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By Alan Pergament I probably watch Eyewitness News much less than I watch Channel 7's rivals, primarily because the newscast usually gives me less of a reason to watch because of its smaller staff. However, there are times when you just need some relief from the measured earnestness and upbeat happy talk of Channel 2's anchor team of Scott Lev…

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By Alan Pergament With two local general managers of TV stations retiring in the last three days, I've been a little too busy to deal with the national TV headlines. Until now. "24" Set to Return: Fox announced Monday that Kiefer Sutherland will stay employed after the cancellation of the low-rated "Touch" because it is bringing back anti-terr…

By Alan Pergament For the second time in three days, a local television executive has announced that he is retiring. Bill Ransom, who has been the president and general manager of WKBW-TV for the last 18 years, will be leaving the ABC affiliate at the end of June. Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial announced he was retiring from the station three days ago. Musial, 55,…

By Alan Pergament A few weeks ago, I sat down with Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial to interview him about the news department's fall from No.1 and his plans to take back the lead from Channel 2. Like Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier, Musial sounded like a guy ready to fix the problems created during his lengthy reign as GM. That's what made the tim…

By Alan Pergament Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial, who rose from intern to news director to running the station for almost 10 years in a 35-year career at the CBS affiliate, announced to the staff today that he is retiring from the station at the end of the month, according to multiple sources. Musial, who is believed to be 55, is a widower …

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By Alan Pergament As the broadcast networks start introducing the new series they plan to premiere in the fall and in midseason of 2014, I'm more than a little worried about their futures. That’s because Western New York, which has been traditionally one of the stronger markets for series carried by the Big Four of CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox, seems to be losing intere…

By Alan Pergament If you think I am critical of local news, wait until you hear what WBBZ Owner Phil Arno thinks about the business he worked in for decades. In a recent interview, Arno, who was a photographer at Channel 4 and Channel 7 before becoming the the No. 1 helicopter-reporter in Southern California for years before returning to his native Buffalo, said "news…

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By Alan Pergament I’ve been accused of a lot of things as a critic, but I never thought I’d be accused of not believing in evolution. I also never thought I’d write this – but I don’t believe in evolution. At least not when it pertains to certain aspects of TV news. On Monday, Channel 2’s Maryalice Demler -– she’s called MAD for short on the station’s website (I’m not maki…

By Alan Pergament Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret confirmed this afternoon that he plans to return to the TV and radio booth next season. The 70-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer added he won't know how many games he will work until the National Hockey League schedule comes out. "I'll do most of them," said Jeanneret in a brief telephone int…

By Alan Pergament This is what I’m thinking:  If Western New York is a guide, NBC's "Hannibal" has little chance of getting renewed for a second season despite its strong critical support. Last Thursday's 10 p.m. episode of the series had a lowly 1.8 rating on Channel 2, finishing fifth in its time slot. If that is a national trend, it usually…

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By Alan Pergament Luck ran out for Western New York newlyweds Katie and Max Bichler Sunday night, as they finished second in the final leg of the popular CBS reality show "The Amazing Race." In a way, it was an all too familiar Buffalo ending. After cruising to their third straight victory in the opening leg of Sunday's two-hour finale, the Bichlers fell out…

By Alan Pergament Will Western New York newlyweds Katie and Max Bichler win the $1 million for finishing first on the two-hour season finale of CBS "The Amazing Race" tonight? The program is scheduled to start at 8 tonight on Channel 4. But if you are DVRing, be advised to add an extra hour just in case CBS' telecast of another golf tournament goes long…

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By Alan Pergament In the first week of the May sweeps, Channel 2 news has held its lead in the early morning, expanded its lead in the early evening news hours and made some progress at 10 p.m. But there also is some good news for Channel 4 in the early morning and in the late news hours. Channel 7 remains deep in third place, but it did improve slightly at 6 p.m. That…

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By Alan Pergament As the weather finally improves, the broadcast networks are having some programs give some relatively early goodbyes. Tonight, NBC's critically-acclaimed but little watched "Parks and Recreation" with Amy Poehler has its season finale three days after Fox's "The Following" ended its run and four days after CBS' "The…

By Alan Pergament AIRWAVES: After being No. 1 on ESPN's national ratings scorecard on the night the Bills drafted E.J. Manuel, Buffalo slipped to No. 4 for the entire three days of draft coverage on the sports network. New Orleans (4.7), Birmingham, Ala (4.5) and Kansas City (4.4) all finished ahead of Buffalo (4.3) for the 15 plus hours of draft coverage. T…