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This is what I’m thinking: In the early morning hours Thursday after the announcement that Bishop Richard J. Malone retired early, ABC’s “Nightline” did its second program on the crisis in the Buffalo Diocese. Most of it was a rehash by correspondent and Buffalo native David Wright of a compelling July 26 edition of “Nightline” that included interviews with Malone, w…

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Here’s some good news for all those people who have emailed me over the last few days and said they also are experiencing blank screens and frozen pictures while watching NFL games and some other programs on local Fox affiliate WUTV: The long local cable nightmare is over. That’s the word from Nick Magnini, the general manager of WUTV and its sister Sinclair Broadcastin…

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When the second season of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” arrived a year ago, I lamented that the early episodes were so disappointing that newcomers to the Emmy Award-winning show might have wondered what all the fuss was about for season one. It appeared to be difficult for executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) and Daniel Palladino to recrea…

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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said today he is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over a threat made Tuesday by a caller to a WBEN-AM talk show. The caller, who identified himself as David from Lockport, made the threat in response to an announcement by Poloncarz Tuesday that Erie County welcomes refugees. The announcement was…

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Like many Western New Yorkers on a day without a Buffalo Bills game, I settled in front of my TV at 1 p.m. Sunday to watch the big NFL game between Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens and the once-beaten San Francisco 49ers on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. I was immediately startled to see a blank screen rather than any game action on WUTV, which I was watching via …

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To practically no one’s surprise, Buffalo had the top-rated CBS affiliate among the top 56 metered markets for the Bills’ 26-15 upset of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. However, it might have been slightly surprising that the rating didn’t approach what Bills games have been getting this season. The game had a 36.2 rating on WIVB-TV, well below the ratings in…

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It was almost as stunning to Buffalo fans as the Bills’ dominance of the Dallas Cowboys in a 26-15 Thanksgiving Day victory. I’m talking about the perceived pro-Dallas flavor of the CBS telecast almost until play-by-play man Jim Nantz proclaimed after a shot of Bills owner Terry Pegula celebrating in the visiting owner's box with 5:48 left in the game, "what an exceptio…

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Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson is the most talked about player in the National Football League and the leading candidate for the most valuable player award after throwing five touchdowns in a 45-6 rout of the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football to give the Ravens a 9-2 record. The 8-3 Buffalo Bills have become more in the conversation about potential playoff …

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The documentary “Bruce Smith: A Football Life” that airs at 10 p.m. Friday on the NFL Network deserves a different title: “The Bruce Smith You Didn’t Know.” Most Buffalo Bills fans in Western New York are aware of Smith’s spin moves that helped him become a sack machine during the team's Super Bowl years in the 1990s, accomplishments that are highlighted in the promos f…

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To borrow one of the favorite expressions of CBS play-by-play man Kevin Harlan, “oh my gosh” do I love the excitement he brings to a game. He should narrate the year-end highlights of every team in the NFL. He might even be able to make the winless Cincinnati Bengals season seem exciting. Listening to Harlan is like being next to an enthusiastic conversational guy si…

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Marc Jaromin was asked a simple question by executives of the E.W. Scripps company when he was interviewed for the job of general manager at WKBW-TV: “Do you know what Dyngus Day is?” “If you’re from Buffalo, you know what Dyngus Day is,” said Jaromin of the Polish-American holiday observed after Easter Sunday. “Not only knowing what it is, but knowing there is a micro-…

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Some quick Buffalo Bills notes: The surprising 7-3 Bills don’t have a scheduled prime-time game this season, but they will get their top visibility of the season on Thanksgiving Day when CBS’ No. 1 announcing team of play-by-play man Jim Nantz, analyst Tony Romo and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson are on the game against the Dallas Cowboys. It is no surprise that Nan…

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Buffalo Bills fans will get a post-Thanksgiving treat at 10 pm. Friday, Nov. 29 when the NFL Network carries “A Football Life: Bruce Smith.” The NFL Films production on the Hall of Fame defensive end during the Bills’ Super Bowl years will air after the NFL 100 All-Time Team special on defensive linemen and linebackers airs at 8 p.m. and a reaction to the announced team…

Local News

WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV General Manager Dominic Mancuso has left the station after almost three years to take a similar job at different stations owned by Nexstar in Indianapolis. Mancuso is becoming the general manager at a CBS affiliate, WTTV-TV, and a Fox affiliate, WXIN-TV, in Indiana. The Indianapolis market is No. 25 in the country, while the Buffalo market is No.5…

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For the second straight week, Buffalo Bills fans can shout "We're No.1." Ratings for Buffalo Bills games are routinely hitting season highs every week largely due to the team’s 7-3 record. The Bills’ 37-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday had a season-high 43.9 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. Buffalo ranked No. 1 among all CBS markets carrying NFL g…