo native and student at The State University of New York at Fredonia.  

At Fredonia, Manney is a junior studying journalism and sociology. She is also involved in campus activities as the communication chair for a women’s empowerment club, communication chair for a natural hair club, and many other boards to ensure diversity and students’ success on campus. Her personal mission is to amplify the voice of silenced groups and bring truth to her community through avid research and persistent questioning.

As an aspiring news anchor, Manney is building her resume with experiences that will increase her versatility and make her a strong competitor in the field of broadcast journalism. In her spare time, she is an ardent reader and a novice runner on her way to her first marathon!

Heading the Class of 2017 is the Voice of the Nashville Predators Pete Weber, WKBW-TV meteorologist Mike Randall, 97 Rock’s Carl Russo, Townsquare Media Associate Commercial Producer Jim Pastrick, WLV -AM Station Owner Dick Greene and radio newsman the late Ray Marks.

In addition to the induction ceremony, the BBA will present the Tim Russert Medal of Merit to Noah Maciejewski, a student at Fredonia.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Dinner is Thursday, September 28th with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7:00 p.m. in the studios of WNED-TV. WIVB-TV Anchor Jacquie Walker and WGRZ-TV anchor John Beard will be the MCs. Penny Wolfgang and Steve Monaco are this year’s event chairs.

“The Class of 2017 inductees have an interesting cross-section of broadcasting,” said Steve Reszka, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. “We are honored to recognize and welcome them into the Hall of Fame.”

In April, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association selected three students to be the next group of mentees as a part of the Second Annual Student Mentoring Program.

Since the announcement, the students have been arranging meetings with their assigned mentors and spending time with them at their respective stations, learning more about their job duties, and getting feedback on their work. Find out more about the mentees and their teams below. 

As we begin March, there have been a few changes to the staffing behind the camera.

Nate Benson from WGRZ-TV is leaving after more than 3 years with the station. Benson worked overnights as a photographer and editor and then added the title of reporter to his credits in covering breaking news. He also worked on reports for part of the “Innovate WNY’ series and investigated topics like 3D-printing, earthquake engineering, and how ice cream is developed at Perry’s. Before joining WGRZ-TV, Benson worked at WBBZ-TV as a technical director and producer and he’s a graduate of the University at Buffalo. He is leaving the broadcasting business and headed for a position with 43 North.

Producer, photographer, and photojournalist, Jim Gibbons has also left WGRZ-TV after coming to the station in 2015. He joins former News Director Jeff Woodard’s staff at the State University of New York at Fredonia as a photographer/editor in the Department of Marketing and Communications. In his time before coming to WGRZ-TV, he spent five years as photographer for Time Warner Cable News Syracuse and also worked with News 10 Now. Gibbons is a graduate of Lyndon State College.

Following the departure of photogrpaher Jim Herr, WKBW-TV has added Rob Neves as an overnight photographer. The Fredonia graduate came to the station from FOX46 Charlotte (WJZY-TV), where he served as an audio engineer. He also worked at WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh before the stint in Charlotte. He began his position with WKBW-TV in February of 2017.