June 9, 2008
Montreal's AM 940 Drops Talk
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*CANADA's second-largest market is
about to lose its second-largest English-language commercial
CINW (940 Montreal) has failed to make a dent in the ratings
pretty much from its first day on the air back in 1999, when
the former CIQC (600) relocated up the dial to the frequency
formerly occupied by the CBC's CBM. The station launched as an
all-news outlet, "940 News," in parallel to French-language
CINF (690), but while the vibrant Francophone market supported
an all-news entrant, Montreal's declining Anglo population remained
locked to Standard's CJAD (800) and to the CBC.
Even after the all-news format gave way to a mix of news and
talk as "940 Montreal," ratings and revenues failed
to improve, and late on Friday Corus Quebec VP Mario Cecchini
took to the airwaves to announce that, effective June 14, CINW
will flip to oldies as "AM 940 - Montreal's Greatest Hits."
The move will put 18 people out of work at Corus.
Over in Ontario, our friends at Milkman UnLimited report that
veteran Niagara radio host John Michael died Friday (June 6)
at 72. Michael came to CJRN (710 Niagara Falls) in 1964, eventually
moving to CKTB (610 St. Catharines). After a return to CJRN,
then back to CKTB, Michael retired in 2003.
In Peterborough, the last of the old CKPT (1420) towers came
down last Monday, nearly 50 years after the four-tower array
was built on Crowley Line just south of the city. The AM signal
went dark for good on May 5, and two of the four towers came
down a week early because of structural deterioration, reports
the Peterborough Examiner.
the station's FM replacement, CKPT-FM, moved up the dial from
99.3 to 99.7 last Monday, hoping to alleviate interference to
the CBC's CBCP (98.7 Peterborough.)
On the TV side, CTVglobemedia is once again rebranding the
"A-Channel" stations it acquired as part of its purchase
of CHUM Ltd. Starting this fall, those stations (including CHRO
-TV Pembroke/Ottawa, CKVR-TV Barrie, CFPL-TV London and CKNX-TV
Wingham) will be known simply as "A." (Yes, they'll
be competing against Global's "E!" stations, including
CHCH-TV Hamilton; and, yes, we got a chuckle from the message-board
wag who noted that, being Canadian and all, the stations should
have rebranded as "Eh" Channel...)
And the only listener we know of who has an L-band Digital
Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receiver in the greater Toronto area,
DXer Bill Hepburn in the Niagara region, reports that most DAB
broadcasting from the CN Tower has gone silent, with only the
CBC's multiplex transmitter still on the air. The verdict may
still be out on Ibiquity's HD Radio system south of the border,
but it's pretty safe to say that Canada's DAB system is all but
dead at this point, barring some sort of miracle.
*A veteran MASSACHUSETTS TV reporter
is the latest departure from what's become a fast-spinning revolving
door at CBS' WBZ-TV (Channel 4) in Boston.
Joe Bergantino, who's been the head of the station's "I-Team"
investigative unit for most of his 22-year tenure there (in two
stretches, one in the early eighties and again since 1991), took
a buyout and departed at the end of May, two months after his
I-Team producer was cut as part of the massive nationwide staffing
reductions at CBS' owned-and-operated TV stations. Among Bergantino's
accomplishments during his time at WBZ was breaking the first
of the stories in the priest abuse scandal that tarnished the
Boston archdiocese. It's not clear whether WBZ-TV will continue
the I-Team with another reporter at the helm, nor does Bergantino
have any immediate plans, though we're sure we haven't seen the
last of him. (He's married to Candy Altman, vice president of
news for Hearst-Argyle, which just happens to own WCVB, where
his skills would make a nice fit.)
The end of May also brought farewells for two other WBZ veterans,
arts reporter Joyce Kulhawik and anchor Scott Wahle, whose last
assignment was on the 9 PM newscast WBZ produces for sister station
WSBK (Channel 38).
the newsroom at WBZ (1030 Boston), they're mourning weekend anchor
Jim Mitchell, who collapsed at the Warner, N.H. bookstore he
owned early Wednesday morning and was found dead shortly thereafter.
Mitchell's radio career began by accident, when his car broke
down outside the studios of WLNH (1350 Laconia) in the mid-seventies;
he later worked at WHDH (850 Boston) and WEEI (590 Boston) before
joining the WBZ staff in 1998. Mitchell was a passionate booster
of his adopted New Hampshire hometown, where he operated the
"Main Street Bookends" store with his sister. He was
Where are they now? Former WBZ morning host Peter Meade has
joined the PR firm Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications as
managing director. Meade left Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts,
where he was an executive vice president, back in February.
Over at WFNX (101.7 Lynn), morning co-host Dustin "Fletcher"
Matthews is now the station's assistant PD, while music director
Paul Driscoll adds "operations director" to his title.
And one more TV note: NESN anchor Hazel Mae is leaving the
sports channel at the end of June after a four-year run; she's
not saying where she's headed next, or why she's leaving NESN.
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*The studio shuffles continue in NEW YORK,
where WCBS-FM (101.1) moved out of the Viacom Building at 1515
Broadway over the weekend. CBS-FM had been on the 40th floor
there for about a decade, taking over the space formerly occupied
by WLTW (Lite 106.7). With the expiration of its lease, CBS-FM
is making a temporary move a few blocks north to 40 W. 57th Street,
where it's squeezing into the WXRK (92.3) facility for the next
year or so while CBS Radio builds out a new studio complex downtown.
That project, which will also relocate WFAN from its present
Astoria basement location and WINS and WWFS from their 888 Seventh
Ave. studios, has been beset by construction delays and budget
issues; there's no word on when it might actually be ready for
occupancy. (Nor is there any word on what caused a total outage
of the WCBS 880 on-air signal right in the middle of Sunday's
Public broadcaster WNYC (820/93.9), meanwhile, drew the attention
of the New
York Times for its nearly-completed new studios on Varick
Street, just down the street from the future CBS Radio studios.
Some of WNYC's office staff have already moved into the new building,
and the first of the broadcast staffers will begin moving as
early as next week. It'll be a series of staged moves that will
start with the station's weekly shows (Studio 360, On the Media)
and end with the transfer of WNYC's daily news programming from
the station's home of more than eight decades at the Municipal
Former WABC (770 New York) morning co-host Ron Kuby is returning
to the airwaves as the new 3-6 PM host on Air America Radio (heard
in New York on WWRL 1600), where he fills the network timeslot
formerly occupied by Randi Rhodes.
On the TV side of things, WPIX (Channel 11) will celebrate
its 60th birthday next Saturday (June 14) in style. The station
has scheduled a full day of special programming, with classic
shows including the Honeymooners and the Three Stooges, then
an hour-long anniversary special at 9 PM.
Speaking of TV anniversaries, WPBS-TV (Channel 16) in Watertown
marked a 50th of sorts over the weekend, though the 1958 date
being commemorated was the founding of the local group formed
to bring public TV to the North Country. (It would be another
decade before channel 16, then WNPE, would sign on; in the meantime,
the organization produced educational programming that was broadcast
over Watertown's commercial station, WCNY-TV 7, now WWNY.)
After just over a year as news director at Barrington Broadcasting's
WSTM-TV (Channel 3) in Syracuse, Peggy Phillip is heading south.
She left Channel 3 last week for a new job as news director at
WMAR-TV (Channel 2) in Baltimore, the Scripps-Howard ABC affiliate
there. No replacement has been named yet at WSTM.
Another upstate news director is departing, too: Dana Dieterle
moves from WTEN (Channel 10) in Albany to Raycom's WOIO/WUAB
in Cleveland, where he'll become assistant news director.
Not dead yet: WCKL (560 Catskill), which had its license cancelled
and call letters deleted not long ago, has now been restored
to the FCC's database. The station has been mostly silent for
the last few years, but owner Black United Fund of New York brings
it back on the air for a few weeks each summer to keep the license
alive, and the FCC apparently missed last year's brief return
from the dead.
Back to Syracuse for a moment, where a judge shot down Clear
Channel's plans to hold a food- and drink-tasting event in a
parking lot near Clinton Square, the downtown site of the big
"Taste of Syracuse" event held last weekend and operated
by a company that shares ownership with Clear Channel competitor
Galaxy Communications. That company argued that the Clear Channel
event represented "unfair competition" to its long-running
Taste of Syracuse festival, and a judge agreed, granting an injunction
barring Clear Channel from holding its "Fresh from Upstate"
Binghamton Broadcaster Hall of Fame became a physical reality
Sunday with an induction ceremony at the Bundy Mansion attended
by many of the living inductees. There are now 20 members of
the Hall of Fame, most of them inducted at the Broadcasters'
Reunions held biennally in Binghamton, and now they're honored
at the Bundy complex, which also has an exhibit devoted to one
of the Hall of Fame's members, longtime WNBF-TV host Bill Parker.
And out here in western New York, we heard a fun bit of radio
Saturday morning, when a Frontier Telephone fiber cut disrupted
the studio-transmitter links for several local stations. While
Entercom's WCMF (96.5 Rochester) and WPXY (97.9 Rochester) switched
to their auxiliary transmitter site, which is fed by a separate
circuit, Crawford's WLGZ-FM (102.7 Webster) had no choice but
to broadcast from a makeshift studio at its transmitter
site on the west side of Rochester for several hours. (Speaking
of Crawford, the promised format flip to religion on sister station
WRCI 990 Rochester has yet to materialize; the AM station remains
mostly a simulcast of the FM, though it went dark during the
*There's a format change of sorts in NEW
JERSEY: As of Friday, Equity Communications has flipped its
rhythmic top 40 "Buzz" WZBZ (99.3 Pleasantville)/WSNQ
(105.5 Cape May Court House) to mainstream top 40 as "99.3
What gives? With Paul Kelly having just departed as PD of
Equity's hot-AC-verging-on-mainstream-top-40 WAYV (95.1 Atlantic
City), there's speculation that Equity is trying to block Kelly
from launching an all-out top-40 war at his new home as one of
the partners in the Atlantic group that's buying the former Access.1
stations in the market.
And we caught this addition to WZBZ's Wikipedia entry Friday
night: "On June 6, 2008, Popular DJ Big Daddy Michael Ray
quit 99.3 due to the format shift and the station's popularity
as it continues on a steep decrase in listners (sic) after
the shift." Are those axes being ground down by the Jersey
Shore? Oh - and is the use of the "Kiss" nickname at
the shore sanctioned by Clear Channel, which holds the nationwide
trademark? Stay tuned...
*A western PENNSYLVANIA AM station
is for sale. 810 Inc., owner of WEDO (810 McKeesport), has listed
the station with Illinois-based broker Media Services Group,
and we hear the asking price is in the neighborhood of $1.75
Across the state, KYW-TV (Channel 3) has pulled anchor Larry
Mendte off its evening newscasts for now. Mendte is under investigation
for allegedly snooping in the e-mail of his former co-anchor
Alycia Lane; for the moment, former WBZ-TV anchor Chris May is
filling in on Mendte's shifts.
On the radio side, Kendra G. is inbound from Chicago to be
the new evening co-host at Radio One's WPHI (100.3 Media), alongside
6-10 PM jock Touchtone.
*A RHODE ISLAND morning show is out.
Matt St. Peter and Chris Whitten had been together for the past
year on morning drive at Hall's WCTK (98.1 New Bedford), and
Whitten had been with the station for the past decade. No word
yet on a replacement.
Bryant College's WJMF (88.7 Smithfield) has been granted a
major power boost. The station will increase from its present
225 watts to 8500 watts, vertical-only, with a directional antenna
aiming most of that new power to the southwest.
*Don Imus is returning to the airwaves of
VERMONT. As of this morning, he's back on his former affiliates,
the "Zone" talk simulcast of WXZO (96.7 Willsboro NY),
WEAV (960 Plattsburgh NY) and WTSJ (1320 Randolph), where he
replaces the Pittsburgh-based "Quinn and Rose Show"
that took his place last year.
*An old partnership has been revived in MAINE.
After WGAN (560 Portland) was sold away from the former WGAN-TV
(Channel 13, now WGME), the news-talk radio station turned to
WCSH (Channel 6) to provide weather forecasts and news audio.
Now WGAN is shifting back to its old sister station; as of last
week, WGME is once again providing weather and news for WGAN.
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June 11, 2007 -
- It's been nearly twenty years since General Electric sold
off its NBC Radio division, dismantling what had once been arguably
the most important radio station group in the country. When Walt
Disney hands off the keys to much of ABC Radio to Citadel today,
it will mark the end - or at least a major transformation - of
a station group that had an equally large impact on American
- Unlike the NBC sale in 1988, which marked the effective end
of the NBC Radio Network as an independent entity and the demise
of the WNBC call letters on NEW YORK radio, the sale of ABC Radio
will bring with it almost no immediate changes as far as listeners
are concerned. In part, that's a reflection of the independence
ABC's radio properties long maintained from their sister TV operation.
WABC (770) and WPLJ (95.5) operate from studios at 2 Penn Plaza,
many blocks from the ABC Radio newsroom at 125 West End Avenue,
which is itself a long hike from the Columbus Circle headquarters
of ABC television and WABC-TV. (There are some ABC-TV facilities
at 125 West End as well, so there will be some unraveling of
ties there over the next few years. ABC Radio News will continue
to be operated by ABC, which will license its programming to
Citadel's ABC Radio Networks for distribution.)
- As best we can tell, there are no immediate programming or
staffing changes in the offing at WABC or WPLJ, the only ABC
Radio properties in the northeast, and indeed, the most obvious
change for the now-Citadel staffers at those stations is that
they've lost the Disney theme park "silver passes"
they enjoyed as Disney employees. Disney keeps its Radio Disney
and ESPN Radio properties, which means that for the short term,
WEPN (1050) and WQEW (1560) will be tenants at the 2 Penn Plaza
studios, with completely separate staffs from WABC and WPLJ.
We'd expect WEPN and WQEW to move to new studios sooner or later,
as will their sister stations in similar situations in Los Angeles
and Dallas. There will be no changes at all at other standalone
ESPN Radio and Radio Disney stations, including Boston's WMKI
(1260), Rhode Island's WDDZ (550 Pawtucket), Connecticut's WDZK
(1550 Bloomfield), Philadelphia-market WWJZ (640 Mount Holly)
and Pittsburgh's WEAE (1250) and WWCS (540 Canonsburg).
- Elsewhere in New York, Cumulus has taken the next step toward
moving WFAS-FM (103.9) closer to the lucrative New York City
market. The station officially changed city of license last week
to Bronxville from its longtime home of White Plains. For now,
there's no change in the station's facilities - its transmitter
remains at its longtime home in Greenburgh, where the station's
studios and sister station WFAS (1230 White Plains) are located
as well - but we'd expect to see an application filed sooner
or later to move 103.9 down to a transmitter site in southern
Westchester or the Bronx.
- We'll make CANADA our next stop, as we assess the fallout
of the CRTC's decision to approve CTVglobemedia's acquisition
of CHUM Ltd., albeit with one enormous condition. CTV knew it
would have to divest some of CHUM's nationwide portfolio of television
stations, but it had hoped to keep CHUM's big-market roster of
Citytv outlets in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg
and to spin the more marginal "A-Channel" stations
CHUM owns in Ontario and British Columbia. Combining the City
stations with CTV's existing national network was more than the
CRTC was willing to countenance under its "one-to-a-market"
TV ownership policy, though, and a divided CRTC ruled late last
week that if the CTV purchase of CHUM is to go forward, it will
have to be without the City stations. CTV can, if it wishes,
keep the "A-Channel" stations, the rationale there
being that even though A-Channel's CKVR is seen in Toronto and
its CIVI is seen in Vancouver, those are actually Barrie and
Victoria stations, respectively - and under Canadian regulations,
those stations really do provide news and public affairs for
the areas where they're licensed.
- In the wake of the ruling, CTVglobemedia isn't saying yet
whether it will follow through with the C$1.4 billion acquisition
of CHUM, or with the proposed C$137.5 million spinoff of the
A-Channel stations to Rogers. Even without the City stations,
the CHUM radio group of 34 stations and its 20 specialty cable
services (plus A-Channel, if it were to stay with CTV) would
combine with CTV's existing TV, cable and print outlets to create
an impressive media behemoth.
- The big news in MASSACHUSETTS will come today, when WGBH-FM
(89.7 Boston) moves its announcers from their longtime home on
Western Avenue in Allston to the new broadcast center overlooking
the Mass Pike off Market Street. WGBH-TV/WGBX will make the move
later this month, and by July, the old Western Avenue facility
will be history. Over on the radio side, the playlists for today's
inaugural broadcasts were drawn from listener suggestions; the
first track played from the new digs at 9 AM will be Copland's
"Fanfare for the Common Man."
June 9, 2003 -
- By itself, the news that WQDY (1230) in Calais, MAINE signed
off for good and returned its license to the FCC at the end of
May would be an interesting but not terribly unusual event. After
all, the past two decades have seen a long parade of Maine AM
stations move from graveyard channels to the radio graveyard.
Fort Kent, Madawaska, Presque Isle, Houlton, Machias, Brewer,
Belfast, Lincoln, Dover-Foxcroft, Auburn - the list goes on.
- What makes this particular AM shutdown interesting, though,
is the reason why it had to happen, what it says about the ownership-limit
rules that were just tweaked by the FCC a week ago - and the
fact that it puts one owner in control of pretty much every daily
advertising opportunity in Washington County.
- There's a back story here, of course, and it goes like this:
back in March, Citadel, owner of WCRQ (102.9 Dennysville), applied
to the FCC to sell the station to William McVicar (for $185,000,
which has to be a record low for a full class C FM facility!)
McVicar already owned WQDY, WQDY-FM (92.7 Calais) and a half-interest
in WALZ (95.3 Machias), the other three commercial stations in
Washington County. (There are two noncomms as well: Maine Public
Radio's WMED 89.7 in Calais and high school station WSHD 91.7
in Eastport.) Under the FCC's interim market concentration rules,
an owner in a small market like Calais was allowed to have an
attributable interest in no more than half the stations in the
market. In the transfer application for WCRQ, Citadel and McVicar
told the Commission that there were six stations in the Calais
market: WCRQ, WQDY, WQDY-FM and WALZ, as well as CHTD (98.1 St.
Stephen NB) just across the water from Calais and CHSJ (700 Saint
John NB), whose signal reaches down the Straits of Fundy from
100 or so miles away. By agreeing to put WQDY(AM) up for sale,
McVicar claimed, his new cluster of WCRQ, WQDY-FM and WALZ would
make up only three of six stations in the market.
- There were just two problems with this scenario. First, no
buyer turned up for WQDY(AM), which was no great surprise; would
you want to compete with what promises to be such a dominant
FM cluster, armed with only a pipsqueak AM signal? Second, as
alert NERW readers may recall, is that CHSJ in Saint John hasn't
been on the air at AM 700 for more than five years. The CHSJ
calls and country format live on - but at 94.1 FM, on a signal
that can just be heard in Calais and can't possibly count against
any conceivable market definition there. (The duopoly map submitted
with the application even acknowledged, with respect to CHSJ(AM),
"FCC unsure of operational status." Too bad they don't
read NERW - or at least admit that they do!)
- So instead of McVicar's threesome making up half of a six-station
market, they make up three of a four-station market - and that's
being generous and including CHTD, which is aimed almost exclusively
at the Canadian side of the border. And unlike the much-cited
case of Minot, North Dakota, where Clear Channel took advantage
of loopholes in the ownership rules to end up with six commercial
radio stations (albeit with a daily newspaper, several TV stations,
two commercially-licensed religious stations and a public radio
outlet as competition), advertisers in Calais have no daily newspaper
or local TV stations to use as leverage should the rates get
too high at WQDY/WALZ/WCRQ.
- Now, the saving grace here is that McVicar's not a bad owner.
In fact, he's a very good owner. WQDY has long been one of the
best small-town operations in NERW-land, with excellent coverage
of local events and support of local causes. WCRQ, by contrast,
was voicetracked from Citadel in Syracuse, and will no doubt
become a much more local station under its new ownership. And
if you go back less than a decade, there was no WCRQ (or CHTD),
so the only option for Calais advertisers was...WQDY. (What's
more, the new FCC market-definition rules will include noncommercial
signals, so McVicar's stations really will become three of six,
against CHTD, WMED and WSHD.)
- What does it all prove? To quote one of the most experienced
industry sages we know, "Radio is full of so many different
sizes and types of stations and markets that it is impossible
to come up with a truly fair and consistent set of rules to govern
- As first hinted here on NERW a few months ago, there's an
allocations shift in the works for upstate NEW YORK, and it involves
WMJQ (105.5 Brockport). Right now, George Kimble's station is
operating at low power with a directional antenna from one tower
of WASB (1590 Brockport), whose religious and Spanish programming
has been simulcast on the FM for a few years now. A CP to move
to a taller tower a few miles north in the town of Hamlin has
been stalled by local opposition. Now WMJQ has a new plan: an
application to move down the dial to 104.9 and to move its transmitter
site eastward, toward Rochester. From the new site in Ogden,
alongside route 531, 104.9 would use 4900 watts at 111 meters
above average terrain, which should put a much more respectable
signal over the city than 105.5 currently does.
- In Syracuse, WSTM (Channel 3/DTV 54) is becoming a duopoly,
sort of: owner Raycom is buying WAWA-LP (Channel 14), the market's
UPN affiliate. Expect WAWA to finally get Time Warner cable carriage
as a result, replacing Boston's WSBK.
- "Kiss" today goodbye in CANADA: Rogers made an
abrupt format flip on CISS (92.5 Toronto) at 4 PM last Wednesday,
ditching the dance top 40 of "Kiss 92.5" and replacing
it with the latest hot format north of the border, the mixture
of classic hits and current hot AC tunes known as "Jack
FM." Already on the air at Rogers stations in Vancouver
and Calgary, "Jack" has an interesting history that
begins south of the border - Long Island, to be exact, where
the format was conceived as a Webcast by New York air talents
Bob "Cadillac Jack Garrett" Perry and Russ "Famous
Amos!" DiBello. The format they created at www.jack.fm (where
you can still hear it as a nice-sounding Webcast) was, shall
we say, "borrowed" up north - but it's all legitimate
now, and the Jack gang are looking to market their format to
U.S. broadcasters as well.
June 11, 1998-
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- Just minutes after NERW went to press last week, CBS finally
completed its $2.6 billion takeover of American Radio Systems,
adding ARS' clusters in Buffalo (WLCE, WBLK, WJYE, WYRK, WECK),
Rochester (WZNE, WCMF, WPXY, WRMM), Hartford (WTIC AM-FM, WZMX,
WRCH) and Boston's WBMX (98.5) to its existing Northeast presence
in Boston (WBZ, WZLX, WODS, WBCN, WBZ-TV) and New York City (WCBS
AM-FM, WINS, WNEW, WXRK, WFAN). To satisfy FCC ownership limits,
Boston's WNFT is in a trust awaiting sale; CBS is still required
under a separate agreement with the Justice Department to sell
WRKO, WEEI, WAAF, and WEGQ within six months. Despite persistent
rumors of a Jacor Boston buy, there's no oficial announcement
of a buyer so far. NERW notes that ARS' Rochester stations had
the new "CBS" IDs on the air as early as 6:00 last
- WBPS (890 Dedham) won't be Salem Media's newest property
after all. Salem subsidiary New England Continental Media asked
the FCC this week to dismiss its proposed purchase of the station.
- News from the noncomms: WBIM (91.5 Bridgewater) and WSHL
(91.3 Easton) will both stay on the air 24 hours a day again
this summer, relaying the Talking Information Center's reading
service for the blind. And WRPS (88.3) at Rockland High School
is also going 24 hours, running an automated hot AC format when
no students are around. WRPS is also now in stereo for the first
- Mike Adams is leaving One-on-One Sports' WNRB (1510), ending
his partnership with Jack Farrell. The former New England Cable
News sports host is heading to WEEI (850).
- Former WAAF (107.3 Worcester) afternoon jocks Opie &
Anthony have found a new home, two months after they were fired
for their April Fools' Day claim that the mayor of Boston was
dead. Their new home, according to published reports? CBS's WNEW
(102.7) in New York, where they'll do afternoon drive.
- Less than a year after fire destroyed his radio station,
WVIP (Mount Kisco) founder Martin Stone has died. Stone was hospitalized
after watching AM 1310 burn to the ground last fall. He was 83
years old. The WVIP license remains active, but there's no sign
that the station will return to the air.
- Buffalo sports legend Van Miller did his last regular sportscast
for WIVB (Channel 4) Friday night. Miller was with Channel 4
for an amazing 43 years; he stays on as the voice of the Buffalo
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