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WECK names Steve Cichon to replace John Zach as news director

Steve Cichon, a veteran radio broadcaster and historian who lost a race for Erie County clerk in November, has been named news director at WECK-AM/FM (AM 1230/FM 102.9).

He replaces John Zach, who left the station two weeks ago for reasons that remain unclear.

Like Zach, Cichon worked for years at WBEN before leaving in 2013.

Starting Monday, he will anchor the news on WECK's morning show, "WECK Coffee Club," which features co-hosts Tom Dohanue and Gail Ann Huber.

Besides working at WBEN, Cichon has worked for several other news organizations in town over a more than 20-year radio and TV career.

Cichon told The News this in 2013 when leaving WBEN to tell Buffalo Stories, the company he created to help people and businesses tell their stories:  "I wanted to leave before I got frustrated. I’ve seen too many people get frustrated. I’ve seen a lot of friends, people I respect, forced out, and a lot burnout. I wanted to be neither one of those things.”

“I loved the business. I still do,” he added. “It is one of the reasons I am leaving it because I want to love it.”

He'll get to love it all over again.

In announcing Cichon's hiring, WECK Owner Buddy Shula said of Cichon: “He’s a true Buffalonian who is woven into the fabric our community – and he’s an excellent broadcaster.”

In a WECK release, Cichon said he is looking forward to his new job.

“Being the voice people depend upon for the top local news stories of the day is a big responsibility – and I’m looking forward to telling those stories.  I’m also looking forward to telling unique Buffalo stories our listeners won’t get anywhere else.”

Last November, Cichon, a Democrat, lost a close county clerk race to Mickey P. Kearns, a Democratic State Assemblyman running on the Republican line.

apergament@buffnews.com

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