Remembering the past... looking toward the future!

WBFO-FM

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.

Following the news about Brian Meyer’s upcoming departure from WBFO-FM at the end of March, the station has named Dave Rosenthal as the Senior Director of News and Public Affairs. Rosenthal will begin his new position on April 1, 2018. According to the press release, Rosenthal will be responsible for the news department at WBFO along with WNED-TV’s public affairs programming and digital media projects.

WECK-AM/FM will start broadcasting on its second FM frequency in the spring. The Federal Communications Commission granted WECK-FM the additional frequency of 100.5FM, which will cover the Buffalo Northtowns, in addition to the current 102.9FM frequency, which covers the Southtowns. The station’s 1230AM frequency covers all of the Buffalo Metro area.

According to Buddy Shula, owner of WECK-AM/FM, the frequency was granted to that station as a part of the AM Revitalization Project, an initiative from the FCC. “It will be great to have the WECK brand and all associated content on FM covering the entire metro,” Shula said.

He expects that the frequency will be in operation by mid-April.


WBFO-FM is beefing up the staff with two new hires including Nick Lippa and broadcasting veteran Sandy White.

Lippa (left), will transition to a full-time role with the station in early February, is currently hosting weekend programing on the NPR affiliate and assisting with general reporting. In his new role, he will continue to serve as news anchor, reporter, and host of “Nick’s Flix” on WNED-FM. Lippa is a former WBFO intern and is a graduate of Buffalo State College.

The station is also bringing back longtime journalist Sandy White (right) to the Buffalo broadcasting landscape as the lead reporter for the Seniors News Desk. The grant for this sponsored news desk is coming from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The two-year grant will provide $20,000 per year to the initiative.

According to Current, the public media trade publication, WBFO will be expected to provide 50 on-air news reports during that time. “There are so many issues facing seniors – healthcare trends, retirement living, working during retirement, financial planning/security, transportation, exercise, nutrition, courtship, and leveraging technology,” said Brian Meyer, News Director at WBFO, in a statement. “Our coverage will cast a spotlight on senior issues in a way that will educate, engage and entertain our radio and digital audiences.”

Sandy White has worked across the country at KNBC-TV, KCOP-TV, BET and spent over 15 years at WIVB-TV and WGRZ-TV combined where she worked alongside Rich Newberg and Les Trent. In her time outside of broadcasting, she started the Mustard Seed World Consulting Group.


 Miranda Ruckdeschel and Marybeth Calabrese have both left WGRZ-TV, the NBC affiliate. Ruckdeschel was in her second stint with the station and worked with the station from 2013 to 2016. She had previously worked at then YNN Buffalo and WKBW-TV as the morning show producer.
Calabrese, who joined the station less than one year ago from WHEC-TV in Rochester, has left the station to pursue other opportunities outside of broadcasting. She is a Western New York native and is an alumna of Buffalo State College.