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Top 10 List of Strange Happenings in Media World

This has been a strange, unusual and difficult year in the media business in many ways. So let me count the ways. Here is my Top 10 list of some of the he strangest things that happened in 2012. 1.Channel 4’s Owner Measures Staff Unhappiness:  In late September, Channel 4’s owner, LIN TV, conducted ...
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One Critic’s Sweet 16 Entertainment Shows

It is time for another annual list because it’s a new year and I‘m still a little lazy and need an easy blog for you to slog through. This is going to be my Sweet 16 list of my favorite TV shows of 2012. I should note that since I have other duties – teaching and freelance writing chief among ...
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Top 10 List of Year’s Local Media Moves

It is the time of year for easy columns and blogs, listing the Top 10 of this or that. So here is a list of the Top 10 local media moves in 2012, as selected by stilltalkintv. It has been a busy year. You will see many of the moves at the top have something in common – with those on the list leaving ...
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The Best of Stilltalkintv: Weather Scares

    I am taking some time off in New York City this week and unfortunately (or fortunately) missed the coverage of the snowstorm in Western New York. But I would guess I have seen and heard much of it before. So I have decided to reprise a February column in what I will call The Best of Stilltalkin.com. ...
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“Les Miserables” Has Critical Differences

  I tell my students in my media criticism class at Medaille College that the best thing about being a television or movie critic is you are never wrong. After all, you are just expressing an opinion on something based on some criteria you’ve established over the years. Your opinion may not ...
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Catching Up With What WNY Watches

With the New Year approaching, it is time to empty my notebook. I never got around to noting what network programs were the most popular in Western New York during the November sweeps. Some of the area’s likes and dislikes may surprise you. Patrick Dempsey: Still McDreamy Ratings Here As usual, CBS ...
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Bills Lease Coverage Makes Me Want to Shout

  On the day before Christmas, I think I’ve become the Pollyanna of the local media. Quite frankly, some of the negative media reaction to the new Buffalo Bills lease since it was announced Friday makes me want to shout “enough already.” The negativity started Friday when my former Buffalo ...
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WGR Is Sticking with Rome After Move to CBS

It is time for a special pre-holiday edition of Sports on the Air: Jim Rome clones should be assured that the sports talk host will continue giving his takes and hearing their takes on WGR 550 even after he changes networks. On Friday afternoon, Rome reminded listeners what was announced months ago — ...
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Spreading Some Holiday Cheer

It is time for some holiday cheers because even I have a soft spot at this time of year: Happy anniversary to Channel 2’s Ed Kilgore somewhat prematurely. The sports anchor, who now only anchors during the 6 p.m. newscast, will be celebrating his 40thanniversary at the station during the first week ...
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Why TV News Can Be Upsetting to Viewers

  With apologies to Channel 4 for borrowing a slogan, nobody does apologies like Channel 2. On its 5 p.m. newscast Monday, anchor Maryalice Demler delivered what amounted to an apology for sending a reporter to a local school for a story on the security plans of Western New York schools on the first ...
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