Keith Radford

Buffalo's most senior Anchorman, on the air continuously at Eyewitness News now for 23 years.

Keith began his career in the news business in 1971 at CKLW-TV and Radio in Detroit/Windsor, his hometown. After stints in Detroit, Ottawa, Toronto and Salt Lake City he arrived at WKBW-TV to Anchor Eyewitness News at 5 and within a few years was Anchoring at 6 and 11 as well.

"I can't believe how time has flown by, it seems like just yesterday when i arrived in the Queen City and it felt like home from day one"

Keith has travelled the world to bring Western New Yorkers the news that affects them for decades now. Most notably, with the troops during the Iraq war, Hurricane releif efforts in the Carribean, the political conventions from coast to coast and in Los Angeles from the very beginning of the O J Simpson story. Keith and his wife Linda, along with their dog "Frankie", live in the Village of Lewiston, with three of their four children now grown and the youngest finishing college in Washington DC.

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It's a good thing I like to work. I was never one to just lie around on the couch and watch TV. It seems there is always something to fix around the house, so I keep pretty busy doing that stuff.
Anyway, when I say i like to work, I am mainly talking about the job I have in downtown Buffalo, that I actually get paid for. I read the other day that the average American family is now paying about $15,000 a year for health insurance, or at least they are paying a portion of that amount with their employer paying the rest. If they are lucky enough to have an employer. Are you kidding me? Who could afford not to work anymore? As my car was being serviced at the dealer the other day I walked around the lot to kill some time. Just who is buying these $60,000 SUV's these days? My first house cost $38,000 in 1975! My $3.00 prescription co-pay a few years ago, is now $30.00. So as I watch my income keep going down and my expenses keep going up, I guess i will continue to work until I wake up dead one morning.
Since it is Mother's Day, I think it is appropriate to just say a word or two about my mother. She's 88 now and lives in a nursing home in suburban Toronto. I drove up there yesterday and took her out to dinner.

She doesn't really eat very much anymore, so it probably wasn't a good idea to take her to the "all you can eat" Imperial Palace Buffet. She had a few sips of her soup and finished it off with a lemon tart.
Anyway, if it weren't for my mother I could very well be in another business. When I was a teenager she dragged me down to the local radio station and pretty much brow-beat the manager into giving me a job.

I didn't have the nerve she did. She thought nothing of telling the man what a mistake it would be if he didn't hire me, because I had always wanted to be a disc-jockey. To make a long story short, I never did get to be a disc-jockey, but was hired as a fill-in TV cameraman on the Bozo the Clown Show. Some years later I made the move to on-air, after doing just about every technical job you could do in a radio and TV station.

So, thanks to my mother, I found my calling, and 40 years later I'm still doing it. I guess I must like it!

Thanks, Mom!
I remember about 23 years ago when my boss came to me one day and asked if I wouldn't mind working the night shift for a month. Just temporary, he said.
To make a long story short, that month turned into almost 24 years now. Anyway, working nights has always worked out well for me. It gives me time to do all those important things I have to do in the daytime. You know, cutting the grass, picking up the shirts at the cleaners, going to the bank and picking up prescriptions at the drug store. Among so many other things. How would I ever have time to do all that stuff if I worked days?
One drawback to working nights is that I usually have to eat out every night. I'm not a big "brown bagger". The usual spots are pretty exclusive, Arby's, MacDonald's, Burger King and various other establishments. Well tonight I decided I wanted a "real" meal for a change. Went to Betty's on Virginia street downtown. Very good! Meat Loaf. Came with a salad, mashed potatoes and green beans. And the best part was that someone else paid the bill! I should go to fancier places more often I think.
Why do mundane things take up so much of my time? My car needed an oil change and tires rotated, so I got up early the other day and headed for my local car dealer.

I had received a coupon in the mail for the work I needed done. $29.95 for the job. Not bad , I thought. Well, turns out I didn't read the fine print.

It seems the cost of the visit was actually $39.95, but then they give you an Internet website to call up and you can apply for the $10.00 rebate to make up the actual advertised difference. OK , simple enough. Oh no, not quite. It turns out you have to call up this website and then fill in a couple of pages of information. Then , after you've spent time doing that, you have to print out a copy of the rebate offer and add that to another copy of your actual bill from the dealer. Then, you have to bundle that all up and put it into an envelope and send it to some rebate office address.

At some point, provided I haven't made any mistakes in filling out all the forms, I will receive a VISA card in the mail, with $10.00 credit on it.
After all that work, I'm now laying in bed at night worried to death that I might have made a mistake on the forms somewhere and will be disqualified from the rebate altogether!

Shouldn't I have better things to worry about?
Get ready to have some fun! The big Lewiston Art Fest is on tap for this weekend. More than 175 Artists from all over the United States and Canada will be in the village along Center Street. The even runs all day Saturday and Sunday.
And then, my favorite! The Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, August 26-27. The headline act for Friday night is "Hilario Duran" and his big Latin band out of Toronto. On Saturday night we are bringing in the one and only "Kurt Elling" out of Chicago.
Please come and take in some great music, food and fun, you might even see Frankie and me walking Center Street!
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