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  1. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    It appears that Raycom is beginning to awaken from their long slumber during the M&A craze that's swept the industry (all without buying a single station since 2009!)

    Some of the happenings in the last few months...

    - New graphics packages (again!)
    - Dumping Gari for Stephen Arnold music packages (including long-running usage of Gari's NewsChannel going away :( )
    - Management shuffles (like WMBFs GM being transferred to WLBT)
    - and now...the impending "relaunch" of WOIO, after Bill Applegate's retirement and the ND "leaving"...

    I think there's enough stuff happening company wide for this to justify their own thread.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Mrtraveler01

    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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    I agree. It was overdue.

    Even though Raycom isn't going through a buying binge compared to some of the others on here, they are one of the larger media groups in this country and probably deserved a thread the same time we gave separate ones for Nexstar, Sinclair, and Gannett.

    Thanks for taking the initiative to get this started, now we can stop hijacking the Raycom thread in the graphics section and open this up to more people who might not read the graphics section.
     
  3. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    By the same token, the "CBS 19 News" branding was last used in 1998. That was when Gretchen Carlson (yes, THAT Gretchen Carlson) was teamed up with Denise Dufala and the news operation tried a CityPulse-style approach. It just didn't work.

    It might be a different story this time, but that's dependant on how much the ND wants to clean house. Until a mass talent purge takes place, they still have a pretty good roster in place. But it's obvious that Denise and Romona will be the centerpiece of a "CBS 19 News."

    And the funny thing is, you can still see the old "CBS 19 News" and "UPN 43 WUAB" logos on their Doppler radar towers on I71 in northern Medina County.
     
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    mike91 Primary Anchor

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  5. NewsMaster

    NewsMaster Zonie for now

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    New proof that WOIO is going back to CBS 19. Raycom owns the Web domain "cbs19.com" according to a WHOIS query I just did. There's nothing there yet (not even a redirect to 19actionnews.com).
     
  6. YTownNewsGuy

    YTownNewsGuy News Director

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    Raycom also owns the domain to nbc24.com, yet Raycom hasn't owned WNWO in a decade. My guess is that WOIO will use the current logo but take "Action" and just call itself "19 News".
     
  7. NewsMaster

    NewsMaster Zonie for now

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    Raycom does not own nbc24.com, Sinclair does, according to what I saw.
     
  8. YTownNewsGuy

    YTownNewsGuy News Director

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  9. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    In recent weeks, both Dawn Kendrick has left and Ed Gallek announced he is leaving WOIO.

    Dawn is now at WKYC...
    (even though her accidental sign off says otherwise....scroll to about 1:13)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNBMi5QKp5A

    ...and Ed Gallek is leaving for WJW to join his wife Peggy (Sinkovich) Gallek.
    http://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/index.ssf/2015/01/ed_gallek_joining_channel_8_in_late_january.html
    He'll be hiding out until his non-compete expires in about 6 months or so...

    I can understand Ed wanting to move to his wife's station, but Dawn may have seen the writing on the wall with what we know now...
     
  10. Mrtraveler01

    Mrtraveler01 Managing Editor

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    WXIX relaunched with the new Raycom website format, new graphics, new logo, and a new name, Fox 19 Now.

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  11. TheRob

    TheRob Managing Editor

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    When I went to the WXIX mobile site, the breaking news banner simply told me "good morning" and gave me the current weather.

    Anyway, Raycom is consolidating all traffic operations in Charlotte. That's around 50 stations losing a job or two.
     
  12. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    I would assume that WOIO/WUAB is next on Raycom's list for their new graphics package rollout.

    As for the obvious rebranding... God, I hope that WOIO isn't renamed "CBS 19 Now." That would make their infamous stint as "Hometeam 19" sound great in comparison.
     
  13. YTownNewsGuy

    YTownNewsGuy News Director

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    "CBS 19 Now" sounds so bland and generic. If they want to use the "Now" branding, use something catchy, like "OIO Now". Granted, no one in Cleveland expoits its calls (except WVIZ, but they're PBS), but since Cleveland isn't as autonomous from Ohio as Cincinnati, WOIO should take advantage of its calls and "be the voice of Ohio".
     
  14. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    "We're nineteen.....WOIO Shaker Heights Cleveland."

    Add this vintage logo....and done!
    [​IMG]

    I do remember in the early days of their CBS affiliation, all they added was a CBS eye the above logo, then when they began news, this logo came to be...
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  15. YTownNewsGuy

    YTownNewsGuy News Director

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    The original WOIO logo was pretty good in its heyday, although rather dated for 2015 unless we can get jcbD to come in and give a WKBN-like makeover to WOIO. Knowing Raycom, that would be less likely than the Browns winning a Super Bowl.
     
  16. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    OIO Now sounds a bit... odd to me. I would prefer that they brand it as "WOIO News 19" or some variation therein. Obviously the "Cleveland News Now" sub-brand will be utilized in some way.

    Just as long as they don't go with a brand that has "Channel" in it... Cleveland already has "Channel 3 News" and "NewsChannel 5."
     
  17. channel2

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    The underlying shapes of the letters might make a good basis for a new logo. Geometric letters and typography are all the rage right now.
     
  18. bobvick

    bobvick Weekend Anchor

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    Looks like Raycom is coming out with a new website design. WBRC and WSFA have changed, not sure about all of them.
     
  19. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    Nothing compares to WJW's infamous and way-too-often repeated "EI8HT IS NEWS!"

    Thankfully, New World soon gave way to FOX ownership, and FOX 8 finally came to be.

    I think many of the things that WOIO did in their early days were years ahead of their time like newsroom shots and candid stand-ups.....things that are commonplace at some stations, and push the envelope today at others....
     
  20. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    Is it Raycom's graphics department or WorldNow that is responsible for the website design? Because the new layout is visually stunning and worlds ahead from the current template.
     

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