100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting, Vol.1 1920-1970
By Steve Cichon steve@buffalostories.com @stevebuffalo The latest book by Buffalo Stories & Steve Cichon! ORDER NOW at Buffalo Stories Bookstore! Meet and reconnect with the people and resorts who created and reflected who we are as Buffalonians with this in-depth 432-page look at the first 50 years of radio and television in Buffalo. With over […]

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

The latest book by Buffalo Stories & Steve Cichon!

ORDER NOW at Buffalo Stories Bookstore!

Meet and reconnect with the people and resorts who created and reflected who we are as Buffalonians with this in-depth 432-page look at the first 50 years of radio and television in Buffalo.

With over 600 photos, it's a look at the stories of the people, places and events that have entertained and informed generations of West New Yorkers on air - and under our pillows, in our cars, in our living rooms, and in our hearts as part of what makes us Buffalonians.

From scholars to nostalgic, the early pioneering days of Buffalo radio will come to life with further research into Buffalo's status as one of the birthplace of modern radio - then the birth of rock 'n' roll radio here a decade more. late, by the way at the same time, the television was increasingly competing for our attention.

We visit Clint Buehlman and Danny Neaborg; Uncle Mike Mearian and Rocketship 7; The Lone Ranger & KB's War of the Worlds; Meet the millers and dial for dollars; John Corbett and Chuck Healy and Irv, Rick and Tom; The Hound and John Otto and so many other great broadcasters who were there while we had the best (and worst) times of our lives.

The covers of the book alone are a study of the century of broadcasting in Buffalo, along with 269 other images, showing some of our favorite stars in action.

Advantage of book sales Buffalo Stories Film Curatorial Initiative, which funds the storage, maintenance, digitization and performance of thousands of hours of discarded Buffalo movies and videos from the 60s to 90s.

Author Steve Cichon has spent three decades in Buffalo media on radio, television and in print. His journey began at the wide-eyed age of 15 at WBEN, learning radio, journalism and life. The lifelong Buffalonian sees this book, his sixth book, as a kind of family history - for it's the stories of the people that made him the person he is today.

Available for pre-order now in Buffalo Stories Bookstore.

The books should be in stock by mid-September.


“Scream” vedette David Arquette has an extreme passion that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.

Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hardcore style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.

With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding chair. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.

“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”

Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.

Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”

Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”

In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.

“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”

For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.

“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a deuxième it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”

Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.

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