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Discussion in 'Corporate Chat' started by tyrannical bastard, Jan 7, 2015.
And what about Drewry's stations? When are they getting the new graphics and getting into NewsOn?
As soon as the new servers and systems are up and running at those stations to carry their graphics and streaming services, which could be a while. Not sure how Drewry's tech infrastructure is, but if Raycom has to build them all up from scratch, it could take months.
WSFA 12 in Montgomery now has the new graphics and the slogan Live. Local. Now. Inergy's still used, but since last year the station used another Stephen Arnold theme, The Rock, for bumpers on the afternoon and evening newscasts. Meanwhile on The News at Nine on WSFA-DT2/WDFX (video below), Killer Tracks' Nightly Report was dropped for both Inergy and The Rock.
Raycom Media and WDAM-TV held a dedication ceremony today for a complete campus renovation and a new 5,700 sq. ft. addition to the station with a new lobby, sales department and marketing department. You may think this is not worthy of being posted on here, but any of you who know anything about WDAM or have seen the station in person will understand the excitement in this news. The last main project at the station was the new newsroom built in the early-2000s and the HD conversion in 2012. The overall building was extremely small and the sales offices were not completely apart of the main campus. Laurel and Hattiesburg had their own sales office. The station is not in either city, but is in the unincorporated community of Eastabuchie/Moselle on US Hwy. 11 along the Forrest/Jones County line in Mississippi. Raycom acquired WDAM in 1997.
I could see the logic in having sales offices in either of the major cities in the Hattiesburg/Laurel DMA given the somewhat remote location of Moselle from either city. Usually account executives have to run up mileage on their cars on sales calls, sometimes without reimbursement, and working on straight commission. Some places are lucky to have pooled commission, but it depends on the station and company that runs the station, since it's not a normal hourly/salaried position like most other TV jobs...
WTOC has traded in their anchor desk duratran background for a video wall just like WLBT did. Looks like it has been done for some time now (not sure if this has been covered in any of the threads). This may be a common thing now with the stations that have that version of FX cookie cutter set.
So in other words, anything that looks similar to WBTV's new set will get a video wall.
No -- stations with the set pictured below are getting the video wall. These sets are now 3-6 years old with WIS having the first and oldest of this "cookie cutter" set.
Stations such as WBTV, WWBT, WVUE and WAFB who received the newest set did not have the set pictured above. There are still several (including Drewry stations) who have not received a new set and will probably get the below:
It seems that WFLX is transitioning to a new graphics package...maybe? Here's a screenshot from their website:
Those are from the Scripps graphics package.
Looking at the stream for WFLX and it does look like they got some new graphics. It seems to be a hybrid between the regular Scripps graphics and the old Raycom graphics they used to use.
Raycom's President & CEO Paul McTear is set to retire from his post at the end of June. He's been president of Raycom since its formation in 1997.
Senior VP Pat LePlatney will be McTear's replacement.
A new M&A regarding Raycom tonight. And it's looks like KPLC will have a partner.
Its shell American Spirit will acquire Fox station KVHP from National Communications.
KVHP just debuted an in-house 9 p.m. newscast (again) a couple weeks ago. Guessing it'll be short-lived now, replaced by a KPLC-produced newscast at 9 p.m. Those are the only 2 commercial TV stations in the Lake Charles market, so Raycom essentially gets a monopoly.
That's more likely gonna happen + that's true. If you counted Lafayette and Beaumont TV stations, then of course you have other stations and owners.
Don't be surprised if within the next couple of weeks or months, that becomes "7 News at 9:00 on FOX 29" alongside a brand new morning newscast after 7:00am.
Maybe Raycom should just buy KVHP's programming and move it on to a KPLC subchannel.
Question... would they drop Bounce and Grit for it? Raycom has agreements with both networks, especially Bounce.
KVHP carries The CW on 29.2 so KPLC would have to add both Fox and CW if they did that.
That's the point. I don't think KPLC would like to add both because I think they would like to continue to carry Bounce one on of its digital subchannels, so this SSA is worth it.
Alright, the former Drewry stations KSWO (Lawton), KXXV (Waco), KAUZ (Wichita Falls), KFDA (Amarillo) and KWES (Midland/Odessa) are now on the NewsOn app.