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Buffalo gets a snow job on 'Today'; The Martians really are coming this time!

Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

It's always good to wake up with a laugh.

This morning, NBC’s “Today” obliged by sending Ron Mott to Buffalo to report on all the snow there is nationally and soon will be coming.

Standing somewhere downtown, Mott noted Buffalo was just starting to get a little precipitation without mentioning it was in the form of a drizzle rather than snow. Then he reported about all the snow in the Midwest, including in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

That made you wonder why he wasn’t doing a stand-up report in Minnesota or Wisconsin rather than Buffalo.

After Mott’s piece, WGRZ-TV meteorologist Patrick Hammer provided a local forecast that made “Today” look even sillier.

Hammer expected light snow throughout the day that wasn’t expected to amount to much, perhaps “less than an inch.”

He added it was “more decorative than anything.”

I don’t think I have to tell you why “Today” was here. Buffalo has a reputation for snow, which is deserved at times. This wasn’t one of them.

The joke was on "Today."

Of course, Western New Yorkers can be a little sensitive when it comes to exaggerating the weather here.

I’m not sure Western New Yorkers are yet over Fox play-by-play man Chris Myers’ claim during the Buffalo Bills’ 24-9 victory over Washington Sunday that “it (was) as cold as the North Pole here.”

It was in the 40s at the game.

By the way, the game had a 42.2 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.

That is the same rating that the Bills’ loss to Philadelphia a week earlier had on WUTV. The two games were season-high ratings. If only the Bills defense was as consistent.

The Bills games are easily the highest-rated programs in Western New York at a time few prime-time entertainment programs get double digit-ratings.

Besides snow, Western New York also has a reputation for producing Hollywood writers and producers.

One of the best is Tom Fontana, whose latest series was Showtime’s “City on a Hill.” He is best known for HBO’s “Oz” and NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Acclaimed screenwriter and producer Tom Fontana. (Derek Gee/News file photo)

The SUNY Buffalo State graduate is the next Western New Yorker to be honored by the Buffalo History Museum’s series, "Giants of Buffalo," which celebrates “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in their life’s vocation.”

“Murphy Brown” creator Diane English, who also is a Buffalo State graduate, was previously honored as a Giant of Buffalo in 2016.

“Giants of Buffalo Film: Tom Fontana” will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, with a cocktail reception. The program, which will be in an informal talk-show format, begins at 6:30 p.m. It will be moderated by historian and local radio personality Steve Cichon.

Admission is $10 for members. General admission is $25. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the museum at 873-9644.

The Martians are really coming this time! Independent station WBBZ-TV was off the air on Halloween night when it was supposed to carry the documentary, “WKBW Radio’s War of the Worlds, The Legacy Continues.” Barring another technical issue, the fictional 1968 radio broadcast version of the H.G. Wells classic now is set to air at 10 p.m. Sunday.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

 

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