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Bernie Waterman dies

Discussion in 'General TV' started by AJClementeFan69, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. AJClementeFan69

    AJClementeFan69 Forum Contributor

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  2. Raymie

    Raymie Station Group CEO

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    He certainly seems like he had a long and rewarding life and career. My condolences to his family and stations.

    Some of the linked pieces (particularly the Gulfshore Business one) make for good reading. For instance, I didn't know that Montclair (the WZVN sidecar) is owned by the Watermans' goddaughter, and the story of how the families met lends its name to the company:

     
  3. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

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    Sad that Bernie died, ..hope he had the chance of spending all his money before his money grubbing kids got it.

    Congrats to Bernie...
    He made it to 96.
    RIP.

    "He was a fine man...and had many dear friends...he will be missed..."
     
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  4. atlnews2

    atlnews2 News Director

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    do the children have any interest in the broadcasting business ?
     
  5. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

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    If I go to the funeral I will ask them.
    Hit me up when you find out what the arrangements are.

    Thanks
     
  6. TSSZNews

    TSSZNews Primary Anchor

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    If they don't, Ft. Myers is going to look like a VERY different market in a year or two.
     
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  7. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    Ft. Myers has been a very fortunate market to have multiple local owners....only WFTX has owned by out-of-town interests....going all the way back to their pre-Scripps ownership of WFTS in Tampa.
     
  8. DigitalProdJoey

    DigitalProdJoey Newsroom Intern

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    I give it a year or less and the Waterman interests will be gobbled up by a corporation.
     
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  9. Info Junkie

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    If so, KEEP IT AWAY from Sinclair.

    I’d see Raycom Media grabbing them. Don’t know why.
     
  10. Conrad

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    And KEEP IT AWAY from Nexstar, too.

    Like you said, I could see Raycom grabbing them, though TEGNA could also work--with a problem though either way--the shell will own WZVN will also have to manage advertising sales for them, now that JSAs are banned (with existing JSAs now grandfathered). New SSAs require a disclosure.
     
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  11. televisionguy16

    televisionguy16 Primary Anchor

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    As long as we have the cap at 39%, Sinclair can't get them.

    However, Raycom, along with Nexstar, Gray and Heartland, should be considered prime candidates. Especially given that none of them are YET in this market and they've usually gotten to most other markets this size by now.
     
  12. MXSans2

    MXSans2 Live from Houston.

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    WBBH and WZVN would be a nice addition to Raycom since they own WWSB.

    Raycom can finally rule Western Florida
     
  13. NCFLMedia

    NCFLMedia Station Group CEO

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    I know this is all speculation, including this post, but I see Raycom, Gray or Heartland taking over.

    I don't wanna see Sinclair at all and I don't think Nexstar will take over. It would be nice to see Heartland finally expand to Florida, plus they manage their stations so well.
     
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  14. Raymie

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    If the Watermans were to sell and insisted on bundling Charlottesville and Fort Myers, then Gray obviously couldn't enter into the picture.
     
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  15. NCFLMedia

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    Well then it just leaves Raycom and Heartland.
     
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  16. ChesapeakeTV

    ChesapeakeTV Covering North Georgia and The Tidewater

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    WVIR would be a perfect fit for Heartland in particular. Remember that their modus operandi is to buy strong, tenured stations in college towns or state capitals. 29 ticks all of those boxes.

    WBBH and WZVN might be a bit less appropriate, but then again they do seem to do okay against WINK...
     

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