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ABC's "This Week" and radio's Delilah on the move here; Abe Vigoda honored by Antenna TV

WKBW-TV’s move into the local weekend morning news wars next month will have an impact on the national Sunday morning political talk show wars as well.

When it has its first Sunday morning newscast on Feb.28, Channel 7 also will be moving ABC's “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” up an hour to 9 a.m. after the end of the 8 a.m. newscast.

That means "This Week" will compete directly with NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" on Channel 2 and the CBS’ popular “Sunday Morning” on Channel 4.

Channel 7 hasn’t decided what will air at 10 a.m., though General Manager Michael Nurse said it may be some combination of local programming and Buffalo Bills related programming.

The move of “This Week” after a compatible news program probably should provide a boost to Stephanopoulos’ program here.

During the season to date, “This Week” has only averaged a 0.9 household rating at 10 a.m. on Channel 7. “Sunday Morning” has averaged a 6.2 rating at 9 a.m. on Channel 4 and “Meet the Press” a 5.2 on Channel 2.

My, my Delilah has moved from 96.1 The Mix to Buffalo's Timeless 102.9 FM and 1230 AM WECK.

Confession time. My adult children always laughed at me when I turned on the nationally-syndicated personality when we were in the car to hear Delilah dish out relationship advice and encouragement and talk about her personal life before picking a tune that meant something to the caller.

I turned on her program Monday night on my way to a store and was shocked to hear Mix 96 Program Director Dave Universal talking in her place.

By the time I got home, Universal had posted on Facebook that Delilah’s run on 96.1 had ended after 16 years.

“Some guy named Dave Universal will be taking over from wherever he happens to be,” wrote Universal. “I figured I’ve been annoying women my entire life, so why not do it on a nightly basis.”

Shortly after reading that, a Twitter follower (OK, my editor) sent me the Timeless release that said Delilah’s program will air from 7 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 9 p.m.

Good local news for those fans of “The X-Files” hoping the current Fox six-part series of programs will get strong enough ratings to deserve another miniseries. The second episode had a 7.1 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.  That’s very high here for a Fox program. Sunday's premiere had a 10.1 rating here thanks to the strong lead-in from  Carolina’s NFC title victory rout of Arizona.

Remember Neil Haskell, the Clarence Center native who made it to the final three of the Fox reality series "So You Think You Can Dance" in the third season? He now is one of the dancers in “Hamilton,” the Broadway hit that is sold out for almost the next year.

Finally, if you haven’t found Channel 2’s digital channel, 2.2, that carries Antenna TV, you might look for it Saturday when it carries a “Barney Miller” marathon that honors actor Abe Vigoda, who died Tuesday at the age of 94. The 12-episode marathon runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The "NBC Nightly News" noted Tuesday that Vigoda, who played Detective Sergeant Phil Fish on "Barney Miller," had been denying he had died for years before those reports finally became true.





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