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Sources: Murphy to Bills June 1 and Will Do Radio Show

 

It looks like Channel 4 sports director John Murphy will be leaving the station to join the Buffalo Bills in some capacity after the May sweeps are over, sources have told stilltalkintv.

Staying Through May Sweeps

Murphy isn’t talking and for a good reason. Stilltalkintv reported last week that he was considering leaving the station, which is something station management would prefer he not confirm at this time.

According to sources, Murphy was convinced to stay on through the May ratings periods (which sets advertising rates) by Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial and will join the Bills full-time around June 1.

Murphy already is the radio voice of the Bills. As stated here on March 22, more and more National Football League teams are hiring their play-by-play men to work in other public relations, communications and marketing capacities. It is unclear what Murphy – who joined Channel 4 four years ago after leaving Channel 7 — would do with the Bills.

But according to sources in the advertising industry, Murphy is expected to host a nightly talk show on WGR radio (the new home of the Bills) from Monday through Friday that will be focused on the National Football League team. Before entering TV, Murphy did a highly-respected sports talk show on WBEN-AM. Of course, there would be some conflicts with Buffalo Sabres games starting in October. But WGR’s owner also owns WBEN and a few other stations in town and could move Murphy’s show to one of those stations if there are conflicts with the station’s Sabres coverage.

Unless he changes his mind or is convinced to stay a little longer, Murphy’s departure from Channel 4 will be a month after backup sportscaster Paul Peck leaves Channel 4 to work in the financial services industry. Peck, who will remain the voice of University at Buffalo football, said he was asked to stay on for a month to report on the Buffalo Sabres’ potential start in the National Hockey League playoffs and the NFL draft. He accepted.

According to sources, Murphy and Peck have become increasingly frustrated by the way sports coverage has been treated at the station and being asked to take pay cuts.

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15 responses to "Sources: Murphy to Bills June 1 and Will Do Radio Show"

  1. Rob says:

    A quick thought while wondering whatever happened to Eileen Buckley

    Alan again with the big scoop! The move for Murph makes perfect sense and hopefully he’s happy with his new endeavor. He’s one of the good guys in this business> the mass exodus that continues over at Channel 4 is astounding.

    • Eileen Buckley says:

      I’m still at WBFO! Assistant news director. I moved with the merger and now work out of the WNED studio in downtown Buffalo. Thanks for wondering! Eileen

  2. Dave says:

    Nice work, Alan.

    All I can say is: “Wow!”

    Channel 4 has really botched their personnel over the years, but this takes it to Channel 7′s level of ineptitude.

    I can’t even imagine what they will do with Sports now. They’ll just expand Don Paul and his weather drums of doom, while showing Sports scores on a crawler underneath.

    Then just assign a 21-year-old, General Assignment backpack journalist to cover the big stuff at the top of the newscast when it is a big game, trade or signing.

    Who would even want to work there at this point? They’ll have to troll the country for someone younger looking to get to a larger market, covering more than minor league or college sports.

  3. Mike says:

    Nice choice with the black type on dark brown backround

    • alanp says:

      Wait a free seconds and it is much more visible. I don’t know why it happens initially but the dark brown background disappears. Try it and tell me if it works.

  4. Well, I called that one pretty well, didn’t I?!

  5. Matt says:

    IMHO, being back on radio make perfect sense for Murph! Great job on the scoop Mr. P!

  6. Rick Brennan says:

    it usually goes to white within a few seconds

  7. Dale Anderson says:

    love your note to the buffalo news, alan. nice scoop.

  8. Tina says:

    Nalina Shapiro will most likely take over since she might be use to it by now.

  9. LindsayKorner says:

    Alan, what is the thought process behind shows like House and Castle putting 1st run episodes up against the NCAA Mens Championship game to clobbered in ratings???

    • alanp says:

      The theory is that those shows attract more female viewers who are less likely to be college hoop fans. The NCAA game gets a large male audience. It is the same reason that ABC premiered the new Ashley Judd series “Missing” opposite NCAA games. And that strategy worked.

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