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|Buffalo, New York|
|City of license||Buffalo, NY|
|Branding||WKBW Channel 7 (general)
Channel 7 Eyewitness News (newscasts)
|Slogan||We Know Buffalo|
|Channels||Digital: 38 (UHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
|Owner||Granite Broadcasting Corporation
(WKBW-TV License, Inc.)
|First air date||November 30, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||We
(modified from the original WKBW AM station slogan:
|Former channel number(s)||7 (VHF analog, 1958–2009)|
|Transmitter power||358 kW|
WKBW-TV, channel 7, is the ABC affiliate for the Buffalo, New York television market, and is one of many local Buffalo TV stations seen over-the-air and on cable in Canada. Its transmitter is located at 8909 Center Street in Colden. The station is owned by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation, who previously operated WNGS under a local marketing agreement (LMA). For many years, it was carried via microwave to cable systems in such areas as Corning and Horseheads for ABC service; this ended when WENY-TV signed on.
WKBW-TV signs off on Saturday and Sunday mornings for a half hour from 4 am to 4:30 am; there is no station info, but the American and Canadian national anthems are played before and after the test pattern, like Sinclair-owned stations WUTV and WNYO.
Digital television 
Digital channel 
|7.1||720p||16:9||Main WKBW-TV programming / ABC|
Though WKBW has multiplexed its channels in the past, it currently does not do so. Both networks carried by WKBW on its digital subchannels were later carried on WGRZ-TV.
Analog-to-digital conversion 
WKBW-TV turned-off its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on channel 38 while channel 7 was reassigned to WNGS, which at the time was under WKBW's control. Digital televisions with PSIP capability display WKBW-TV's virtual channel as 7.
The Channel 7 frequency was hotly contested during the 1950s; the Buffalo Courier-Express and former WBUF-TV owner Sherwin Grossman tried several times to gain rights to the channel (to compete with The Buffalo News's WBEN-TV) but was unable to secure a license. The competition for the channel continued to grow when the city's first UHF station, WBES-TV, failed. Clinton Churchill, original owner of 50,000 watt radio station WKBW AM 1520 in Buffalo, was granted the license to operate the station in 1957.
WKBW was originally intended to be an independent station. However, when NBC closed its owned and operated station, WBUF-TV (now WNED-TV), on September 30, 1958, then-ABC affiliate WGR-TV (now WGRZ-TV) went back to NBC. As a result of the network shuffle, WKBW-TV premiered as ABC's new Buffalo affiliate when it went on the air on November 30, 1958. The station was originally located at 1420 Main Street, and remained there until it moved to its current location at 7 Broadcast Plaza in downtown Buffalo in 1978.
Churchill sold the WKBW stations to Capital Cities Broadcasting (which later became Capital Cities Communications) in 1961. CapCities would serve as WKBW-TV's longest tenured owner, having owned it and its radio sister for 25 years, and the station would reach its peak during Capital Cities' ownership. WKBW-TV produced iconic children's programing such as Rocketship 7 and The Commander Tom Show from the 1960s through the 1980s. A staple of its morning programing for many years was Dialing for Dollars, which later became AM Buffalo after the Dialing for Dollars franchise was discontinued. AM Buffalo still airs today.
When Capital Cities merged with ABC in 1986, it sold WKBW-TV to Queen City Broadcasting, a minority-owned firm, instead of becoming an ABC O&O. At that point WKBW radio was sold to Price Communications and renamed WWKB (currently owned by Entercom Communications).
In late 1993, the Granite Broadcasting Corporation acquired a large minority (45 percent) stake in WKBW-TV from Queen City Broadcasting. A year and a half later, in June 1995, Granite bought the remainder of the station. Until 2000, lottery drawings were shown on WKBW-TV (they have since moved to WGRZ).
WKBW, through at least the early 2000s, operated the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service on its second audio program. It was pulled after NFRRS began reading content that was of questionable decency for over-the-air broadcast.
From 2006 to April 2009, WKBW operated WNGS, a station owned by Equity Media Holdings, for most of that time under Equity's then-in-house network Retro Television Network. Equity went bankrupt in 2009, selling off RTN to one of its shareholders by January 2009 (which led to WNGS and other Equity stations dropping the network) and the Equity stations being liquidated, with WNGS sold to Daystar Television Network in April 2009 (the station has since been resold to a local group). As a result of the changes, WKBW had dropped all involvement with WNGS. However, WKBW continues to maintain control of the web addresses it registered to that station under their ownership (which all redirect to a 404 error page on the WKBW site), and this forced the station once it came back to the air under local ownership in late 2010 to rebrand under new call letters WBBZ once all operations were up and running.
Local programming 
- AM Buffalo with Linda Pellegrino – Weekday mornings 10–11 a.m. The show, which dates back to 1978 after the cancellation of the local version of Dialing for Dollars, features two types of segments: "talk segments," similar to talk radio shows where viewers call in and discuss the issues of the day with Pellegrino, and paid segments, with paid sponsors as "guests" (for instance, a local attorney such as Herschel Gelber or Steve Boyd (a former Channel 7 reporter) gives legal advice or insight and to advertise their services, Hughesco airs a home improvement segment, or the local anti-tobacco lobby discusses its latest campaign). The show only had an "a.m." version prior to 2004; a PM Buffalo version aired between 2004 and 2008, and a weekend version called Buffalo Weekend aired from 2008 to 2009.
- Rocketship 7, a morning children's show, was hosted by weatherman Dave Thomas (a.k.a. "Dave Roberts" of WPVI, born David Thomas Boreanaz, father of actor David Boreanaz) and "Promo the Robot" from 1962 until Thomas left the station for Philadelphia's WPVI-TV in 1978 (changing his on-air moniker to Dave Roberts in the process). Thomas also hosted Dialing for Dollars which became AM Buffalo in the mid-1970s.
- The Commander Tom Show was an afternoon children's show hosted by another WKBW weatherman, Tom Jolls from 1965 until budget cuts forced its cancellation in 1991. In its last decade, the show aired on weekends only.
- A revival of Rocketship 7 aired from 1992 to 1993 immediately after Commander Tom was cancelled; this version, effectively a retooled version of Commander Tom with new hosts, featured Commander Mike (Randall) and sidekick "Yeoman Bob," with guest appearances by Commander Tom.
- In Conversation was a program that aired in the 1960s and 1970s, in which Liz Dribben would interview celebrities on tour in Buffalo.
- Off Beat Cinema, a collection of offbeat B-movies, was created at WKBW in 1993; it ran on WKBW in overnight Friday and/or Saturday time slots from 1993 to 2012. The program moved to WBBZ-TV in fall 2012.
- Yule Log – WKBW-TV introduced its own two-hour version of the Yule Log on Christmas morning 2008, to replace the station's Christmas morning newscast; however, the music played was generic instrumental Christmas-style music, and not any popular Christmas songs in particular. Previously the station was the only one in the market to air a newscast on Christmas morning. Neither the newscast nor the yule log returned in 2009, instead going straight to ABC's national feed and replays of America This Morning.
- Countdown to 20## (title changes each year to correspond with the coming year) is an annual tradition held on New Year's Eve. The multi-part broadcast covers, most notably, official coverage of the Buffalo Ball Drop (formerly the 97 Rock Ball Drop), billed as the second-largest New Year's Eve ball drop in the United States (behind only the more famous Times Square Ball); the event has historically been televised in synchronized split screen alongside the national New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast (causing that broadcast to be in SD through the 2011 celebration and also delayed several seconds because of a delay created at WKBW to try to keep obscenities off the air) and has been carried by the station since 1988. Also covered by the broadcast are local First Night celebrations.
- WKBW airs an annual twelve-hour Variety Kids telethon each March.
- Buffalo Bills football – WKBW-TV is the "Home of the Bills" and airs the team's preseason games. In recent years, these games have been the only NFL games to be broadcast on WKBW, as ABC lost NFL rights at the end of the 2005 NFL season and broadcast rights locally have been given to WIVB-TV as part of the NFL on CBS, WUTV as part of Fox NFL Sunday and occasionally ESPN Monday Night Football and NFL Network's Thursday night coverage, and WGRZ as part of NBC Sunday Night Football. Cable games were previously seen on WKBW until WBBZ-TV outbid it for the rights to the lone 2012 game.
Syndicated programming 
Live! with Kelly and Michael, Right This Minute, Katie, Extra and Access Hollywood are the station's syndicated offerings. Most of the channel's non-network weekend programming is devoted to infomercials.
Internet initiatives 
WKBW has been proactive in its ventures on the Internet. The station was among the first in Western New York to launch a Web site in the mid-1990s. More recently, it was the first to offer RSS feeds and podcasts.
WKBW streamed its noon newscasts via live video on the Internet, one of the few major network affiliates to offer a video stream. (The video feed was removed from the WKBW.com page in April 2007 but remained in operation through at least mid-2008.) On demand video of newscasts is available.
WKBW redesigned its Web site in April 2007, adding the user-generated content system YouNews TV, a YouTube-like video hosting service centered around news in the Buffalo area.
In December 2010, the web-master was laid off and the web page is not overseen by any specific person but updated by employees both in and out of the news department, many without journalistic training. The site's accuracy has suffered and is often outdated.
Financial difficulties, cutbacks and infomercials 
Granite Broadcasting, WKBW's owner, filed for bankruptcy in 2006; as a result, the station group as a whole has been hit hard by financial difficulties. Longtime anchors have either been dismissed or seen significant pay cuts. The station produces less news content during the week than its competitors (24½ hours, compared to 30 for WGRZ and 35 for WIVB), is the only one in the market that does not produce a 10 pm newscast, nor does it produce a weekend morning newscast, while the other two stations in the market have both. From September to November 2008, no Saturday newscasts were produced, and the station again suspended its Saturday 6:00 pm newscast in 2010 and 2011 (though its late newscast now airs after college football). From 2005 to 2012, the station only employed two meteorologists compared to WIVB's four and WGRZ's five (WKBW used general assignment reporters on weekend weather forecasts during this time; since 2012, the station has had three meteorologists on staff) and only two sports anchors compared to WGRZ's four (WIVB also currently has just two sports reporters). The station also relies more on photojournalists than its competitors, and as a result, it has fewer general assignment reporters. Regularly scheduled programming was, for a time in early 2008, increasingly being replaced by infomercials, mostly prime time network and syndicated programs; although this practice was mostly abandoned prior to the May 2008 sweeps, the station continues to sell this air time to charitable organizations such as Operation Smile, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Billy Graham Crusades.
Since January 31, 2008, union employees at that station who work as producers, engineers, reporters, photographers and assignment desk editors, had been working without a contract. Talks were ongoing between NABET Local 25 and the management at WKBW-TV, though recent contract offers have been rejected. The two sides, after significant acrimony and a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, came to an agreement on March 4, 2011.
News operation 
The Irv, Rick and Tom era (1970–1989) 
From 1970 until 2003, and again since 2008, WKBW called its news operation "Eyewitness News," and uses that format's iconic circle 7 logo to this day. However, since the fall of 1972, it borrowed most of the basic elements of the "Action News" format used at longtime sister station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, combined with the format news director Irv Weinstein developed and called "Rock 'n' Roll Radio News" (modified for television). It even used Move Closer to Your World, the theme song made famous by WPVI (though it was known by the station as The Eyewitness News Theme). Furthermore, WKBW was a source for much of WPVI's on-air talent.
Weinstein was WKBW's main anchor from 1964 until his retirement in 1998, doubling as news director for most of that time. From 1965 to 1989, he was partnered with sports director Rick Azar and weatherman Tom Jolls (who did double duty as host of Commander Tom); the three formed the longest continuing anchor team in television history until Azar's retirement in 1989. The noon newscast, during the mid-1970s, featured the first pairing of the long-running WPVI anchor team of Jim Gardner and Dave Roberts (then known as Dave Thomas), with Danny Neaverth frequently filling in for Thomas.
The station's morning show, the first in Western New York, began in 1989. Good Morning Western New York (the show's title from 1989 to 2000 and from 2009 to 2010) initially started at 6 am ET before moving up to 5:30 am in 1996. It currently starts at 5 am. Between 2000 and 2003 (and from 2008 to 2009), the morning show was known as Eyewitness News This Morning, and from 2003 to 2008 was known as 7 News This Morning. (WKBW's morning show predated by seven years the next competitor, WIVB-TV, which did not debut its morning show, Wake Up!, until 1994. WGRZ-TV followed suit with Daybreak in 1996.)
From about 1989 until February 1997, the station identified itself as News Channel 7, but kept the Eyewitness News name for posterity, resulting in rather long station announcements (e.g., "From WKBW-TV News Channel 7, this is Eyewitness News at 5"); a similar situation arose on then-CBS affiliate WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida from 1997 to 2002, that station also continued to call its newscasts Eyewitness News while identifying as WJXT NewsChannel 4 for general purposes. During this era, it also reorchestrated the theme with a more futuristic synthesizer-based version. From 1998 to 2002, it used the slogan "Your Hometown Advantage."
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Beginning in the mid-1990s, the station began making some questionable moves that arguably began its fall to the bottom. The first was declining to renew The Oprah Winfrey Show, which served as the lead-in for WKBW's 5:00 news; rival WIVB picked up the show, which has been credited with helping hasten WKBW's decline and WIVB's rise in the ratings. In 2000, WKBW displaced longtime 5:00 anchor Kathleen Leighton to mornings in favor of former WIVB weather anchor Maria Genero, who had been host of the talk show Good Day New York. Genero's experience as an evening news anchor was minimal, and within months, Leighton quit the station, with Genero being moved to mornings. Not long afterward, WIVB passed WKBW for first place in nearly all timeslots—the first time in almost 30 years that WKBW had lost the lead. Then, in 2002, WKBW adopted the slogan "Live, Local, Late-breaking," a slogan used on stations across the country, and started its own local talk show (WNY Live!) that originally was used for long-form features but quickly turned into a spot for paid interviews. This move was described as "deadly" to the ratings for its evening newscasts. In September 2003, however, came the most iconic change: dropping its entire heritage for the much more nondescript 7 News package.
7 News (2003–2008) 
WKBW decided to adopt a new identity, thus bringing the Eyewitness News era to an end. The station's newscasts were rebranded as 7 News in 2003, and Move Closer to Your World was dropped in favor of a more contemporary piece of news music (Right Here, Right Now by 615 Music). The slogan, from 2002 to 2008, was the alliterative phrase "Live, Local, Late-Breaking,", a phrase that has been used on stations across the country.
From 2006 to 2007, Channel 7 also produced a sport show called Sportsnite, a nightly sports talk program hosted by WKBW's sports department, that aired weeknights at 7:00 pm ET on WNGS. However, in April 2007, due to very poor ratings despite a barrage of heavy advertising, the Buffalo Sabres being in the playoffs and the upcoming 2007 NFL Draft, Sportsnite was cancelled. . WNGS was not available on satellite providers during Sportsnite's run, thus limiting the show's audience. Through 2009, WKBW continued to produce a special version of Sportsnite, Sportsnite Niagara, in cooperation with Niagara University during college hockey and basketball season.
WKBW suspended both of its Saturday newscasts in September 2008, during college football season; the station resumed those newscasts in December, after football season ended. (In previous years, each newscast was delayed approximately one hour in the event of football games.)
Return to Eyewitness News (2008–present) 
The station revived "Move Closer to Your World" for promotions celebrating the station's 50th anniversary, for the intro to breaks during its newscasts. It also reintroduced the theme for the introduction to its 11:00 newscasts on September 19, 2008 (along with the restoration of the Do you know where your children are? speech), and began using the Eyewitness News name for its 2 am one-minute news brief. On October 22, 2008, WKBW news anchors launched what has been described as the "Big Tease," an announcement that an ostensibly top-secret "major change" was coming; although only a few of the senior members of the staff knew about the change, it was widely predicted to be a revival of the Eyewitness News name and classic theme.
On October 27 at 5:00 am, the name Eyewitness News permanently returned to the newscasts, and Move Closer to Your World was fully restored to all of the station's newscasts. Nevertheless, the station retained the 2003 studio set and graphics package for the next two years and has moved the "7 News" and "Live/Local/Latebreaking" slogans back to the 2 am news brief. Preliminary results have been promising: due to this, and in part due to a cable coverage issue with WIVB, WKBW's newscasts have climbed back to a strong second place, behind WGRZ. WKBW, although it has retreated back to third when WIVB returned to cable, has kept many of those viewers gained during the cable dispute and has made the Buffalo ratings race a much closer three-way race again, with only the station's morning newscast still in distant third. Ratings have waffled since that time. From September 2009 to September 2010, the morning show's name was changed to Good Morning WNY. After Bridget Blythe's departure in October 2010, the morning show changed its name back to Eyewitness News This Morning with Ginger Geoffery and Patrick Taney. The morning show increased its popularity in key demographics, tying WIVB for second place in the ratings as of May 2011; however, the late newscast dropped in ratings to fourth place, behind the 10 pm newscast on WNLO. WKBW also updated its set and graphics in October 2010. Ratings have somewhat rebounded as of October 2011; WKBW's 11:00 newscast has jumped to second place, behind WIVB but ahead of WGRZ.
Buffalo Business First produces the station's business reports and traffic updates are handled by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. WKBW's weather staff provides forecasts to Townsquare Media stations WJYE and WYRK.
Upgrade to high definition 
On August 13, 2011 beginning with its 6 pm newscast, WKBW began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, the first station in the Buffalo market to do so. The move coincides with WKBW's decision to outsource their master control operations to a company in Atlanta, which, although it resulted in the loss of several Buffalo jobs, was far less expensive than attempting to upgrade the existing master control room from standard-definition (SD) to HD. Rival WGRZ, which had been using a mix of HD graphics and upconverted SD video, announced its intentions to upgrade to true HD in response to this, which debuted on October 29, 2011. Market leader WIVB-TV then announced its intentions to upgrade to true HD in response to WKBW and WGRZ, which debuted on February 1, 2012. WKBW's studio cameras are true HD. A bulk of their news video is produced in 4:3 SD, which is then cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio.
News/station presentation 
Newscast titles 
- Eyewitness News (1970–2003; referred to on-air as News Channel 7's Eyewitness News from 1991–1995)
- 7 News (2003–2008)
- Channel 7 Eyewitness News (2008–present)
Station slogans 
- Do You Know Where Your Children Are? (1960s–2003 and 2008–present; was reintroduced September 19, 2008 and is used before the start of the 11 pm news)
- Come on Home to Your Family (1982)
- Hello Buffalo/Say Hello (1980s; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Hello News")
- Expect The Best (1980s)
- Your Hometown Team (1991–1995)
- Your Hometown Advantage (1997–2002)
- The Power of Information (2002–2003)
- Live, Local, Latebreaking (2003–2008)
- Celebrating 50 Years of Your Life (2008)
- The Hardest Working Team In Local News (2009)
- Be an Eyewitness to News (2010)
- "We Know Buffalo" (2013–present)
News music packages 
- The Fuzz (Frank De Vol), 1968–1972
- Move Closer to Your World (Al Ham)
- Original version, 1972-c. 1986
- "Cut One," 1986–1989, 1995–2003, 2008–present
- New Age reorchestration, 1989–1995
- Right Here, Right Now (2003–2008)
- Good Morning Western New York Theme (Nick Randall), 2009–2010, for the morning show
News team 
(Year personality joined WKBW-TV in parentheses)
- Kendra Eaglin – weekend evenings at 6 and 11 pm (2010)
- Ginger Geoffery – weekday mornings Eyewitness News This Morning and noon (2004)
- Joanna Pasceri – weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 pm; also health reporter (1993)
- Keith Radford – weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm (1987)
- Patrick Taney – weekday mornings Eyewitness News This Morning (2007)
- Mike Randall (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) – chief meteorologist and feature reporter; weekday mornings Eyewitness News This Morning (5–7 a.m.) and noon (1983)
- Aaron Mentkowski (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm, also Saturday evening fill-in (2000)
- Autumn Lewandowski- weekend meteorologist (2012)
- Jeff Russo – sports director; weeknights at 6 and 11 pm (2004)
- Shawn Stepner – sports anchor; weekends at 6 and 11 pm, also host of Sunday Sports Final (2007)
- Dave Cash – weekday mornings Eyewitness News This Morning
- Leia Militello – weeknights at 5pm
- Steve Schnepf – fill-in traffic reporter
- Paul Hare - fill-in traffic reporter
- Jason Helenbrook - fill-in traffic reporter
- Jaclyn Asztalos – general assignment reporter (2010)
- John Borsa – general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor (2003)
- Elizabeth Carey – business reporter (business, by agreement with Business First; 1999)
- Lou Chilelli – general assignment reporter; also photojournalist
- Jason Gruenauer – general assignment reporter; also fill-in sports anchor (2010)
- Kyla Igoe – general assignment reporter (2007)
- Allen Leight – general assignment reporter (2008)
- Ed Reilly – feature reporter; also photojournalist (1980)
- Mike Spong – general assignment reporter, weekend weather anchor (2010)
- Rachel Elzufon- general assignment reporter (2012)
- Linda Pellegrino – co-host (c.1990; also previously a weather anchor)
- Jon Summers – co-host (prior to 1983; previously the station's announcer)
Pellegrino and Summers were forced to quit their other news positions after AM Buffalo became a production of the station's sales department, though Summers has since resumed announcing certain news elements.
- Jon Summers – commercials (1983–present; also newscasts from 1983 to 2003)
- John Young – newscasts (2003–present)
Notable former staff 
- Rick Azar – sports director (1958–1989; first voice ever heard on WKBW as he signed on the station in 1958, was the station's sports director for 28 years; now at WLHC)
- Liz Dribben – co-host of Dialing for Dollars (1964–1968; later appeared on WNYC and WEVD in New York City; died 2011)
- Jim Gardner – anchor (1974–1976; left for WPVI in Philadelphia)
- Tracy Humphrey – weather anchor (1998–2000; later weekend weather at WNYW in New York City from 2003–2007, former morning/noon weather anchor at KPIX-TV in San Francisco)
- Tom Jolls – weather forecaster/Commander Tom Show host (as Commander Tom 1965–1991), announcer (1965–1999; retired)
- Jeff Kaye – announcer (1965–1977)
- Bob Koshinski – sports director (1983–1991; named station's second sports director in 1989, moved on to the Empire Sports Network where he served as general manager and then created all-sports radio station WNSA-FM in 2000; currently at WBBZ
- John Murphy – sports director (1989 – September 16, 2007); now at WGR and the Buffalo Bills Radio Network
- Danny Neaverth – weather (1970s; better known as a disc jockey; now retired)
- Dave Thomas – host of Dialing for Dollars/Rocketship 7 (1960s–1978; promoted to WPVI-TV under the alias "Dave Roberts"; father of actor David Boreanaz)
- Clip Smith – sports/weather anchor (1971–1989; died in a car crash in August 2004)
- Mark Thompson – (now chief meteorologist at KTTV in Los Angeles, and a Fox announcer)
- Mary Travers – "Action 7" consumer reporter (now known as "Mary Travers-Murphy), former town supervisor of Orchard Park. Now Executive Director of the Family Justice Center in Buffalo, NY 
- Irv Weinstein – reporter/anchor (1964–1998; retired)
- Frankie Yankovic - host of Polka Time (1962)
See also 
- Fybush, Scott. Show Time For a Nervous Industry. NorthEast Radio Watch. April 20, 2009.
- Pergament, Alan. What happened to Channel 7 news? The Buffalo News. June 8, 2008.
- Pergament, Alan. Bad economy hits TV news teams. December 16, 2008.
- Pergament, Alan (2011-03-04). Labor peace at Ch.7, finally. stilltalkintv.com. Retrieved March 4, 2011.
- Baker, Vic. 50 Golden Years of Excellence on WIVB-TV. WIVB-TV. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
- Pergament, Alan (2011-05-26). Oprah exits, impact to be felt at Ch. 4. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- Pergament, Alan
- Pergament, Alan. News leader now in third place. The Buffalo News. October 13, 2008.
- Pergament, Alan. Channel 4 returns to the lead, but cable quarrel boosts Channel 7. The Buffalo News. November 18, 2008.
- Pergament, Alan (2011-06-22). Local viewership patterns are changing. Still Talkin' TV. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- Pergament, Alan (2011-08-11). Ch. 7 news going HD, Yanks could be next on WBBZ. Still Talkin' TV. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- WKBW-TV 11pm News Open
- WKBW 7 News 11pm Open 2008
- WKBW 11 PM Open and Montage (June 2011) SD
- News Team
- "WKBW History". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "Radio Remembers: CBS News' Liz Dribben; station owner John Anderson". Radio-Info.com. January 21, 2011.
- "Jim Gardner". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "WKBW Bungee Jump Tracy Humphrey". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "Bob Koshinski to join WBBZ-TV". WBBZ-TV. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "John Murphy Biography". WIVB-TV. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Cichon, Steve. "Buffalo Anchorman: 1970's Buffalo TV". Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2006 Inductees". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "About Mark Thompson". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "Mary Travers Murphy Is New Family Justice Center Executive Director". 20 January 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Forgotten Buffalo featuring Polonia Media. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
- WKBW.com - Official Website
- Rocketship 7 Tribute site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WKBW
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WKBW-TV