WECK Radio (AM 1230 & FM 102.9) announces a new live and local programming lineup under the station’s new ownership of local broadcast veteran Buddy Shula. WECK will officially shift its on-air focus to become a full-service radio station on July 10, with 24-hour local and national news, well-known local personalities and locally-programmed adult music.
In addition to legendary news voice and Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall-of-Famer John Zach, announced last week as news director and morning news anchor (arriving from crosstown WBEN), other familiar Buffalo voices will join WECK’s lineup. Veteran Buffalo personality Gail Ann Huber will pair with WECK’s Tom Donahue as morning co-host. Huber spent 14 years as part of the morning show at WYRK and later worked on the WHTT morning show. Donahue is a Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall-of-Famer whose credits include WGR, WKBW Radio and WHTT. “Good Morning Buffalo with Tom, Gail and John Zach” will include local news information, traffic, weather and sports. Earlier, WECK announced an affiliation agreement with CBS News to provide hourly world and national newscasts.
Jon Summers, a longtime Buffalo radio and TV personality, joins the station to host from 9 a.m. to noon. Summers most recently served as co-host of AM Buffalo on WKBW-TV, where he worked from 1990-2017. He spent decades behind the microphone at WKBW Radio and on other stations in Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
Another Buffalo Broadcasting Hall-of-Famer, Harv Moore, will host from noon to 3 p.m. Moore handled wake-up duties for many years as part of the well-known “Taylor & Moore Breakfast Flakes” show on WYSL & WPHD, and later did stints on several other Buffalo stations. Moore came to Buffalo in 1975 after a long and successful run at Washington’s WPGC. Moore’s former on-air partner, Robert W. Taylor, joins as WECK’s imaging voice.
Afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m. will be hosted by Mike Jacobs. Jacobs joins the station after having worked in various on-air roles at WHTT, WYRK, WKSE and WEDG.
Friday afternoons will feature Buffalo Broadcasting Hall-of-Famer Danny Neaverth. Neaverth, a legendary Buffalo radio and TV personality, is best known for a run of more than 40 years hosting mornings, including 25 years at WKBW and another 15 years at WHTT. “Danny Moves your Friday Fanny” will be a slice of life with humor, news and music.
Evenings will be hosted by WECK owner and president Buddy Shula. Shula, has more than 35 years of experience in the Buffalo market on-air, in marketing and in sales. Before purchasing WECK, Shula was a marketing executive for Buffalo’s Entercom stations and hosted a local business show on WBEN.
“Buffalo’s Very Own WECK will be just that — Buffalo’s radio station. Trusted friends who Buffalonians have known and loved for many years are now at home here,” stated Shula, owner and president of Radio One Buffalo, LLC. “We’re so proud to do what radio does best, serving the local community. Radio’s entire future and existence depends on this kind of local commitment.”
WECK is expanding live and local programming, including on weekends, with more announcements to follow.