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The Boss Is Back; Wallace Special Hits Right Notes

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Bruce Springsteen fan alert. If you haven’t had enough of the Boss after Friday’s concert, tune in tonight or set your DVRs to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Channel 2. The show is repeating the late February appearance of Springsteen & The E Street Band on the NBC program at 12:35 a.m.

All of the “60 Minutes” correspondents did a wonderful job celebrating the life of the late Mike Wallace, warts and all. My favorite moment was when viewers learned that Wallace’s “all-time favorite” interview was with concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who supposedly was “brilliant, temperamental and a holy terror” just like Wallace. My second favorite moments were the ones in which Wallace didn’t seem intimidated when interviewing mobsters.

Congratulations to Channel 4 anchor Jacquie Walker (TV personality of the year), Sandy Beach (radio personality of the year), Jeremy White (best use of social media), Anthony Congi (Rising Star Award) and all the other winners at the First Annual Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards over the weekend held by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association.

In case you wondered about the voting procedure, anyone could nominate or self-nominate and a 15-member panel of judges that included CNN’s Mary Lynn Ryan, VH-1 President Tom Calderone, retired St. Bonaventure Dean of Journalism Lee Coppola and Inside Edition correspondent Les Trent then determined the winners. The panel seemed to primarily consist of people in some older demographics (40s to 60s) so maybe next year the Association could find some younger judges.

A voice inside my head just shouted to me “say something nice about Jeremy White.” I admit his arrogance used to annoy me a lot. But I’ve grown to like his WGR act much more because he thinks differently about sports and is right a decent amount of times. It doesn’t hurt that I share many of his opinions. He is good enough to move to another market.

Talk about good timing. Showtime is premiering a special 30-minute preview of its Emmy-nominated series, “The Franchise: A Season With The Miami Marlins,” at 9 p.m. Saturday with an episode that includes “events surrounding the suspension of manager Ozzie Guillen.” The series premieres officially at 10 p.m. July 11, by which time we’ll know if Guillen survived his comments praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

He’s everywhere, he’s everywhere. Ryan Seacrest is Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special at 8 p.m. Sunday. It should be a hoot for all Fox viewers under 25 who didn’t realize Ed O’Neill (“Married… with Children” ) had a life before “Modern Family.”

ESPN’s Lisa Salters demonstrated Sunday after Miami beat the New York Knicks why she is a wise choice to become the sideline reporter on “Monday Night Football” this upcoming season. She did a great job interviewing Miami star Dwyane Wade after the game and wasn’t thrown off her game when Wade asked if her blouse was “fuschia” after the interview ended. Salters is a sharp interviewer. Unfortunately, sideline reporters aren’t usually needed on NFL games. Last season, ESPN rotated sideline reporters.

Line of Sunday night: Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) on “The Good Wife” talking about a gubernatorial  candidate played by Matthew Perry: “He’s like (Rod) Blagojevich dangerous.”


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2 responses to "The Boss Is Back; Wallace Special Hits Right Notes"

  1. Gman says:

    Here’s wishing Jeremy White moves to another market,and soon.(maybe Wasilla,AK) His take on sports in this town is deplorable. Just ask Jerry Sullivan.

  2. Larry says:

    I couldn’t disagree more, I think Jeremy does an excellent job. He and sully mesh well together. What would be awesome is if they could do a simulcast in the morning. We need a local sports channel.

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