By Alan Pergament
I’ve been traveling a lot lately on weekends but have been able to keep up with what’s happening in Western New York via Channel 2’s iPad app that allows me to see its newscasts live.
It has been the only game in town for when you are out of town.
But that live streaming advantage is about to end.
Channel 4 General Manager Chris Musial reports that the CBS affiliate is testing its own streaming app and is expected to make it available shortly to provide live feeds of its newscasts.
Musial said the plan is to live stream four hours in the morning – three hours of “Wake Up!” and one hour of ‘Winging It!” From 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., it will stream a replay of the noon newscast.
“Whenever you want to see it, you can come to WIVB.com.,” said Musial.
For someone who travels a lot, it’s a win-win.
But there is no real advertising advantage for the stations yet. Channel 2’s live stream goes dark when the commercials are on at home.
Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner says that ads may eventually run but for now the live streaming is just a service to viewers and exposes more people to its products.
You can read more from Musial about Channel 4’s plans in this Saturday’s edition of The Buffalo News.
Channel 2 sports anchor Ed Kilgore said a cheerful goodbye on Wednesday’s 6 p.m. newscast, cracking several jokes after opening his remarks by advising viewers “there are no worries about any conflicts some of you might have” about him working at Channel 2 after taking a new job with Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula.
Kilgore's best line concerned his taking a new job. "Everybody should do that every 40 years or so," he cracked.
From there, the likable Kilgore played a combination of self-deprecating comical footage and interactions he has had with such major Buffalo sports figures such as Jim Kelly, Scott Norwood, Ralph Wilson, Seymour Knox III, Randy Smith, Lindy Ruff, Scott Norwood and O.J. Simpson. I probably would have dropped the Simpson clip considering his infamy.
After his final goodbye words, Kilgore remarked that he was surprised he finished without tearing up and co-anchor Maryalice Demler claimed “I’m fighting back tears myself.” I say “claimed” because Demler didn’t seem near tears.
There is no reason to cry for Kilgore, who had an amazing 40-year run on the station, went out with some fun and class Wednesday and now gets an undefined job with Pegula that won’t be heavy lifting and probably will allow him to play plenty of glad-handing golf.
That noted media critic, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” hysterically skewered CNN Wednesday night for its erroneous report hours earlier that an arrest had been made in the Boston Marathon explosions and then saw several CNN staffers have laughable trouble admitting the report was wrong.“You spent an hour debating the merits of your own fiction,” cracked Stewart after showing CNN anchors and reporters embarrassing themselves. His “report” also named CNN as “The Most Busted Name in News” rather than the most trusted.
It would be hard to top Stewart in criticizing CNN even if it wasn’t the only media outlet to ignore journalistic rules and go with a report that turned out to dead wrong.