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Sylvester returns to TV with new local Ch.2 program

This is what I’m thinking:

Nice to see the return of former TV and radio sports host Kevin Sylvester to local television as the co-host of a new Channel 2 program called “This Weekend” alongside Janet Snyder.

The 30-minute live program quietly premiered last Friday at 11:30 a.m. and was repeated Saturday morning. It is designed to set up the weekend entertainment options for Western New Yorkers.

“I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Sylvester,” said Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner. He added that Sylvester previously anchored the station’s golf program “Tee to Green.”

Sylvester, who had been part of the Buffalo Sabres TV crew before going back to radio to host “Hockey Hotline” on WGR radio, left the radio program in April to work for The PGA. He has remained in Western New York.

Toellner said Sylvester’s PGA duties will occasionally mean he will miss “This Weekend.” Snyder’s co-host for her WKSE-FM morning program, Nicholas Picholas, will be among those filling in. “This Weekend” also may be replayed on some Saturday mornings when NBC’s schedule leaves 30 minutes for local stations to fill.

Laura Ruffino of Orchard Park is honored today on “Steve Harvey” for adopting the four young daughters of her deceased best friend. The program now airs at 1 p.m. on WUTV.

According to a program release, she is being honored as part of a week-long feature on the program sponsored by a car company in which Harvey and comedian Kym Whitley “give a lift to some amazing super women who have been dedicating their lives to uplifting others.”

The release adds that Laura and her husband Rico adopted the four young daughters of her best friend Liz. With their two daughters, they are now raising six girls.

The entire family will be on stage, when Laura is presented a $10,000 gift on behalf of the car company, according to the release.

Restaurant Talk: I have to laugh every time a franchise restaurant advertises that it serves a clean sandwich. What is a clean sandwich?

I also had to laugh recently when hearing a radio report describe “716” as an “iconic downtown restaurant” after an incident there recently. It is tough to become iconic after less than two years of operation.

ESPN’s Mike Ditka, who is an icon in Chicago, provided another illustration why his time should be up by recently proclaiming that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “should get the hell out of the country” because of his protest of the national anthem. Ditka lives in another century. As I said before, if Rex Ryan ever gets fired by the Bills, he should replace Ditka.

The “Frontline” biography of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a program called “The Choice 2016,” had a 1.8 live rating Thursday on WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate. According to the station's website, it repeats multiple times before the Nov. 8 election.

apergament@buffnews.com

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