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Some updates on two stories from last week: First up, an update on the new WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) program “Most Buffalo.” It didn’t have any online tryout episodes last week after all. However, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner has confirmed the details in last week’s story about the 4 p.m. show that will compete with WIVB-TV’s 4 p.m. successful newscast startin…

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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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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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Another media romance is leading to the departure of another strong TV news reporter. As expected, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Danny Spewak will be leaving the station after the end of May sweeps to join a Minneapolis station with the same owner, Tegna, as Channel 2. Spewak will be competing with his girlfriend, former WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Callan Gray. Gray, w…

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It is almost as tough to predict the future of WGRZ-TV weathercaster Kevin O'Connell as it is to predict whether Josh Allen is going to become the Buffalo Bills' franchise quarterback. But the odds are that O'Connell is going to stay at the NBC affiliate beyond mid-July, which was supposed to be the end of his final contract. We ran into each other Saturday night at …

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When Kate Welshofer was in middle school at Perry Central, she came home very upset from a Career Day. Classmates said they planned to be a teacher, nurse, veterinarian and firefighter when she didn't have a clue about her future. "I told my mother 'I don't know what I am going to be when I grow up,'" Welshofer recently explained. "She said, 'It is all right if you h…

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Many viewers think TV anchors are just like actors when they read the news. "That's true," said WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) co-anchor Scott Levin. "If only they knew what goes on producing two hours of news a day." In a few days, Levin and his co-anchor the last 16 years, Maryalice Demler, get a chance to act for real while reading. They are the stars of the Niagara Regio…

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When WIVB-TV (Channel 4) anchor Nalina Shapiro left the station on March 1, weekend anchor-reporter Callan Gray appeared to be up for a promotion to Shapiro's weekday anchor assignments. Instead, Gray is looking for the exit sign as well. According to sources, Gray is leaving the station after her contract runs out in a few weeks. Channel 4 General Manager Dominic…

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Kate Welshofer has made a quick positive impression on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) viewers since arriving in late January. Now she gets a chance to impress a national audience. Welshofer, who primarily has appeared on Channel 2's "Daybreak" as a feature reporter and occasional co-anchor since arriving from an Albany cable station, will be one of four co-hosts next week on th…

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Since it was the first time in almost a half century since two Western New York teams qualified for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, I watched all three local newscasts at 11 p.m. to see how they covered this historic event. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) led its newscast with video of the excitement where the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure got the news that the te…

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Who is going to replace WGRZ-TV sportscaster Jonah Javad now that he is heading to Dallas? It appears that Channel 2 is in no hurry to replace Javad, whose final day at the station after five and a half years was Tuesday. Channel 2 still has the same number of on-air sports personnel as its rivals – three – in Sports Director Adam Benigni, Stu Boyar and Heather Prusa…

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Western New Yorkers were more interested in the Pyeongchang Olympics than much of the nation, but interest dropped sharply here in the final three days of prime time coverage. Over the 18 days of coverage, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) averaged a 13.0 rating, down about 13 percent from the 15.0 rating it averaged for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Channel 2 researcher Jon May rep…

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On their second date, Channel 4 anchor Nalina Shapiro and Channel 2 sportscaster Jonah Javad took a five-hour ride to an Of Monsters and Men concert in Columbus, Ohio. Before the trip, Javad's father gave unsolicited advice about being "stuck in a car" with someone you barely know for a 10-hour round trip. "He said, 'Well, son, you will know if you are right for some…