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Rocca's wing feature set to air early "Sunday Morning"

By Alan Pergament

Notes from the cutting room floor:

Nothing is set in wing sauce, but an insider has told me it looks like CBS correspondent Mo Rocca's piece on eating chicken wings with three of the coolest people in Western New York will air in the 9:30 a.m. half-hour of the popular CBS program "Sunday Morning" this Super Bowl Sunday.

Of course, that's a tentative time that is subject to change depending on national and world events.

CBS has sent out a tweet of Rocca eating with former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas (see below), who is one of the trio eating wings with the CBS star. Lounge singer Lance Diamond and Buffalo booster Bernice Radle are the other two cool people with Rocca.

It's been a big week for wings, with Wing King Drew Cerza appearing with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Tuesday morning's 10 a.m. hour of NBC's "Today."


Cerza presented Kotb and Gifford with wing hats and the co-hosts proved to be good sports by briefly wearing them.

I was surprised I wasn't made aware of last Friday's edition of NBC's "Dateline," which focused on the murder of a Lancaster native, Norman "Lee" Radder, in Arizona a few years ago,

The episode was a local rating hit, winning its 8 p.m. Friday time slot with a 7.4 rating on Channel 2. That's very impressive by 8 p.m. Friday standards. The only Friday programs here that had higher ratings were an episode of NBC's "Grimm" (7.9) and an episode of CBS' popular "Blue Bloods” (8.2).

A memorial service was held for Radder here in August of 2011, after the father of three was found shot to death on Dec. 30, 2010 in his home in Queen Creek, Ariz. He was 49.

As "Dateline" correspondent Keith Morrison explained in his dryly unique way, police initially considered the case a possible suicide, but it was later ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

Radder's father-in-law, Robert Douglas Fischer, a retired police officer who became a lawyer, was convicted last month of second-degree murder.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Radder graduated from Lancaster Central High School and remained in Western New York until 1981.

Mr. Radder's family still lives in Western New York and his mother and two sisters were a big part of the suspenseful "Dateline" presentation, urging police to continue the investigation that at one time wrongly focused on Radder's widow.

It was so suspenseful that it appeared that the verdict could have gone either way. I certainly would have liked to hear from jury members the reason or reasons why they convicted Fischer.

The Buffalo Sabres continue to see a significant ratings slide in their horrible season, but Western New York is still one of the stronger TV markets in the country for the NHL.

The Sabres' 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh Monday had a 6.3 local rating on the NBC Sports Network and their 5-4 overtime loss to Washington Tuesday had a 6.2 rating on the same sports channel.

As usual, Buffalo scored big time in the ratings for the two outdoor games played last Sunday.

The 4.5 rating in Buffalo for the New York Rangers game with the New Jersey Devils from Yankee Stadium placed this market second only to the New York City market, which had a 5.1 rating.

Buffalo was also No. 2 for the Anaheim-Los Angeles game from Dodgers Stadium carried by the NBC Sports Network. L.A. was No.1, with a 2.38 rating and Buffalo second with a 1.62 rating.

Speaking of hockey, Canisius High School graduate Daniel Amigone, a 2005 St. Lawrence University graduate, was embedded with the Toronto as a field producer for HBO Sports on its series, “24/7 Road to the Winter Classic” as the Maple Leafs prepared for their New Year's Day clash with Detroit. Amigone was embedded with Leafs for a month leading up to outdoor game. He followed players and coaches in the locker room, arena, planes, residences, and cars to film their daily regimen and get them to talk about their lives, their careers and the game.

In an email, Amigone wrote it was a“tough assignment for a lifelong Sabres fan, but I survived it. The players were very welcoming and easy to work with.”






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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.

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