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Supreme compliment for 'Nancy Drew'; a beef about WECK; praise for Peterman

This is what I’m thinking:

If I were running the marketing campaign for the new fall series, “Nancy Drew” on the CW, I’d try to figure out a way to use comments this week by the Notorious RBG to promote the program.

If you missed it, during a speech in Buffalo this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg listed the fictional girl detective as one of her childhood role models along with aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

How about a promo that says Nancy received a supreme compliment?

“Nancy Drew” premieres on WNLO-TV, the local CW affiliate, at 9 p.m. Oct. 9.

Kennedy McMann plays the teenage detective who solves mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine.

Kennedy McMann attends the the CW's Summer 2019 TCA Party sponsored by Branded Entertainment Network at in Beverly Hills. (Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Of course, it is doubtful that Ginsburg – or I – are in the target audience.

An advertisement in this newspaper in which WECK (1230 AM, 100.5 and 102.9 FM) claimed it was the No. 1 oldies station in Buffalo and “the entire United States” raised some eyebrows in the radio community.

So I reached out to station owner Buddy Shula to hear how he arrived at those conclusions.

Here is his response, with some of the self-promotion edited out: “According to the latest Nielsen ratings in Buffalo, and even before the most current ratings, WECK is the top-rated oldies station in Buffalo 12 plus. We have doubled our audience from when I bought the station two years ago to a weekly (cumulative) audience of nearly 70,000 listeners, mainly in Erie County.

“As far as America, as far as I know, there is no higher-rated Nielsen station classified as an oldies format in Nielsen. If I am wrong, which I don’t think I am, it is the No. 1 oldies station in America in my eyes.

“There are very few stations that classify themselves to Nielsen as oldies. Many are classified now as classic hits.

“WECK has that oldies classification with Nielsen, and as far as I know, and I have looked at as many markets as possible, there is no other oldies classified radio station in America with higher ... ratings than WECK BUFFALO.”

My ruling: I must admit I laughed when I read the words “as far as I know.” It seemed like Shula was sounding like someone who has listened to a lot of presidential speeches lately.

I also smiled at the distinction between oldies and classic hits (although to be fair, Shula notes there is one.)

In my eyes, if the ad is going to be accurate, the words “as far as I know” should be included in some way.

Speaking of old music, I enjoyed watching the pledge special on local PBS station WNED-TV hosted by John Sebastian Tuesday night that featured some performances by famous folk singers.

But I wondered if the gifts that are given out if viewers pledge to become WNED subscribers need a little updating.

The primary gifts were DVDs and CDs of folk songs. As far as I know, the age of streaming TV and music have substantially reduced the use of DVDs and CDs these days.

The car I bought two years ago doesn’t even have the ability to play CDs anymore and the computer I am writing this on doesn’t have the ability to play DVDs.

My last car and my last computer were equipped to play CDs and DVDs, respectively.

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden still has to decide if former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman or Mike Glennon will be the backup to Derek Carr this season and if he will keep three quarterbacks on the roster.

Nathan Peterman, leaving the field after a 41-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)

But if Tuesday’s edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” is any indication, it may be tough for Gruden to cut Peterman.

After Peterman led two late drives to give the Raiders a 22-21 preseason win over Green Bay, Gruden went out of his way near the end of the program to seek the quarterback out in the locker room.

“That’s as good as I’ve seen you play since Pitt man,” Gruden said, referencing Peterman’s college days. “You made four or five great throws man. Four or five of them should have been big plays. You saw the field … no sacks, audibled, took care of the ball … I’m proud of you Nate.”

Some Bills fans undoubtedly would note that Peterman looked great in the preseason for Buffalo last year before unraveling in the regular season.

But perhaps a change of scenery and renewed confidence is just what he needed.

I enjoyed the story on HBO’s “Real Sports” this month on Baltimore Ravens field goal kicker Justin Tucker, who doubles as an opera singer. But I could have done without the footage of Bills kicker Scott Norwood missing the kick in the Bills’ first Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

Attention armchair University at Buffalo and Syracuse University football fans: You’ll need to get ESPN Plus to watch each team’s opener. It costs $4.99 a month. UB plays Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Thursday and Syracuse opens with Liberty at 6 p.m. Saturday.


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