Owner of Firstwebcam.com, Jeffrey Hoffman is a 1966 graduate of Nichols School in Buffalo, New York; received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970, and Masters credits in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. He has lectured at Buffalo State College and was an accredited freelance sports photographer for the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and Buffalo Braves.
Working over 30 years in his family's printing business, Hoffman published Buffalo's first four-color, sports magazine, Buffalo Fan between 1975 and 1978; and then, converted it to Bflo, the area's first city magazine, till 1981. For his work Hoffman received the Pittsburgh Press Club's Golden Quill Award in 1980.
In 1975, Hoffman gained respect nationally, when he dressed then Buffalo Bills superstar, O.J. Simpson in a three piece suit for one of his magazine's covers. Both the Chicago Tribune and later, Hertz Rent-A-Car bought use of the photo, and it is generally regarded as the first attempt to show professional athletes that as multi-millionaires, they needed to start dressing for success.
In 1983, with owner Bob Rich, Jr.'s support, Hoffman brought Buffalo Bison baseball back to radio and did color and some play-by-play with good friend Pete Weber, now the longtime voice of the Nashville Predators in the NHL. In 1986, Hoffman returned to western New York from Tampa, Florida to become Sports Director at WWKB Radio. Doing both morning and afternoon drive time reports, Hoffman was also KB's first evening sports talk host from 6pm to 7pm during the week.
But perhaps least known about him is that in 1981, Hoffman created, wrote, and then sold to American Airlines the very first in-flight video ever to air on commercial flights. The video, about Deer Valley, Utah…the last great ski resort built in the United States, was shown for over two years on all of American's wide body flights in the U.S., Hawaii and Europe and was viewed by millions of intrigued passengers. In 2001, after retirement in south Florida for nearly a decade, Hoffman returned to Buffalo, his birthplace, to study and, then, develop truly "live" webcam applications.
In the sixteen years since their inception, Hoffman's live webcam sites have gone from nothing to over 3.2 million page views per year…This site, FirstWebcam.com, is the portal for all this web development and new technology, pointing these millions of visitors to cam sites in Aspen, Colorado, Rochester, and Buffalo, New York. For that, and other reasons, in 2005 Hoffman received a coveted BETA (Buffalo Emerging Technology Award) in the New Media category, going up against such powerhouses as WKBW TV (ABC) and WNED TV (Public Broadcasting).
In 2016, after adding a second live webcam on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo's primary walking and shopping district, yearly visitors to Buffalowebcam, alone passed the two million mark.