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By Alan Pergament Channel 2, which supposedly "holds people accountable," is embarrassing itself in the handling of Ed Kilgore's departure from the station. To put it simply in a way sports fans can relate, Ed Must Go. Now. Not after the end of the May sweeps. But now. Kilgore is a likable personality who deserves to go out with dignity rather than become a …

By Alan Pergament The first thing I did after returning from the Final Four in Atlanta Tuesday was turn on my TV to watch the final three minutes of Syracuse’s semifinal loss to Michigan a week ago on my DVR. I wanted to know if what I thought I saw 1,000 feet from the basket in my Georgia Dome seat looked any different when I was parked five feet in front of my TV set. Q…

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By Alan Pergament It is 10 O’Clock: Do you know who Channel 2’s anchor is going to be on the newscast carried on WUTV? Do you even know that Channel 2’s 10 p.m. newscast is now on WUTV? In the last few weeks, Channel 2 has rotated main anchors Scott Levin and Maryalice Demler on the 10 p.m. news, with newcomer Kelly Dudzik filling in for both when they were on vacatio…

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By Alan Pergament Some notes left on the cutting room floor, with some original material added: When Channel 2’s Ed Kilgore leaves the station to work for a company owned by Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula after the May sweeps, Adam Benigni not only gets his 6 p.m. sports anchor slot but also the title of dean of Western New York’s primary sportscasters. Stu Boyar has be…

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By Alan Pergament Channel 2 sports anchor Ed Kilgore, who celebrated his 40th anniversary at the station three months ago, is leaving the NBC affiliate at the end of the May sweeps to work for a company owned by Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula. There had been speculation that Kilgore, who relinquished the 11 p.m. sports shift to Adam Benigni more than a year and a half a…

By Alan Pergament Western New Yorkers weren’t “Ready for Love.” The two-hour debut of NBC’s new dating series averaged a 2.8 rating on Channel 2 on Tuesday despite getting a 10.2 lead-in from NBC’s popular reality singing competition series “The Voice.” The second hour of “Love” only averaged a 2.3 rating, which placed it fifth in its time slot here at 10 p.m. behind…

By Alan Pergament Channel 4 and Channel 2 both had something to cheer about from Monday’s news ratings at 10 p.m. On the first night of Channel 2’s switch from little-watched WNYO to Fox affiliate WUTV, Channel 4’s 10 O’Clock News on sister station WNLO won with a 3.9 rating and that's worthy of a cheer. However, Channel 2 can cheer because it was much closer th…

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By Alan Pergament This is what I’m thinking: The love Western New Yorkers have for this year’s March Madness continued Saturday night with record local ratings for the national men's basketball semifinals in Atlanta for two close games decided in the final minute. Michigan’s 61-56 victory over Syracuse averaged a 12.2 rating on Channel 4, which was 94 percent higher t…

By Alan Pergament Here’s another of my periodic Sports on the Air blogs: If the local ratings for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on CBS here are any indication, thousands of Western New Yorkers will be huddled in front of their sets for the national semifinals today featuring the two games between the Final Four. Channel 4, the local CBS a…

By Alan Pergament  Don Draper (Jon Hamm) looks like a zombie at times during Sunday’s extended sixth season opener of “Mad Men,” staring vacantly into space in a few scenes. AMC, the cable channel that “Mad” appears, only wishes the show would have anywhere near the ratings of its zombie series “The Walking Dead.” The primary reason “Mad” isn’t in the neighborho…

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By Alan Pergament Some quick thoughts about the Jimmy Fallon for Jay Leno “Tonight Show” move finally announced Wednesday: As I suggested here a week ago and some time before that in my former blog, the surprising thing about all the rumors about Fallon getting “The Tonight Show’’ was that NBC planned to wait until September of 2014 to give it to him. I wondered why …

By Alan Pergament This is what I’m thinking: I’m not sure what this says about Western New York, which has a large percentage of Roman Catholics in the area or what it says about the area’s youth. But in a head-to-head cable matchup on Easter Sunday between AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “The Bible” on The History Channel, the zombies won. Nationally, "Dead" …

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By Alan Pergament This is what I’m thinking: We live in an amazing technological world. I spent last weekend in Washington, D.C., watching my alma mater, Syracuse, win the East Regional in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with my oldest son Ben. However, I didn’t miss some of the first newscasts anchored by Channel 2’s newest addition, Kelly Dudzik, who had s…

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By Alan Pergament If you are a regular reader of this blog and my previous blog, you probably are aware that I enjoy having a little fun with Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul. I have even nicknamed him Pope Don Paul, partly because he treats the weather as if it were a religion. So it is with some degree of happiness that I can report this morning that Pope Don Paul and I …

By Alan Pergament Channel 4’s Don Postles may stay put on "The 10 O‘Clock News“ on WNLO-TV. Likewise for Diana Fairbanks on Channel 4’s “Wake Up.” That’s the word from Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial. In a telephone interview, Musial said the station is actively looking for a new anchor to replace Fairbanks on the 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast since she left …