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TV Note: Renewals

Wednesday, March 07, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

NBC reached a deal Tuesday to keep its hit sitcom "Frasier." As part of the deal, NBC renewed "Frasier" for an additional three more years beyond the current season.

This week A&E renewed its first original drama series, "100 Centre St." The current season continues to air Mondays at 9 p.m. The second season will begin airing this fall.

LOCAL AWARDS: The Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club will honor the following for outstanding achievement in broadcasting:

Tony Mowod of WDUQ-FM (radio award)

Eleanor Schano of WQED-TV and KQV-AM (TV award)

Jack Coyne of Coyne Advertising and Public Relations (advertising/allied services award)

The Art Stein Memorial Award for Exemplary Service to the organization will be given to Bill Blume of Roberts Communications. The Thomas J. MacWilliams Lifetime Achievement Award will go to the late Marie Torre, former KDKA news anchor.

The club will present the awards at a dinner April 6 at Le Mont restaurant.

POLS GET SOAPBOX: Tonight at 7 p.m. low-power station WBGN will provide its first half-hour of free air time to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate whose constituents live in the station's viewing area. Rep. Mike Doyle of the 18th District will be the program's first guest.

WBGN president Ron Bruno described the program as "closer to a fireside chat than an interview" in a station press release. The programs will air occasionally and do not have a set time slot.

BRAVO ELECTS "WEST WING": Bravo has acquired rights to reruns of NBC's "The West Wing" on cable. Reruns will air on Bravo beginning in fall 2003.

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