Rich Kellman and Barry Lillis each spent decades at Channel 2. Along with Ed Kilgore, they remained pretty much all that was constant in almost perpetually third place WGRZ-TV.
Constant streams of new news directors, consultants and owners through the 1980s and 1990s usually meant shifting faces during the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Twenty years ago this week, Marty Aarons, Laurie Lisowski, Rich Kellman, Carol Kaplan and Barry Lillis were on the Channel 2 anchor desk.
Marty Aarons spent about two years at Channel 2. He replaced George’s dad, Nick Clooney, in 1995, and was replaced by Douglas Bell in 1996.
Laurie Lisowski anchored newscasts on Channel 7 before coming to Channel 2. She left in the same ownership change that left Aarons looking from the outside in. She has been seen on television recently as spokesperson for her family’s electrical contracting firm.
Rich Kellman spent 32 years at Channel 2, in various roles as anchor, reporter and contributor. Kellman, along with Barry Lillis, is in the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Lillis was at Channel 2 from the mid-'70s through the mid-'90s.
Carol Kaplan worked at WGRZ-TV for 14 years. In 2004, she filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the station and was subsequently fired. The lawsuit was never heard.