If Hubbell was "The Dean", Clint was the undisputed "King" of Buffalo broadcasters. For close to 50 years Clint Buehlman ruled morning radio with a mixture of big city sophistication and hometown, corn-ball humor. A generation of Baby-Boomers sat glu ed to the radio anxiously awaiting word as to whether they would be going to school in the snow. Their parents put off leaving for the office until they got word on the weather from Clint, his trusty engineer Tom Whalen....and, of course, Arther (Mometer, that is). "Buehly" began his morning reign at WGR in the 30's and moved to WBEN in the early 40's.
When Buehlman retired in '78 he had carved a name for himself that would never be equaled in Buffalo broadcasting.
Foster Brooks spent some of his formative years here in Buffalo before moving on to be taken up in the national arena. His career began in Louisville, Ky. during his early teenage years. He landed in Rochester at WHAM for awhile and then it was on to Buffalo. While here, at the Buffalo Broadcasting Corp. (WGR/WKBW), he hosted a program called The Musical Clock, and later KB's Million Dollar Ballroom. At this point his star began to rise and he auditioned for Arthur Godfrey. He was on his way. After leaving Buffalo he became a household word for his fictitious alchohol impaired character, and a very successful recording of The Face On The Barroom Floor.
Dr. Churchill was an ordained Methodist minister, and couldn't miss the potential that the new fangled technology called radio could realize with regard to the expanding of his ministry. He was a visionary of the first order. The first broadcast fr om his tabernacle at Main & Utica Streets occurred over the airwaves of the newly aquired WKBW Radio in 1926...and the rest is history. Churchill went on to co-found the Buffalo Broadcasting Corp. - and was involved in an early and very impo rtant monopoly decision that had national implications regarding multiple ownership. Later he founded WKBW-TV (CH. 7), home of some of the most popular television personalities in Buffalo.
In 1931 young Ralph Hubbell landed a job reading poems on WEBR . This was within a decade of the birth of what would become one of the most powerful means of communication in history,.....Radio! After a time Ralph moved to WBEN, where he wou ld go on to become among the most respected sports broadcasters ever in Buffalo. He would team up with other sports icons such as Chuck Healy, Van Miller and Dick Riefenberg to add to the excitement of a burgeoning sports scene through a medium that broug ht the action on the field, or the rink , or the ring....into the living room. Ralph Hubbell will also be remembered for his warm and humorous conversations, on-the-air and in print, with his fictitional alter-ego "The Oldtimer". His depth of knowledge and the genuine warmth of his personality will serve to leave an indelible mark upon the face of broadcasting in Buffalo.
I.R. Lounsberry was known to his friends and associates as "lke". He started as an engineer at Norton Laboratories in Lockport, and in his work he was central in the developement of WMAK in Lockport. Eventually Lounsberry oversaw day to day operations there and was implemental in the station's move to Buffalo. While in Buffalo he formed an alliance with Dr. Clinton Churchill and co-founded the Buffalo Broadcasting Corp...a monopoly that operated WGR, WKBW, WMAK an d WKEN. As a broadcast mover and shaker his name in not a household word, but actions he took changed the face of Buffalo radio forever.
In an industry heavily dominated by men, Helen Neville was among the first to break the barriers that got in the way of women in broadcasting. She was extremely popular in Buffalo, especially her remote broadcasts from department store restaurants. Helen began her radio career at WBTA in Batavia, moved to WKBW where her success led to a jump to WGR Radio. When the opportunity presented itself, she became part of the pioneer staff at WGR-TV (Ch. 2). Her warm personality, and the ease with which she interacted with her audiences made her a natural for Television. Helen Neville was a true pioneer whose legacy of crossing boundries lives on today.
When Bob Wells was teaching high school English in Batavia, how could he have known that he would become a broadcast icon in Buffalo. He began his radio career at WBTA in Batavia and quickly moved to the big city where he would land at WEBR. It was here that he would host the hugely popular program Hi-Teen (believed to be the model for Dick Clark's American Bandstand). After trying a few locations, Hi-teen would be broadcast from the Dellwood Ballroom and, in all, run for about 15 years. In the 1950's Wells would move to WGR-TV where he would host the very popular program "Pic k-a-Polka". Bob Wells was extremely well liked on the radio and his memory will live on for generations.
"Hey...the Hound's around..." That's what was heard every night at 7:15 atop the strains of Cozy Eggleston's tune The Big Heavy, and carried over the 50,000 watt giant WKBW, And "The Hound" had, indeed, been around. Starting in around 1947 at WXRA, moving in '54 to WJJL, in '55 to KB, in 1960 on to WINE and a few years later making his move to the then under used FM dial when he established WBLK. For a brief period he worked along side Alan Freed at WJW in Cleveland. George Lorenz was a true original, and the Buffalo airwaves has yet to see the likes of him again. His place in Buffalo radio lore is firmly established. His kind of broadcasting has gone the way of the buggy whip, but he remains a symbol of staunch independence and raw talent that has inspired many broadcasters to this day.
Distinguished Broadcaster Award
WGR-AM (75 years)
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