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WBBZ Plans National Buffalo Night

Dustin Hoffman at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dustin Hoffman

 As probably any Western New Yorker knows who is out of town on a Buffalo Bills Sunday or who has a relative who has left the area, there are a lot of so-called Buffalo sports bars across the country.

When I am in New York City on fall weekends, I occasionally head to MacFadden’s  on Second Avenue around 43rd Street to watch Bills games.

My oldest son in the Washington, D.C. area used to go to MacFadden’s in that city, too, but now says the Buffalo bar is The Laughing Man. You have to admit that’s a great title for a Buffalo bar.

I could almost hear the cheers from The Laughing Man Tuesday night when the Sabres escaped playoff death and beat Toronto, 6-5, in overtime to stay alive.

I bring this up because WBBZ-TV Owner Phil Arno plans to take advantage of all the WNYers who still have their hearts here though they live out of town. On July 21, Arno plans the first annual Buffalo Night in America, which the station says plans to celebrate “everything Buffalo” in a three-hour broadcast.

According to the station, “it is a night that will give Buffalonians in Western New York, around the country and even the world, an excuse to party and to connect with other Buffalonians to celebrate what makes Buffalo so special.”

Arno, who returned to his native Buffalo after 18 years in Los Angeles to run WBBZ, plans to involve several cities across the country via Skype to take part in a celebration that will be held locally in the parking lot of the Eastern Hills Mall on Transit Road in Williamsville. The celebration will feature Buffalo bands and talent, Buffalo food, Buffalo sports stars and of course beer. Undoubtedly, lots of beer.

The hosts of the broadcast haven’t been named. They will be outside the mall. WBBZ’s studio is inside the mall. The ambitious plan it to feature live feeds via Skype from Buffalo parties across the nation.

The list of party cities tentatively include  New York City, Albuquerque (New Mexico), Clifton Park (New York), Portland (Oregon), Denver, San Diego, Fort Worth (Texas), Columbus, (Ohio), Las Vegas, Atlanta and Rockledge, Fl. (which is near Cape Canaveral).

Party on.

A friend and reader who is a Nichols School graduate advised me that it is a time for “a half-correction.” Stephen Nathan, an executive producer of the Fox series “Bones,” attended Nichols but he isn’t a graduate of the school. I stand half-corrected.

A Critical Pet Peeve: I hate reading reviews from critics that tell me shows end “exactly the way” fans would expect them to end. All that means is the critic expected it to end that way. There’s no way he or she can know what all fans of the show expected. After all, critics often look at things very differently. 

Speaking of Nichols graduates, “Luck” creator David Milch has told the Associated Press in an interview published on the website Bloodhorse.com that he and director Michael Mann unsuccessfully tried to convince HBO to continue the series after a third horse died during production. They said they used “the strictest protocols and safety procedures anywhere in the equine world.” Milch added he believes HBO’s “innocence” and lack of understanding about the horse racing world led to its understandable decision to end the series after one season.

In a previous web interview, Milch and Mann also said the public didn’t understand the show’s ratings, either. While it often had about a paltry 500,000 or so viewers on Sunday nights when episodes initially ran, they said episodes averaged about 10 times that weekly when repeats, On Demand and other alternative viewing was added.

In any event, the cancellation of the series that starred Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina and Jason Gedrick is regrettable. The series improved weekly and the season finale was riveting.

pergament@msn.com

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68627/luck-duo-defend-safety-record-protocols

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3 responses to "WBBZ Plans National Buffalo Night"

  1. Mark Weber says:

    Buffalo/Niagara Falls native Marc Scibilia, who now calls Nashville home, had a song of his on the series Bones this week. His website is http://www.marcscibilia.com A couple years ago he won Kiss 98.5′s Buffalo Idol contest. He first started out as a piano man, ala Billy Joel. Then he concentrated on church music. Then he became a bit of a guitar playing hippie and wrote folk songs and opened for Ron Paul events. Now he is settling into a mainstream pop mode. His parents live on Grand Island.

  2. “New York City, Albuquerque (New Mexico), Clifton Park (New York), Portland (Oregon), Denver, San Diego, Fort Worth (Texas), Columbus, (Ohio), Las Vegas, Atlanta and Rockledge, Fl. (which is near Cape Canaveral).”

    I’m surprised nothing in North Carolina, which is undoubtedly the largest magnet for WNY expats. But, of course, that could change.

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