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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

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, July 7, 2016

  The WORLD – so to speak -- has ended at WNED-TV. The local public television channel has replaced the science and health programming it had carried on the digital channel 17.2 previously called Thinkbright and Well-WORLD with lifestyle programming and renamed the channel WNED thinkbright@Create. It launched... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, July 7, 2016

It might be easier for “Mr. Robot” to hack into the ballots of Emmy voters than get something important about the coming second season from writer-producer Kyle Bradstreet. That is understandable. After all, plot developments in last summer’s best-reviewed program have to be as well protected now as they were... Read More

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