Veteran Channel 4 sports anchor and reporter Paul Peck is planning to leave the station to go into the financial services industry, sources have told stilltalkintv.
Peck, who has been with the CBS affiliate for 24 years and has become increasingly valuable, couldn’t be reached for comment. But sources have told this blog that Peck told General Manager Chris Musial last week that he is leaving the station.
According to the same sources, Peck is joining Axa Advisors in Willaiamsville. He will continue his duties as the radio voice of the University at Buffalo football team.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Paul Vecchio, UB’s Senior Associate Athletic Director. “I think he’s terrific.”
According to sources, Peck has become increasingly frustrated about the diminished role that sports has in Channel 4’s news coverage. Peck and sports director John Murphy are the only on-air sports staffers at the station. When both are on vacation or busy in their play-by-play roles, the station often uses news staffers to anchor the sports segments.
With Peck gone shortly, that practice is expected to become more widespread.
Ironically, Peck couldn’t be reached for comment because this morning he is accepting an award at Medaille College as sportscaster of the year. Medaille also is Musial’s alma mater and he was at the same luncheon to watch his son, Chris Musial Jr., be honored as Alumni of the Year. The younger Musial works at Roswell Park.