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By Alan Pergament » Monday, September 15, 2014

The Buffalo Bills’ 29-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the home opener had an electric rating Sunday on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. The game averaged a 35.9 rating, which was about a 20 percent improvement on the surprisingly low 29.8 rating for the Bills’ season-opening upset of… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Monday, September 15, 2014

A special football game deserves a special media game plan. My game plan Sunday was to listen to WGR’s radio broadcast of the first half of the Bills-Miami game, watch the second half live on local CBS affiliate Channel 4 and then watch the first half on TV via my… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, September 11, 2014

Veteran radio personality Larry Norton remembers the first time he became involved with Make-A-Wish. A young Albany boy named Kevin had a wish to come to a tailgate party at a Buffalo Bills game when Norton’s station, 97 Rock, was broadcasting the team’s games. “We got him tickets to the… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Local television cheerleading normally makes me want to shout. But on a day that was being referred to by Bills fans as “Christmas in September,” you’d have to be a Scrooge not to understand why all the local television stations were in Football Heaven after the announcement that Buffalo Sabres… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This is what I’m thinking while riding around listening to the radio: If the University of Buffalo wants its athletic program to be taken more seriously nationally and in New York State, it should tell its football announcers to tone down their tendency to be homers. I was in my… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Monday, September 8, 2014

  The Buffalo Bills’ 23-20 upset of the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon was one of the lowest-rated season openers in the 15 years that Western New York has been a metered market. The game averaged a 29.8 on Channel 29, the local Fox affiliate that carried a Bills road game… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Monday, September 8, 2014

If Buffalo Bills fans get the same quality announcing work that they received during the team’s 23-20 overtime win over Chicago Sunday, then they probably will be in a local version of the Fox reality series “Utopia.” Play-by-play man Kenny Albert, analyst Daryl Johnston and sideline commentator Tony Siragusa had… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Friday, September 5, 2014

Can we talk ? The subject is news judgment. On Thursday night, “The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” led its 30-minute newscast with almost seven minutes about the death of legendary comedian Joan Rivers. That was longer than the subsequent showbiz show on Channel 2, “Entertainment Tonight,” spent on… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, September 4, 2014

The new Channel 4 meteorologist has something in common with Channel 7 meteorologist Mike Randall Andrew Baglini is an actor, too. According to a story found online that was written a year ago, Baglini caught the acting bug at Summer Stage in his native Pennsylvania when his mother signed him… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Channel 4 has finally signed Bryan Shaw’s replacement on its weather staff. Andrew Baglini, who has worked for AccuWeather for three years and prepared forecasts for several national news organizations, will become the weekend meteorologist. A graduate of Penn State’s meteorology program, Baglini begins work at the CBS affiliate on… Read more »
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