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WNED-TV to hold special screening of 'Ralph' before Dec. 15 air date

The 30-minute documentary, "Ralph," from WNED-TV on the life and legacy of the late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, will get a preview screening at the PBS station on Monday night before airing at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The program from WNED's chief program officer John Grant will deal with Wilson's life and legacy and is funded by New Era Cap Company, with additional support from Five Star Bank.

It is narrated by ESPN's Chris Berman, famous for saying "nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills."

The film originally was scheduled to air Friday but the date was pushed back by production delays.

The preview screening at WNED is free but the station says seating is limited so guests need to RSVP here.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Monday, with the screening starting an hour later.

"Ralph" features archival material and interviews with former Bills Coach Marv Levy, Hall of Famers Thurman Thomas and Jim Kelly, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Wilson's widow, Mary Wilson, long-time Buffalo News sports reporter Vic Carucci and football historian and Bills collector Greg Tranter.

Monday's preview will include a panel discussion with Grant, Thomas and Carucci and comments from Mary Wilson, who will be there.  There will be a Q&A afterward.

The Wilson program is being paired on Dec. 15 with another football-related program, "Gridiron Underground," which airs at 8:30 p.m. on that night.

Here is a summary of the Canadian documentary, which has a Syracuse University connection.

"1951. Bernie Custis, a standout quarterback at Syracuse University, has his invitation to play in the national East-West-all-star game rescinded when the organizers discover he is black. At his first pro football camp in Cleveland, he is told that the NFL is not ready for an African-American quarterback. But if his heart is set on playing quarterback, there is a place where he can go. That place is Canada."


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