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Keith Radford plans to stay at WKBW an extra year

You can add WKBW-TV (Channel 7) anchor Keith Radford to the list of news veterans extending their stays on local television.

Radford, who will be 66 in October, originally planned to exit at the end of this year when his present contract runs out.

But family reasons are partly responsible for a change in plans.

"I think I'm going to do another year," said Radford in a telephone interview. "It's not in writing. I've had a discussion (with General Manager Mike Nurse). It is year to year as long as they want me."

Nurse confirmed the conversation, saying he left the ball in Radford's court.

I told him, "whatever he wants to do, we'll do,' " said Nurse. "'It is your decision.' He told us he was considering retirement but is enjoying his new shift and the new newsroom."

As a result, Nurse said Radford agreed to stay at least the extra year.

Radford, who anchors or co-anchors the noon, 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, noted that he is joining  Channel 2's Kevin O'Connell and John Beard and Channel 4's Don Postles and Jacquie Walker as veterans remaining in their jobs. He could have added Channel 7's Mike Randall and Don Paul (who joined Channel 7 after leaving Channel 4).

"Nobody wants to leave," said Radford. "Everybody needs some experience and credibility so the old farts are sticking around. I'm very fortunate that they'll keep me."

"If I stay that would be 31 years, about as long as Irv (Weinstein) and Tom (Jolls)," added Radford.

He feels Channel 7's product is "better than ever" even if the improvement hasn't moved the ratings needle much.

He also has enjoyed doing several profiles in the past year, including stories with former Bills Coach Marv Levy, former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and Weinstein, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"And on (next) Friday I'm interviewing Captain Kirk," Radford said of William Shatner, who will be in town for Nickel City Con.

"I get to do three shows a day. As long as they like me, I'll do whatever. I still like it, so what the heck."

Stephen Colbert doesn't seem to be suffering at all over his crude comment about President Trump that has caught the attention of the FCC. His Tuesday reunion show on The Late Show" with Jon Stewart and other members of "The Daily Show" had a higher than usual 4.2 local rating on WIVB (Channel 4). That was almost a point higher than "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2).

Credit-as-Due Department: Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin Wednesday night tweeted the story about the lawsuit that indicates the law firm of Cellino & Barnes may be dissolved about 30 minutes before Channel 4 noted that it learned about it. Made you wonder if it learned from Levin's tweet. By the way, the lawsuit could be a costly one for local TV, too, since Cellino & Barnes is a big advertiser on all the stations. However, if a new firm or two comes out of it, the stations will make out just fine.

"SNL" Has Great Comic Timing: In case you wondered, Melissa McCarthy, a/k/a Sean Spicer, is the guest host of "Saturday Night Live" in two nights. That's great timing. I could see her hiding in the bushes at some point in the show to satirize the report Spicer did that to avoid reporters after FBI director James Comey was fired.




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