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July 25, 2018 10:09 am  #1

Kevin O’Connell Forced Off The Air At WGRZ-TV After 25 Years

He’s been a disc jockey, a news reporter, a telethon host and a weatherman. But as of last week, Buffalo broadcasting vet Kevin O’Connell is something else – unemployed. The longtime familiar face on Queen City TV and radio was forced to leave WGRZ-TV after a bizarre series of events apparently led management to suggest it was time to go.
According to the Buffalo News, O’Connell testified in the case of a law firm that he also endorsed on their site. He’s quoted as saying he was paid for his testimony, which WGRZ’s owner claims is a violation of their employment and ethics policy, one that doesn’t allow employees to openly back any commercial business.
As a result, O’Connell was forced to resign.

And the station didn’t wait long. The story broke at the beginning of the month. His last broadcast was on July 16th. It’s a sad ending to a career that has included stops at WKBW-AM, WYSL, WIVB and even KNBC and KCBS in L.A.
But as ignominious as his departure may be, he had been at Channel 2 for 25 years. And they were at least good enough to allow him a chance for a final farewell – something not every on-air person gets. He said his sudden goodbye in what appeared to be a carefully scripted (and likely pre-taped) appearance last week.

You can watch it here.  


July 25, 2018 11:58 am  #2

Re: Kevin O’Connell Forced Off The Air At WGRZ-TV After 25 Years

Classy. Professional. Loyal. We wish Kevin well, knowing there's more to come.


July 25, 2018 2:50 pm  #3

Re: Kevin O’Connell Forced Off The Air At WGRZ-TV After 25 Years

An unfortunate error in judgement on his part.  He was an iconic personality on Buffalo TV and will be missed.

I remember reading an online article in the Buffalo News during the time he did double duty...the weather on WGRZ and afternoon drive on WECK 1230 AM.  He was often approached by listeners and viewers who could not believe they were hearing him on the radio while he was doing the weather on TV.  They could not grasp the concept of voice-tracking.

Last edited by Chuck99 (July 25, 2018 2:51 pm)