BUFFALO, NY - Western New York's number one television news source is celebrating a milestone today, by marking our 60th anniversary
WGR-TV signed on August 14, 1954, from the studios at 184 Barton Street.
WGR-TV became Buffalo's outlet for NBC, with shows by Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs, Buffalo Bob Smith and "Howdy Doody."
In 1972, WGR-TV left Barton Street and moved into its current facilities at 259 Delaware Avenue. General Cinema Corp. purchased WGR-TV in 1983, and the station's call letters were changed to WGRZ. The Z was chosen because it looked like a 2.
In 1997, WGRZ was acquired by Gannett Broadcasting, which still owns the station today. WGRZ is known in WNY as the station that is 'On Your Side'. We stand up for Western New York by holding people in positions of power accountable to get things done and keep their promises. We celebrate what's great about our community and the people that live in it, our love of family and heritage, our sports teams, our architecture, and of course our great food.
The 2 On Your Side team has won countless regional Emmy awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, and several local and national awards for our reporting and community service as a station.
To celebrate, Channel 2 is passed out 222 free cupcakes from Dessert Deli at our booth at the Erie County Fair at precisely 2:22 pm.
Watch our special look back at the history of WGRZ-TV by 2 on Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Chief Photojournalist Andy DeSantis by clicking on the video player. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveMcKinley2
Channel 2 gratefully acknowledges the assistant of Marty Biniasz and Forgotten Buffalo with this story.