DINICOLA TO UNDERGO SURGERY FOR BRAIN TUMOR

Surgery likely on Monday for local movie critic, TV station official says

JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST STAFF WRITER
Section: Capital Region,  Page: B1

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008

NISKAYUNA -- Dan DiNicola, a well-known local movie critic for WRGB-TV (Ch. 6) and the Daily Gazette, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will undergo surgery, according to Lisa Jackson, the news director at the CBS affiliate.


The surgery was initially scheduled for early Friday morning but was postponed, likely until Monday, while DiNicola underwent more tests Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Jackson said.


DiNicola, who also worked for years as a features reporter for the television station, has family in the Boston area, she said.


Jackson said DiNicola joined the Niskayuna station in 1986, retiring from his reporting duties last year but continuing in the role of a weekly movie critic. DiNicola's reviews typically air on Fridays.


Prior to his television work, DiNicola taught foreign literature, creative writing and film at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district.


WRGB has provided a forum on its Web site for viewers to leave messages for DiNicola. By Friday afternoon, the well-wishers had filled 10 pages. Jackson said the newsman's family had brought a laptop to the hospital to share the messages with him.


"They're just really appreciative," she said.


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NISKAYUNA -- Dan DiNicola, a well-known local movie critic for WRGB-TV (Ch. 6) and the Daily Gazette, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will undergo surgery, according to Lisa Jackson, the news director at the CBS affiliate.


The surgery was initially scheduled for early Friday morning but was postponed, likely until Monday, while DiNicola underwent more tests Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Jackson said.


DiNicola, who also worked for years as a features reporter for the television station, has family in the Boston area, she said.


Jackson said DiNicola joined the Niskayuna station in 1986, retiring from his reporting duties last year but continuing in the role of a weekly movie critic. DiNicola's reviews typically air on Fridays.


Prior to his television work, DiNicola taught foreign literature, creative writing and film at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district.


WRGB has provided a forum on its Web site for viewers to leave messages for DiNicola, who, according to his profile on the site, is a three-time Emmy award winner.


By Friday afternoon, the well-wishers had filled 10 pages. Jackson said the newsman's family had brought a laptop to the hospital to share the messages with him.


"They're just really appreciative," she said