By Alan Pergament
Some quick thoughts about a busy local TV news week:
I am not trying to rush Channel 4’s chief meteorologist Don Paul out the door or into retirement in sunny Florida.
I have fun at his expense at times, but he is a legend around here.
Besides, he isn't going anywhere. I reported in April that Paul signed a new three-year deal, with the station’s option every year.
However, Paul isn’t getting any younger -- he admits to being in his mid 60s –- so his station would be wise to look to its weather future.
And Channel 4's hiring of Todd Santos of The Weather Channel this week makes one think that he could eventually be Paul’s replacement as the station’s chief meteorologist.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ll have to see how he performs once he comes on board in about two weeks.
By the way, I got a note from a Western New Yorker who said he was Santos’ college roommate at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
The very flattering note added that Santos is an avid skier and mountain biker who has visited Buffalo regularly for 15 years.
That makes sense since Santos is married to a former WNYer whose family still lives here.
If you’re looking to see Santos perform before he arrives here, I’m told one of his Weather Channel shifts is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Here's an interesting side note involving Teresa Weakley, the Youngstown, Ohio anchor at WKBN who has been offered a job by Channel 4. Her husband, Joe Aulisio, is the assistant sports director and a sports anchor at WKBN. The couple has one child. Channel 4 could use another sports anchor or sports reporter but there is no indication that this would be a package deal.
Aulisio was in the news a few years ago when he suffered a concussion and two broken vertebrae in a collision with four high school players at a football practice that he was covering.
Here was Ginger Geoffery's big announcement on her final day as anchor of Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning." She is going to be the director of social marketing for The Mac Groups. I'm not familiar with the company but a Google search uncovered that it is based in Williamsville.
The Buffalo Bills have informed me that they have been told that John Murphy’s radio show on WGR is No.1 in its evening time period among listeners age 25-54. You can read more about Murphy and his show in my Sunday column in The Buffalo News.