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I still get emails occasionally about my August and September columns about the anchor change at “CBS Evening News” from Kenmore native Jeff Glor to Norah O’Donnell. The great majority of emails from Western New York and around the country mostly agreed with my assessment that it was a bad call by new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky. She called the switch a “game-c…

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With the February sweeps set to start in 10 days, the story of the November sweeps can finally be told. I was unable to give the Nielsen ratings for the local newscasts on the three network affiliates earlier because the owner of local CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Channel 4) dropped the ratings service last year in favor of a different service, Comscore. Nielsen didn’t all…

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WNED-TV should send the documentary that aired Monday, “Making Buffalo Home: A Refugee’s First Year,” directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The moving, educational and uplifting 26-minute film narrated by West Coast voice actor John Eleby has a timely arrival as it explains the challenges that refugees face and the benefits they provide to a community with a declining pop…

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WIVB-TV’s new general manager, Brien Kennedy, arrived at the Elmwood Avenue station last month with a reputation for being an agent of change in his previous stops in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. He says that reputation will be changing in Buffalo. “I always get the call to go to the station that is not doing well,” Kennedy said. “This is the first time really I’ve …

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WGRZ-TV has hired a new meteorologist. Elyse Smith will arrive next month from KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, Mo., to fill the weekend Storm 2 position formerly held by Jennifer Stanonis. Stanonis left the NBC affiliate after seven years in late October to “"focus more time on my family, three young kids!" Before joining WGRZ, she was a meteorologist at WKBW-TV. Smith…

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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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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…