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Gun Control, Ultimate Fighter and “Anger” in Hollywood

  PASADENA, Calif. — What’s in a name? Can mortgages be part of a new gun control plan? Is FX really giving “Louie” a year off? Can Mixed Martial Arts eventually become a more popular sport than the National Football League? All right, you might think the last question is more off-the-wall ...
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Party Time Through the Eyes of a Stargazer

  PASADENA, Calif. — I attended star parties during the Television Critics Association tour for a quarter of a century and truth be told got more than a little bit jaded about meeting celebrities near the end. So it is nice to bring along someone who gets excited at the sight of a star while ...
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A News Reminder About Why I Still Blog

  Ten lines. Four local names. That was the extent of Jeff Simon’s remarks Saturday about local TV in his year-end review of the 2012 television season. I wrote two lengthy blogs earlier in the week dealing with local media happenings in 2012. Simon spent considerably more column inches writing ...
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Some Explanations About WHLD Switch to Sports Talk

Jim Rome You’ve got questions about the WHLD-AM 1270 switch to sports talk, I’ve got answers.   Why did Cumulus Media, which owns the station, switch from the swing music format here? Cumulus is in  a partnership with CBS Sports Radio and it wanted one of its Buffalo stations to join the ...
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Cheers to Sports Talk Competition, But It Will Be No Contest

  Inquiring minds want to know what I think the chances of  WHLD-AM 1270 being able to compete with WGR 550 now that it has switched its format to sports talk via CBS Sports Radio. Not much. But I am still cheering the switch, which gives an alternative voice to WGR for area sports talk. That’s ...
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NBC’s Implausible “Deception” Fails to Impress

  Whodunnit? Who cares? That’s my take on NBC’s newest drama, “Deception,” which premieres at 10 tonight on Channel 2 and is unlikely to capture anywhere near the same size audience as “Revolution” did in the same time slot this fall. How implausible is “Deception”? It makes most ...
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Ch.7, Ch.2 Make Different Calls on Big Sports Stories

You make the call! On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills reportedly named Syracuse University Coach Doug Marrone as the National Football League team’s new coach. And the National Hockey League made a deal that ended the lockout of the players, which means the Buffalo Sabres will be playing shortly. Which do ...
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A SU Grad’s Positive Take on Bills Hiring of Marrone

OK, I am going to play sportswriter for a day and give my take on the reported hiring of Syracuse University Coach Doug Marrone by the Buffalo Bills as the National Football League team’s head coach. First off, I’d hate to be a full-time Bills sports reporter these days because there is so much ...
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Happy Kilgore Celebration Was Missing Something

The on-air celebration of Sports Director Ed Kilgore’s 40th anniversary at Channel 2 Thursday was a happy occasion full of laughs, a cake delivered by his good friend John Beard and a joking warning to Adam Benigni not to take the honored guest’s seat just yet at 6 p.m. Kilgore deserves congratulations ...
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A New “Downton” Admirer Loves Season Premiere

I made a mistake on my Christmas shopping list. You see I bought my girlfriend the DVDs of the first two seasons of “Downton Abbey.” She asked for the present so it wasn’t a mistake in the way you might think. I knew she would like it. My mistake was in giving it to her over the holidays, which ...
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