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.
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.”