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  1. With COVID-19 dominating the news cycle.  WNYW Fox 5 NY appears to have made a change to its 10PM opening.  Instead of the standard "It's 10PM do you know where your children are?", NYC viewers will be seeing... "It's 10PM, stay home, stay safe, stay strong, we're all in this together."




  2. 3 hours ago, johnnya2k6 said:

    UPDATE: On WSB, Justin Farmer and Jorge Estevez have been anchoring at the Bulldogs Gameday studio rather than the newsroom with Zach Klein outside the building; WAGA had Cody Chaffins doing his sports segments at home but he and Justin Felder are for right now doing general assignment reporting while David Chandley is doing weather from home (still no sign of Ken Rodriguez); WXIA/WATL, Chris Holcomb now doing his weather from home with Jeff Hullinger the only in-studio anchor now; on WGCL/WPCH, Shon Gables is anchoring from home.

    Not sure what the morning newscasts are looking like for Atlanta, as I'm not really an early riser.  WSB, if they have Fred Blankenshipb Linda Stouffer, Carol Sbarge, Brian Monahan, and Mark Arum spread out or in separate studios or home.  2 nights ago, with WSB weather, I saw where Brad Nitz was home and Glenn Burns in studio at chromakey wall.  WAGA, not sure what Good Day Atlanta team's social diatancing looks like.  Not sure of WXIA's Morning Rush team social distancing set-up, and whether Atlanta & Company show is still doing shows or is on hiatus.  WGCL, if they have Karyn Greer and Gurvir Dhindsa spread out or home.  AJC Radio & TV Talk reported of 2 WGCL employees (no names released) getting the virus... https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/cbs46-wgcl-has-two-employees-with-covid/rZZLzxfTs1NP1zRw90SifL/, and hopefully their facility hasn't had to shutdown, and their newscasts relocate.  WUPA is still showing WBZ simulcast.

  3. 26 minutes ago, kshow said:

    Looks like CBS2 just got a new temporary studio, thanks to YES Network In Stamford, CT. 


    I'm very pleased CBS was able to find a temporary home for WCBS till the CBS Broadcast Center can safely reopen.  Yes Network set looks very nice I must say.

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  4. Atlanta...

     WSB 2: separated.  As of tonight's 11PM news, Jovita Moore at main anchor desk.  Jorge Estevez in the stage right story presentation area.  Zach Klein was in sports bunker area of WSB-TV building, not in actual news studio.  Didn't catch weather to see if Brad Nitz was in weather area.

     WAGA 5: 10PM had Russ Spencer and Courtney Bryant in separate parts of the studio.  11PM had Tom Haynes solo.  Chief meteorologist David Chandley doing weather at chromakey wall.  Not sure if Ken Rodriguez is doing sports segment in studio or the sports bunker area of WAGA-TV building.

     WXIA 11 & WATL 36: prime-time newscast anchors looked to be separated.  11PM anchors separated.  Didn't catch the weather, to see whether Chris Holcomb was in studio.  I'm thinking sports segments to be on hiatus.

     WGCL 46 & WPCH 17: meteorologist at home.  11PM, Ella Dorsey presenting weather from what looks to be her residence.  Brittany Murphy and Shon Gables separated.  Rick Folbaum was off.  Fred Kalil on opposite side of the studio.

     WUPA 69: WCBS-produced CW 69 News at 10 has been on hiatus for over a week, and is showing WBZ 4 out of Boston, which is also doing CBSN National as regular CBSN National broadcast is still on hiatus.

    Have no vids or screencap pics to show.  These are observations I've made by surfing channels.

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  5. On 3/16/2020 at 7:55 PM, JacobC said:

    We need NBC to give the 9-11am slots back to their affiliates PERIOD. No more third and fourth hour please, it is enough

    I doubt NBC would return 2 hours of daytime programming back to its affiliates.  My thinking would be... Why not bring back the soaps?

    I miss seeing the soaps, especially Another World.  At least NBC still has Days of our Lives, which got renewed for its 56th season.

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  6. With WCBS producing new nightly 10PM newscast for WUPA (CW 69 in Atlanta), I saw where that newscast was placed on temporary hiatus.

    With CBSN Boston temporarily taking the reigns of CBSN New York and CBSN National... The show must go on.

  7. 2 hours ago, wabceyewitness said:

    I wonder if new graphics will come with the studio relaunch. I like the current music, but if they do change it, I’m hoping it’s something with a nod back to the Peter Jennings-era music. Not a fan of the direction ABC News music has been going lately. 

    I could see WNT returning to the 1996-2012 Edd Kalehoff theme with a few updates amd remastering working.  We'll see what ABC has planned when newly updated studio debuts.

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  8. On 1/18/2020 at 4:15 AM, Drew said:

    they should have given the 4th hour a audience from the very start with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Their part always seemed better with an audience. 

    the name on thurs and fridays seems like they have too many &’s in it though

    I agree that the 4th hour would work well with live studio audience.  I'd imagine NBC may be testing the waters on having Hoda and Jenna in studio 6A on Thursdays and Fridays to see whether they'd want to do studio audience shows 5 days a week.

    I'd also imagine NBC continuing to tinker with 4th hour.  I could see 4th hour getting renamed to "Later Today", and maybe adding 2 or 3 additional female co-hosts to the panel if they decide to go studio 6A permanently.  4th hour doing Today's Talk discussion (equivalent of Hot Topics) at the start of the show.  Keeping segments, like Ambush Makeovers with Louis Laqueri, and usual celebrity guests, DIY segments, etc.

  9. On 1/19/2020 at 2:05 PM, ns8401 said:

    It’s most likely just a political ad ploy... it’s unlikely they’ll start any kind of news department at all...

    I'm kind of thinking that too.  Even FTVLive reported that this stunt CBS has opted for is a "money grab".  WCBS 2 NYC producing WUPA 69 Atlanta newscast, KTVT 11 DFW producing WKBD 50 Detroit newscast, and WFOR 4 Miami producing WTOG 44 Tampa Bay newscast.

    (1) Better scenario would've been having a competing station produce newscasts.  Atlanta, having WSB 2 do WUPA newscast.  Tampa Bay having WTSP 10 or WFTS 28 do WTOG newscast.  Detroit, having WDIV 4 do WKBD newscast, if WWJ 62 relaunching news department isn't on CBS' agenda.

    (2) Another thing worth pointing out, CBS may not be exactly alone.  Scripps is looking to start a WSFL 39 Miami newscast this year.  And I'm kind of thinking that too is another money grab.  It'll be interesting to see whether WSFL newscast will be produced by WPTV 5 WPB or WFTS 28 Tampa Bay.

  10. I saw where AJC Radio and TV Talk picked up the story about CBS looking for to do local CW affiliate 10PM newscasts.  https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/the-starting-hybrid-local-cbs-national-news-program-february/9ZyHFtJP9nOeDtCBfsL6YO/


    I'd agree with others about Detroit that it wouldn't hurt CBS to restart WWJ news department from scratch.  Stations doing local news is cheaper to produce and more profitable, even if the ratings aren't the absolute best.  I also noticed Seattle being missing.  I have yet to see on-air promos on WUPA promoting new nightly 10PM newscast.

  11. 33 minutes ago, Greggo said:

    I thought Tegna was supposed to be giving up on this crap?!?


    4 hours ago, MorningNews said:

    The value of just doing a traditional newscast without the gimmicks is super lost on these stations now days. I do like Dan Haggerty though.

    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.

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  12. On 1/13/2020 at 11:42 AM, Greggo said:

    Longtime WSB chopper pilot Jason Durden posted on Twitter that he’s no longer with the station. Pretty abrupt. Last time in the air was apparently last week. Sister stations WJAX and WFOX grounded their chopper. Surely the mighty WSB wouldn’t have gone that route, too. Or would they? 



    On 1/14/2020 at 8:39 AM, ScottJ said:

    That's probably what happened now that WSB is owned by a hedge fund, which are always looking to cut costs whenever possible.


    15 hours ago, rkolsen said:


    They are keeping their helicopter, Jason just retired.


    15 hours ago, Greggo said:

    I think you mean “retired.” That post makes it pretty clear it wasn’t his choice. The whole “changes ... can happen at any time” part is pretty telling. FTV has a vague(ish) quote from the news director claiming they’ll still have a chopper. Perhaps they went from 2 to 1. Or they found someone who works for less $$$. Something’s definitely up. 

    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.

  13. 3 hours ago, Weeters said:

    WTMJ is in bad need of a new set (or at least a major refresh), especially since they started wallpapering it and removing duratrans, leaving the LED back lighting exposed (behind the plexi on either side of the desk). They now have the oldest set in the market, and both WITI and WDJT have essentially received two new sets in the period that WTMJ set has been up.


    My fear is, since their studio is round, they'll be convinced that the best use of the space is a green wall and floor.

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 hours ago, TheRyan said:


    Considering how close they are in the ratings to NBC Nightly News, I would think the network sees it as a necessary investment to keep them as competitive (in terms of visuals) as possible. 


    Besides, I think it's good they want to keep things updated for that studio--despite the planned move.   That studio has a lot of history and I'm glad they are going to keep it looking as good as possible to the end of its use.

    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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. On 10/16/2019 at 10:57 PM, RGSJenkins said:

    The new vo is Jeff Laurence, however the opens haven't been updated yet.

    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.

  18. On 12/13/2019 at 11:57 PM, JCB4TV said:

    In Atlanta, CBS had to buy WVEU (WUPA) when they thought no one wanted to affaliate with the eye before eventually moving to WGNX. In Detroit, CBS had a similar issue when they had to buy WPGR (WWJ) at the last moment while in Milwaukee CBS had to move to Weigel's WDJT. In 1994, all these stations were, as you expect, low budget, low rated, poor signal, independent stations that had to be vastly improved in order to gain respect in their communities.

    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.

  19. On 12/11/2019 at 1:18 PM, TexasTVNews said:

    Well, hard to believe it's been 25 years since the big network affiliation switch that took place on September 3rd to December 1994.


    September 3, 1994...

    Cleveland: WJW (CBS to FOX), WOIO (Fox to CBS)


    September 12, 1994...

    Phoenix: KPHO (Ind to CBS), KSAZ (CBS to Ind)

    Kansas City: WDAF (NBC to FOX), KSHB (Fox to NBC)


    December 11, 1994....

    Detroit: WJBK (CBS to FOX), WKBD (FOX to Ind to UPN), and WGPR now WWJ (Ind to CBS).

    Tampa: WTSP (ABC to CBS), WTVT (CBS to FOX) and WFTS (FOX to ABC).

    Atlanta: WAGA (CBS to FOX), WATL (FOX to Ind to WB), and WGNX now WGCL (Ind to CBS).


    December 15, 1994...

    Phoenix: KTVK (ABC to Ind), KSAZ (Ind to FOX), KNXV (Fox to ABC)


    I could be wrong on the date in Phoenix's part of the affiliation change.


    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.

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  20. On 12/9/2019 at 8:59 PM, tyrannical bastard said:

    Chattanooga went back to the future in a way, with WDEF's logo resembling the one it had pre-crescent.

    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

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  21. 16 hours ago, TheRyan said:





    12 hours ago, C Block said:










    4 hours ago, Georgie56 said:



    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.

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  22. 2 hours ago, tyrannical bastard said:

    The "6" and the crescent are long overdue for a change.  But seeing as how this station was the lone holdover of the old Media General package (and JDK music dumped only a few years earlier), it's progress, nonetheless....


    I'm surprised how many of the old MG-era logos are still being used.  They live on in Myrtle Beach, Tampa, Charleston, Greenville, NC (to an extent), and in places like Panama City and Wichita, where the former's logo not only survived it's sale by Media General to Hoak, but also to Nexstar, and the reunion with it's sisters under the MG-Nexstar merger!  Same with KWCH, which lives on through Gray who merged with prior owner Schurz.

    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.

  23. 9 hours ago, ABC 7 Denver said:

    Ugh. They need to get rid of the Media General era golden crescent. It's so antiquated and has never looked good.

    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.

    10 hours ago, MidnightJunkie said:

    New Graphics to come for WJBF in Augusta, GA. (Monday???)  Which looks like it will be the KOIN/WJHL package. All of the weekend newscasts are being done on the desk the faces the newsroom, which has received brand new wall graphics. Possibly a new set on the way, but I wouldn't put my money on it. I would assume that if they were receiving a brand new set they would broadcast from studio #2, the former WAGT studio. I'm going to assume there will be new duras, at the very least.






    Vimeo video of the new graphics package

    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.

  24. 20 minutes ago, ABC 7 Denver said:


    So they lost their last Creative Director who commissioned a pretty descent package from Rey Rodriguez when he was freelancing (before he created Linear Drift) in 2014. In 2015 that Creative Director left the station and two years lader a new graphics/logo/music was created and implemented to mirror KMGH. The crappy 3D Peakcock in the OTS super is a graphic pulled from the 2002-2004 package.


    This is actually the best package they had but it was used for such a short time (3 years)!



    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.

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