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Ch.7 makes sports lineup switch; Pelley will be missed on WBEN

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

Channel 7 has made a late sports lineup change just in time for Buffalo Bills training camp.

Cross out Jason Gruenauer as the third sports person on staff.

Add Allen Leight.

General Manager Mike Nurse confirmed that Gruenauer wants to stay on the news side rather than join Jeff Russo and Shawn Stepner on the expanded sports team.

He added that Leight, who has filled in on sports, "expressed a desire to handle sports."

If you missed a late update in Monday’s blog about Channel 4's hiring of former Buffalo News reporter Rose Ciotta to join its investigative team, you should know it isn’t clear yet from Channel 4's release if the Pulitzer Prize winner actually will do any on-air work or just work behind-the-scenes as a researcher. She is expected to primarily team with Luke Moretti on stories. By the way, Ciotta wasn't the first former Buffalo News investigative reporter to be offered the Channel 4 job. Mike Beebe, who took a buyout from The News three years ago, turned down the job months ago.

I understand WBEN's reason for dropping the simulcast of "The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" at 6:30 now that talk show host Tom Bauerle will add the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. hour to the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. shift that he gets next week when he switches time slots with Sandy Beach next week. But I'm going to miss the evening news broadcast because I was frequently in the car listening around 6:30 p.m. I was usually upset when WBEN cut off Pelley in 10-15 minutes to go to local news.

I caught the final 45 minutes of the Syfy channel's repeat of "Sharknado" last Thursday and haven't laughed so hard at a TV show in months. The highlight came when Ian Ziering was presumed dead before he blasted through a shark (that had swallowed him) with a power saw or a hedge trimmer. And then, after a brief pause, he pulled out a female who was believed dead five minutes earlier.

Nationally, the repeat of the Twitter sensation had a much bigger audience on its repeat showing that it did on opening night. But in Western New York, the second airing Thursday had a 1.0 rating, which was impressive by Syfy standards here but still below the 1.3 rating the movie recorded here on its
original airing.


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