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LoadStar

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  1. I suspect that just means that the content that was linked to was only temporary content, not static content. Edit: for example, here's the "Assignment of License" for WITI from WITI License, LLC to Fox Television Stations, LLC: https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=1814466 (I think that link won't expire, but I can't be 100%) It shows that it was granted on 1/21, but not yet consummated.
  2. So far, FOX broadcasts wildly outclass ESPN (including ABC) broadcasts. FOX broadcasts feel like everything you expect of a professional football broadcast. By comparison, it almost seems like ESPN has forgotten everything about how to do this. (Either that, or they've decided that "meh, this is XFL, we don't give a..." and they just decided to wing it.)
  3. So, a year plus since the launch of Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin. I dropped back in on it a couple of times over the last couple of days, and I'm still struggling to figure out why Spectrum is, to be honest, wasting their money on this. In terms of news - little if any actual hard news. Of the actual packages I saw, a were all very light news: - a story on the testing the voting machines in Madison (which happens literally every time there's an election) - a story on the PBA's commissioner and how he originates from the area - a story on an organization assisting minority entrepreneurs - what to buy in February - a winter trip to Door County - a person whose collection of pinball machines turned into a business The hardest news package was something on vaping, which isn't exactly news anymore, or local. They also repeat stuff way too much. Part of that is the "headline news" format, but even still, I noticed the voting machine package repeated as the top story every half hour. The list of stories above is misleading - that was over two separate viewings on two separate days. If you watch continuously, you might only see about 4 packages total, repeated over and over. In fact, the station repeats itself so much, I couldn't quite tell if the entire station was pre-taped or not. Also, their weather segments are clearly and obviously taped; the :01, :11, and :21 segments replay at :31, :41, and :51, and then recycle themselves continuously. Still no sports segment at all; not even a brief score rundown. Don't get how you can have news without even a brief mention of sports headlines or a sports scoreboard, particularly in a heavily sports focused state like Wisconsin. The station is, frankly, a waste. Are all Spectrum News 1 stations like this?
  4. Hey now. That's crazy talk.
  5. To me, the AAF felt like a brokered program produced by the AAF, rather than something legitimately being covered by their broadcast partners. There was an infomercial "sheen" to everything with the AAF. In contrast, the XFL feels like a typical FOX Sports or (to a somewhat lesser degree) ESPN broadcast.
  6. Wow. That's almost WJZ level of ugly.
  7. The only problem I had with any of the graphics was the attempt to use a typeface that approximates the team logo, especially when one was incredibly bland (Chiefs) and one was garishly ugly (49ers). (That's not a statement on the teams, just their logo typeface.) Other than that, I didn't really have a problem with anything else. I was actually amused by the video game like animation when there was a score increase - I liked that. I didn't even have a problem with the large touchdown graphic. Everything seemed clean and well integrated, other than the team logo typeface thing as mentioned before. It also had more visual interest than the clean but somewhat boring flat look FOX Sports graphics they normally use.
  8. Not completely outlandish, no. Only ALMOST completely outlandish.
  9. It's always been a 6:30 pm CT show here on WTMJ, ever since it replaced Wisconsin Tonight. And yes, it continues to be broadcast in Milwaukee.
  10. Yes, my apologies at leaving that out. I thought context in the thread (and the thread topic) would have clarified that.
  11. I know the news reports said "first half of 2020," - any update on when they expect to close the sale?
  12. WISN had a ticker notice on last night's 5:30 news. Annoyingly, they used the beep alerts that usually signify severe weather. Granted, this isn't severe weather season, but it still grabbed my attention. I sort of think the beeping should be reserved for severe weather, sort of like how the EAS alert tones can't be used for anything else but EAS.
  13. I don't think I would describe 620 as a conservative talk radio station. I mean, I get it, their two daytime hosts are talkers that lean conservative, but mornings and afternoons are news, and evenings were sports. (Now? I don't know what "WTMJ Nights" is even supposed to be. I don't know that they do either. But that's a change that happened after being bought from Scripps.)
  14. I actually like the package WITI has currently, but it looks like if they wanted, they could slot in the O&O package pretty easily once the sale is finalized.
  15. Not related to the graphics at all... but I just have to laugh at the idea of temps in the 50s and 60s requiring "boots and heavier coats," not to mention space heaters "to stay warm." Sorry for the slight tangent.
  16. Not much of a scandal, IMO. "News organization declines to move ahead with story until properly sourced." Not exactly a headline that will rock anyone's world.
  17. LOL! I was pretty much dead-on with my guesses! Looks like they refinished the floor and replaced the duratrans in the backdrop to match the new graphics package. The only really new piece is the curved display at home base.
  18. Just to be clear, my post about the graphics was also speculation. It could be something entirely boring like refinishing the floor or just getting new light instruments.
  19. I kind of doubt it would be a full new set. If it is anything at all, it could be an adjustment to lighting and duratrans to match a new graphics package. But, just a total guess. (The morning news set is even older, because they were in that set when they were building studio A.)
  20. If I might be so bold as to suggest that all the Tribune stations have had their IDs and/or website copyright changed, or will do so imminently. Further, the IDs and/or copyrights aren't going to vary terribly much. I'm not sure it's necessary to check in with every station that changes it. Just my $0.02.
  21. Just call it The Crew... they could even just photoshop some old The Chew promo material then.
  22. I suspect, lacking any concrete information one way or another, that they'll continue to operate as if they were owned by Fox for the immediate future. There's just too much integration between the RSNs and Fox Sports. Obviously secondary programming is a big one, but internet services are another. The RSNs have no standalone apps and no separate website. All of that would have to be built out from scratch. Didn't the RSNs periodically provide production services for Fox Sports, if all the Fox Sports trucks were tied up, or involved in something that prevented them from reaching a site on time?
  23. Never mind. I was going to keep this going, but it's pointless.
  24. There is absolutely nothing in either of those clauses that talks about a requirement to retain the Fox Sports name, nor a duration of three years.
  25. Ok, we apparently talking in circles here. Let me take one more attempt to clarify. What specific part or parts of section 3.09 caused you to conclude that they "will have to use the Fox Sports name" for three years?
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