Al Wallack, Program Director WNED-AM 970 (94.5-HD2), announced the addition of Jay Moran to the WNED-AM Radio staff. Since February 4, Moran has served as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition, delivering news, traffic and weather from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.
The veteran Buffalo broadcaster is an avid public radio fan. “Ninety percent of the time, I listen to NPR,” he said. “I’ll work as hard as I can to do a good job and live up to the standards set before me.”
“What NPR does on a national level, Jay does on the local level,” said Jim Ranney, WNED News Director. “He is a great communicator and has a good sense of local issues. We are thrilled to have him here.”
On the airwaves for more than 20 years, Moran was a top-rated midday personality at WJYE 96.1 FM throughout the 1990s.
More recently, he traded music for information radio, producing news and traffic reports for 17 MetroNetworks/Westwood One broadcast outlets. Western New Yorkers may recognize him as the former traffic reporter on KISS 98.5 and WIVB Channel 4.
Moran’s voice also is familiar to local sports fans. He serves as the radio play-by-play announcer for Canisius College Golden Griffins basketball and hockey games. He also is the pubic address announcer at Buffalo Sabres home games.
He holds a bachelor of science in communications from Buffalo State College.
With Moran on board, the station recently made other changes in its weekday schedule. Mark Leitner in now the local host for NPR’s All Things Considered during the afternoon drive time (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Ranney now hosts during midday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
WNED-AM 970 is a station of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association. The others are Classical 94.5/WNED-FM and television stations WNED-TV and ThinkBright. The member-supported WNYPBA provides high quality programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate our communities.
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