WBEN talk show host Sandy Beach addressed his departure from the station on his Monday morning program and there was one surprise: He told his listeners that he is retiring after he couldn’t come to a new contract agreement with the station’s owner, Entercom.
“It happens all the time,” said Beach of the failed negotiations. However, he added it was the first time it has happened to him.
He said the discussions were “civil” and “professional” and he said “no thanks” to the offer he was given.
Of course, Entercom is experiencing financial pain that has been exacerbated by lost revenue from the Covid-19 pandemic. That most likely impacted its contract offer.
In addition, some loyal listeners noticed that Beach’s voice grew tired in the third hour of the program recently.
Tim Holly, the local Entercom market manager, declined to comment on Beach’s statement.
Beach, who is believed to be 80, added that he is not sick and that his last show will be Thursday, July 30.
Until then, he said he doesn’t want the show to focus on salutes to his career before he departs the program.
“You may not believe it, but I am fairly humble,” said Beach.
It may have been easier for Entercom to let Beach go because it had a younger replacement with talk show experience in the wings.
Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia makes his debut Aug. 3 on the program that airs daily from 9 a.m. to noon.
Bellavia, 44, was smart to recognize Beach in the statement he made Tuesday when his hiring was announced.
“I have a deep respect for Sandy Beach and am truly humbled to have my own program on WBEN,” said Bellavia.
He most recently co-hosted a WBEN afternoon program with Tom Bauerle, “Bauerle and Bellavia.”
There is always a Buffalo angle:
Buffalo resident Stephanie Herberger and her young daughter Julia are going to get their 30 seconds of national fame in the CBS program “The Greatest #ATHome Videos,” which returns at 8 p.m. Friday on WIVB-TV (Channel 4).
Herberger’s 32-second video features her adorable little girl, who balks at celebrating her third birthday with cake, ice cream or presents because she wants to remain 2 years old.
I felt the same way when I was 49 approaching 50.
The program, which is hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the star and executive producer of the CBS comedy “The Neighborhood,” will air new one-hour episodes on Fridays through August 14.
In a release, CBS said it will “showcase the next generation of viral home videos in the age of social distancing. The specials will celebrate the latest crop of home videos that reflect the creativity, humor and humanity that have emerged from our shared experiences over the past few months.”
An episode of the program aired in May.
Stay tuned for an upcoming movie from Buffalo native Diane English, best known as the creator of the classic TV series “Murphy Brown.”
In an exchange of emails, English wrote that she has sold an original movie idea to Warner Max, the newly created division that produces original content for HBO Max.
She is writing the first draft but couldn’t say what the movie is about.
“But (it is) a dramedy,”’ she wrote. “Full length feature. Possible release in theaters if it warrants it and if we ever go back to theaters again. But primarily for streaming.”