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WBBZ-TV to air 'Yule Log'

by jmaloni


Tue, Dec 23rd 2014 11:30 am
WBBZ `Yule Log`
WBBZ "Yule Log"

Special on from 8 p.m. Christmas Eve until 6 p.m. Christmas Day

"Come Dine With Me" Christmas special airs Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m.

Bob Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV, has announced, for the third year in a row, "Your Hometown Television Station" will air a holiday "Yule Log." The festive taping will airs from 8 p.m. Christmas Eve through 6 p.m. Christmas Day.

The "Yule Log" shows video of a fireplace set to classic holiday music. The airing is sponsored exclusively by Russell Salvatore, of Russell's Steaks, Chops, and More, as his Christmas gift to the Western New York community. Russell's was named a winner of the OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards for Top 100 Steakhouses in America.

A special Christmas edition of "Come Dine With Me," featuring Salvatore, co-host Jan Ferrington and some of Western New York's top chefs, will air Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

WBBZ-TV Creative Director Joe Maulucci has once again created a unique mix of classic Christmas songs with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and Bing Crosby, along with hometown favorites the Goo Goo Dolls, Lance Diamond and Pat Shea. The playlist is at www.wbbz.tv. Just click the "Yule Log" story.

The "Yule Log" was created in 1966 by Fred M. Thrower, president and CEO of WPIX Inc. It was inspired by an animated Coca-Cola commercial a year earlier that showed Santa Claus at a fireplace. Thrower envisioned this program as a televised Christmas gift to those residents of New York who lived in apartments and homes without fireplaces.

This also provided time for employees of the television station to stay home with their families, instead of working for the usual morning news program. The "Yule Log" was both a critical and ratings success. By popular demand, it was rebroadcast for 23 consecutive years.

WBBZ is seen throughout Western New York. For more information, call 716-630-9229 or visit www.wbbz.tv.

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