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Cerza making wing rounds on Super Bowl week; Grammys dominate Pro Bowl

By Alan Pergament

If it is Tuesday on Super Bowl week, it must be time for Buffalo "Wing King" Drew Cerza to make the talk show rounds in New York City.

Sometime Tuesday during the 10 a.m. hour of "Today" with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, Cerza said he will be making Buffalo Wing dip and Honey BBQ sesame wings.

The founder of the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival prepared a few wings sauces Sunday for a segment of "Today in New York," which airs on NBC's New York City affiliate and he is scheduled to appear on a CBS affiliate program in New York on Wednesday.

Cerza told me he usually does a few segments for wings annually during Super Bowl week, when 1.25 billion wings are consumed.

And you thought that might have just been in Western New York.

Of course, Cerza will be competing for wing attention with CBS' Mo Rocca, whose feature on Buffalo wings is expected to air sometime this week also as a Super Bowl appetizer.

Not surprisingly, the Grammy Awards on local CBS affiliate Channel 4 Sunday dominated the new version of The Pro Bowl on NBC affiliate in local ratings. The Grammys had an 19.8 rating here, the all-star football game an 8.3 rating. That is still a strong rating for an exhibition football game that received rave reviews from NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. There was a noticeable drop-off for the Grammys at 11 p.m. The program had an 19.1 rating at 10:45 and a 15.2 at 11 p.m. when many viewers either switched to the local news at rival stations or headed to bed.

Katie Couric's canceled talk show is being replaced on Channel 7 next fall by Judge Judy.

No, not the Judge Judy show that has been a rating hit for years on WUTV.

It is a new court syndicated program, "Hot Bench," that was created by Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The twist in this half-hour court series is that the cases will be argued before a three-person panel rather than one judge.

Channel 7 plans to run episodes back-to-back at 4 p.m. to replace Couric's canceled hour. "Katie" has been running at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 7 as the lead-in for Queen Latifah's 4 p.m. talk show. Queen Latifah's show is expected to move to 3 p.m. this fall.

By the way, "hot bench" has nothing to do with how the panel members look. The syndicators explain that "hot bench" is a term that describes a court where the judge or judges frequently interrupt lawyers' presentations.

Attention, local musical talent. Timeless 102.9 FM and 1230 AM WECK, the  locally owned FM-AM radio station, is seeking local artists for material to air regularly on the station.

Station owner Richard C. Greene announced that the station, which features such artists as Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart and  Barbra Streisand, is looking for submissions from Buffalo-area artists with similar styles.

The station adds that original material or cover songs must be cleared for broadcast and professionally produced. Those interested can deliver a compact disc to WECK, 2900 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga 14225, in person weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or via mail. Digital submissions may be sent as an MP3 file to Tom Schuh, (

The songs will be played on Tom Donahue's "Good Morning Buffalo" show, as well as other times on the station.





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