Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of 2010 BBA Hall of Fame Inductee Margaret Russ, who passed away on October 6, 2015.

Russ graduated in 1945 from D’Youville College and applied for a job in radio at WEBR, which was owned by the Courier Express at the time. She went on to retire from the same station, later owned by the Western New York Broadcasting Association in December of 1990.

The radio veteran started out as the “Extra Girl”, which meant she worked wherever she was needed, be it in promotion, programming, music library, copy or other departments.

Eventually, “Maggie” (as she was often referred to as) was assigned to Promotion. In that role she worked as “chaperone” on the popular Hi Teen Show, a program broadcast from the Dellwood Ballroom at Main and Utica, where area teenagers danced to the current records of the day. Bob Wells was the well-known host of the show.

Eventually Russ worked in Traffic and eventually became the secretary to several General Managers as ownership changed throughout the years. Her contributions to the station and the community were many and our industry is better because of her.

The Hamburg, New York resident was the wife of Paul Guenther; stepmother of Barbara (Mark) Nephew, Karen (Elias Jr.) Attea and the late Marilyn Leiby. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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