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TNT -- Ted Turner's new cable channel -- is appropriately named. Turner is a dynamite salesman and speaker.He has sold the cable industry and the creative community on Turner Network Television, which premieres at 8 p.m. Monday on area cable systems. Jones Intercable and Jones/Grand Island subscribers will lose the USA Network, which is sure to upset sports fans."I'd …

TO REWORD T.S. Eliot, September has been one of the cruelest months in the history of local radio and television. It all started with Trevor Joe Lennon's firing by WPHD-FM.Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" may be this September's song, but there is a lot of gloom around here. Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel" may be a more appropriate tune for this month.Since Lennon's f…

WHO FRAMED Ben the Rabbit? Or did anyone frame the world's fastest human?Western New York viewers got a unique look at the sad Ben Johnson story Monday night.NBC's excellent coverage of the steroid scandal was augmented by CBC's coverage of what anchor Peter Mansbridge of "The National" newscast termed "the biggest scandal in Olympic history."NBC gets a 9.9 score for …

SO YOU THOUGHT innovation was dead prior to the Summer Olympics.Then came NBC's introduction of the Oscarmeter.It wasn't invented to keep track of how many Academy Award nominations "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is going to receive.The Oscarmeter kept track of how often Brazil basketball star Oscar Schmidt touched the ball against the United States and what he did with it…

Don Paul signed a contract Thursday to be Channel 2's meteorologist, but his weekend forecast is cloudy."I'm delighted, but anxious to see what the next few days bring and how vindictive my ex-employer may be," said Paul.Paul left Channel 4 on Aug. 5 in a contract dispute. Paul said he was thrown out after his agent pushed too hard in negotiations. Channel 4 President…

TOM SHANNON and the phrase mild-mannered go together like Pilot Field and baseball. It really takes something to get Shannon angry.And the veteran disc jockey is furious at the "spin" program director Max Gibson (Shane) put on his recent release as WGR-AM morning man.Shane said Tuesday the parting was "very amicable." He attributed Shannon's departure to "deterioratin…

TOPPING THIS morning's On the Air is a report that slumping Eyewitness News has revised its anchor and reporting lineup.Mary McCombs is out as Irv Weinstein's 6 p.m. co-anchor, but remains at 11 p.m. Keith Radford adds the 6 p.m. co-anchor duties opposite Weinstein to his 5 p.m. duties opposite Ann Edwards.David Collin is out as weekend anchor and as troubleshooter an…

LEN DAWSON and Nick Buoniconti wrote their script Monday night in an informal production session at a local hotel.It couldn't have been more favorable to the area if it had been ghost-written by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.The co-hosts of Home Box Office's "Inside the NFL" taped their weekly show at the Erie Basin Marina Tuesday for airing at 11 p.m. Thursday. Wit…

SCOTT NORWOOD kicked his way into Home Box Office producer Rick Bernstein's heart Sunday. Bernstein breathed easier after Norwood's field goal gave the hot Bills a 16-14 victory over New England Sunday to preserve their undefeated record. "I was very worried, I was watching for NBC's Ten-Minute Ticker," said the producer of the pay-cable network's football show, "Insi…

Channel 2's Ed Kilgore said on the air Monday night that Jim Kelly missed his weekly television show because of car trouble. But it turned out to be something else."It is very simple; he forgot the change of time," Kilgore said. "I was told by our people it was car trouble."Kelly's show normally runs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, but was moved up to 7 p.m. this week because of…

AT MIDNIGHT tonight, 97 Rock is coming back. And it isn't April Fools' Day this time.After gathering for an April Fools' Day special on WPHD-FM last spring, Larry "Snorton" Norton, John Hager, Carl Russo, Lauri Githens and Cindy Chan are back for good.WGR-FM, 97 Rock's new call letters, will play 97 hours of non-stop music starting at midnight. New bumper stickers are…

RICK AZAR, who signed Channel 7 on the air more than 30 years ago, is signing off as the station's sports director and anchor at the end of the month.Azar will remain in a consultant's role and work on periodic sports specials.But his departure from the nightly anchor chair will signal the end of an era. Irv Weinstein, Tom Jolls and Azar have been on the same anchor set fo…

THE YEAR of the Sad Sack continues this week with the cases of two sorry-looking, unequipped men facing crises.No, I'm not talking about the final week of the presidential race.I'm talking about two more shows with premises revolving around abandoned men.At 10 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 7, ABC premieres "Murphy's Law." George Segal stars as an insurance investigator wh…