Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia will be taking over mornings on WBEN as popular longtime host Sandy Beach passes the mantle.
“WBEN talk show host Sandy Beach is leaving the station at the end of the month. Entercom, the parent company of NewsRadio 930, shared the news with employees Wednesday. An internal memo did not say that Beach is retiring from radio or mention how his popular 9 a.m. to noon time slot will be filled,” reported WKBW Buffalo.
Bellavia served in both the first and second tour of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On one instance, placed in a position to protect his fellow soldiers, Bellavia singlehandedly cleared a house of five insurgents pinning down his team with heavy machinegun fire.
During a speaking event at the Lockport Palace Theatre covered by this publication earlier in the year, Bellavia remarked, “It was the moment all soldiers really wait for and I just happened to get that opportunity. Although, 99 out of 100 times it wouldn’t have gone the way that it did.”
Remarkably, stemming from this event, Bellavia holds the title of only living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq War.
In a report from radioink.com, Bellavia discussed his new role on WBEN, “I have a deep respect for Sandy Beach and am truly humbled to have my own program on WBEN,” said Bellavia.
He added, “My goal is to completely reinvent how local talk radio is perceived and make WBEN the place where Buffalo comes together to start their day.”