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Benigni might consider replacing Levin as WGRZ news anchor

What a difference a month appears to have made for Channel 2 sports anchor Adam Benigni.

After filling in for news anchor Scott Levin last month at the request of General Manager Jim Toellner, Benigni said he didn't plan to join Channel 7 anchor Jeff Russo in making a permanent switch from sports to news.

"It is not something I thought about doing long range, but if I can help them out once in a while, that is fine," Benigni said in March.

Benigni, who has spent almost 20 years at Channel 2 covering sports, added he wanted "to mix it up a little" and added "it is fun to get out of your comfort zone."

He was back in Levin's anchor seat Monday, leaving Stu Boyar to report on the Buffalo Sabres' locker room cleanout day. That got me thinking that Benigni might be reassessing his stance after Levin's recent announcement that he was leaving after the May sweeps to work in management for a local car dealer.

Asked in a private Twitter message about his Monday appearance alongside co-anchor Kelly Dudzik, Benigni certainly appeared to be considering changing his stance.

He replied that he was going to fill in for Levin all week.

"This was planned when they first asked me to sub well before the announcement that he was leaving," added Benigni. "Nice to have a week full of reps, picking up something new every show. Had no idea Scott was leaving when we last spoke. If there were an opportunity here, I would be open to talking about it… . But this is a scheduled fill in. Too early to speculate on future."

As a sports guy, Benigni knows that it is never too early to speculate on the future.

Benigni certainly looked to be more in his comfort zone Monday alongside Dudzik and on the Channel 2 roof with weathercaster Maria Genero. He just might be the comfortable answer for Toellner when he replaces Levin.

Adam Benigni easing back to work on Channel 2

While we are on the sports beat, Channel 4 sports anchor Tom Martin deserves some praise for breaking the news last week that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo was out of the hospital after being in intensive care. Martin has been an impressive addition to the station.

On the other hand, a Channel 4 sports report Sunday, when Shannon Shepherd was anchoring, after the Sabres season finale loss to Tampa Bay included a misleading clip in which Sabres star Jack Eichel was supposedly sounding off about his disappointment.

The report made it appear that Eichel was talking about the Tampa Bay loss, when the interview was actually done after a loss a few days earlier. Not fair. The timing of the interview needed to be made clearer.


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