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Inquiring minds want to know: What is happening at WYRK-FM, the country station that is rated No. 1 in Western New York? Well, listen to Taylor Swift’s old song “Change” or several other country songs about change as you read this explanation from Mark Plimpton. He is the market president for the Townsquare Media stations in Buffalo that include WYRK and the station …

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is expanding its “Wake Up!” team in January. Gabrielle Mediak, a Lancaster native and 2014 Buffalo State College graduate, will be an on-air and digital reporter, generate content for the morning program and contribute exclusive content for the web, News Director Lisa Polster said. Mediak has most recently worked for Spectrum News in Syracuse and …

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Buddy Shula has a reason to celebrate. But WBLK, WYRK and WGRF have even more reasons to celebrate, finishing 1-2-3 in the summer Nielsen ratings book. Shula, who purchased WECK (1230 AM/102.9 FM and 100.5 FM) 16 months ago, is celebrating a book that shows his plan to use legendary local disc jockeys – including Danny Neaverth, Harv Moore, Jon Summers, Joe Chille, T…

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This is what I’m thinking: WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Michael Wooten deserves praise for his balanced coverage dealing with the race for the congressional seat in the 27th district between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. The huge difference in the bankrolls of the two candidates makes it imperative that local media fact-c…

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It’s been six months since WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor-reporter Jonah Javad left the station to work in Dallas without a replacement being named. Now comes word from Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner that J.T. Messinger, who has worked off-camera in the news and sports departments, is taking Javad’s roster spot in the sports department. Toellner said Messi…

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Weekend update: I criticized WIVB-TV (Channel 4) last week for not dropping its plans to have Jacquie Walker and Don Postles co-anchor the 6 p.m. Wednesday newscast from the Erie County Fair on the night of the Chris Collins indictment. The Collins coverage that night was anchored by Dave Greber in the studio, where Walker and Postles belonged. So I have come to prai…

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Plenty of news about the news happened in the past few days so here is a “weekend update”: Paul confirms he will exit Channel 7 soon: WKBW-TV (Channel 7) weekend meteorologist Don Paul went to Facebook to confirm my report that his two-year tenure at the station will be over at year’s end. “This is not a retirement and was not my call,” wrote Paul, who joined Channel…

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When you are on vacation, you start thinking about things you wish you had addressed before. Here is a brief list I compiled on a recent week off: Why does Channel 7 start its 11 p.m. newscast a minute after its competitors? It is odd the station gives headlines, goes to a commercial and then starts the news about a minute later. That essentially gives the competitio…

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Local TV viewers will notice some changes in the announcing lineup for Buffalo Bills this season, and they include the hiring of a fan favorite. Fred Jackson, who played nine seasons with the Bills and was the host of his own TV show on WBBZ-TV, will team with Rochester sportscaster Mike Catalana on "Bills Tonight," the postgame show carried on MSG after regular-season …

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After reporting the suicide of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain at about 7:30 a.m., June 8, WECK-AM/FM news director Steve Cichon grabbed his cellphone and typed a story that he had been thinking about for more 30 years. Cichon, 40, spent close to two and a half hours composing a 2,500-word essay posted to his blog, BuffaloStories.com, with the title of "A brief memoir i…

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Lia Lando, who has been anchoring WKBW-TV's (Channel 7) Sunday newscasts for about a year, will have her final broadcast at the ABC affiliate on Saturday. On her last weekend, Lando switched with Hannah Buehler, who now will anchor this Sunday. According to a Channel 7 memo to the staff congratulating Lando, she is taking a full-time job anchoring job at WROC-TV (Cha…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) morning co-anchor Jordan Williams is leaving the CBS affiliate after the end of the July ratings period, General Manager Dominic Mancuso confirmed today. Williams, who has been the co-anchor of "Wake Up!" since 2013, told station management Tuesday that he plans to return to Texas to be closer to his family. "We appreciate all he has done for News…

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A dramatic shift has occurred in viewership of local television news, according to the results from Nielsen about the just-concluded May sweeps. WIVB-TV (Channel 4) probably is producing promos immediately to trumpet its successes. The local CBS affiliate has in recent years lagged behind WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in the age 25-54 demographic important to local advertisers…

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Former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) morning anchor John Beard is back from a special screening of the fifth season of the offbeat comedy "Arrested Development" held by Netflix in Los Angeles. But Beard, who stayed in Western New York after ending his run on Channel 2's "Daybreak" four months ago, may not stay here much longer because his work as himself in "A.D." went over so we…

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Almost six months since his first night in the prestigious role as anchor of "The CBS Evening News," Jeff Glor is being honored by two learning institutions in Upstate New York that helped him get there. At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Glor will be the convocation speaker at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at his college alma mater, Syracuse University. At 7:30 p.…