A WKBW Suggestion Led to Move of Variety Club Telethon to WGRZ

Nov. 8, 2019

Channel 7 had hosted the Variety Club Telethon for 57 years, pictured here in 2005, but the telethon is now moving to Channel 2. (Buffalo News file photo)
Channel 7 had hosted the Variety Club Telethon for 57 years, pictured here in 2005, but the telethon is now moving to Channel 2. 

I initially felt a little sorry for WKBW-TV when the move of the Variety Club Telethon to WGRZ and WBBZ was announced last week.

WKBW (Channel 7) is taking another blow to its image in losing a community event it has carried for more than half a century.

The ABC affiliate used the telethon to raise money for a worthy cause, while at the same time benefiting from the positive exposure it gave its personalities.

To its credit, when you say Variety Club Telethon, you think Channel 7.

My sympathy for Channel 7 diminished somewhat after talking with local defense attorney Paul J. Cambria, the vice president of Variety Club and member of the board who negotiated the move.
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