Remembering the past... looking toward the future!

Rebecca Thornburg

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. 

Rebecca Thornburg in a red dress standing for a photograph at WKBW-TV

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.

Four new faces will be joining WKBW-TV in June as a part of the Journalism Career Program (JCP) with E.W. Scripps and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. This marks the third year of the program that has been a starting point for college graduates in Western New York.

James Groh, Nicole DeMentri, Rebecca Thornburg, and Sean Robson will be joining the ABC affiliate starting in June and all four will be Multimedia Journalists.

New JCP ParticipantsGroh (top left), originally from California, is currently a Multimedia Journalist and Sports Reporter with CitrusTV, the station’s television station. In the past, Groh has worked with Spectrum News Central New York as a photographer and worker as a reporter/writer for several local publications in Chico and San Francisco, California.

Hailing from New Jersey, DeMentri (bottom right) will also be one of the station’s newest MMJs. She has previously interned at Bloomberg News, NBC News, WSTM-TM, and MSNBC, and also worked abroad as an intern with The Week in London. DeMentri’s most recent role with CitrusTV is as anchor/multimedia journalist.

Boston native Rebecca Thornburg (top right) currently is a producer and reporter for NCC News and works in sports as a producer with Orange Television Network. Her previous experience includes stops at FOX Sports and WEEI-FM in Boston.

Robson (bottom left) will travel right down the Thruway from his hometown of Rochester to Buffalo. Robson is currently working with NCC News and as a reporter with WAER-FM. He has previously interned at WHAM-TV and WHEC-TV in Rochester.

The current class of JCP participants will complete their tenure at WKBW-TV in June including Brittany Muller, Chris DiMaria, Fatima Bangura, and Jeff Slawson.