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Calderone, a Buffalo State graduate, exiting job as VH1 president

Tom Calderone, a Buffalo State College graduate and big Buffalo Bills fan, is leaving VH1 after seven years as president, according to a report today in the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper published parts of an internal memo that Calderone sent to the VH1 staff announcing “I am leaving the VH1 family. And with that in mind, my very first thought was to send an email to say thank you to all of you.”

Calderone, who was frequently interviewed on Buffalo radio and was once part of a Bills advertising campaign, started working at the MTV Networks in 1998 and was general manager of VH1 before he was elevated to president.

The newspaper noted that VH1 is experiencing lower ratings. It added Calderone didn’t say where he was going. He could not be reached immediately for comment.

A Long Island native, Calderone was part of the Buffalo State College committee that helped get the college station, WBNY-FM, licensed by the FCC and on the air in the 1980s. He also was the first program director at WBNY.

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