WBBZ-TV is Your Hometown MeTV Station! We thank you for watching, and coming online for a unique local media experience. Here is some background on WBBZ-TV and it’s owner, WNY native Phil Arno.
Phil took ownership of WBBZ-TV in September of 2010 after acquiring the license for what used to be WNGS-TV. In 2011 he changed the call letters to WBBZ to represent a “buzz” in Buffalo broadcasting, while acquiring the rights to air the MeTV network of classic television programming, putting THIS TV and their lineup of classic movies on digital subchannel 67.2.
Phil Arno, the owner of WBBZ-TV thanked the Buffalo Broadcasters, judges, and the Western New York community for the distinctive honor as “Trailblazer of the Year.” The award was presented to Phil at the 2nd annual BEMA Awards held Friday April 26th 2013 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. In 2015, Phil was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
In March of 2012, Phil named Bob Koshinski Vice President and General Manager. Bob was the former head of the Empire Sports Network, and before that was sports director for WKBW-TV. Bob has left WBBZ-TV to develop WNY Hockey Magazine, and AllSportsWNY.com.
In February 2015, Arno named Chris Musial Vice President and General Manager. Musial is a member of the Buffalo Broadcast and New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was formerly VP and GM of WIVB & WNLO-TV in Buffalo, where he worked for decades first in news, then as GM.
In July of 2012, Phil opened a new studio and office facility inside the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, New York launching local programming with a community celebration called “Buffalo Night In America!”
Now, programs like “The Talk of the Town” with Phil Arno and Kim Piazza air Thursday morning at 9a.m. & 6:30p.m.; and Sunday at 11a.m.; “In The Zone” with popular Bills WR Robert Woods with Dave Jickster from 97 Rock and Social Media maven Brad Gelber airs during football season Monday night LIVE at 7:00p.m., with encore presentations Monday at 10p.m. and Sunday at 11:30a.m.
WBBZ-TV also aired the Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins NFL game in November 2012 with live ”pre” and “postgame” coverage, and acquired the rights to air the Bills – Browns game Thursday October 3rd, 2013 also with a LIVE Pre and Post Game show.
The long running locally produced and nationally syndicated “Off Beat Cinema” show moved to the station in August 2012 from a Buffalo network affiliate, where it can be seen every Saturday night at midnight after “Svengoolie” on MeTV.
“What’s The Buzz in WNY” with Kim Piazza debuted in February 2013 as a magazine program that showcases area businesses and community groups. “What’s The Buzz in NY” airs Wednesday at 6:30p.m.; Friday at 9a.m.; and Saturday at 11:00a.m. ( with additional airings Tuesday at 9a.m.; Sunday at 10a.m.; and Sunday at 7:30p.m.).
Veteran broadcaster Paul Peck joins Buffalo Hall of Fame bowler Sue Nawojski every Saturday at 4p.m. ( with an encore Sunday at 11p.m.) with the return of “Beat The Champ!” Once a mainstay with late sportscasters Van Miller and Chuck Healy, “Beat The Champ” showcases area bowlers in a competition of skill. Players of all ages are welcome to qualify and play.
Longtime radio host Ron Dombrowski ( Ronnie D.) hosts “Polka Buzz,” Western New York’s only television dance party, every Sunday at 7p.m. ( with an encore the following Sunday morning at 11a.m.). Buffalo’s best Polka Bands set up stage at Pott’s Banquet Hall in Cheektowaga with over 100 dancers celebrating hometown Polonia pride!
In May of 2013, WBBZ-TV partnered with the Buffalo History Museum for their presentation of “Giants of Buffalo: Radio” featuring legendary talent Dan Neaverth, Sandy Beach, Joey Reynolds, Shane Gibson, and Stan Roberts. The station continues to support the Museum and their “Giants” series, which has included special programs with legendary anchors Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar, and Tom Jolls along with other hometown notables.
For two seasons starting in September 2013, WBBZ-TV partnered with The Buffalo News to present “The Bucky and Sully Show” every Monday and Friday night LIVE at 6:30p.m., with an encore presentation Sunday at 11:30a.m. Buffalo News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan offered commentary, analysis and arguments about our hometown teams.
For two seasons starting in the fall of 2013, WBBZ-TV aired ACC College football and basketball. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, WBBZ-TV carried New York Yankees broadcast games.
In the summer of 2014, Arno developed a local game show called “Bragging Rights” where teams of three compete for fun prizes, and a grand prize of 3 LED HD TV’s at the end of the season. The program ran at 6:30p.m. from June through August of 2014, and returned in February of 2015 with host John Di Sciullo weeknights at 8p.m. The program is recorded at 6, 7 & 8p.m. most Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Eastern Hills Mall studio.
In 2015 the Buffalo Broadcasters Association inducted Phil Arno in the 2015 Hall of Fame. Noting it is not just the work Phil and the WBBZ-TV team have put into creating a new independent station – it is Phil’s personal journey that makes this honor so worthy.
Phil Arno started his career at WKBW radio with the late Jeff Kaye in the 1970′s, then moved to television where legendary anchorman Irv Weinstein gave Phil a camera and told him to start shooting film for “Eyewitness News.” Soon, Phil would move to WIVB-TV 4 after a brief run as a director at WUTV when it signed on the air. Phil’s work as a news photographer in the 70′s and 80′s earned him the respect of the Western New York broadcast community before he decided to pursue a dream.
Growing up in North Buffalo, as a graduate of both Canisius High School and College, Phil always had a dream to create television. Watching the greats in black and white gave him the inspiration to write and create, which is what drew him to head west.
While in Los Angeles, Phil pitched projects as varied as sitcoms to storylines for “Star Trek,” but it was his expertise in news that ultimately became his destiny. Phil became one of the first chopper videographer pilots. His video of the infamous white Bronco car chase with O.J. Simpson was broadcast around the globe. Phil covered earthquakes, crime, and the violence that erupted there after the Rodney King beating.
In 2000, Phil was shooting the Academy Awards for a local station when the helicopter he was flying in crashed. Phil’s injuries were life threatening. The crash would impact his life forever.
As Phil describes it, his perspectives on things changed. He and his wife Mary had just welcomed their twin boys into the world, Warren and Joe. They were both just one when the crash almost claimed the life of their father. After years of rehabilitation and recovery, Phil decided to take a settlement he had received and bring his family back to Western New York. While Mary was originally from New Orleans, she quickly made Phil’s hometown her hometown.
Instead of simply retiring, Phil decided to pursue the license of an independent television station based out of Springville, NY that had gone dark after Equity broadcasting closed up shop. With long hours, personal investment, and building a team of local professionals – Phil Arno took a low power station and has transformed it into Western New York’s Hometown Television Station, WBBZ-TV, with full coverage on Time Warner Cable ( Channel 5 ) or other channels depending on your area; FiOS Ch. 5; Dish Ch. 5; and DirecTV 67.
Phil’s journey to blaze trails continues with his wife Mary, their daughter Anna, and twin sons Joe and Warren. He, and the entire WBBZ-TV team, thank you for being a part of our journey; watching our station; and supporting our advertisers and programming.
WBBZ-TV is owned and operated by Phil Arno. Chris Musial is Vice President and General Manager. Angelo Cicatello is Vice President of Sales. WBBZ-TV is located next to Macy’s inside the Eastern Hills Mall. 4545 Transit Road, suite 750, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221. 716-630-9229. www.wbbz.tv Fans can “Like” the WBBZ-TV Facebook Fan Page, and follow the conversation @WBBZ on Twitter.