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The winds of change are occurring inside the WKBW-TV (Channel 7) weather department. In a memo to the staff, Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse announced that chief meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski and Andy Parker will be trading places in January. Mentkowski is moving to the early morning program and Parker is moving to the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. …

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Brittni Smallwood, the popular anchor-reporter who left WIVB-TV in September after her contract expired, is now working in media relations and dealing with former co-workers and competitors. Smallwood recently began working as a media relations specialist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Her duties include helping the media cover the stories about doctors, patients and…

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Don’t invite WBEN-AM afternoon talk show host Tom Bauerle and midday host Sandy Beach to the same party. That's the message I got after reading a post on the Bauerle and Bellavia Facebook page that Bauerle wrote a few days before he had heart bypass surgery about two weeks ago. The post, which I first read while on vacation last week, remained up on the page this mornin…

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If you watched the Buffalo Bills game with Miami on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) Sunday, you may have seen a promo for the new 6:30 p.m. newscast that will premiere on Jan. 18 on its sister station WNLO-TV (Channel 23). Dominic Mancuso, the general manager of the two Nexstar stations in the market, WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV, said today that the new newscast will be co-anchored by Chri…

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CBS is giving the Buffalo Bills' next contest at New England the big-game treatment. Play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Tony Romo, CBS' top announcing team, will call the Christmas Eve game at 1 p.m. Sunday. It is the only game Sunday between two AFC teams with winning records. Nantz and Romo also worked the Bills' 23-3 home loss to the Patriots on Dec. 3. Rea…

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Play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins has something in common with Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. It may be just as difficult to assess the talents of a woman play-by-play announcer on National Football League games as fairly as it is to treat Taylor's talents as quarterback fairly. That's because they are both rare in their own way. Mowins is the only woman…

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The Buffalo Bills' 24-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday had the second-highest TV rating of the season. The game had a 42.2 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The Bills' 13-7 victory over Indianapolis in the snow a week earlier is the season's highest at 46.7. For the 2017 season, the Bills are averaging a 37.1 rating, down from a 38.9…

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WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor Jonah Javad has verbally agreed to join WFAA-TV in Dallas, according to a source in the Texas city. Barring a last-minute snag, Javad will be moving from the No. 53 TV market in the country to the No. 5 market and is staying inside the same television group that owns both stations, TEGNA. The move is not unexpected. The News reported…

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When it comes to Buffalo Bills games, CBS' slogan should be "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow." The Bills' 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday during a snowstorm at New Era Field was the second highest-rated Bills game in the 17 years since meters came into the Buffalo market in 2000. The game had a 46.7 rating on CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Chan…

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I almost felt guilty watching the Buffalo Bills 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts in a sports bar in "cold" Florida while there was a blizzard in New Era Field. Almost. By cold in Florida, I mean 60 degrees. Still, I was dealing with less-than-ideal conditions because people watching in a sports bar tend to be loud. So thank heavens for closed capt…

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The director of the Buffalo Bills' 13-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts had to be a little creative during Sunday afternoon's telecast in the blizzard at New Era Field. CBS play-by-play Spero Dedes couldn't be faulted for being unable to tell viewers what yard line the ball was at after punts, kickoffs and plays from scrimmage. So CBS had to devise a way to do it…

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The WNED-TV program "Ralph," premiering at 8 p.m. Dec. 15, is a love letter to Ralph Wilson, the founder and late owner of the Buffalo Bills. And after all the great deeds around Western New York and his native Detroit that the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is doing with the $1.4 billion from the sale of the team, you would be hard-pressed for anyone to deny he now des…

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A couple of days ago, I tweeted about a political advertisement in which a couple, Jim and Lindsay Pratt, were extolling the Republican Tax Reform Bill and the support of it by Western New York Congressmen Chris Collins and Tom Reed. I was so amused by the ad that suggested the controversial bill would benefit the middle class that I did a little research before sending…

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There was one weather prediction the last three days that paid off big time for the local television news departments: Weather scares predictably drive ratings. As much as people want to complain that there is too much weather coverage, viewership rises when storms are predicted even if they never materialize. From Monday through Wednesday, combined 6 p.m. news viewe…

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WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate, plans to start carrying "Amanpour on PBS" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, hours after the program featuring veteran correspondent Christiane Amanpour begins airing on many PBS stations across the nation as a temporary replacement for Charlie Rose's interview program. PBS and WNET announced Monday that Amanpour's weekday program, which also airs o…