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One of the reasons that WKBW-TV (Channel 7) hasn’t been able to be more competitive in the local news race at 11 p.m., despite its improving news product, is the poor lead-in it gets from ABC’s primetime programming. The huge lead-in provided by two preseason Buffalo Bills games has helped the third-place news station in town, but not as much as one might expect. The…

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The departure of Kevin O'Connell from the Channel 2 weather team more than a week ago has quietly led to some local TV history being made. It is believed WGRZ will have a woman as its regular meteorologist on weekday evening newscasts for the first time in about a half-century in Buffalo. Actually, it will be two women. Heather Waldman and Maria Genero will split …

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Names in the news: Jordan Williams: The co-anchor of WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) "Wake Up!" has his final broadcast on the CBS affiliate on Wednesday, the final day of the July sweeps. Williams is becoming assistant news director at KBMT, his hometown station in Beaumont, Texas. He is from Port Neches, Texas, and is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio. On Th…

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Nobody asked me but: WIVB-TV has more important anchor shifts to fill than the weekend slot it just filled by hiring WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Erica Brecher. The station still hasn't filled the weekday anchor slots formerly held by Nalina Shapiro, who left more than four months ago. In the interim, Don Postles and Jacquie Walker have added extra shifts at 5:30 and…

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When is an endorsement not an endorsement? If that sounds like a question for a lawyer, it is. Attorney Robert D. Berkun came to the defense of WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O'Connell over the weekend. O'Connell's future with the station is unclear after he was a paid witness in a personal injury case handled by a lawyer associated with Berkun's firm, an…

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More than a week ago, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) weathercaster Kevin O'Connell testified in a case for a law firm he has endorsed on the firm's website. Now O'Connell is awaiting a verdict on whether he'll be able to stay at the NBC affiliate for another year or more after what Channel 2 and its owner apparently consider a policy violation. Since he is in contract negotiati…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is doing what television stations typically do when they do well in the May sweeps reported by Nielsen: Exaggerate their successes. It is my duty to fact-check the promo that I saw while watching my favorite weekend program, "Sunday Morning" on CBS. The Channel 4 promo featuring anchor teams Melanie Orlins and Jordan Williams, Dave Greber and Chri…