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IT IS Feb. 6 and he's finally arrived. No, I'm not talking about Don Postles again.We've waited a lot longer to see Peter Falk reprise his signature role as "Columbo." The series originally ran on NBC from 1971 until 1978."Columbo" was supposed to be back this fall as part of ABC's so-called Saturday night Mystery Wheel. It was delayed by the writers' strike.ABC has c…

Jim Kelly is a free agent-- in the world of radio.Kelly's contract with WGR-AM has expired. WBEN-AM program director Hank Nevins recently contacted Kelly's agents, Roger Trevino and Jim's brother, Dan."They are shopping for the best deal possible," claimed Nevins. "He wants to go to a station that can provide them with some form of (radio) network."Contacted in Housto…

Airwaves: For the last month, 97 Rock morning disc jockey Larry "Snorton" Norton has been having fun with a bit he calls "The Don Postles' Countdown to Ecstasy." Norton asks people waiting for Postles to make his Channel 2 anchor debut to call if they spot Postles around town. One day, a listener reported that she spotted Postles buying an ice scraper."I feel like I'm…

SIT BACK and enjoy an eight-hour ride through the Old West with "Lonesome Dove," the CBS miniseries premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4 and continuing through Wednesday.Based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Lonesome Dove" is a television masterpiece. Like the book, TV's version starts a little slow. It also takes time to get adjusted to some of…

What DO Diane Keaton, Cybill Shepherd and Maureen Orth all have in common?All three have had books dedicated to them by best-selling novelist Larry McMurtry. His Pulitzer Prize-winning western novel "Lonesome Dove" is being made into an eight-hour CBS miniseries that will air starting at 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS.Shepherd, who starred in the movie version of McMurtry's "Th…

What DO Diane Keaton, Cybill Shepherd and Maureen Orth all have in common?All three have had books dedicated to them by best-selling novelist Larry McMurtry. His Pulitzer Prize-winning western novel "Lonesome Dove" is being made into an eight-hour CBS miniseries that will air starting at 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS.Shepherd, who starred in the movie version of McMurtry's "Th…

BYE-BYE, American pie. The night of Jan. 26, 1989, will go down as the night Don McLean faced the sad music and let his record die.The St. Bonaventure University basketball team played a game Monday without McLean at the microphone for the first time in 33 years.The voice of the Bonnies saw his streak of 899 games end Thursday when he announced after a game with Rhode…

IT IS SIX days until D-Day (Don Day) at Channel 2. On Monday, Channel 2 picks up its surrender flag when it plops Don Postles into the anchor chair.Postles arrived about a month ago and even made a few appearances as a reporter on Channel 2's news.However, Channel 2 decided it was unwise to introduce Postles that way.The only appearances Postles has made recently have…

REPORTS OF the possible de mise of CBS' "Sunday Morn ing" were greatly exaggerated a few years back.Laid-back anchor Charles Kuralt and his staff have survived the cut backs inside CBS News, as well as the new competition from NBC's "Sunday Today," and are celebrating their tenth anniversary today.The show's special contributors -- Eugenia Zukerman, Billy Taylor, Bill…

IF ANYTHING was a metaphor for the future of sports on television, it was the Diet Pepsi Talent Challenge during the Super Bowl pregame show.It showed how far budget-conscious network sports departments will go to turn a huge profit.NBC looked at declining ratings for the pregame show and decided to get a sponsor -- Pepsi -- for a pro football "Gong Show" in hopes of …

HAWK, the mystery man in "Spenser: For Hire," returns with his own confusing ABC series (9 p.m. Saturday, Channel 7).There is no mystery why ABC thought this would work. Avery Brooks, who plays "A Man Called Hawk," is an imposing figure who has generated a cult following.How imposing?Let's just say he must have attended classes with former Oakland Raider star Otis Sis…

AFTER SPENDING all that time with television executives in Los Angeles, let's Talk Radio.Rich Communications President David Rich has dropped Shane as program director at WGR-AM. Operations Manager Mike Roszman adds programming to his duties. Shane remains the afternoon drive personality.WGR also has dropped evening news, releasing newswoman Kelly Day, who is now worki…

I was trying to decide whether to listen to a John Ritter interview or stare at Jamie Lee Curtis for a few more seconds when the decision was made for me.All of a sudden, Curtis started running toward me. Honest, this isn't a fantasy. I have a witness -- Washington Post columnist John Carmody, who also was staring at her."Why were you laughing when Wendy (the producer…

Brian Kahle has added noon co-anchor duties to his Channel 7 role as "AM/Buffalo" co-host. Kahle started his new job alongside Ann Edwards on Monday.Kahle previously had anchored the cut-ins during "Good Morning, America" but abandoned that job several months ago."He has an extensive news background," said General Manager Steve Kimatian. Before coming to Buffalo, Kahl…

WATCH ME! Please. That's the desperate message NBC and its Super Bowl advertisers are sending this year.They have done everything but guarantee the live appearance of Elvis at halftime.Come to think of it, an Elvis impersonator probably will be there, as part of the Diet Pepsi Talent Challenge, the name given to the National Football League's version of The Gong Show.…