Dan Lesniak, Creator of WADV
Welcome to the new home of WADV FM radio. When my late husband Dan and I started the radio station in 1962, we had a vision of new, exciting technology combined with fantastic music and real, down-to-earth DJs and announcers.
That vision, alongside what felt like a close friendship with all of our listeners over the years made WADV FM Stereo Radio a fixture in so many homes in Buffalo, New York.
Whether you are an old fan, or someone discovering the freshness and excitement of vintage radio for the first time, I would like to invite you to explore the history of WADV FM.
Nancy Lee Lesniak, July 25th, 2012
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Thanks to ForgottenBuffalo for the video tribute!
Nancy Lee and Dan Lesniak inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame - 2001
"DAN & NANCY LESNIAK created the last of the Buffalo radio stations spotlighting the Golden Era of American Music. WADV-FM was the groundbreaking station that became a touchstone for lovers of classic pop music through the 1960s and '70s. The Lesniaks instituted an outstandingly smooth and intelligent on-air presentation that featured genuine personalities instead of bloodless automation. Among the great WADV voices were Fred Klestine, Rick Bennett, Jerry Glenn, Bernie Sandler, Pat Vincent, Ken Ruof and Jack Horohoe. On the technical side, WADV also was Upstate New York's first FM stereo station in 1962. Dan & Nancy Lesniak's ownership of WADV was preceded by Dan's longtime radio career, both on the air and in sales and management. Dan Lesniak died in 1982. The Broadcast Pioneers honor the Lesniaks for their staunch dedication to classic radio."