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Myron Falwell

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  1. I counted the weeknight replays of WJW's 10pm news at 1am and 3am (my god, whyyyyyy???) which totals up to 78 hours a week. Add New Day and it's at 83 hours a week.
  2. Cumulus wants to leave Chicago, but there are no takers for a dud in WLS 890, and iHeart, Entercom, Hubbard and EMF are at or near cap space with FMs. So forget about them. iHeart is not going to be stupid to buy WGN 720; unlike WOR, there's no threat of losing their conservatalk shows elsewhere, and there's nothing to trade with. There's little ROI for Hubbard; WGN is labor-intensive and their audience is aging dramatically. Nexstar is essentially stuck with 720 whether they like it or not.
  3. They already rerun the 10pm news at 1am and 3am and have seen their program inventory shrink quite a lot under Tribune. Already they have the most newscasts per week of any commercial station in North America. Let that sink in. Unless they drop the 7pm news or shrink the noon news by half an hour, they honestly don't need to do it. I would rather they not anyway.
  4. Has WBTS 15.1 actually replaced WYCN 8.1 as the primary NBC affiliate? For all intents and purposes, it has.
  5. How are they doing these estimates? By pulling numbers out of a hat?
  6. WJW doesn't offer an 11pm newscast so they don't win every timeslot. Fluff is a systemic issue and not confined to Tegna. WJW has to use a lot of fluff because of airing so much news all the time.
  7. Scott Jones in 1959: "This is Westinghouse"
  8. In that Cleveland.com article, it says that three people are in charge, not counting GM Micki. Jon Adkins (former producer/assistant at WJW) is the news director, while Denise Polverine is the digital content director (she had the same duties at Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer). Adam Miller is basically the branding coordinator and is heading up the marketing team. They structured it in a way that the people who need to be in charge are in the right positions.
  9. Lol pretty much doing what he used to do at WJW. Somehow Mike Polk gets all the attention, while fellow hire Mark Naymik - who was brought aboard for the old political beat Tom Beres covered for decades - got almost overlooked.
  10. What works in WKYC's favor is that they've remained a strong station. This isn't a dog station like WTSP, WUSA or KNTV... WKYC has become a valiant competitor to WJW since the late 1990s and that hasn't waned. I'm from Cleveland. I've seen too many stations get boring McGraphics and get the same basic look. The 2007 Fox O&O package, the 2008 Gannett package, the 2009 Scripps package and the 2014 Raycom package were among the more boring visual looks possible... harmless, but boring. This is... audacious. It's easily the best look for a local TV station I've seen since the JcB WOIO nineteen era of the late 1980s. And seeing how the logo is presented, it's both static but fluid... it's a literal contradiction. The NBC peacock is ... well... proudly a part of this, WKYC is showing their history and NBC ties and doing rather creative ways to emphasize it. Furthermore, leveraging the WKYC calls in tandem with "3 News" is equally commendable. The calls have value and cachet in the market. WKYC is doing their own thing with Tegna's full blessing, pouring money and resources into the operation. Funny thing is, when you invest in a station and hire people with bona fide credentials, that causes people to tune in! WKYC was the beneficiary of that under Multimedia and Gannett, and it continues today. And I can't let it be unsaid that Channel 3, then as KYW-TV, tried a rather revolutionary approach to TV news in 1959, 60 years ago. A little thing called "Eyewitness", a 90 minute newsblock that was so earth-shattering, WEWS' Dorothy Fuldheim was compelled to launch a competing newscast in response.
  11. So a funny thing happened to Perry Sook's hopes of getting back WPIX in 2021. Sounds like Paid Off can appeal this, but time is fast running out unless the rubber stamp right of SCOTUS wants to give him an assist.
  12. They couldn't get an 11pm newscast to work under the original Viacom. WWJ is a station with an embarrassing channel number in a market where people are loyal to 2, 4 or 7... and a market that's suffered mightily economically, no less. They have little to no overhead, so it's still profitable.
  13. They've used the I-TEAM brand since the late 70s with Carl Monday.
  14. Unless Fox plans on a refresh/overhaul to their O&O graphics, or give WJW the same leeway that they (wisely) give KTVU, that would count as a downgrade for them now IMO. It's still better than WGHP, who opted for Din as the main typeface in an utterly ponderous way... Gotham just doesn't work with Din. At least Gotham meshes more with the typeface utilized for the original package. The opens are giving me a WJZ vibe.
  15. You’d think for kitchen purposes, they’d do that in Studio B (the New Day set). But it must make more sense logistically.
  16. I don't think they've had a VO open for the news since ditching the "WGHPiedmont" look in 1996. It also fits with Perry Sook's love of "Local." But I could have sworn WGHP has used this slogan for a year or two already.
  17. While I've been on the record applauding what WJW's art department was able to do with what they were limited to, Todd Meany explicitly says in the video that they'll also be debuting a new graphics package and music on Monday. Only the logo remains the same.
  18. Cleveland at its heart is still a rust-belt city with a steel mill heritage. I give BDI a lot of credit for a set design that feels unique and meant for the market, even if it is based off of the WGN-TV set.
  19. Probably best summed up as "economy of scale." You're also seeing it in radio, albeit in a per cluster basis as opposed to overall station count... Cumulus bailing out of New York, LA and Washington DC, and Radio One bailing out of Detroit, two groups that had no clout with their meager clusters in those major markets. Regardless of how committed to broadcasting the Wolfe family was/is, Dispatch had the same problem that Midwest had and other small chains had. Ultimately they cannot compete on the large scale with superchains like Sinclair, Tegna, Scripps and Nexstar. And honestly, the fact that WSVN and WHDH print money at a shocking rate is the only reason why Ed Ansin hasn't cashed in. If he only had WBNS and WTHR, he definitely would have sold out.
  20. Moreover, the Ohio State IMG Sports radio network is co-owned by IMG and Tegna (THE Ohio State University sold off their stake to IMG and Dispatch/RadiOhio in 2009). It's a literal ATM with 50+ affiliates around the state. And has been noted, iHeart tried twice to compete with The Fan (with 1230 and later with 105.7) as well as long-gone Wilks (95.5, a Lancaster rimshot) and 97.1 simply steamrolled them. If iHeart pulled up four Brinks trucks at Tegna HQ, then sure, 97.1/1460 could be sold. But the value of the Ohio State radio rights and the 50% ownership stake in the Ohio State radio network will make it cost-prohibitive for any buyer, be it iHeart, Saga, Urban One or NABCO. Especially in an industry where iHeart is not going to buy any new stations and the overall market is as depressed as its' ever been.
  21. Nexstar is desperately trying to stay under the 39% ownership limit* with the Tribune deal. With the planned divestitures (complicated by the failed resale of several other stations to Fox, including WJW) they're barely at the limit. At the rate this is going, I wouldn't be surprised to see WBNX taken over by the creditors. From there, they could 1) sell the station to another entity, or 2) sell the license to one party and the IP to another. Either way, it's out of Ernest's control. *which is an absolute farce because of the so-called UHF Discount Actually, MyNet is on WOIO 19.2 between 1am and 3am in an obvious contract burning, sandwiched within the rest of the MeTV lineup. MyNet has no tangible value beyond being a white-label rerun block in prime-time. For all intents and purposes, WBNX is better off remaining an indie with spillover program inventory from whatever duopoly partner they wind up with, if they wind up with one.
  22. Which Fox stations? Cause most of the former LocalTV Fox affils have homebrew graphics. And then there's WGHP... Might as well trot out this old standard.
  23. Entertainment Tonight is one of those shows that is so durable that it can’t be “killed,” even if Meredith and People actually put an effort into it.
  24. Sunbeam has never invested much into syndicated programming. They just haven’t. Just enough to get by and keep people tuned in. For news-dominant WHDH and WSVN, they can get away with it, while it’s very noticeable at WLVI.
  25. Steamboat Willie enters the public domain in 2023. And the copyrights for the Silly Symphonies start to lapse in 2024. If you wanted to know why Disney is doing this, it’s because they’re going to lose full control of the Mouse very soon. Enter Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21CF.
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