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Ch.4's sister station adding fourth hour of "Wake Up!"

By Alan Pergament

Channel 4 anchor Don Postles told viewers Friday night that sister station WNLO-TV will be adding a fourth hour of its morning program "Wake Up!" on Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

My immediate thought was Channel 4  executives decided to end "Winging It!", the morning program that has paid segments in the hour on WNLO.

Not so.

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S.Buffalo native expected on "American Ninja Warrior"

By Alan Pergament

This is a blog about two athletic guys named Patrick originally from South Buffalo and their television appearances.

One is an international star, the other expects to get his 15 minutes of fame in nine or 10 days.

Let’s start with the lesser-known athlete, Patrick Hall, who now lives in Orchard Park.

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Randall babbles, Parker changes diapers and more morning news

By Alan Pergament

Good morning.

It is time to talk about some morning personnel issues in local news.

First up is Channel 7 meteorologist Mike Randall, who recently agreed verbally to a new multi-year  contract to keep him at the ABC affiliate into his early 60s.

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Ch.7 names new morning co-anchors

By Alan Pergament

Channel 7 has gone out West to find talent that it hopes will improve its prospects in the morning news wars.

Starting in early or mid-August, Cole Heath and Tiffany Lundberg will be the co-anchors of "Eyewitness News This Morning," replacing Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery.

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Lauer direct, strong in Deen interview

By Alan Pergament

Matt was great, Paula left me as cold as a plate of cucumber salad.

But truthfully, it is a lot easier judging the performance of a broadcast journalist than knowing what is in the heart of a celebrity trying to recover from a scandal.

On that score, "Today" co-host Matt Lauer did a masterful job this morning interviewing cooking star Paula Deen about her recent fall from grace after admitting in a court deposition that she used a racist slur decades ago.

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New TV network heading to Buffalo

By Alan Pergament

A new TV network will be bouncing into Western New York as soon as next week.

Bounce TV, billed as the first African-American broadcast network  -- BET is a cable network -- is targeted to appear on the sub-channel of WNLO-TV, 23.2, on Monday here and on some other stations across the country owned by LIN  Media.

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Wallenda gets record-setting viewership for Discovery here

By Alan Pergament

The local ratings for the Discovery Channel were sky high Sunday night for Nik Wallenda’s high-wire act over the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon.

The two-hour program averaged an 18.2 rating from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., hitting a peak of 24.0 from 9:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. when two-thirds of Wallenda's 22-minute walk were completed.

The rating rose to 23.4 at 10 p.m. when Wallenda, his wife and their three children were being interviewed.

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"Mad Men," Wallenda hit high notes

By Alan Pergament

It was decent of Nik Wallenda to finish his 22-minute wire act and salute to Jesus Sunday night in time for viewers to switch to Don Draper’s questioning of Jesus' priorities during the violent and volatile 1960s.

Wallenda and Draper’s show "Mad Men" soared Sunday, making it a heavenly TV night.

It was an interesting package. First things first.

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"Mad Men" ends maddening season

By Alan Pergament

What’s he smoking?

That was my reaction to the comments by an Associated Press writer about "Mad Men" that appeared in Saturday’s Buffalo News.

Of course, I'm joking. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and nowadays gets to express it via Facebook, Twitter or a personal blog like the one I used to write before returning to The Buffalo News.

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Ch.7 adding third on-air sportscaster

By Alan Pergament

Channel 7 is moving reporter Jason Gruenauer to sports in a month to give the station three on-air sportscasters, incoming General Manager Mike Nurse said today.

A Syracuse University graduate and Lancaster native, Gruenauer has anchored sports in the past when both Sports Director Jeff Russo and weekend sports anchor Shawn Stepner were unavailable. Nurse said Russo and Stepner are expected to get extensions of deals that expire at the end of the year.

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