WNED-FM has named Mark Swarts (above) as the new morning host following the departure of Bob Krum in early May.
Swarts, who joined the station in January 2017, had been hosting the some of the station’s evening programming before making the switch to his new role.
In a press release from WNED, Swarts worked in radio 37 years ago as Production Director and Morning DJ for WWOL and WACJ.
He will officially take over the morning show on Monday, July 9 and host the 6 to 11 a.m. program.
In case you missed it, former morning host Bob Krum left the station in early May after ten years with the station.
Krum had originally joined the station as a music librarian and maintained the station’s CD collection. In 2013, Krum took over the morning host duties and developed several holiday programs including “A Krummy Christmas.”
Before working at WNED-FM, Krum was a mathematics teacher at Canisius High School for over two decades.
Matt Moran is the newest reporter/anchor at WBEN-AM and joined the station in May 2018 in a full-time capacity.
Moran is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and had worked at Spectrum News Buffalo as a Sports Production Assistant and as a part-time producer and reporter for WBEN-AM before landing the full-time gig.
He fills the vacancy created by Dave Debo, who left the station in March to become News Director of WBFO-FM.
It’s been a busy first week of February with news that three broadcasters are joining new stations while three have left or are planning to leave soon.
Sports anchor/reporter Tom Martin made it official yesterday and announced that he is leaving Buffalo for Kansas City. He will take over as a weekend sports anchor/reporter for KCTV-TV after two years in Buffalo. Martin came to Buffalo two years ago as WIVB-TV was revamping their entire sports department following the departures of Lauren Brill and Steve Vesey. Before Buffalo, the Mizzou grad worked at KATC-TV and KOMU-TV. He will start at the new station sometime in September.
Martin was also a four-time participant and guest speaker for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association’s Peer 2 Peer Speakers Tour. The initiative strives to connect the rising stars of the industry with students that might be interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting at local colleges and universities.
Fun fact, this is also where former WIVB-TV News Director Scott Levy went to take a new opportunity as well.
It’s been a busy few weeks for local radio stations with four departures that have already happened or are scheduled for later this week.
Former morning and midday jock Eric Jordan (left) is no longer with Mix 96 (WMSX-FM). Jordan had most recently been covering morning news/traffic/co-hosting duties on the Mix Morning Rush with Laura Daniels. He previously had worked with Total Traffic Buffalo providing afternoon traffic reports for the Townsquare Media cluster. Juli Hinds, assistant professor of communication at Medaille College, has been covering the midday shift that Jordan used to cover for the station.
Justin Tyme (right), of Kiss 98.5 (WKSE-FM), has left the station after 4 years. In a short write up from All Access, Tyme told the trade magazine that,”I’m on the lookout for my next fulltime gig.” He had been hosting shows during all timeslots including mornings, afternoon drive, evenings, and weekends for the station.
Midday host Virginia Barron (left) is scheduled to leave WNED-FM at the end of this week. Barron joined the station in 2013 hosting the station’s long running “Tuesday Night Opera” program and other programming as well. She then moved to weekday evenings before jumping to middays in August of 2016. She is leaving to focus on her program Buffalo String Works, where she serves as the Executive Director and co-founder, which is a program providing music instruction to children of low-income, refugee, and immigrant parents. Her replacement, Adam Luebke, current conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, is expected to start in June 2017.
Finally, Zaque Evans (right) has left his full-time role as Promotions Manager for the Entercom cluster but will remain in a part-time capacity with the station as an on-air personality on Alternative Buffalo (WLKK-FM). Evans is returning to his alma mater, the University at Buffalo, to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of sociology.