Art Wander

Art Wander is a television and radio sports analyst, and former radio format programmer, from Buffalo, New York.

Life and career

Raised on the East Side of Buffalo, Wander took an early interest in radio, skipping classes to watch Foster Brooks and Buffalo Bob Smith perform their radio show on WGR live from the W. T. Grant department store.[1]

After serving in the U.S. Navy, he produced radio programs for the Veterans Administration hospital system. In 1956 he joined WKBW as a news reporter, and went on to program radio stations in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Baltimore, Atlanta, Tampa and Memphis. At WOR-FM in New York he met the Beatles and became a friend of Brian Epstein, their manager.[1][2]

In the 1980s Wander returned to Buffalo radio as a programmer and as an on-air personality in sports radio at WGKT where he had a nickname as "the Tiny Tot of the Kilowatt". After a quarrel with Buffalo Bills general manager Bill Polian, Wander was hired by WGR for a sports talk show, and, starting in 1996, worked in television for Empire Sports Network (and eventually Empire's radio arm, WNSA). He retired from Empire and WNSA in 2002.[2]

Wander was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2008.

As of 2014, Wander appears regularly as an analyst on the WBBZ-TV program "All Sports WNY" (hosted and managed by his former boss at Empire, Bob Koshinski) and writes commentary for the program's website.

References

  1. ^ a b "Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame". Buffalo Broadcasters Association. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Longtime broadcaster Art Wander to turn off mic". Buffalo Business First. March 11, 2002. 

External links

  • Art Wander columns on "All Sports WNY"
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