100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting: The Cover Collages

 The collage of 270 photos on the front and back covers come together to tell the history of Buffalo Broadcasting before you even open the book. This is a brief description of each photo, row by row. Front cover, row 1: Van Miller at the Buffalo Braves mic; Eyewitness News crew; Susan Banks, Ch. 7; Carol … Continue reading 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting: The Cover Collages

Read the whole book: 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting, Vol 1: 1920-1970

Everything that was in the original soft cover book is in the process of being uploaded and presented online as a universally available resource in promoting and sharing Buffalo’s rich broadcasting heritage. Written in 2020, 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting, Vol 1: 1920-1970 by Steve Cichon is formatted as a series web pages. The original … Continue reading Read the whole book: 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting, Vol 1: 1920-1970

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

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

text-blocks id=”1396″ slug=”bylinefeature-image”] 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 … 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