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By Alan Pergament » Thursday, June 23, 2016

  It’s time for another Sports on the Air special. If you’re not one of the lucky hockey fans to get a ticket to the NHL Draft Friday at the First Niagara Center, NBC’s cable sports channel is the place to be to explain who all these guys are. There is one significant difference between the NBA draft... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WKBW-TV reporter Desiree Wiley is headed to a Boston cable news channel owned by NBC Universal. Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse told his staff this morning about Wiley’s destination, which has been speculated upon for months. Wiley, who is leaving Channel 7 at the end of her contract on July 28, is making a... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  If controversial conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh doesn’t get a new deal from his syndicator after his contract expires in July, it is doubtful WBEN-AM is going to shed too many tears. According to sources, Entercom Radio, which owns WBEN and several other stations in town, has experienced the... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Here are a dozen more thoughts about the Madison Square Garden (MSG) deal with Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) to carry Buffalo Sabres for more than a decade. With sources saying the deal is for more than 10 years with a rights fee averaging about $19 million and $20 million annually, it adds up to more than $200... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, June 20, 2016

The rating in Buffalo for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ historic 93-89 championship victory in game seven of the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors Sunday night was as fabulous as the finish. The game had a 12.6 rating on Channel 7, meaning 73,754 homes in our area were tuned in to LeBron James’ shot-making and... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Inquiring minds want to know: How have the ratings here for the Stanley Cup Final and NBC Finals been compared to last season? Pittsburgh’s six-game Cup series victory over San Jose took a big hit here compared to Chicago’s six-game victory over Tampa Bay last year. This year’s Cup Final averaged a 5.8 on NBC... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is offering 200 pennies for your thoughts on its morning news team. The local CBS affiliate has commissioned a survey that contains a list of questions about what station the participants watch in the morning and is their favorite. Those filling out the survey from Valued Opinions that is... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It is hard for any TV critic to curb his or her enthusiasm about HBO’s announcement Tuesday afternoon that Larry David has decided to do another season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” As a colleague channeling David just tweeted, this is "prettay, prettay good news." Actually, it is great news. The pay-cable... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

After further review, Jim Rome is going to remain in the Buffalo market. According to a key source, barring a last-minute complication, Entercom has received permission to move Rome’s radio show from WGR to ESPN 1520 when John Murphy’s show on the Buffalo Bills moves from 7 p.m. nightly into Rome’s noon time slot... Read More

By Alan Pergament » Monday, June 13, 2016

I woke up around 6:45 a.m. Monday and immediately turned on Channel 2 to hear the latest news about the mass shooting in Orlando that tragically resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people. At that time, the newscast was showing highlights of the 15 speeches that President Obama has made after all the mass shootings... Read More

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