John Zach has been found, but the veteran radio newsman isn't saying much about his abrupt departure from WECK (1230 AM and 102.9 FM) more than a week ago.
After being told that readers were concerned that he might be ill after his mysterious disappearance from the station, Zach returned a telephone call to say he is well.
"I am perfectly fine," said Zach.
He didn't want to go into details why he left the station, but disputed the idea station owner Buddy Shula was unaware of the reasons.
Zach didn't speak to Shula before or after he told the station's program director, Glenn Topolski, that he was leaving as news director and morning news anchor at the station Shula has populated with Buffalo radio legends.
"The management of the radio station knows exactly why," said Zach in a brief telephone call. "They knew it then and they know it now."
From that remark, it appears that Zach didn't like the news direction the music station was going in.
Shula previously has said he "was honored to have him here" and "I wish he would have stayed here for 20 years."
At age 76, Zach joined WECK six months after leaving WBEN-AM, where he had spent 18 years.
Zach, who was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2002, has worked about a half century in radio at multiple stations in the market.
With Zach gone from the WECK morning show headed by Tom Donahue, co-host Gail Ann Huber has taken over his news anchoring duties.