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Steve Cichon, a veteran radio broadcaster and historian who lost a race for Erie County clerk in November, has been named news director at WECK-AM/FM (AM 1230/FM 102.9). He replaces John Zach, who left the station two weeks ago for reasons that remain unclear. Like Zach, Cichon worked for years at WBEN before leaving in 2013. Starting Monday, he will anchor the ne…

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This is what I'm thinking: Channel 4 may want to reconsider the decision to carry a 6:30 p.m. newscast on sister station WNLO-TV opposite the national network newscasts. The newscast co-anchored by Dave Greber and Christy Kern averaged a 0.65 rating for the first four weeks and it doesn't appear to be growing. It hit a high of a 1.0 rating in the second week and fell…

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I was reminded why I love "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie on Valentine's Day. Guthrie, who has taken a larger role on the popular NBC morning show since Matt Lauer was fired for sexual harassment, can do it all – hard news, soft news and celebrity news. While Guthrie and co-host Hoda Kotb were interviewing gold medal snowboard winner Shaun White Wednesday morning, I…

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How the Buffalo Sabres will fare without Jack Eichel isn't a question relating to only the team's play on the ice. It also is a question for its TV ratings, which already are down significantly from a year ago in this disappointing season. Before Buffalo's surprising 5-3 home win Tuesday over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, the Sabres were averaging a 5.2 rat…

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John Zach has been found, but the veteran radio newsman isn't saying much about his abrupt departure from WECK (1230 AM and 102.9 FM) more than a week ago. After being told that readers were concerned that he might be ill after his mysterious disappearance from the station, Zach returned a telephone call to say he is well. "I am perfectly fine," said Zach. He didn…

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Depending on who your friends are, you might have thought interest in NBC's coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics from South Korea isn't very high in Western New York. Nielsen says otherwise. People might not be talking about these Games as they have about past Games, but they are watching the competition in big numbers for network television these days. WGRZ-TV, C…

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LOS ANGELES -- Buffalo native Bennett Graebner is going to the Olympics. The City Honors graduate is a key player in "The Bachelor Winter Games," which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WKBW-TV. Graebner already has won a ratings gold medal as one of three showrunners of "The Bachelor," which keeps humming on ABC after years of romance, hot tubs and controversy. ABC …

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Ever since WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor-reporter Jonah Javad announced he was leaving for a job in Dallas, the question was what impact that would have on his girlfriend, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor-reporter Nalina Shapiro. Shapiro is now giving Channel 4 colleagues and friends the story. She recently began telling them she plans to leave Channel 4 after the end …

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Oh, Canada. Your television stations are so glorious during the Olympics and free over-the air. That enables Western New Yorkers to see some live events before America's network, NBC, which Channel 2 is affiliated with, carries them. The CBC bonus starts on Friday. CBLT-TV, the local CBC affiliate, is carrying the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics from Pyeon…

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Where is John Zach? WECK (1230 AM and 102.9 FM) owner Buddy Shula would like to know as much as the legendary newsman's fans. Shula has been unable to reach Zach since he told WECK's program director, Glenn Topolski, that last Friday was his last day as news director and morning news anchor at the station that Shula has populated with former Buffalo radio legends. …

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Now that I've given you a day to watch the Super Bowl episode of "This Is Us" and a new episode arrives tonight, it is time for my Top 10 takeaways. Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Sunday's episode yet, better stop reading now. Mystery solved: The song "You Can Call Me Al" is the ringtone on my cellphone even though I hate being called Al. So naturally I was amuse…

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Western New York's intense dislike of the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, as well as all the former Buffalo Bills playing and coaching in the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl, fueled local NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to the top rating among 56 NBC stations in metered markets across the country. The 56.4 pr…

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The rating for the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl soared in Western New York, but it was slightly lower than the rating for the Patriots overtime win over Atlanta a year ago. The 56.4 preliminary rating Sunday on WGRZ-TV(Channel 2) tied with the 2016 Super Bowl win by the Denver Broncos over Carolina, 24-10, for s…

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During a January news conference in Los Angeles, NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels lamented that Fox got the first overtime Super Bowl in 2017 with the New England Patriots win over Atlanta. "I guess now we’re rooting for the first ever, like, triple overtime Super Bowl so they go deep into the night," cracked Michaels. That scenario didn't happen. He got something be…

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During a conference call for the Super Bowl, Al Michaels, who is calling his 10th Super Bowl, gave the best analysis of how super the New England Patriots dynasty is compared to the previous dynasties in sports. He noted the New York Yankees dominated in the 1940s and 1950 when there were only 16 baseball teams and some of the earlier NFL dynasties also occurred when th…