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Sound history

For more than two decades, the place to hear music outside of "the hits," has always been Buffalo State College radio station WBNY 91.3 FM.

Not only is the station the premier supporter of music made in Buffalo, it's also the place to hear anything considered too progressive, eclectic or different to be played on mainstream radio. In other words, you first heard the big hitmakers on WBNY.

What music fans may not realize, however, is that the talent didn't stop with the music.

Check out these names: Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; VH1's Tom Calderone; Rich Wall, director of game operations for the Buffalo Sabres. Add in Lisa Flynn, Mylous Hairston, Claudine Ewing and George Richert from local television; and Howard Simon, Gabe DiMaio and even the Bulldog from radio.

The common trait among this unique array of names? They're all WBNY alumni.

Join some of these folks while enjoying musical performances by the Outlyers (featuring members of the Riddlers and Pine Dogs), Davy and the Crockets, Dry Bones and the Jazzabels, during a WBNY Alumni Bash, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

Admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting WBNY. Bring along a bit of extra cash and take part in a ticket auction where MTV and VH1 swag, gift certificates and T-shirts are among the prizes. Be sure to tune into WBNY as well -- the bash coincides with WBNY Alumni weekend where "classic" WBNY jocks such as Crazy Eddie, Cal Zone, Tina Peel and Randy Bushover will take to the air again from 6 p.m. today through midnight Sunday.

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-- Toni Ruberto

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