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By Alan Pergament » 8:26 AM

For the past several years, CBS has premiered few new series because it has had so many strong returning series. The addition of Thursday Night Football for the first half of the NFL season has kept that tradition alive. The difference is this season CBS needs some new hits as… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, September 18, 2014

If NBC is going to have success with its new shows this season, it should send a thank you note to ABC. Several of NBC’s new shows star actresses who made a name for themselves on ABC, including Katherine Heigl and Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Casey Wilson of “Happy… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This is the first part of a four-part series about the new fall shows this season. Fox desperately needs a dramatic hit this season after the coolest series of last season, “Sleepy Hollow,” was the only one of its rookie dramas to get any traction. After all, “American Idol” sagged… Read more »

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Inquiring minds want to know: When is Channel 7’s new morning program going to debut, what is it going to be named and what is it going to look like? Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse confirmed this morning that the tentative start date will be Monday, Sept. 29, though… Read more »

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 »
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