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  1. It was the other way around. WRAL-TV dropped CBS.
  2. What has become of the on-air remnant of KTVA? Is channel 11 running anything, or have they gone (temporarily) dark?
  3. I thought this might be of interest to some here... The nonprofit WGBH Educational Foundation is rebranding its radio and television properties, eliminating the "W" (a relic of analog, they say) and going with just plain-ol' "GBH". The iconic drop-shadow logo has been updated with a new color scheme and font for the digital age, while the identifying audio sting we all know and love will remain. Along with its radio services in the Boston and Cape Cod areas, the rebranding will also stretch to the organization's two flagship television outlets in Boston, WGBH-TV and WG
  4. Those images speak volumes. Same desk, same chairs, same lamp, same portrait on the wall over 30-plus years. It speaks to not only what may have been Mr. Ansin's own frugality, but on two more important themes: Simplicity and stability. With all the money he had, he could have easily upgraded his office furniture and design on numerous occasions. It's safe to assume that the phone was one of the few items there to have changed over the years. WSVN and WHDH were lucky to have a guy like that for an owner.
  5. From Cincinnati, WXIX-TV (Fox 19) reporter/anchor Michael Baldwin is leaving the Queen City and moving behind the scenes. He's headed to WDTV in Weston-Clarksburg WV as News Director. Both WXIX-TV and WDTV are owned by Gray. Let me share this personal note: I interned for Michael when he was at News 12 Long Island back in 2011, starting only weeks after he suffered a huge personal tragedy. Shortly before my internship ended he moved to Ohio and joined WEWS in Cleveland, then onto Cincinnati five years ago. Seeing where he was nine years ago and where he is now is amazing. He is a g
  6. The FCC just doesn't care anymore. Neither do the corporate broadcasters.
  7. The seven-year-old, TMZ on TV-inspired news analysis show anchored by Bill Spadea, which aired on WWOR-TV/WNYW in NYC and WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, has quietly been cancelled. Its final airing was last Thursday (June 18). The show's social media pages are also no more. From what I could find from a Reddit forum, apparently Spadea has been using the show as his bully pulpit to spread COVID-19 misinformation. Maybe that was more than Fox Television was willing to handle. As a result, WWOR-TV has made a couple of changes in its late evening lineup as of Monday (6-22): The B
  8. How many of those who were cut from the legacy Westinghouse stations were at those stations in the Group W era?
  9. Freaking Warner Music Group slapped a worldwide block on this clip. I was hoping to show this to a curious friend.
  10. A historical clarification is necessary. Fox had four affiliation options in Boston but chose to pursue just one: A purchase of WXNE once CBN put it on the block. They were talking to both WSBK (Storer) and WLVI (Gannett) but cut off negotiations as they came closer to finalizing the channel 25 transfer. So therefore, it was Fox that said "no" to channels 38 and 56 and not the other way around. In retrospect, Fox was better off on 25. Both 38 and 56 were doing well enough and didn't need a startup network to affect their viewership negatively. And WQTV (ch. 68) probably
  11. And before that, Silverman green-lit America Alive!, which killed The Gong Show and daytime Sanford and Son reruns. It was a talk-variety hour that would be considered "infotainment" in today's landscape with multiple hosts, including Jack Linkletter (Art's son) and Bruce Jenner (before he became Caitlin). It was live from New York, with remotes via satellite from Los Angeles and elsewhere on the East Coast, in front of a studio audience, and was a multi-million dollar flop that lasted just over five months on the air.
  12. The top ten stations to work for in local TV journalism, as per Scott Jones and FTV Live: 1. WLS-TV Chicago 2. WRAL-TV Raleigh/Durham 3. KIRO-TV Seattle/Tacoma 4. WESH-TV Daytona Beach/Orlando 5. WMAQ-TV Chicago 6. KPRC-TV Houston 7. KMGH-TV Denver 8. KCRA-TV Sacramento/Stockton 9. WSVN Miami/Fort Lauderdale 10. WRC-TV Washington DC Thoughts?
  13. Nexstar spun WPIX off to Scripps. They are now in four of the top five markets, NYC being the exception.
  14. The Lighthouse has arrived at 11 WPIX Plaza: https://pix11.com/2019/09/19/wpix-under-new-ownership-for-first-time-in-71-year-history-acquired-by-e-w-scripps/

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