By Alan Pergament
It may be last in local news, but Channel 7 beat Channel 4 at something.
While Channel 4 keeps looking for a third member of its sports team, Channel 7 has found its replacement for Allen Leight, who now works for the Buffalo Sabres.
Nick Filipowski arrives at the E. W. Scripps station from KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa, where he has been a weekend sports anchor and reporter. He moves from the 147th TV market to the No. 52 market.
Here is what he says about himself in his KTIV bio: "Growing up in a military family, I lived in eight states and in Japan for eight years. Moving and living in different places, and experiencing new cultures allowed me to gain a better understanding of sports and the stories that drive the business."
"After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I spent the next few months selling shoes for New Balance, before landing my first job as the Weekend Sports Anchor at KNOP-TV in North Platte, Nebraska.
"I love the Yankees, Nets and Broncos. Yes, I bleed Husker red."
The Broncos? Channel 7 will have to talk to him about that.
He doesn't arrive until mid-August, which means the station will have to cover the Buffalo Bills training camp with Sports Director Jeff Russo and backup Shawn Stepner.
Channel 4, which lost sports producer Jay Harris to John Murphy's Buffalo Bills radio show on WGR and only has two on-air sports staffers in Steve Vesey and Lauren Brill, has been looking for a third member of the sports staff for weeks. However, the station is often slow to fill positions.
In another sports note, John Hager, program director of 97 Rock and Sports Radio 1270 The Fan, wouldn't say if 1270 is interested in carrying Syracuse University football and basketball now that ESPN 1520 has dropped the Orange in favor of a new deal with the University at Buffalo.
But he did't rule it out, either.
"We are looking at several options to replace UB sports, and should have an announcement soon," Hager said in an email.
Finally, "The Good Wife" may have been ignored in the best drama category of the Emmys, but the Television Critics Association honored the CBS series for "outstanding achievement in drama" at its annual awards Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Here are some other TCA winners:
"Breaking Bad" of AMC as the program of the year.
Matthew McConaughey of HBO's "True Detective" for individual achievement in drama.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of HBO's "Veep" for individual achievement in comedy.
"COSMOS: A Space Time Odyssey" on Fox for outstanding achievement in news and informational programming.
"RuPaul's Drag Race" on LOGO for outstanding achievement in reality programming.
"The Fosters'" on ABC Family for outstanding achievement in youth programming.
"Orange is the New Black" on Netflix for outstanding new program.
"True Detective" for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials.
"Veep" and "Louie" (Fx)for outstanding achievement in comedy.
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" earned the Herritage Award and director James Burrows earned the Career Achievement Award.