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  1. If you'll pardon the poor quality, here are some pictures and video from the 10PM. In addition to Helvetica on the regular graphics, I think that's Arial on the weather graphics. Also not a fan of how unnecessarily blocky and screen-clogging the weather scroll is. As you can see though, the rest of the weather graphics rely heavily on the old Raycom look. VID_20190708_003008~2.mp4 VID_20190708_003929~2.mp4
  2. I'm afraid I won't be of any help with recording an open. But some videos from the 5PM have been uploaded to the app/website. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the font is Helvetica. And the lower thirds really need some help differentiating between the headline and the secondary text. (Accidentally posted this before with "hide post" selected and for the life of me can't seem to undo it. My bad.)
  3. Just caught the final seconds of WMC's 5PM and saw the same thing. Here are a couple photos. I hope the custom backgrounds on the weather graphics aren't done with (even though they appear to be, if the 7-day is any indication). I always thought using local photos was a neat idea.
  4. WATN weekend meteorologist Brandon "Chase" Arnold has left the station to move to Milwaukee with his fiancée, Mary Jo Ola, also from WATN weekends. It appears his replacement is Ed Echols, formerly of WHBQ. I'm not 100% familiar with the situation here, so maybe someone else can fill me in... when/why exactly did Ed leave Fox 13?
  5. I agree. Besides Dateline, which airs at 2:05AM, and Live with Kelly and Ryan, WMC has nothing in the way of non-Raycom syndicated fare. Frangela forced them to drop Ellen this year.
  6. Regarding Frangela, looks like WMC has dropped it from their schedule *entirely* as of last Monday (1-28). They've replaced it with a repeat of their lifestyle show, Bluff City Life. That means two repeats of Bluff City Life now air on weekdays... this new 2:30PM timeslot, plus the existing 1:30AM overnight airing. (New episodes air at 3PM.)
  7. WMC weekend morning anchor Jerica Phillips has announced she's leaving the station to become Deputy Chief of Communications with Shelby County Schools. Her last day on-air will be March 7th. Jerica has been with WMC since 2008, except for a two-year break somewhere in there where she went to work as a Social Marketing Coordinator for Shelby County government. According to her bio, though, she still freelanced for WMC during that time, before returning full time. Former weekday evening anchor Ursula Madden is also a communications officer these days, working with the current Memphis mayoral administration.
  8. NBC's report was actually hosted by Steve Kornacki. The obituary was with Lester, though.
  9. Dang. You'd think I'd have remembered that, then. Thanks! Strangely enough, they updated on Monday to the new upper thirds and doppler radar (assuming that's a result of the new WSI boxes as well), and had the current Raycom icons on the graphics through at least Wednesday. Not sure what prompted the switch. I like the current icons better, at least as far as ease of visibility against the background goes (but I do prefer their design, too).
  10. WMC has slightly updated their weather graphics. The upper third was extended across the screen to better match the lower third... but the weather icons were switched to this new style that I don't recognize. I would think that the extended upper third would imply that they are going to stick with the Raycom graphics a little while longer, but then again the fact that they've switched the icons has me wondering if that won't be the case after all. Anyone recognize the new icons at all? They're not from Gray, are they? (Related... I saw it confirmed on Twitter that the new website and app designs being rolled out across Raycom stations are indeed from Gray.)
  11. WMC has gotten the new website design as of Thursday afternoon. I think it's still under construction... the news team biographies page, for example, has disappeared (hopefully not permanently). But elsewhere on the site, some really old stuff has been dug up. I'll let this screenshot speak for itself. (Not pictured: the article description noting that Ed, The West Wing, and Law & Order would be moving to their sister station, WPXX Pax 50, that night.)
  12. WMC will be adding yet another hour of content, beginning Monday, September 10th. Up first is an expansion of the morning news back to 4:00AM, bumping Early Today to 3:30AM. Then, in the afternoon, a new lifestyle show - Bluff City Life - will air at 3:00PM, leading into the existing half-hour of regular news at 3:30PM. Bluff City Life bumps Right This Minute to 2:00PM, joining Me Time with Frangela at 2:30PM; Ellen is moving to WATN at 4:00PM, replacing Harry. The 4AM newscast and the half-hour lifestyle show were things I had heard or seen thrown about before (mainly in Facebook Lives - for example, WMC has been constructing a new kitchen set for a month or so now), but I didn't want to post anything until it was able to be confirmed.
  13. Does Raycom have another new half-hour show coming this fall besides Me Time with Frangela? WMC will be showing that at 2:30PM, dropping Ellen, who will be moving to WATN (which is where Dr. Phil airs now; that might be moving to 4PM, replacing Harry... or vice versa, as both the Ellen and Dr. Phil sites list 3PM as their airtime on WATN). I'm curious what WMC might put at 2PM for 30 minutes. (Unless RTM is moved there from 3PM, and WMC's 3:30 newscast is expanded to a full hour...)
  14. Definitely. WMC briefly had a series of commercials claiming they were "your first alert to breaking news." Better than some applications of the brand, but I still agree that it's best when applied solely to weather.
  15. My browser keeps crashing every time I try to read this topic. I think it's overwhelmed by y'all's excitement.
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