Buffalo Heritage Press
A professional broadcaster for more than 35 years, Rick Azar was a radio announcer while still in high school. After graduating from Canisius College, he pursued a theatrical career in New York City. His radio career began in Niagara Falls at WUSJ and WHLD, where he hosted Azar’s Attic, a jazz show. He then worked for NBC radio in New York City before transitioning to television in his hometown of Buffalo in 1958. Azar is best known as WKBW Channel 7 TV’s sports director. With Irv Weinstein as news anchor, Tom Jolls on weather and Rick Azar on sports from 1962 until 1989, “Irv, Rick and Tom” formed the longest running anchor team in television history. After retiring, Azar revived Azar’s Attic on WLHC-FM radio in North Carolina, where he resides with his wife, Edith.