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By Alan Pergament » 9:08 AM

As a male outside the demographic that advertisers love, I felt for Channel 4 anchor Don Postles during the station’s 6 p.m. newscast Wednesday. Reporter Jenn Schanz was on set after just finishing her five-minute sweeps month story on mothers who are eating their placenta, often in pill form, after childbirth for... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, February 11, 2016

  This is what I’m thinking: I’m not sure I can remember any recent TV program that has gotten as many glowing reviews as the FX limited series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Critics generally don't agree 100 percent on anything, other than there are too many terrific current... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WIVB-TV celebrated. WGRZ-TV protested. That’s the local story involving the New York State Emmy nominations announced Tuesday. On first glance, Channel 4 (WIVB) has reason to gloat in upcoming promos about being the local leader in nominations for a medium market (stations 50 through 99) with five, compared to... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This is what I’m thinking: Normally, I’m a fan of the frequent tweets sent out by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, especially about sports. But I was a little startled on Super Bowl Sunday by a tweet he sent while the National Football League was trotting out all the living former Super Bowl most valuable... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, February 8, 2016

Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina may have been one of the ugliest and dullest Super Bowls in recent memory, but the ratings were pretty fabulous in Western New York. The CBS broadcast of Super Bowl 50 had a 56.4 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. That made it the highest-rated Super Bowl locally since... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Sunday, February 7, 2016

CBS Sports had some silly fun in a Super Bowl pregame feature this afternoon that imagined an “Alternative History of the Buffalo Bills” that had kicker Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal in Super Bowl XXV going through the uprights to give the Bills a 22-20 victory over the New York Giants. Jim Kelly, Steve... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Friday, February 5, 2016

WIVB-TV is losing another experienced news staffer with the announcement today that veteran reporter George Richert will be leaving after the end of the February sweeps. Richert, who has been at Channel 4 for more than 17 years, is leaving to become the director of communications for Catholic Diocese of... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Friday, February 5, 2016

This is what I’m thinking: Janet Snyder, John Zach, Rob Lucas and several other members of the Entercom radio team in Western New York were silenced for portions of three hours on Thursday: Greg Ried, the general manager of all the Entercom stations in this market, explained that a core switch that distributes the... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, February 4, 2016

This is what I’m thinking: The trade publication Variety declared the Tuesday night premiere of the FX limited series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” a national hit with 5.11 million viewers, a record for an original FX drama premiere. Frankly, I thought the series about the disgraced Bills... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  Time Warner Cable isn’t saying much, but it appears that it plans to change the way some Western New York customers receive its cable service and that it eventually will cost more money each month. According to an article Wednesday on Syracuse.com, next month TWC customers in the Hudson Valley will no longer... Read More

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