WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - So here's a question: what do you call 35 years? How about 'a good start.' We are noting our own Mel Busler has been on the air full-time on WWNY-TV for 35 years.
Of course, Mel is known first for anchoring and reporting sports here at 7 News. With his coverage of high school sports, he has seen generations of athletes come up through the ranks. Safe to say, he's the face of local sports in northern New York.
Did you know Mel did the weather when he was first starting.
But on top of that, Mel is known for his charitable works, starting with the Jerry Lewis Telethon, which he hosted for many years, and including his work with the Disabled Persons Action Organization and Relay for Life, just to name a couple.
We called some of the folks Mel has worked with over the last 35 years and here's what they had to say:
“Mel’s been there for my whole 30 year career. I couldn’t ask for a better friend,” said George Ashcraft, the coach of the Watertown Red and Black football team.
"Mel is just dedicated and gives his heart and soul to the organization. I can't thank him enough," said Don Boshart from the American Cancer Society, for which Mel and his wife, Rose, have been the lead volunteers for Relay For Life for years.
Joe Rich from DPAO said Mel is an ambassador to the public for the organization and one of the big reasons for its success. "He's got a big heart," he said.
Donna White, who runs the Meals on Wheels program at Watertown's Urban Mission said this about Mel: "I don't know what I'd do without him - 20 years, this man has given me four days a week, every week. He comes in the winter, summer, you name it. He's got a kind word for everyone. He has that knack of making people feel special. He doesn't just talk the talk. He walks the walk."