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John Beard, News Four Buffalo. 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.

Irv, Back to you.


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Click for Larger Picture NewsCenter2 The NewsCenter 2 Team of Molly McCoy, Ed Kilgore, and Barry Lillis. This photo is courtesy of The Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers.
Here is the News Four Team in the late 70s. Any help in identifying everyone in the photo would be appreciated. Top row: Gary Gunther, Larry Hunter, Marie Rice, Alan Costantini. Middle Row: Kevin O'Connell, Carol Chrissey (Jasen), John Beard, Van Miller. Bottom Row: Brian Blessing, Sandy White, Rich Newberg, Suzi Maki (Thanks to many friends on the net for the IDs, including Mike Cunningham, who took the pic in the first place!). News 4 Click for Larger Picture
Click for Larger Picture WKBW The Eyewitness News Team was always well promoted, and never afraid to take shots at themselves. Enlarge this to read the "fan letters" to Irv Weinstein.
Ken Phillips was the main weather anchor on WBEN in the late 60s and early 70s. WBEN-TV Click for Larger Picture
Click for Larger Picture WGR-TV Frank Benny was Channel 2's weatherman in the 70s. This photo is courtesy of The Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers.
Clean Dan Neaverth with not so clean Don Rickles. WKBW Click for Larger Picture
Click for Larger Picture Here's the Winning Puck Van Miller, seen here in at the Aud, was not only Channel 4's lead sports anchor, he also called NBA Braves games, NFL Bills games, NCAA Niagara Basketball games, and hosted Its Academic. After Chuck Healy retired, he also took over Beat the Champ.
As he was so busy, Van was rarely at his desk. Here is a rare shot of him there, no doubt making a call to Liberty Cab to make sure he gets the winning puck for the 11 o'clock Big Board Sports. Heres the winning puck Click for Larger Picture
Click for Larger Picture WKBW Don Polec, the King of the Kicker, was a Burger King manager when he sent a tape to Channel 7. Since leaving Buffalo, he's been in Philadelphia TV.
After being a contributor to a local PM Magazine show in Connecticut, Mike Randall landed the job of The Eyewitness Jester in the mid 80s. He's now the main weather anchor at Channel 7. WKBW Click for Larger Picture
Click for Larger Picture News 4 Buffalo No fluff here, Dunkirk Native Alan Costantini is a newsman's news man, and was so at Channel 4 in the late 70s.
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