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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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