The Legacy of “Commander Tom”

“Commander Tom” debuted on WKBW-TV in 1965 and quickly became a hit with local children. The show featured Jolls in a bright red uniform, hosting a mix of cartoons, skits, and educational segments.

Jolls’ warm, friendly demeanor and love of children made him an instant favorite with viewers. He continued to host “Commander Tom” for over a decade, becoming an icon of Buffalo television.

Tom Jolls, part of Channel 7’s legendary ‘Irv, Rick and Tom’ broadcast team, dies at 89

Remembering Jolls’ Impact

Jolls’ passing has been met with an outpouring of grief and remembrance from fans and colleagues alike. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released a statement mourning Jolls’ loss and praising his contributions to the community.

“Tom Jolls was a beloved figure in Buffalo broadcasting, and his impact on the lives of local children cannot be overstated,” Brown said. “He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.”

Former colleagues also shared their memories of Jolls on social media, with many describing him as a mentor and a friend.

Final Thoughts

Tom Jolls’ impact on Buffalo television and the lives of local children is immeasurable. His legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched as the host of “Commander Tom.”

We extend our deepest condolences to Jolls’ loved ones during this difficult time.

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