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By Alan Pergament » 2:13 PM

It didn't take long for WKBW-TV (Channel 7) sports anchor Shawn Stepner to land a job in his hometown area. Stepner, who announced he was leaving earlier this week, is joining WMAR-TV in Baltimore as a sports reporter. Like WKBW, WMAR is an E.W. Scripps station. Stepner's last day at Channel 7 is expected to be... Read More

By Alan Pergament » 8:59 AM

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton almost proved to be as big a rating grabber in Western New York Thursday as Republican nominee Donald Trump did a week earlier. Indeed, the math is so complicated that you could say it is too close to call. From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., when Clinton’s daughter Chelsea... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday was heavy-hitters night at the Democratic National Convention so you might have expected local ratings to soar as high as the analyst reviews for President Obama’s speech. It didn’t happen here, but it did happen nationally. Wednesday was the lowest-rated night locally of the first three days of the... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, July 27, 2016

NBC recently announced that it is going to carry the Aug. 5 opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics on an hour delay, rather than live. However, Western New Yorkers don't have to wait an hour. They can watch it live on Canada’s CBC, as they have in years past. CBC, which is available in most WNY homes through their... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  A few days before the start of the Buffalo Bills training camp, WKBW-TV has announced it is reorganizing its sports team. Shawn Stepner, who has been at Channel 7 for almost nine years and has been the primary sports anchor since Jeff Russo left sports to become a news anchor in January of 2015, is leaving on... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, July 25, 2016

Can the Democrats beat the Republicans? In local ratings for the conventions, that is. That’s not likely considering how strong Fox News is in the Buffalo market preaching to the converted. The big local winners last week for the Republican Convention in Cleveland were first place Fox News and CNN, which... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Friday, July 15, 2016

If you’re regular reader of this blog and column, then you know I’m very happy about many of the Emmy nominations announced Thursday. Let’s look at my Top 12 takeaways. FX’s “The Americans” Finally Gets Its Due: Just last Tuesday, in a “You Should Be Watching” feature, I mentioned that the program... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, July 14, 2016

  As Channel 7’s expected hiring of former Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul to work weekends in the fall illustrates, walking off the TV stage isn’t so easy if it is in your blood. Channel 2’s top weatherman, Kevin O’Connell, may be pulling a Paul and considering working on a part-time basis after his... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Former WIVB-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Don Paul is headed back to local television news about six months after he left the CBS affiliate. According to sources, Paul has verbally agreed to join WKBW-TV (Channel 7) on a part-time basis in two months unless there is an unexpected last-minute contract snag. Paul, 69,... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A week doesn’t go by without some bad news for the Rio Olympics. The Zika virus has led to daily announcements of athletes declining to go. The Russians aren’t coming, the Russian aren’t coming to compete in track -- one of the signature events in the Games -- because of past state-sponsored doping... Read More

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