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Everything posted by KentBrockman

  1. I knew there was a third station!
  2. The opens and some elements have been updated to match the graphics in monitors on the station’s new set and the look of some of their recent promos. Inside sources say the station will debut an all new graphics package in February and that the updated elements are temporary. The 10pm is now known as News4 Tonight. More videos to come. IMG_0947.MP4 IMG_0946.MP4
  3. Honestly this is the best WDEF has looked in years. Won’t help pull them out of the ratings basement that both MG and Morris dug them into, but at least the crappy Videohive graphics are gone.
  4. Unfortunately, that won’t happen because Graham Media still utilizes WPLG as their graphics hub. BH is sort of an owner in-name only, Graham still pretty much handles day-to-day operations. It’s kind of like a Sinclair/Cunningham sort of arrangement. I don’t know if it was originally planned that way, but it looks like Graham has had a lot of trouble letting go and BH not used to running TV stations was like “F—- it.” The other thought about this and most likely reason is Graham probably sold to BH initially with the understanding that they would still be the manager and operator of the station, probably to reduce some of their debt load.
  5. Something tells me though that the news department will “launch” at WPTV in the interim. There’s no way, especially since we are going into the last month of 2019, that they will even be close to being launched by even this time next year. It takes time, money, etc. to build out a news operation. Look at WRDE, WJZY, WMBF for past examples of building out a news operation, it took them well over a year from start until launch. The way the news release makes it sound is that they will launch in a matter of months, but it’s more likely they won’t be able to fully launch a news department at WSFL until at least 2021.
  6. Why are you sticking up for Nexstar, unless you’re Perry Sook, uh... Gavin, if that’s your REAL name!
  7. I knew it! One more to go. There was apparently three of us.
  8. That’s one of my most favorite TV logos. I also love how it still exists to this day in all its retro 70s glory.
  9. Their only hope is if TEGNA or Cox/Apollo sell. Sinclair has assimilated KOMO, so no hope for that to ever be the same again.
  10. The WJZY/WMYT move to Nexstar is unsurprising to me. FOX initially wanted an O&O in a booming NFC market like Carolina, well it took one journey to get to the Super Bowl to spook Cam Newton and make the Carolina Panthers not as good of a team as previously hoped... not to mention the team’s internal struggles. Then you had all the money FOX poured into WJZY to build out a news department in a market LARGELY dominated by WBTV and WSOC. They brought in top-rated talent and took an alternative approach that flatlined. They spent the next few years trying to claw their way out of the ratings basement, even getting beat in competiting time slots with the former FOX station WCCB. In a five station market (which should only be at most three or four) WJZY was and has been almost consistently fifth place. Unsurprisingly, WCNC (TEGNA) and WCCB (Bahakel) have always been distant third and fourth respectively, so surely FOX couldn’t have thought their chances were stellar. What’s worse is that FOX had so many issues from the start (like a failed move to larger facilities, cost-cutting moves, management and talent turnover, equipment problems) and made so many mistakes in the WJZY launch that they ultimately never got a return on that investment. Dumping WJZY/WMYT for WITI and KCPQ/KZJO is the best case scenario, they just got better run, better rated properties for next to nothing when compared with the dumpster fire they just unloaded onto Nexstar. It will take a miracle for Nexstar to turn around WJZY/WMYT and even then it’s less likely they will be able to. Coupled with the fact Seattle is a WAY bigger and better NFC market than Charlotte. WJZY/WMYT should be grouped in with Nexstar properties such as WGNO, do not resuscitate, and sold off to whatever bottom feeding company will take them.
  11. As others mentioned in this thread, I can vouch that I learned the reason for this from my former news director. By starting the newscast 2 minutes early, you save time and can win the quarter hour on more hard hitting top stories or breaking news coverage. It’s definitely a consultant move and it’s one that all stations across the country follow. For example, a sample newscast starts with a 15-30 second pre-show topical tease, then you have a 10-15 second open, then you have an extra 5-10 seconds for the anchors to introduce themselves, then you toss in a minute for first weather, etc. By the time the hour starts, you’re already in to your first lead story. Your lead story is what will help you win the quarter hour. In markets like Nashville, ratings are done on the quarter hour and every minute counts. Wasting precious time on the intro pleasantries wastes time, but it’s unfortunately necessary. By doing it this way, you can ensure your station wins the lead-in and viewers won’t turn it off which is important if you want to win the quarter hour. A compelling lead-in that starts right at the top of the hour or half hour can make or break a newscast. If you started the top or bottom of the hour with all the wasted time at the beginning of the newscast, then you’ll basically be telling viewers to turn you off because you have no reason for them to watch. People don’t want you to waste their time, they want to know what’s going on the moment they tune in, which most of the time is right on the hour or half hour. Also, you mad bro? If this is what makes you want to metaphorically or even literally kill yourself, then I suggest some serious professional help. Stations have been starting before the half hour or hour for years, your screaming in all caps and angry aggression on this will only fall on deaf ears. It’s not going to change, this is a consultant driven business and consultants say start early.
  12. Interesting documentary, though I don't think it's the scariest of the TV logos I've seen. Probably the scariest IMHO is the RKO General station IDs from the 1980s, that is the stuff of nightmares!
  13. Forreal, can we talk about the success story that Hearst has had with standardization? I feel like we’ve all at some point or another downed companies for making all their stations look cookie cutter and standardized, particularly CBS O&Os, but Hearst has been doing it for over two decades and somehow does a hell of a good job with it.
  14. Yeah Dan Miller died from a heart attack while home in Augusta, GA in 2009. Tom Randles who was already working at the station as a secondary evening anchor became his successor. Everyone disputes the Demetria thing, and I cannot say one way or another what really happened. The only thing I know for sure is that ratings slipped hard after Dan died and several unpopular previous management decisions accelerated the decline. Demetria didn’t save the station from its fall from grace, she wasn’t the one keeping ratings up, she was still there when they were slipping into third place. It was her departure that only made things quickly worse. It was mostly the high profile incidents behind the scenes with previous management and Demetria playing up her departure as a victim in The Tennessean that led to additional people turning it off. The backlash the station received were not even from longtime viewers, a lot of people who complained read about it or saw it mentioned somewhere else and decided to jump on the hate bandwagon, claiming they had watched for years when arguably they may have only watched once in the 30 years she was there. WSMV is thankfully recovering and quickly under a new management. The current management in place knows what to do to turn things around and they’ve been making good choices. As I’ve previously mentioned, July sweeps was very telling that no one in the market did better than the other, not even WTVF. It was only WSMV that for the first time in a long time had year over year growth and ranked second out of four stations. We’ll see what happens with the November book, but hopefully the growth continues.
  15. Technically the weather pod that KPHO uses is not a weather pod at WSMV. That area is known as the content center, so far it’s been used for traffic, sports, a secondary standup shot, and can also be used (and is slated to be used) as an alternate anchor desk. WSMV now has four standup areas versus only two before. Two of those standup areas, the long arrays, will soon be coded to be split in two making two additional camera shots with a half-wall instead of the full wall for a total of 6 standup areas. There’s also the chroma wall on the opposite wall of the set but that will be used only for weather at this point. The idea behind this set was to use every last available inch of space in that studio and they successfully did so. That’s the idea. New management is building the station basically from the ground up again.
  16. Here are some more photos of the new set. Definitely an improvement over the former set. But as previously mentioned, yes this is the KPHO set modified. Meredith is apparently putting this same set design in two more stations.
  17. None of that surprised me to be honest, I knew the WFXG stuff was going to happen because Gray wasn't going to continue producing newscasts for a competing station. I venture to say that WFXG's efforts will be very low-budget in comparison, however. Meanwhile the WJBF move doesn't surprise me because they've been wanting a chunk of the 7pm and 4pm audience for awhile now that WRDW/WAGT had all to themselves. What does surprise me is that they haven't picked up Tamron Hall or a decent lead-in to the 4pm. This station still relies on The People's Court and Judge Mathis for syndicated programming. Also, the WRDW/WAGT moves don't surprise me. Having worked there and knowing the egomaniac that the news director is, she doesn't want ANY station to have a chance to one up her operation even when her operation has been failing in the ratings for years. Having looked at the schedules for all of the stations, it looks to me like none of the stations picked up The Mel Robbins Show and none of the stations have Rachael Ray anymore since WRDW dropped it for 25 Words or Less. WFXG and WAGT-DT2 (CW Augusta) are both airing double and sometimes even triple runs as well as shows no longer in active syndication (The Jerry Springer Show for instance). Honestly, none of this surprises me in the least. What does surprise me is that WFXG is making an effort to make a name for itself in a two-station market largely dominated by WJBF with a distant and mostly dead last WRDW/WAGT. As far as their news goes, the production values are pretty awful, as well as their news content and their news team is very stiff and lack confidence. Also, Jay Jefferies is NOT a certified chief meteorologist. He's a weather forecaster who calls himself a chief meteorologist. It will be interesting to see if they further expand but my money is on them actually reducing newscasts eventually. They can't be making headway in the ratings. Heck, even when WAGT was a standalone operation they pulled in hashmarks for ratings most of the time.
  18. Here's a few pictures of their temporary setup upstairs in the Today in Nashville studio. Weather is being done from a monitor at the Live Desk. Tom did a Facebook Live earlier in the evening showing the production crew already ripping out parts of the old set. It looked like the weather center started getting dismantled and duratrans were being ripped out. https://www.facebook.com/WSMVTV/videos/908865392800444/
  19. WSMV-TV in Nashville is getting a brand new set designed by Z Space Creative. This has been previously mentioned on Discord, but today is their final day on the old FX Group set. They should be on their new set by late October.
  20. Definitely Baron, I can tell by the gray remote.
  21. I've said it once and I'll say it a thousand times over, the only thing saving HLN is Morning Express with Robin Meade. Her show needs to be moved over directly to CNN and New Day needs to be cancelled. After that, HLN needs to either return to a rotating newswheel or needs to cease to exist.
  22. I think based on the graphics alone, KGPE has broken the mandate mold of each station HAS to have the package that corresponds with their affiliation For instance, if WJBF ever gets a new look I am for certain they will probably use the CBS version minus the eye element just because it goes better with their logo. It's exciting to see and makes me wonder what other stations will use.
  23. That's memorable, that's Me. MeTV.
  24. It did happen in February which led to a major management overhaul. I somewhat agree with you, especially since Gray owns WVLT in Knoxville and WMC in Memphis, it gives them a third station in the capital which is needed and technically fourth station in the state since Gray has a relationship with Sarkes Tarzian who owns WRCB in Chattanooga. Actually, while they are dominant they aren't dominant by much. They had some major losses in the demo and in overall ratings in May. They've also been making a lot of bad decisions lately as well as some major technical fuck ups. The Scripps fever has finally started to overtake them, and I don't believe they will continue being dominant unless major changes are made. Their on-air product is just stale, and they report news that's several days old that other stations have already reported on. The ONLY reason WTVF continues to dominate is their aggressive promotion, the longevity of their talent (which can only last so long), and their stranglehold on the older viewers. In the demo of 25-54, which is more important now, they don't do very well and are usually at one point or another each day overtaken by WKRN or WSMV pretty much in every time slot.
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