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WBBZ, Bills have reasons for optimism

By Alan Pergament

This is what I''m thinking:

WBBZ-TV General Manager Bob Koshinski undoubtedly is correct that more people are aware of the independent station now than were a year ago when it simulcast the Buffalo Bills’ 19-14 victory over Miami with the NFL Network.

So I can see why he is optimistic that the station can top the 18.3 rating it received last November when it simulcasts this year's NFL Network game on Thursday, Oct. 3 against Cleveland.

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WBBZ officially lands Bills-Cleveland game

By Alan Pergament

Local independent station WBBZ today was officially awarded the broadcast rights to the NFL Network's coverage of the Buffalo Bills game against the host Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, Oct.3.

This blog reported almost two weeks ago that WBBZ was the likely winner of the broadcast rights to the game after a bid that was believed to be much higher than those of rival stations in the market.

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Is this a hockey or hoop town? Ch.2 has classic happy talk moment

By Alan Pergament

We all know this is a hockey town, right?

But you wouldn't know it by local viewership for recent NBA and NHL playoff games.

In the one head-to-head battle last Thursday, the NBA dominated the NHL like Neil Patrick Harris dominated the Tony Awards on Sunday.

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It was an entertaining and "Kinky" night on TV

By Alan Pergament

If you read my Sunday blog, you knew I had a game plan going in as the Tony Awards on CBS competed head-to-head with game two of the NBA finals on ABC.

ABC and the Miami Heat made it very easy to throw out my initial plan to watch the NBA game and watch the Tonys on tape later.

I discarded the plan in five minutes.

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Rooting for "Kinky Boots" and LeBron

By Alan Pergament

If you are a regular reader, you probably know I am a big Broadway fan.

My late father turned me into one by playing show tunes on Sunday mornings.

I'm also a big basketball fan.

Which means I have a decision to make tonight when Miami meets San Antonio in game two of the NBA finals on Channel 7 at 8 tonight, the same time as the Tony Awards air on Channel 4.

I'll be rooting for LeBron James to help Miami tie the NBA series with San Antonio and Tony Parker because I want the series to last seven games.

And I'll be rooting for "Kinky Boots" to win the Tony for best musical.

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Buffalo is bizarro tv world

By Alan Pergament

When it comes to early morning, evening news and late-night network viewing, the Buffalo TV market is practically bizarro world.

If you're not a "Seinfeld" nut, I'll explain that everything here is practically opposite of what is going on nationally.

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"Talent" helps Ch.2 get rare 11 p.m. win

By Alan Pergament

Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum and Mel B have to be among the most popular celebrities with the Channel 2 News staff.

Because the judges on "America's Got Talent" helped the NBC affiliate do something as unusual as watching a 100-piece chorus and orchestra (I'm guessing at the number) perform last summer's hit "Call Me Maybe": Win the 11 p.m. news battle.

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Buffalo TV writers rate high on WGA Top 101 list

By Alan Pergament

Not surprisingly, The Writers Guild of America list of the Top 101 best written television series announced a few days ago included a Who's Who of Western New York TV writers.

I say "not surprisingly" because when I attended the semi-annual Television Critics Association from 1983 through 2010, some of my colleagues in the TV critic fraternity would facetiously ask me if everyone writing in Hollywood was from Western New York.

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LBJ and Heat in game 7 top NHL, Yanks here

By Alan Pergament

It is widely believed that this is a hockey town in from January through June after the Bills season ends. Or a  New York Yankees baseball town.

If you listen to sport station WGR radio and Buffalo News sports columnist Jerry Sullivan isn't making an appearance you might not realize that the NBA exists on many days.

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Raguse congratulates himself; "Mistresses" misses

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

One of the more amusing moments of the weekend came when Channel 4 weekend anchor Lou Raguse read a story on Saturday's 11 p.m. news about the station winning five New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards in Saratoga Springs.

Raguse was in an awkward position. He started out by noting that he was a winner for overall reporting excellence and then added that reporters Rich Newberg and Ed Drantch and the station's website also were winners.

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

@StillTalkinTV | apergament@buffnews.com

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