Channel 4's hiring of former Channel 7 sportscaster Nick Filipowski on Tuesday was a surprise, but it also was helped by the move of another former Channel 7 staffer to Channel 4. Channel 4 News Director Lisa Polster was the news director at Channel 7 when Filipowski was hired. Filipowski replaces Tom Martin, who is now in Kansas City.
I'm happy for Filipowski, who shared his love of Western New York when departing Channel 7. But I wouldn't have traded Filipowski for Martin even up. He isn't in Martin's league as a communicator.
It soon will be the end of the line for cable's Spectrum Sports.
Spectrum Sports in New York will cease operations in the fall, a spokesperson for the cable carrier has confirmed.
It has been carried on Channel 323 in the Buffalo area, featuring a decent supply of college and high school coverage of sports that generally don't get that much attention elsewhere.
In the past, the programming also included highlight shows of several colleges and universities, including Syracuse University. The Syracuse shows are likely to appear on the Spectrum News channel in Syracuse, but may not be carried in Buffalo.
"We decided to leverage the power of our New York Spectrum News channels by scheduling marquee high school football games on the networks on Friday nights, while simultaneously streaming additional games so that our customers would have more options for live coverage," said Stacey Mitch, the director of sports and news communication for Spectrum.
WBFO-FM has declined the offer of carrying reruns of the popular show "Car Talk" and is ending its triple run on Sept. 23. It will be replaced the following week at 11 a.m. Sunday by TED Radio Hour, at 6 a.m. Saturday by "Marketplace Weekend" and at 10 a.m. Saturday by "Planet Money/How Built This."
“Car Talk” was an NPR series featuring Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who took calls about car repair. Reruns of the show began airing after Tom Magliozzi's death in 2014.