Bauerle and Bellavia
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Born in Buffalo, Tom attended Kenmore-Tonawanda Schools, and graduated magna cum laude and as an Academic All-American and a member of Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY/Buffalo in 1987 with a BA in communication and history. At UB, Tom was privileged to attend several classes taught by the inimitable Bruce Jackson and Milton Plesur, and noted historian William Allen.
During his senior year at Kenmore East in 1981, Tom began his radio career. The following year, Tom was hired as a news anchor/reporter by WGR News Director Don Dussias, and also served as a locker room reporter for WGR's broadcasts of the Buffalo Sabres. In 1983, Tom began his talk radio career on WGR's "Extension 55" after John Otto left for KB Radio, and in 1987 became WGR's afternoon drive host. In 1989 Tom moved to Tampa and worked with talk radio legends Jay Marvin and Nancy "Fabulous Sports Babe" Donnellan. Later that year Tom was hired by KMOX in St. Louis, and spent 2 years there before returning to Buffalo to become morning drive host of "Breakfast with Bauerle" on WGR.
In 2000, WGR changed to an all-sports format, and Tom and Chris "The Bulldog" Parker pioneered the "guy talk" format with the hilarious "Bauerle and The Bulldog" program. Hilarious or disgusting, depending on your point of view! In 2002 Tom returned to his news/talk roots and became the host of WBEN's 3 PM - 7 Noon program. "Bauerle" covers a lot of ground, with a strong focus on the War on Terror and National Security, important community issues and fun topics.
Bauerle is known as a tough interviewer with eclectic interests and a rambunctious sense of humor. Tom has been cited by "Talkers" magazine as one of the "100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America." He has appeared on NBC's "Today," and Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" and "Hannity and Colmes."
David Bellavia (born November 10, 1975) is an American Iraq War veteran who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Bellavia has also received the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. He has also been nominated for the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. In 2005, Bellavia was inducted into the New York Veterans' Hall of Fame. He has subsequently been involved with politics in Western New York State. Bellavia was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire and the University at Buffalo.