Bill Stachowiak is the Chief Engineer here at Mix 96, and for all four of the stations at Townsquare Media, Buffalo.  In my almost-20-years in radio, I've not worked with a more skilled engineer, and most people don't know how day-to-day operations here depend on the engineering staff.

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Bill has been blind since birth, and his faithful companion and guide dog, Piper, has been an integral part of not only Bill's life, but also all of ours here.  Whenever we're having a tough day, one rub of Piper's belly (when he's not "working", of course), and the day is reset.   Piper has been with Bill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for the past 9 years.  At the age of 11, it's now time for Piper to retire.

Bill will be training with a new dog next week, and we're sure the new dog will be just as sweet, smart, loving, and incredible as Piper.  But there'll never be another Piper, that's for sure.  A few of us wished Piper well for his last day.  Grab the tissues, dog-lovers, and enjoy Piper's last day here at Townsquare Media.

Piper was trained by Freedom Guide Dogs, and his replacement is coming from them too! Learn more about this great group here.


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