Irv Weinstein, Dead at 87

Irv WeinsteinIrv Weinstein was 87. He was the legendary WKBW-TV anchor who used alliterative expressions like “pistol packing punks” as the king of local television news in Buffalo for decades.

From this side of Lake Ontario, Irv was Buffalo. Here's something I wrote about Buffalo Eyewitness News about a decade ago.

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While he was a Buffalo newscaster, a lot of people who who lived in Niagara Falls, Ontario or Fort Erie definitely knew of him and a lot of Toronto newscasters cited him as their inspiration for wanting to get into broadcasting. He was a legend and its so sad that he was diagnosed with ALS. But he lived a good life and I'm sure his legacy will be felt in Buffalo for a long time yet!

December 26, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

Neil Clarke Warren

Very sad,Good -Bye Irv...
As a kid sneaking TV at 11 PM

WKBW It's 11:00 O"clock "Do you know where your children are"
Now Irv with the news...

"This just in ..Buffalo fire eaters tending to a blaze on the south side"

Nobody but nobody did it better !


December 26, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

The Voice of Reason

RIP Irv, he was Buffalo along with Van Miller.

Time is flying by.

December 26, 2017 @ 6:15 PM


Knew he was ill for a long time, but still sad to learn of his passing. Always enjoyed his evening
newscasts as a kid. Here is perhaps a little known fact: Irv's son, Marc, is the co-owner of the famous
U.S, music chain Amoeba Records!

December 27, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Gary M

Amoeba is the best. A true destination. Though maybe only still around because of the low rise ways of California cities. In downtown Toronto, it would have been mowed down for condos a long time ago.

December 27, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

Brian Gerstein (Raptors Devotee)

When I moved here in '88 you could not help but catch Irv just by flipping, and there was something warm and inviting about him that kept you tuned in.

December 28, 2017 @ 9:03 AM


@Gary M
I have vivid dreams about visiting Amoeba Records one day before I shuffle off to the Great Beyond!
Perhaps I should try to enlist someone to start a Go Fund Me page on my not-so impoverished

December 28, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Dr. Seymour Light

Earl Camembert...

December 28, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Blind Dave

I grew up watching Irv. I even recall his farewell newscast.

RIP, Irv. You are finally pain free.

December 28, 2017 @ 8:03 PM


I watched that WKBW newscast periodically from elementary school through university. There was something quite interesting about Irv's intense style, fast paced delivery, and populist phraseology (crooks, thieves, crashes, blaze busters, smoke eaters, Buffalo's finest, the Queen City).

The newscast began with that fast paced pounding intro music which built to a frenzied crescendo, which coincided with the rapidly flashing names of Buffalo suburbs, followed by Irv's opening catchphrase: "Topping Tonight's Eyewitness News!"

He added a sense of immediacy and concern about local news, although the emphasis was on a series of short news spots and not interpretive or investigative pieces.

Irv's intensity was balanced by the affable Tom Jolls ("Acu-weather") and the earnest Rick Azar (sports) and Don Postals (news), as well as many other talented, professional newscasters, such as Susan Banks.

He was the centerpiece of an interesting piece of broadcasting history.

January 4, 2018 @ 2:54 AM

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