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Notes and quotes from a rainy weekend: The Buffalo Bills edition of “Friday Night Lights” took a big ratings hit from the preseason opener on a Thursday despite strong performances by quarterbacks Josh Allen and Matt Barkley. The Bills’ 27-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers had a 16.2 rating on WKBW-TV, the local ABC affiliate. That was about a 25 percent drop …

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This is what I’m thinking: Some DirecTV subscribers are a combination of skeptical and jealous of a reader who claimed the satellite service dropped his monthly bill by $50 because the service isn’t carrying WIVB-TV in a retransmission dispute. Other readers have told me they were offered “only” a $10 monthly discount or a one-time only discount of $20. However, t…

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Remember Lauren Brill, the former WIVB-TV sportscaster? She recently left her job at WEWS in Cleveland to start a new business, “The Unsealed.” In a tweet last month, Brill described her new adventure with co-founder Audra Frimpong this way: “Our platform partners with people of all different walks of life to share open and personal letters. We are uncovering what li…

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It has been a “salubrious” summer for legendary WKBW-TV weatherman Tom Jolls. Jolls, who was part of the famous Channel 7 trio with news anchor Irv Weinstein and sportscaster Rick Azar that dominated local news ratings in Western New York for generations, learned that he is finally is entering the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame. “I was very surprised and ho…

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This is what I’m thinking: If I were a DirecTV subscriber, I’d get in touch with the satellite provider to see if it was willing to give me a discount because WIVB-TV is off the service in a retransmission contract dispute. In a question-and-answer session on WIVB.com about negotiations, the Nexstar station addresses an AT&T offer of up to a $75 credit on custome…

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Are you ready for some real football? The Buffalo Bills won’t start playing regular season games until Sept. 8, but CBS Tuesday set its assignments for the first three games during its annual preseason meetings in New York City with the media. Kevin Harlan is on play-by-play and Rich Gannon is the analyst for the season opener Sept. 8 against the New York Jets in the…

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Confusion. Frustration. False hope. Judging by my emails and conversation on social networks, that’s what local DirecTV subscribers are experiencing because they can’t get local CBS affiliate WIVB-TV, and to a lesser degree, CW affiliate WNLO-TV. They don’t understand why they can’t get CBS affiliate WIVB when they’ve read the satellite service has made a deal with C…

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The Buffalo Bills’ 24-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at New Era Field Thursday night was easily the highest-rated program this summer in Western New York. It had a 21.3 rating on WKBW over three and a half hours. The telecast started at 7 p.m. with a 15.2 rating and the rating peaked at 8:15 p.m. at 25.6. By comparison, the local network affiliates of NBC, CB…

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The July sweeps ratings period is considered the least important of the four sweeps held annually, but that likely won’t reduce the celebration over at WGRZ-TV. The NBC affiliate won the local news competition over second-place WIVB-TV in the most important time slots by margins higher than they have been recently. WGRZ-TV won at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p…

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Are you ready for some pro football talk a day before the Buffalo Bills start the preseason? The big news at WGR-AM during the Bills season is that veteran host Howard Simon won’t be involved in the station’s pregame show. Inquiring minds wanted to know what that is all about. Simon says it was his call. “It was my idea,” said Simon in a telephone interview “It…

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WKBW-TV General Manager Michael Nurse and two prominent members of the station’s sales department were released from their duties today by a representative of E.W. Scripps Company, the station’s owner. Nurse, who was named general manager in 2013 under different ownership after being station manager for 12 years, was retained by Scripps when it acquired the station more…

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“Norah is a game-changer.” Those were the words of CBS News President Susan Zirinsky in May shortly after she announced Norah O’Donnell would replace Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor as the anchor of the “CBS Evening News.” The remarks came after O’Donnell’s coverage of two high-profile news events. O’Donnell certainly has been a game-changer in Western New York…

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If you are a regular reader of this column, you know I’m a big fan of “Fleabag,” the British comedy carried on Amazon Prime. Whenever I’m asked what program to recommend, “Fleabag” is near the top of the list. In a column last month, the second season of “Fleabag” was high on my list of nine programs to binge watch on a rainy day. The series stars Phoebe Waller-Br…

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David Milch, the Buffalo native who started his television writing career in 1982 with an Emmy-winning script for the groundbreaking series “Hill Street Blues,” is being honored this weekend with the career achievement award by the Television Critics Association. Milch, a Nichols School and Yale University graduate and former Yale lecturer before entering the television…

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The ABC “Nightline” program that will feature the award-winning coverage by Channel 7 investigative reporter Charlie Specht on the sexual abuse allegations in the Buffalo Diocese finally has a tentative air date. WKBW-TV General Manager Michael Nurse said he was told by ABC this week that barring a last-minute change it is scheduled to be carried on Channel 7 at 12:30 a…