“Airborne” Eddy Dobosiewicz will be back on WKBW-TV at 7 tonight for a Dyngus Day special, almost a year after Channel 7 was one of two local stations that pulled him off the air after he sent out a racist tweet.
Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse confirmed Sunday night that Dobosiewicz -- who last April apologized for a remark on his Twitter account that said people protesting in Baltimore following the death of a black man in police custody were “acting like animals” and included a photo of baboons climbing on a car -- will be part of tonight’s 30-minute special.
“We are working with Eddy on a joint Dyngus Day special,” said Nurse. “We again want to pay tribute to the ethnic heritage and cultural events that make Western New York unique. He is however no longer an employee or a regular contributor to 7 Eyewitness News.”
Dobosiewicz, who last year apologized for his social media comments, was quickly taken off Channel 7 and WBBZ-TV back then.
“My intent,” he said a year ago, “was to speak to humanity and say, 'People, let's act like humans.' I was trying to shed a light on man's inhumanity to man, not on a particular race of people.”
Nurse said Sunday the remarks in the tweet remain the reason that Dobosiewicz is no longer an employee. He had been contributing the nostalgic segment “Queen City Chronicles” to Channel 7’s newscasts as an independent contractor.
“The unfortunate comments made by Eddy on social media during the Baltimore riots were inappropriate and why he is no longer with the company,” said Nurse Sunday night. “This Dyngus Day production is simply utilizing Eddy as a contributor for a special given his close ties to the event.”
WBBZ also announced last year that its program “Off Beat Cinema” would move forward without him because of what General Manager Chris Musial said were “inappropriate, insensitive comments.”
Dobosiewicz is a local comedian who has become known for organizing and growing the annual Dyngus Day event in Buffalo, which celebrates the end of the Lenten season.
Nurse said Dobosiewicz tied in his main Dyngus Day event sponsors to tonight’s program and that the station and his company will split the inventory in what is “essentially a typical 50/50 barter split.”