BMHOF Class of 2004
Doug Ruffin is a native Buffalonian who has been actively involved in Buffalo media for over 10 years. Doug's journey in media began in 1989 as one of the original pioneers of Buffalo Public Access Television under Sunship Communications as a volunteer and community producer. He then left Buffalo to attend college at The New York Institute of Technology in Long Island, New York where he would eventually receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Communication Arts in December of 1993.
Upon returning to the city of Buffalo in 1994, Doug began his career by working through an 8 week studio/field training program at WKBW-TV Channel 7, As a part time Studio Camera / Master Control Operator/ Studio Grip at WNED Channel 17 and a Chryron Operator at WIVB Channel 4. In 1996 Doug worked as a Production Assistant / Videographer / Editor and Studio Coordinator at the Empire Sports Network in West Seneca, New York. In 1997 Doug took a job at Buffalo Public Access Television as a Production Trainer and later became Director of Operations. Today Doug works as an On-Air personality at 93.7 VVBLK FM. Doug transitioned to radio in April 2000 and has hosted The Quiet Storm, The Gospel Hour, Jazz Flavors and The Overnighta
Throughout his career Doug has also worked independently through his own production company JET-SET ENTERTAINMENT and has produced various programs on Buffalo's Public Access Channel such as:
The Dream Team Television Comedy Series (1991995) Power To The People - The Black Panther Party (1994) PHARAOH - The legacy of King Tut. (1995)
Two of Doug's most noteworthy productions was BUILD - Of The Community and For The Community. An award winning 8 part documentary series on the history of the Build Organization, A civil rights organization which existed in Buffalo's African - American community from the 19C0's to the 1980's and BCTV TONIGHT a community affairs magazine which highlighted events, individuals, organizations and businesses in Buffalo's African American Community.
Doug has video taped and aired live performance buffalo bands for several years, covering all genre's of music from rock to jazz and everything in between. Using Public access and a means to deliver a cross cultural approach on his shows, exposing all walks of life to each others music and styles with the hope to help young musicians and singers ;n there quest for success. It should also be noted his support of the various charitable affair and promotion of these events to help make them successful is a rare quality.
In the summer of 2002, Doug founded The Community Media Project. A media literacy program geared towards youth which not only provides career exploration in the media industry but also engages the students in the actual production of an original C.M.P. documentary titled "In Search of Community". The C.M.P. provides the students with hands-on exposure to state of the art digital video and non-linear editing as well as field trips to television/radio stations and production companies. The C.M.P. is funded by The New York State Department of Labor, Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation and The YWCA of Western New York.
Over the years Doug has also been active in many community organizations. From 1998 to 2002 Doug served on the Juneteenth Board of Directors as festival co-coordinator and co-chair of the public relations committee. Doug is also a member of The Afro-American Historical Association of The Niagara Frontier, The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Student Awareness Tour committee, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and St. John's Lodge #16 Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons.
Today Doug continues to be active in his profession between television and radio. IIe produces his own show titled "The Doug Ruffin Show" which currently airs on the Buffalo Public Access Channel 20. He is also the President & CEO of Doug Ruffin Enterprises, A Digital Video & TV Production Company. He also assists in operating a teen radio station. Doug's future goals are to expand on a national scale by producing documentaries and other productions and programs which will contribute to more positive images of African-Americans..
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