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It is fair to say that former Buffalo Coach Rex Ryan would rather be at St. John Fisher College today preparing for the start of the Bills training camp than in Los Angeles in front of the nation's television critics to talk about his new role as a football analyst on ESPN. In a wide-ranging, 30-minute telephone interview prior to the Los Angeles news conference, a refl…

If you are one of the viewers who were disappointed that Grit TV disappeared from one of WUTV's digital channels, 29.3, be advised that you can now catch the channel on one of WKBW-TV's digital channels, 7.4. You may have to reprogram your digital tuner to get it. A reader noted that there has been a problem with closed captioning. Channel 7 General Manager Michael N…

This could be the rare year the Williamsville Central School District's Wall of Fame induction ceremony could attract national attention. I suspect it may be an extreme long shot, but the woman Ben Affleck has been romantically linked with is being honored on the wall during an Oct. 27 breakfast at the Park Country Club. Numerous gossip reporters have romantically li…

Inquiring minds want to know: Where is WIVB-TV sportscaster Tom Martin headed? Unless there is a last-minute snag, I am hearing that Martin is headed to Kansas City, the No. 33 TV market in the country, after his Channel 4 contract expires in mid-August. That's a TV market 20 spots ahead of Buffalo. It also is where former Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy is workin…

A Cheektowaga native who has worked in small television markets in Maine and Georgia has been hired by WKBW-TV (Channel 7) to be a sports reporter and backup sports anchor. Jenna Callari, currently a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at WLTZ in Columbus, Ga., will be the replacement for Nick Filipowski, who is leaving Channel 7 at the end of the month. Columbus …

This is what I'm thinking: The anchor of WKBW-TV's (Channel 7) 11 p.m. Sunday newscast might have looked familiar to veteran local TV news watchers. Lia Lando was a temporary anchor at WIVB-TV (Channel 4) seven years ago after anchor-reporter Lisa Flynn left the station. Lando, a former Rochester anchor, co-anchored 5:30 p.m. weekdays on Channel 4 and at 10 p.m. o…

My ears were burning during Channel 2 sports anchor Jonah Javad's commentary on the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast. He didn't mention my name, but he seemed to be responding to my view that he overreacted to a harmless tweet by former Buffalo Bill cornerback Stephon Gilmore about "finally" getting more TV time now that he is a New England Patriot. After showing a shorter …

Four University at Buffalo mathletes will try to make some reality show history on Sunday night and some Western New York food and transportation history will be on display Monday night. The Mathletes – that's their team name – from UB are one of six teams competing in Sunday's two-hour season finale of the NBC reality show, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge." It ai…

WIVB-TV sports reporter and anchor Tom Martin is ending his strong two-year run at the CBS affiliate in August after his contract runs out. Martin, who arrived here in August of 2015 after spending two years at a Lafayette, La. station, immediately impressed and apparently has attracted the attention of a bigger market. In a brief telephone interview, Martin confirme…

It's been almost two months since anchor Scott Levin left WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) and sports director Adam Benigni has primarily taken his role alongside co-anchor Maryalice Demler. However, there hasn't been any decision on whether Benigni will be permanently named to the job as the Buffalo Bills season and the new TV season nears in September. Normally, you would expec…

Jonah Javad got some national attention this week after he over-reacted Monday to a harmless tweet by former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who now is a member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Channel 2 sportscaster Heather Prusak delivered some self-congratulations for the station Tuesday, noting how many likes and retweets Javad's story received. Ja…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) reporter and anchor Hannah Buehler is about to get increased visibility on the station. She will be the anchor or host of a new 7 p.m. news program, "The Now," that Channel 7 will be premiering in September in conjunction with its owner, E.W. Scripps Co. Aaron Mentkowski will do the weather and a reporter to be named will also be part of the program.…

After almost a year since Teresa Weakley left WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate has announced her permanent replacement on the morning newscast "Wake Up!" Melanie Orlins, who most recently anchored the morning news at a Fox affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa., will join the station July 27 and become Jordan Williams' co-anchor on the morning newscast sometime after that. She will als…

Danny Neaverth looks at joining WECK Radio (AM 1230 and FM 102.9) as a chance to entertain more listeners than just his wife. Harv Moore cracked he would pay owner Buddy Shula just to get out of the house. Gail Ann Huber thought her radio days were over until Shula, her friend of nearly 30 years, called. Neaverth, Moore, Huber and former "AM Buffalo" co-host Jon S…

It is time for some car talk. William Fichtner was a very busy man before he arrived in Buffalo to make his directorial debate in the film "Cold Brook." The film has been percolating for some time. I vaguely recall Fichtner telling me about it years ago in an interview in Los Angeles. Before prepping the film, Fichtner was named one of the hosts of a new U.S. version…