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Hong Exiting Channel 4 and Broadcasting

Channel 4 morning and noon anchor Victoria Hong will be the next personality at the station to walk out the door of the Elmwood Avenue studios.

Victoria Hong: Joining Delaware North

Hong confirmed this afternoon that she will be leaving the broadcasting business to become the director of communications at the Delaware North Companies as soon as Channel 4 allows her to leave. That is the same business where her husband, Vito Buscemi, works as director of marketing for Sportservice.

The move is sure to be a headache for Channel 4 management, since Hong has been a long-time anchor for Channel 4’s morning program “Wake Up!”

She started her Buffalo career in 1993 at Channel 4, briefly left for Philadelphia and then spent about seven years at Channel 2 before returning to Channel 4 to become the morning co-anchor in 2003. She has most recently co-anchored the morning progam with Joe Arena.

“I’m very appreciative of my time at Channel 4, they took me at a serious time in my life,” said Hong. “I’m getting older and it’s time for a new adventure.”

Like sports director John Murphy, Hong is negotiating with Channel 4 for a date that she can leave. Unlike Murphy, she is leaving the broadcasting business entirely.

“My kids are getting older (ages 14 and almost 12) and I have to think about what I’m doing to pay for college,” said Hong. “With the (broadcasting) business the way it is, I wanted to do something that I was excited about as I have been about doing. This is a dream job for me. You are like a kid in a candy store working for Delaware North if you are a writer or a journalist.

“They have sports, resorts, parks and casinos,” said Hong. “A (Forbes 400) business in Buffalo owned by the Jacobs family, who are wonderful people. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”



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7 responses to "Hong Exiting Channel 4 and Broadcasting"

  1. Dave says:

    Sorry to see Hong go, but Channel 4 has been a disaster, especially the Wake Up show. I haven’t watched since the days of Chuck Gurney, Lisa Hovenden and Ryan Andrews. LOL! I had to look it up. It’s been a while.

  2. Well, that’s a blow.

    Hong was certainly the most identifiably Asian-American personality in the Buffalo market (I don’t know if Heather Ly at channel 2 has Asian ethnicity or if it’s just an Asian sounding name). In a station trying to rebuild its diversity (and I don’t necessarily agree that it’s always positive), her departure is a setback.

    So, I’m assuming, at least for the time being, that Nalina Shapiro is moving back to the anchor chair until they hire someone else (which, as Emily Smith found out, could be a very long time)?

  3. Doug says:

    Director of communications: new adventure; kid in a candy store? Does she actually know how boring that job really is?

    Its all about the money – I bet her kids will have some scholarship money coming their way though.

  4. Tina says:

    It seems as if everyone and Channel 4 is getting out before they get kicked out. Maybe she saw the writing on the wall and knew her time was limited as well. After all, she may be making a bit more money than the newer hires. Jackie Walker better watch her back, i have a feeling she may be next.

  5. Sorry to see Victoria leave Channel 4. I always enjoy her work there but congrats to her on the move. She might want to research Delaware North a bit more before she gets there…they are not on the Fortune 500. That’s for public companies and they are privately held

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