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Travel Channel mystery series spotlights Falls; More on Ch.7, Gronk mysteries

This is what I’m thinking:

The Travel Channel is heading to Niagara Falls in search of ratings.

There is no mystery why. Just the two words – Niagara Falls – usually attract viewers.

The latest example comes July 3rd when the season premiere of Travel Channel’s series, “Mysteries at the Monument,” features Niagara Falls.

According to a release from the basic cable channel, the episode that airs at 9 p.m. will spotlight “the iconic moment in June 1969, when US Army Engineers designed a temporary dam to halt the flow of water at the Falls.”

The decision of Channel 7 news director Lisa Polster to bolt for Channel 4 to become an executive producer for Channel 4’s morning news program probably is good for both stations. Channel 7’s new owner, E.W. Scripps, gets to hire a news director who probably won’t be as close to the station’s staffers and may be more willing to make changes. Polster gets a less stressful job and a chance to fix Channel 4’s declining morning program.

In a telephone interview, Polster cleared up the mystery of why she decided to leave a more important job at Channel 7 to go to Channel 4. She said the decision was made for family reasons and had nothing to do with the stress of getting Channel 7 out of the ratings basement or showing some progress.

“It is all about family,” said Polster, who is the married mother of a two-year-old son, Seth.

“Being a news director needs to be a 24-7 job,” she explained. “I’d come home from work at 7 p.m. and have to put my son to bed at 7:15 p.m. if he was still up. That rips your heart out.”

She had nothing but good things to say about Channel 7 and its owner, the management team and the staff she has put together.

“This is like a break up,” added Polster. “I’m broken up about it. I love that team, I love Scripps, I love Channel 7. My family is what is so important. It is really hard to be a news director and be a mommy.”

She acknowledged there was some stress in trying to show Scripps some progress but feels the new owner was being patient.

“It took a long time for Channel 7 to be knocked down and it’s going to take a long time to build it back up,” said Polster.

She feels the hours at Channel 4 will work better for her now.

“I’m excited to go to Channel 4,” said Polster, who worked at Channel 7 for 11 years in two different periods and had worked at Channel 2 before that. “I’m going to a great team. To have a happy mommy and a happy journalist will be a great fit.”

It's time to try and clear up one more mystery. When will the Gronkowskis be on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud”? You might have read they will appear on the show's premiere at 8 p.m. this Sunday. Not so. They won’t be on June 28, either. ABC has revealed the match-ups for the first two episodes. The date for the episode in which the Gronkowskis face the family of actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney of NFL fame hasn’t been announced.

This Sunday’s premiere episode features the family of actor Anthony Anderson against the family of singer Toni Braxton in one battle, and the family of chef Curtis Stone facing the family of actress Monica Potter of “Parenthood” in the other battle.

While local ratings for the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland were up more than 20 percent from the 2014 Finals between San Antonio and Miami, the Buffalo market finished 54th out of 56 overnight finals for the Warriors title-clincher Tuesday night. The only markets in the top 56 that had lower ratings than Buffalo were Tampa and Pittsburgh. In other words, the Buffalo market was in the top three of 56 TV markets for the final game of the Stanley Cup Final and was in the bottom three for the final game of the NBA Finals. Despite that, the NBA Finals on Channel 7 had more viewers over six games than the Stanley Cup Final on Channel 2.

Give former Warriors Coach Mark Jackson and his replacement Steve Kerr credit for being classy after the Warriors won the series. Jackson, who worked the finals as an analyst for NBA, praised Kerr, saying he had “won over the locker room” after replacing him. Kerr, meanwhile, praised all the coaches he played for, starting with his college coach at Arizona, Lute Olson.

ABC play-by-play man Mike Breen was terrific as usual in the Finals. He may be the most underrated play-by-play man in sports. I can’t recall him making one mistake.

Am I the only one, who finds it laughable to see so many people in the media who cover the Bills report on Twitter on passes by the team's quarterbacks during the mandatory workouts this week? As Allen Iverson would say, “we’re talking about practice.”

apergament@buffnews.com

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