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By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

  WIVB-TV (Channel 4) morning co-anchor and noon anchor Teresa Weakley is leaving the station after three years to take a job at a station in Grand Rapids, Mich. owned by the same company that owns Channel 4. The move was announced in a memo to the staff from Lisa Polster, the acting news director at the CBS... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At 11 p.m. Monday, Kevin O’Neill was the meteorologist on Channel 2’s newscast. I hope that made a lot of his fans happy. I was surprised by the number of readers who were concerned that the reorganization of Channel 2’s weather department meant they would see less of O’Neill doing forecasts. The station... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reports of any significant TV demise of the Olympics during the Rio Games were greatly exaggerated. That is especially true in Western New York. Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, tied for 19th place among 56 affiliates that measure overnight ratings via meters. And that’s despite living in an area where many... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, August 22, 2016

This is what I’m thinking: The 4 p.m. start time for the Buffalo Bills’ 21-0 preseason victory over the New York Giants Saturday and the beautiful weather undoubtedly led to a reduced rating on Channel 7 compared to the preseason opener. It also didn’t help that the game wasn’t competitive and there was no... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Saturday, August 20, 2016

This is a Sports on the Air special: After further review, the Buffalo Bills preseason game with the New York Giants at 4 p.m. today carried on Channel 7 and the two final preseason games airing on the ABC affiliate won’t be simulcast on MSG. You may recall, simulcasting was the plan in the new television deal... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, August 18, 2016

Remember last month when I mentioned that Channel 2 weather anchor Maria Genero is sick of working mornings and Patrick Hammer may be moved into the time slot on the popular morning program “Daybreak”? Well, the switch was announced by Genero on "Daybreak" Thursday morning and on her Facebook page and also tweeted... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

  Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” ends its 20-month run on Thursday night because of weak national ratings. Not too many Western New Yorkers will be crying because the program hasn’t attracted much of an audience here since replacing “The Colbert Report.” During the May... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Meteorologist Don Paul, who completes a local TV hat trick when he joins Channel 7 in September, leads the 2016 class of The Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. Paul, who left Channel 4 in March after 29 years and also worked at Channel 2 for three years, is joined by Larry Norton, who has stayed... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, August 15, 2016

This is what I’m thinking in my Rio Olympics diary: The match-up Saturday night when United States swimming superstar Michael Phelps supposedly had his farewell race and the Buffalo Bills had their preseason opener was no contest overall in Western New York. The meaningless Bills exhibition loss carried by Channel... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Friday, August 12, 2016

This is what I’m thinking in my Olympic diary: Western New York is one of the few areas in the United States that gets the benefit of CBC-TV’s coverage of the Rio Games. On Thursday afternoon, that meant WNY viewers who weren’t satisfied with NBC’s live stream of the women’s gymnastics competition that... Read More

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