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Everything posted by mrschimpf

  1. Once again, Broncos/Pats in danger...
  2. There just seems to be no justification to show the video, nor name the involved, except that it was on camera. This could have easily been a story where the anchor just said someone broke in the door, police were involved, and that they hope they seek proper mental health services (why thank the police and not mention mental health outside of it derisively?). It also behooves Nexstar/iHeart at this point to re-design that bizarre split entrance if this is now a regular occurrence; why isn't there an entrance foyer with a second door, or reinforcement with that door rather than just this two-door pair? Some kind of security besides a higher-quality Nest cam?
  3. I've seen better newscasts from the Atlanta-based American News Network (them of the same production music 'news theme' used by the GTA games). Also it should be noted that clicking any of the social links on the Your Alaska Link page (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) now bring you to two 'this account no longer exists' pages...while the YT page was removed by that site as "we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted". Finally, I hope Dorene Lorenz (who seems to be the only one posting web content right now and the only employee left) is doing well despite all the dysfunction going on around her.
  4. The Reserve Square space was formerly a twinned theater, and it was probably like all the other suddenly new CBS affiliates in 1995 which had no new building capital but the requirements to build out news; just find a huge empty space and make the most of it you could at the time (which is how WDJT ended up in a former industrial building where they could build what they needed to in its shell). I don't know what WUAB's building age/situation was at the time so I don't know if staying there was right at the time, but since their competitors were in downtown/thereabouts, it made more sense to be there than southeast in an area where expressway access was farther away. And WOIO isn't optimum...but at least they are far away from the continuing disaster that is WGCL.
  5. For ABC, the difference between their ratings and that of its predecessors (RightThisMinute and the mess that was FABLife) and the quality of who is watching probably played a factor in renewal. Lower bars for syndication overall also help.
  6. Giants/Vikings in 2011 after the Metrodome roof collapse moved that game to Detroit; Fox stations in New York state and Minnesota carried the game.
  7. And WISN-TV in Milwaukee (Green Bay has a dual-market setup). I don't think either station is perturbed at the NFL or CBS; it's a completely different conference game, so it's of little interest to Green Bay or Atlanta viewers anyways.
  8. It seemed to arrive on the platform before Viacom bought Pluto TV out, so it might be an issue where they have to wait out the contract because Langley Productions hasn't breached the agreement and VCBS isn't willing to breach it on their end. And I pretty much assume that there will eventually be a low-tier broadcaster or subchannel network who will pick up the new episodes because 'any publicity is good publicity'.
  9. Fox still uses New World Communications for some of their licenses, with Gannett using Pacific & Southern, which most of us have never known as an active company (it was swept into Combined Communications in the early 70s and Gannett purchased Combined in 1979, then they Katamari'ed Multimedia in the 90s, Belo and even King Broadcasting for the KING stations, and everything stayed the same with the spin-off into Tegna). If they keep Tribune as a licensee for years, there won't be a problem; all the mail eventually gets to Nexstar.
  10. The affiliates I know went with their own coverage. Many seem to be weary of their coverage being just an FNC feed and learned over the years to judge carefully. I still can't believe CBS's only 'coverage' last night was merely a ticker during Corden (at least in CDT; I didn't know how they handled it out west at 10PDT); it was incredibly disappointing while ABC and NBC knew what to do (and I'm sure Seth Meyers was completely fine with his show being pre-empted in the East).
  11. As much as the industry would hate it...it may be time to go to a gametime-only model with these networks (or to just have league packages). The long pause between March and July showed that without any live programming, the FSN networks are a dearth of programming stuck with outdoors shows, senior tennis tours to justify the Tennis Channel purchases, and 43 golf tour shows.
  12. Can't be an NFL season now without at least one power knockout for a Florida team's home game (since this happened last year in Jacksonville).
  13. Just noticed this in the last couple days because both schedules never updated for Green Bay, but WBAY lost Wendy Williams, which they had been airing at 12:05am (only a few hours before WFRV-DT2/Bounce did!), and WACY picked it up at 2pm, so a good upgrade there. I assume they were supposed to get Nick Cannon, because they're airing a post-midnight infomercial block instead (though it does help as a backfill timeslot if General Hospital gets pre-empted by the governor for now). ETA - Turns out they picked up the weekday Monk syndicated package for the 12:05 timeslot.
  14. The entire show is existing transcripted court cases acted out by SAG-card newbies, so it's one of those shows where all the season's shows are filmed in a month or two and Judge Ross has the rest of his year free. For all that some of Byron Allen's content is no-effort, this fills timeslots (and his cable networks) fast and cheap.
  15. It was only there because Young was cheap and Counterpoint was pulled en masse at the start of 2006. And they only used five cuts of the theme that I can hum from memory easily. It's one thing if it's been there since the mid-90s...but it was a rush replacement to retain some kind of news music from a company that had zero leverage from anyone (and under Media General later, WBAY was their literal Siberia with no sister station 250 miles around; only now, Gray has finally given them some TLC), though honestly the replacement to an average viewer who doesn't follow news themes can sound like just an 'update' as it has the same tempo and beat (and why that cut of Guardian was specifically chosen rather than the main version).
  16. It took me by surprise when I saw it and I thought 'did they do that promo in Wausau or Madison?' and seeing that they didn't. And I'm trying to figure out the gymnastics of where the new set is in their building, or if they've just been pushing in elements as they got them (it explains why we haven't seen the physical weather center for weeks, which is easy to hide if everyone outside the morning staff can work from home). They were also doing all of their advertorials at the anchor desk lately with the screen projecting the advertiser's background rather than in front of the greenscreen like they usually do. I'm glad that wasn't the case and they're finally getting something quality. Good riddance (finally!) to the final Young set-in-a-box.
  17. Fox has Thursday Night Football now, so it's no longer an issue for CBS affiliates (and only for a few Fox stations).
  18. Kelly also got lucky to a smaller extent despite pre-emptions, because she had a firewall where Bravo airs it in overnights if it's missed on the local station, and the local stations (if they're NBC owned or affiliates, at least) can also take an overnight replay instead of the Today fourth hour (Tamron didn't have that option). And she took advantage of this real odd summer by continuing to do new shows from home up to Labor Day while Ellen continued to crash and burn in 'before COVID' rerun hell (and her overall horrid home COVID production when still in originals), which paid off as the state and local news conferences began to dissipate a little. I can see if Ellen's mea culpa ends up backfiring next week (she's likely counting on it being a 'only trade press cares' story), that Kelly might just get more steam and next year, we could see the shows switch places on the large-market stations where they air back-to-back. It also showed just how badly that these station group-owned shows just depend on an inane news cycle that will never be pre-empted...and the moment that happens, it's a ratings and logistics disaster. RightThisMinute, DBL, The List (taken out for a while for a coronavirus newscast) and anything which is a local or national advertorial just tripped over both feet trying to find a way to stay relevant without being tacky. And even if Dr. Oz eventually realized 'oh yeah, I'm a doctor...I should be doing doctor stuff rather than taking about true crime', he stumbled badly by embracing early conspiracy theories, and why he kept up 'before COVID' reruns through the summer was incredibly confusing.
  19. After a summer where she suggested park rangers shoot monument vandalizers and overall paranoid COVID skepticism, along with KDKA radio's management deciding to go all-in on conservative talk (and advertisers exited) while KDKA-TV had to 'they're in another universe and we washed our hands of them a couple years ago' people who called to complain about her, Bell is 'indefinitely suspended', though her bio and show page have been pulled (she also lost her Pitt Panther pregame duties on a sister station, which just seems like the most random of assignments).
  20. Surprise from WBAY in Green Bay; as of the 14th, they will be launching a half-hour 9am newscast and filling in the space between 4:30-5:00pm to create a 90-minute news block, as I assume Family Feud wasn't content with the "mere" two timeslots it had on that station (both timeslots contain Feud episodes now).
  21. Also to note a couple months back for WGBY in Springfield...they consolidated with the public radio operation out there and everything is now branded New England Public Media with its own logo, so they won't be known as 'GBY'. Surprising with this rebranding they didn't take the new PBS blue branding color or font, but WGBHEF is one of the few PBS outlets that can brand on their own merits.
  22. It's only going out to Meredith stations, so that may be by design while they tighten to the right format (and//or hopefully, murder that insultingly cutesy title suffix); if it gets larger-market pickup, expect the host caliber to go up in the next season or two.
  23. WISN also added a K/R repeat in the overnights before a 48-minute WNN block as of Monday.
  24. Green Bay must be an extreme exception then, as WBAY only runs it twice (9/4:30). I wonder if they'll finally ditch the Pawn Stars rerun leading into their noon show to take a third episode this fall? I thought they originally had The Real to begin with; then Scripps/WTMJ had it for a season in the 2pm black hole and it jumped to WMLW, who last season decided a six-hour court show block would do just as well.
  25. WDJT outspent WTMJ to carry them because 'TMJ was expanding their news wherever they could and was willing to take the risk (and the 3pm syndicated half-hour between Montel and J! was stuck with lousy one/two-season Hard Copy/Inside Edition clones that had horrible flow but need a station to go in the market). A few months after, Ken Jennings comes on the show, the ratings rise, but by September 2005, WDJT realized the bump more than 'TMJ did when they had the entire Jennings run on. And that was just at the time Journal got distracted with their acquisitions, a 'bleed it leads' news direction came in, and the hard news folks began to flee for other stations before the Great Recession wounded WTMJ and WGBA until Scripps came in and tried to fix the atrophy. WFRV had the same luck at the same in the Green Bay market; bad 3pm show into J!, but Emmis/WLUK were moving out of their early 2000s funk, spent the money to get J!/WoF, CBS basically ignored full-day flow for WFRV before the sale to Liberty (which had no pull with syndicators), and WLUK now basically owns the market post-soaps up to Fox primetime (Ellen, Judge Judy, 5pm local newshour, then J!/WoF). Whatever you say about Sinclair, at least they've maintained WLUK's success overall. Meanwhile, WFRV has the season's syndie bomb terminally since 2005 in that 3pm slot (outside a few years with Steve) but Nexstar has pretty much given up on the timeslot to build their news back out of the Liberty-era doldrums, and WTMJ had finally found success at 3 with Kelly before mid-March when they had to throw on a newscast to deal with briefing pre-emptions to move it back to 2 and make do with an easily-killable The List, then Live at 3:30.
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