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Everything posted by jerseyfla

  1. Pannoni has posted a lot of late 80’s-early 90s WTSP clips on his multiple channels lately. I probably saw some of these commercials live as a kid as my mom watched ABC soap operas back in the day before she went back to work when my sister reached school age in 1992. Now if we could only get some newscasts from this era.
  2. Let’s see how long NMSA will take to edit it.
  3. With the slogan in the image campaign promo at 3:44, it probably is safe to say the news music package known at WTVT 1983 Theme should probably be titled “Where News Comes First”. Who knows they probably had been using it since 1982 just like WFLA’s “Spirit of Tampa Bay” theme was discovered as starting that year too.
  4. Having lived in Florida for 16 years of my life and helping my dad fix and install HVAC at some elderly people's homes, I can only imagine what that office smells like with the old furniture in it. Not just Florida but anyone who has had a elderly relative that never modernized or updated their home. Haha!
  5. Ed Ansin was a maverick. He had balls. He pretty much told NBC GFY when they bought WTVJ on the cusp of one of NBC’s biggest years with their hit prime time shows, 1988 Summer Olympics, and the World Series and the network asked to take the affiliation away over a year before the agreement was to expire. He made them honor their contract! And then NBC turned around begging him to take their network for WHDH when Westinghouse/CBS took WBZ away from them only for NBC to screw Ed over again when they decided to create their own station in Boston. With his son Andy in the family business, I think the 7s will be fine! Ed was the last of a dying breed of truly local TV station owners. RIP Ed Ansin.
  6. I remember watching Regis as a little kid on WABC's The Morning Show. My mom watched it every morning. Then when my parents moved to the Tampa area in 1990 when I was 9, we tuned in to WTVT and there he and Kathie Lee where and I said "Wow! I didn't know they were on down here?" This was before I knew about syndicated TV. But that show always ran like it was still a local NYC show even in syndication. Regis was the ultimate entertainer. He is arguably up there with Dick Clark to me. His passing was the first celebrity passing that I felt in my heart in a long time. RIP Rege!
  7. This!! They could easily run Press Your Luck and Pyramid or Card Sharks as half hour versions. All Press Your Luck has to do is cut the Bonus Round. Pyramid or Card Sharks can become single runs. Actually the best idea for ABC would be to launch a game show block to counter The Price is Right at 11am and move The View to 1pm or swap it with General Hospital and have The View counter The Talk. I'm sure The View gets crushed at 11am by TPIR. Really the only show that ever really came close to countering TPIR was when NBC ran Wheel of Fortune against it in the 80s.
  8. Those snowbirds or migrated New Yorkers living in Florida won't be able to "move" their service address anymore since all NYC stations are on spot beam now. Ok I will admit I was a guilty "mover". I did it every time I PCSed (moved) duty stations to get more local stations and RSN team options plus I could get my physical local stations on an antenna. It was nice having Tampa stations in Orlando DMA, Mobile stations in Biloxi DMA, and Cincinnati then Columbus stations living in Dayton area. I just moved to Georgia and was going to "move" to Atlanta or Jacksonville area but I read that ever since AT&T took over Directv, their billing system changed to ATTs billing system used for U-Verse TV and Internet which makes calling to change your service address nearly impossible to do without a service technician coming to that address. This impacts RVers who have a dish already on their vehicle and people with vacation homes with an existing dish. All they had to do was call and say they are at a campground or their vacation home and the CSR would change the address now that not the case and most of the CSRs are outsourced to the Philippines now.
  9. WMAZ still uses the Urban Vocal cut of This Is Home to close out their newscasts on Friday Nights.
  10. Yes, you’ll need to watch it on a desktop with Adobe Flash. If only I knew how to rip it to mp4 and put it on Youtube.
  11. Here is a link to that promo from the Internet Wayback Machine. You have to hit continue go to the 70s, then 1977 and then click on Bob Hite sails to Tampa, the promo then plays. https://web.archive.org/web/20050326181659/http://media.tbo.com/wfla/flash/timeline/popup.htm
  12. I could think of a couple of really good cases for Significantly Viewed Stations for Directv to carry from areas I've lived in like WLOX being SV for Hancock and Pearl River County, Mississippi as their news covers those two counties extensively and better than the New Orleans stations that they are designated under. Or Philadelphia stations in Ocean County, NJ which parts of the county are closer than NYC. Or Orlando stations in Polk County, Florida. The possibilities are endless. I think I remember. Didn't FCC release a manual years ago of what stations are "significantly viewed" for certain counties?
  13. WPMI is owned by Sinclair. Kind of a go figure. If any other group owned WPMI, Greg Peterson probably would have been fired for violating state law with his side venture.
  14. The logo may look similar to KGTV and WJAR's old logos but I think it looks more like a knockoff of WFLA's 1982-1988 Spirit of Tampa Bay "Figure 8" logo. Kind of an odd looking logo for 2020.
  15. After communicating with them on Facebook, WMAZ had technical issues so they decided to nix the newscast for Friday morning. WMAZ has one anchor and meteorologist in studio, and their other anchor, anchoring from home in the morning. WGXA, who knows, they are a Sinclair owned station so I don't care to communicate with them anyway. They're a Fox affiliate with an ABC subchannel.
  16. Well I guess the Macon TV stations are taking the Governor’s shelter in place order really seriously. This morning both WMAZ and WGXA-DT2 were broadcasting last night’s CBS Evening News and America This Morning respectively. WMGT is showing recorded news reports and live weather from Meteorologist Dalton Mullinax’s house every 15 minutes.
  17. Anyone else’s anchors social distancing? Here in Middle Georgia Tegna’s WMAZ is having their anchors on split screens on opposite ends of the set. Their mics are not turning on immediately at times. It’s kind weird.
  18. I remember when Belo changed the graphics at WWL back 8 or 9 years ago (I think) with a rotating logo bug in the right corner. The viewers complained left and right on social media and probably via phone too and within a week the rotating graphic was frozen. I wonder if more complaints ensued once Belo and Gannett merged to become TEGNA and launched the standardized packages to WWL. I'm sure Tegna brass said "to hell with the viewers" this time. I bet someone at WNEP gave Tegna brass the run down on what effects could happen if they ditch MCTYW Schwartz-style like ABC did with WPVI.
  19. This was replaced by a reboot of Tattletales with Bert Convy in January 1982. 4pm became an infamous daytime death slot for CBS. Most CBS affiliates and even their O&Os programmed syndicated shows at 4pm and shifted the 4pm scheduled show to 9:30am or Noon, or never showed it. CBS tried to put a game show in this slot for 4.5 years. All great game shows in Tattletales 2.0, Body Language, and Press Your Luck but nothing stuck. CBS moved Press Your Luck in January 1986 to make room for Card Sharks, CBS figured more affiliates would change their schedules to keep PYL and it never happened and the most iconic game show of the 80’s was gone by September as CBS gave 4pm back to the affiliates.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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