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  1. The comic strip Doonesbury made fun of this all the way back on Sept. 20, 2015: https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2015/09/20
  2. *shrug* Frankly, I've seen worse on many of the small-market stations I've seen. She seems to have fairly decent presentation skills, although her pronunciation is a little odd, almost like she's trying to cover up an accent, and to me makes her sound a bit like she has oversized dentures on. That's something she could work on over time with a dialect coach, if she wanted.
  3. I'm so used to thinking of Sky as a News Corporation company... I had forgotten that Comcast bought them out entirely.
  4. Very niche item, but not sure where else to ask... does anyone know if "Wisconsin's Morning News" co-host Jane Matanaer also quietly exited the station at the same time? No longer listed on the show page, and her bio page redirects to Debbie Lazaga's page. Eric Bilstad seems to be filling Jane's role on the show.
  5. Today was Gene Mueller's last day on Wisconsin's Morning News on WTMJ-AM. On Monday, Vince Vitrano will move over from WTMJ-TV where until today he served as weekday morning anchor. (WTMJ-TV and AM are presently broadcasting from the same building on Milwaukee's north side, but are now separately owned. TV is owned by Scripps while AM is owned by Good Karma Broadcasting.)
  6. Feels like some consultant saw viewer data that some viewed the FOX brand negatively, and as a result wanted to come up with a "FOX-free" news branding.
  7. You're right, you HAVE been aggressively and excessively negative on NewsNation since before it premiered. Which makes one wonder if there is some ulterior motivation behind your vitriolic rants in this thread. Whatever, your contributions in this thread have reached near parodic levels at this point.... suggesting that one singular program is literally the only program that could "save" the nascent news network is beyond ridiculous.
  8. This just all seems like a worse idea than AFL was. Agreed. The XFL was starting to find its legs... games were actually reasonably entertaining to watch (if not quite at an NFL level), and teams were managing to build an actual fan base. COVID screwed them bigtime. I can't see anyone caring about a made-for-and-by-TV league with all games played in Birmingham.
  9. WTMJ-TV's Vince Vitrano (Weekday AM anchor) will be going down the hall to WTMJ-AM to replace Gene Mueller as co-host of "Wisconsin's Morning News." https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/vince-vitrano-move WTMJ-TV and WTMJ-AM were previously co-owned by Journal Communications. WTMJ-TV is now owned by Scripps, while WTMJ-AM is owned by Good Karma Brands. Both are presently co-housed at "Radio City" on Capitol Drive in Milwaukee, but AM will be moving out mid-2022 to a new studio being built in downtown Milwaukee.
  10. As far as I know, they intend to bring back XFL as well. Duane Johnson bought the rights for practically nothing. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/xfl-owner-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-reveals-when-the-league-will-be-making-its-return/
  11. Gene Mueller, the main host/anchor of the "Wisconsin Morning News" news/information show on Good Karma Broadcasting's WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee, today announced he would be retiring from the radio early next year. Mueller has been a fixture on the radio in Milwaukee. Before joining WTMJ-AM in 2007, he was the co-host of the "Reitman and Mueller" morning show on what was then CHR-formatted 94.5 FM WKTI. He has been on the Milwaukee radio scene continuously since 1981, and has been in the radio industry for 44 years. Longtime Milwaukee radio personality Gene Mueller to retire from WTMJ-AM - Milwaukee Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
  12. WTMJ in Milwaukee broadcasts from what is referred to as "Radio City." It's a building that was one of the first purpose-built facilities for broadcasting both radio and television, and features some pretty cool vintage art deco design in the lobby. The center of the building used to hold a 350-seat auditorium, which was primarily used for live radio shows back in the day. The auditorium was split into multiple other rooms back in the 80s. (I think, but I'm not 100%, that one of the last shows to be broadcast from there on WTMJ-TV was a comedy variety show, hosted by WKTI-FM's morning show hosts "Reitman and Mueller.") Urban Spelunking: WTMJ's Radio City (onmilwaukee.com) Here are some photos of the building from back in the day: The Radio Historian's WTMJ Photos
  13. This is one of those times when they probably should have tried to come up with a new corporate name that doesn't integrate either of the two merging companies (for example, "Stellantis" for the FCA/PSA merger). Trying to combine "Discovery" and any form of "Warner," "Warner Brothers," or "Warner Media" just doesn't sound right.
  14. Looks to be mostly WarnerMedia. AT&T shareholders will own 71% of the company, while Discovery will own 29%. AT&T will appoint 7 board members, while Discovery will appoint 6. That said, Discovery CEO David Zaslav will run the new company.
  15. I understood the Discovery/Scripps Networks Interactive merger, because there was strong affinity between their families of networks. In contrast, there's really no affinity between WarnerMedia and Discovery, and as a result, I'm a little puzzled by this. The only reason I see that AT&T is approaching Discovery with this deal is because both Disney and Comcast would have anti-trust issues to deal with, and there really isn't too many other companies left, other than Discovery.
  16. Any bets that they try to get Brian Anderson to replace him? It seems he’s already their number two guy.
  17. Guess this is the best thread for it... unless I'm wrong, it looks like for the coverage of the Derek Chauvin verdict, Spectrum News 1 has a national feed going out on the regional news channels. First time I've seen them do live national coverage. Definitely a little unusual compared to the very soft news that they typically have on Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin.
  18. NewsNation snags Adrienne Bankert from ABC: https://deadline.com/2021/04/former-abc-news-correspondent-adrienne-bankert-joins-newsnation-1234740011/
  19. I still run into people that think FOX and/or FOX News are owned by Disney. They heard about Disney buying 20th Century, and didn't realize that the purchase excluded FOX and FOX News.
  20. I'm actually a little surprised that anyone will be doing anything from Japan. I figured with the pandemic and the restriction on foreign spectators that everyone would be remote, and leaning on OBS for the actual coverage of events. About the only benefit to having a local set is having athletes drop in for interviews, and I wonder if they'll even be able to do that under COVID protocols.
  21. It should be fairly easy for them to just program in a slight vertical squeeze, a vertical shift up, or a combination of both for the Bally Sports feeds to get them to fit in above the ticker. They'll fix it, they probably just didn't get a heads-up on the graphics redesign to know that they'd have to do that.
  22. Correct, this is the "Brewers Live" (pregame/postgame) team of Craig Coshun on the left, and Tim Dillard (new to the team) on the right.
  23. I turned on WMYX briefly on the way home, and heard a spot advertising their app. Except... here's the problem. The whole time, it sounded like they were saying "Download the Odyssey app." No one but industry people are going to know it's spelled Audacy, and as a result, no one is going to be able to find the friggin' app in the App Store. I get it, they probably figured that radio is a dated technology, and therefore "Radio.com" was a dated branding. Fine, even though I'd argue that they ARE a radio broadcaster and that Radio.com is a great brand for a radio broadcaster. In any case, I still think using a brand with a unique spelling, but that is a homophone for a common word in the English language... every day people are only going to think of the spelling of the common word in the English language, not their unique "clever" brand.
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