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My final "Jeopardy!" thoughts on the “Greatest of All Time” tournament that concluded on ABC in four games with Ken Jennings declared the winner: • Host Alex Trebek is a trouper. If you hadn’t known he is battling pancreatic cancer, you wouldn’t have known it. • Immediately after James Holzhauer had the wrong “Final Jeopardy” answer on a Shakespeare question Tuesday …

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The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists has a new president for the first time since it was founded in 1999. Madison Carter, an anchor and investigative reporter for WKBW-TV, has been elected to succeed Buffalo News columnist and urban affairs editor Rod Watson, who has held the post since the organization was established. “The initiative she demonstrated in bri…

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ABC’s “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” already is a big winner locally and nationally. The first three nights of competition last week had double-digit ratings on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). That’s a rarity these days with so many programming options on network and cable television and streaming services. The opening game victory of Ken Jennings over James Holzhauer and Bra…

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Fredonia has made the final five. Residents of the Chautauqua County village on Lake Erie gathered at its 1891 Fredonia Opera House Tuesday morning to watch the unveiling of the top five finalists for the next season of the reality television show "Small Business Revolution." Fredonia made the cut, and will compete in an online vote against Benicia, Calif.; Livingsto…

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First, 60-something Keith Radford signs a new deal with WKBW-TV (Channel 7). Now comes word 60-something feature reporter and meteorologist Mike Randall has a new deal, too. Actually, Randall’s deal was first, coming two months before Radford’s deal was announced. It just wasn’t revealed back then. Under terms of the new two-year deal that runs through August of 2021…

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Nancy A. Gaglione, who runs Interior Design & Space Planning, calls her ranch home of three years in Snyder "a dream." Here is how she described the place for The Buffalo News "Home of the Week" online feature, her second home since downsizing in 2013: "Being in the design world is great fun. It's challenging and exciting to fulfill your clients' needs. "Doing…

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The Airport Bridge Club offers extra points at no extra cost at its games at noon today and all next week. Wednesday’s game begins at noon following a lesson from club manager Bill Finkelstein at 10 a.m. The club will hold two extra-point games, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20. • • • Free weekly bridge lessons for middle and high school stude…

GRAPHIC NOVEL Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland; Algonquin Young Readers, 223 pages ($12.95) Ages 8 to 12. ... Cynthia Copeland's funny and charming graphic novel memoir, of her transformative seventh grade year, was inspired by her experience as a cub reporter for the local paper in her hometown of Litchfield, Conn., starting in seventh grade. Her wonderful illustratio…

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Name: Rachel Stepien, 34. Who she is: Owner of the Plant Shack, which opened in November at 618 Main St., East Aurora. The Plant Shack’s first location at Knox Farm State Park opened in July and is now closed for the season. The Plant Shack sells houseplants, grown locally or in Texas and Florida, as well as gifts and home decor sourced locally or from global small busi…

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As the calendar flips, experts in every field have opinions about how we should reassess, re-evaluate, and generally improve ourselves. The word “resolutions” begins to feel like pressure. Even garden bloggers, radio hosts, and news columnists assail us with shoulds. It can be daunting, and makes me ask, “Who am I to say how you should change your ways, make a better…

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The Buffalo Bills’ 22-19 overtime playoff lost to the Houston Texans had a local rating in the low end of recent Super Bowls. The game had a combined season-high Nielsen rating of 50.9 in Buffalo on ABC affiliate WKBW-TV (44.9) and ESPN (6.0). It was the most-viewed NFL wild-card game ever on ESPN and ABC and averaged 26,409,000 viewers, with a high of 35,450,000 dur…

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Inquiring minds want to know: Why is “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” airing on local ABC affiliate WKBW-TV starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday instead of WIVB-TV, the CBS local affiliate that carries the weeknight program hosted by Alex Trebek daily at 7:30 p.m.? The answer is simple. “Jeopardy!” is a syndicated game show that airs in markets across the country on ABC, …

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All the usual suspects were there – Marty, Meryl, Brad, Quentin. You know, the whole gang. As far as I'm concerned, the Golden Globes on Sunday night turned into the Michelle Williams Show before it was over. The actress some of us have been watching since she played a lost and promiscuous teen on "Dawson's Creek" won a well-deserved award for playing legendary Broadway…

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The nightmare Super Bowl scenario for Spectrum Cable subscribers remains a possibility after what happened Sunday on Fox affiliate WUTV during the NFC playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. As the Vikings’ ran a first-down play from inside the Saints’ 5-yard line in overtime that could have won the game, the picture on my cable screen and scr…

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It seems like an annual WKBW-TV (Channel 7) event for anchor Keith Radford. I’m not talking about announcing the ball drop for the new year with his co-anchor. I’m referring to his future plans and delaying retirement. Radford and Channel 7’s new general manager, Marc Jaromin, have confirmed that the veteran anchor has agreed to a new one-year deal to remain at th…