Here are radio ratings compiled by Nielsen Audio for spring 2015 in the Buffalo market. The numbers reflect the 12+ audience. Please know the ratings for a handful of smaller stations are not publicly available because they are non-subscribers. Country music WYRK is still number one with a 10.1 share. WBEN stays in second place with a 9.8. Here is the ranking of the rest of the top ten stations: WBLK 8.7; WHTT, 6.6; WGRF, 6.2; WKSE, 5.8; WTSS, 4.8; WMSX, 4.2; and WEDG and WGR (tied), 4.0.  Rounding out the winter book are WBUF, 3.1; WLKK, 1.5; WWWS, 1.2 and WWKB, 0.6. The public station ratings will be released in the coming days.


The Niagara Frontier Wireless Association’s annual swap meet, flea market, auction and donation auction will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village(formerly the Amherst Museum) at the corner of New Road and South Tonawanda Creek Road in northern Amherst. Start time at 8:00 AM. There is ample parking. Admission is usually $5.00 and there is no fee for sellers. Food is served. The auctions start around 11. It’s a chance to exchange old radios, ham gear, parts, tubes, memorabilia and other vintage or nearly-new electronic gear.


WKBW, Channel 7 will begin airing the Rex Ryan Show in September. TV critic Alan Pergament reports on his blog Talkin’ TV that the new coach of the Buffalo Bills has agreed to appear on a weekly program that will air Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 11am. Bills play-by-play announcer John Murphy will host the show. It will debut on Saturday, September 12th, the day before the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.


WGRZ, Channel 2 and WBFO 88.7FM are being recognized with national honors for their work.

Several WGRZ staffers are 2015 Salute to Excellence Finalists in a news competition sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists. Claudine Ewing and Scott May are finalists in NABJ’s General Assignment: Short Form category for a piece titled “Justice for Mayouna.” Jeff Preval, Bob Mancuso and Terry Belke were recognized in General Assignment: Long Form for “Black Suspect Called Dark Negro.” Ewing and Dave Harrington are finalists in Feature: Short Form for “Strong Black Widow.” WGRZ competed against other television stations in markets 16 and below. Winners will be announced at the NABJ’s 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 8th.

WBFO received a first place “PRNDI Award”  for “Continuing Coverage” from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. for its coverage of last November’s historic lake effect snow storm. The station earned second place honors in “Breaking News” for “Pawnshop Hostage Standoff.” There were more than 1,100 entries from public radio newsrooms across the country. News Director Brian Meyer was on hand to accept the awards, which were handed out Saturday, June 27 at a banquet concluding the annual PRNDI conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.


WGRZ, Channel 2’s parent company has changed names as part of an arrangement that has the firm’s broadcast-digital entities and print publications under separate ownership. The former Gannett company is now known as TEGNA, which owns or provides services to 46 televisions stations in the United States, including WGRZ. The company also runs the popular websites and Print publications, including USA Today, were spun off. They’ll retain the Gannett name. Both companies will continue to be headquartered in McLean, Virginia.


Business First newspaper is ending its 15-year relationship with WKBW, Channel 7. Reporter Elizabeth Carey was paid by Business First to produce business stories for Eyewitness News. Business First president and publisher Jack Connors tells Buffalo News TV critic Alan Pergament that the business weekly is moving in a new direction and that many such publications have eliminated TV reporter positions in recent years. Carey will leave Business First and has started her own business.


WIVB, Channel 4 began airing its “Wake Up!” morning news program a half-hour earlier Monday (June 15). “Wake Up!” now begins at 4:30am and runs through 7am on Channel 4 and from 7-9am on WNLO, Channel 23. WIVB joins WGRZ, Channel 2 with an early start to the morning news. Channel 2 began airing “Daybreak” at 4:30am in summer 2012. 


WBFO 88.7FM won the top radio award Saturday night in the New York State Associated Press Association’s annual news awards competition.

WBFO topped the radio competition with a total of seven first-place winners to take home the Steve Flanders Award for the second consecutive year after sharing the grand prize with WRVO in Oswego in 2014.

WBFO received first place in the spot news and continuing coverage categories for its reporting on the November lake effect snow storm. Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley was once again the recipient of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting. She also won best interview for a conversation with singer Paul Stookey and best enterprise reporting for “Most At-Risk Teens.” The station also received top honors in the news series category for “If Our Water Could Talk,” by Buckley, Jay Moran and John Grant, and for best website.

WBFO was also awarded six special mentions.

WBEN 930AM was the recipient of one first place award in the best news series/documentary category for “Conversation about Race,” by John Zach, Susan Rose, Brian Mazurowski, Randy Bushover and staff, plus two special mentions.

In the TV competition, WGRZ, Channel 2 won four first place awards. Reporter Dan Tevlock and photographer Franco Ardito earned best enterprise reporting honors for “The Polluted Scajaquada Creek.” Reporter Heather Li was awarded first place in best feature for “Angel Gowns.” The station also earned first place for best regularly scheduled newscast (“First At Five”) and best website. WGRZ received two special mentions.

WIVB, Channel 4 won first place honors in continuing coverage for November storm reporting. The station also received five special mentions.

The awards for news stories broadcast in 2014 were presented during the NYSAPA’s annual banquet in Saratoga Springs.


WGRZ, Channel 2 is cementing its status as the top-rated television news station in the Buffalo market. In the recently completed May sweeps, WGRZ newscasts were number one in household ratings at 6am, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 10pm (airing on WUTV). The win at 10pm marked the first time the WGRZ-produced newscast beat its competition in that time-slot. The WIVB-produced newscast at 10:00, airing on WNLO, Channel 23, had been number one until now. Channel 2 News also won the coveted 6pm time period, scoring a 9.2 rating. WIVB, Channel 4 maintains its number one status at 11pm. But Channel 2 is now less than a ratings point behind. Both WGRZ and WIVB are tied at 5am.   


There are reports that ESPN will focus one of its acclaimed “30 for 30” programs on the Super Bowl era Buffalo Bills. Eric Fisher, a MLB/Digital Media/Technology writer for SportsBusiness Journal, has tweeted the working title is “Four Falls of Buffalo.” Fisher says he was a student at St. Bonaventure University during that time. Though not a Bills fan, Fisher said it was a “special era to be around.” WKBW, Channel 7 Bills beat reporter Joe Buscaglia cited the Fisher tweet in a story he posted on the Channel 7 website. There is no timetable for when the special will air. It was reported in April that “30 for 30” is working on a five hour documentary on the life of former Bills running back O.J. Simpson. Earlier this year, “30 for 30” aired a documentary on former NBA and Duke player Christian Laettner, an Angola native.


Entercom has purchased Family Life Radio’s translator at 104.7FM in Buffalo and is simulcasting programming from WLKK, 107.7FM, known as Alternative Buffalo. According to the website, Radio Ink, the purchase price was $125,000. With the translator, Alternative Buffalo will have a cleaner signal into the northwestern portion of Erie County. Entercom has also placed Alternative Buffalo programming on WTSS 102.5 HD-2, replacing a simulcast of WBEN 930AM


WGRZ, Channel 2 won six New York State Emmy Awards at a ceremony in New York City Saturday evening (May 2).  The station received three awards for best morning, daytime and evening newscasts.  Reporter Dave McKinley won an Emmy in the news writing category.  Sports anchor/reporter Jonah Javad’s feature “Timeless Touchdown” was honored for best single sports story.  And WGRZ’s promotions and production staff won an Emmy for a news promo, “Winter’s Coming.”   Both WIVB, Channel 4 and WKBW, Channel 7 were nominated for New York State Emmys but did not win. 


Here are revised radio ratings (to include public stations) compiled by Nielsen Audio for winter 2015 in the Buffalo market.  The numbers reflect the 12+ audience.  Please know the ratings for a handful of smaller stations are not publicly available because they are non-subscribers.  Number one WYRK maintains its top ranking with an 11.3 share.  WBEN stays in second place with a 9.0.  Here is the ranking of the rest of the top ten stations:  WBLK 8.4; WHTT, 6.9; WGRF, 6.4; WGR, 4.8; WKSE and WTSS, 4.7; WMSX, 4.6; and WEDG, 3.8.  Rounding out the winter book are WBFO, 3.4; WBUF and WNED, 2.2; WLKK, 1.4; WWWS, 0.8; and WWKB, 0.5. 


WGRZ, Channel 2 and WIVB, Channel 4 have won regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). WGRZ is the recipient of four awards. The station won  in the breaking news category for its coverage of the massive November 2014 lake effect snow storm.  The Channel 2 news team was awarded a Murrow in the investigative reporting category for its series, “Cell Phone Spying.”  In Reporting: Sports, Channel 2 was honored for its report, “The Long Shot.” And reporter Dave McKinley earned a Murrow in the writing category.  WIVB received a Murrow in the newscast category for “News 4 at 5.”  The station also won in the news series category for “Your Food.” The regional winners will now compete for national Murrow awards, which will be announced later this year.


The New York State Associated Press Association (NYSAPA) has released its nominations in the radio and television news awards contest for the 2014 calendar year. WBFO 88.7FM led all broadcast outlets in Buffalo with 13 nominations. Both WGRZ, Channel 2 and WIVB, Channel 4 each had six.  WBEN 930AM earned three nominations. First place and special mentions will be announced at the NYSAPA awards banquet in Saratoga Springs on June 6th. Highlights of the nominations include WBFO and WBEN competing in the category of “Best Regularly Scheduled Local News Program” and for “Best Website.”  WGRZ and WIVB are going up against each other in the “Enterprise Reporting” category and also for “Best Website.” WGRZ’s Claudine Ewing was nominated for General Excellence in Individual Reporting (TV), WIVB’s David Morales for General Excellence in Photojournalism and WBFO’s Eileen Buckley for the Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting (Radio). The local stations compete against their counterparts in the Rochester, Syracuse and Albany-Schenectady markets. 


NBC Sports says Buffalo is the number one market for its national broadcasts of NHL hockey.  In a “tweet” from NBC Sports PR, it was announced regular season games airing on NBC and NBCSN earned a 1.17 rating in Buffalo, placing it at the top.  The rest of the top five: Pittsburgh, 1.15; Boston, 1.00; St. Louis, 0.95; and Chicago, 0.90. 


The 53rd annual Variety Club Telethon, which aired on WKBW-TV Sunday, raised more than $1.1 million.  The 12-hour broadcast featured local entertainment and much more from the Adam’s Mark Hotel downtown.  Funds from the telethon support the Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center at Women and Children’s Hospital, Camp Good Days and Special Times, Cradle Beach Camp and Sabah. 


WGRZ, Channel 2’s newscasts were rated number one during the February sweeps in the key adult demographic 25-54.  According to a news release issued by Channel 2, Nielsen determined WGRZ came out on top in head to head newscasts Monday through Friday in 26 out of the 28 most important demographics, including Adults 25-54, Women 25-54, Men 25-54 and Adults 18-49.  WGRZ’s 10pm newscast on WUTV Channel 29 and the 11pm newscast on Channel 2 ranked number one among adults aged 25 to 54, an age group advertisers target.  WIVB Channel 4 was rated at the top in those time slots when all age groups are counted.  WGRZ also came out ahead in the key demographics where they won overall — mornings plus 5, 5:30 and 6pm.  

For those readers interested in numbers, below are the demographic highlights from the WGRZ news release, as measured by Nielsen in February 2015.

Channel 2’s 5am Daybreak

Finished #1 with a 2.3 rating in A25-54.

Finished #1 with a 2.3 rating in F25-54.

Channel 2’s 6am Daybreak

Finished #1 with a 4.6 rating in A25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 4.1 rating)

Finished #1 with a 5.2 rating in W25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 5.0 rating)

Finished #1 with a 4.0 rating in M25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 3.2 rating)

Finished #1 with a 2.9 rating in A18-49.

Channel 2 News First at 5pm

Finished #1 with a 5.5 rating in A25-54. A 22% increase year to year. (The 2nd and 3rd place
stations combined for a 3.9 rating)

Finished #1 with a 6.0 rating in F25-54. A 36% increase year to year. (The 2nd and 3rd place
stations combined for a 4.0 rating)

Finished #1 with a 5.1 rating in M25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 3.6 rating)

Finished #1 with a 3.5 rating in A18-49. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 2.8 rating)

Channel 2 News at 5:30pm

Finished #1 with a 5.6 rating in A25-54. A 30% increase year to year. (The 2nd and 3rd place
stations combined for a 4.5 rating)

Finished #1 with a 6.5 rating in F25-54. A 55% increase year to year. (The 2nd and 3rd place
stations combined for a 4.5 rating)

Finished #1 with a 4.7rating in M25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 4.5 rating)

Finished #1 with a 3.7 rating in A18-49. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 3.0 rating)

Channel 2 News at 6pm

Finished #1 with a 5.8 rating in A25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 5.5 rating)

Finished #1 with a 6.5 rating in F25-54. This is a 16% increase year to year. (The 2nd and 3rd place
stations combined for a 5.8 rating)

Finished #1 with a 4.9 rating in M25-54.

Finished #1 with a 3.4 rating in A18-49.

Channel 2 News at 11pm

Finished #1 with a 3.9 rating in A25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 3.7 rating)

Finished #1 with a 3.9 rating in F25-54.

Finished #1 with a 4.0 rating in M25-54. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 3.3 rating)

Finished #1 with a 2.7 rating in A18-49. (The 2nd and 3rd place stations combined for a 2.4 rating)

Channel 2 News at 10pm (This newscast airs on FOX29)

Finished #1 with a 3.0 rating in A25-54. (Finishing 50% higher than the 2nd place station)

Finished #1 with a 3.3 rating in F25-54. (Finishing 65% higher than the 2nd place station)

Finished #1 with a 2.6 rating in M25-54. (Finishing 30% higher than the 2nd place station)

Finished #1 with a 2.2 rating in A18-49. (Finishing 83% higher than the 2nd place station)

*5am, 6am, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm on WGRZ-TV, the 10pm News airs on Fox29, WUTV

WIVB, Channel 4 is dropping the traditional sports segment from its 6pm newscast.  News Director Scott Levy tells Alan Pergament’s blog Talkin’ TV that sport stories will air as part of the general news the station presents during that half-hour.  An example of that occurred on Monday, March 9th when Channel 4 led its 6pm news with the signing of Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes. 


The new newsroom at WKBW-TV was completed March 2nd. Representatives from Channel 7’s owner, the E.W. Scripps Company, were on hand for a dedication ceremony. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was on hand to help cut the ribbon. 


Nominees for the 58th annual New York State Emmy Awards have been announced.  WGRZ, Channel 2 was nominated for ten Emmys.  WIVB, Channel 4 earned four nominations while its website landed one.  WKBW, Channel 7 received two nominations.  Details of the nominations are available here.  The Emmys will be awarded on May 2, 2015 in New York City. 


WIVB-TV has made changes to its line-up of meteorologists.  Meteorologist Todd Santos moved from mornings to evenings on January 26th. Santos is anchoring weather at 5:30pm on WIVB and 10:00pm on WNLO and is working with veteran meteorologist Don Paul at 5 and 6pm on Channel 4. Mike Cejka returned to “Wake Up” while Andrew Baglini is now covering weekend evenings as well as mornings.


WKBW plans to start using a digital sub-channel for a new comedy network.  General Manager Michael Nurse has informed station staff that LAFF will begin airing on digital channel 7.2, starting April 15th.  LAFF is a project of Katz Broadcasting and will deliver comedy programming that targets the age 18 to 49 demographic.


WGRZ launched a new TV network on one of its sub-channels.  The Justice Network is now running on digital channel 2.3.  The new network focuses on crime -related programming.  According to a post in Alan Pergament’s blog,  Talkin’ TV, WGRZ’s parent company, Gannett, reached a distribution deal with the Justice Network’s brass for widespread placement in TV markets across the country.  Antenna Television, a network devoted to classic TV, moved to digital channel 2.2.  The 24-hour weather station WeatherNation, which was airing on 2.2, was dropped. 


WBBZ-TV owner Phil Arno and Kim Piazza are co-hosting “Talk of The Town,” a new magazine-talk show.  The first program debuted on WBBZ on Thursday, January 15th.  It airs at 9am and 6pm Thursdays and again Sundays at 10:30am and 10pm.  “Talk of The Town” replaces “Political Buzz” and offers a broader spectrum of topics, which will continue to include politics, as well as lifestyle, celebrity interviews, and issues of interest for WNY.  Arno has had a long career in television news from Buffalo to Los Angeles.  He purchased WBBZ in 2010.  Piazza has been a part of our hometown entertainment scene for 25 years.  She is also the host of WBBZ’s infotainment program, “What’s The Buzz in WNY!” 


Here are radio ratings compiled by Nielsen Audio for fall 2014 in the Buffalo market.  The numbers reflect the 12+ audience.  Please know the ratings for a handful of smaller stations are not publicly available because they are non-subscribers.  Number one WYRK was up about a percentage point from its spring and summer numbers, rising to a 12.8 share.  WBEN returned to the number two spot in the ratings, due in part to its November lake effect storm coverage, with a 9.1.  Here is the ranking of the rest of the top ten stations:  WBLK 7.5; WGRF, 6.5; WHTT, 6.3; WKSE, 6.2; WGR, 6.1; WTSS, 5.4; WMSX, 4.3;  and WBFO, 3.3.  Rounding out the fall book are WEDG, 3.1; WBUF, 2.8; WNED-FM, 2.0; WLKK, 1.2; WWWS, 1.1; and WWKB, 0.4. 


Olean, NY is the 223rd rated radio market in the country.  Two of the groups that own stations there subscribe to Nielsen.  WPIG, which has a long-established country format, is the overwhelming leader with a 17.1 share of the market.  WXMT, a classic hits station, follows with a 3.1.  News-Talk WVTT has a 1.6.  And WBYB, which tries to compete with “The Pig” with country, trails with a 1.0.


WNLO, Channel 23’s morning program, Wingin’ It! Buffalo Style, is no more.  The program, which featured interviews, entertainment news and paid segments, had aired at 9am Monday through Friday.  WIVB-WNLO General Manager Rene LaSpina told Alan Pergament for his blog, Talkin’ TV, that the show’s anchors, Lauren Hall and Matt Snyder, have been assigned new duties.  Meredith Vieira’s syndicated talk show, which had been running at 4pm on WIVB, is now airing at 9am on WNLO.  “Inside Edition” and “Classic Jeopardy” are now scheduled at 4 and 4:30pm respectively on Channel 4. 


Buffalo’s broadcast media responded with extensive coverage of the massive lake effect snow storm that buried parts of Erie County.  WGRZ, Channel 2 provided non-stop coverage from the start of its “Daybreak” program in the early morning hours throughout the day on the storm’s first day (November 18), pre-empting its entire schedule.  Morning hosts John Beard and Melissa Holmes were on the air for more than nine straight hours.  WIVB, Channel 4 and WKBW, Channel 7 did not air their respective network morning news shows to continue their local morning programs and then offered expanded coverage at other times.  As a 24-hour news channel, Time Warner Cable News also provided in-depth storm coverage.  On the radio side, WBEN 930AM provided non-stop coverage throughout the day.  Rush Limbaugh was pre-empted by local host Larry Hunter from 12noon to 3pm.  WBFO 88.7FM also provided expanded coverage, coordinated by new News Director Brian Meyer.  The TV and radio coverage also featured live news conferences from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.  National news networks and the Weather Channel sent reporters to Buffalo to report on the history-making storm. 


WTSS 102.5FM has switched to an all-holiday music format.  The station made the change over the weekend.  Last year, both WTSS and the former WJYE 96.1FM made the switch two days after Halloween.  WJYE has since changed call letters to WMSX and is branding itself as Mix96.  With the new contemporary music format just over two months old, WMSX is holding off on holiday music for the time being.  Program Director Dave Universal told the Buffalo News’  Alan Pergament that the holiday music is scheduled to begin on his station on Black Friday.


Here are radio ratings compiled by Nielsen Audio for summer 2014 in the Buffalo market.  The numbers reflect the 12+ audience.  Please know the ratings for a handful of smaller stations are not publicly available because they are non-subscribers.  Number one WYRK experienced little change from its spring numbers with an 11.7 share.  WBLK remains in the number two slot with a 9.1.  Here is the ranking of the rest of the top ten stations:  WBEN 7.8; WGRF, 6.7; WHTT, 6.2; WKSE and WMSX (formerly WJYE), 4.7; WTSS, 4.4; WEDG, 4.2; and WGR, 3.9.  Rounding out the summer book are WBUF, 3.1; WBFO, 2.9; WNED-FM, 1.5; WWWS, 1.4; WLKK, 1.3; and WWKB, 0.6.


WUTV, Channel 29 will begin airing old Westerns and other movies geared toward men on one of its digital channels.   Alan Pergament is reporting on his blog, “Talkin TV,” at the Buffalo News that Grit TV will begin airing within the month.  WUTV’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, has signed an agreement to carry the new channel in 47 markets.  Grit TV is aimed at men in the 25 to 54 age group.


WLKK, 107.7FM, known as Alternative Buffalo, has announced the station will be hosting The Kerfuffle Before Christmas on Thursday, December 18th at 6pm at First Niagara Center.  The inaugural event will feature Fitz & the Tantrums, The Airborne Toxic Event, Jungle, Neon Trees, Robert Delong, and Walk the Moon.   Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 15th at 12pm. 


WKSE, 98.5FM (Kiss 98.5) has announced Kissmas Bash 2014 will return to First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Friday, December 19, 2014.  National recording acts will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 27th at 10am.


Congratulations to WGRF, 96.9FM (97 Rock) and morning host Larry Norton for 20 years of radiothons benefiting Make-A-Wish Western New York.  Larry was on the air for 28 straight hours on September 11 and 12th, raising more than $250,000.  Make-A-Wish helps children with serious, life-threatening  illnesses enjoy their special wishes.  Besides playing requests for donations, Larry auctioned off items ranging from Sabres jerseys to autographed guitars. 


WJYE 96.1FM changed its call letters, slogan and format today (Sept. 2, 2014).  Since February 1, 1979, WJYE has been a traditional adult contemporary station known for most of that time as “JOY.” But as of this morning at 6am, the station changed to bright AC WMSX, Mix 96 with an emphasis on women aged 25-54. The station is being programmed by former WKSE 98.5FM Program Director Dave Universal who is WMSX’s brand manager. Dan Rinelli shifts from his production director position at the station to take over afternoon drive as Trevor Carey exits the station.  Market veteran “Bobby O” (Bobby O’Brian) steps in as production director and will work weekends.  Former WMJQ 102.5FM afternoon drive DJ Dave Gillen will join the staff.  Gillen, president of the BBA, will pick up a couple weekend shifts each month in addition to his current position as account executive at WGRZ, Channel 2.


WNED 94.5FM made a change to its programming line-up on Labor Day.  Longtime host Peter Hall has moved to afternoon drive between 2 and 6pm.  Bob Berkman, who joined WNED’s classical line-up in early 2014, is now the midday host from 10am to 2pm.   WNED is focusing more on its primary product — classical music.  The station has dropped several of its BBC newscasts and other talk features so it can present longer pieces from its vast music library. 


WGRZ, Channel 2 is celebrating 60 years of broadcasting.  The station signed on as WGR-TV on August 14, 1954.  The studios were located at 184 Barton Street.  WGR-TV became Buffalo’s outlet for NBC, with shows by Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs, Buffalo Bob Smith and “Howdy Doody.”  The station relocated to its current home at 259 Delaware Avenue in 1972.  The call letters were changed to WGRZ in 1983.  


The National Association of Black Journalists, NABJ, has cited WGRZ, Channel 2 as part of its 2104 Salute to Excellence Awards.  Reporter Claudine Ewing and photographer Andy DeSantis were recognized in the Television Sports category for a piece titled “Smart Football Scholar.”  The awards were handed out at the NABJ convention in Boston on August 2nd. 


The Buffalo Bills Thursday night game against the Miami Dolphins on November 13th will air on WIVB, Channel 4.  The game will also be on the NFL Network.  Alan Pergament is reporting on his blog “Still Talkin’ TV” at the Buffalo News that the league apparently wants to keep as many Thursday night games as possible on CBS affiliates.  The CBS network itself is airing the first eight Thursday night games of the upcoming season, in conjunction with the NFL Network.  Bills’ Thursday night games the previous two years aired on WBBZ, Channel 67.  WIVB already airs most Bills games played on Sunday each season since CBS holds the rights to AFC games.


WBFO 88.7FM is making changes to its daily programming line-up in the wake of NPR’s cancelation of “Tell Me More.”  Starting Monday, August 4th, WBFO will expand “Here and Now” by one hour.  “Here and Now” will now air between 12noon and 3pm Monday through Thursday.  On Friday, “Science Friday” will return to a full two-hours on WBFO from 2 to 4pm.  “Science Friday” is hosted by WBFO alumnus Ira Flatow.   


Here are radio ratings compiled by Nielsen Audio for Spring 2014 in the Buffalo market.  The numbers reflect the 12+ audience.  Please know the ratings for a handful of smaller stations are not publicly available because they are non-subscribers.  Perennial number one WYRK had an 11.9 share.  WBLK vaulted past WBEN into the number two slot with a 9.0.  Here is the ranking of the rest of the top ten stations:  WBEN 8.3;  WGRF, 6.5; WHTT, 5.4; WKSE, 5.3; WEDG, 4.9; WJYE and WTSS, 4.7; and WBFO, 3.5.  Rounding out the Spring book are WGR, 3.3; WBUF, 2.7; WNED-FM, 2.1; WWWS, 1.4; WLKK, 1.2; and WWKB, 0.5.


The University at Buffalo Athletics Department has announced a new radio partnership with WWKB, 1520AM to broadcast football and men’s and women’s basketball games as well as other programming surrounding UB Athletics beginning this August.  WWKB, which brands itself as ESPN 1520, will be the flagship station of the UB Bulls Radio Network.  UB games will also air on WHTK, 1280AM in Rochester as well as select games on WMCA, 570AM in New York City and 104.5 The Team in Albany.  For the first time in school history, UB Athletics will have a radio network that spans across the entire Empire State.  For the past two years, UB games aired on WHLD, 1270AM, which is an affiliate of CBS Sports Radio.  In addition to football and men’s and women’s basketball games airing on ESPN 1520, the station will also broadcast a weekly 30-minute show with football head coach Jeff Quinn, as well as men’s and women’s basketball head coaches Bobby Hurley and Felisha Legette-Jack.


WGRZ, Channel 2 was one of five Gannett stations to win PromaxBDA awards for excellence in promotion, marketing and design.  Marketing Director Dan Meyers and his team were awarded “Gold”  for General Branding/Image Campaign: Winter’s Coming; “Silver” for Program Promotional Campaign: Olympics are Coming; “Silver” for Sports Program Spot: Adam Benigni Sports Guy and “Bronze” for Funniest Promo: WeatherGonnaBeLikeItis.


WBFO 88.7FM has won a national award for its breaking news coverage.  The station received a second place PRNDI Award from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. for its reporting on the detention of two Massachusetts men in Niagara Falls just days after the Boston Marathon bombings.  PRNDI sponsors the only national competition

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