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TV stations apparently in no hurry to replace Javad, Shapiro

Who is going to replace WGRZ-TV sportscaster Jonah Javad now that he is heading to Dallas?

It appears that Channel 2 is in no hurry to replace Javad, whose final day at the station after five and a half years was Tuesday.

Channel 2 still has the same number of on-air sports personnel as its rivals – three – in Sports Director Adam Benigni, Stu Boyar and Heather Prusak.

Besides, with the Buffalo Sabres out of the playoff picture and the Buffalo Bills months away from training camp, there probably is no rush to hire a fourth staffer.

By the way, Benigni gave a nice sendoff to Javad Tuesday, noting he has grown so much since coming to the station that he is headed to the No. 5 TV market in the country.

TV personalities Shapiro, Javad headed for new adventure in Dallas

Inquiring minds also want to know: Who is going to replace Javad's girlfriend, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Nalina Shapiro, whose last day at the CBS affiliate is today?

Channel 4 officials are being tight-lipped about who is going to replace Shapiro on the 5:30 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts.

The way these things usually go is either Jacquie Walker or Don Postles will work the 5:30 p.m. newscast until a permanent hire is made. If I were a betting man, I'd say Walker will handle the extra 30 minutes anchoring.

The most likely temporary replacement for Shapiro at 10 p.m. is Callan Gray, whose does the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts.

It is unclear if the station has or will hire someone to replace Shapiro on a permanent basis but whoever does will have a tough assignment.

Talk about embarrassing: Someone should get Channel 2 weekend anchor Ron Plants a program guide. At the end of the newscast around 11:30 p.m. for the past two Saturday nights, Plants has told viewers to stay tuned for "Saturday Night Live."

I laughed the first Saturday when it was clear he didn't realize his own network, NBC, was carrying more Winter Olympics coverage instead of "SNL." But then Plants did the same thing again the following Saturday, when "SNL" was again replaced by the Olympics.

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