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CBC to air Rio opening ceremonies, Tragically Hip final concert live

NBC recently announced that it is going to carry the Aug. 5 opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics on an hour delay, rather than live.

However, Western New Yorkers don't have to wait an hour. They can watch it live on Canada’s CBC, as they have in years past.

CBC, which is available in most WNY homes through their programming providers or a strong outside antenna, is carrying the games from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily and surely will have more live coverage than NBC.

Ron MacLean will host CBC’s Olympic Games Morning from 7 a.m. to noon, Andi Petrillo and David Amber from noon to 6 p.m. and Scott Russell from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Of course, Americans have to take the good with the bad with CBC coverage.

Most annoying, the channel isn’t carried in high definition on WNY cable, which certainly reduces the enjoyment of watching sports on television.

CBC coverage also is understandably geared to Canadian viewers so many of its athletes who don’t stand a chance to medal are covered.

Additionally, NBC’s coverage is much more dramatic and story driven. That is even the case in the opening ceremonies, one reason most WNY viewers won’t mind waiting an hour to watch it on Channel 2 rather than watch CBC live.

In announcing the delay at a press conference two weeks ago, NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus said: “We think it's important to give context to the show. These opening ceremonies will be a celebration of Brazilian culture, of Rio, of the pageantry, of the excitement, of the flair this beautiful nation has. We think it's important that we are able to put that in context for the viewer so that it's not just a flash of color."

One more thing: WNYers won’t be able to view CBC’s live streaming coverage because its broadcast rights are only for Canada.

CBC also is giving WNYers a live musical treat next month. It plans to carry the final concert of the Tragically Hip’s summer tour on Aug. 20 from the Rogers K-Rock Center in the popular band’s hometown of Kingston, Ont. It also will be available in the United States on CBC's You Tube channel.

The Man Machine Poem Tour became an extremely hot ticket after frontman Gord Downie revealed he has incurable brain cancer. Tickets sold out in seconds.

The concert also will be shown Aug. 20 on live screens at Larkin Square in Buffalo. Admission is $10 for those Hip fans who want be around each other for the experience. The rest of Hip fans can just stay home and watch it for free.

It isn't clear if Larkin Square might give those willing to pay $10 something ( a drink or two?) for the shared experience of watching a concert that can be viewed for free at home.

Inquiring minds want to know: When will John Murphy’s radio show on the Buffalo Bills move from nights to noon-3 p.m. weekdays and be simulcast on MSG WNY? The show moves on Thursday. It won’t be simulcast on MSG WNY until October. Murphy’s co-host has yet to be named.

Former University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack, now of the Oakland Raiders, is one of 12 National Football League players who are joining Carrie Underwood in a new open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The tune “Oh, Sunday Night,”  which is set to the music of the “Somethin’ Bad” duet by Underwood and Miranda Lambert, also will feature Von Miller, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Dez Bryant, Clay Matthews, Patrick Peterson, Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Kam Chancellor, Tyrann Mathieu and Earl Thomas. NBC plans to show a sneak preview of the new open during the Rio Games.

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