BuffaloAnchorman.com is a tribute to Buffalo television in the
70s and early 80s as inspired by the recent hit movie The Anchorman.
Big hair, flashy suits, and plenty of loud colors makes for a decade
we all wish we could forget.
Susan Banks came to Channel 7 in 1977. After a short time in
Boston, and a few years at News Center 2, she returned to Eyewitness
News in 1990. She is now a lead co-anchor at 7-News.
Stephen Rowan, left, was a part of several failed re-births
for Channel 4 in the 70s. He came to WBEN-TV from CBS, replacing Chuck
Healy at the news desk. The station was feeling the heat from 7 and 2,
and changed the names and faces, but not the monotonous news delivery.
For a time in the mid 70s, Stan Roberts hosted the morning show on
WGR55, as well as the weather on WGR-TV.
Bob Koop brought his cool, professional delivery and
incredible writing skill to Buffalo from Salt Lake City in 1981. He
co-anchored with Carol Jasen until he was struck with the effects of
Leukemia in 1992. After several brief comebacks, Koop died New Years
Irv and Don.
Wadi Sawabini was a fantastic reporter, and made every story
feel important during his days at News Four.
AM Buffalo with Cindy Abbott and Brian Kahle. Are co-hosts these
days allowed to be so close... Ever?. Note Kahle is sans the 'stache.
A later shot of Kahle with 'stache.
Ted Darling called Sabres Games on WGR-TV for the entire decade of
When Ted was on TV, Rick Jeanneret was calling the games on
WGR Radio. For the 2004-05 season, Rick is once again calling the
games on WGR Radio, as well as on the Empire Sports Network.
Teleevison stations felt the need to tackle "difficult issues"
with special reports in the 1970s. Here is an ad for one on Channel 4.
The name of the show? VD.
Maria Genero, Rich Newberg, and Brian Blessing were the News
Four Weekend Staff for a good part of the 80s.