We will obey the law. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Anyway, do we fade to black here? Pat Fagan, a WGR-TV announcer when the station signed on in 1954, broke into radio in 1948 as a staff announcer on WBNY. Buffalo native Russell, a nationally known political satirist, received the Buffalo Bob Smith Award, which recognizes a broadcaster who has made his or her mark away from the Niagara Frontier, but is a Buffalonian at heart. We will provide the news and information that people need to function as effective citizens. Under Gannett’s leadership, Channel 2 was finally given the time to develop a plan that would create stability and ratings. We do not accept gifts, meals or entertainment from any individuals or organizations that may be covered by our stations. The formal dress code enforced during the Dance Party can be clearly seen. Armstrong also worked in radio in Ohio and in TV in South Carolina. Billy Keaton hosted the gala opening night premiere of WGR-TV on August 14, 1954. We will uphold and defend the First Amendment. Legendary Air Personality and 2004 Inductee Stan Roberts with Marty Biniasz. The Bulls open the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northern Illinois. Lauren Hall is a reporter for Daybreak and Most Buffalo at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY. Michael Shingleton - Anchor WBRZ News 2 at 6pm, 6:30pm, 10pm & 10:30pm Michael Shingleton is an Anchor for WBRZ News 2 at 6pm, 6:30pm, 10pm and 10:30pm. The Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers kick off the 2002 Hall of Fame Night with a re-creation of a 1930's radio drama. We will respect the copyrights of others. Tak, who came to the United States from India in 1968, built a small empire of stations during this time borrowing heavily to finance overpriced properties. "This is Ron Hunter. You have permission to edit this article. Dill joined WGR-TV from KARK-TV in Little Rock, Ark. From Goodyear to GannettA History of Channel 2 in BuffaloBy Martin BiniaszChannel 2 was nothing but a glint-in-the-eye in 1948, when two media outlets filed competing applications for the channel with the FCC. We will be advocates for our communities. We will not manipulate images or sound in misleading ways. New York advertising executive Myron P. Kirk originated the idea, but he soon brought in Buffalo businessman George F. Goodyear to develop local investors. Karys Belger is a general assignment reporter with WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY. General Cinema, WGRZ expanded their evening newscasts with an exclusive 5PM program. 20 market in the country. Primary investors included furniture store owner Arthur Victor, City Counsel President Peter Crotty, liquor distributor Patrick McGroder and prominent Buffalo businessmen George Fruenheim and Norman Joseph. Here's where reporters who left WIVB landed, along with other media nuggets. . Melissa Holmes is the co-anchor of Daybreak at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, NY. She is a graduate of Chippewa High School and attended Malone University in Canton. Ok, for starters, when Ron began anchoring at Ch2 after moving to Buffalo from New Orleans, where he virtually owned the market, we didn't call it Ch2 News, or Action News, or even News news. From 1972 to 1974, blue-collar, working class Buffalo became a stepping-stone for the would-be matinee idol. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com. Created by station art director Frank Wahl in 1954 the impish little elves derived their names from the words eye and ear. To see friends lose their jobs and get hurt was very sad,” Herman Pease. The first Channel 2 sports department consisted of radio veterans Roger Baker and Bill Mazer. The Bulls were also picked to win the MAC East Division, and Central Michigan was picked to win the MAC West Division. Not the fake stuff, either. Get the latest. Hunter retired in Las Vegas. Previous Next. Beginning in the 90s, station architects began a program of rebuilding the roster of on-air talent. The day: November 30, 1958. I'm not even sure if there IS such a thing, and if so, what laws may have been broken to get it. She recently became a public relations manager at the Martin Group. The elves were used in advertising and promotions until the mid 1960’s. Mongiovi is now a reporter at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, the No. WGR Radio staffer, the very tall, Jack Mahl would be a pioneer announcer on the station in 1954. Goodyear and Channel 2 unsuccessfully tried to stop the sale and would later take out a full page add in the Courier Express to “set the record straight” and announce a revamped programming schedule that included much of the ABC Network lineup. Today, we share the news with you! For more information visit https://thetrustproject.org/. Oats was always a terrific interview. The station also boasted the area’s only permanent Niagara County TV news bureau in Niagara Falls. I hear Ron instruct the cameraman to zoom in very close when he wraps up the story, so we finally come out of the story, and there isn't a dry eye in the studio or newsroom, and Ron hesitates...one beat....two beats.....three beats....a big tear -- a REAL tear I'm telling you -- gushes down from one eye, as Ron actually whispers on camera, "we'll be right back". Liz Lewin: The former WKBW-TV anchor-reporter, who left the station last summer to become the weekend morning anchor and reporter at WILX-TV in Lansing, Mich., is back in Buffalo. WGRZ, the Tegna owned NBC affiliate in Buffalo, said goodbye to its longtime Daybreak anchor, John Beard.. At TEGNA, you will find people from all backgrounds, interests and abilities, united by a common purpose to make a difference in our work, our company and our community. Scott Levin, co-anchor for WGRZ-TV Channel 2 News First at Five, Six, and eleven joined WGRZ-TV in September 1998. Kellman celebrated his 30th anniversary with the station in 2004. On September 30 1948, the FCC placed a “freeze” on television license applications, pending a nationwide study of the allocation of channels. During the investment boom of the mid-80’s, the price of television stations escalated at an unprecedented rate. 2 in 1954. Neville hosted “Two For Breakfast” during the early years. The Dance Party was hosted by Buffalo native Pat Fagan. The driving force behind the foundation of WGR-TV, George Goodyear. All contents of this site © 2020 by Forgotten Buffalo. 4 Carol Jasen has made WGRZ highly competitive. WGR-TV signed on August 14, 1954, from the studios at 184 Barton Street. An Emmy and Murrow Award-winning journalist, Michael anchors Channel 2 News Midday and is managing editor at 2 On Your Side. 2's first sports department in 1954. She is a graduate of Chippewa High School and attended Malone University in Canton. We will treat people with dignity, respect and compassion. Longtime Ch. Scott Levin, co-anchor for WGRZ-TV Channel 2 News First at Five, Six, and eleven joined WGRZ-TV in September 1998. Nate Oats: The area not only lost a terrific basketball coach after he left the University at Buffalo for the University of Alabama. 17 built its complex at 2077 Elmwood Avenue. By the end of the decade the on-air staff included Molly McCoy, Kellman, Sheila Murphy, Barry Lillis and Ed Kilgore and Gary Papa. Also in 1953, a fourth group stepped into the Channel 2 bidding. We will not skew facts, distort reality or sensationalize events (ETHICS). We clearly identify and differentiate commentary from news. Later that evening a live dedicatory program was hosted by Goodyear and WGR Radio personality Billy Keaton to acquaint viewers with the personnel, programs and future plans of WGR-TV. What I'm about to write may sound blunt and unkind at times, but you should know the things many of us remember about Ron, and you can make your own calls about what is or isn't a positive, although I can kind of guess where you'll be on a couple of these stories. Having said all this, you still probably don't have the true picture of Ron Hunter. 2 Weather Personalities: 60s Doris Jones, 70s Barry Lillis and Kevin O'Connell. In 1955, NBC recaptured its programming when they purchased Barton Street neighbor WBUF-TV, Channel 17. Ron was the actor of our generation, and seemed proud of it. We will not present images that are reenacted without informing the audience. Election live updates: Biden pushes closer to victory in race for the White House. Patrick Hammer is the Chief Meteorologist at WGRZ in Buffalo, NY. Lia Lando (right) started filling-in as a weekend anchor at WKBW-TV in early July. After leaving WGRZ, Armstrong oversaw marketing efforts at the old Sheehan Memorial Hospital and then served as news and public affairs director at WUFO 1080AM. His next move was to Erie, PA's WICU-TV. It is hard to believe anyone would criticize him for taking a job that pays three times as much as UB could afford and that sets his family up for life. 2. The”Z” was chosen because it graphically resembled the number “2.”. 4's Jackie Walker, Ch. She deserves all the praise she is getting over her work at WKBW-TV (Channel 7) during its glory days and at WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) and WIVB-TV after that. Scott Levin is a multiple Emmy award and Edward R. Murrow winning anchor who joined WGRZ-TV Buffalo, NY in the Fall of 1998 as the 5, 6, 10 & 11 o'clock news anchor. A pioneering broadcast journalist at WGRZ, Channel 2 in the 1980s has died. We value feedback from our community, including story ideas as well as comments and corrections on our coverage. After not directing in many years I was thrown into the frenzy. 2 and is the current Sports Director. Ms. Steele was a co-anchor on the 21 News 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts from 1998 until 2004, before moving on to WGRZ Television in Buffalo, New York, where she anchored the news. With the sign-on, WGR became Buffalo’s sole outlet for NBC, with a powerhouse entertainment lineup keynoted by Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs and Buffalo Bob Smith with “Howdy Doody.” WGR-TV also relied on familiar names and personalities from its sister radio station to provide local programing. It was not be until 1958 when NBC pulled the plug on its UHF experiment that WGR-TV would recapture its NBC affiliation. Buffalo news, weather, traffic and sports from WGRZ 2 On Your Side in Buffalo, New York Tre'Davious White allowed out of lawsuit over Orchard Park home, US Postal employee accused of hiding mail intended for delivery in his vehicle, Near-record warmth in the forecast through the weekend, Sabres to sell Dale Hawerchuk posters to raise money in fight against cancer. If you were lucky enough, you might have been chosen as one one of the dancers on the TV Dance Party that was broadcast live from WGR-TV's Barton Street studios. 2’s audience ratings to the highest levels in the station’s history, promoted sports anchor Mike Nolan, earmarked Stewart Dan as the weatherman and hired Susan King. There were always rumors about Ron's sexual preferences, and maybe that scene helped get them started, but so far as any of us knew, Ron was as hetero as they come. Also in 1972, improvements in the audience ratings began to take place with an aggressive anchor team headed by the flamboyant Ron Hunter and sports anchor Mike Nolan.