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Everything posted by Greggo

  1. WGCL also stole another investigator from WXIA a few weeks back: Andy Pierrotti. Looks like Gray isn’t messing around when it comes to making CBS 46 a contender.
  2. I’m sure affiliates are loving the fact they are getting this news (officially) just a month before the new season starts, long after 22-23 syndie deals were locked up. I don’t see many large market, non O&O NBC stations sticking with the new, replacement newscast longterm.
  3. Wow. How early are these newscasts being recorded? Karen recently moved to a “family friendly” shift, doing the 11a and 4p newscasts for KTVT. The whole point was to be able to have dinner with her kids. (She did evenings for years, before moving to mornings.) So they must be recording these in the middle of the afternoon. Like 2p or 3p.
  4. KPRC within the past few days has started airing a second run of Houston Life at 1:05a instead of a second run of Dr. Phil. I really, really hope they replace the 12:30p one-day-delayed repeat of ET with something else. You’re already airing 90 minutes of midday news. Why not just go for a full two hours?!? Tamron hasn’t resurfaced in Austin as of yet, which is weird because her hometown, Luling, is in the Austin DMA. Maybe KVUE will pick it up to replace Ellen.
  5. KTXA previously tried airing news from 7p to 9p under the name TXA 21 News. The numbers weren’t great and it was yanked. If they couldn’t get decent ratings in that slot, with zero competition, there is no way they will be able to pull a respectable audience at 9p up against juggernaut KDFW Fox 4. KDAF CW 33 already learned that lesson under Tribune leadership … although I suspect Nexstar will relaunch a newscast in that 9p slot at some point since that is their home market.
  6. KXAN/Austin is expanding its 430p newscast to a full hour this week. Jennifer Sanders will anchor, in addition to adding the noon news to her duties following Friday’s departure of Amanda Dugan. First-run Jeopardy and Daytime Jeopardy will air at 3p and 330p. (First-run Jeopardy had been airing at 4p on KXAN.) Dr. Phil, which had been airing at 3p, slides to 2p, and displaced Rachael Ray gets bumped to 3p on sister station KBVO (MyTV). Daytime Jeopardy had been airing at 530p on sister station KNVA (CW) and is being replaced by a 4th run of Family Feud. Family Feud will now air for 2 straight hours on KNVA: 5p to 7p.
  7. Interesting news about the news in Dallas: The Spectrum News 1 North Texas feed will be simulcast over the air on Weigel’s KAZD. This will air around the clock, 7 days a week — except for a break on the weekends to show E/I programming. The financial arrangement isn’t entirely clear — is Spectrum paying Weigel or is Weigel paying Spectrum? I can’t see this getting many viewers, but who knows?!? https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2022/6/28/moving-from-cable-to-broadcast
  8. KPRC in Houston recently posted a help wanted ad for their lifestyle show, “Houston Life,” that said it would expand in 2023. It’s already an hour, so it stands to reason it could soon be 2. 2 hours strikes me as a lot for a station the size of WALA.
  9. I would have to go digging but they actually had a temp set not that long ago where they were essentially delivering the news in front of a black blanket. I couldn’t believe it. This was either under LIN or MG management. So this actually is a big improvement, if you can believe it.
  10. This is the temp set. The lighting on some of the shots is horrid. Weather and sports are purely green screen. They said on air the studio — which is really small — will be doubled in size. Not really sure how they’ll do that. Having been in the building before, things are really cramped. In fact, several employees are in a building across the street. They were at a couple points in recent years looking to build a whole new facility … but clearly that’s not going to happen. Main anchor said during the 6p news the project will take “a few months.” Any bets on them get the infamous Nexstar corner set? And, yes, I agree they don’t need a new set. In Austin, KEYE is the station that desperately needs a new set. That thing has been around for about a decade now, with a few tweaks along the way. It has an outdated weather center that hasn’t been seen on the air in several years. And they had to cover up the skyline duratrans with a backlit blue checkerboard pattern because the skyline has changed so much.
  11. They’ve been paying rent on it so I guess they finally decided they should put it to some sort of use instead of just flushing money down the drain. It was up for sublease for about five years and they had no takers. If they did a somewhat standard 20-year lease, they’re stuck there for about six more years.
  12. Who is that VO guy?!? Awful!
  13. Current 4p anchor Keith Garvin has been named main anchor at KPRC/Houston. He’s been with KPRC for 10 years and knows the market well. Keith will shift to the 5p, 6p and 10p shows, replacing Kris Gutierrez, who abruptly left a few months ago. No official word on who will take over at 4p, but I suspect current 11a and noon anchor Andy Cerota will add that show to his duties instead of reporting for the afternoon newscasts, like he does now. https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2022/06/08/keith-garvin-named-anchor-of-kprc-2s-evening-and-late-newscasts/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=kprc2&fbclid=IwAR34kdsOEU0lwe-giDjxXQw1UE5th_-JOwP0KPiHbdztrZaVk53XSkAZGNs&fs=e&s=cl
  14. It appears those rumors from FTV and others about Sinclair moving KFDM/Beaumont to WOAI/San Antonio aren’t true. KFDM broke ground on a new building today, which will replace the current one, which has been condemned by the state as part of a freeway expansion project. KFDM is moving to the opposite side of town from where they are now. Building will open next year. https://www.facebook.com/79318758755/posts/pfbid02mSyNoF7zsEBMuX4VfAiEWTQVYNbpF29BtFuJzzRUqiQMzsEuamjvAX2dfgWTRGWVl/
  15. The smooshed CBS4 logo behind the desk looks awful. If you’re gonna spend all that money, come on!
  16. Considering it came right after the end of May sweeps, it may very well have been related to ratings.
  17. So I guess this means KDVR’s morning show will come from the newsroom, like last time, since KWGN is also on at that time.
  18. “Top Story” repeats took the place of overnight reruns of “Today with Hoda and Jenna” that NBC was offering stations. Not every station was carrying the “Today” reruns, but many were. Some stations aren’t running “Top Story” either, including KPRC in Houston, which airs a 2nd run of “Dr. Phil” instead. (The first run airs at 1p.)
  19. Everyone be careful you don’t get “hepatits”
  20. This is chef’s kiss! Way better than the crap opens other stations with this package are using. I especially like the lights on the tower at the beginning coming on one by one. Very creative. Not seeing the anchors after the open — just the video wall — is a little weird. They stayed on the wall when tossing to the reporter.
  21. Not that long ago, most stations would prevent on-air talent from taking any time off during sweeps months, such as May. The stakes were too high. Now, it seems many bosses are OK with letting anchors take off days or even a week or more. I’m seeing it in multiple markets. Kind of surprising turn of events. An indicator that ratings aren’t as important as they once were? An attempt to keep talent in a tight labor market? Or …
  22. A couple changes from Texas to report … Former Fox 26 Houston chief met Jim Siebert, who abruptly left earlier this year, has resurfaced at WeatherNation as a VP. https://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2022/04/dr-jim-siebert-joins-weathernation.html In Bryan/College Station, several changes at top-rated KBTX. Evening co-anchor Karla Castillo has shifted to mornings, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. She fills one of the two seats vacated recently by husband-wife anchor team of Josh and Kathleen Ninke, who both went to WAVE in Louisville to report. The other morning anchor seat is posted online, with reporter Fallon Appleton filling in on an interim basis. Castillo’s evening co-anchor seat is also posted. The station said various reporters will fill in for her on the evening shift for now. The station has also revealed it will be replacing Ellen at 3p this fall with an hourlong local lifestyle show that will be called The Three. (Not only will it air at 3p, but they are also Channel 3.) Jobs are posted for a host and a producer. All four KBTX jobs are listed on Gray’s career website, along with several others.
  23. There needs to be a period after “IN DEPTH.” Also … when you say “Now on …” it implies a tease, not a straight open like that. Might want to let the producers know, Apollo
  24. Greggo

    In Memoriam

    Gut-wrenching. They had just announced she had gone to hospice hours earlier. This was a horribly aggressive cancer. At least we know she is at peace now.
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