Bob Buchanan Dies, 1933-2007

By Greg Catlin

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 9, 2007 at 12:30 AM EDT

Bob Buchanan was a fixture here on WBNG-TV, best remembered for giving viewers the weather every night.

His son Dan says his father loved this community, and the people responded.

"Well, I think he was a sincere person and they saw that when he gave the weather, with the news, he's been a part of the community for many, many years," says son Dan Buchanan.

Bob worked here at WBNG-TV for some 30 years.

He started in radio in his hometown of Elmira, and moved his family to Binghamton in the 1960's when he landed his TV job.

In the early days, Bob worked here with Bernard Fionte, who's still reporting for WNBF radio.

"Bob was a wonderful guy and he was a sweet guy, but if you told him that he'd slug you. I'm only kidding but he did, he put on, he liked to put on this sort of tough guy attitude," says Fionte.

He was opinionated, sometimes grumpy and stubborn.

But, to those who knew him, Bob was a nice guy.

Just ask his family.

"He was just willing to help anybody. He was a very giving, loving person. I always said growing up he would give the shirt off his back to anybody who needed it. That was the type of person he was," says daughter Chris Allis.

And he loved his job, this TV business.

His family says it was a joy for him to be able to do it for so many years.

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