John Murphy is a name that needs almost no explanation – he is synonymous with Buffalo sports and especially WNY’s pride and joy, the Buffalo Bills.
The Lockport native began his broadcast career in radio, serving as Sports Director for WBEN-AM in 1984 and hosting a show on that station for more than a decade. He made the jump to television at WKBW-TV, succeeding Rick Azar, and joined the team of Irv Weinstein and Tom Jolls at the anchor desk. Murphy served as WKBW-TV’s Sports Director until his departure from the station in 2007. Eventually, Murphy moved across the street to join the team at WIVB-TV in 2008 as Sports Director. He left that post to work full time for the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
Murphy is best known as the voice of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network and host of One Bills Live on WGR-AM and MSG Western New York. He has been play-by-play announcer of the Buffalo Bills since 2003. He has served as commentator for nearly every team in town including the Buffalo Bisons, Canisius College Golden Griffins, UB’s Buffalo Bulls, and the Niagara University Purple Eagles.
Murphy is married to former news reporter Mary Travers Murphy, and has two sons. It’s thought that John and Mary Murphy were the first married couple to work together in the Buffalo television market.