Behind The Scenes At The Telethon

March 24, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Behind The Scenes At The Telethon

March 24, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) The ballroom of the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo is being transformed into a Vegas showroom for the Variety Kids Telethon.

Entertainers Clint Holmes, Terry Buchwald, The Scintas, Mr. Food, along with John Hasselback and the Variety Kids Telethon orchestra are working out all the details for the big Telethon airing Sunday on Channel 7, and streaming LIVE here at

Clint is a Farnham, NY native, and first appeared on the show in the 1960's. He has appeared, and co-hosted in more than 20 of the 50 Variety telethon events. Clint lives in Las Vegas now, where he has been recently booked to appear at the new cultural arts center there the first weekend of every month. Clint had a hit song in 1974, "Playgrounds In My Mind."

The Scinta's are Buffalo natives, who also have a long history with the Telethon. Frank, Joe, and sister Chrissi along with drummer Peter O'Donnell were longtime regulars in the 70's, 80's, and 90's before the family moved to Las Vegas in 2000. While in Vegas, the Scinta family appeared at the Rio, Hilton, and Riviera casinos. Now, the family travels the country bringing their Buffalo style of music and humor to audiences everywhere.

Terry Buchwald is a Lancaster native, and one of the keenest Elvis impersonators in the world. Terry also sings country music. He and his wife Aubrey are now proud parents of a new baby, which brings a whole new meaning to the Telethon experience.

The Telethon orchestra is led by John Hasselback, and includes some of the finest musicians in WNY, including Bobby Militello to name just a few.

Mike Anger, Kevin Chudy, Charlie Smith, Lou Buchheit, and Joe Beato from the hotel are just some of the crew behind the scenes that have been working with Indigo lighting and sound, along with Paul Halsey in the video production truck. It takes thousands of feet of cable and phone lines from Vaspian services to transform the ballroom into a television studio, complete with phones to take pledges.

The cast will perform at the Riviera Theater Saturday night at 7p.m. before the big Telethon Sunday.