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HulkieD last won the day on August 19 2019

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  1. At least for today they will be reairing the 9am hour of Good Day at 2pm. Just made the announcement at the top of that hour, and the time/temp was taken off of the bug to accomodate.
  2. Repetition is pretty high, but it's not a canned loop at least. All of the blocks have different content, and some have different top stories. So it's a mix. That being said I felt exhausted by the end of it all, so yeah. They must be getting fierce competition from WPHL (and this is probably the answer to the question of whether Nexstar goes in-house with their news - they clearly have a good thing going) Here's a compilation of the new format. Judge for yourself.
  3. I don’t have functioning capture right now, but I actually remembered I had a license for Bandicam and set it up in time to get it. I’ve been recording the last hour.
  4. The 10pm news seems to have been dramatically reformatted. I’m catching up on the livestream. it’s now titled “10 at 10”. the ENTIRE newscast now seems to be formatted into 10 minute blocks. Jason Martinez did the first 10 minutes, then traded off to Shaina Humphries for another ten minute block. Jason’s on a third block as I type this. Each block starts with a “Rundown”, complete with large Gannett 1.0-style graphic on right side. Weather is now two 1 minute hits in each “block”. More frequent commercial breaks of just 60 seconds, including before the seven day forecast. Each block is slightly different. Shaina’s block seemed to have more national stories. The first two started with the same lead - John Dougherty’s guilty verdict. This third cycle started with a supply chain story. Wow. And I don’t think it’s a good wow either.
  5. The one thing I've long had a problem with on 3 is them using way too few anchor pairs for a schedule that newscast heavy. I mean, Ukee and Jessica do the 5, 6, 10, and 11 - that's a lot and it would be nice to give one or two of those slots to another pairing.
  6. Early Sunday morning, the Sinclair stations were hit with what appears to be an extremely severe ransomware attack. It appears most, if not all, of the stations have experienced severe issues with their on-air feeds. Problems include missing commercial breaks, cancelled newscasts at some stations, barebones newscasts at stations that were able to cobble something together, and - in some extreme cases - going off-air entirely, with a stream of Sinclair's Charge network replacing regular programming. As the day has progressed it has become increasingly clear that the magnitude of the attack by far dwarfs the similar attack at Cox stations this summer, solely due to the size of the company. As the issue is particularly widespread, we should have a centralized thread for discussion. I have a feeling the problems we've seen so far on Sunday are the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. WHAT WE KNOW: Stations began to have issues on Sunday morning, with many stations not doing a morning newscast entirely, chalking the problems up to "Technical Difficulties". FTVLive was the first source to report that the stations were hit with a malware attack. Cybersecurity reporter Catalin Cimpanu of The Record posted a more detailed report about what exactly happened: The article goes on to report that many stations were joined on the same active directory, enabling the attackers to hit a large number of stations. Master Control does not seem to be affected, as Sinclair was able to patch in one of their national diginets to replace local programming. By numerous Twitter accounts, this affected the afternoon's NFL broadcast on a number of stations, resulting in the kind of complaints you would expect. Axios reporter Sara Fischer confirmed Cimpanu's scoop, and the story has so far been picked up by sports broadcasting blog Awful Announcing. The story will probably go wider as the severity of the attack is revealed. This could not have happened at a worse time for Sinclair, as the company's regional sports networks are believed to be in rough shape, facing rebukes from sports leagues, and possibly headed for bankruptcy. I'll try to update this post as news trickles in, but for now, feel free to report on how your Sinclair station is faring during *waves hands wildly*.
  7. I heard a choir of angels singing “HALLELUJAH” when you said that.
  8. I just plain wonder if, regardless of approach, launching a news channel right now is a good idea. I'm starting to get the feeling that, after the last four years in general and the past year in particular, people are just completely and totally burned out on news. I know I am - I used to watch a lot of local and cable news up until the pandemic, and then made a conscious decision to stop watching. And I've long considered myself a hard core news junkie. The problem for Nexstar, of course, is that I don't think there was any other viable option. Sports is kind of in a weird spot right now, still mostly cable but on the verge of making a significant streaming push. Discovery kinda has the factual and unscripted stuff locked down. True Crime is saturated between HLN/Oxygen/ID and OTA options like Scripps' Court TV networks. And prestige scripting... forget about it, the streamers have that on lock down now. Additionally, this might have been the most newsworthy six months of our lifetimes, between the pandemic, the ongoing racial unrest, the election, the chaos after the election, 1/6, Biden taking office, and probably a ton of other things I can't think of. And they have utterly failed to capitalize. The audience is either unaware - unlikely because Nexstar's stations are pushing this relentlessly - or more likely, utterly disinterested in this offering. At minimum, something needs to change... and it might just be getting close to the time to cut losses.
  9. Also wanted to note: the use of "COUNT ON IT" has increased fairly dramatically in the last few weeks or so. It's now part of the reporter outcue. .......I'm never gonna be able to change my forum description, am I?
  10. You seem to know, any idea on what station or firm is taking the lead on this project? If it’s being done at WPVI (their current look is in-house) or elsewhere?
  12. https://www.nexttv.com/features/city-of-brotherly-love-gets-phil-of-local-content This is buried in the last few paragraphs, but it's a really big deal. We like to slag on this station so much that I can kinda just abbreviate it to "LOLKYW", but I was stunned to find that KYW is doing... actually not that badly at 11pm. In fact, they're #2 in households. They're still #3 in the demo, but at .2 ratings points behind WCAU it's not like they're dead. Tonight or this week I plan on checking their 11pm out to see how they're doing. I want to see what's going on there and if there's a spark there... honestly, watch out. Ukee Washington is one of the best talents to ever perform in this market and if he finally has a GOOD product behind him, they could catch on.
  13. Was working on a twitter thread about this, but it got derailed due to some household drama, so I'll type everything here. Ed Ansin, in my mind, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Al Primo, Roone Arledge, and Ted Turner. His stations were that revolutionary and influential, and a lot of people don't know it. In my opinion, local news has three "mother formats". The first is Primo's Eyewitness News (specifically the version perfected at WABC New York). The second is the WPVI Action News format. The third was Ansin's "News Station" format pioneered in Miami then Boston. EVERY local television station incorporates elements of these three newscast formats. You can probably see parts of WSVN's DNA in the newscast that airs in your market, even the most conservative one. People forget how risky WSVN's format actually was. Sure, it joined Fox, but "joining Fox" meant something a hell of a lot different in 1989 than it did even in 1994 when New World shocked the industry. Fox didn't have the NFL. "The Simpsons" wasn't even a half-hour show yet. Fox was five hours of primetime on weekends, that was it. Even if you were a Fox affiliate at that point, for all intents and purposes you were an independent station. In fact, WSVN didn't mince words - in its promotion and reporting for its post-switch plans, it referred to its new status as becoming an "independent station". And if you were an independent station, you were what I would call a "Great Entertainer". Your programming day would consist of cartoons, sitcom repeats, a movie in primetime, sports if you were lucky to have a contract with a team. Maybe, maybe, maybe you had a half hour or an hour of news at 10pm. Even ideas like a local morning show from 7am-9am were novel: Good Day New York had been on the air for only a few months at the time of WSVN's switch. You did not do seven hours of news each weekday. Even if you were a network affiliate this was madness. Doing it without a net(work) - that was suicide. This idea was ridiculed in the press. Ansin might not have had much of a choice here, admittedly - CBS had announced its plans to move to WCIX at the beginning of August. Four months is not a lot of time to get the inventory you needed to be a conventional independent. WSVN likely became "South Florida's News Station" out of necessity. Still doesn't negate how ballsy the plan was. The tone of the newscasts was also wildly different from anything the market - perhaps the nation - had yet seen. His new news director, Joel Cheatwood, moved the newscasts out of the traditional studio and into the newsroom and control room. The presentation was also something different - bold graphics filled the screen. Discordant music opened the newscast and penetrated the proceedings. Even the station announcer, Scott Chapin, was menacing! It's here that I am going to say it: Ansin's stations were not paragons of journalism. Tabloid TV was the order of the day. "If it bleeds, it leads" was the motto. One WSVN newscast I have footage of proudly beamed about featuring "THREE BLOODY CRIME SCENES" as the top story. This was not Peter Jennings soberly reporting on the latest goings on in the Soviet Union. That wasn't the point. The point wasn't to just inform, but entertain as well - thus the flashy graphics, the catchy headlines. This was, I would argue, the first News Product on a TV station - something not as just public service but calling card. It's not wrong to call WSVN the first true "Fox affiliate". It ran cartoons - Fox Kids was there for a few years - and out of necessity movies were programmed on nights Fox had not yet colonized. You certainly could not mistake it for a Big Three affiliate. But the look and feel was not that of an independent/Fox station up to that point. I don't think anyone saw that station lasting more than maybe two years with the News Station format. Certainly nobody saw the station not only surviving the switch, but thriving - rising to the top spot among English language stations in that market. The competitors noticed. In 1988-89 WTVJ had a handsome art deco look lavished on it by its new owners at NBC. By 1992 that was replaced by cold banks of monitors and theme music straight out of Miami Vice. So did other stations. Scott Chapin started picking up station after station starting in the early 90s. One of my early news memories is of him blaring out "NEIGHBORS FROM HELLLLLLL" in a sweeps promo for WCAU, which he was voicing by the mid-90s. Other tricks took longer to get to my market - 1997 saw the arrival of "Breaking News" stings and Larry Mendte to WCAU. In a market where the leading station used magnet boards for weather and a blue background set, the added flash stood out. Mendte got notice because he would stand up on set for some stories - if you read the local papers you'd think some massive scandal was taking place. In contrast, I'm usually not sure if Jim Gardner wears pants most nights. Even nationally, the idea of a flashier newscast gained traction. Before it embraced its conservative bent, you could well argue that Fox News Channel was the WSVN formula applied to cable news. Even the network newscasts changed. Brokaw started doing more tabloidy feature stories. Jennings' newscast open went from a simple text overlay to a flashy animation. 1993 saw Ansin spread his wings and add WHDH in Boston. By this point his tactics were well-known. Boston didn't quite get the massive tone overhaul that WSVN got, but it did get the flashy graphics, discordant music, and menacing announcer. WHDH might not have exploded like Miami did but what was a perennial doormat became quite competitive. Moreso when WHDH lost CBS to WBZ and gained NBC's stronger programming. Ansin had to have been a pain in the ass to work with on the network side. He pre-empted quite a bit when WSVN was with NBC. The 1989 switch negotiations were so protracted with CBS that instead of that network agreeing to move to WSVN it instead chose to purchase an independent station with substantial signal issues as its new home. And let's not forget the Jay Leno at 10pm debacle of 2009-2010. Ansin made the announcement that he was pre-empting Leno and moving his CW 10pm newscast over to the main station. NBC threatened to revoke his affiliation and he relented - but when that late night arrangement collapsed in flames months later, it was obvious that his concerns were genuinely warranted. Again, I think it says something that NBC chose to build its own station essentially from scratch over continuing to deal with Ansin. The survival of WHDH post-NBC was his last great accomplishment. It was the WSVN playbook all over again - news, news, and more news. It seems to be working, four years into the experiment. Like I said, Ansin was a giant figure in the television business. Few single stations have been as influential as his were. He is as major a figure as Ted Turner and should be honored as such. May he rest in peace.
  14. That theme was apparently originally used on their newsmagazine “The Bulletin”... but that theme could still be Monster Tracks given its debut in 93. It sounds like their stuff, and that theme isn’t throwing up AdRev notices for Bruce Upchurch like the 94 theme is. Worth looking into.
  15. Was doing some research and stumbled onto something gold. As we know, starting in 1991 and lasting until a major branding change in 03, KYW-TV branded as "KYW-3" and used themes based on the musical signature originated at KYW Newsradio 1060. Bruce Upchurch, Frank and Chris Gari, Jon Ovnik, and Stephen Arnold all contributed themes with that signature. But there was apparently more work done outside of those big companies. One of the audio production studios in Philly has a music production division called Monster Tracks. By 1994, they became prolific in the local production music scene, and became KYW's regular promo music producer. None of this stuff was in any "official" KYW music package - it was all custom work done for the station. This includes the really distinctive music they were using for the switch from NBC to CBS - while WCAU was using production music from what I remember, KYW was using this really distinctive track here: And the biggest revelation is that they did work on news music for KYW! It's dated to 1994, which would be around the time of the switch from "News Day" and "News Tonight" to a uniform branding of "KYW News 3". As far as I know, it was not used on air. I might try to contact these guys and see what they have to offer. But here's what they have so far, it's worth a listen: http://www.bakersound.com/blog_170417_MT30_1994.html
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