WNY’s steel producing heritage- part of what makes Buffalo Buffalo

Our steel producing heritage—One of the things that makes Buffalo Buffalo. We often talk about and remember Bethlehem Steel, and with good reason. At one point, Lackawanna’s Bethlehem Rte. 5 complex was the world’s largest steel plant. At one point, the plant employed more than 20,000 men. Just as amazing to think about is that … Continue reading WNY’s steel producing heritage- part of what makes Buffalo Buffalo

Buffalo in the 70’s: Steelworkers called back to work

Just after Labor Day 1975, the Republic Steel Plant on South Park Avenue was finally starting to hum with the sounds of steel making again, after the plant had shut down in mid-July. It meant a call back to work for about 500 steelworkers after a six week layoff. Another hundred were expected to be … Continue reading Buffalo in the 70’s: Steelworkers called back to work

A brief memoir in depression and anxiety

Most of us hear about the lurid details of a suicide and can’t even fathom hanging ourselves by a belt from a door knob like Robin Williams did. Seems impossible that he would, either. He was always the life of the party, always smiling and trying making people laugh. Most of us can’t rectify being so despondent … Continue reading A brief memoir in depression and anxiety

From Hamburg WKBW flips the switch on rock ‘n’ roll history

Hamburg’s biggest contribution to the early history of rock ‘n’ roll might be more technical than musical, but it was from the 50,000 watts worth of radio waves flying out of Big Tree Rd. that Western New York and much of the east coast and Canada were introduced to the format. The Buffalo Broadcasting Corporation … Continue reading From Hamburg WKBW flips the switch on rock ‘n’ roll history

staffannouncer.com (2003-2017)

staffannouncer.com is now BuffaloStories.com Since 2003, Steve Cichon has been posting the sights, sounds, and stories of Buffalo’s pop culture past and present at staffannouncer.com. Now, all of the great memories and plenty more are in an updated easy to read format at BuffaloStories.com. It’s really hard to imagine, but back in 2003, you couldn’t … Continue reading staffannouncer.com (2003-2017)

Buffalo’s 1520 WKBW Radio: WNY’s great contribution to 20th century pop culture

BUFFALO, NY – It’s funny the way memories begin to haze. Strictly from a Buffalo point of view, in the late 50’s and early 60’s, KB was one of many stations cranking out the music and antics that made for great rock n’ roll radio. Stations like WBNY, WWOL, WXRA, and later WYSL and a host … Continue reading Buffalo’s 1520 WKBW Radio: WNY’s great contribution to 20th century pop culture

Mr. & Mrs. James Scurr of Seneca Street, South Buffalo

Buffalo, NY- I was three years old when Great-Grandpa Scurr died– But I have two distinct memories of him. One, I was afraid walking up a dark staircase to his apartment at the corner of Seneca & Fairview, and however that fear manifest itself… (screaming or crying or whatever) made Grandpa Scurr laugh, as he was … Continue reading Mr. & Mrs. James Scurr of Seneca Street, South Buffalo

Buffalo in the ’80s: Pioneering female news anchor Carol Jasen

When 28-year-old Carol Crissey came to Buffalo at the tail end of the 1970s, her resume boasted a working knowledge of four languages (German, Spanish, French, plus Greek and Latin) and four instruments (cello, guitar, oboe and piano). Buffalo News archives Leaving Buffalo 25 years later, she was Buffalo’s pre-eminent and “most watchable” news anchor. … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’80s: Pioneering female news anchor Carol Jasen

Torn-Down Tuesday: The Palace Burlesk

Buffalo men of a certain age react one of two ways at any mention of the Palace Burlesk: Whimsical and easy smiles or tense and dyspeptic discomfort. The reaction is usually based on whether the man’s ribs happen to be close enough to catch an elbow from a wife who knows all too well what … Continue reading Torn-Down Tuesday: The Palace Burlesk