Linda has conducted thousands of live interviews with personalities ranging from the biggest Hollywood stars, to astronauts, world-famous doctors, experts, elected officials, and British royalty as the host of AM/BUFFALO - weekdays at 10am on Channel 7 - for 20 years!
For her outstanding work on Eyewitness News and AM Buffalo, Linda was nominated twice for New York State Emmy Awards. Besides doing voice-overs for many national TV and radio commercial spots, Linda contributes her professional talents to various local shows produced by Buffalo's Catholic Diocese, for which she won a Gabriel award for her narration in a video entitled: The Snowman Knows. Outside of the TV station, Linda leads a very active life in the community. She has served as Honorary Chairperson for the physically and emotionally challenged at Buffalo's Heritage Centers, assisting the Olmsted Parks, and Variety Club Telethon fundraisers.
For her good work in the community over the years, and for serving as a positive role model, Linda was voted Italian-American of the Year in 2000 by the Italian-American Society of Western New York
Hi again! Let me tell you first that our trip to Paris was glorious and I was SO GLAD not to have chemo before I left. I would have been sick while I was there and Paris was just too magical to miss a single minute of it. Our viewers enjoyed sunny days with temps in the 70's and 80's..with Monet's Gardens in full spring bloom! However, only 12 hours after touchdown, my number was up. Report to the hospital for the port, to be followed immediately by chemo number 1. That day was ok. The next day wasn't bad. However by day 3, did someone get the number of that bus that ran me over? The unwellness kinda creeps up on you. Let's face it, the chemo chemicals are a poison that affects every cell of your body so your body reacts in waves. Now 4 days after, I still eat tiny meals, and I think my immune system has been affected. Blisters I had in France are back. Can't brush your teeth vigorously, or even scratch an itch for fear it turns into something worse. I can hardly remember the weekend but the only good thing about the next dose is that it will mean I'm halfway done. Today is better than yesterday. I got through the whole show today! Here's hoping that tomorrow will be better still! xxme
We are just a couple of days away from our wonderful "April in Paris" trip with Holiday Vacations. 30 viewers will be traveling with us! These trips are always so lovely, we have friends who have come 2 and 3 times because they like the value and the pace. I'll let you know if there is another destination in the near future!
Things will be busy for me when we return too. Twelve hours after we land, I report to Millard Fillmore Suburban for a medi-port implant. That will allow my chemotherapy to be administered directly without additional I.V.'s. From there I head to my doctor's office for my first dose. Waiting for me there will be photojournalist Ed Reilly or our Chief Photographer Scott McDowell. We've decided to shoot that experience so everyone will know what it's like. So many people have been through this already, and unfortunately, many more will come after me. But it is an important part of treatment that prevents cancer from coming back. It is so heartwarming to hear from 10, 20 and 30 year survivors! I've kept all your cards and keep them in a special place!
So after chemo, I should be back on the sofa at AM Buffalo on Monday, April 18th. Thank goodness for Jon Summers who so ably fills in AND is out everyday shooting all the stories that appear on the show.
Wish me luck blogging from France..sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't ! Au revoir!
If my hair looks windblown lately, it's because I'm incredibly overwhelmed by everyone's kindness and concern. My mail today rivaled Mr. Food's..and that's not easy to do! I have received well wishes from my colleagues across town in TV, Radio and everywhere! I have heard from past co-workers like Judge Penny Wolfgang, Susan Makai and even Bishop Kmiec is saying a special mass for me !! I think that's worth double now during Lent!
I'm responding as fast as possible to all my e-mails and everything sent by children will be cherished forever! I didn't think you could feel this good and still be ill!
But I am the most overwhelmed by the good news I received by Windsong Radiology yesterday. Their patient coordinator called me personally to tell me that their phones have been ringing off the hook with ladies looking for the next mammo appointment! She says they are positively jamming over there and have been since Monday. You girls rock! But I already knew that! xxxme
I've been back over a week, can you believe it? It feels great too. I'm not a good one to sit around the house for weeks on end. But patience is the first thing that comes with a cancer diagnosis. You really need patience to internalize this new reality. And then patience for everyone else to understand, too. But I have been so lucky. An early diagnosis was due to timely testing. Then I was referred to some great doctors who are all really looking out for me. If I do what they say, I should be fine. Many thanks for the cards, flowers, positive thoughts and smiles. Chemo will be my next challenge..I'll keep you posted! xxme
Ok, here's another Hollywood moment. Long ago in my career, when I first started doing "junkets" for Channel 7, one of my earliest was for the film, "Bullets Over Broadway". A junket is where we as reviewers, are flown to either New York, or Hollywood, watch the movie, then the next morning interview all the principals so we can do a movie review on the air. This time it was New York City. The big star was Woody Allen whom everyone was dreading to interview because he can be quite introspectiive and quiet. But what do I know. When it was my turn, I walked into the suite, thrust out my hand and introduced myself representing the Buffalo/Toronto tv markets. His eyes lit up! Nobody told me Woody Allen was a HUGE basketball fan and immediately replied, "Buffalo Braves!" I said, "Bob McAdoo"..and the conversation started like we knew eatch other for years. I think we mentioned the movie in there somewhere, but since this was one of my first junkets, I just kept talking and remarked how cool the technology was to have all this happening on one floor of a hotel. He looked at me and said, "what do you mean". I proceeded to tell him how all the suites were linked to one control room so all the tapes could be monitored for quality and copied for us to take home. He said, "really?" I said "yeah, you should see it". So he took off his mike, got up and left ! The crew shooting us was just shocked. Woody just got up and left the room to check out the hallway and the other suites where his co-stars were all being interviewed. Nobody could believe it. Apparently this wasn't done. I just sat there listening to walkie-talkies chirping his whereabouts on the floor. Then just as suddenly, he reappeared, replaced his michrophone and said, "You're right!, This really is cool! I never realized the scope of how much organization was needed to make this all happen". "Oh yeah", I replied like a season vet. "It's like this for most junkets".
After Woody's interview I spoke to the other stars including Chaz Palmenteri and Dianne Weist . Off the top of my head I said to Dianne, "You know, they give oscars for roles like this". We both laughed and she said something like, "From your mouth to God's ear..ha-ha". The following spring she accepted the Academy Award for best actress. Funny, huh? xxme