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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sportscaster Stu Boyar was calling the Cheektowaga-Maryvale football game in the Section VI championships from New Era Field Saturday when he was suddenly told the live stream on the station's website had to stop. That meant viewers watching via Channel 2's website missed the exciting finish of Cheektowaga's 28-27 victory in the Class B game. It a…

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When University at Buffalo graduate John Reiss began working on "The NBC Nightly News" in the 1990s, he met Tim Russert at NBC's Washington, D.C. bureau. Reiss was trying to think what to talk about with the Buffalo legend when a shared love came to mind: the Buffalo Bills. "I thought, I have to find some point of contact and said, 'Wait a second. The Bills. This is …

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Every "Meet the Press" viewer undoubtedly is aware of moderator Chuck Todd's affinity for the late Buffalo legend Tim Russert. But they most likely are unaware of another significant Buffalo angle to Todd's three-year run as moderator that continues Sunday (9 a.m., WGRZ-TV) with the 70th anniversary celebration of television's longest-running program: The executive prod…

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After the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders four nights ago raised playoff hopes, the Bills' Thursday Night Football game with the New York Jets might have been expected to be the top-rated game of the season. The Jets' dominating performance in a 34-21 victory prevented that from happening by a slim margin. The game had a combined rating of 40.3 …

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CBS analyst Tony Romo was as good as advertised. The Buffalo Bills weren't. Unlike the Bills, Romo didn't disappoint in the New York Jets' 34-21 victory on Thursday Night Football. It was the first time for many Bills fans to watch a whole game called by Romo to see if all the positive national reviews for the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback's new job were warra…

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The Houston Astros' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the World Series Wednesday night for the first time in the team's history had a 12.3 rating on WUTV (Channel 29). Naturally, it was the highest-rated game locally and the only one to hit double figures. The three-hour, 40-minute game was the highest-rated program of the night, but the syndi…

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I've spent a long time trying to find out why the documentary film, "Long Time Running," about the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, wasn't carried via CTV on Spectrum cable locally on Oct. 20. Naturally, it was available over the air to Western New Yorkers. But several readers and Hip fans who wanted to watch the film on Spectrum about the popular Canadian ba…

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CBS has spent a lot of time promoting the new version of "S.W.A.T." starring Shemar Moore, the return of "Young Sheldon" and the move back to Thursday night for "The Big Bang Theory," which had been airing on Mondays. But Western New Yorkers won't be seeing those heavily-promoted episodes as scheduled because WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, has the local b…

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With the rainy weather getting an assist, the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday hit a season-high rating of 40.8 on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. The previous high was a 36.9 rating for the Bills home victory over Denver on Sept. 24. The Bills have averaged a 36.8 rating for the first seven games of the surprising season, down about 4 p…

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Is James Lofton still talking? A year ago, CBS play-by-play man Andrew Catalon was teamed with former Bill Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein as dual analysts. Now Catalon is teamed with Lofton, who talked as much as two analysts during the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders. The Hall of Fame receiver is not going to get into the Broadcasti…

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If Khalil Mack holds anything against Buffalo or the University at Buffalo, it wasn't apparent in "The NFL Today" feature that played before the game between Mack's Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. The short feature played more like a commercial for Mack's favorite restaurant near UB, Elmo's, and its chicken wings than anything. Mack was very positive about his…

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A few weeks ago, Jeff Glor went up 49,000 feet in an airplane for a story about the attempt of NASA engineers to lower the sound of the sonic boom. After footage of the flight's aerobatics were illustrated in an upside down maneuver, Glor went on the set of the CBS morning show and told his colleagues that "there was nothing like it." He had a similar Cloud 9 experie…

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Former University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders may be talking about his return to Western New York after all. CBS sent out a release today noting that its Sunday pregame show, "The NFL Today," plans to preview Oakland's game with the Bills "with a feature on the Raiders All-Pro linebacker "as he returns to Buffalo to take on the Bills." One woul…

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Local television viewership was much higher than usual for Wednesday morning and afternoon's coverage of the funeral of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) averaged a 7.5 rating for the almost six hours of coverage. That is much higher than the ratings for most prime time entertainment programs. Over the same period of time, the WIVB (Channel 4) …

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Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor was thinking about his roots Wednesday when he was named the next anchor of "The CBS Evening News." "Western New York has been on the top of mind for me through this entire process," said Glor in a brief telephone interview. "I am immensely proud to be from Buffalo and tell people that's where I am from." Glor, who has yet to be quo…