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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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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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This is what I'm thinking: When it comes to investigative reporters on TV, some of the best have been former newspapermen. Lee Coppola, John Pauly, Tony Farina and Jim Heaney quickly come to mind. WKBW-TV (Channel 7) investigative reporter Charlie Specht may be on his way to adding his name to the list. He has won a prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his…

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It appears that WIVB-TV (Channel 4) made a makeup call on Monday night. After the station waited 17 minutes into its 11 p.m. Sunday newscast to run the story about the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure making the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Channel 4 led its 11 p.m. Monday newscast with the news that the UB women's team received an at-large bid into the NC…

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I always thought that Channel 7 reporter Desiree Wiley had a major market future. Almost two years ago, I even made this suggestion: “I’d send traffic reporter Desiree Wiley to meteorology school and turn her into a weathercaster if she would agree to a long-term contract that would keep her here when the major markets come calling.” I just didn’t expect the major market…

This is what I’m thinking: Despite an improved product, Channel 7 hasn’t been able to grow its news audience since E.W. Scripps took over as owner. It needs one of its rival stations to give viewers a reason to switch. Channel 4’s decisions to drop a traditional 6 p.m. sportscast and have meteorologists Don Paul and Todd Santos on the same newscast, essentially doing fo…

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Western New Yorkers have seen Mike Randall on their TV screens for decades as Channel 7’s longtime meteorologist. They may also recognize him as Mark Twain or Charles Dickens, both characters he’s brought to life on stage in one-man shows for years. But this summer, Randall is trying something new: playing Angelo, a necklace-hawking, payment-seeking goldsmith in debt with …