Thursday, June 3, 2010
Pasceri Eyes Three More Years at Channel 7
Channel 7 anchor Joanna Pasceri apparently isn’t going anywhere.
Her Happy Talk crack Tuesday night to co-anchor Keith Radford that it is “always a possibility” that she’ll be replaced had no hidden meaning.
According to sources, Pasceri recently signed a new three-year deal at Channel 7. Of course, TV contracts are made to be broken these days. Sources have told me that Channel 7 anchors essentially have only eight to 13-week guarantees before they can be replaced.
The Happy Talk moment I am referring to above was Radford’s way of addressing Pasceri’s decision to temporary wear glasses as she awaits Lasik eye surgery.
Radford said “I keep thinking that Sarah Palin is beside me.” Shortly after that, he added “I thought maybe they got rid of Joanna” and got someone else.
To which, Pasceri replied, laughing: “You never know. That’s always a possibility.”
Pasceri couldn’t be reached for comment. But on her Facebook page, Pasceri wrote that she has to wear the glasses for a few weeks until she has the eye procedure.
* There is little possibility that local satellite viewers will see today’s 1 p.m. telecast of the Buffalo Bisons’ game with the Syracuse Chiefs that features the last minor league appearance of Stephen Strasburg. He’s the Chiefs pitcher who is the top draft pick of the Washington Nationals.
The game is being carried on Time Warner Channel 13 locally. It also is being carried regionally on SNY and nationally on Versus. But those channels, which are carried on satellite TV as well as cable, will be blacked out here. I should say they should be blacked out here. Sometimes, mistakes are made.
Of course, Time Warner wants exclusivity in its own neighborhood because it illustrates that some things it carries aren’t available on satellite.
* The documentary airing at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO, “Smash His Camera,” has a local angle. One of the producers is Linda Saffire, a 1980 graduate of Clarence High School and a 1984 graduate of Niagara University.
Saffire’s brother, Richard, reports that Linda is heading up her 30th high school class reunion this summer.
Surely, the reunion will lead to some talk about “Smash,” which won the best director’s award at the Sundance Film Festival. The film profiles well-known celebrity photographer Ron Galella.