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Channel 7's Specht earns hardware, while Channel 4 eyes replacements

This is what I'm thinking:

When it comes to investigative reporters on TV, some of the best have been former newspapermen. Lee Coppola, John Pauly, Tony Farina and Jim Heaney quickly come to mind.

WKBW-TV (Channel 7) investigative reporter Charlie Specht may be on his way to adding his name to the list. He has won a prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his series on Niagara County Community College that led to the forced resignation of its president, James P. Klyczek. Specht is a former Buffalo News reporter.

Inquiring minds want to know: When will WIVB-TV (Channel 4) decide on permanent replacements for former anchors Nalina Shapiro and Callan Gray?

It most likely won't be until after the May sweeps end. The sweeps start Thursday and end May 23.

Ali Ingersoll will be leaving Channel 4 to pursue her master's degree abroad. (via WIVB)

Marissa Perlman has been doing Gray's weekend anchor slot in the last few weeks, which looks like a tryout.

Channel 4 also will be looking for another reporter after the sweeps end.

Ali Ingersoll, who I'm told is interested in international journalism, is leaving to receive her master's degree abroad.

What's the frequency, Buddy?

WECK owner Buddy Shula is excited that listeners have three options to hear his station. It can be heard now on 100.5 FM, as well as 1230 AM and 102.9 FM.

The new frequency at 100.5 improves coverage in Buffalo and the northern suburbs.

In a release, Shula said the new frequency is part of the station's growth strategy "and to the service to our communities.”

WECK is available worldwide at, on smartphones and via smart speaker products, including Amazon Echo.

New York Mets fans are upset – and not with the National League baseball team's performance for a change.

They are upset with Spectrum Cable, which disbanded its sports channel in 2017 and this year doesn't carry the schedule of 25 Mets games that it carried in past years from a package offered by WPIX in New York City.

The Mets, who made the World Series in 2015 and the wild card playoff game in 2016, have started this season 15-6 and are must-see TV for many local baseball fans.

Spectrum does carry SNY, which airs 127 Mets games.


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