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Celebrating Buffalo's Pop Culture History...
& Reuniting Western New York With It's Memories..

By Steve Cichon, staffannouncer.com

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Steve & His Projects


From the Parkside News:
Steve Awarded Business First 40 Under 40 Award


Western New York Heritage Magazine
Review of 'Parkside' Book.


The Buffalo News
talks about a Steve Cichon lecture


Am-Pol Eagle
names Steve a Person of the Year


WBEN.com Blog by Steve on
Dealing with Celiac Disease


Electronic version of steve's Book about his Dad...
Steven P. Cichon 1951-2010



Steve with WKSE's Shannon Steele
working at a Habitat for Humanity House, 2010



Steve and his wife Monica enjoying one of their favorite pasttimes: Cruising. In Dominica, 2010.



Steve among the "celebrities" building cheese towers for charity at the Sorrento Italian Heritage Festival, 2010.



Little Steve keeping abreast of the news, 1979



Steve interviews Andrew Cuomo, 2010

BUFFALO, NY (staffannouncer.com) - Steve Cichon's staffannouncer.com is an ever-growing on-line Buffalosonian, a collection of the things that make Buffalo and Western New York the special and truly unique place that it is.

Consider this page the "how and why" this little slice of the internet endeavors to bring you closer to the pieces of your heart you left with AM&A's, Freddie's Doughnuts, and Commander Tom.

About Steve Cichon

STEVE CICHON is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of staffannouncer.com, a website dedicated to preserving and celebrating Buffalo's pop culture history, with a special emphasis on his love for the history of Buffalo radio and television. He's a historian, journalist, and author who is proud to use those skills to help make Buffalo a more fascinating place to live by uncovering many of the latent stories found seemingly everywhere.
Steve at WBEN

Under the staffannouncer.com name, Steve published "A Complete History of Parkside," a 174-page paperback chronicling the history of Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood from its time as a spot sacred to the Haudenosaunee Indian tribes right up to the present, culminating 5 years of writing and research.

Now News Director for WBEN Radio, since 2003, Steve has been an award winning news anchor and reporter for WBEN. He's reported on many of the big stories effecting Western New Yorkers, including The Erie County Budget Crisis, spent 10 days in New Orleans (starting 2 days after Hurricane Katrina struck), The October 2006 Ice Storm, and The Crash of Flight 3407. Steve's proud to be looked at as a 'Buffalo Guy,' and takes pride in tackling stories from a Buffalo angle; stories with particular interest to Western New Yorkers. In writing about him, The Buffalo News called Steve 'a true Buffalonian. He knows this town.'

Steve with Mayor Brown. Photo by Harry Scull

As a journalist, Steve is the winner of over a dozen individual and group Associated Press Awards, for excellence in radio journalism, best news series, best feature, and general excellence in use of medium. Through his work in media, a non-profit volunteer, and his work with staffannouncer.com, Steve has been proudly recognized as a Business First as a 40 Under Forty recipient (2010), and an Am-Pol Eagle Person of the Year (2009), and when Western New York Public Broadcasting produced a documentary about the history of radio and television in Buffalo, one of the first calls made was to Steve, who was interviewed at length for the project, and lent hundreds of archival materials which were used heavily thought the broadcast.

Steve has a deeply rooted interest in maintaining Western New York as his home. All 8 of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, and so shall he. He lives in city's Parkside neighborhood with his wife, Monica.

Steve Cichon: A Business Card History:

Producer,
WBEN Radio: 1993-98

Producer,
WIVB-TV: 1997-2000

Program Director, Producer
WNSA Radio: 2000-2003

Anchor/Reporter,
WBEN Radio: 2003-present

Steve signing The Complete History of Parkside

About staffannouncer.com

Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Buffalo's pop culture history, and reuniting Western New York with its memories, Steve Cichon's staffannouncer.com has been years in the making.

The website itself actually signed on in 2004. But for decades leading up to that date, Steve had been combing newspapers, used book stores, flea markets, Salvation Army Thrift stores, and even the occasional dumpster for the ephemeral "stuff" of Buffalo's pop culture history.

Fueled by stories of the way 'things used to be' from grandparents, older friends and co-workers, and especially his dad; Steve set out to collect and share the remnants of days gone by.

The whole point of staffannouncer.com is to celebrate on the web the amazingly uncelebrated. That is... fill the holes on the internet. If you remember a TV show or a radio personality from days gone by, you should be able to get it with a quick google search. Too much of Buffalo's collective pop culture identity was nowhere to be found when this website signed on. So many of the things that were a part of my childhood... our childhood.... came up "No Matches Found." So now, I'm proud to say, many of those searches wind up here at staffannouncer.com.

Rick, Tom, Steve & Irv, 1998

Because of who I am and what I do, much of the focus here is on Buffalo's radio and television past. There is nothing more rewarding than reuniting someone with her late father's voice, or a photo of his brother at a microphone that had hadn't been seen by the family before.

I think of the joy on my dad's face when I showed him a photo of the Shea's Seneca show at the corner of Seneca and Cazenovia. With his glasses off-- one eye closed, and a broad smile on his face; he was catapulted back to a different time and place. For 20 minutes, he soaked in every pixel of the image-- the movie house, the Sears store... He was seeing things not in the photo, like the A&P store, and his grandparents apartment just north of that intersection. I think he felt the nickel in his hand, given to him by his hard-working grandfather... a nickel used to buy enough candy bars to make him feel just a little queasy during the double feature.

I'm sitting on a life-long collection of Buffalo's memories, and I'm working hard to put more and more of it on-line all the time... with the hope that you, like my dad, will find something to take you back to a simpler place, even if only for a moment or two.

I'm also honored that so many folks with stories, sounds, sights, and memories to share.. from the worlds of radio, television, retail, newspaper, photography... come to me to give their work or their family's work to the world. We can often take old recordings or photos, digitize them in high quality for future generations for families, and allow a vast internet family of Buffalo souls to share in them at the same time.

Many of the images, recordings, and ephemeral pieces of Buffalo's Pop Culture history come to staffannouncer.com from folks like you: Fans of the site. If you have something you thing the world would be interested in, drop me an e-mail.



Ed Dinsmore,
WBEN TV& Radio Personality of the 40s & 50s.


Elvis Presley with "Hound Dog" Lorenz,
at Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium, 1957.

The Corner of Chippewa and Delaware, c.1920.

WKBW-TV Anchor Kathleen Leighton, Early 90s.

Wait! There's more!

Steve Cichon's staffannouncer.com is online to celebrate the History of Radio, TV, and Buffalo, NY.... And a combination of the three. Our purpose is to the fill the holes in the internet. There are many sites about all the above, we we here at staffannouncer.com like to think we have content you'll find nowhere else! Be sure to check out our featured pages... or use the site search feature for just about anything under the sun!
Hover your mouse over the squares below, or go to the homepage for more!
CRYSTAL BEACH:See the sites and hear the souns of Crystal Beach from the 40s through the 80s. See TV commercials, hear radio jingles, look at over 100 snapshots from the park!! WYSL Record Charts:A collection of over 50 WYSL/WPhD Record charts as handed out by the station in the 70s. The best part: Each Chart features a WYSL jock like Kevin O'Connell, Larry Norton, or John Piccillo (plus scads more) all in their 70s glory! WBEN 1973: Hear Clint Buehlman, Van Miller and the Buffalo Braves... ENTIRE DAYS worth of WBEN in 1973, recently digitally remastered from station logger tapes unheard since the day they were recorded! Buffalo Postcards: Well over 600 Buffalo Postcards, from the 1860s through the 1980s. See Downtown, The Olmsted Parks, the Zoo, Swank Delware Avenue, Buffalo Harbor, and hundreds of others The Uncle Bobby Show Page: The World's Most Complete Tribute to the late, great Uncle Bobby Ash, including the Bimbo the Birthday Clown Song! Larry Glick! Pictures and Sounds with WBZ's Overnight Maven of Yesteryear.. the Great Larry Glick! Channel Four's Santa Show: A page dedicated to Channel 4's Santa's Workshop Show... An All Time Buffalo Classic, remembered by just about anyone who grew up in the 50s, 60s, or 70s! Christmas in Buffalo 1954: Ads and epherema taken from the pages of December 1954 editions of the Courier Express and Evening News. Mr. Dressup: Remembering Canada's Greatest Kid Show Host... Ernie Irv, Rick, and Tom: A multimedia presentation on the Eyewitness News Team of Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar, and Tom Jolls. Buffalo Radio '89: Don Postles and Channel 2 cameras visted Buffalo's Top-Rated Radio morning shows back in 1989.... WBEN, WPHD, WMJQ, WGRF, WHTT. Its Midnight: The Tom Connolly Experience: Tom is WBEN Radio's overnight mystery man, famous all across the Niagara Frontier for his hourly time checks heading into CBS News... It's midnight.

The Milt Ellis Jukebox: Milt Ellis was the PA voice of the Buffalo Sabres for the teams first 28 years. On this page you'll find all sorts of classic The History of WBEN at 75!: Check out the dozens of pictures, sounds, and stories of one of Buffalo's great radio stations... With this 75th Anniversary tribute to WBEN! Buffalo Anchorman: A
Tribute to Buffalo TV in the 70s is a look at the mustache and paisley filled era of Buffalo Television known as the 70s and early 80s. If you enjoyed Wil Ferrell's hit movie ANCHORMAN, you'll love the real life look back at Buffalo TV. the 1986 KB Radio Reunion: Pictures and memories from the the 1986 KB Reunion Weekend, celebrating Danny Neaverth's 25 years at WKBW. The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid: The NBC Project Peacock Movie starring Buffalo Radio and TV personality Jim Brinson as the Evil Pat Robbins. The Legend of Haseoke! At a long gone Buffalo Radio station, Mike Schopp and producer Steve Cichon found a box of dusty old tapes in the backroom. After listening to a few, they knew they had a hit on their hands. HASEOKE... as heard on the radio... Available only here... At staffannouncer.com! Hold the Phone: The John Otto Page:The Dean of Talk Radio in Buffalo, John made nights a little less lonely for WNYers for 40 years. The Many Faces of Ed Little: Ed Little was a staple on Buffalo radio for over 60 years... From his time as a Child actor, to his live broadcasts from the Town Casino, to his 4 decades as in the news business. The Plush, Yet Not Overly Ostentatious Norm Nathan Page: After decades as one of Boston's preeminent jazz disc jockeys, Norm was re-born late in his career as the overnight talkshow host on 50,000 watt giant WBZ. He always kept the conversation light, and kept us company weekend overnights. Buffalo TV Tetris: The Classic computer game updated for Buffalo TV fans. One game and you'll be hooked! Don't be the last one on the block to conquer the Irv Weinstein Final Round! The Puckett Dance!: Kids, its the dance sensation that's sweeping the nation... An Audio tribute to one of Buffalo's Great Radio newsmen... And My Radio tag team partner... Tom Puckett!!You must have windows Media Player installed to enjoy.

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