Buffalo Bills Radio Network

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The Buffalo Bills Radio Network is a broadcast radio network based in Buffalo, New York. Its primary programming is broadcasts of Buffalo Bills home and away games to a network of 23 stations in upstate New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.

Previously, the broadcasts originated from WBEN through much of the team's history except for a period from 1971 to 1977 when WKBW was team flagship. WGR briefly carried games in the early 1990s.[1] From 1998 through 2011, the Bills were flagshipped at WGRF, as well as other stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting. When Cumulus Media purchased Citadel in late 2011, it dropped Bills games from all of its stations at the end of the season.[2] Entercom Communications and Galaxy Communications picked up the rights, restoring broadcasts to WGR for the 2012 season.[3][4]

John Murphy, formerly a sports anchor at WKBW-TV and WIVB-TV in Buffalo, is the current play-by-play announcer, with former Bills safety Mark Kelso as color commentator and WGR employee Sal Capaccio as sideline reporter.

The network is an autonomous organization from the team, and is unique in that it, and not the team itself, was the main sponsor of the Bills' cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, until that squad was disbanded due to legal disputes.

Van Miller was the voice of the Buffalo Bills for its entire history until 2003, with the exception of seven years in the 1970s when WKBW controlled radio rights and Miller's TV employer, WBEN-TV, would not permit him to appear on WKBW broadcasts. He was succeeded by Murphy, his former color commentator, when he retired from the booth after the 2003 season.

Stations[edit]

Map of radio affiliates.
City Call sign Frequency
Buffalo, New York (Flagship station) WGR 550 AM
Buffalo, New York (home games only) WWKB 1520 AM
Rochester, New York WCMF 96.5 FM
Rochester, New York WROC 950 AM
Ithaca, New York WYXL 98.7 FM
Alfred/Hornell/Wellsville, New York WZKZ 102 FM
Amsterdam, New York WKAJ 1120 AM
Bath, New York WABH 1380 AM
Glens Falls, New York WMML 1230 AM
Bradford, Pennsylvania WBRR 100.1 FM
Dunkirk, New York WDOE 94.9 FM/1410 AM
Elmira, New York WELM 1410 AM
Jamestown, New York WWSE 93.3 FM
Jamestown, New York WJTN 1240 AM
Newark, New York WACK 1420 AM
Olean, New York WPIG 95.7 FM
Springville, New York WSPQ 1330 AM
Syracuse, New York WKRL 100.9 FM/106.5 FM
Dansville, Livingston County, New York WDNY 1400 AM
Corry, Pennsylvania WWCB 1370 AM
Ogdensburg, New York WQTK 92.7 FM
Watertown, New York WOTT 94.1 FM
Toronto, Ontario CJCL (Sportsnet 590, The Fan) 590 AM
Hamilton, Ontario CHML 900 AM
Mohawk Valley WKLL 94.9 FM

The WGR and network broadcast incorporates a broadcast delay; the WWKB broadcast is live, intended for listeners inside the stadium (and, in the event the Bills reach the Super Bowl, allowing for the local broadcast team to be heard on WWKB's clear channel signal across the East Coast).

Announcers[edit]

Play-by-play[edit]

Color analysts[edit]

Sideline reporters[edit]

  • Jeff Burris (2006)
  • Paul Peck (2005, 2007–2008)
  • Rich Gaenzler (2009–11)
  • Joe Buscaglia (2012–2014)
  • Sal Capaccio (2014–present)

Studio hosts[edit]

  • Rich Gaenzler (2004–2008)
  • Brent Axe (2009–2011)
  • Howard Simon (2004, 2012–present)
  • Sal Capaccio (2012–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connors, Greg (January 3, 2012). "WGR lands Bills games; will add player and management shows". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ 97 Rock, The Edge will no longer carry Bills games. WGRZ (2012). Retrieved September 2012.
  3. ^ Major, Andy (January 4, 2012). "Bills announce new broadcast agreement with Entercom". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Buffalo Bills Moving to TK99 and WOUR". CNYRadio.com. June 21, 2012. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 

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