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This Blog Will Be Delivered Elsewhere on Tuesday

With apologies to the late Richard Nixon, I want Tina, Steve, J. Myrle, Tom, Bob, Dave and Doug to know they won’t have me to kick around anymore.

At least not in this forum.

This is my final blog for this site.

The site will remain up for a brief time if you want to comment over the next few days, but I won’t be writing anything new for it.

A couple of months ago I told you that I might give up the blog or reduce its frequency if I didn’t get more sponsors or align with a new media outlet.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Well, I’ve been able to align with a new media outlet, though it isn’t exactly new. It is a place where I wrote about TV for 28 years until June of 2010.

In what may be the worst-kept media secret since John Murphy left Channel 4 to work full-time for the Buffalo Bills, I am returning to The Buffalo News starting on Tuesday to work part-time.

I have told a few friends in the media and TV writers over the past week (yes, I have some friends in the media) about my Nixonian return.

The funniest response came from writer-producer Tom Fontana, the Buffalo State College graduate who is best known for his work on “St. Elsewhere,” “Homicide” and Oz.”

After I told him I was returning to The News, Fontana sent the following email: “Really? Where’s your delivery route?? No, seriously that’s great news.”

I’m not so sure everyone in the media agrees with the second part of Fontana’s message.

I’ve enjoyed writing this blog for almost three years. Besides, I figured Western New York needed some media columnist to call out Buffalo Sabres analyst Rob Ray for saying Thursday that the Sabres did a nice job after blowing a two-goal lead (really Rob?),  assess the solid Thursday debut of new Channel 2 anchor-reporter Kelly Dudzik and note how difficult it is for Channel 2 sports anchor Ed Kilgore to get through a sportscast without stumbling. On Thursday, Kilgore said Rory McIlroy was “in the hunt” at Doral after the golfer fell behind by seven strokes in the first 18 holes.

I’ve also enjoyed getting feedback from the readers named above and others, even when the feedback was negative. You know I am talking about you, Steve. It was a labor of love for the most part, though I made a little money. Very little.

When I suggested in January that I might give up writing the blog because the monetary rewards hadn’t panned out, some kind readers suggested that they would be happy to pay a nominal monthly fee to keep it going. Some other readers offered different alternatives. I was told by experts that charging a fee wouldn’t work because of the cost of setting up the pay wall.

I thank you for reading the blog and suggesting how to keep it going.

Of course, The News now has a pay wall, which may make it difficult for non-subscribers to read me once I return to write a weekly TV column and blog frequently for The News. As of this writing, I’m not sure if I will retain stilltalkintv as the name of my blog or if the blog will return to its original News name of TalkinTV.

Which brings me to Shameless Plug Time. If you were going to be willing to pay to read stilltalkintv to keep it going, then you should strongly consider taking up The News offer that gives you digital access daily if you pay $1.99 a week to receive the Sunday paper.

It really is a bargain when you consider the Sunday paper costs more than that at the newsstand. And you will not only be able to read me, but the entire newspaper roster of columnists and reporters.

Please consider it. Maybe you’ll even be on my Sunday delivery route.


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29 responses to "This Blog Will Be Delivered Elsewhere on Tuesday"

  1. Rick Brennan says:

    Congrats on your return to the News…will miss your almost daily commentry on all things Tv..i’m a 7 dayer so i’ll be reading ya…

    • Doug says:

      Congrats, Alan. I too will very much miss this blog. I hope your writings in the B-news will maintain the “tone” you have set here. You are on full blast and always entertaining!

  2. Mike says:

    Great news! I have always had the paper delivered daily.

  3. Bill Collins says:

    Excellent!! Your opinions and quality of your writing deserve a bigger audience.

  4. Sarah says:

    We’re happy for ya, you’re a busy guy! Hope you get the Elma route.

  5. JC says:

    I have grown accustomed to your longer blogs, hope you get more than a few paragraphs in the News. Congrats on a paying gig!

  6. Bob says:

    I hope you maintain the freedom to be critical of the Buffalo News when needed.

  7. peteherr says:

    Funny thing, I didn’t read your stuff as much when you were at the News the first time. You caught me here on the blog. All the best, Alan.

  8. Bill Brioux says:

    Quitter! Seriously, congrats Alan, this taking your act to your old media’s new media spotlight is an encouraging development for us all.

  9. Rob says:

    What does Jeff Simon think about this?? Congrats on doing things on your terms; it’s rare in todays workplace. All the best

  10. GMan says:

    Alan, will you be writing the restaurant reviews, or just giving advice,as in “Dear Alan”. Congrats,and all the best. Go ” BN” volved.

  11. Adam K says:

    I’m sure you’ll quickly return to your previous place atop the most read stories list, at least in weeks without a Bills game… Glad to hear you’re going to keep writing. I’ve since moved to Columbus and there’s just no one here who covers the local media scene, and they get all their national stuff from McClatchy, which is always very cheer-leaderish. So even from here I still find myself reading your blog regularly to get fair commentary on everything from the SNF announcers to why Smash is failing.

    I wish TBN would offer a discount to out-of-towners. I’d pay $4.99/mo even from here in Ohio.

  12. Kristine says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading your stuff online and I’ll also be sure to look for my parents copy of the news when I’m home. (Why aren’t there free copies of the local newspapers available in colleges?) I am really happy for you.

  13. Steve says:

    Alan…congrats. We may not agree on our political views but we think similar when it comes to the problems in local media. Since the News needs so much information when it comes to reponding to stories, I doubt I will comment. If you want true confidential information, from people who know the business, then there needs to be “sources”. Please forward me Tina’s email address so I can at least have some bloggin fun!
    :-) JK Tina! Good luck…now let me see about getting my blog going

  14. Great news Alan , although I will miss your blog. I’m also lovin’ your Spree contributions. Stay snarky !

  15. LS says:

    I’m glad. I never liked the negative comments that were posted from your readers about the person’s in your subject matter. Your comments were mostly constructive, but your readers/posters got down right nasty at times. And, many times I left your blog shaking my head. I don’t think they helped in any way for you to earn money doing this. I am so glad. Good luck to you in the future.

  16. Mike Randall says:

    Congrats!! $1.99 huh? I’ll think about it. can I have your old blog? seriously-I’m happy for you Alan. Part time sounds pretty good to me too. BUT It’s FULL time $$$ though right? if not-you need to hire me as your agent. :-) )

  17. Antimoz says:

    Alan, I understand and respect your need to earn a living and wish you the best. I’ve been a daily visitor for nearly two years (after finding this blog as the result of a random visit to WNYMedia.net) and was pleased to read your work again. I hope that The News affords you the same editorial freedom you enjoyed while writing this blog. See you on Tuesday in The News.

  18. Larry says:

    Ap, good luck at your new/old gig. When you get over to Washington St ask them why they didn’t give readers an option if they wanted to stay with the Monday instead of forcing them to take Thursdays paper. I like the Monday paper for after Bills games. I know I get it on line but its just not the same. Thanks

  19. grr says:


    I’m so glad that you made it work and will be continuing to write, regardless of the outlet. I would really have missed you had you given it up and will be reading you in and on the News.

    • alanp says:

      Thanks to everyone for your kind words. Much appreciated. (To Tina and Steve — I agree with what Mike wrote.) I hope you will all follow me to The News on Tuesday and continue to comment on my blogs.

  20. chuckp says:

    Cool….I will look for it and your take on TV back at the News. You gotta do what you gotta do.

    BTW — there is a way around the “pay wall” and the 10 stories a month limit. My 1 word hint: cookies….and not the kind you eat ;)

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