AIRCHECK OF THE WEEK
Edition #982 - Week of March 25, 2018
Station: WGR Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: March 29, 1979
If anyone had the gift of gab, it was Shane.
For much of the '70s and '80s, Shane ruled the night-time airwaves in Buffalo, first at WKBW then at WYSL and WGR. He arrived at 'KB in 1973 in the 7 p.m.-midnight slot, replacing "The Janitor", who had won the Great American Talent Hunt to succeed Jack Armstrong in March of that year (Shane finished second). The man born Ron Gibson moved to WYSL in 1974 before landing at WGR the following year. For the next decade, Shane entertained western New York and southern Ontario listeners with his mix of talk and music in the 6-10 spot. He left in 1983, only to return later in the decade as show host and program director. Opinionated and bombastic, yes. Creative and unpredictable, yes. One-of-a-kind, most definitely yes. There was simply no one else like him.
On this aircheck, Shane talks about the Buffalo Sabres (WGR was the team's flagship station), revives his "Professor Fool" character and shows us why he was one of Buffalo's most popular jocks of the time. The Cosmic Cowboy got his start in 1962 at the legendary KFWB Los Angeles. From there, it was on to Montana, North Carolina, Spokane and Salt Lake City also predated his Buffalo days. After a stint at WWKB in 1993, Shane moved to WLEE in Richmond, Virginia before retiring from radio in 2002 to work as a golf instructor. He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters of Hall of Fame in 2011.
WGR from March 29, 1979
Bill Dulmage Collection)
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