WYRK Honored at Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame Awards [VIDEO]
An honor for WYRK at last night's Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame Awards presentations. What originally was WADV went on the air 50 years ago in what was Buffalo's first FM stereo radio station. Wendy Lynn and I had the honor of accepting the award on behalf of the station in an event that will be broadcast on WNED-TV, Channel 17 at a later date.
Original owners Dan and Nancy Lesniak put the station on the air in 1962 in what was a mixture of jazz and big band music. The Lesniak's sold it to Stoner Broadcasting in 1981 and the format was switched to country. A country music station on FM? It was risky because most FM stations at the time were either album oriented rock or beautiful music.
It was a slow go to begin with. WYRK was automated the first year, but slowly added personalities and I'm proud to have been one of them, and I'm still here after 30 years. John LaMond is right behind me going on 29 years. And Clay Moden joined us as an intern in his late teens, and he's been here more than 16 years. Where does the time go?
And congratulations to Clay for co-hosting the event last night along with Katie Morse of YNN. Both did a tremendous job in their debut as co-hosts. Clay admitted to being nervous, but he didn't look it.
Among the other inductees were Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret and former Channel 7 investgative reporter Lee Coppola.