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Murphy’s Departure from Channel 4 Delayed

This is what I’m thinking:

Channel 4 Sports Director John Murphy’s departure from the station has been delayed for more than a month, General Manager Chris Musial said today.

Murphy: Radio Show May Be Delayed Too

“We’re working on final details with him,” said Musial. “Murph will be with us for a while, probably through the end of July.”

In one of the media’s worst-kept secrets, the radio voice of the Buffalo Bills is leaving the CBS affiliate to work full-time for the National Football League team. His new nightly WGR radio show was expected to premiere around mid-July but his delay in leaving Channel 4 could move that date. In addition to his radio show, Murphy is expected to do lengthy video features for the Buffalo Bills website.

The move of play-by-play men to work full-time for teams has become a trend in the National Football League.

Murphy, who has worked in TV at Channel 4 and Channel 7 for 22 years, will eventually follow former sports backup Paul Peck out the door. Peck left to work in the financial services industry.

The station’s new weekend sports anchor, Steve Vesey, has been impressive in his few weeks on-air. Channel 4 also is looking for a second sports anchor. Musial wouldn’t say if Vesey is a candidate for the sports director’s job.

“I think Steve is great and he did terrific work before in Elmira,” said Musial. “Every year, he won awards. We are really thrilled with him.”

WGR sports host Mike Schopp’s disdain for the NBA hit a new low Wednesday when he started giving opinions about Miami Heat star LeBron James after openly admitting he doesn’t watch the NBA. Even though Schopp pretty much restricted his opinions to criticizing James for moving from Cleveland to Miami as a free agent, it is silly for the host to have any opinions about a league he cares so little about it that he said he only checked out the score of the Heat’s loss to Boston in game five on his computer after the game. It would be like me having opinions about Schopp without listening to him (which is becoming increasingly hard to do).

The potential deciding game in the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday drew a big Buffalo audience. New Jersey’s 3-1 win to prevent a sweep by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals had a 5.9 local rating on cable’s NBC Sports Network. There goes the theory that people can’t find the games on cable. Oklahoma City’s 107-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs to win the Western Conference title of the NBA in six games had a 3.1 local rating on TNT. I must admit I forgot that the hockey game was on the NBC Sports Network Wednesday instead of NBC for a minute or so. The final three games, if necessary, will be carried on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate.

Inquiring minds want to know: Does Jen Stanonis, the former Channel 7 weathercaster who makes her Channel 2 debut this weekend, have a meteorological degree? Not yet. However, she tells me that she just has a few classes to finish at Brockport State College before she does.

Here’s something wild. I don’t know what this says about the romantic inclination of WNYers, but Channel 2 is trumpeting the fact that it had the highest rating in the nation’s metered markets for the NBC reality series “Love in the Wild.” It had a 5.6 rating, winning the hour in Buffalo. Jenny McCarthy is the host of the “adventure dating series.”

Since the review of the musical “Memphis” at Shea’s today is on what usually is the TV page of the Buffalo News, I think I can give my opinion of the Broadway version I  saw several months ago. I don’t disagree with much of what News reviewer Colin Dabkowski wrote but I think I liked it much more than he did. Reading his review, I doubt that’s because of the lead in this production. It may be because we have different expectations for musicals. They usually have many clichéd elements. “Memphis” is a very entertaining, fast-moving and moving show with some catchy music. If you can afford it, don’t miss it.


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8 responses to "Murphy’s Departure from Channel 4 Delayed"

  1. Tina says:

    Channel 2 is showing lack of common sense by hiring someone who doesn’t have a degree in meteorology all the while getting rid of and putting ones who do on the back burner. I hope this bites them in the ass in the long run. I will remain on this bandwagon until I am no longer irritated about the removal of Autumn….which may be a while, even if I am the only one who cares.

  2. GMan says:

    Your either her Mother or Grandma.

  3. Bill J. says:

    If they were determined to get rid of Autumn, they should have replaced her with someone experienced, and with a degree like Mary Beth. Ch 2′s use of non meteorological personnel is foolish. If they really wanted to make a great move, it would be to replace Kevin O’Connell with MB

  4. Gman says:

    Glad to hear that I’m not the only listener irritated with Schopp’s comments. For a guy who doesn’t like to talk NBA, he wasted a whole show on a subject that was talked about ad nauseam when it happened. It’s baseball season; please discuss what’s relevant.

  5. Calvert says:

    Also remember that the ratings for the Kings-Devils game expressly does not include those people in WNY who prefer the CBC coverage over NBC Sports’ horrid broadcast team and watch the game there.

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