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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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One of the toughest parts of my job is cutting stories. Things I find interesting often are deleted because the stories are too long or they just don't fit the overall theme. Without further ado, here are some items picked up from the cutting room floor from three recent columns. At the end of interviews, a journalist often asks a subject if he or she wanted to talk …

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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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A few days before he departs for a new job in Dallas, WGRZ-TV sports anchor-reporter Jonah Javad got quite a goodbye present. Javad, who said goodbye to viewers at the end of "Sports Talk Sunday" and officially has his final day at Channel 2 on Tuesday, received two New York State Emmy nominations last Thursday. They include one in the sports category for "Talent: An…

Bucky and Sully

"Sports Talk Sunday" rolled on without Bucky Gleason, with The News' Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci stepping into his host seat, alongside Jerry Sullivan and Adam Benigni. Heather Prusak and Jonah Javad, both of WGRZ, popped in for a segment apiece. Here are the major topics from Sunday's show, which aired originally at 11:30 p.m. May 1 on WGRZ-TV. The season is expected…

Bucky and Sully

"Sports Talk Sunday" morphed into a pre-NFL Draft special on April 24, as gurus Jonah Javad of WGRZ and Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News joined usual hosts Adam Benigni and Bucky Gleason on the set. Here are five talking points from the show, which aired originally at 11:30 p.m. April 24 on WGRZ-TV. 1) The Bills' biggest need: The segment intro is a video of Bills GM Doug…

Bucky and Sully

WGRZ sports anchor Jonah Javad stepped in for usual host Adam Benigni to guide The News' Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan through another episode of "Sports Talk Sunday." PGA professional Jeff Mietus, of Transit Valley Country Club in East Amherst, was featured during the second segment to discuss another eventful Masters. "Sports Talk Sunday" airs at 11:30 p.m. every Su…

Bucky and Sully

A Bills-heavy "Sports Talk Sunday" rolled through topics like expectations for Preston Brown, the contract situation for Tyrod Taylor and a debate over how the team should approach a new stadium. WGRZ's Jonah Javad stood in for usual host Adam Benigni, and he was joined by fellow Mizzou grad Jerry Sullivan, News columnist Bucky Gleason and Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci.…

Bucky and Sully

"Sports Talk Sunday" with WGRZ's Adam Benigni and The Buffalo News' Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan tackled the two major sports topics on the minds of Buffalonians: the Sabres' moves at Monday's NHL Trade Deadline and the Buffalo Bills' draft projections after this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine. Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci checks in with the show from Indianapolis,…

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Inquiring minds want to know: Where have Channel 2 sports anchors Adam Benigni and Jonah Javad been lately? Heather Prusak and Stu Boyar have anchored most of the sportscasts in the last few weeks, which have made Benigni and Javad’s absences noticeable. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner declined comment, which suggests Benigni and Javad have had medical issues tha…