Channel 2’s political debate show “2 Sides” has been suspended until after the November elections, its “Healthy Zone” is being revamped, and the station is adding an arts and entertainment segment on newscasts Friday and Saturday.
That’s the word from Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner.
He had previously pulled last Sunday’s scheduled episode of “2 Sides” after conflict of interest complaints about co-host Kristy Mazurek’s involvement in a political action committee, or PAC.
“Although we have been as transparent and balanced as possible, Kristy’s rather high-profile position in this year’s election and selection of candidates has made us pull the show until after Election Day,” said Toellner.
He added that the show will resume after Election Day on Sundays at noon, with Mazurek as co-host.
The new version of Channel 2’s health and nutrition show “The Healthy Zone” had a new host when it returned at 11:30 a.m. Monday with a new format.
Maria Genero, who will continue to do the weather on the station’s weekend editions of “Daybreak,” replaces Janet Snyder on “Healthy Zone,” which now also will deal with the health of the community. The program is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield, though Toellner said it stopped carrying paid segments a while ago.
Toellner said the new “Healthy” version will feature a lengthy interview with high-profile Western New Yorkers who impact the health and well-being of the community. The interview will be carried over the week.
Snyder, the popular WKSE-FM morning personality, will continue to host the station’s “WNY Living” program, which is expanding to an hour on Saturday mornings.
In addition, she will do segments about arts and entertainment in Western New York for Friday afternoon newscasts and on Saturday mornings with another talent familiar with the arts here, media specialist Amilcar Hill.