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Ch.2′s Bailey Heading to Chicago

Channel 2 anchor-reporter Marissa Bailey will be leaving the station in a month to seek employment in the Chicago market. In an email to staffers today, News Director Jeff Woodard said Bailey’s last day at the station will be Jan. 18. The station tried to keep Bailey, who has become increasingly valuable ...
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A Classic TV Move to Replace Sports Channel

Alfred Hitchcock The new classic TV station WBBZ is going to get more local competition on Jan. 1. That’s the date that Channel 2 will begin carrying Antenna TV on the digital channel that is currently carrying NBC’s Universal Sports on Time Warner Cable’s Channel 114. Universal Sports dissolves ...
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NBC Game Show Is a Dumb, Campy Joke

Halle Berry If I had Mitt Romney’s money, I’d bet $10,000 that half of the viewers to NBC’s new game show, “Who’s Still Standing?” wouldn’t last past the second commercial. It took me 15 minutes to bail out of the series, which will have a pre-Christmas run of four straight nights starting ...
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X Factor Is No Factor Here; Kane Scores on Versus

Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene and Josh Kracjik have hardly become household names in Western New York. The zany Paula Abdul They are the three finalists in Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor,” which has a two-night finale next Wednesday and Thursday. The 90-minute semifinals Wednesday night only earned a ...
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Classic Notes About Perry Mason, Trump and “Cheers”

Derek Jeter   This is what I’m thinking: It was slightly surprising that WBBZ, the independent station that carries classic TV shows, had an audience during the November sweeps that almost equaled that of WNYO and WNLO. After all, WNYO and WNLO have advantages. WNYO is owned by the same company ...
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Ch.4 News About to Add HD

Ryan Seacrest It looks like News 4 Buffalo is going to enter the 21stCentury in 2012. According to sources, WIVB-TV is expected to carry its newscasts in high definition in late January in time for the February news ratings. Channel 4 is presently the only local station that doesn’t carry its news ...
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Ch.2, Ch.4 Treat Tobe’s Hiring Differently

Ted Koppel This is what I‘m thinking: What a difference a few minutes makes on local TV news. Channel 2’s Scott Brown did a 6 p.m. news report Monday on the appointment of Richard Tobe as deputy county executive by County Executive Mark Poloncarz after Channel 2′s introduction by anchor Marissa ...
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Mystery of the Holiday Promos Uncovered

Mitt Romney: A Bad Bet? Call it the Holiday Tale of the Dueling Promos. Channel 2 has begun running holiday promos that have had some of my blog readers questioning whether they were inspired by (or copying) the old Channel 4 holiday promos that were noticeable by their absence until this past weekend. Not ...
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WBBZ in Classic Ratings Battle with 2 Weak Stations

Morey Amsterdam, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore Perry Mason, Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke want to clear up one of the final mysteries from the November sweeps: How did WBBZ, which airs classic shows, do? The buzz is positive for Owner Phil Arno’s channel. WBBZ is no threat to the Big Four ...
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Holiday Mystery at Ch.4; Ch.2 Revises Noon Show

Madonna This is what I’m thinking: What happened to those syrupy holidays promos that Channel 4 traditionally has run this time of year? That’s what some of my blog readers have asked in the last few days. The questions even have come from some readers who have ridiculed the promos that primarily ...
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