We have exciting news to share about one of our former leaders of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. Dave Gillen currently works as WEBR 1440’s Senior Account Executive and Sales Manager but has been recently promoted to Program Director!
“Proud to be working for a great local company with a great group of radio pros at WEBR!” wrote Gillen via his Facebook.
Gillen is no stranger to the Buffalo area, as he was born and raised in Queen City, and started his role in radio by forming a closed circuit radio station at Grand Island High School. At the age of 17, he also ironically worked weekends for WEBR. Gillen has also played important roles in breaking new music artists into the industry, starting a retro mix show at Q102.5, and co-founding The World’s Largest Disco. Gillen also served as BBA’s president for ten years from 2004-2014 and as chairman for two years thereafter. Before making the jump to WEBR-AM, he has worked at WIVB-TV/WNLO-TV, WGRZ-TV, Townsquare Media, and many other organizations.
Weekend anchor and reporter Shannon Smith is also departing from WIVB-TV this upcoming Sunday, September 6, to work closer to home at 19 News in Cleveland, OH.
“I thank you all so, so much for growing with me, allowing me to come into your homes to share your stories and for your sweet and kind words both in person and online,” Smith said via Twitter. “The words ‘thank you’ don’t seem big enough to express my gratitude to you, the viewers, my friends here and my coworkers at News 4 who have really become family.”
Smith joined the News 4 team in August 2017 after working as a reporter at FOX 26 in Fresno, CA. She started her media career in high school by working for a teen magazine called True Star Magazine and since then has also worked on air with 23 News in Rockford, IL, and as an MMJ at Fox 42 in Omaha, Nebraska.
After six months working as a sports anchor, Western New York native Brian Chojnacki has left WIVB-TV with no reported reason for his departure or for his short stay.
On February 17, Chojnacki replaced Nick Filipowski who left the station to become the director of public relations and communications for the Williamsville Central Schools. Before taking the job at Channel 4, Chojnacki worked at First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida as a sports anchor/reporter. He was also a former WKBW-TV intern who also worked as a studio host and a play-by-play announcer with ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. He is graduate from SUNY Oswego.