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  1. There’s also the issue of what graphics systems are used at the station level, and whether the group-standardized graphics have to be customized to support the station’s existing system.
  2. *ba-da-bum* Seriously though, Yom Kippur is the holiday in question.
  3. As far as NBC goes, through its control of the Victoria, TX market, MMM currently has one station affiliated with the network, KMOL-LD, which is one of only two Big Four stations in its portfolio (along with Victoria’s CBS affiliate, KXTS-LD) that doesn’t air local news in any capacity. (In fact, even to this day, neither KMOL nor KXTS carries news simulcasts from parent station KAVU, unlike the local news setups in several other markets where one company operates two or all three Big Three stations like Lima and St. Joseph.)
  4. Basically, that scheduling of Live… goes back to the final years of WJAR’s tenure as an NBC O&O, predating the launch of the fourth hour of Today, and possibly even tracing to the launch of the third hour (if not that of the short-lived predecessor Later Today).
  5. According to the Post-Dispatch article, KSDK previously used “5 On Your Side Weather” as its weather branding.
  6. An interesting tidbit from the linked article: “In 2006, Gray Media Group’s predecessor, Raycom Media Inc. registered a trademark for the phrase First Alert Weather.” The branding does predate Raycom’s trademarking of it, as many stations have used the “First Alert” brand dating to the late 1990s (e.g., KOCO has been using the brand since it adopted the Eyewitness News 5 moniker and second-generation Hearst “camera” graphics in 1998). This isn’t the first lawsuit between competing stations over a brand: in May 1990, as the format was being rolled out across the country, KOCO (then owned by Gannett) sued KFOR (then owned by Palmer Communications) over their use of the “24-Hour News Source” slogan; KOCO claimed it had held the exclusive rights to the moniker for the Oklahoma City market since 1980. Both KFOR (which adopted the “4 Strong” brand—itself a ripoff of KOCO’s then-longtime “5 Alive” brand—in April 1990, and “Your 24-Hour News and Information Station” slogan about three weeks later) and KOCO (which used the generic “24-Hour News Source” brand) began running hourly news updates and expanded their broadcast days to 24 hours (KOCO on weekdays only, KFOR seven days a week) only a couple of weeks before the suit was filed. While not much is known if they settled, by that Fall, KFOR changed its slogan to “Where the News Comes First, 24 Hours a Day” (Des Moines sister WHO would adopt that same slogan two years later), and KOCO discontinued hourly news updates and cut its overnight programming (which included a news block featuring content from its Gannett sister stations and programming from All News Channel, which bounced between each of Oklahoma City’s Big Three stations during its existence) soon after. (It wouldn’t revert to 24-hour programming until 1994, when it finally picked up World News Now, and began airing classic movies and Westerns on weekends.)
  7. Several CBS stations—most of them O&Os (e.g., WCBS, KCBS, WFOR, KDKA, WBBM), but also about a dozen affiliates (e.g., KOIN, WKMG, WANF [then WGCL], WANE, WCSC)—actually ran Guiding Light in the 10:00/9:00 a.m. hour during the last few years of its run, with LMAD inheriting GL’s alternate timeslots.
  8. With the GrayONE rollout, KSLA has updated its logo, keeping elements of the basic design it has used since Ellis ownership, with the “KSLA NEWS” typeface similar in style to the updated WLBT logo.
  9. To quote one Waldo Geraldo Faldo, “no prob, Bob.”
  10. Actually, there’s another reason; from Variety: Meaning that there’s a risk that WGA writers working for syndicated shows may cost themselves (and their fellow crew members) their existing jobs if the shows can’t fulfill their contracts. It’s important that the writers get a fair deal, but there are other crew members working with them that are being impacted by the strike. That fear of losing their jobs is expressed by several staffers of struck talk shows also interviewed anonymously in the cited Variety article: Making things more complicated: If it’s not cited in the current agreement, forcing shows to continue their production hiatuses when they may not be required to risks creating a wedge between the WGA members and their colleagues on their struck shows since said colleagues have to resume work at some point. (Several daytime shows resumed production during the 2007-08 WGA strike, though The Ellen DeGeneres Show—which had a larger writing staff due to its monologue and comedy segments—received the most heat from striking writers for its resumption.) There are people stuck in the middle with no way out, other than take jobs outside of the industry. By the time the studios and writers do reach a deal (which at this rate, might not happen before the end of the year, don’t quote me on that, since the studios are just waiting out the writers basically rather than submit a satisfactory deal), the syndication business may not be the same. (Fox Television Stations programming EVP Frank Cicha said in the article, “More repeats would just be a quicker death march for syndication. […] It’s a critical time, and if there’s not a way to do original programming, then you can see the end of national syndication.”) That means, we may see stations glutting their lineups with even more news.
  11. Space City Home Network doesn’t exactly convey a place to watch sports. The name’s giving… local version of HGTV. At least rename it Space City SportsNet to drive home that the network is still the home of the Astros, the Rockets and other local teams.
  12. Regarding the WLBT logo, I noticed the arm of the “3” was shortened to match the weight of the callsign font. Ironically, the revised design otherwise is closer to the original 1985–2009 layout (the version used with the standardized Raycom/Gray packages from 2009 until the GrayONE debut had the middle leg extending slightly closer to the top of the “3”’s open loop). The WIS logo is decent; the kerning of the call letters could have been spaced a little closer than it is, and the “I” and “S” made a bit thicker, so it fully matches the weight of the “W” (it can be hard to tell if the weights of all three letters match in certain depictions).
  13. The NBC chimes aren’t really a problem, they were synced OK with the start of the cut… granted, if the timing of each chime was spaced a little bit, it would mesh better. However, the theme wasn’t recut very well; for some reason, they also used that recut in the tease (you can hear it start over from the beginning during the weather tease).
  14. Uh, actually… Storm of Suspicion (which is a Weather Channel original; to summarize, it’s a true crime show dealing with forensic meteorology and how weather factors into the profiled cases) has been in syndication for a couple of years now. Disney Media Distribution, which also syndicates The Good Doctor (due to it being an ABC Signature co-production), did this when Castle was still available in weekend syndication. They switched to this exact airing format c. 2017-18. I’m guessing that since CBS has a content deal with The Weather Channel, and their plan to have the @midnight reboot replace The Late Late Show got stalled by the Writer’s Strike, someone in the network’s programming department thought, "I know of a great show we can put on at 12:35, instead of rerunning Corden into oblivion"?
  15. Actually, Roly is restarting the blog, moving it from WordPress to Substack.
  16. I’m guessing the arrangement is KTVK and KPHO will both simulcast the first half-hour of the newscast, and then KTVK carries it exclusively at 12:30?
  17. Backstory: After NBC terminated its contract to air Miss USA and Miss Universe because of Trump’s infamous comments about Mexicans in his speech announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Reelz carried the 2015 telecast. It was included as part of Fox’s deal to broadcast Miss Universe starting in 2016, but moved back to a cable-exclusive telecast in 2020, when A+E Networks picked up the rights to carry Miss USA on FYI. Miss Teen USA (which will be livestreamed on The CW’s app and website on September 29, the same night as Miss USA) has been off linear TV much longer, having been on streaming exclusively since 2008 and last seen on TV for its 2007 edition on NBC. (NBC was apparently unable to broadcast it in 2008 because of a scheduling conflict with the Summer Olympics.) Given that most of the contestants in that pageant are underage (the age cutoff to be eligible to compete is 19), there are understandable reasons why the Miss Universe Organization has forgone a traditional Miss Teen USA telecast for 15 years.
  18. Because of this, in the few markets where both groups have stations, Dish customers now don’t have access to Nexstar and Hearst stations, given the provider’s ongoing dispute with Nexstar. (For example, in the Oklahoma City DMA, that means Dish customers don’t have access to programming from two major networks and one mid-major network as Nexstar owns KFOR [NBC] and KAUT [CW], and Hearst owns KOCO [ABC]. God forbid Sinclair and Griffin get into retrans disputes with Dish.)
  19. Basically, an homage to their 1978–83 logo:
  20. Nexstar has renewed affiliation agreements for the company’s 41 Fox-affiliated stations (encompassing the 29 that Nexstar owns directly and 12 other stations owned by partner licensees like Mission and White Knight).
  21. As far as Oklahoma City goes: KFOR: * On weekdays, the only change will be Dateline (the syndicated run moving over from KSBI) replacing Rachael Ray at 11:00 a.m. * On weekends, S.W.A.T. and The Good Doctor each move up a half-hour (at 12:03 and 1:03 a.m., respectively) and Raw Travel gets bumped two hours later to 2:04 a.m. on Saturday/early Sundays, while The Equalizer takes over Magnum, P.I.'s timeslot on Sundays at 10:35. (The Equalizer will air after the Dallas Cowboys Post-Game Show, instead of immediately after the 10:00 news, during the NFL season.) KOCO: No changes KWTV: * On weekdays, no changes (notably, Dr. Phil reruns will stay put at 3:00 p.m.). * On weekends, Fast: Home Rescue (the Weather Channel home renovation series that TWC parent Allen Media Group has sold into syndication this year) replaces Entertainment Tonight Weekend at 12:30 a.m. Saturday/early Sundays. (ET Weekend will now only air Sunday/early Mondays at midnight.) KOKH: * On weekdays, the only change will be a day-behind rerun of TMZ Live replacing the local lifestyle program Living Oklahoma (which the station has cancelled after an eight-year run) at 10:00 a.m. (Notably, even though other Nexstar stations are adding The Big Bang Theory this season, KAUT won’t be one of them as it will continue to air it in the 6:00 p.m. hour weekdays on KOKH and Saturdays on KOCB; KAUT not taking TBBT wastes a possible opportunity for KOKH to finally add a 6:00 p.m. newscast, but I digress.) * On weekends, Judge Judy reruns and Modern Family will replace a syndicated movie package from 3:00-5:00 a.m. Saturday/early Sundays, while Film Flickers with Kimberly and Esteban and Good Taste with Tanji Patton (both from San Antonio sister station KABB, and which will still both be carried by KOCB on Saturday nights) will be added to KOKH's schedule at 3:00 and 3:30 a.m. Sunday/early Mondays. KOCB: Several changes are being made to its schedule, especially in timeslots previously occupied by CW programming (having lost the network to KAUT): * On weekdays, an additional run of Divorce Court replaces Judge Jerry reruns at 9:00 a.m. (expanding the former to a one-hour block), and Person, Place or Thing replaces You Bet Your Life at 5:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. (curiously, promos for PPT that KOCB has aired since late August have not included any timeslot or station references). Replacing the CW primetime lineup will be an extra half-hour of The National Desk at 7:00 p.m., iCRIME at 7:30 p.m. and an additional hour of Family Feud at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. (Oddly, the station's first night as an independent, 9/1, saw The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers air in those slots, apparently that was a one-time thing.) * On Saturdays, One Magnificent Morning has been replaced with syndicated E/I shows (DragonFlyTV [moved from KAUT] at 7:00, Missing [moved from KWTV-DT2] at 7:30, Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World [last syndicated locally on KAUT a few years ago] at 8:00, Animal Science [formerly an Xploration Station series] at 8:30, and Xploration Earth 2050 at 9:00 a.m.), while Family Feud (at 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.) and TMZ Weekend (at 8:00 p.m.) replace CW primetime shows. (KOCB will also be carrying HBCUGo college football games beginning 9/9, meaning the schedule will vary depending on the start time of that week's telecast.) * On Sundays, Last Man Standing replaces The Big Bang Theory in the 6:00 p.m. hour, while movies (presumably the same package being dropped from KOKH's Saturday overnight schedule) will air from 7:00-(approximately) 9:00 p.m. (The schedule for 9/17 has Jack Van Impe Presents at 6:30 p.m. Sundays, which if true would be the first time KOCB has aired religious programming on Sunday evenings since the early 1990s, during the tail end of its first run as an independent). * In addition, Full Measure with Sheryl Atkisson will air at 11:00 a.m. Saturdays, and at 11:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. KAUT: In addition to taking over the CW affiliation, there's quite a few lineup changes: * On weekdays, several shows have moved timeslots: Pictionary (to 10:00-11:00 a.m., from 4:00-5:00 p.m.), Law & Order: SVU (from a two-hour 10:00 a.m.-noon block into two separate blocks at 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.), The Neighborhood (to 4:00-5:00 p.m., from 12:30-1:30 a.m.) and American Housewife (to 5:00-6:00 p.m., from 7:00-8:00 p.m.), Mom (to 12:30-1:30 a.m., from 6:00-7:00 p.m.). People Puzzler replaces SVU from 11:00 a.m.-noon, Court Cam replaces Storage Wars and Pawn Stars from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (the latter two will continue airing at 6:00 and 6:30 a.m., respectively), 48 Hours replaces the departing Black-ish at 1:30 a.m., and Dateline replaces an early-morning run of Maury at 4:00 a.m. * On Saturdays, the station's comedy block will be split up by CW programming and start earlier in the day, with The Neighborhood (4:00-5:00 p.m.), American Housewife (5:00-6:00 p.m.), Young Sheldon (6:00-7:00 p.m. and 9:00-10:00 p.m., the latter block replacing Black-ish). (The three shows will start a half-hour earlier during weeks when KFOR offloads Discover Oklahoma to KAUT because of commitments to sports events that NBC may air in Saturday prime time.) The late night lineup will now feature Chicago Fire (the weekend run moving from KWTV/KSBI, and replacing a syndicated movie package) from 10:00-midnight, Law & Order: SVU from midnight-2:00 a.m. (replacing Storm of Suspicion and Weather Gone Viral, which both move to 3:00 and 2:00 a.m., respectively, to replace the departing Impractical Jokers and Carbanaro Effect). * On Sundays, U.S. Farm Report (which already airs Saturdays in that hour on KFOR) will be added at 5:00 a.m., Mom will air from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (replacing Impractical Jokers), Friends will air from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (relegating it exclusively to Sundays, replacing Storage Wars) and Heartland moves from its ill-fitting 11:00 p.m. slot to 5:00 p.m. (replacing Pawn Stars). Sunday nights after the CW lineup will feature The Good Doctor at 9:00 p.m., The Equalizer (taking over for Magnum, P.I.) at 10:00 p.m., S.W.A.T. at 11:00 p.m., SEAL Team at midnight, The Listener at 1:00 a.m. and Chicago P.D. from 2:00-4:00 a.m. KSBI: * On weekdays, Equal Justice will replace Personal Injury Court from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and Highway to Hell from 5:00-6:00 p.m., an additional run of The Liquidator replaces the departing Law & Crime Daily at 12:30 p.m., Mathis Court replaces Relative Justice from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and a second run of Highway to Hell from 2:00-3:00 a.m., Justice for the People with Judge Milian replaces Dateline at 3:00 p.m., Cutlers Court replacing Chicago Fire at 4:00 p.m., and Chicago Fire replacing a same-day Dr. Phil rebroadcast at 6:00 p.m. and Dateline at 9:00 p.m. * On weekends, Law & Order: SVU replaces Forensic Files and Designing Spaces at 6:00 p.m. Saturdays; while on Sundays, Chicago Fire replaces Bloodline Detectives at 6:00 p.m., Bloodline Detectives replaces Dateline at 9:00 p.m., SOS: How to Survive replaces Chicago Fire at 10:00 p.m., Fast: Home Rescue replaces SOS at 11:00 p.m., Moviefone TV and Designing Spaces replace Entertainers in the midnight hour, and Real Green replaces Designing Spaces at 1:00 a.m. Note regarding the KOCB schedule (in relation to @justin2kx and @MD TV’s posts): Between the newly added blocks mentioned plus the show’s existing timeslots (weekdays 2:00-3:00 and 5:30-7:00 p.m., Saturdays 3:00-3:30 p.m. and Sundays 3:00-4:00 and 5:00-6:00 p.m.), this season, Family Feud will occupy 20 hours [or approximately 12%] of KOCB’s weekly schedule! On weekdays alone, KOCB now matches WDCA in the number of daily Feud airings it runs.
  22. I believe YTTV carries some (if not all) of Sinclair’s MyNetworkTV affiliates. Someone CMIIW, but I think WPNT was among those that it carried even before the station switched to The CW. So, it’s very possible nothing changes as far as KOCB’s carriage goes.
  23. Oddly enough, YTTV wasn’t provided with KOCB’s new logo yet, resulting in two CW affiliate logos on the guide (I screenshotted this only a few minutes before this post): As an aside, YTTV is a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to updating channel logos: it has updated those of NBC, HLN, BBC News and NBC LX Home (the latter switched from a youth-skewing news format to a lifestyle format in early August) in recent months, but somehow still hasn’t changed the logos for TCM (although, awkwardly, both the current and former logos are shown on its channel tab), UniMás, SundanceTV, BBC America and ABC. The CW’s VOD library was also moved to KAUT’s channel tab hours ahead of the switch becoming official. (I presume KRON, WPHL and WTTA added the network’s VOD content ahead of time as well.) Update (9/4): KOCB’s YTTV channel ID has switched to the new logo:
  24. TBH, I was surprised CBSNS didn’t choose to rebrand KSTW as “Northwest 11” (resurrecting the moniker that station used in the early 1990s under Gaylord ownership), instead of “Seattle 11”.
  25. The lack of prime time news on WKBD is odd, for obvious reasons. We can forgive KSTW and WTOG for not having news on their new prime time schedules, since they haven’t had news departments since Paramount Stations Group shut their existing ones down in the late ‘90s, aren’t connected to a co-owned CBS News Local operation (unlike WKBD and the other newly minted indies, save for WUPA), and Now is no longer a thing (outside of WUPA, apparently).
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