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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, next month TWC customers in the Hudson Valley will no longer... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  It isn’t nearly as riveting or as creative as one of my favorite feature films of the year, “The Big Short.” But there are a lot worse ways to invest four hours than watching the two-part ABC miniseries with a greedy financial story line, “Madoff.” The miniseries, which airs at 8 tonight and... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The CBS pregame show for the Super Bowl Sunday will include a feature that deals with a question that many Buffalo Bills fans have been asking for 25 years. In a conference call today, CBS Sports President Sean McManus said the four-hour program will take a look at Super Bowl XXV and “what would have happened if the... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Get ready for News 4 at 4. WIVB-TV News Director Scott Levy has confirmed that the CBS affiliate is planning to start a 4 p.m. newscast by the end of March. According to sources, Channel 4 originally was hoping to premiere the newscast on the Monday after Sunday’s Super Bowl but the station isn’t ready to do... Read More

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