Tonawanda News — He has become so entrenched in the community that he has become almost as big a name as the athletes he covers - and in some cases more so, like when a young Wayne Gretzky stopped during a practice to introduce himself to the “Mr. Kilgore” he’d watched growing up in Ontario.
A book like this is worth its cover price for the anecdotes it contains, and Kilgore delivers plenty of them. Not many people, after all, can claim to have been at both of the Sabres’ Stanley Cup losses and all four Bills Super Bowl losses. But those lows were preceded by plenty of highs, and he has a ton of inside information to impart, including calling the Sabres’ shot in firing Punch Imlach and nearly being beaten up by former Bills GM Bill Polian.
This book is well put-together and is like Baby Bear’s porridge — just right, long enough to deliver a full story, yet short enough not to feel like the author was simply trying to fill pages. The writing is crisp and clear, and the stories it contains are lively and read as though one were at the bar with Kilgore spinning yarns over a cold one.
The media industry as a whole is vastly different than when Kilgore first got into it. People like him — who devote their lives and careers to one community — won’t be around much longer in a business that values the cheapest possible personnel and nomad talents seeking their one big story to propel them to a bigger market. Broadcasters like him, quite literally, aren’t made anymore.
Kilgore is one of a handful of Buffalo broadcasters Western New Yorkers are lucky to have had for so long. And anyone who’s ever enjoyed — or been annoyed by — one of his broadcasts would be well-served to read his book.
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