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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.

Founded by Martin Luther King III and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, Bounce calls itself "TV Our Way."

Its website says that it "features movies, sports events, documentaries, specials, faith-based series, off-network programming and original programming."

The channel won’t be immediately available on cable or on satellite dishes, but should be able to be picked up via rabbit ears antennas and digital tuners, according to officials of the local LIN stations, WIVB-TV and WNLO. 

Gannett, which owns Channel 2, also has put programming on a sub-channel. It carries  Antenna TV, which airs classic TV shows, on Channel 2.2.  However, 2.2 has the benefit of being on Time Warner Cable and FiOS.

According to the network's website, the programming on Bounce includes:  

"The Newlywed Game" with Sherri Shepherd as host.

Reruns of the animated series, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids."

"Forgive or Forget," an inspirational series hosted by Mother Love featuring stories of redemption.

Nightly movies starring Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Richard Pryor, Will Smith and Eddie Murphy.

"Brown Sugar Saturday Night," "featuring the best of urban cinema from the 1970s." The titles named include "Superfly," "Shaft," "Car Wash," and "Cleopatra Jones."

"Off the Chain," described as a family-friendly, standup comedy series hosted by Rodney Perry.

"Forever Jones," a  reality series featuring the gospel family group.

"Bounce Beats," which features the hottest R&B and soul music videos.

"Bounce Beats: Profiles," featuring profiles of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Al Green, Wyclef Jean, John Legend and others.

What was NBC thinking when it kept the audio on high when Chicago Blackhawk Andrew Shaw was throwing out expletives while parading with the Stanley Cup after Chicago’s 3-2 series clincher over the stunned Boston Bruins Monday night?

Shaw's celebratory expletives were slightly audible for a few seconds before he skated closer to one of NBC’s on-ice microphones and all the world could be sure of what he was saying. Someone should have cut the audio well before Shaw got to that point.

Like many WNYers, I headed to CBC's post-game coverage in time to hear its analysts speculate that Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford would be named the MVP of the playoffs.

They were wrong. The honor went to South Buffalo’s Patrick Kane, who graciously told NBC that he thought Crawford deserved it.

Interestingly when CBC had each Blackhawk explain in a canned feature where they were from and who their favorite player was growing up, Kane identified himself as a native of South Buffalo instead of just Buffalo. NBC said he was from Buffalo all series long. As his South Buffalo friends undoubtedly know, Kane’s favorite player growing up was former Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine.

The series clinching game had a 12.5 rating on Channel 2, making it by the far the highest-rated game locally. It peaked at 16.3 from 10:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. when the Blackhawks scored two stunning goals to tie and win the game.

The first part of the Stephen King miniseries, "Under the Dome," had an 8.0 rating on Channel 4, which is surprisingly high considering the hockey competition. Of course, CBS' promotion of the series has been endless.   

Kelly
Kelly Dudzik
It isn't official but it looks like Channel 2's Kelly Dudzik is staying as the 5 p.m. co-anchor alongside Scott Levin.

"I think she is doing a fantastic job there," said Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner. "She's really settled into it."

As predicted here Monday, the 18.2 local rating for the Discovery Channel 2's coverage of the Nik Wallenda walk near the Grand Canyon from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the 23.4 it averaged from 10 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. were much higher than the special did nationally. That was primarily because of the local interest in Wallenda after last year's Niagara Falls Walk. The local rating was more than triple the national figures. The Discovery program reportedly averaged a 3.8 rating from 8 p.m. to 9:10 p.m, a 6.4 from 9:10 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. and a 7.72 for the 20 minutes of the actual walk.

To put that in perspective, the two hours of prime time coverage of the  Wallenda Walk in Niagara Falls had a 6.2 national household rating on ABC in metered markets and a 7.7 for the second hour in which Wallenda walked.   

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