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Long Island Medium's visit to Niagara Falls on TLC Sunday

By Alan Pergament

I heard a voice tell me that this Sunday's episode of TLC's "Long Island Medium" is focusing on her summer trip to Niagara Falls.

OK, I admit I'm not really psychic.

I actually got an email from Bryan Banas, chief pilot of Rainbow Air, advising me that he took Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo and her husband Larry on an extended helicopter tour of the area this summer.

"The whole thing was filmed and will be on Dec. 1 (Sunday)," wrote Banas. "The production crew called and said it came out great."

Here's the synposis of the program, which airs at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the cable channel and is called "On the Road: Niagara:" "Once again, Theresa is leaving Long Island and surprising the great people of upstate New York with readings. On her journey, the medium reconnects a grieving mother with her daughter and she meets a woman who is distraught after the loss of her husband."

I heard another voice Monday ask me what the heck happened to NBC's "Meet the Press" at 9 a.m. Sunday?

Actually, a college professor asked me.

Channel 2 ran a children's program, "Make Way for Noddy," at 9 a.m.

I didn't think that Channel 2, which wants to protect its news image, would preempt the late Tim Russert's old political issues program.  It especially didn't make sense on Sunday after the news broke late Saturday about the United States and several other world powers making a somewhat controversial landmark deal with Iran that hopefully will halt much of that country's nuclear program.

I mean it didn't seem to be the time to switch to chlldren's programming.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said it was NBC's decision to drop "Meet the Press" and run the children's program. He wasn't told why, but all networks are required to carry a certain amount of children's programming at certain times of the year. That could have been the reason. There wasn't a lot of room for children's programs Sunday because NBC carried seven straight hours of sports programming starting at 11 a.m. with a Formula One Race.

The University at Buffalo's dominating football performance over Miami of Ohio didn't do much for the broadcast's ratings on ESPNU a week ago. The Bulls' 44-7 victory started well with a 4.0 rating but viewership slipped as the rout was on and the game ended up averaging a 1.9 rating.

UB's last three games have been carried by one of the ESPN channels and the streak continues at 1:30 p.m. Friday when the game at the Ralph with Bowling Green for the Mid-American Conference East crown is being carried by ESPNU.

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