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Everything posted by 24994J

  1. I was gonna say. If only there was a place, perhaps archived in the digital world, where all those videos would be compiled for later viewing. Oh well, I guess technology isn't there, yet. (https://abc7ny.com/careers/celebrating-eyewitness-news-anchor-diana-williams/5534500/)
  2. Of course it's a one-off...at least for now. Outside of the summer game show slate this Sunday night and the aforementioned Bachelor show, the only notable programming on ABC in the next week is the premiere of Dancing with the Stars this Monday. Most of the the rest of the fall shows debut the following week. I'm pretty sure that it won't last more than a week, but with the blackout expected to start this Friday night/Saturday morning, that Tuesday would only be day 4 of such an interruption. We'll see what happens for any remaining games after this, if this continues.
  3. Okay, follow me here, for a sec. By obtaining the CW, there was no more room for WLS newscasts on WCIU. The relationship between WGN and the CW soured because of sports pre-emptions. Consider all those things together, then throw out all logic, because ABC 7 is moving next Tuesday night's Cubs game (one of their last) to WCIU, knocking out whatever they're running that night. ABC 7 claims it's so they can air the Bachelor in Paradise finale, but I call bullshit. This surely has everything to do with their looming blackout on AT&T/DirecTV. This will be WCIU's first baseball broadcast in about 5 years, when WGN moved their overflow broadcasts from The U to My50. https://abc7chicago.com/sports/program-note-cubs-game-on-sept-17-to-air-on-cw26-bachelor-in-paradise-to-air-on-abc7/5534784/
  4. In addition to those moves, Dana Koslov and Megan Hickey get promotions. https://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2019/09/11/cbs-owned-channel-2-moves-ryan-baker-from-sports.html
  5. 24994J

    Out & About

    Wait, what? Refresher, please.
  6. No reason why Megan wouldn't be. Matt Zahn has an online bio, so he's apparently in good position to succeed her. I'd imagine they'll look outside for a new 3rd, not a new lead.
  7. I'm not necessarily against this. Baker appeared to be a competent newsreader when he filled in over the summer, and exudes infinitely more personality than Mike Puccinelli. Mike's a pro's pro reporter, but bland as hell on the desk. If I were to guess, Audrina's new role will likely set her up as a CBSN Chicago anchor, post-morning show. As for the new traffic anchor, she came from California, and it looks like she's already enjoying her time here.
  8. NBC throwing it back, and MNF removing the unnecessary side performers and rap breaks.
  9. My God, this needs to come together for the primetime special next week.
  10. Who's your provider? My screen was shrunk down for the better part of an hour, as if the ticker was ready to appear, but it never did on my AT&T feed.
  11. It's not yellow, it's VENOM.
  12. I'm not about to say I love it, but I'm glad they blew it all up, and redesigned. The green will be the major gripe, but I actually don't mind it. While the scoreboard maintains the same template, I'm thrilled they cleaned up the mess of italics from the last few years. The fonts are a bit messy, but I can live with them. My biggest complaint is rhe use of that awful wide font to display the score, so poorly proportioned. That should be reserved for special graphics and the show logo, only. I still like it more than CBS.
  13. Seeing the Instagram stories from both Joe and Audrey, it appears to be a newscast. They may do some segments here and there that don't pass the smell test, I don't know, but that doesn't seem to be the main purpose. The open bills it as a newscast/news production. https://instagram.com/stories/joetoohey/2129286281652379769?igshid=14vjv7qkn5zaz
  14. Forget sets, graphics, or even the play on the field. The only big thing that really matters. All is right with the world.
  15. Hell hath frozen over. The weekend teams have promos! The evening crew shot theirs today, while the weekend anchors have had one airing for more than week, though that might be redone once Greg Sutra starts at the end of the month.
  16. I'd be surprised if the CBSN look rolled out to the OTA newscasts with no modifcations or differences. Whether it's more thorough opens, a different bug with the station logo, or different lower thirds, what's used for the cable-like CBSN might not work as well for the traditional local format. The best comparison I can think of is how WGN and CLTV have differentiated their looks over the last decade, while sharing fonts, color schemes, and basic design elements.
  17. Okay, so the station's CS department was on a posting spree today. In addition to this September programming promo (and other videos on the account), we have this promo for the 10pm news. It looks nothing like anything else they run, which I like, but I wonder if there's any deeper motive to the random addition of Julie Unruh in the final seconds, sandwiched right between Roan and Skilling. Is her long-term fill-in status at 4 launching her to a more permanent position?
  18. The last few minutes of a WFLD Chicago Newsbreak, 1970. How low budget was their operation then? The logo is hanging on a wire in front of the backdrop current, dangling and bobbing with every draft and breeze.
  19. 24994J

    Out & About

    "...To Another Channel!"
  20. Being updated through the show 'Chicago Today' just launched, and it's very...simple. They're hosting the show from a video wall nook that I swear looks familiar, but is definiteky not the news set. No desk, no stools, no audience, no on-screen logos, and very minimal use of lower thirds. The first block was a recorded segment, but after the first break, a presumably live interview was done on a separate interview set. It looks nice. The third segment is another prerecorded piece from a sunflower farm in the far western suburbs. I like it, because the vibe I was initially getting is that these hosts have never been west of the Tri-State (or out of downtown), but their whole selling point was that you'll be popular on Instagram, taking pics at the farm. If you played the "Instagram" drinking game, I'm sorry, but you're now dead. Segment 4 us a follow-up with Miss Illinois, after the interview with her earlier. Some B.S. in the outdoor plaza about kids being creative through art or something. I'm not sure the male host has ever been around children, likes children, or even was one.
  21. New sports ticker on NBC. It fits the template of NBCSN (& ESPN), and replaces the SNF-exclusive look for the last year-plus.
  22. NBC5 and Telemundo are both broadcasting their entire afternoon newscasts from the NFL experience at Grant Park, ahead of tonight's 100th anniversary Bears season opener, except when they threw to a reporter in-studio to read the other headlines. Most of it is going well, but the chroma key they set up for weather failed when a canopy or something cast a shadow on it.
  23. To be fair to everyone, that information has been a more recent update to the initial publication. It was not that specific earlier.
  24. Good Lord, quit while you're ahead. This discussion stops now. If he was dealing with someone who was lying about they're age, then that's for the court system to sort out, but otherwise, just stop. If they look like they could be that young, then you should probably just stay away. Period. Consider this a warning for everyone. We're not going to try and rationalize this.
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