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About lazynetjunkie

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  1. It's either ReelWorld or TM Studios (formerly TM Century).. The weather bed is very similar to the "alternative down tempo weather bed" from the ReelWorld WSIX 1998 jingles package so I'm assuming this might be a later update to that jingles package.. However, other elements I've heard in some of the other video clips on YouTube sound very TM style. The instrumentation of the bed matches the style of either company at the time. You might want to check out both ReelWorld or TMStudios and contact both with your questions. Most radio stations get their traffic, weather, and news beds from their jingles package.. They're full packages with many cuts (ramps, ID's, logo, shotguns, sweepers, etc.). Similar to a news music package..
  2. It doesn't even seem like they care to use Bill Zwecker much anymore.. Looks like much of Richard Roeper's "duties" were given to Jake Hamilton.. Including all the interviewing of movie actors. It also looks like Jake has been given much of the entertainment reporting too. Wouldn't surprise me if Bill is out when contract is up.
  3. I never really understood having them both at the same time.. WBBM had them both too at the same time back during the pre-budget cut Ahern era; however, I believe Roeper only popped once a week on a newscast or 2 to review the week's movies while Zwecker was the daily entertainment reporter. Roeper is his own "brand". He doesn't need to be on a newscast daily. It seemed more like something that management just offered him a couple years back and he just said, "Sure, whatever, I'll do it." The one I really don't care for on GDC is that Jake Hamilton. I just find him annoying as hell. He almost seems as if he really is hocked up on something. He's way too much especially on the earlier (4am-7am) hours of the show. He's just like that Marcus Leshock. He comes off as way too annoying and it appears way too obvious on WGN's morning news that the other morning personalities don't seem to care for him.
  4. About Roeper.. He has an EXTREMELY busy schedule and life, and he barely sleeps. In addition to his movie reviewing and his column, he also constantly does interviews and various show and event appearances. He's traveling to LA/Vegas constantly. He's also a regular on Roe Conn's WGN-AM show, being on at least a couple times a week for most of or all of the show.. His condo is pretty much a "studio" for various things. He's also very big with living the "nightlife".. He's big in the poker world and he's always out at the bars. He normally doesn't turn in until after 2 or 3 am so he barely sleeps. Leaving GDC isn't really about pursuing other work.. He just needs a little break and some sleep during the day. Plus, you can really tell how tired his eyes look during GDC.
  5. Some new set tidbits.. A vast improvement from the previous set. This design/concept actually matches the original set design planned before their move in 2008 until they had to cut budget and decide on a different set designer and design. Not a fan of the white flooring for under the anchor desk and chairs.. That's going to get marked up pretty quickly. I was told much of the studio lighting, all the audio equipment & studio monitor speakers, and all the cameras, including their cable whips, came from the old studio. I was told a monitor (possibly 2) from the old set (not including the floor viewing monitors - those all came from the old space) made it onto the new set. Not exactly sure which ones they are or if they are just the monitor carts. I do like the picture frame showing the evolution of the CBS 2 logo on the chotchkie wall. I just hope someone dusts that wall and all the items on it on a regular basis.. I can see that thing getting extremely dusty in time. I bet the first thing the station will remove are the 3 pendant lights over the interview area. Then I bet they'll probably get rid of the curved couch and replace it with those white chairs from the "Eye on Chicago" set from their old building. Quiz time: There's a globe at the chotchkie wall.. It's not just a random globe. Where did it come from? Hint: It was a place in their old building..
  6. Yes, it all happened about the same time.. It was in a 2 or 3 day time period.. Ahern was never a fan of the 7 day forecast at the time.. That changed a couple years later when the 7 day became something everyone had to have.
  7. Ahern came in June/July of 2002. The set was stripped down in either September or October 2002. The first day Ahern walked into that studio, he ordered those glass panels between the main set and weather center with the "CBS News style world globe map" with the CBS 2 logo removed so those were taken down right away.. straight into the dumpster they went. I believe the city backdrop and logo walls/panels were added in spring 2003. The stripped down powder blue set only lasted about 6 or 7 months. Funny thing is,the thing that the station has saved all the way up to now from their 1997-2002 set, DDG set, and "Eye on Chicago" set is all their interview set furniture. From 2008 until they made their recent set to its current configuration, they were using the original DDG interview set chairs for morning show interviews. In the recent years, they have been using the stools from their 1997-2002 interview set in their recent set. I'm going to have to ask someone but I'm sure they're still going to keep saving those all those chairs.
  8. That is indeed correct.. For one week, they were on a temporary set which consisted of just a folding table placed in the "interview set" with a painted plywood front that was built by the in-house carpenter. The lighted logo and 2 large wooden brown side panels from the DDG set anchor desk were placed in front of the folding table to make it appear larger. During the one week on the temp set, lots of paint and foamboard panels with double sided sticky foam covered the DDG set and a wall was built to block the weather center. A few pieces of the DDG set made it to the third floor storage warehouse but much of the DDG set pieces removed went straight into the dumpster per Ahern's orders.. He honestly seemed to have had a "hatred" of that image as the first day he came in to the building as GM, his first order in his first meeting was to remove ALL signs of the "works for you" slogan. When the main set was complete, the interview set was painted and wallpapered the next week. The set makeover didn't really take long because most of the lighting remained the same, cameras and camera angles remained the same.. Really, except for the physical appearance of the set and different graphics and music, most everything remained the same.
  9. MONEY. That street side space facing Daley Plaza is very very valuable real estate. The station can bank HUGE subleasing that to a regular store, restaurant, or even another media-related business. They can make many times the amount they would make just renting out their other studio. The other studio has been rented out to various people but nothing to make WBBM bank. For them to remain at the window studio would be a huge financial waste for the station.
  10. I believe the official lease started sometime in late 2007 and the city "agreement" was 10 years.. Management has wanted a new set for a couple years now. For BDI's cost and convenience reasons, they started constructing WBBM's set around the time of WGN's set construction.
  11. From my understanding, WBBM is under obligation by the city to have the streetside studio in "continuous use" until a certain date or point of sublease in which once certain papers are signed or even certain permits pulled, then they can switch over to the new studio. There have been a number of potential leasers. Not sure if one of them is now official. The station saved alot of memorabilia. Alot from the old building was trashed but alot was also packed and stored on an empty floor of their current building that they use for storage.
  12. Working, busy with alot.. I've been lurking here every so often. WGN's and WBBM's current management don't care about things like sets, graphics, music, "flashiness" etc.. Those are the last things on their list. Alot of the same old, same old Chicago station/newsroom management that are stuck in their old ways and thinking people only watch because of talent.. WBBM will only make cosmetic (graphic and music) changed because of corporate orders/mandate. It's a good thing WLS and WFLD got good bosses that came from other markets to finally shake some things up around here. WMAQ is smart for following in their direction too.
  13. It's a very good possibility.. Think of a news set in another major market city. The Chicago station will pay 3 times more for that exact same set to be put up here than it cost in that other city.. Mainly because of Chicago union labor costs. Much of WGN's budget is being dumped into certain talent.. Probably much more than they're really worth. But it's the main reason too why there will be no more WGN news on WGN America. Certain talent would demand much more if they're on nationally, even if it's just a national broadcast of the local Chicago newscasts.
  14. News sets take longer (and also cost almost 3 times the amount) to complete in Chicago than other markets because of union rules.. In Chicago, news sets and the work done in the studios have to be union and follow all the local union rules. It's the main reason why the set design companies can't use their own people for set assembly/construction in Chicago and have to use local labor or go with a local company like Chicago Scenic. The various trades can't work over each other at the same time either. Only one trade at a time can perform work in the space too..
  15. It was 2011 when the morning news moved to the newsroom.. It wasn't the original design for the newsroom set but a lot had to be cut back due to budget reasons at the time.. The original Kevin Alter design can be seen here: http://www.kevinalter.com/portfolio_broadcast_02.html including the 2009 studio set and newsroom design commissioned by WFLD. Corporate management rejected and their only option was the Blyth set-in-a-can.
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