Monday, May 14, 2007

Our weekly series on cool media folks - Meet Chris Bandura

We've remarked on numerous occasions how great it is to work with and interact with the Buffalo Sabres' media department. They are all top notch professionals, easy to work with, and responsive to our needs.

Media Relations Coordinator Chris Bandura is a key part of that team. But we knew Chris before he joined the Sabres. He held the same position with the Rochester Americans prior to his "call up" to Buffalo. Living in West Seneca, he commuted every day to Rochester, putting in huge hours not only with the long ride, but also the time that such a job demands.

In February 2005, we did a nine day USRT journey through New England, and one of the stops was Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, and the only day we could fit that one in was the skills competition of the AHL All Star Game. We contacted Chris, and he was only too eager to jump through hoops for us to make sure we got credentialed for the event. Sure enough... Chris gets a hold of Jason Chaimovitz, the PR guy at the AHL, and bam! Our tags under the Sports and Leisure Magazine banner were waiting for us at the door. Looking at the media seating chart that day, we knew there was no other media outlet in attendance who was smaller or less significant than we were.

Go to a morning skate, a team practice or postgame, and Chris is at everyone's service. "Who you need to talk to?", he asks. "Can I help with anything?" This is just the kind of guy he is.

Chris travels with the team to all their road games, and also handles the Buffalo media corps who goes with the team. We had the chance to cover six road games this season, and Chris handled our needs and requests promptly each time.

We are always grateful to Chris Bandura for his support, his good cheer, and for doing his job according to the title - media relations. That is something we will always appreciate in Chris!

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