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  1. As I type, the storm that's barely trying to be Tropical Storm Claudette is working it's way to the Louisiana coast.

     

    Probably the worst so far is some pop-up tornadoes that are coming ashore hitting counties in Mississippi and the Louisiana Parishes.

    WLOX has been wall-to-wall for the past hour as some tornadoes have hit Harrison & Hancock Counties.

     

    as for WXXV?  Zip.  Zilch. Nada.  A brief crawl on their program streams.  Not even a cut-in.

     

    Over in New Orleans, all 4 stations have weather warnings up, and every station but WVUE has been up with tornado coverage as one straddled St. Tammany Parish and Hancock County, part of the New Orleans DMA.

     

    I know WXXV is a joke of a station, but this lack of coverage is concerning, especially since they have a fully functioning news department.  I"m sure any other owner but Morris would take this and other severe weather coverage more seriously.

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  2. On 6/7/2021 at 9:13 PM, GoldenShine9 said:

    Apollo and Sinclair also bid up according to the article. It even went past the revised Gray offer, but Meredith stuck with it.

     

    I think those at Meredith stations are breathing a sigh of relief right now. Hedge funds are BAD, and Sinclair is even worse.

    Mobile/Pensacola would have been a deal breaker with WALA.  Sinclair owns the two in Pensacola and staffs the other two Deerfield stations in Mobile.  Unless WJTC was killed off since it's an independent, but still, the market share Sinclair already has would have set off alarm bells with the DOJ.

     

    Standard General probably wanted Meredith since they were heavily invested with LIN/Media General and their original merger with Meredith was dashed by Nexstar's unsolicited offer & hostile takeover.

     

  3. Many of them are about a decade old or longer, and are older FX-group sets. 

    Some have been refreshed (like WDAM with the video array) while others remain largely unchanged (like WLOX with the original duratrans from the original Raycom HD package).

  4. On 6/15/2021 at 8:38 PM, JCB4TV said:

    There's technically one holdout left, KNIN, where Scripps also does the heavy lifting, yet, they use the Revrocket platform unlike to other Raycom stations before Gray.

    They're probably the only RevRocket holdout, since the other stations that used it were the ones divested to Lockwood, who has since implemented standard websites.

  5. On 6/15/2021 at 7:30 PM, froyo49 said:

    From the Daily Beast:

     

     

    So yeah, she know exactly what she was doing. I guess she wanted a head start on her Newsmax/OAN audition, unless she considers them to be corporate media.

    I'll leave it at this.

     

    How much of this is purely for grabbing one's attention versus any actual intention of providing some worthwhile, groundbreaking, original reporting that's going to change the world as we know it?

     

     

    That's why I don't care.  It's this crying fire in a crowded theater is what's wrong with things today.  Just ignore all of these crackpots, and they'll go away, we hope.

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  6. On 6/11/2021 at 11:41 AM, mrschimpf said:

    Already questioned this on Wikipedia; there's no way it would be stuck on a .8 channel where cable providers can reject carriage. It will be on there as a .2 or .3, probably replacing Charge. WJZY/WMYT's map has always been a mess, and that long-term agreement with Capitol to carry SonLife before they sold to Fox certainly didn't help.

    From the looks of things, the channel share with WMYT is greatly in WJZY's favor, with only WMYT's main signal keeping their own PSIP.

     

    I wonder when we'll see a list of affiliates for Rewind TV?

     

    Mobile/Pensacola could be interesting, as no one carries Antenna TV itself.  It had carriage on WPAN-TV (when it was mostly off the air) and may have never seen the light of day.  Which companies' diginets could get the shaft from Nexstar? 

    There's no ION station here, it's always had carriage on WKRG 5.2 and Court TV is on 5.4,  WFNA has Bounce on 55.2  and Grit on 55.4. 

    MeTV is close to the decade mark on WKRG 5.3 and there's also Tegna's True Crime on WFNA 55.3.

     

     

     

  7. 27 minutes ago, DENDude said:

    I don't really care for the music.  With that said--i could care less who is reporting the news as long as it is accurate, and tells me what is happening.  

     

    What is boring about what these two stations are reporting or not reporting??  

    WTHR now has access to more $ and other stations in the event of news emergency's, so that is a positive of having Tegna own the station. 

    Having a network of sister stations is a plus, but the amount of money the Wolfe Family historically spent on the TWO stations is probably close to the money Tegna puts into ALL of their stations, COMBINED.

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  8. I know the "WSB tonight" and others are Cox's doing. 

    But to the average Atlanta viewer, it really looks like WSB is caving into Tegna's Tom-Foolery....despite the obvious gap between the two ratings-wise.

  9. It's been a long while since I've seen an analog TV station on the air, but several weeks ago, I picked up some of the "franken-fm" stations that broadcast on channel 6 and can be picked up on 87.7 FM.  Those are the most affected at this point, it seems.  Most cases, they are essentially programmed as FM stations with a video "slide" that makes them a TV station.  Back in the day, it was the added gift for a full-powered station on Channel 6 to let radio users tune in as well.

     

    Since Low-VHF is the least desirable for DTV of any kind, why not keep channel 6 for analog use?  The dual-nature of the frequencies lining up for radio and TV would make it invaluable for emergency purposes.

  10. Sad and shocking news for sure, only several years after longtime anchor Dave Baird retired.

  11. Another long-time renovation was WEWS back in 1998.  It was part of a studio swap and overall renovation to their station, especially their newsroom.  One of the sets had an open view to their newsroom. The news portion took the larger space while the other studio became home to It's Academic (Academic Challenge) and the Ohio Lottery drawings they produced at the time.

     

    It was pretty seamless, since they were able to re-purpose their existing 1995 set until the new one was finished.  The only noticeable difference was when they did weather cut-ins for severe weather, it was clearly from an office elsewhere in the building.  They were more frequent, since they opted to do wall-to-wall for just thunderstorms back then.  The Novocom graphics started in April and the set debuted in the fall.

  12. 1 hour ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

    Why does this feel like something from Dispatch?

    Hopefully any of it left rubs off on the rest of the group.  Still a travesty how WBNS and WTHR were swallowed up by them.

     

    As for WXIA, yes it is a nice improvement.

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  13. 17 hours ago, Yankees4life said:

    I guess. All WYCC has is FNX. They can easily just shift that over to WTTW

    Makes sense, especially since WTTW bought the station's assets after the spectrum was sold.  This way, there's only one license. 

    If WYCC was still a separate station,  they would have to find another station to share with, correct?

  14. ....and while Sinclair is pushing their OTA "Stack", they're readying an attempt to create a streaming service for their RSNs...

    https://nypost.com/2021/06/10/sinclair-raising-250m-for-new-sports-streaming-service-sources/

     

    The cost is projected to be $23/month for a viewer to watch a team in their own territory, and possibly a way to watch out-of-market teams for a little more $$$ down the road.

     

    Bring it on, it it's going to help kill the bundle and stop the runaway bills thanks to sports. 

  15. 1 hour ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

     

    They are.

     

    Tell that to KDVR|KWGN. They use one package across two stations because the Art Director can't manage two packages (and he was the art director for Fox Television Networks). The epitome of laziness.

     

    Yeah, KWGN is a hot mess with the same package as KDVR. 

    Agreed that the Nexstar FOX look is a major downgrade on all of the former Tribune stations, so hopefully stations like WJW and WGHP never get it.

     

    And seeing what's coming out of Little Rock is why the FCC put a stop to having one company control FOUR stations in one market.  Little Rock and Mobile/Pensacola got lucky.  Other deals have had to get creative with sub-channels and low-powered stations to pull it off.

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  16. 45 minutes ago, ColtFromGulfcoast said:

    I thought Valdosta was Jax. Unless I'm thinking of Waycross. Both share a PBS signal, so. 

    Waycross is Jacksonville, the Tallahassee/Thomasville DMA reaches all the way to Clinch County, GA.  It's oriented more eastward with Tallahassee on the western part. 

    Time zones perhaps?  West of the market is Central Time. 

     

  17. Given the area, there's been so much churn with Gray & Raycom, at least now the dust has settled.

    With Gray dumping their flagship WALB to Liberty, to Raycom, displacing WFXL to Barrington....and back again to Gray displacing WSWG to Marquee.

    Tallahassee too, since WCTV's sale to Gray forced the sale of WALB under the old contour rule, and later Raycom's WTXL being sold to Scripps because of the GrayCom merger...

     

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  18. Moving the COL of WSWG to Moultrie actually assigns it to a city that's in the Albany market.  Valdosta is located in the Tallahassee - Thomasville market, the station itself used to be a semi-satellite of Tallahassee's WCTV (licensed to Thomasville) until it was spun off to Marquee in the Gray-Raycom merger.

  19. 8 hours ago, Adam MadMan said:

    Sinclair is giving a big push for its diginets Comet, Charge, and TBD, and apparently it's been doing well for them.

     

    The same article suggests that Stirr is being used as a testing ground for future diginets.

    It also said that Sinclair now totally controls Comet and Charge, and that MGM looks to be out of the picture, especially with their impending sale to Amazon.

     

    Jukin Media has operated TBD for a while now. I still don't see why TBD is an over the air broadcast diginet.  If anything it should be exclusively OTT.  

     

    They also didn't mention anything about Stadium, so it's hard to tell where it sits in Sinclair's plans especially now with the Bally's RSN venture.   If anything it should be used as a tool to lure viewers into the RSNs and make them available DTC to the non-cable customers.

  20. On 6/2/2021 at 9:46 PM, TennTV1983 said:

    WALA-TV (prior to 2002 when they moved to their current facility near Hank Aaron Stadium in West Mobile) had operated from a 2-story building downtown on Government Street (across from Mobile Government Plaza) for several decades. It has since been renovated into office space for an engineering firm; however, a historical marker was placed on the Joachim Street side a few years ago recognizing the station's history at that location.

     

    https://www.google.com/maps/@30.6895551,-88.0432453,3a,15y,52.77h,86.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgziGPCblN-WW8YwKwN__GA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

    Parts of that particular building predate WALA-TV, going all the way back to the early 20th Century.   After WALA moved out to a purpose-built building near the I-10/I-65 junction in 2002, the building remained largely vacant until Springhill Medical Center opened a clinic in part of it.  Hargrove Engineering purchased the building to move part of their operations to, and added a balcony to the portion facing Government Street. 

     

    Ironically, WPMI-TV used the balcony to broadcast Mardi Gras parades from during Carnival Season, much like WALA was able to do when it was their station!  This forced WALA to set up shop across the street at the Admiral Semmes Hotel.

     

    As for the rest of the market:

     

    WEAR has always been on Mobile Highway (US-90) in Pensacola.  They built their current building in 1994 behind their original one on the property and later demolished their original station.  WFGX later moved in with them from Fort Walton Beach, and now, the station also hosts the master control operations for both WPMI and WJTC over in Mobile.  They also do weather forecasts for WTWC in Tallahassee, since they are another KDNL-like station with no news at all.

     

    WKRG has their station at the intersection of Broadcast Drive and Television Avenue near the Bel Air Mall, which WKRG owner Kenneth R. Giddens had a part in developing as well.  Broadcast Drive was re-named in honor of Mel Showers, the longtime anchor who retired in 2019 after 50 years at the station.  It opened in 1982 with the TV station on the first floor and the WKRG radio stations on the upper levels, all owned by the Giddens family.  Their original station was on St. Louis Street in Downtown Mobile and was demolished years ago.

    After Kenneth Giddens' death in 1993, the radio stations were sold off, eventually ending up under Clear Channel, who owned WPMI and managed WJTC at the time.  Spartan ended up buying WKRG-TV, and Media General bought them soon after.  They gained WFNA in the LIN/Media General merger, after WALA was sold off to Meredith.

     

    WPMI began in 1982 as the very first independent station in the state of Alabama, and later was a charter affiliate of FOX.  Their original facility (which still stands) is in Robertsdale, Alabama on a county road roughly halfway between Mobile and Pensacola.  They later moved their facilities to an apartment building complex in downtown Mobile.  Clear Channel bought WPMI in 1989, their very first television station.  They then acquired the non-license assets of WJTC based in Pensacola, and moved their operations in with WPMI.  Prior to their switch to NBC, they moved their operations to Azalea Road (their current home) which was a former racquetball facility.  One of the courts is their main news studio.  Still, the radio stations that Clear Channel would buy later remained over at WKRG's building, and remain there to this day under iHeartMedia.   WPMI/WJTC would later sell out to Newport Television, and then Deerfield Media (Sinclair).

     

    Interesting sidenote with the WKRG radio stations:

     

    Both WKRG AM  (710) and FM (99.9) shed the WKRG call letters after being sold by Giddens.  The FM became WKRD for a short while before settling in with WMXC, which is still in use today.

    WKRG-AM became WNTM, and between 2004-07 became WPMI-AM because of their shared ownership with Clear Channel.  After the TV sale (and ensuing partnership between Clear Channel and WKRG-TV), AM 710 became WNTM again.  The partnership lasted a decade before Sinclair entered into another with iHeartMedia, essentially reuniting WPMI with their former radio stations, all while they are still based in WKRG's building!  On the flipside was the Cumulus stations, which WPMI gained a partnership with, and later WKRG after the ClearChannel/iHeart agreement ended.

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  21. I have to wonder if WJTV watering down their newscasts to serve Hattiesburg and WHLT is having any effect.  Gray & Raycom having WDAM and WLBT as both dominant stations in their markets basically sets up the situation to begin with.

     

    WJTV has had a lot of turnover especially after Nexstar got them.  Some of which left for rival stations in the market (with behind the camera personnel).  At least Bert Case got a little more screen time on WAPT after he "retired" from WLBT.

     

    Set-wise, although WJTV got upgraded several years ago, it's been though the wringer with their messy transition from old to new branding.  When they did the governor debates a few years ago, they had to kick out the newscasts for a few days to reconfigure the set for it.... Likely for a lack of studio space to begin with?

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