By the time any regular WECK (1230 AM, 100.5 and 102.9 FM) listeners read this, they would have heard Tony Magoo as the new local morning news anchor.
Magoo’s lengthy resume in Buffalo features stops as a disc jockey in the 1970s and ending around a quarter century ago.
He was an entertaining and legendary on-air music personality here, not a newsman. He started his career at WJJL-AM and later worked at WPHD-FM, WBYR-FM, WMJQ-FM and WUFX-FM.
He is joining Gail Ann Huber and Tom Donahue on WECK’s morning show, which airs from 6 to 9 a.m.
Since leaving Buffalo in 1995, Magoo has worked in Greenville, S.C., Nashville, Knoxville, Detroit, Flint, Mich., Dallas and Mississippi.
He has been working in news for about two years for Virtual News Center, a company that provides content to stations across the country.
Magoo is at least the third person reading the news since owner Buddy Shula purchased the station. The first two, John Zach and Steve Cichon, were exclusively newsmen and were named news directors.
Shula said Magoo won’t be a news director, “just a well-known Buffalo name reading our local news headlines.”
Besides his work in drive-time radio, Magoo recently drove for Uber and Lyft.
Asked via Facebook messenger if he was tuned in to WECK while driving, Magoo wrote: “Of course.”
ESPN/ABC Sports NBA reporter Doris Burke lost 3 million Canadians in the opening game of the NBA Finals between Toronto and Golden State. She said there are 34 million Canadians. The latest census had the figure at more than 37 million.
I pride myself on my math skills, but I blew it Friday in a story about David Milch’s new HBO film “Deadwood: The Movie.” I said I last interviewed him about a year and a half ago. After further review, it has been more than two years since the January 2017 interview.
By the way, the “Deadwood” movie repeats at 6:30 tonight on HBO 2 and several other times on one of the HBO channels this month.
My apologies to Don Tomasulo, the famed advertising salesman who recently was named to the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Due to a typo on my part, his first name was misspelled as Dom in the print edition of The Buffalo News.