Buffalo Eyewitness News

memoryYouTube user WNED17 recently uploaded some fantastic retro-Toronto-centric gems. These clips have brought back a tonne of memories for me, so I'm going to feature them one by one over the next few weeks.

If you're not from Toronto, you can't appreciate our relationship with Buffalo, New York. We get the ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX Buffalo affiliate stations, not to mention WNED, the Buffalo PBS station. When I was younger, we didn't have hundreds of television stations. I remember getting 29 or so stations, and many of those were from Buffalo.

I love this WKBW 7 Buffalo Eyewitness News Nightcast opening from 1988 because it's typical of what I think about when I think about Buffalo.

  • Irv Weinstein is the Eyewitness News anchor I knew best. It's too bad Irv isn't featured in this clip, because to me he is Buffalo.
  • They say Irv was first to use that "It's 11 o'clock, do you know where your children are?" line. That's just awesome.
  • Buffalo was all about the Bills and Sabres and Bisons. Only one more subject was more Buffalo....
  • Fires! It's awesome this clip's lead story is a fire. Buffalo fires dominated the Buffalo news. I often wondered as a kid why Toronto didn't have fires like they have in Buffalo so regularly. Did they not have bricks when they built Buffalo homes?


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Comments (8)

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Wow I remember that like it was yesterday. Irv was the best. I don't watch Channel 7 anymore but Irv was always the reason to watch.

March 6, 2008 / 21:49

felix

WKBW always makes me think of Commander Tom.

WUTV Fox 29 sticks out in my head for some reason too.

March 6, 2008 / 23:52

Alison

"Irv Weinstien your really a pro, you've got all the news that we want to know, you tell it like it is you never throw us a cuve, Irv..." There is one more line I think but I've just drawn a blank...

The first thing I noticed when we moved to O town was that all the US stations we get here are from Boston...really miss all those fires on the 6pm newscast....

A

March 7, 2008 / 08:22

Anonymous

Ok, it might be "Nobody does it like Irv??"

This is really going to bug me now....

Also remember the Ginsou knives commercials "It slices it dices, it make french fries instantly...but wait that's not all..."

Can't remember that we are out of milk or what I did last weekend but I sure do remember Buffalo Channel 7...

A

March 7, 2008 / 08:28

Toronto Mike

WUTV Fox 29 is where I watched The Benny Hill Show.

March 7, 2008 / 08:31

felix

You're absolutely right, that was always good times. Sunday nights, if memory serves...

March 7, 2008 / 19:53

Kathleen

I miss Irv and the Eyewitness News theme song "Move Closer To Your World". It's a shame they dropped that whole branding.

March 8, 2008 / 23:46

Proust

What happened to Roger Lund

January 2, 2009 / 18:43

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