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jerseyfla

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  1. I would love to see Fox get the contract and drop their Big 12 and Pac-12 contracts when they expire. They would have the two largest conferences in SEC and B1G. They have a strong affiliate in Birmingham along with their O&Os in Atlanta, Gainesville, Orlando, Tampa (both markets have rural counties that border Gainesville to the south), and Houston. And maybe they make a play for one of the early New Year’s Day bowls like the Outback or Citrus Bowl. But like I said the reality will be Disney ponies up more money due to their commitment running the SEC Network.
  2. You might want to count market #18 (Orlando) as Marion County which borders Alachua (Gainesville) is adjacent to UF. And WCJB (ABC) will come out a big winner being the original station in Gainesville.
  3. This is a HUGE blow for the fans and southeast CBS affiliates. What CBS provided versus ESPN/ABC is continuity of coverage. You knew what time the game was, you knew the announcing crew, the production was top notch, and it was always touted as a big game. I am not surprised as others mainly because when CBS signed their current deal about 12 (?) years ago they only paid $55 million a year and when the conference expanded to add Texas A&M and Missouri in 2012 the SEC asked CBS to increase their share per year and CBS said no. We know WGCL and WIAT are not CBS's strongest affiliates but I'm sure they still banked off of those SEC games. Those smaller affiliates like WMAZ, WAFB, WKRG, WGFL, WRBL, and WAKA are going to really suffer on Fall Saturdays after 2023. CBS is in a tough position, pay out the nose for 15 games a year of College Football that only benefits their southeastern affiliates ( no O&Os, WFOR is ACC territory and doesn't count) or pay big bucks to keep the NFL and prevent your overall ratings from tanking like in 1994 and another New World deal but it would be highly unlikely in today's TV landscape. Me being anti-ESPN monopoly hopes Fox jumps in and steals the SEC but I don't see it happening with ESPN owning the SEC Network. If ESPN/ABC takes the SEC, I see 3:30 being the exclusive window for the top SEC game on ABC, with other conferences being relegated to ESPN channels at that time and SEC has the majority of primetime games at 8pm. I then see Fox taking the Big Ten exclusively in 2024 and keeping all games on Fox, FS1, and BTN while still keeping tier 2 Big 12 and Pac 12 rights. I think CBS is done with everything but Army/Navy and the Sun Bowl. I'm actually surprised another network hasn't tried to outbid ESPN for the Citrus, Outback, or Gator Bowls since they all involve the SEC and Big Ten, the two biggest conferences right now. IMO, the main reason why CBS went back into college football in 1996 was that their network was suffering without the NFL, they lost big affiliates to Fox, and they needed programming so they grabbed the Bowl Alliance games and then since all TV deals went to the conferences after the CFA dissolved they got what ABC didn't have spoken for, Big East and SEC (Championship Game was separate deal then). CBS has just maintained status quo with the SEC. But the conference's dominance in College Football has pushed for more money. Had CBS never lost the NFC in 1994 I don't think College Football would ever be on CBS again except the Sun Bowl.
  4. Actually, next year will be the 40th anniversary of many stations swapping NBC for ABC in 1980 due to ABC's massive ratings at that time and the network seeking stronger affiliates. Atlanta-ABC swapped from WXIA to WSB losing NBC Dayton-ABC swapped from WKEF to WDTN losing NBC (reversed August 2004) Jacksonville-ABC swapped from WJKS (now WCWJ) to WTLV losing NBC (reversed April 1988) Not 1980 but 1979 for the same reason Indianapolis-ABC swapped from WTHR to WRTV losing NBC
  5. Another WFTV alum headed to the big leagues at WSB. I'm glad to see him come up to my new neck of the woods, I liked Jorge when he was at WFTV the first time around when I was in Cocoa Beach.
  6. It wasn’t that late. At least according to this ID before an episode of Super Password in May 1988 it wasn’t.
  7. This is probably when they launched the "Watch Our Spirit Now" promos with the "Newswatching Out For You" slogan. But as a newscast close from 1984 shows, WXFL didn't stop using the soft instrumental close to close the newscasts. They had so many graphic iterations of promos during The Spirit of Tampa Bay's time. They had the pre-call letter change multi colored logo which was on the trucks, the yellow logo with black background on the mics, and the gold logo with blue background after the call letter change. I think I saw 5 different show promo graphics for the station from 1982-1985 to when they went to the Gannett knockoff graphics and they went with Power News for newscasts and Turn To News for promos.
  8. The only viewership WIIC got in the 70s was when the Steelers played on Sundays and Pirates played on The Game of The Week on NBC. If it weren't for the Steelers success starting in 1972, I'd think WPXI would still remain a laggard in the ratings.
  9. 10 minutes of a WTAE newscast from January 20, 1980, the night the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fourth Super Bowl. Most of the open included too. At the end you see part of KDKA’s news open from that same night, which KDKA posted on their own website 10 years ago. Which was the last time the Steelers won a Super Bowl.
  10. Maybe we see those RSNs go back to their Pre-Fox/Sportschannel names like Sunshine Network, HSE, SportsSouth, PASS, etc.
  11. Jamie Simpson, the Chief Meteorologist at WKEF/WRGT Dayton who was made famous for during an EF 4 tornado hitting the Dayton area telling viewers complaining about missing The Bachelorette due to storm coverage “I’m done with you people” was arrested this morning for OVI (Ohio’s term for DUI, DWI aka drunk driving). www.whio.com/news/crime--law/meteorologist-arrested-for-ovi-miamisburg/RdipSddDy1cKHJ3YzawlJK/amp.html Here’s the kicker though, the ND from WKEF/WRGT told the other Dayton media outlets that he was already unemployed before the incident occurred this morning. His profile was on the station’s website yesterday. He hasn’t been on air in 2 weeks but something smells fishy. Simpson was fired from his Chief Met position at WHIO back in 2014 after he blew a .228 and swerved and hit a tree.
  12. You just made my morning. Fantastic find!
  13. I wonder if this means Movies! or Buzzr disappears from Fox O&Os. I think most likely Movies! but Buzzr has the most accessibility of any netlet out there being on video streaming apps Pluto and Sinclair’s Stirr. So if Buzzr goes it’s not a huge loss.
  14. To add to this. Here is coverage from the Big 3 Pittsburgh stations of the Pirates World Series parade. Beginning with the end of the KDKA newscast I linked earlier.
  15. With my Youtube find from yesterday, how about I post the next year with the Philadelphia Phillies winning the 1980 World Series. I found this a few years ago, it has post game/celebration news coverage with channel flipping through all 3 Philly TV stations and post game coverage from WPHL who was the long time OTA flagship for the Phillies at that time. One question comes to mind. When did League Championship Series and World Series games stop being carried by the team's OTA Flagship station? I knew WPHL did their own coverage of the 1980 NLCS parallel with ABC's coverage but it was interesting to see KDKA show the World Series when they are a CBS affiliate showing a game off of ABC.
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