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Ch.7's Randall moving to weekends

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By Alan Pergament

Channel 7 meteorologist Mike Randall, who is a member of the cast in "The Comedy of Errors" production at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, will soon be leaving the comedy of errors known as the station's morning program.

Randall confirmed Sunday that he is moving from "Good Morning" to weekends on Labor Day weekend and also will do features on two days a week.

"I think it is a great move for me," said Randall in a telephone interview Sunday. "I don't have to get up at 2 in the morning anymore and I get to do features."

Autumn Lewandowski, who has been doing weekends, is expected to move to the mornings for the station's revamped morning program. The station hasn't revealed its plans for the revamp.

Last week, Channel 7 released morning anchors Tiffany Lundberg and Cole Heath after a year because the station's low ratings in the mornings fell even further.

John Borsa, who had been co-anchoring weekends, is anchoring the mornings on a temporary basis, with Desiree Wiley also on board as a co-anchor and reporter and Rachel Elzufon as a roving reporter.

The morning hours haven't been easy for Randall during his Delaware Park run in "The Comedy of Errors" as he has had to go on the air some nights after two hours of sleep.

Randall is playing Angelo, a goldsmith, in the modern update of the Shakespeare play. He said he originally tried out using a British accent, before being told he should play the part with a New York accent.

"I'm doing it as a cross between Billy Fuccillo and Tony Soprano," said Randall. "It is really fun. It is like a party out there. The show is funny and goofy and it isn't as long as most Shakespeare productions. It's about two hours."

Randall has been told that one highlight comes during the curtain call.

"My wife said the best part is watching me dance," said Randall. "I never did learn to dance."

Randall, who celebrates his 31st year at Channel 7 on Aug. 29, saw his hours reduced a year ago to 32 weekly over five mornings and two noon newscasts when he signed a new deal last year. He now will work four days a week in his new weekend and features role.

His contract runs through December, 2015. However, if he does well in the research being done by the new station owner, E.W. Scripps, it wouldn't be shocking if his contract was extended. And all his years at the station may help him get good research grades

apergament@buffnews.com 

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