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Adam Benigni in news anchor chair tonight, but not long range

Channel 2 sports anchor Adam Benigni is scheduled to be back in the news anchor chair today for the second time this week.

However, he doesn't plan to join Channel 7 anchor Jeff Russo in making the switch from sports to news.

Benigni also was the news anchor Wednesday night opposite Maryalice Demler when Scott Levin had the night off.

"We wanted him to try it and he wanted to do it," said Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner.

He added that Benigni had been in the news anchor chair a few years ago as well.

Benigni said the original plan was to anchor tonight only, but he added 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday when Levin took the night off. He was back doing sports at 6 p.m. covering the big sports story that day – the Buffalo Bills decision to keep quarterback Tyrod Taylor on a restructured contract.

"I just wanted to mix it up a little," said Benigni of anchoring the news. "It is fun to get out of your comfort zone. And trust me, it was out of my comfort zone. It feels a little different."

He noted one difference is that he writes his own sports copy, while a producer generally writes the news script.

"There also is more ad-libbing in sports," added Benigni.

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Having spent almost 20 years at Channel 2 covering sports, Benigni said he doesn't envision news in his long-range plans.

"It is not something I thought about doing long range, but if I can help them out once in a while, that is fine," Benigni said.

Sports Name change: On Tuesday, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel will become Spectrum Sports.


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