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Strange week of local viewership patterns

By Alan Pergament 

In a very eventful national news week, there were a number of strange results in local viewership patterns that may or may not mean anything long-term.

In some cases, the results are likely to give ammunition to those people who think daily ratings are about as accurate as CNN these days.

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Ch.4 to stream news soon; Kilgore has fun in goodbye

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.

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A positive news day about awards, a baby, and a goodbye

By Alan Pergament

I’ve been occasionally told “you’re too negative.” I typically respond, “no, I’m not.”

In any event, this morning’s blog will focus on being positive.

Cheers to Channel 2’s Scott Brown, who won two New York State Emmys over the weekend and was the only local reporter to be so homored. The two stories for which Brown earned the Emmys were entitled “Buffalo’s Beatles Blunder” and  “Conspiracy of Silence: The Murder of Jackie Wisniewski." The photographers who earned Emmys with him were Andy DeSantis and Dave Harrington.

Andrew Siff, who you remember from his days at Channel 7, also won an Emmy for his work as a general assignment reporter for WNBC in New York City.

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Kilgore's last sportscast is Wednesday

By Alan Pergament 

Channel 2 has reversed itself and decided that sports anchor Ed Kilgore will end his more than 40-year run on the NBC affiliate with a final appearance on Wednesday's 6 p.m. newscast.

Last week, the station announced it planned to allow Kilgore to anchor until May 24 after he accepted a job in a company owned by Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula that it said wouldn’t involve the Sabres.

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Racing through some quick marathon coverage notes

By Alan Pergament

Some quick thoughts from a dial-switcher about the media coverage of the Boston Marathon horror:

To show how far “CBS This Morning” has come in the last few months, I turned to Channel 4 this morning to catch its coverage of the Boston Marathon tragedy. That's a first in the past 20 years. I'm usually a "Today" watcher, as is most of Western New York.

I switched to CBS partly today to see the usual strong job done by Kenmore’s Jeff Glor, who routinely is assigned big stories and was in Boston to cover this one with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O’Donnell. Back in the studio, co-host Charlie Rose established just the right tone as usual for the emotional story.

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Ch.2's Kilgore should say goodbye tonight

By Alan Pergament

Channel 2, which supposedly "holds people accountable," is embarrassing itself in the handling of Ed Kilgore's departure from the station.

To put it simply in a way sports fans can relate, Ed Must Go. Now. Not after the end of the May sweeps. But now.

Kilgore is a likable personality who deserves to go out with dignity rather than become a journalistic joke.

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Nostalgic scenes from the Final Four

By Alan Pergament

The first thing I did after returning from the Final Four in Atlanta Tuesday was turn on my TV to watch the final three minutes of Syracuse’s semifinal loss to Michigan a week ago on my DVR.

I wanted to know if what I thought I saw 1,000 feet from the basket in my Georgia Dome seat looked any different when I was parked five feet in front of my TV set.

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Ch.4 keeps 10 p.m. news audience even as Ch.2 soars

By Alan Pergament

It is 10 O’Clock: Do you know who Channel 2’s anchor is going to be on the newscast carried on WUTV?

Do you even know that Channel 2’s 10 p.m. newscast is now on WUTV?

In the last few weeks, Channel 2 has rotated main anchors Scott Levin and Maryalice Demler on the 10 p.m. news, with newcomer Kelly Dudzik filling in for both when they were on vacation.

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Benigni to be dean of primary sportscasters

By Alan Pergament

Some notes left on the cutting room floor, with some original material added:

When Channel 2’s Ed Kilgore leaves the station to work for a company owned by Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula after the May sweeps, Adam Benigni not only gets his 6 p.m. sports anchor slot but also the title of dean of Western New York’s primary sportscasters.

Stu Boyar has been at Channel 2 much longer – 28 years – than Benigni but he isn’t on the air regularly.

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Kilgore leaving Ch.2 to work for Pegula

By Alan Pergament

Channel 2 sports anchor Ed Kilgore, who celebrated his 40th anniversary at the station three months ago, is leaving the NBC affiliate at the end of the May sweeps to work for a company owned by Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula.

There had been speculation that Kilgore, who relinquished the 11 p.m. sports shift to Adam Benigni more than a year and a half ago, was in his final year at the station and that Benigni would then take over the 6 p.m. shift as well by the end of the year.

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