Jim Santella, a Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, is retiring from his Saturday night blues show on WBFO-FM 88.7. He talked about his decision with his audience this past weekend.
Santella's final blues show will air at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Santella began hosting the show on Nov. 22, 1997.
Known as the "Father of Progressive Radio" in Buffalo, Santella began his radio career as a student DJ at WBFO when it was affiliated with the University at Buffalo, hosting five hours of jazz. In January 1969, he began his professional career as one of the first underground rock radio DJs at WYSL-FM.
Santella will continue to be part of "Theatre Talk," with Anthony Chase, in which they discuss and review shows being presented on Buffalo stages, each Friday morning during "Morning Edition" on WBFO.
Expect new episodes of "Thomas & Friends" on PBS Kids this fall, WNED-TV has announced. The animated series, which airs at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, features tales of friendship and adventure on the Island of Sodor. One of the upcoming episodes, "Welcome Stafford," will introduce a new character: Stafford, an electric shunting engine.
"Thomas the Tank Engine" is inspired by "The Railway Series" books by the Rev. W. Awdry, who started writing them in the 1940s; it became a children's television series in Great Britain in 1984.
A new automotive television program, "America's Car Show," hosted by Tom Torbjornsen, can be seen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays on WBBZ-TV, announced John DiSciullo, executive director of production and promotion.
The program - featuring automotive advice, topical guests and car enthusiasts - will be rebroadcast at 9 a.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays. Weekly topics will include: improving gas mileage, selecting a trustworthy garage, understanding your owner's manual and how to winterize your car.
Torbjornsen is a car repair expert, and host of a national weekend satellite radio program. He is also the author of "How to Make Your Car Last Forever."
"America's Car Show" is sponsored by AAA Western and Central New York and Dunn Tire.