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Carl J. Spavento, radio newsman, broadcaster

Jan. 16, 1919 – March 20, 2015

Carl J. Spavento, an announcer and radio news broadcaster whose voice was heard on Buffalo radio for 50 years, died Friday in ElderWood at Wheatfield. He was 96.

Born in Buffalo, he was president of his graduating Class of 1938 at Hutchinson-Central High School and attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. He became an announcer on WBNY-AM in 1942.

An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was a gunner aboard B-17 bombers in Europe from 1943 to 1945.

Known for his friendly, soothing tone of voice, Mr. Spavento became chief announcer and station manager at WBNY-AM and general manager of WBNY-FM, which became WBUF-FM, for 20 years.

Later, he returned to news broadcasting at WYSL, WPHD-FM, “the new WBUF” and WFXZ-FM. He retired in 1992 and received the Distinguished Broadcaster Award when he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1999.

He was the first voice of Tops Markets and shared the camera in City Mattress commercials with former Buffalo Sabre Jim Schoenfeld. He was an extra in the film, “Hide in Plain Sight.”

He was an avid historian and art historian and enjoyed science and astronomy. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

His wife, the former Susan M. Mongera, died in 2008.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Perry; a brother, Michael; a sister, Rita O’Connor; and three granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

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