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Posts from November 2012

Black Friday? Hum Bug!
The turkey isn't even in the oven and the mad Black Friday shoppers already have their minds made up on which stores they will storm, possibly even Thanksgiving Day! 
All week I've listened to our coverage of the Black Friday phenomenon and watched the coverage on tv as well.  And all week, I've personally tried to convince these special breed of shoppers that it's simply not worth the madness they will face at the stores. 

If you don't believe me, just watch this video shot inside a Wal Mart last year on Black Friday.  While these folks are being trampled Friday, I won't even be on my first cup of coffee.  I just don't get it.
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VIDEO: Diane Sawyer Drunk Election Night?
After a contentious Election Night and day after, it was a relief to sit at my computer and chuckle at something election-oriented for a change.  I wasn't watching ABC on Election Night, but if you were, you probably noticed Diane Sawyer seemd a bit "off".  In fact many are coming to the determination Sawyer had a "few too many" before hitting the air Tuesday night.  You be the judge!

Associated Press

NEW YORK - Diane Sawyer's Election Night performance left some viewers asking if she had begun celebrating Tuesday's election a bit early.

Co-anchoring ABC News' coverage, the veteran journalist struck a different manner from her practiced, straight-news-delivering style.

Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos.

"OK," she said at one point around 10 p.m. EST, "I wanna -- can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we're ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. ... Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota," she rambled on, stumbling over the president's name.

Maybe Sawyer was just weary from the recent torrent of news.

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This is It!
Mitt Romney, Barack Obama
All the talk.  All the coverage.  All the campaigning.  It all comes down to the vote count Tuesday and THIS IS IT!

In what is arguably the closest Presidential race in modern day history and one of the most divisive and interesting, we here at WBEN have aggressive plans to make sure you have the latest information and commentary every minute leading up to a declared winner.  All day and all night, WBEN will be on the air with complete coverage of the election and you'll hear informed commentary from Bauerle, Sandy, Rush, Hannity and David Bellavia.

Before the polls close at 9pm Tuesday, WBEN will be on the air with wall to wall coverage beginning at 7pm.  Dave Debo and the WBEN News Team will kick in to high gear at 9pm as results begin to trickle in.  They'll be watching the Presidential race closely, of course, along with the heated Congressional race between Kathy Hochul and Chris Collins.  We'll be on the air with coverage as long as it takes and until a winner in the race is declared.

After a winner in the Presidential race is declared, David Bellavia will take to the airwaves of WBEN and take your calls and reaction to the outcome of the election.  Bellavia will remain on air until John Zach, Susan Rose and the WBEN News Team take over with "Buffalo's Early News" at 5am.

This is it!  Don't miss it.  Get out there and vote and then hear your vote count here on NewsRadio 930 AM and 107.7 FM WBEN!
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