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  1. Wtmj radio had absolutely 0 percent influence on tmj4, Scripps had so little interest in running radio stations that the radio VP for Scripps at the time basically begged Scripps into selling the radio stations. It’s no secret that the mostly veteran staff at wtmj was highly paid and for many when renewal time came a Scripps contract would never come close to a Journal contract. Scripps is hiring 22 year old mmj’s even in its largest markets that are making less than photojournalists that have been at the station for 30-35 years. Many times managers will cook up some bad performance reviews if they want to push out or demoted staffers. If the company sent out fraudulent documents to the EEOC that is obviously very concerning. Scripps has people in corporate that basically help the local stations in hiring and retaining people. With Cincy having such a large role in decision making at the local level if there is any wrong doing, it’s going to be difficult for Scripps to blame it all on a rogue staffer or two.
  2. Update to this, sounds like it's a done deal and ESPN and WTMJ radio are leaving for space in DT Milwaukee (I've heard the former Grand Avenue Mall an area that seen a total transformation in the last few years). This follows the news that another former Journal Communications property, the Journal-Sentinel is leaving its long time building and leasing a couple of floors in nondescript office building, it use to be a big deal to have the newspapers or TV/radio station name on top of its building.
  3. The stations only really target the areas were there based. WICS does well in Springfield, WAND in the central part in the market and WCIA in the eastern. The Springfield market plays much smaller than its ranking. 77? Eat News is right; it's going be very difficult Crain to find another Meteorologist job especially in that market. No GM/ND would want to take the risk of him bashing their station onair.
  4. The FCC forcing Sinclair to sell stations/lose licenses would seem out the question. What is far more likely is that Sinclair would get something that would amount to a slap on the wrist and some rule changes that would affect everyone. But any hearings will make good theater.
  5. WTVF has seen some high turnover under Scripps, WTVF had been the dominant station but I think we will see a prolonged period where WKRN and WSMV inch ever closer to WTVF.
  6. Was that the time period when CBS still owned WFRV and did they use Enforcer? If WFRV was using the theme I could see claiming exclusivity, Milwaukee and Green Bay has a significant market overlap from a ratings perspective.
  7. It’s difficult to tell what we are seeing here with so little context, but I think it’s safe to assume this is not total monthly ratings. Likely, this a very specific demo that would look bad to almost any station.
  8. Thats surprising if they would now claim exclusively to neighboring markets especially when the availability to get out of market or neighboring stations is dwindling. I could see them making the case if Kenosha county was in the Chicago DMA or if WDJT was available on cable to areas in the Chicago market (which to mine understanding is very few if any).
  9. What happens when you go to a double box is that you pissing off the people that want to watch the game with a bunch of "weather junk" and you make the people that need the weather info mad because all the maps are to small to read, so no one is happy. There were 4 other tv stations giving out the same weather information, sometimes the right programming strategy is not to break into programming and just run weather ticker on the bottom of the screen.
  10. When WLS first broke in was for a TOR warning in Livingston County which is not in the Chicago DMA, I don't believe any Chicago market counties had Tornado warnings that night. Some Chicago stations likely have a small number of viewers in Livingston County so that's probably why some stations broke into programming while others did not. I'm surprised WLS went into full coverage. I would guess most viewers would be watching the local stations, but the markets to the west and south of Chicago are very small so the severe weather coverage likely isn't all that great.
  11. I don't exactly know what Tribune was getting for retrans fees but as an example of some other companies I've seen they would be getting around 30 cents per subscriber monthly for WPIX, KDAF, WGN while stations like WHO, WITI, WGNO would get about 2 dollars per sub. Tribune was late to the retrans game, getting really into it when they purchased Local TV, Tribune has had some of lowest rates in the industry, that's why Tribune always was facing blackouts on pay tv providers. After the sale is complete the stations that are going to Nexstar will be using Nexstars rate card within 30 days of closing. I'm not sure if Scripps can do any better with retrans fees for WPIX. the few CW affiliates Scripps owns just mostly pass network and syndicated programming. I imagine Scripps is hoping the FCC relaxes ownership rules and sell WPIX back for more than what they paid for.
  12. I know there is a lot of Milwaukee people here but I don't know if this is a interest to alot. This is a article from probably the 1950's about WTMJ's color programming and studios. WTMJ was one of the first stations to produce/air programs in color https://visions4netjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/journal/WTMJ-TV-PDF-part-one.pdf On page 52 you can see the buildings floor plan from the 50's, there were 2 additions both on the west side of the building or to the left of the picture since then. Some of Studio A is now the weather center, studio C is now studios for radio and everything to the right of that is for radio except for studio D. Parts of studio B was one time used for PAX 55. And here is tour of the Journal Newspaper building in downtown and Radio City Building from the same time period. https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Station-Promos/Milwaukee-Journal-WTMJ-Tour.pdf
  13. I don't know how it is for Tribune or Nexstar but for most companies retrans fees are a lot lower for CW affiliates than for a "big 4". Usually its a set price for "Big 4" then a lower set price for CW's, My Net's and independents. One broadcaster that I've seen is getting at least 7 times as much for retrans for its big 4 networks than for its CW affiliates. Nexstar was estimating that they would get a billion for all of the spinoffs. So far they're at 1.3 billion and they still have to sell off stations in Indianapolis. Maybe Apollo thought it wasn't worth buying anything at that price point?
  14. Plus the 15 million dollars for WVIR, Waterman is getting $46 million in the spectrum auction to move to RF 2. The low-vhf band is useless for digital. I can see Gray using the low power station to rebroadcast WVIR.
  15. This is one of the last radio/tv shows that aired from the auditorium. No TV station could air something like this anymore.
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