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The Top 10 takeaways from bouncing between ESPN and The NFL Network watching the NFL Draft Thursday night: 1) ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who are the experts most worth listening to, applauded the Buffalo Bills choice of LSU cornerback Tre' Davious White with the 27th pick of the draft. Riddick, who is the brother of former Bill Ro…

I often think about how I would watch television if my job didn't require me to watch so much of it. I am writing this as I look at a wall in my house that has a framed story given to me after I retired from this newspaper in May of 2010 that has the headline: "He Watched Crap So We Didn't Have To." I stayed retired for about a month before starting a blog that event…

When the ratings for the Top 10 markets for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs carried by NBC and cable's NBCSN were recently released, Western New Yorkers proclaimed "We're No. 1!" on social media. And they should have been proud of the accomplishment that illustrates that Buffalo is a very strong hockey market. However, people on social media also shouted …

This is what I'm thinking: The former owner of WIVB-TV isn’t the only media company making millions off the sale of spectrum. Faith Broadcasting, the owner of the religious channel WNYB-TV, is receiving about $32 million from the Federal Communications Commission for Channel 26's UHF spectrum, or frequencies for communication over the airwaves. It will then move to…

Most Western New Yorkers think of the area as a hockey town, not a basketball town. That's one reason that sports station WGR devotes more time to talking about the Stanley Cup playoffs than the National Basketball Association playoffs. But here's a first-round upset. In a head-to-head match-up April 23, a first-round NBA game between the Houston Rockets and Oklah…

A night after Lifetime carried the movie, "New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell," the cable channel is carrying a documentary, "Biography Presents: Joyce Mitchell and the New York Prison Break," at 10 tonight. The fact-based movie is repeated at 8 tonight. Here is a summary of the documentary provided by Lifetime: "The one-hour documentary is the ex…

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) quietly cut the morning program "AM Buffalo" in half recently, reducing it from a 60-minute program to 30 minutes. It is filling the other 30 minutes with a show featuring viral videos, "Right This Minute," which has Channel 7's owner, E.W. Scripps Co., as one of the production companies. The change came after Courtney Corbetta replaced Jon Summer…

If you want to follow a relentless reporter with a knack for discovering dangerous conspiracies and deadly monsters, then binge-watch "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." A key inspiration for "The X-Files," "Kolchak" offers eerie, exciting and campy entertainment. Title: "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" Year it began: 1972 Where it can be seen: WBBZ-TV, Netflix, DVD Who…

This is what I'm thinking: If Channel 2 sports director Adam Benigni was trying out for Scott Levin's news anchor job over the past weeks and really wants it, he certainly has been impressive enough to get it. Benigni illustrated he is a good reader with a strong voice and pleasant personality during his stint alongside co-anchor Kelly Dudzik. He also has name recognitio…

After looking at the Buffalo Bills TV schedule for the 2017 National Football League season, a couple of things stand out. The big local winner is WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which isn't surprising considering it is a CBS affiliate and the network carries the American Football Conference in which the Bills play. The second thing to standout is how little the Bills will be s…

Talk about interesting timing. NBCSN announced this morning that Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta will be a studio analyst during Friday night's Stanley Cup playoff coverage. Gionta will be in studio with host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones throughout the night. Gionta, who is one of the go-to players to interview in the Sabres locker roo…

Get me out of here. That was my initial thought about 30 minutes into the Lifetime movie, "New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell," that airs at 8 p.m. Sunday. This is no way a reflection on the performance of Penelope Ann Miller as Mitchell, the married mother of three who helped convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by Myk Watford of "Law & O…

The Adam Benigni news anchor experiment at Channel 2 has taken on a new twist with word coming Tuesday that the sports director will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. newscast alongside Maryalice Demler during the upcoming May sweeps. Benigni anchored the NBC affiliate's main weekday newscast last week and on Monday alongside Kelly Dudzik as co-anchors Demler and Scott Levin were…

Three local students will appear on the syndicated program "Harry" at 3 p.m. today (April 18) on Channel 7. According to a release, Aryona Nablo and Gianna Cicco, inventors of Toasty Clothes from Niagara-Wheatfield's Colonial Village Elementary School, will demonstrate their invention, a heated dresser product inspired by Buffalo winters. The concept combines a dresser …

Get your popcorn ready. And your Lipitor and Crestor. At 9:30 tonight, award-winning chef and food writer Andrew Zimmern highlights all of Buffalo's cholesterol-rich food favorites in the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations." The episode repeats at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Zimmern takes viewers on an entertaining fast tour of wings at the Anchor Bar, …