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Remembering WNYers killed in Vietnam

This morning, we're looking at one man's quest to make sure the memories of the 532 WNYers killed in Vietnam live on.
 
Promises of peace came and went several times during the decades that American soldiers were in Vietnam.
 
Peace was fleeting, too, for many if not most of the men and women who retunred home from Southeast Asia. A huge project and labor of love started with a simple thought in the mind of Historian and Vietnam Veteran Pat Kavanagh.
 

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Sacrifices at D-Day

With Memorial Day around the corner, we're remembering those who fought and died for our freedom.
 
Often, the stories of those who made it home help us put into perspective the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom.
 
The late Michael Accordino was a member of the 299th Combat Engineer Batallion on D-Day. I spoke with him in 2011.
 

 

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Buffalo's Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Many of us are making plans for a three-day weekend, but in this run up to the Memorial Day weekend-- we're remembering the sacrifices made in Buffalo and by Buffalonians.
First, it's the story of Buffalo's own Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. 300 US Army volunteers, buried in a mass unmarked grave in the middle of what is now the Delaware Park Golf Course.
About 300 soldiers, who came to Buffalo to protect our national border during the War of 1812 and died of hunger and disease as they spent the winter of 1814 in tents in middle of what is now Delaware Park-- but what was then America's frontier.
 
 

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Wrestling at The Aud: from The Hulk to Gorgeous George

Hulk Hogan is going to be in Buffalo this weekend, and had some nice things to say about Buffalo Wrestling and the fans here. Steve Cichon has more from the Hulk and wrestling’s glory days in Buffalo.

 

Wrestling at The Aud: from The Hulk to Gorgeous George

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Buffalo, 1913: Ike Slept here

Long before he was President Eisenhower, he was Cadet Eisenhower at West Point... and he didn't have a ticket to Kansas to get home for Christmas. So he hitched a ride to Buffalo with a buddy to spend the holiday here.

Read more & Listen here:

Buffalo in 1913: Ike Slept Here

You can visit the home where Ike celebrated Christmas 1913 on the Parkside Tour of Homes this weekend.

 

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Harv Moore & Brandy: The Boy Next Door makes a hit record

Disc Jockeys are known for telling a lot of stories and taking credit for things, but in the case of WECK's Harv Moore, he doesn't have to take credit for a hit song we all know because the band is the ready to give him all the credit in the world.

Listen: Steve Cichon Reports, Harv & Brandy

Read more: Harv Moore & Brandy: The Boy Next Door makes a hit record

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Happy Birthday, Danny!

Beyonce. Bono. Cher. Some personalities are so renowned and celebrated just one name will do.  Such is Buffalo’s Danny.

Happy 80th Birthday to one of Buffalo's all-time favorite guys... Danny!

Buffalo in the ’70s: Danny Neaverth, one of Buffalo’s greatest pop culture stars

 

 

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Did you drop off your film at Fotomat?

In 1980, there were 44 Fotomat locations in Buffalo... did you ever drive up to one of those little kiosks to drop off your film?

More on Fotomat, what ever became of those little huts, and a Buffalo News coupon for film developing:

Buffalo in the 80s: Get half-off on film developing at Fotomat

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Bicycle Safety in Buffalo, 1940s style

Bike saftey rules don't change, do they?

On the day of Buffalo's first Slow Roll on the 2018 season, we take a look back at bicycle safety, as it looked in 1940s Buffalo.

Remember, if you're slow rolling, don't ride on the handle bars!

Buffalo in the ’40s: Bicycle safety on The West Side

Complete Slow Roll 2018 schedule

 

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Highlights of a trip to Crystal Beach

Darien Lake opens this weekend with a new roller coaster coming soon, but I know I'm not alone knowing my coaster days are in the past-- and thinking the greatest coaster thrill came from feeling like you just might fly off the rails into Lake Erie.  
 
If you're over 40 and grew up in Buffalo, chances are pretty good you remember those summer time trips across the Peace Bridge to Crystal Beach. 
 
Chances are also pretty good that you didn’t need an ad in the newspaper to entice you to beg mom and dad for that trip, yet from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from the 1940s to the 1980s, those ads were there, almost every day.
 
Here’s a look back at a few of those ads showing off all that Crystal Beach had to offer:

Dancing, swimming, and of course the rides: Highlights of a trip to Crystal Beach

 

More of the sights and sounds of Crystal Beach:

Remembering Crystal Beach

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Happy Birthday, Tom Donahue!

On Tom Donahue's birthday, we're taking a look back (and listen back) at his 40-something year long radio career in Buffalo.

Happy Birthday, Tom Donahue!

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Progress in Buffalo since 1975 Skyway repairs

As the Skyway spends the next two years under repairs, the area underneath the high bridge continues to grow as one of Western New York's newest great destinations-- Canalside.

 

A look back at a photo of a 1970's Skyway repair shows just how far Buffalo has come over the last few decades.

 

Buffalo in the ’70s: It’s a grainy photo, but waterfront progress couldn’t be clearer

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Listen: Jim Kelly & Stan Barron just after Draft Day '83

It was draft day 35 years ago that Jim Kelly's journey to the Buffalo Bills began. 

You can hear him talk with Stan Barron in 1983 here:

Stan Barron with Jim Kelly 1983

You can also learn more about Kelly's journey from hostile draft pick to Buffalo legend:

The story of how Jim Kelly hated Buffalo before he loved it

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Everyone seemed to love The Ground Round

Through the 1970s and 1980s, The Ground Round was a popular casual dining spot with locations at Seneca and Thruway Malls and on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Created by Howard Johnson’s, it may have been the first place you threw peanut shells on the floor and kids ate for a penny a pound on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

 

Buffalo in the 70’s: Everyone seemed to love The Ground Round

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25 years ago today: MAY DAY!

It was 25 years ago today-- perhaps the greatest sports play-by-play call in the history of Buffalo Sports.

It was the opening round of the NHL playoffs, and the Sabres and Bruins were playing for the right to represent the Prince of Wales Conference.

Brad May's overtime goal in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins gave the Sabres the sweep against the Adams Division rivals, and Rick Jeanneret's inspired call of the goal was reflective of the mood of Sabres fans everywhere.  

You can hear this iconic call from Rick Jeanneret-- and many others as well-- at Buffalo Stories.com here.

Rick Jeanneret’s greatest calls…

Read more about the life and career of Rick Jeanneret:

Buffalo in the ’70s: Rick Jeanneret in the Aud Press Box

Hear some of the greatest sounds of the Sabres in the 70s:

Ted Darling and The 1975 Sabres

 

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Happy to be at WECK for 25th anniversary in radio

Today marks the start of my 25th year in radio, and I'm so happy that it's at WECK.

What we do here feels a lot like the old full-service radio we all grew up with-- good music, straight forward news, and happy on the radio.

 

I wrote this five years ago about how lucky I've been to be able to live a dream... and it's all still true. 

Reflecting on a quarter-century of living a dream

 

I can't think of a better way to celebrate 25 years in radio, than with a newscast!

 

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Looking back at Buffalo's great train stations

As a plans for a new train station are unveiled, we're looking back at some of the train stations which graced Buffalo during the golden years of train travel. 

Torn-Down Tuesday: Train stations of Canalside’s past

What it looked like Wednesday: Opening Day at Central Terminal, 1929

An episode of "Route 66" had a long scene inside the Central Terminal:

Hollywood features Buffalo on TV’s Route 66

"Trains of the future" always made for good photo-ops at Centeral Terminal through the years:

Buffalo in the ’50s: Train of the future at the Central Terminal

Buffalo in the ’60s: Will high speed trains soon be barreling through Central Terminal?

 

 

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Buffalo's love affair with the chicken wing

The legend says the first wings that we'd recogize today were served up early on a Lenten Saturday at Main Street's Anchor Bar in 1964. 

Five decades later, it's such a draw for people coming to Western New York, the folks at Visit Buffalo Niagara have created the Buffalo Wing Trail.

Look back at some of the early history of the chicken wing, including others who claim some part of early wing legend: As the chicken wing turns 50, a look at its first appearance in The Buffalo News

Just as important as the wings is what you serve them with... and any Buffalonian knows, you don't eat a wing with Ranch dressing: Chicken Wings and Blue Cheese (not Ranch)

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Amherst celebrates 200th birthday

Today is Amherst's 200th Birthday! It's official because it says so on Wikipedia:

The town of Amherst was created by the State of New York on April 10, 1818; named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst. Amherst was formed from part of the town of Buffalo (later the city of Buffalo), which had previously been created from the town of Clarence. Timothy S. Hopkins was elected the first supervisor of the town of Amherst in 1819. Part of Amherst was later used to form the town of Cheektowaga in 1839.

Here are a few of our looks back at the Town of Amherst over the years:

Amherst Turns 200!

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MLK in Buffalo

It was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, TN.

Through the years, we've looked at Dr. King's several visits to Western New York, and the impact felt here by his protests and his death. 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King speaks in Buffalo, 1959

Martin Luther King visits Buffalo, 1967

Buffalo’s leaders urge peace following King’s assassination

Buffalonians march here as Rev. King marches in Selma

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Tony Krupski is the face of the Broadway Market

With his smile and his accordion, Tony Krupski helps make the Broadway Market special.

 

Listen to my interview with "Tony Krew," including his own memories of the Market and his playing of the Buffalo Polka. 

 

“Tony Krew” and his accordion provide the soundtrack Broadway Market

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Grand Island Toll Booths: 1935-2018

They've been collecting tolls to cross the Grand Island Bridges since 1935 when the current north bound bridges opened. The south bound bridges opened under the auspices of the New York State Thruway in 1965, when the current toll booths went up on the southbound side heading down from the Falls. 

 

The tolls aren't going away, but the familiar blue toll houses which have welcomed drivers to Grand Island for 60 years are going away this Thursday, May 29, 2018. 

 

The toll booths were part of the excitement surrounding the opening of the Thruway in the 1950s, and we've collecetd some great photos of toll booths in the glory years with some great old cars passing through. 

 

Thruway toll booths: More than 60 years of passing through that same little hut

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Remembering Jackson Armstrong

Yo LEEEEEEEADER, Jackson Armstrong, died ten years ago today, March 22, 2008. 

 
See some photos and listen to some early 70s sounds of Jack on KB Radio. 
 

Remembering Jackson Armstrong

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He loved Buffalo so much, he made it his name: Buffalo Bob Smith

Before moving to New York City and becoming Howdy Doody's sidekick, Buffalo Bob Smith was one of Buffalo's most talented and beloved radio personalities through the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, and was childhood best friends and frequent on air partner with Clint Buehlman.

Read more:

http://blog.buffalostories.com/buffalo-in-the-40s-clint-buehlman-buffalo-bob-smith/

 

Visit Mike Igoe's Howdy Doody auction:

https://bid.moyerauction.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/17797/?page=1&key=howdy&cat=&xclosed=yes

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Rick James' Buffalo

“The people of Buffalo are beautiful. There’s a lot of talent here,” said Rick James upon his return here in 1977. See some great photos of Rick James around town... 
 

Rick James on Buffalo: ‘It’s a great town, but it’s a strange place’

 

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100 years of changes at ECMC

The Erie County Medical Center celebrates 100 years this week.

 

This story takes a look back how the hospital now known as ECMC has changed through the years. 

 

http://blog.buffalostories.com/torn-down-tuesday-the-old-city-hospital-at-the-ecmc-site/

 

 

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Making White Bread Meals

I've been cooking since I was 5 or 6 years old-- and when I make those recipes as an adult, some people get mad.

 

But these are the delicious (if not slightly grotesque) recipes I created as a Kindergartener and still enjoy today. 

 

Some folks became viscerally agnry when I shared a photo of a boiled hot dog-- so I decided to create an entire how-to video on the creation of pizza bread.

 

Watch the video, but hey! don't judge!! :)

 

 

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Buffalo's Broadway Market traditions

 
It's a Buffalo tradition that dates back to 1888...
 
Easter shopping at the Broadway Market!
 
Looking back at some Easters' past at Buffalo's public market:
 
My grandfather spoke quite often of his family's trips to the Market... and the fact that his mother often tied him to a horse hitch while she shopped! Gramps talks about the Broadway Market, Sattlers, and duck blood soup---czarnina. He grew up in Buffalo's Valley neighborhood in the 1920s and 30s.. a few blocks away from what is now "The Larkin District." 
More from Gramps:
 
More from the Broadway Market's past:
 
 

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Van Miller & Cookie Gilchrist on National Earmuffs Day

March 13th is National Earmuff Day-- it's the day 15-year-old Chester Greenwood was awarded a patent for his "ear protectors" in 1877. 
 
Buffalo's most infamous earmuffs were sold-- or never sold-- by one of the early Buffalo Bills' most colorful players.
 
Read more:
 
 
 
 

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The Kaufman's Rye Bread jingle

We were talking about classic Buffalo radio jingles this morning on the WECK Coffee Club, and Gail Ann had never heard the Kaufman's Rye Bread commercial-- so Tom and I sang it live for her. 

Now Tom is an accomplished vocalist, but I fear my tone deaf singing may have brought him down.

Either way, the orginal is still the best-- and I dug it up in the Buffalo Stories archive to give it a listen:

 

You can read the story I wrote about Kaufman's Bakery here, and search for other Buffalo memories at BuffaloStories.com.

What Buffalo jingle would you love to hear again? Let me know, drop me an email at newsroom@weckbuffalo.com and if we have it in the Buffalo Stories achive, maybe we'll play it on an upcoming edition of the WECK Coffee Club. 

 

--Steve Cichon | newsroom@weckbuffalo.com

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Welcome to the Steve on WECK Blog...

It's exciting to be bringing you the news all day on WECK-- but I'm also excited to be writing about and talking about many of the things that make Buffalo the great place that it is... 

 

I hope you'll check out some of Buffalo's pop culture history that I've collected on my own website, http://www.buffalostories.com, and see the kinds of things you can expect in the coming days and weeks on WECK...

 

If there's a memory you'd like to share, or a question you have-- I'd love to hear from you.. my email address is newsroom@weckbuffalo.com

 

I can't wait to join in sharing some of Buffalo's great stories with Buffalo's greatest radio listeners!

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All the news you need without dwelling on it... and then music to make you smile

It's really been a great first week on WECK.

 

I'm honored to be working with such an amazing array of talent, especially Tom and Gail on the WECK Coffee Club.

 

This year marks my 25th year in radio news-- but tomorrow's big snow storm marks the first time I'm going to be able to be a part of a team putting together the kind of news, information, and entertainment package that best gets us through events like a morning drive snow storm.

 

I'll put together the latest, complete up-to-the moment information about the storm, any traffic situations, any problems with power, and anything else that pops up-- get that information on the air for you immediately as we get it, and then-- instead of dwelling on it, we play a great song. 

 

We don't need 12 minutes worth of interviews to say that there was a foot of snow and traffic is slow on the 33. 

 

We'd rather spent 20 seconds giving you the basic information without embellishment or dramatics, and then we play a timeless favorite.

 

Being stuck on the 33 isn't half as bad when you're able to find out why you're stuck-- but then sing along with some of the greatest music of all time.

 

That's how we're proud to do it on Timeless Favorites, Buffalo's Very Own, WECK. 

 

Be thankful you can't hear me singing along... I was jamming with Starbuck this morning. 

 

 

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