Disc jockey West out at WBFO
Anita West is no longer on the air at WBFO-FM.
The longtime Buffalo DJ who has been hosting a blues show on the public radio station for several years said she was “terminated.” Don Boswell, president of WNED-TV, WBFO-FM 88.7, and Western New York Public Broadcasting Association called the decision a “personal matter,” while saying that “(WBFO’s) commitment to the blues is stronger than ever.”
West, a longtime 97 Rock personality, has been a visible presence at blues clubs around the region and has become known as a champion of the form through her work as an emcee and event organizer for various blues nights at clubs like the Central Park Grill, the Armor Inn Tap Room, the Tudor Lounge and Mohawk Place.
“I was terminated on Thursday at 1 p.m.,” West said, describing her state of mind at the time as “shell-shocked and somewhat dazed.”
“I didn’t see it coming,” she said. “I was a deer in headlights.”
Megan Wagner, director of communications for WNED-TV and WBFO-FM 88.7, offered an official statement on West’s termination: “Due to a change in personnel, Anita West will no longer serve as the host of Sunday Blues on WBFO. WBFO remains committed to bringing listeners the very best of the blues. The weekend blues programming will remain unchanged and will continue on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight.”
The station will also present its previously scheduled WBFO Blues Bash concert in April, Boswell said.
– Jeff Miers
Skating duo will be Super
NBC Sports’ figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will join NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX pre-game show.
“Johnny and Tara” burst onto the sports-broadcasting scene during the Sochi Olympics in February 2014. Since that debut, the duo has reported on style, luminaries and parties at some of televisions biggest events, including NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and the 2014 Academy Awards.
They will be based at the Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party, the official NFL pre-game party for VIP guests. They will interview celebrities who annually attend the NFL’s championship game and will also provide their own Super Bowl observations.
– Fresno Bee
Tilly’s poker advantage
Actress Jennifer Tilly has found another passion: poker.
She won the Ladies World Series of Poker bracelet in 2005 and continues to compete at the card table. She said her acting background has served her well.
“Poker is all about bluffing, and bluffing is all about believing,” Tilly said in an interview. “Actors can believe they are in a certain situation. For example, you can believe somebody close to you is dying or your husband is cheating on you. When I am playing poker, if I am bluffing, I will just believe that I have aces or I can pretend that I made a flush. Acting is also about reacting to other people, and I am very good at reading people just from being in the movies.”
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette