The 69 News/WFMZ Thread

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  1. NewsAce

    NewsAce Assignment Editor

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    WFMZ has confirmed H&I (69.3) and Retro TV (69.4) are moving to KJWP.
     
  2. Mrknowitall526

    Mrknowitall526 Managing Editor

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    I read that 69.3 and 69.4 are being sent to KJWP.

    I can't imagine that they wouldn't leave space, somehow, for the Accu-weather Channel, considering the large staff they have for it!
     
  3. susquvalleywgal

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    So I was watching WFMZ online the other day ...

    My question is, how many news helicopters does WFMZ have? I see them talking about QUADCOPTER ... I just can't imagine a station having 4 helicopters. During a traffic report, I did see them go live to 2 different helicopters.

    Amazing, especially for pseudo-suburban Philadelphia.

    -- Matt
     
  4. SF1964

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    Quadcopter 69 is a drone. There's more info about it posted in this thread on page 8, beginning with post # 147, by Mrknowitall526.
     
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    They also have access to WPVI's chopper footage if needed. I guess they bought the drone to cut down on having to rely on that.
     
  6. susquvalleywgal

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    Thank you very much. Appreciate it.

    -- Matt
     
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  7. Mrknowitall526

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    They don't own the drone, the service is provided by Lehigh Valley Drone: http://lvdrone.com/
     
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    Follow-up. An amendment was made as they've now disclosed the purchase price of the KJWP deal. $25M.
     
  9. CircleSeven

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    The deal has now been approved. No word on when they'll move H&I & Retro to KJWP.

    Marantha should've bought WJLP while they're at it.
     
  10. LVForward

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    Has anyone heard what is being done to the WFMZ studio? In addition to this from Eve Russo's facebook, there were recent changes to the traffic office (which is on that upper level) and new lighting for weather. Just curious what other improvements their massive studio may be getting.
     
  11. Mrknowitall526

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    No, but I did notice the new weather lighting. I thought Ed Hanna looked brighter than usual!

    Strange that they would have cones and caution tape where it might be visible on air!

    The studio could use a revamp.
     
  12. LVForward

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    Never saw the "construction site" on-air. They do seem to be using a lot more tight shots and that bird's eye hand-off from son to father @ the end of the 4pm is gone.

    I do agree - they need an update. This set is huge considering the market size, but as WFMZ has done in the past - small cosmetic tweaks can surely extend the life of their sets. This time some updated video walls, instead of those rear-projection screens and replacing that horrible faux-wood paneling would go a long way.
     
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  13. LVForward

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    DEXTKhRXYAAzW6e.jpg @LDueWFMZ & @Steve_Mittman working hard in the temporary weather/traffic center while renovations in the studio... as tweeted by John Hayden, WFMZ Senior Floor Director. That explains the unique weather lighting.
     
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    DEXcpYNWAAMBfKz.jpg Another great shot tweeted by John Hayden - Matt and his flip-flops...
     
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  15. Mrknowitall526

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    They announced at 10 on Sunday that Jacqueline Thomas is leaving the station, they didn't say where she was going.
     

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