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When I saw the crowds for Kerfuffle at Canalside, sponsored by Alt 107.7, a few weeks ago, my first thought was that the FM channel must be rocking in the ratings.Then I got a peek at the spring rating book and saw that the Entercom station, WLKK-FM, had a 1.2 share of the audience older than 12 for the period from March 27 through June 18.In other words, just about every …

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On the blacktopped roof of Silo City’s American Warehouse, a bombed-out husk of a building filled with crumbling concrete, twisted metal and broken-down machinery, a percussionist dressed in a smart black suit sent a single drum-beat echoing off the surrounding grain elevators. Two boxers emerged on cue from the twilight. They wore white T-shirts, one printed with the i…

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Anybody could look back to last season and mark the point when the University at Buffalo’s football program finally broke through under coach Jeff Quinn. It seemed a seminal moment, as if his players experienced a collective awakening after nearly losing to Stony Brook. To review, UB barely squeaked past the Sea Wolves with a 26-23 victory that required five overtim…

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LeBron James was assured the Cavaliers would do whatever was necessary to acquire Kevin Love in a trade, but there were no guarantees. They needed to make moves in the proper order. They had to sign James first before turning their attention to players who could help him. Love was at the top of LeBron’s list and now is headed for Cleveland, another fantasy for Cavs …

When the original Woodstock took place, I was barely 2 years old. My parents, not being hippies, music freaks or risk-taking parental types, didn’t take me. I’m OK with that. This past weekend, I thought it would be interesting to take the temperature of the summer concert festival scene, as it sits comfortably at middle age. So I grabbed my son, threw a tent, a few backpa…

During my childhood, I remember adults often sharing stories explaining exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was a significant day in American history but also one in our family. My parents married a day after Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas.Maybe this is strange, but I always felt cheated that I wasn’t alive for JFK and, therefore, co…

PITTSFORD – For a few passing moments Sunday evening, the spectators surrounding the 18th green at Monroe Golf Club were so engrossed in the theater starring Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park that they seemed to forget about the curtain falling on women’s golf in Rochester.Really, they couldn’t ask for a better finish than the drama that unfolded in th…

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As a meteorologist, Andy Parker is used to making long-range forecasts.He knew that dark clouds have pretty much hung over Channel 7 since he left the ABC affiliate about 14 years ago and that things have been pretty sunny less than a mile away while he worked at Channel 2’s “Daybreak.”But when Parker’s contract was about to expire and Channel 7…

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When Stefan Mychajliw first set foot in his office on the 11th floor of the Rath Building as Erie County comptroller-elect, he was appalled at what he saw. Beige paint. Blank walls. Frowning employees. “When I walked in, it was like 1965 East Germany,” Mychajliw said. “I was actually depressed the first time I walked into this office. I cannot begin to describe what a tr…

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PITTSFORD – It’s probably my loss, but I must admit to not paying very close attention to the LPGA Tour in recent years. I’m like many casual fans in North America. I’ll check the results every so often or catch the highlights on TV before my attention wanders elsewhere. No problem here with women’s golf, but the LPGA has had a lingering …

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We’re righting a great wrong here. And we are, at long last, fully explaining why. Please note the accompanying piece by Dale Anderson explaining why he did not cover one of the greatest musical events of our era, Woodstock. We covered it the wrong way at the time, but even that was a triumph (of which more later). I ought to know. I was the wrong way that we covered th…

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PITTSFORD – If only she could flip back the calendar 20 years, a year before she won the British Open, a year before she joined the LPGA tour, a year before Lexi Thompson was even born. Karrie Webb would gladly visit 1994 and talk some sense into 19-year-old Karrie Webb.“I wish I had known,” Webb said, “what I know now.”Don’t we al…

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Wandering through Forest Lawn on Delaware Avenue, you’re likely to stumble right upon it at some point. The stone is massive, a beveled-edge slab marking the final resting place of James Ambrose Johnson Jr., known to the world as Rick James, one of the funkiest human beings this side of the funkiest of them all, James Brown. On the polished black stone is an image of Jame…

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I was lucky enough to be in Los Angeles when Robin Williams was being discovered. I was The Buffalo News’ TV columnist and taking part in the networks’ biannual unveiling of series. I saw Williams at Improv one night. This was the period before “Mork & Mindy,” before any of his movies, even before Johnny Carson. Williams was just a comedy club comic in a beret and su…