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The Josh Allen Show hit another "wow" local television rating Sunday. Buffalo's 28-14 win over the New York Giants led by the Bills quarterback had a 36.4 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. That was up slightly from the “wow” 36.0 rating for the Bills’ 17-16 season opening-victory over the New York Jets after a fourth-quarter comeback led by Allen. Sunday…

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I never thought I had anything in common with Bruce Arians, the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who last season was the third man in the CBS booth alongside play-by-play man Greg Gumbel and analyst Trent Green. But after Green thoroughly described the New York Giants touchdown that narrowed the Buffalo Bills lead to 21-14 Sunday, Gumbel said “a year ago, BA (Arians) w…

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Hill Harper may be best known as the actor who plays Dr. Marcus Andrews on the popular ABC series “The Good Doctor.” But he also headlines an HLN series, “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.” And the season four finale is featuring one of Western New York’s most notorious criminals. A two-part episode about Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber from Pendl…

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It is one of the most noticeable trends in local television news in Buffalo. To borrow a phrase from WKBW-TV’s promotional campaign, women reporters are everywhere. Of the last 23 new reporting hires made at the three over-the-air network affiliates in a little more than a year, all but one has been a woman. It's part of a trend in the broadcast business that expe…

Colleges

You can cancel the retirement party for WKBW-TV anchor Keith Radford. Radford, who started working part time this year, said in a telephone interview that he expects to continue working under a new deal after his present contract runs out at the end of the year. Under his current deal, he works about four hours daily, anchoring at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. “I don't kno…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo’s first prime-time network football game in what seems like forever drew good viewership on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The Bulls’ 45-13 loss to No. 15-ranked Penn State on Saturday had a strong 7.6 rating on WUTV, peaking at a 10.2 at 8:15 p.m. when the Bulls looked like they might have been able to pull off a huge upset. The 7.6 rating …

Columns

It was disturbing enough that WKBW-TV investigative reporter Charlie Specht was excluded from Bishop Richard J. Malone’s press conference last week. Now comes word that Specht and his family also have had difficulties gaining entrance to the church they had hoped to attend after a recent move to a new community. A practicing Catholic, Specht recently moved with his w…

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The same day WKBW-TV broadcast its latest scoop about the Buffalo Diocese from investigative reporter Charlie Specht, the diocese responded by calling a news conference. But viewers didn't get to see Specht follow up his story with questions for Bishop Richard J. Malone because Specht was excluded from the event. The decision led to universal condemnation of the dioc…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills’ best fourth-quarter comeback in 22 years was a “wow” ratings-wise, with fans not giving up hope after the team fell behind the New York Jets, 16-0, in the second half. The Bills’ 17-16 victory over the Jets Sunday afternoon had a 36.0 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. The rating peaked in the final 15 minutes at 39.7 when the Bills “wowed” C…

Bills

Before the start of the Buffalo Bills season opener against the New York Jets Sunday, I tweeted: “Who doesn’t love listening to (CBS play-by-play man) Kevin Harlan’s voice?” After the Bills’ once-in-22 years, fourth-quarter comeback victory, 17-16, I revised that tweet by asking, “Who doesn’t love Harlan’s voice talking about Bills resiliency?” Bills fans can acknowl…

Family

Hallmark is celebrating 10 years of “Countdown to Christmas” by gifting viewers with a record 40 new holiday movies airing on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Holiday programming starts Oct. 25 on HM&M where 16 films will now premiere on Thursdays and Fridays. The Hallmark Channel starts Oct. 26 with 24 new movies, including a Hallmark Hall …

TV

Wow was I wrong about my Norah O’Donnell column. No, not my opinion that the new anchor of the “CBS Evening News” is more of a channel-changer in Buffalo than a game-changer than CBS News President Susan Zirinsky thought she would be. Through the first month with O’Donnell anchoring, the national ratings also have gone down slightly from a year ago under former ancho…

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Are you ready for even more football than you’ve watched in the past? The National Football League is experimenting this season with a new rule that will give armchair fans even more games to watch on some Sunday afternoons. In seasons past, the local CBS affiliate WIVB and the local Fox affiliate WUTV were prohibited from carrying a game opposite a Buffalo Bills hom…

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Who won the national dispute between Nexstar, the owner of WIVB, and AT&T, the owner of DirecTV, that was settled Thursday night? It is hard to say, since no financial details were revealed in the announcement of the deal about how much AT&T will pay to carry the Nexstar stations. Both sides were losers. Nexstar, which had stations in 97 markets off DirecT…