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Martin confirms move to Kansas City in Ch. 4 goodbye

This is what I'm thinking:

WIVB-TV (Channel 4) sportscaster Tom Martin had a nice smooth and quick goodbye on the 11 p.m. newscast Wednesday after confirming my late July report that the University of Missouri graduate is headed to the Kansas City station where former Channel 4 News Director Scott Levy is working.

Martin called his time at Channel 4 "an amazing two years" that had "flown by too fast" and added that since the Bills have the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs first-round draft choice "we'll stay in touch hopefully on Twitter and Facebook."

"It's kind of hard to think a Texas kid would love hockey and hopefully find some credibility," he added.

Well, not really. Dallas did win a Stanley Cup, as every Sabre fan painfully knows.

Martin also praised numerous co-workers and viewers.

Thankfully, there were no tears.

Martin's appropriate goodbye was certainly smoother -- but less memorable -- than Channel 7 sportscaster Nick Filipowski's tear-filled farewell a month earlier after being here three years.

Martin is moving up 20 TV markets to become the weekend sports anchor at KCTV. Kansas City is the 33rd TV market and Buffalo 53rd.

Filipowski declined two chances to stay at Channel 7


WNLO-TV, Channel 4's sister station, is carrying the debate between Mayor Brown and his two Democratic primary opponents at 7 Aug. 17 from the Burchfield Penney Art Center. It also is being live streamed by Channel 4.

The debate between the mayor, city Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant undoubtedly would receive a larger audience if it had been carried by Channel 4. But at least the owner of the two station is providing a public service by televising the debate. It will feature questions from members of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, which is sponsoring it, and audience members.

It will be moderated by Channel 4's Al Vaughters. The panel includes Channel 4's Brittni Smallwood, Eva M Doyle of the Buffalo Criterion and Shantee Perkins, CEO of Starr Connextions Inc.

It is free to the public.


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