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  1. 12 points
    Here's the song -- "Chicago" by Tary Rebenar -- that inspired Dick Marx's legendary WBBM theme. Note that the nine-note signature is based on the lyrics "This is my city, Chicago's my town," not "I love Chicago, Chicago my home" as often supposed:
  2. 8 points
    As others mentioned in this thread, I can vouch that I learned the reason for this from my former news director. By starting the newscast 2 minutes early, you save time and can win the quarter hour on more hard hitting top stories or breaking news coverage. It’s definitely a consultant move and it’s one that all stations across the country follow. For example, a sample newscast starts with a 15-30 second pre-show topical tease, then you have a 10-15 second open, then you have an extra 5-10 seconds for the anchors to introduce themselves, then you toss in a minute for first weather, etc. By the time the hour starts, you’re already in to your first lead story. Your lead story is what will help you win the quarter hour. In markets like Nashville, ratings are done on the quarter hour and every minute counts. Wasting precious time on the intro pleasantries wastes time, but it’s unfortunately necessary. By doing it this way, you can ensure your station wins the lead-in and viewers won’t turn it off which is important if you want to win the quarter hour. A compelling lead-in that starts right at the top of the hour or half hour can make or break a newscast. If you started the top or bottom of the hour with all the wasted time at the beginning of the newscast, then you’ll basically be telling viewers to turn you off because you have no reason for them to watch. People don’t want you to waste their time, they want to know what’s going on the moment they tune in, which most of the time is right on the hour or half hour. Also, you mad bro? If this is what makes you want to metaphorically or even literally kill yourself, then I suggest some serious professional help. Stations have been starting before the half hour or hour for years, your screaming in all caps and angry aggression on this will only fall on deaf ears. It’s not going to change, this is a consultant driven business and consultants say start early.
  3. 7 points
    Come on, folks. Let's not start this. FOX isn't going to throw out a perfectly good set (that doesn't even look much different than most of their O&O sets) just because. The graphics will probably get replaced in a year or two.
  4. 5 points
    Here at KBEX-TV our 5pm newscast starts at 12:00...because we forgot how to re-set the VCR master clock after the last state mandated power outage.
  5. 5 points
    I just came across this video and I figured you guys would be interested in this. So when Dayton's WKEF and WRGT moved into their then-new building some time ago, they left their old facilities just standing there. Someone managed to gain access and took a look around... The building may have been torn down since then.
  6. 4 points
    Surely posted earlier in this thread, but howzabout 90 minutes of the WLS afternoon newscasts from exactly 30 years ago tonight?
  7. 4 points
    Ehhhhhh I wouldn't say that. Have you noticed FOX O&Os are using paired down horizontal logos as bugs and even in some of the opens? NY, LA, and Chicago have all largely phased out significant use of the kitebox on-air. Adding KTVU into the fold really helped with that. Really, between the Disney sale and the pickup of more stations, it should really be a moment for the FTS hub to consider a new package across the board that severs the ties of old and affords some more distance from Ailes-era FNC.
  8. 4 points
    I think that's accurate. Tribune had a build it/break it attitude. Nexstar strikes me so far as much more like a corporation, conservative but strategic, placing value in documentation and accounting for every penny. I also suspect Nexstar and Los Angeles will clash more often in the future.
  9. 4 points
  10. 3 points
    I recently came across a rare newscast from KXII-TV 12 featuring anchorman John Hurt, dated 1980. Here is another rare news clip from Texas. This time, we take you to KGBT-TV for a news open from 1983-84. And here is a weekend news open from KGBT from 1984. And another KGBT open from the early 1980s using the WAVY news theme from Tuesday. And...a news open using the NBC TV-Radio Telepulse theme.
  11. 3 points
    My bet Georgie goes back to the evening newscast she did before returning to Today or 60 Minutes since Karl and his new co-anchor are both leaving 60.
  12. 3 points
    A new graphics package is coming. I've heard it looks a lot like what we've already seen with the new elements that have shown up on WNYW. It's all what you'd expect: flat with lots of wiping transitions. I believe there will be a blue and gold version in addition to the blue and red. I don't know anything about the kitebox logos being phased out. They at least will not be in the bug in the new graphics. The kitebox has certainly been de-emphasized overall, though on the other hand, the kitebox logos are on the headers of the web platform that rolled out in the last two months.
  13. 3 points
    I will up that $100, and say that Nexstar and Hollywood are about to hit 'head -on" in the middle of Sunset Boulevard... "Oh The Humanity!"
  14. 3 points
    Woah. WSVN really has influenced the world with its Newsplex looks over the years.
  15. 3 points
    The 1990s version of the WSVN Newsplex -- in Germany:
  16. 3 points
    Just happened to be up for Live today, and Kelly and Ryan had a couple minutes towards the end of host chat to say that Tony is indeed retiring, and paid a very nice tribute to him.
  17. 3 points
    I'd say give it a couple of years, but considering WITI's past, that station has been sort of the oddball of the Fox O&Os when it came to standardization.
  18. 3 points
    Nexstar Media Group Enters into De-Leveraging Buy/Sell Agreements with Fox Television Stations. Nexstar to Purchase Charlotte’s FOX and MyNetworkTV Affiliates for Approximately $45 Million and Divest Seattle’s FOX andMyNetworkTV Affiliates and Milwaukee’s FOX Affiliate for Approximately $350 Million.
  19. 3 points
    The Green Bay Packers are effectively Milwaukee's NFC team. Also, don't forget about Fox's tie in with the Big Ten. The Wisconsin Badgers also make the cash register ring.
  20. 3 points
    Yeah..I’ve only watched a couple of episodes. Short of becoming a Fox 32 employee, this is/was the only opportunity to see the set in person. The lower level (where the studio, newsroom, etc.. are) is pretty cavernous you could get lost if you took a wrong turn. Overall, everyone was nice and welcoming. This caught my eye on the way in/out. They display photos of everyone (from the GM, Account Reps., Anchors, etc.. in no particular order) which is pretty cool. Apparently, you could wear whatever and pose however you wanted.
  21. 3 points
    Not sure how Weigel comes back from this. The story/alleged allegations are very troubling. Side Note: I went to a taping of ‘Later with Leon’ last Thursday. Very intimate setting (maybe about 12 seats total for audience members). And yes that’s Robin Robinson (former Fox 32 News Anchor) with CPD Chief Johnson. She works for the CPD these days.
  22. 2 points
    I think it may have been more of a Panthers for Seahawks and Packers trade. The Seahawks and Packers, honestly, move the needle more than we do.
  23. 2 points
    Boy does this 1995 KABC morning news promo seem familiar: Here's the WLS version from two years later (go to the 1:47 mark
  24. 2 points
    I wouldn't neccesate that WJZY is a failure. It's very difficult to construct a news operation from the ground up in this social media-dominant era. The fact that WJZY has a decent share of viewers for their newscasts is miraculous at best. However, I can bet Fox will regret divesting from the one of top 3 fastest growing metro (and market) areas in the nation. Charlotte with its explosive growth is likely to be a top 15 market area in the next decade or so. That's very bad for future growth of a company that wants to thrive not survive.
  25. 2 points
    Studios with tall ceilings going out of style? I don't like that cramped look.
  26. 2 points
    agreed. When I first saw the headlines, I did think “oh boy.. this is bad...”. Then, I watched the actual footage. Amy Robach is pissed (rightfully so) because she had a good chunk of the story years ago, but it wasn’t enough to make air before all the details began emerging. That happens every day. It’s the editorial process. Quite frankly, it should be happening more often rather than the constant rush to be first, only telling half the story with some sources and completely missing the boat in giving viewers and readers the full picture.
  27. 2 points
    Kudos to whoever posted the song on YT. Great song!
  28. 2 points
    Not much of a scandal, IMO. "News organization declines to move ahead with story until properly sourced." Not exactly a headline that will rock anyone's world.
  29. 2 points
    NBC's Statue of Liberty... ...became the Sydney Harbour bridge on ATN7 in Sydney, Australia... ...and a local statue on ADS7 in Adelaide, Australia: Also, not the similarity of the ADS7 set to the NBC Nightly News set:
  30. 2 points
    I'm getting reports that Mobile's WPMI and WJTC have been restored to DirecTV, so the impasse between Deerfield (and the other shells) & AT&T could be coming to a close..... UPDATE: Official confirmation from WPMI: https://mynbc15.com/news/local/att-and-directv-customers-nbc-15-is-back WHAM: https://13wham.com/news/local/directv-deerfield-media-reach-agreement-for-rochester-tv-market No word on KMTR and KMEG appears to still be off, as well, since they are separately owned but still run by Sinclair.
  31. 2 points
    WUSA pretty much uses something close to WHAS' version.
  32. 2 points
    We've seen this before, but this is how Udell was introduced to WTHR in Indianapolis back in 1976; the promos were either done by Joe Sedelmaier (of WLS and Wendy's "Where's the beef?" fame) or by someone closely imitating his style:
  33. 2 points
    Yes, I know critics have referred to it as "News at When?". And while this is partially related, don't forget about movie theaters/theatres. The movie doesn't begin at the advertised start time. Instead, the pre-show (NCM First Look/Noovie or Screenvision Limelight/Front & Center) ends and the trailers begin at that time. After the trailers, you of course have the movie.
  34. 2 points
    What I gather from the article is that their back of office/management is probably sloppy compared to how Nexstar runs things. I think KTLA had a lot of autonomy in how management ran the station and probably that was the case at most Tribune stations. Nexstar appears to run a much tighter ship with many corporate policies. My assumption is that KTLA probably has lax policies that Nexstar thinks need to be tightened. KTLA's on-air product isn't the issue as they have solid #1 ratings in almost all of their timeslots. I wouldn't expect a shakeup in talent as its currently stable and is working. The shakeup will come in the form of management.
  35. 2 points
    I was going to say that was peak Udell market wise then looked online and saw he did stints in LA and NY early on. He figured out settling down in Hawaii though...long long run there. Looking good in retirement here
  36. 2 points
    The worst offender of this is not here in the US, but over in the UK. ITV News at Ten in 2001-2004 had starting times ranging from FAR too early to FAR too late. People in the UK still want a newscast that starts exactly at 10pm and the BBC's competing offering does just that. (Oh, and no commercials with the BBC!) ITN/ITV's 2001 revival was a failure compared to pre-1999 News at Ten. News at Ten was revived again in 2008 and it succeeded.
  37. 2 points
    At this point, it might be less time-consuming to come up with a list of markets where Udell hasn't worked! He didn't stay long at any particular station, did he? Here he is during his second stint in Chicago:
  38. 2 points
    More bottom-feeding than Nexstar?
  39. 2 points
    Yeah I didn't even think of that. That is a very good point.
  40. 2 points
    Calling Mary Bubala!
  41. 2 points
    Speaking of Chicago news themes, this is where Dick Marx's famous WBBM signature comes from:
  42. 2 points
    FuzzyMemories doesn't mess up dates. That said, this documentary from 1968 (still WBKB) uses FRWL, so I'd guess that's what they used going back to at least the launch of the Flynn-Daly EWN branding. When they adopted/went all-in on CHL is anyone's guess, as there's a big hole in WLS opens from 1971-76 (Video link only available/public for this month) https://museum.tv/PP_ONLINE/TV_00146.mp4
  43. 2 points
    You should be able to adjust your DVR recording to start a few minutes early!
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it has something to do with ratings. If they start a few mins earlier, they can maximize their ratings for that hour or something similar to that.
  46. 2 points
    This is much better than the WBTV open IMO.
  47. 2 points
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ndcoSHWjW/?igshid=1erl54lj7pyw9 KFMB LITERALLY steps on the logo of the station they stole the CW affiliation from and put out of business.
  48. 2 points
    I found this while watching some street films shot in San Diego during the 1970's. In the videos we see old billboards and bus ads for various TV and radio stations. This grab is from the 5200 block of University Ave around 1975. It's the Ch-8 bus ad , there is also an ad for the KFMB-8 morning show "Sun Up, With Mel Knoepp"" which ran after Captain Kangaroo. For the bus people...it's a 200 series (numbering) San Diego Transit Corporation GMC...the one with no air conditioning. I think it was route 9.
  49. 1 point
    Small market Florida: WMBB in 1984:
  50. 1 point
    Coming in November, followed by i24 News and Cheddar in 2020. This comes after Fios is ending its relationship with RNN to produce Fios 1 News. https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-fios-partners-altice-usa-hyperlocal-news-and-content RealNews18's guess was right!
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