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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Can you believe this weather? Coldest weekend I can remember in a long time. I never left the house, except to crank up the snow blower and get the driveway cleaned out. Thank goodness I bought those new long johns last week! Thank goodness for the BonTon and all those discount coupons! Do I sound cheap?
Anyway, you could tell we were having cold winter weather. When I was outside, it was so quiet. No one wanted to be outside! Great weekend to watch some football and stay by the fire.
Actually, had I known that Jimmy Webb was in town at the Tralf on Saturday night, I would have made the trip downtown for the show. One of the greatest song writer's of all time. In my opinion anyway.
My wife has been spending time in Florida this winter. So, I get to cook and eat alone every day. Have you ever looked to see what's really in your freezer?
I began going through that thing back in January. I have been eating out of it now for three months, and it's still not empty! You wouldn't believe what I have found. Steaks, frozen dinners, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, garlic bread, salmon fillets, shrimp, pork chops and just about every kind of vegetable known to mankind. I have to go to the grocery store about once every two weeks, and all I need is half and half for my coffee, Orange juice and the occasional loaf of bread.
So after three months of pulling stuff out of there almost every day, there is still a pile of food in there and I haven't even had a chance yet to get to the freezer out in the garage!
I'm afraid to go into the pantry! From a distance I can see dozens of cans, jars, bottles and packages. I have no doubt that i can easily live for another year without ever having to leave the house!
Just back from a couple of days in Albany. We were dispatched to cover Governor Cuomo's new budget release.
In 24 years here in Buffalo, I have travelled to the capital numerous times, but this time I noticed something different. For the very first time I actually heard the politicians all agree on something. Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Conservatives, it didn't matter, they all now agree that government spending is out of control and something has to be done.
While there are certainly parts of the Governor's plan that some don't agree with, overall, every Lawmaker I spoke with agreed with the proposal in general. This fact alone is a major change from what we have seen in the past. While this new budget is definitely going to cause some pain, for some, I predict we are going to see most of it put into law, and for the first time in a long time it will most likely be passed on time. We'll see what happens and as always we will keep on top of all the developments on our newscasts and on the web.
What a great weekend I had! Was fortunate enough to be invited to the Sabre's game against Atlanta on Saturday night. It's been a couple of years since I attended a game and I had forgotten how much fun it is! Sat up in the Press Box with my old friend John Murphy. It was so good to see so many old friends. Went into the broadcast booth and visited with Rick Jeanneret and Harry Neale. Stood in the 200 level and caught up with Mike Robitaille, as "The Dominator" was being interviewed. What a great standing ovation from the crowd when Dominik dropped the puck for the face off. To top it all off, Buffalo won 8-2! If only I had gone the next night when Nashville came to town. Maybe i could have brought the team a little more luck!
Then on Sunday it was the big St. Patrick's Day Parade down Delaware Avenue. For a change, the weather was actually pretty good. Was so nice walking the parade route and meeting so many great people. Although I think there may be a few of them who don't remember even being there! No shortage of "Green Beer", as is always the case on St. Paddy's Day!
As we are all aware, it has been brutally cold here in Western New York this winter. If we humans are cold, imagine how some of our friends in the animal world feel.
Last Sunday, after reading the paper and having my coffee I did what I seem to do almost every other day now, pulled out the snow blower! As I went about my business I noticed a Blue Jay sitting under the bird feeder. Figured he would get out of the way when the snow began flying. He didn't. I buried him. I stopped and realized this little guy had a broken wing and could only hop around. No flying for him. Anyway he managed to get himself out and hop away. This went on all day. That night I got up at 3:30am and checked on him. There he was, sitting under the tree. Next day he continued the routine, he had plenty of bird seed to eat but as I drove home from work that night i knew it was going to get a lot colder. When i got home, there he was, huddled by my back door. What could I do?
Trying to make a long story short here. It was quite a sight. Me running around the back yard at one in the morning with a cardboard box, trying to get that pesky bird to jump in! I finally cornered him, put a towel over him and lifted him into the box. Took the little guy into the house and put him into an old cage i had. Don't tell Frankie, it was his when he was a baby. He was exhausted I think. Seemed to fall asleep almost immediately. I went to bed feeling a lot better knowing he was safe and warm.
Next morning I called the SPCA and was directed to a place called "Wild Kritters of Niagara County", in Sanborn. I put my buddy the Blue Jay into the car and drove him over to his new place. The lady there was very nice and promised me she would take good care of the boy, take him to the vet and get him the care he needed. I made a donation and felt pretty good after that. Still do actually. I hope my little friend gets a new lease on life now. Can you believe Blue Jays can live to 20 years! Just one more job left, have to clean up all the bird poop on the kitchen floor!
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