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Everything posted by atlnewsfan03

  1. That has me wondering, and I'd imagine others could easily be wondering the same thing about whether TEGNA's upper management is losing their minds. Better idea would be to The Story with Dan Haggerty in 7PM hour to keep traditional 6PM newscast in place. I would think TEGNA needs to wipe the slate clean and focus on doing real, substantive journalism at its stations, and not pawning off fancy names for newscasus (seen in Sacramento, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, etc.) as news. If Eyewitness News/Action News names and concept worked on their stations, I'd welcome a return to that.
  2. Besides Cox grounding WFOX-WJAX chopper, Scripps is also moving in the direction of grounding WCPO chopper. It's possible that miz-sized to smaller markets may not be able to fly news choppers long-term, and that trend could eventually find its way to larger markets. Plus flying drones looks to be more economically viable. Or stations doing like a decade ago of sharing news chopper to focus other resources on other things, if they wish to fly news choppers a little while longer. I'm also thinking along the lines that Durden's departure wasn't voluntary. I liked hearing his traffic reports on WSB radio (AM-750/95.5-FM and B-98.5) during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and his time on WSB 2. Hopefully Durden may find work elsewhere... Perhaps another Atlanta TV station would be smart to hire him.
  3. Besides WITI's recent refresh and WDJT, I think WISN got its new set not too long ago. I'd certainly agree with WTMJ needing a major upgrade... Assuming Scripps has plans to invest in Milwaukee.
  4. It'll be interested to see whether the new WCNC set will be Joe Lamberta design with Innovative Environments fabrications, similar to what KHOU and KTHV got in 2019... Assuming they don't go with Jack Morton PDG design (seen on KING, KUSA, WUSA, WHAS, etc.). If WCNC is exploring adopting a new on-air name, I could easily see "NBC 36 News" or "WCNC 36 News" name replacing "NBC Charlotte", assuming TEGNA doesn't damage them like it did WKYC, WXIA, and other stations. It'd also be interesting to see if TEGNA plans to invest in a new set for WKYC, and any other stations that have dated looking sets.
  5. Valid point about ABC making updates to the WNT set is ABC can't and doesn't need to be becoming complacent. Besides set and studio updates, we could see graphics updates as well. We'll have to see how things play out.
  6. I'd agree that the previous "This Is Home" (Gari) and the "Gannett" (Rampage) themes weren't too bad, but Gannett/TEGNA stations butchered them. Graphics... I didn't really care for Pyburn graphics (used with Gannett theme). The USA Today style color-coded graphics weren't too bad, although the color-coded tabs were a bit over the top. I don't care too much for "C Clarity" (Sixeme Son) music. Current graphics is okay. KUSA had its custom music (Third Street Music) from 1995-2009, and KARE had its custom music (also by Third Street) 1996-2013, as they didn't get Gannett package. Their custom music packages could easily be their versions of MCTYW (still heard on WPVI) and Chroma Cues (WJZ's longtime theme music). Portland and Bangor stations had "Good News" (Gari) for longest time. WFAA having "The Spirit of Texas" signature in their news music, before Belo sold out. It'd be a sad day for WNEP if and when they're forced to dump the Cliff Schwartz version of MCTYW for C Clarity. Besides TEGNA stations having newscasts with non-traditional names (like the current WKYC mess, WUSA's morning news, WTSP newscasts, WXIA newscasts, etc.), I wasn't a huge fan of the Rundown/Lineup concept. I believe that was something started on WGRZ by their former news director Ellen Crooke, and she implemented it on WXIA, and Gannett forced it on other stations. I also don't care for WXIA's current 11Alive logo either. I'd have welcomed them bringing back their pre-1993 logo or variation, or maybe a circle 11 logo with the Times New Roman font 11 (1993-2019 logo) with the Alive and NBC peacock to right. It's a thought.
  7. I'm wondering if that's the same Jeff Laurence that used to be a radio DJ (once hosted a Saturday Night show on Atlanta radio station WSB-FM, known to Atlanta radio listeners as B98.5, till about 2001/2002-ish). His voice sounds familiar. I could see Laurence becoming new voice to more local TV station newscasts in the near future, and maybe replacing any voiceover artists mulling retirement.
  8. That is true. For a time, original plans were for WATL 36 to pick up UPN, then WGNX 46 (owned by Tribune at the time) to pick up WB, and CBS to move to then WVEU 69 and start news department from scratch. Those plans never came to fruition.
  9. I remember the big affiliation switches of the mid 90s. Atlanta being my home market, I remember WAGA 5 ending its then 45-year union with CBS when they took Fox away from WATL 36. CBS got lucky in a sense in going to then WGNX 46 (now WGCL), despite the dilemma of CBS almost having nowhere to go. Next year will also be 40th anniversary of WSB 2 and WXIA 11 swapping out ABC and NBC.
  10. WDEF logo before 2005 crescent logo: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/3/38/WDEF_1995.png/revision/latest?cb=20171110152952 Present WDEF logo: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/f/f7/WDEF_new_logo.png/revision/latest?cb=20160108223049 WMBB had a very similar looking logo before 2004 variation of crescent logo: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/5/50/WMBB_-_2001_again.svg/revision/latest?cb=20190625233436
  11. That new Fox O&O graphics package doesn't look too bad. Looks nice. I'd imagine remaining Fox O&O's getting updated in the New Year ahead of the Super Bowl. What would also be interesting to see is whether new "Beyond" music package from Stephen Arnold is fully implemented, and the "Fox Affiliate News Theme" from OSI is fully retired. With Fox swapping Charlotte to Nexstar, in exchange for Nexstar swapping Seattle and Milwaukee to Fox, I kind of doubting WJZY would see graphics makeover. KCPQ and WITI, it'd probably late Spring or early Summer when they'd get graphics makeover. We'll see.
  12. Don't forget about Chattanooga when MG previously owned WDEF. Morris dumped the crescent from their 12 logo about a decade after MG sold it. And I'd agree with WMBB's 13 logo needing makeover, and Gray's KWCH needing makeover as well.
  13. I'd certainly agree. I believe the MG-era crescent logo has got to go too... And should've been gone quite some time ago. Not sure whether Nexstar would bring back WJBF's Spartan-era 6 logo or a variation, or keep the current 6 logo but lose the crescent. MG-era graphics package from a decade ago was looking quite dated. Hopefully those graphics are gone. I'd also agree on WJBF needing a new set. And I too could see newscasts originating from the old WAGT NBC 26 set for a few weeks for main studio to get completely redone, and WJBF likely getting a new set design similar to that other Nexstar stations. We'll see.
  14. That video clip with KOAA graphics. I happen to notice below the lower-third graphics what looks like "Line-Up" graphic, similar to what the previous Gannett/TEGNA graphics package had underneath its lower-third (Information Bar) graphic. I kind of find that somewhat unusual for a station to not have Gannett/TEGNA ownership.
  15. It would be interesting to see WFLX going in-house. Not sure how big the WFLX facilities is and whether it could house a news department (studio and newsroom space). It'd remain to be seen whether Gray wishes to build a news department from scratch, assuming the arrangement with WPTV is to end, and if WPTV is tapped to produce WSFL newscasts. Hopefully we learn more soon.
  16. Hopefully NBC makes the smart decision in renewing Days of our Lives. I'd prefer to see the soaps than see the train-wreck of cheap talk shows, game shows, and courtroom shows. With head writer Ron Carlivati, it would be destined to get better. I miss seeing a lot of other canceled soaps. As the World Turns and One Life to Live, near the end of their long runs were getting better. Novel idea would've been for the soaps to be shortened back to half-hour in length, as less is more. #SaveOurSoaps
  17. There's no telling which Meredith stations could be next in line for set makeover. I'd say KVVU looks to be due for a makeover, and I'd imagine them getting KPHO/WSMV set too. What stands out on the KPHO/WSMV set is the main anchor desk having what looks like a popped out LED box ticker display. It'll be interesting to see whether KCTV gets that too.
  18. Megyn Kelly landed an interview with the staffer "alleged" to have leaked Amy Robach video.
  19. I was thinking Scott Chapin was mulling retirement a few years ago. It wouldn't surprise me if Ed Ansin, owner of stations in Boston and Miami made him a sweet deal to stick around a little while longer. I'd imagine a few other Fox O&O's and Cox stations still have Chapin voicing their news opens and promos. Other voice-over I can think of, but not sure if any of the NYC stations use... Names like Bill Ratner, Bob Tracey, and Paul Turner. I don't know if WPIX still has Jim Cutler. Good female VO would be Roberta Solomon. I'd agree that Charlie Van Dyke may be inching closer to retirement.
  20. NBC wanted to experiment with expanding Nightly News from half-hour to full-hour back in the early 80s. Those plans never materialized. NYT article from 1981: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/20/arts/stations-board-passes-one-hour-nbc-news.html If CBS were to expand from half-hour to full-hour, one of a couple scenarios would have to occur. Easy scenario I could think of would be CBS (A) rescheduling daytime line-up... The Price Is Right at 11AM eastern The Young & The Restless at 1PM eastern The Talk at 2PM eastern The Bold & The Beautiful at 3PM eastern CBS having the option of shorten Let's Make A Deal to half-hour, or cancel LMAD for either a new half-hour soap or expand B&B to full-hour. Or if CBS wanted to move The Talk to 3PM eastern, and put B&B in 2PM eastern. CBSEN air 6:30-7:30PM eastern or 7-8PM eastern. (B) CBS convincing its affiliates to air hour-long CBSEN, and having O'Donnell personally visit each of the affiliates. The only successful hour-long network evening news program would be PBS Newshour seen on most PBS member stations. It would be interesting to see whether or not NBC would also want to revisit the hour-long Nightly News idea again, or if ABC could be thinking the same thing with World News Tonight. Only time will tell.
  21. I kind of don't see CBS wanting to repeat the mistake of filling 10PM hour Monday-Friday with CBS Evening News much like a decade ago how NBC filled 10PM hour Monday-Friday with Jay Leno's failed prime-time talk show. Plus, I don't think CBS would want to cancel its news show anytime soon. Things to remember is: (1) Many TV viewers have lost faith in local and national news organizations for a multitude of reasons. (2) CBS has never fully recovered from the mid 90s affiliation switch, where CBS lost affiliates (in Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay) to Fox, as well as additional switches that took place in Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Philly, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City about that same time. (3) And whether it's Scott Pelley, or Jeff Glor, or Norah O'Donnell anchoring, or if CBS were to pick a name like Shephard Smith or Ann Curry, ratings aren't going to improve overnight. This will take time.
  22. Other music packages Arnold has also since retired... Another Fox affiliate package Outlaw News went away about the same time as Fusion and Elevation. I believe Global Village, News Edge, and WWL News have also since been retired. I wouldn't be surprised if Signature gets retired soon.
  23. It seems to me like TEGNA has lost its way. Scripps seems tolerable.
  24. I'd agree that WGCL 46, back during their WGNX days was very good, especially during the "Georgia's News at Ten" era. That ended when WAGA 5 took Fox away from WATL 36, upon ending its then 45-year union with CBS. Had CBS went to WUPA 69 (when it was still WVEU), it'd probably be another WWJ. We don't know what WATL would've looked like had they affiliated with CBS. WGCL having news department benefitted CBS greatly. Since Meredith acquired WGCL from Tribune, I'd agree with back-and-forth name changes between CBS 46 and CBS Atlanta, outside the infamous failed "Clear News" concept, as well as management and anchor turnovers, hence the "revolving door" status. WGCL's ratings may not be the best, despite many opportunities recently to jump into 3rd place, and push WXIA 11 into last place. At the same time, WGCL is profitable (making tons of money). My guess would be as good as anyone elses... "status quo". I couldn't see Meredith doing a WIAT on WGCL, as "Daily News" concept would likely fail. Not sure whether WGCL could experiment with "Eyewitness News", considering "Action News" is on WSB 2.
  25. I'd agree. It wouldn't hurt WPLG to sacrifice one of their newscasts. Unless WPLG and its parent company BH Media have a similar dilemma like KSNV's former parent company Intermountain West Communications (predated Sinclair acquisition) did a few years ago, when their local news and local programming expansion went nowhere or was short-lived. I could see WPLG put Live with Kelly & Ryan back on at 9AM, and put Tamron Hall on at 10AM, and them keep 3PM newscast.
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