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Speaking of Raycom cuts:

 

FTVLive is reporting that WMC will not be renewing its contract for its chopper and its use will end after January 1. That will leave the Memphis market without a helicopter, and WMC without a chopper for the first time in nearly 20 years. WHBQ employs a drone, and the report indicates WMC will be working with Raycom to test drone coverage as well.

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So it looks like Raycom is going the Nexstar way with the cuts...

 

And I'd love to see the faces of those who justify cutting the chopper when they try and fly that drone near a crime scene or fire and are ordered to pull back. These are the same morons that will say a drone can do the same job as a regular chopper for only 1/100th of the cost and with no limitations...

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At this rate WEWS has lost what is left of their historic legacy with Scripp's cheapness.

 

 

 

 

Despite WOIO's woes I don't see Raycom selling 19/43, because a.) it their largest market they owned next (WWSB/Channel 7 Sarasota, FL) b.) it has to be a cash cow despite their languish in 4th place. Credit has to be given to Applegate who came in and shook the market up. Yes, 19 Action News was brash and in your face. However, it did the job, and it challenged the other three stations in the market.

 

Now, one would of wonder how it would of been if CBS would affiliate itself with WUAB 43 instead of 19 at the time; which had a 10pm news?

 

Again, despite the ax swinging at 19 it still puts out a good product, but they're trying hard to moving away from the in your face, brashness that brought them eyeballs. Now they have a clear, crisp newscast. However, they lost credibility with the puppets doing the court case. If you did an autopsy report on the 4 news operation in Cleveland it should be something to an extend of this;

 

WJW-FOX 8- provides the most local news in the market. The morning news dominate, the evening news 3.5hrs. it was once O&O by FOX, and one of CBS' highest affiliates during their tenure as CBS affiliate. Great operation, newscast just needs an updated look with (set/graphics)

 

WKYC- Channel 3- Doesn't compete at Noon or 5pm. Over the last 18 years it product has gotten better with time. The once station that was a third place doormat has overcome a lot of challenges, and there still work in progress. Still pours out a good newscast, but their biggest issue is their parent company.

 

WOIO- Cleveland 19- every since 1994 switch from FOX to CBS it has tried to compete with the big three station in the market. It has made some inroads in the early 2000s, which helped their cause. Still in 4th place in most newscast, somewhat competitive. In 1995, it only had a 6/11pm news. Now 21 years later provides AM, Noon, 4,5,6,11PM (9,10PM news on sister station WUAB 43). It gone from splash & trash to a more conservative newscast. Despite ownership woes at it logo is polished unlike the folks on Euclid Ave.

 

WEWS-Channel 5- First in Ohio TV station to go on the air in 1947, and how the mighty has fallen. Once the dominate station in the market. Where it once pre-empt GMA for it own locally produce morning show; The Morning Exchange. No longer carries Wheel/Jeopardy, it newscast ratings have fallen. The station newscast not as strong, and for this to be the flagship station with the company name as your call letters. E.W.S-but how can Channels 3 & 19 news be more attractive than WEWS-TV5? Biggest woes is the parent company, and the company legacy has gone out the window. When your station brand identity looks like it was created by a 7 year old? One would wonder what would Dorothy Fuldheim have to say about this if she was alive?

 

So basically, WJW is the winner. And I 200% agree. They do everything right.

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Couldn't WUAB be used as a secondary channel for the games that conflict with the Browns? I do have to wonder if the ratings for the Browns games are a lot lower than last year's or the year the before.

 

The NFL would never allow it...it'll would start to cannibalize into the Sunday Ticket package.

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So basically, WJW is the winner. And I 200% agree. They do everything right.

Yup. In this order: WJW, WKYC and then WEWS and WOIO/WUAB waaaaaaaaay in the back...

 

WKYC now leads at 11pm mostly because WJW doesn't have an 11pm newscast (and they haven't since 1994, when they cancelled a truncated 11-minute newscast at 11pm that debuted following the Fox affiliation switch).

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Can we also expect a new set & graphics package from WJZ in 2017?

Now, now... let's not get too ahead of ourselves.

 

Because... it's WJZ.

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As mentioned in the chat box...

 

latest?cb=20161217020732

 

A brand new logo for Wilmington's WWAY 3, all in preparation for WWAY receiving the CBS affiliation on DT2. The letters aren't bad, but the 3 looks so 80s-ish.

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These two stations may be a good fixer upper for Meredith, but they have the same problem in Atlanta with WGCL as it has never had the chance to compete there.

It could be a good fixer upper for Hearst or Graham also..

add: the signal is also a major cause of the lack of ratings/revenue. raycom should make effects to the switch DTV channels or if not, swap with wuab, but they're cheap and probably will never happen unless the stations were to have a new owner.

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I seriously don't know why WOIO doesn't go on WUAB 43.3 for those outside of WOIO's range. Move Grit to 19.3 and then run 43.3 in 720p (or even 1080i if possible).

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As mentioned in the chat box...

 

latest?cb=20161217020732

 

A brand new logo for Wilmington's WWAY 3, all in preparation for WWAY receiving the CBS affiliation on DT2. The letters aren't bad, but the 3 looks so 80s-ish.

 

Reminds me a lot of WOAY (ABC Beckley/Bluefield WV)'s logo before the DT switch.

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I seriously don't know why WOIO doesn't go on WUAB 43.3 for those outside of WOIO's range. Move Grit to 19.3 and then run 43.3 in 720p (or even 1080i if possible).

Hell, map it as 19.3 just to alleviate any confusion.

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Reminds me a lot of WOAY (ABC Beckley/Bluefield WV)'s logo before the DT switch.

 

The logo looks fairly decent, with its retro 80's vibe to it. Even on a bad logo making day, it's still miles better than WEWS 5 or Cox's FOX25 Boston logo...... Sadly, it pains me to say all that considering it's a "Morris 'The Cat' Communications" station.

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Reminds me a lot of WOAY (ABC Beckley/Bluefield WV)'s logo before the DT switch.

 

1990s WEAR too. They used the same italicized "3" for their news based off their now-former logo.

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As mentioned in the chat box...

 

latest?cb=20161217020732

 

A brand new logo for Wilmington's WWAY 3, all in preparation for WWAY receiving the CBS affiliation on DT2. The letters aren't bad, but the 3 looks so 80s-ish.

 

Kinda feels like their short-lived 90s logo...

 

latest?cb=20110331140251

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Tom Beres just signed off this evening on WKYC in Cleveland during its 6pm newscast. They had a tribute and a look back on his 37-year career.

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Longtime WLTV (Miami's Univision affiliate) anchor Guillermo Benites passed away Saturday morning after battling an undisclosed illness. Benites retired in September 2015 after 39 years with the station.

 

http://www.mediamoves.com/2016/12/guillermo-benites-dies-illness.html

 

Very sad when I heard of this. I have watched him since forever. Sucks that he's now gone and was one of the good guys in the market.

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Guy Gordon leaving WDIV in Detroit for his own radio show at WJR-Radio.

 

http://www.adweek.com/tvspy/guy-gordon-leaving-wdiv/183266

It's a great move for WJR. Micheal Savage was a corporate cramdown by the Dickeys and was a terrible fit for a station known for congenial hosts like Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann and Mitch Albom.

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Here's an interesting article from TVNewsCheck's Playout vertical about how LiveU is preparing for the inauguration. They will primarily be relying on the cellular network but like other high profile events they'll setup WiFi hotspots.

 

Maybe I'm mistaken but doesn't the secret service use cell phone jammers when the president's on the move?

 

Also, I think their COO's comments about Fox and NBC not repairing their satellite trucks when they break down is a bit off. I understand that cellular news gathering is a lot more common place but I can't see the networks not repairing a vehicle. The trucks are extremely expensive and can't imagine they would put it off to the side if it's still within its useful life cycle. Additionally the networks frequently own/lease transponder space for the long term so it would be a waste to NOT fix a truck.

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Hot spots won't help much. Extra hot spots did almost no good for us or any other TV station during World Series coverage a couple of years ago.

 

They need to use the satellite space and feed using dedicated lines.

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