Buffalo in the ’70s: Irv and other TV news favorites on the stage

By Steve Cichon

Irv Weinstein is remembered as one of — if not the — greatest personalities in the history of Buffalo television. But even as he sat on the set of Eyewitness News reading Buffalo the news for 34 years, his greater love may have been acting. Many times through the years, Irv took the time between the 6 and 11 to take to the stage.

Buffalo News archives

In this photo, Irv, along with Channel 2 weatherman and news director Stewart Dan and Channel 4 weather reporter Suzi Makai, prepare to open “Fiorello” at the Jewish Center on Delaware Avenue.

Dan played the lead role in the play; Makai was the director.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.