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Like Wallace, Eulogies Are Honest and Complex

Mike Wallace: One of a Kind   As I said Monday, just about everything about broadcasting legend Mike Wallace will have been said or written by the time “60 Minutes” gets around to its celebration of his life on this Sunday’s edition of the CBS program. Sure enough, there were Morley Safer ...
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Lauer, Seacrest Engage in False Suspense

This is what I’m thinking: Ryan Seacrest: Joining NBC's Olympic Team It was kind of strange to see NBC’s Matt Lauer interview Ryan Seacrest Wednesday on “Today” about the rumors that Seacrest might eventually replace him. It was all in good fun, but Lauer knew he was dishing out some ...
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Palin Rejected By WNY Viewers

  The big matchup of the week in morning TV supposedly was former CBS News anchor Katie Couric versus former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Katie Couric: Not a Game Changer for "GMA" Here And the ratings winner in Western New York was? Well, neither was much of a ...
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“Scandal” Brought Down by Telegraphed Writing

  Katie Lowes may not be a household name in her native Western New York but a good “Scandal” could have made her one. Katie Lowes: WNYer stars Unfortunately, the latest ABC series (10 tonight, Channel 7) from Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Practice”) is a preposterous series loaded ...
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WBBZ Plans National Buffalo Night

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  ...
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Ch.4′s Peck Has No Second Thoughts

Paul Peck: Was Aware Murphy Might Leave Inquiring minds want to know: Would Channel 4 sports reporter-anchor Paul Peck have stayed at the station to become sports director if it became known that John Murphy was also leaving the station? Would he reconsider now that Murphy is leaving? During a telephone ...
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Talking to New Readers About Murphy and Other Scoops

  Many of my regular readers were amused by a line I put in italics after breaking the story Friday that Channel 4 sports director John Murphy is leaving the station June 1 to work for the Buffalo Bills and host a nightly show on WGR focusing on the team. Melissa Holmes: Move to Channel 2 broken ...
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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 ...
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Channel 4′s Peck “Drafted” for Playoffs

David Boreanaz: Eight Should Be Enough This is what I’m thinking: Channel 4 sports anchor-reporter Paul Peck is sticking around another month before pursuing his new career in financial services. In a text response to a question that asked when his final day was at the station, Peck said he was asked ...
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A Maddening “Half-Correction” and Other “Mad” Thoughts

  One of my favorite stories from my days as a newspaper critic came out of a press conference before the premiere of the long-running NBC series “L.A. Law.” Mad Men My memory is that TV critics expressed their support for the pilot during the session, but one critic had an issue with the casting. ...
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