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Liberty Taxi and broadcasting exec Bill Yuhnke is making news again with the hiring of veteran radio jock Tony Venturoli as the new program director at WEBR Radio 1440 AM.
"I'm very excited and pleased to announce that Tony will be taking over as program director immediately," said Yuhnke, who, in January, purchased Lockport-based WLVL-AM, calling it a "sister" station to WEBR. "Tony has a long record in radio and is a perfect fit for what we are doing at WEBR. We are committed to offering our listeners the best radio that we can, and Tony fits perfectly with that effort."
Venturoli said in a telephone interview that he was delighted to get the call from Yuhnke and is anxious to continue the local flavor of the station. Venturoli emphasized he is a "blue-collar kid from south Buffalo," and will use his many years of experience in radio to support Yuhnke's commitment to make the station the best it can be.
"There's no secret to my radio formula: Just be yourself and be who your are,” Venturoli said. “I come from south Buffalo and I've used my real name all the way, dating back to when I first started in radio at top-40 station WNIA in 1972."
Venturoli has a long history in radio, with stints at WBUF for several months while going to Buffalo State College, and later working with people such as Frank Benny and Stan Roberts at WGR, "where we worked the Sabres games and I did production for the great John Otto."
He also spent 17 years at oldies station WHTT-104.1 where he did "everything that needed to be done" before joining WEBR in 2021 for the noon to 3 p.m. shift.