After lots of time and thought I’ve decided to accept a job offer in
my old stomping grounds of Buffalo, New York. The last 28 years in Los
Angeles have been great personally and professionally, but it’s time
for a change.
As my close friends know, I’ve maintained close ties with Buffalo
since I worked there. Some of my closest friends are there and I love
the city (more on that later).
Beginning September 14th I’ll be anchoring the 5-7 and 11 am newscasts
at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. The station has a progressive management team
in place that believes in professional news coverage and community
service, that was the most important selling point. In all honesty,
my salary is much less than it was in LA…but it’s never been about the
money for me, it was always about being involved in a newscast that I
was proud of…and that’s a feeling I haven’t had for a long time.
Will I miss LA? Of course. I’ve lived in the same place in Santa
Monica for more than two decades and certainly plan to visit my many
friends here often. But let me tell you a few things about Buffalo.
The people are extraordinary, the architecture is classically
beautiful, it’s a great food and bar town, it has devoted sports fans
(and the Bills and Sabres continue to be my favorite teams), and it’s
a professional and competitive news market.
“OK,” you say “but what about the weather?” Good question. Buffalo has
four distinctive seasons but Winter here is no worse than most
Northeast cities. Since the Blizzard of 77 the national media swarm
Buffalo when there’s a really big snow and that’s the image much of
the country has of the city. But in reality, those storms are rare.
Would I like it better if Winter didn’t last so long…of course, but
the Autumn is spectacular, Spring if gorgeous and Lake Erie keeps the
Summer’s mild (never been over 100).
Don’t take my word for it, do some homework of your own and plan a
visit, you’ll find that in many ways (even in Winter) Buffalo’s the
warmest city I know!
See you there!