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Demler's two cents are obvious and unnecessary

By Alan Pergament

The lead story of NBC’s "Today" this morning was on the decision of National Basketball Association player Jason Collins to become the first active professional athlete in the four major team sports to come out of the closet and say he is gay.

It also was the lead of Monday night’s "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

It is a huge story that on "Today" was referred to as "groundbreaking" and a "game changer."

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Congratulations, criticisms and credibility

By Alan Pergament

This is what  I am thinking:

First, I'd like to congratulate all the winners of the second annual Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards given out Friday night.

They have all the credibility of the People's Choice Awards, but from pictures on social networks it looked like a nice function that left some young people in the media happy.

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Buffalo is No. 1 in ESPN's draft rating

By Alan Pergament

Buffalo Bills fans can shout "we're No.1, we're No.1."

Earlier today, I noted the local ESPN rating for the NFL draft Thursday evening was higher than the rating for every prime time series here Thursday except for CBS' "Big Bang Theory."

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ESPN draft coverage is local ratings winner

By Alan Pergament

How big a deal is the NFL draft in Western New York?

Let's put it this way: ESPN's coverage of Thursday's draft had a higher rating than any prime time series on the night except for "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS affiliate Channel 4.

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Media coverage takeaways from NFL draft

By Alan Pergament

The Top 10 takeaways from the national and local media coverage of Thursday's NFL Draft:

1. National Guys Shutout: Maybe it was because so many teams have new coaches and general managers, but I can't recall a draft when the national "experts" were so wrong so often.

It started with the teams at ESPN and The NFL Network being stunned when Miami moved up to choose Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and continued through the Bills choice of Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel.

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New TV hires quickly look to leave

By Alan Pergament

Notes from the cutting room floor:

Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial recently confirmed an old blog report of mine that the station refused to allow former meteorologist Amelia Segal out of her contract to leave early to take a job in Washington, D.C. She eventually left more than a month ago.

The station wasn't holding her to the contract because it wanted to hold her back. It was just a matter of principle in a changing TV world.

"We're really happy for Amelia," said Musial. "Not only was she able to land a job in the nation's 10th market but she was able to move back home. … She just wanted to be near her mom and dad. That's a good thing.  There is no way I could have ill feelings about that. Would we have loved to have her stay with us? Yeah. She grew a lot in those three years."

Sources had told me that Segal was mad about Channel 4's stance.

"Not to me she wasn't," said Musial. "Not to (News director Joe Schlaerth). Maybe she said some things to other people."

Musial added a few weeks ago that Schlaerth is now interviewing people to replace Segal and has learned some things about how the TV news business has changed.

"He is weighing how soon people can come," said Musial. "A trend we are finding is a lot of people -- it is a frustration -- there are people who are less than six months into their current jobs and they are already putting feelers out on You Tube and sending out feelers without agents to see what is out there and what their next move will be. That's a big change in all the time I've been working in this business."

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner has cleared up the status of reporter Rich Kellman, who just won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for a feature he did for the station last year.

"We expect him to continue doing stories for us, perhaps not as often as he has the last couple of years," said Toellner.

Time Warner Cable subscribers get their first opportunity this year to chose between tonight's NFL draft coverage on ESPN and The NFL Network, which just returned to TWC during the last NFL season. If you're a traditionalist, you'll probably watch ESPN. If you're a Mike Mayock fan like I am, you'll probably watch a lot of The NFL Network.

One of the most fascinating things about the ESPN "30 for 30" film, "Elway to Marino," dealing with the 1983 quarterback draft is how long some incredible stories were kept relatively secret for 30 years. I mean who knew that San Francisco Coach Bill Walsh briefly considered trading Joe Montana to get John Elway and that the Raiders' believed that Commissioner Pete Rozelle prevented them from making a deal to get  Elway?

Let's hope it won't be 30 years before we learn what the Bills and new Coach Doug Marrone were thinking about this year's draft after they pick a quarterback tonight. The so-called experts are all over the place about the Bills' QB plans, which suggests the new coach is very good about keeping a secret.

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm  is set to host the ESPYs on July 17. Maybe by then his self-loathing character, Don Draper, will stop being so depressed. The first three dark episodes of this season are trying my patience. I want to like at least one character in a show and this year even Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) has become insufferable.  

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Ch.2's Kellman is honored; 2 chances tonight for "30 for 30"

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

Channel 2 understandably is running promos highlighting the two State Emmy Awards and five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards it has won this month.

The promos feature Scott Brown, who won three of the seven awards, Dave McKinley, anchors Scott Levin and Maryalice Demler, Claudine Ewing and several other members of the station's staff.

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Bills' schedule has multiple local TV winners

By Alan Pergament

The Buffalo Bills schedule this upcoming season is a victory for WIVB, WUTV and armchair fans.

According to industry experts, home games conservatively generate $100,000 to $150,000 in advertising revenue for local TV stations because they can sell commercials at high rates because of high ratings.

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'Ready for Love' gone from NBC and Ch.2

By Alan Pergament

I could almost hear the cheers from Channel 2 News after NBC's weekend announcement that the reality show "Ready for Love" is being dropped from the Tuesday night schedule after this week.

As reported here last week, WNYers didn't fall for "Love" at all. The 2.8 local rating for the dating reality show produced by Eva Longoria was so bad that Channel 2's 11 p.m. news Tuesday slipped into third place behind Channel 4 and Channel 7 on that night.

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Highs and lows of marathon news coverage

By Alan Pergament 

In a way, Friday was a media marathon about the hunt for the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

And like a marathon, the day-long coverage was often riveting TV and radio, in between long stretches of repetition and going nowhere.

Like many WNYers, I followed it wherever I was --- at home, on the way to and from the gym and on the way to and from a store.

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