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NBC Nightly News airs heartwarming adoption piece featuring Buffalo doctor

This is what I’m thinking:

“NBC Nightly News” carried a beautiful, heartwarming, emotional story Tuesday night about a young girl named Chekina from Africa who was adopted by Buffalo Dr. Greg Daniel.

The “Making a Difference” piece by Ann Curry that ended the newscast was an update of her previous story about Chekina, whose parents were killed more than a year ago.

“It literally brought tears to my eyes,” said Dr. Daniel of Curry's earlier story.

Then the divorced father of four went through a lengthy adoption procedure to get through red tape -- that included two trips to Africa -- to bring the girl to his beautiful home in Western New York.

Curry said the girl now is a fan of selfies, Lady Gaga and the movie “Frozen.” Chekina then started singing “Let It Go” in front of the reporter.

If you watch it now, it might literally bring tears to your eyes as well.

If the name Dr. Daniel sounds familiar, it may be because the native of Trinidad and his East Amherst home were featured in an article by Michelle Kearns  in the Buffalo News.

His own story would be worthy of a network feature.

The Kearns article noted that Dr. Daniel came to the U.S. from Trinidad at age 17, arrived in Buffalo for his medical residency and founded an urgent care company Western New York Immediate Care in 2007. He sold it in 2012.

Western New York once again proved to be horse racing country Saturday. Channel 2 was the No. 11-ranked NBC affiliate Saturday for the network coverage of the Kentucky Derby. It averaged a 14.5 rating for the network coverage from 6:15 p.m. to 7:02 p.m. of the two-minute race. The rating peaked at a 16.3 during the race won by American Pharoah and slipped to a 13.8 for post-race coverage in the first quarter hour after that.

To put the race coverage in perspective, the 47 minutes had a higher rating locally than Diane Sawyer’s two-hour interview with Bruce Jenner. The Jenner interview had a 9.7 live rating here that grew to a 12.8.with viewing up to seven days later.

The excellent 90-minute CBS prime time special on David Letterman Monday had a strong 8.3 rating on Monday on Channel 4 and won the night here. Letterman’s interview with President Obama that night also gave his late-night program an impressive-sized victory over “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Letterman’s program had a 5.0 rating on Channel 4, while Fallon’s show had a 3.5 rating on Channel 2.

Of course, you would expect more people would tune in to Letterman’s final dozen shows than have been tuning in lately.

The host didn’t go for many laughs with the President until the end of the program, when they both playfully discussed what they would do after they retire.

apergament@buffnews.com

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