Bob Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV has announced Western New York's "hometown television station" will celebrating Dyngus Day with a special telecast of "Dyngus Day Diary" on Monday April 1, at 10:30 p.m. (with encore presentations Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 7:30p.m.). "Dyngus Day Diary" will be hosted by Ed Dobosiewicz and Laurie Lisowski Frey.
Historically a Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the Christian observance of Lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture. "Dyngus Day Diary" will celebrate those traditions highlighting the best of the Monday parade, plus features on Retired State Supreme Court Judge Ann Mikoll, who organized Dyngus Day celebrations decades ago; plus a visit to the Broadway Market; the Leonard Post party; and the real history on pussy willows and why they are a part of the celebration.
Dobosiewicz is the co-creator of Dyngus Day Buffalo, the organization that coordinates and promotes the annual parade and various parties in Western New York. He is also co-host of "Off Beat Cinema," which airs every Saturday at midnight on WBBZ-TV, and in more than 100 stations across the country.
Lisowski Frey is a former news anchor who worked at two Buffalo affiliates before becoming the spokesperson for Frey Electric.
Both Dobosiewicz and Lisowski Frey are Polish, and will share stories of their Polish traditions growing up in Western New York.
Koshinski will be a judge for the Dyngus Day parade, but is quick to note that he is half-Polish and also half-Italian. He will also be a guest on the telecast.
"Dyngus Day Diary" is sponsored by Sobieski Vodka, Polish Villa 2 Restaurant, Tyskie Beer, Camellia Meats in the Broadway Market, and Coca-Cola.