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Buffalo Eyewitness News


YouTube 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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