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40 minutes ago, MadMan400096 said:

In hindsight, it was pretty stupid of WATL to reject the idea of affiliating with CBS. Yeah, I know CBS was falling during that time, but its original choice of UPN wound up being a total bomb of a network, and the WB didn't fare that much better (outside of Kids WB and the teen stuff perhaps), all things considered.

Especially since they had planned to start news anyway as a Fox affiliate before WAGA took the affiliation. And 4 years later CBS regained the NFL. 

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45 minutes ago, KentBrockman said:


First off, you sound like a broken record. Secondly, they did. Several times.

What happen I did not think the submit button worked. It did and pushed the button too many times. My fault

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47 minutes ago, CubsFan79 said:

What happen I did not think the submit button worked. It did and pushed the button too many times. My fault

 

And I fixed it. No one's crazy or a broken record.

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1 hour ago, 24994J said:

 

And I fixed it. No one's crazy or a broken record.

thank you

1 hour ago, 24994J said:

 

And I fixed it. No one's crazy or a broken record. thanks

 

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On 12/13/2019 at 11:21 PM, atlnewsfan03 said:

  Next year will also be 40th anniversary of WSB 2 and WXIA 11 swapping out ABC and NBC.

 

Actually, next year will be the 40th anniversary of many stations swapping NBC for ABC in 1980 due to ABC's massive ratings at that time and the network seeking stronger affiliates.

 

Atlanta-ABC swapped from WXIA to WSB losing NBC

Dayton-ABC swapped from WKEF to WDTN losing NBC (reversed August 2004)

Jacksonville-ABC swapped from WJKS (now WCWJ) to WTLV losing NBC (reversed April 1988)

 

Not 1980 but 1979 for the same reason Indianapolis-ABC swapped from WTHR to WRTV losing NBC

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18 minutes ago, jerseyfla said:

 

Actually, next year will be the 40th anniversary of many stations swapping NBC for ABC in 1980 due to ABC's massive ratings at that time and the network seeking stronger affiliates.

 

Atlanta-ABC swapped from WXIA to WSB losing NBC

Dayton-ABC swapped from WKEF to WDTN losing NBC (reversed August 2004)

Jacksonville-ABC swapped from WJKS (now WCWJ) to WTLV losing NBC (reversed April 1988)

 

Not 1980 but 1979 for the same reason Indianapolis-ABC swapped from WTHR to WRTV losing NBC

In the early days of television, in many markets, CBS & NBC had the stronger and well funded stations with ABC & DuMont having to make due with either secondary clearances, weaker VHF stations, or unenviable UHF stations. As television become more viable and profitable, ABC won the battle with DuMont to be the nation's third network, stations became stronger, and more signed on the air. By the late 1970s, many markets had grown large enough to support three or more stations. ABC, with the assistance of Monday Night Football, became the top rated network, as the expense of NBC, necessitating upgrades in many markets across the nation. In addition to the markets above, other switches included:

 

San Diego-ABC swapped from KCST to KGTV losing NBC

 

Three Station swaps in Charlotte and Minneapolis

CHA-ABC swapped from WCCB to WSOC losing NBC, who went to WRET

MSP-ABC swapped from KMSP to KSTP losing NBC, who went to WTCN

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1 hour ago, jerseyfla said:

 

Actually, next year will be the 40th anniversary of many stations swapping NBC for ABC in 1980 due to ABC's massive ratings at that time and the network seeking stronger affiliates.

 

In the Tampa Bay area, there were rumors circulating that WLCY would lose its ABC affiliation and WFLA was in talks to pick it up. That was about the time Rahall sold the station. 

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When WTVK swapped its affiliation with WBIR from NBC to CBS back in 1988, channel 26 would only be on the air for only three months. Then in December of that year, WTVK became WKXT, and with the call change, they would change its channel number from UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 8. 

Here's an interesting note to pass along about the WTVK/WKXT changes: In the days leading up to the switch, WTVK was operating with low power and did not carry any newscasts.

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8 hours ago, NEOMatrix said:

Speaking of the 1994 affiliatiion switches, was WAKC EVER in the running to become a marketwide ABC or CBS affiliate for Cleveland? I'm talking about an alternate timeline where WOIO and WUAB both said NO to CBS.

Very doubtful.  At the time, they were just purchased from their longtime owners, the Berk Family by ValueVision, and by some miracle, they kept their newscasts and ABC affiliation, although they tried to rebrand themselves as "The North Ohio News Station" despite being based out of Akron and a signal that reflected that.  ValueVision is now ShopHQ, after a long string of names and owners....(ShopNBC, Evine, Evine Live, and a first stint as ShopHQ before Evine).  Paxson would have probably bought another station  (or kept WOAC and moved it to where Shop At Home moved it to....Brimfield or somewhere in that area)

 

WBNX would have probably been far more likely to land CBS. Their signal was more comparable to the Cleveland stations (and that could have gotten REAL interesting given their recent saga!)  They did benefit from the switch by picking up Fox Kids and ramped up their syndication efforts....and they ended up getting the WB several years later.

 

In the mid 90's CBS's ratings were trending downward even before the switches happened.  It wouldn't be until they stole the AFC from NBC 4 years later when they began to rise again...which may have cast doubt on WEWS/Scripps trying to get CBS (back)...

 

 

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9 hours ago, KentBrockman said:


Am I the only one extremely disappointed she wasn’t reunited with Bob Opsahl for one final time? Also, did they mention him and her together at all? I don’t even see where he said anything.

 

The only time Bob and Martie got together again was at the very end of last Friday's noon and 6:00 p.m. newscasts.

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WXLV's 6:30am, 6 & 11pm news are off the air because of low ratings after seven years. 'XLV now airs Family Feud at 6pm and DailyMail TV at 11pm.

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A few weeks ago, KIII's (Corpus Christi) Chief Meteorologist, Bill Vessey, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. An interview on last night's 10 PM news showed him up and about with the help of a walker. He seemed to be in good spirits, and his speech was clear. He continues to work on building the strength in his right arm and leg, but he was able to give the reporter a hearty handshake.

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57 minutes ago, TexasTVNews said:

WXLV's 6:30am, 6 & 11pm news are off the air because of low ratings after seven years. 'XLV now airs Family Feud at 6pm and DailyMail TV at 11pm.

 

I guess Sinclair figured it wasn't even worth producing a South Bend Special...

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1 hour ago, AJClementeFan69 said:

 

I guess Sinclair figured it wasn't even worth producing a South Bend Special...

 

Wouldn't they need a seperate set to make a South Bend-produced WXLV newscast work, especially if there are any WNWO newscasts live at the same time?

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4 hours ago, TheRyan said:

 

Wouldn't they need a seperate set to make a South Bend-produced WXLV newscast work, especially if there are any WNWO newscasts live at the same time?

 

Lol they didn't even need that much, because it was Spectrum News on WXLV. WXLV never really had good luck there, you have 3 powerhouses, and the triad just can't support that many news operations. 

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On 12/18/2019 at 1:18 AM, TheRyan said:

 

Wouldn't they need a seperate set to make a South Bend-produced WXLV newscast work, especially if there are any WNWO newscasts live at the same time?

 

I was using that as more or less a generic term to describe their farmed out newscasts. You could call it a Fresno or West Palm Beach special, but doesn't have quite the same ring.

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On 12/20/2019 at 8:09 PM, TexasTVNews said:

 

Any word on the premiere date?

Good luck finding it in your market what with all the group owners glomming onto the subchannel real estate with crap like TBD and whatnot.

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