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Buffalo places in Top 10 in Derby ratings; "Four Falls" fails to win Sports Emmy

This is what I’m thinking:

I bet many readers might not have known that Buffalo is a big horse racing city.

Channel 2 finished in sixth place among 56 NBC metered markets for the network’s coverage of the race portion of Nyquist’s victory in the Kentucky Derby.

The race portion, which was about 50 minutes, had a 13.6 rating on Channel 2. The only markets with higher ratings were Louisville, nearby Cincinnati,  and three markets in Florida.

Kyle Bradstreet, a Buffalo State College graduate who is a writer and producer on the USA Network’s critically-acclaimed “Mr. Robot,” is the undergraduate commencement speaker of his alma mater on Saturday. He also will receive the college’s Young Alumnus Achievement Award. By the way, the second season of “Mr. Robot” is scheduled to debut on July 13 on USA Network.

For those unfamiliar with the series, it won a Golden Globe as best drama and centers around a brilliant and brooding cybersecurity firm expert played by Rami Malek.

In case you are wondering, “Four Falls of Buffalo,” ESPN’s “30 for 30” on the Buffalo Bills Super Bowl years, didn’t win a Sports Emmy this week. Another “30 for 30,” “Of Miracles and Men,” about the Soviet Union players who lost the “Miracle on Ice” to the United States won in the outstanding long-form documentary competition. It was terrific so it is hard to argue. But then again, I think most ”30 for 30” documentaries deserve an Emmy.

Cheers to Morley Safer, who this week formally ends his 46-year run as the longest-serving correspondent on “60 Minutes.” CBS is giving the Toronto-born Safer an hour send-off at 8 p.m. Sunday after the regular “60 Minutes” program with a show titled, “Morley Safer: A Reporter’s Life.”

In a CBS release, “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager said: “Morley has had a brilliant career as a reporter and as one of the most significant figures in CBS News history, on our broadcast and in many of our lives. Morley’s curiosity, his sense of adventure and his superb writing, all made for exceptional work done by a remarkable man.”

The special will include some of Safer’s best investigative work and profiles of such Hollywood icons as Jackie Gleason and Katharine Hepburn.

Many of us will best remember Safer for his classic speaking style that made all his reports a treat to hear.

According to the CBS release, Safer also reveals something surprising about himself.  “I really don’t like being on television," Safer says in the special. "It makes me uneasy.  It is not natural to be talking to a piece of machinery. But the money is very good.”

The comment is surprising because Safer made being on TV look so easy.

apergament@buffnews.com

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