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Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards 2013 - PHOTOS

by Cody Osborne  • 

Salvatore's Italian Gardens hosted the second annual Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards on Friday night. Local radio and TV stations were represented by their stars. Some of the popular stations that were in attendance included WGRZ, WIVB, WYRK, WBEN, and Kiss 98.5.

Cocktail hour kicked off around 6 p.m., and the place quickly filled up. Everybody in attendance gathered around the bar area to get a cold beverage and meet up with old friends and even new ones as well. Any event that is held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens is bound to include an excellent meal as well and this event was no different!

Look at our gallery from Friday's event and see just how many people you can recognize from around town.

The 2013 winners are:

TV Station of the Year: WGRZ-TV

Radio Station of the Year: 97ROCK (WGRF‐FM)

TV Personality of the Year: Diana Fairbanks of WIVB‐TV

Radio Personality of the Year: Jud Heussler of KISS 98.5 (WKSE-FM)

Backpack Journalist of the Year: Ed Drantch of WIVB‐TV

Rising Star Award: Brittni Smallwood of WIVB‐TV

Trailblazer Award: Phil Arno of WBBZ‐TV

Pinnacle Award: Eileen Buckley of WBFO‐FM

Behind the Scenes Maverick Award: Mike Mombrea, Jr. of WIVB‐TV

Best Use of Social Media: Rob Lucas of STAR 102.5 (WTSS‐FM)

Sales Exec of the Year: Lenny Kostelny of WIVB‐TV & WNLO‐TV

TAGGED: buffalo+excellence+in+media+awards, diana+fairbanks, ed+drantch, kiss+98.5, melissa+holmes, wgrz, wivb, wkbw

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