By Alan Pergament
This is what I’m thinking:
Like antique dealers looking for hidden gems, a journalist can find stories in the strangest ways.
On Tuesday night, I ran into a story.
Developer Rocco Termini stopped me as I was leaving his popular downtown restaurant Tappo and said he wanted me to meet a TV star.
Mike Wolfe of History Channel's popular series "American Pickers" was holding court with some fans when he was introduced.
He told me he was in town to film today. When I asked where, he said he and co-star Frank Fitz aren’t told where they are going to look "for hidden antique and collectible gems at junkyards, basements and barns."
But I wouldn't be surprised if Wolfe found his way way to Elmwood Avenue today since there seems to be an antique store every 10 feet in certain stretches of the street. Wolfe wil have to look for barns elsewhere.
I told Wolfe that his series is very popular here. It made my Sunday list of the most popular cable series in WNY, with episodes getting ratings in the 3s and 4s here in July. That's higher than many broadcast network series get here.
The show's popularity here isn't surprising since WNY loves antics and bargains.
The CBS Sports announcement of NFL announcers Tuesday in New York City had one notable admission. Kenmore’s ageless Don Criqui, who has worked a limited schedule of games lately, wasn't on the list or mentioned as doing some games so I asked the network's public relations department if that was an oversight.
It turns out that the 73-year-old Criqui, who has frequently turned up on Bills games and has been doing NFL games for almost a half century, isn't going to work any CBS games this season, according to the network. It hasn't been easy for Criqui to work Sunday games because he is the radio play-by-play man of Notre Dame football, which is his alma mater.
By the way, CBS' No.2 team, Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, has been assigned to work the Bills season opener against New England on Sept.8. Criqui also did Patriots preseason game for almost 20 years, but he and analyst Randy Cross were dropped this year.
Inquiring minds with Time Warner Cable want to know: Where is Al Jazeera America, which premiered Tuesday in about 45 million homes with a lineup of anchors and reporters, some of whom may be familiar to some avid news viewers? The most likely to be known are Antonio Mora, Sheila MacVicar, John Seigenthaler and Joie Chen. TWC spokesman said today that the cable giant is in discussions with Al Jazeera America, which replaces Current TV. TWC dropped Current nationally after it was sold to Al Jazeera earlier this year.