Opening days of Coronavirus prep feels like a bad movie

Just living life has felt like a movie, hasn’t it? From crazy discussions at our faculty lunch table, to crazy discussions with students in class, to trying to come up with constantly changing coordinated plans for the school and the coffee shop as the ground continues to shift. On Thursday, I went to visit my … Continue reading Opening days of Coronavirus prep feels like a bad movie

We’re all to blame for the horrific tragedy of Larry’s death

If you knew Larry at all, then just like me, this is probably how you knew him– the guy with the long dreadlocks sitting just inside the door at the Tim Horton’s on Main Street in Williamsville. I took this photo last January, after asking him if he needed anything on a cold night. In … Continue reading We’re all to blame for the horrific tragedy of Larry’s death

Clint Buehlman sings about winter’s slick roads on classic Buffalo radio

In 1973, Clint Buehlman was celebrating 30 years of hosting the morning show on WBEN. His program had more listeners than the next three stations’ morning shows combined. More than 300,000 people tuned in to “your AM-MC” during the course of the week. “Dependability,” explained Buehly, was the reason for his 40 years of success … Continue reading Clint Buehlman sings about winter’s slick roads on classic Buffalo radio

From Jimmy Lyons to Sheela Allen, remembering Buffalo’s African-American broadcasting trailblazers

Starting in 1948, Buffalo television for its first 18 years was a de facto — and in some cases, policy-driven — segregated medium. During World War II and the years immediately following the war, Buffalo’s black population grew quickly both in real numbers and as a percentage of the overall population. Eventually, there were a … Continue reading From Jimmy Lyons to Sheela Allen, remembering Buffalo’s African-American broadcasting trailblazers

Torn-Down Tuesday: Statler’s Hotel Buffalo made way for Pilot Field

Jimmy Griffin’s dream-turned-reality for a downtown ballpark helped spur the rebirth of a Buffalo neighborhood and nearly brought a major league baseball team to Buffalo. It was doing what might have seemed impossible for Buffalo on the face of it. A new, $56 million baseball stadium right in the middle of city that, over the … Continue reading Torn-Down Tuesday: Statler’s Hotel Buffalo made way for Pilot Field

Buffalo’s best remembered commercial jingles

Knowing these five jingles is a bit like a Buffalo Baby-Boomer secret handshake.  “Talking Proud” was Buffalo’s anthem at a time when many of us didn’t feel so great about Buffalo. When the song and campaign were released 1980, Bethlehem Steel, where more than 20-thousand men once worked, was winding down and the furnaces would … Continue reading Buffalo’s best remembered commercial jingles

Why Talking Proud was more than just a (cheesy) jingle…

“Talking Proud” was Buffalo’s anthem at a time when many of us didn’t feel so great about Buffalo. When the song and campaign were released 1980, Bethlehem Steel, where more than 20-thousand men once worked, was winding down and the furnaces would soon go cold. There was a billboard behind City Hall asking the last … Continue reading Why Talking Proud was more than just a (cheesy) jingle…

Kevin O’Connell makes Buffalo Buffalo

A Buffalo legend hung up his sweater vest after a quarter of a century last night. Kevin O’Connell is certainly one of the people that makes Buffalo Buffalo. “I’m not saying goodbye, just, ‘I’ll see you down the road,’” said O’Connell in a recorded message which aired during Channel 2’s 6pm newscast. He’s been the … Continue reading Kevin O’Connell makes Buffalo Buffalo

Buffalo in the ’80s: When ‘Grab a six-pack’ became our mantra

“Stay inside. Grab a six-pack.” It’s almost difficult to imagine Western New York and especially a Western New York snowfall without the phrase that Jimmy Griffin joked would wind up on his tombstone. But while Buffalonians have likely been drinking their way through snowstorms for as long as there have been people here, we’ve only … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’80s: When ‘Grab a six-pack’ became our mantra

January 28, 1977: 40 years ago today, a new identity for Buffalo

Maybe it was right up until January 27, 1977 that Buffalo was known as a blue collar town. A hardscrabble steel making town. A simple, shot-and-a-beer, look-a- guy-in-the-eye town. It was known as a place with long winters and a string of rotten luck— getting hit hard by the changes in the world through the 1970s. … Continue reading January 28, 1977: 40 years ago today, a new identity for Buffalo