Without a doubt, Maria Genero is one of my favorite people! She was my confidant, voice of reason, and secret-keeper when we worked together. My fellow ‘Falls Girl”. She is about as down to earth as they come, despite basically being a movie star, super model and overall fabulous broadcaster all in one.
She’s one of the people I miss most from my days at Channel Two!
So, I asked her to catch us all up on what she’s been up to. She talks about her love for animals, her time on a movie set, and of course, what makes her Totally Buffalo. I also asked her some fun questions and in typical Maria fashion, she evaded a few. 🙂
We still love her.
Here’s our Spotlight on Maria Genero.
Q: How are you? What’s the latest in your life? Dating? ?
A: Doing great…Dating??? No, found I was allergic to it 😉
Q: Tell us one thing that people may not know about you? Come on…..
A: Hmm… Get back to you on that one 😉
Q: You’ve been in television broadcasting for a while – what are some of changes you have seen?
A: Technology Mary, technology has changed everything in every business especially television. And like everything in life there is good and bad with change. So many jobs have been eliminated due to the new technology, that’s the bad, heck, you can produce, report and anchor a newscast from your home now. But the good is the instant access you now have to deliver information. When I started in television you had an a.p. wire and a typewriter (ha really dating myself now) So obviously, things have changed dramatically.
Q: You’re basically a movie star! What was it like to film Striptease and Evil Never Dies? Any good stories?
A: Striptease??? “Holy Shit!” ha (that was my line in that movie) Yeah, that was a fun thing to do. Burt Reynolds couldn’t have been nicer, down to earth and just nice. But I have to tell you Mary, for anyone who thinks they want to go to Hollywood and work in the movies, know this.. The amount of time you have to sit and wait, and wait and wait is amazing. That tiny little scene ended up being 3 days! Things on a movie set move very slowly, I now understand why so many actors sometimes get into “trouble” while on the set. Way too much idle time. But glad I experienced it.
Q: What do you think about Buffalo’s resurgence? Maybe the Falls will follow their lead?
A: Now, wouldn’t that be nice! Being born and raised in Niagara Falls, It bothers me to see where the city is now because I can remember when it was vibrant and healthy. But the one thing Niagara Falls has that can NEVER be taken away, is the Falls itself. And as long as that beautiful, world famous waterfall is in that city, there is hope.
Q: You left the business for a while and came back – did you miss it?
A: Yes, I did…and then again I didn’t. I love broadcasting, I just celebrated my 30 year anniversary of being in television. 30 years!!!! OMG~ What the heck!!! ha! But there are other things in my life that I am passionate about, so when I took a break, I started working in a areas I have always admired, jewelry repair and design was one and really enjoyed that. I also got my license in real estate, I just think it’s best to have a few interests and skills handy, cause you never know what life is going to throw at you.
Q: Tell us a bit about your time in LA and Miami. Which did you like better? Any epic stories?
A: I was not a big fan of LA, that whole scene just didn’t fit with me. Miami however, that was another story. I LOVED Miami, I loved the weather, (the hotter the better) I loved the people of Miami, the whole lifestyle appealed to me. Miami was wonderful, it was one big party until Hurricane Andrew… August 24 1992, then everything changed. Hurricane Andrew hit and I have never seen, nor do I ever want to see, anything like that again. I always thought it would be exciting and fascinating to experience a hurricane, and while it was, it was also the scariest event I have ever lived through. Wow, wow, wow, not only was that a hurricane, but a cat. 5 hurricane. It devastated the area, everything was gone, everything changed, it actually was like a bomb went off. And the slow, slow recovery after a storm of that magnitude was just so depressing. A true depression fell over that whole city, it was a sobering experience. I was able to fly over S. Miami in a helicopter after the storm, and you couldn’t recognize it. Everything was gone, everything! I have never seen anything like that, nor do I ever want to see it again. That was an epic experience with an epic storm.
Q: You are beloved here in WNY and basically a legend in Niagara Falls – people adore you – how does that make you feel?
A: Awh, how nice…Well if that’s so, it truly makes me feel good. But you know what…The other day someone came up to me and said, Hey, aren’t you Maria? I like you on the weather, but what I really like about you is how you are trying to help animals. Now, THAT Mary, that made me feel GREAT!
Q: I know you’re passionate about animals – when did that start and why?
A: Pretty much the day I was born, I have ALWAYS had a love for animals, not only domestic animals but ALL animals. I would say it was about 10 years ago that I became more engaged in animal rights and animal welfare. After learning the truth about our food industry I decided to become vegetarian, I also became more involved in working with area rescue groups. It so bothers me to see what we are doing to our world and our environment. We ALL have a right to be here on this earth. Animal welfare and the environment is a true passion of mine, and one I hope I can become even more involved in.
I truly can see me working with animals one day when my career in broadcasting is over. One day John Beard and I were talking about where we would be in about 10 years. I said, I think you will find me shoveling poo at the zoo. 😉
Q: I know family is very important to you – has that always been the case?
A: Nope… hahaha only kidding Of course I love my family, they are the reason I moved back to Buffalo
Q: What makes you Totally Buffalo?
A: Refer to question above. Born, raised and will always be totally Buffalo, (okay WNY) it’ my blood.
You can find Maria doing weather on the weekend Daybreak shows on Channel Two where she sits alongside the fabulous, Heather Ly!
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