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Politics, Polls, Football and Meryl’s Daughter

This is what I’m thinking: In the immortal words of the old guy in the 1987 movie “Moonstruck,” I’m confused. On Monday morning, I woke up to hear NBC’s “Today” led off by announcing Republican Mitt Romney was the frontrunner in the presidential race based on new swing state polls. On ...
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WGR’s Schopp Wades Off the Deep End

When I have listened WGR afternoon sports host Mike Schopp lately I can’t help but think he says as many things that he can’t possibly believe as any politician. Admittedly, I don’t listen to him as much as I used to because other commitments find me rarely inside my car in the afternoon. But ...
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“Nashville,” “Chicago Fire” and “Katie” By the Numbers

Some cold hard facts on a cold Saturday morning: Go figure. Here’s a surprise. ABC’s heavily-praised and promoted and critically-acclaimed “Nashville” lost a head-to-head local ratings matchup with NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” which immediately should be sent to WBBZ because it seems like ...
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A Tale of Two Approaches to Buffalo State Story

  As you may know, I teach three communication courses at Buffalo State College. So I know the Elmwood Avenue college campus pretty well. Or at least I thought I did until I watched a story by Channel 4 reporter Anthony Congi earlier this week about a rape that allegedly occurred at a recent campus ...
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Arena Says Leaving Buffalo is “Bittersweet”

I promise this is my last Joe Arena blog. Until the next one. The Channel 4 morning co-anchor finally returned my calls Wednesday night to confirm what sources inside the station have been telling me for weeks – he is headed to Pittsburgh, a Top 25 market. The announcement that Arena is leaving for ...
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Report: Arena to WPXI in Pittsburgh

Joe Arena’s landing spot in Pittsburgh is now known. According to something called TVNewsCheck, the Channel 4 “Wake Up!” co-anchor is headed to a similar post at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, an NBC affiliate owned by Cox Broadcasting. Joe Arena: Top 25 Market The move has Arena leaving a market that ...
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“Nashville” Is Almost as Good As Its Promos

I like some country music and even have WYRK as one of my favorite channels in my car. I like politics. (But you know that) I love Connie Britton. Connie Britton” Can’t Lose With Her Starring Those are three of the reasons I am singing the praises of “Nashville,” the new ABC series ...
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Celebrating a StillTalkinTV Milestone

  Stilltalkintv quietly hit a milestone last week that snuck up on me. The blog went over the 1 million page load mark. Thanks Tina, Dave, Rob and even Steve for tuning in almost every day. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know they are among my most active commenters. Anderson Cooper: ...
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“Revolution” Gets Revolutionary DVR Ratings; Arena Leaves Friday

To borrow a phrase getting some traction these days, I was “completely wrong” about NBC’s “Revolution.” I thought that there were so many preposterous elements in the pilot about a modern world without electricity that it didn’t have much of a chance to be a hit. But the local ratings prove ...
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Bills Viewers, Mall Traffic and DISH Advisory

This is what I’m thinking: How much does WNY love the Buffalo Bills? The Buffalo market had the fourth highest TV rating of the week among NFL teams for the Bills’ 52-28 loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday. The only markets that received higher than the 37.0 rating in Buffalo for their teams ...
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