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More good news from WVMC: Weather and community events now airing

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This will be a brief post, but a happy one.
I was pleased to hear this evening that WVMC (1360 AM and 99.1 FM) in Mt. Carmel -- which also happens to be the station with today's Facebook Page of the Day -- started broadcasting weather reports and community events on the air today.
I'm sure these new features will be appreciated by WVMC's listeners, and it's nice to have some good news to report from there!

Inauguration of new University of Evansville President to air live on 14Xtra

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When Dr. Thomas Kazee is inaugurated as the twenty-third president of the University of Evansville on Saturday morning, viewers across the Tri-State will be able to join in the celebration.
14Xtra (ch. 14.2) will carry the ceremonies live beginning at 10:00 AM from the University's Sesquicentennial Oval.
Prior to his selection by the University, Kazee was provost and executive vice-president of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.  He began his duties at UE on June 1.
Kazee replaces Dr. Stephen Jennings, who retired after serving at UE for nine years.

WNIN, League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana hosting Indiana State House and Senate debates tonight

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Starting at 7:00 tonight, WNIN (ch. 9.1) will broadcast debates between candidates for the Indiana State House and Senate races.
The debates are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana and will be moderated by Brian Posler, professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Indiana.

In addition to airing on channel 9.1, you'll be able to listen to the debates on your radio at WNIN 88.3 FM, or you can watch online at wnin.org.
The slate for tonight is as follows: Indiana House District 75 - Mike Goebel (D), Ron Bacon (R) Indiana House District 76 - Bob Deig (D), Wendy McNamara (R)Indiana House District 77 - Gail Riecken (D), Cheryl Musgrave (R)Indiana House District 78 - Steve Smith (D), Suzanne Crouch (R)Indiana Senate District 49 - Patty Avery (D), Jim Tomes (R)

WFIE's 14toGO app adds West Side Nut Club Fall Festival information

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If you're heading to the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival (which kicks off Sunday), be sure to take your smartphone with you.
Yep, you guessed it -- there's an app for that!
14WFIE has added a Fall Festival tab to the station's 14toGO application, and you'll find the Munchie Map, ride information, a complete schedule and much more.
Even if you're not 100% sure about going to the Festival, you'll want to check out what's available, because  something tells me that one look just might make you hungry enough to go!

Former AOL Media president to help grow Townsquare Media's digital business

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One thing's for sure about radio station owner Townsquare Media.  The company formerly known as Regent Communications is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to building the company and extending its reach into multiple platforms in the Digital Age.
Now the company has hired Bill Wilson, the former president of AOL Media, who spent nine years building that company's global content strategy.  He's now Townsquare's executive vice president and chief digital officer.
In a recent interview, Steven Price, Townsquare's CEO said, "Our digital strategy is of paramount importance as we continue our evolution into a multi-platform local media business."
Wilson shares that view.  "I am honored and excited to be joining the Townsquare Media team and look forward to developing world class consumer experiences across multiple platforms for our local audiences and partners," he said.  "With the reach and scale of our 171 radio stations, Townsquare Media…

Wrappin' it up: WSON airs its final Cardinals game of the season tonight; season ends Sunday

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After the utter collapse of the St. Louis Cardinals over the past couple of months, most fans (myself included) are probably just happy that the season is coming to a close on Sunday against the Rockies.
Henderson's WSON (860 AM) will air its final game of the season tonight.  No doubt most of us who are regular listeners won't mind; it's almost too painful to listen now.
But for those who want to, you'll probably still have options if the Cardinals stations in your area (which you can find on the Radio Stations page) don't have other programming obligations tomorrow night, Saturday and Sunday.
As for me, I'll be watching football ... and hoping for a better baseball season next year.

Senate OKs bill to drop volume on loud commercials; could become law after the election

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The U.S. Senate voted late Wednesday to require loud TV commercials be turned down to the same sound level as regular programming, but don't start counting the savings in battery costs for your remote control just yet.
I've told you about this before, and as with anything in Washington, it's taken its time winding its way through the legislative process.  It's still not completely done, either.  Minor differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill will have to be worked out, and that isn't likely to happen before the election.
Once the bill does become law -- and that's all but a lock at this point -- the FCC will have a year to adopt the regulations that it sets forth, and another year to begin enforcing it.  So if it becomes law in January 2011, that means we won't notice much difference until 2013.
So we'll have to deal with the noise a while longer.

Courier & Press editor Stewart to moderate first Indiana U.S. Senate debate

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(COURTESY OF THE INDIANA DEBATE COMMISSION) The Indiana Debate Commission's first U.S. Senate debate of this election year, which is scheduled at the downtown campus of IUPUI on Monday, October 11, now has a moderator.

The 7:00 PM CT (8:00 PM ET) live broadcast at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel Auditorium will be moderated by Mizell Stewart III, a board member of the commission and editor of the Evansville Courier & Press and courierpress.com.

Stewart also hosts two public affairs television programs on WNIN-TV (PBS) in Evansville: “Newsmakers” and “Lawmakers.” He has been an editor, managing editor, local news assigning editor and award-winning reporter at several newspapers, including the Akron Beacon Journal, the Tallahassee Democrat, the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News-Sun.

Questions for the three candidates, Brad Ellsworth, Rebecca Sink-Burris and Dan Coats, can be submitted for consideration in all three upcoming debates at www.indianadebateco…

Hopkins County rivalry offers Storm and Maroons fans chance to do good for local kids

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When two rival teams from the same county come together on the football field, sometimes things can get a little testy, but tomorrow night, fans of the Hopkins County Central Storm and the Madisonville North Hopkins Maroons will get the chance to do something good for local kids when the two teams face off at Storm Stadium.
During halftime, bucket brigades made up of the cheerleaders from each school will circulate through the stands to collect money for the "Original Jerry-O WTTL Toy Drive."
In the spirit of friendly competition, the team that collects the most money tomorrow night will be awarded a plaque during the first Storm/Maroons basketball game of the season, so I hope both sides will open their wallets wide for a worthy cause!

PASSINGS: Greg Giraldo and Tony Curtis, R.I.P.

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There are two passings in the entertainment world to tell you about today.
GREG GIRALDO attended law school and briefly worked as a lawyer before leaving that profession behind and becoming a stand-up comic.
He became a regular on "The Howard Stern Show" and also appeared with David Letterman and Conan O'Brien on their late-night TV shows.  He was also a regular on Comedy Central's roasts.
And, during the most recent season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Giraldo served as a judge.
But, sadly, on Sept. 25, Giraldo overdosed on prescription medication, and was rushed to a New Jersey hospital, where he died yesterday at age 44.
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TONY CURTIS was an amazing actor with amazing range.  You want comedy?  He could do that.  You need a "heavy?"  The man could do that, too.
Starting in 1949, Curtis appeared in more than 100 films, from "Criss Cross" to 2008's drama "David & Fatima," and made numerous television appearances as w…

IceMen personnel to chat about new season on WKTG's "Sunday Special"

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If you're a fan of the Evansville IceMen, you'll want to tune in Sunday morning to Power Rock 93.9 WKTG for the "Sunday Special."
The team's general manager and head coach Rich Kromm, play-by-play man Terry "Fic" Ficorelli and Jeff Nelson will be on the show at 8:20 AM CT to talk about the "new era" of IceMen hockey.
It sounds like a great program is on tap, so don't miss it!

NATIONAL SCENE: Couric said to be looking for a return to NBC's "Today"

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The rumors keep on churning about Katie Couric and the "CBS Evening News."
Today's New York Post has a report that the anchor, whose CBS contract expires in May, is looking at all the options, including a return to NBC's "Today" show, which she left in 2006 to jump to the Tiffany Network.
But she's also been spotted breaking bread with Time Warner's top brass, and that company just happens to own CNN.
So which will it be?  Will she stay at CBS (said to be unlikely), go "home" to NBC, or try her hand at cable news?
Hard to say at this point.  My crystal ball isn't working.
But I'll keep you in the loop with any new developments as they come up.
In other national news today: NBC's new "Law & Order: Los Angeles" came out of the gate strong last night, beating CBS' "The Defenders" in the timeslot.  "LOLA" grabbed a 3.1 rating among 18-49s, 24% ahead of the Jim Belushi/Jerry O'Connell program.CNN&#…

FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY #22: WVMC 1360 AM & 99.1 FM

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Mt. Carmel's WVMC (1360 AM & 99.1 FM) is today's Facebook Page of the Day.
WVMC's page is where you can learn more about the station that plays America's Best Music in Wabash County.
Be sure to check it out!

Want to know what to look for in my column tomorrow? Here's a preview!

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Coming up in tomorrow's Courier & Press, we'll take another look at pre-election coverage on public TV and radio.  With Illinois residents getting their opportunity to learn more about their candidates starting next week, I'll give you an idea of what to look for.
You'll also get a peek at WNIN-FM's new program schedule that starts next Monday.
I hope you'll check it out when you pick up your morning paper tomorrow, or, when it gets online, I hope you'll read it there.

IHSAA football sectional pairings to air live on NEWS 25 Sports Channel on Oct. 10; special "After Further Review" will follow

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The high school football season is rapidly drawing to a close in Indiana, and on Oct. 10, the IHSAA will draw the pairings for each sectional.
The draw will air live on the NEWS 25 Sports Channel from 6:00 to 7:30 PM CT (7:00 to 8:30 ET) that evening, and following the IHSAA's show, there will be a special "After Further Review" from 7:30 to 8:00.
NEWS 25's Lance Wilkerson tells me they're making a party out of it, inviting all of the coaches in Southwestern Indiana to join them at Castle High School to watch the draw and then give their thoughts on it during AFR.
It sounds like a fun time, and being the football fan that I am, I fully intend to watch.  How about you?

Sales manager moves announced at Evansville, Owensboro Townsquare Media radio stations

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Townsquare Media is making some personnel moves at its Evansville and Owensboro radio stations.
General manager LaDonne Craig tells me this afternoon that Phil Durcholz, who has been sales manager at WBKR (92.5 FM) and WOMI (1490 AM) in Owensboro, will move to Evansville and fill the same position for WKDQ (99.5 FM) and WJLT (105.3 FM).
Steve Cook will be the new sales manager at WBKR and WOMI.
Congratulations to both gentlemen on their new jobs!

Fey named this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winner

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Actress Tina Fey has been honored with this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Fey, who is best known from her years on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and now "30 Rock," as well as hilarious movies such as "Date Night," which co-starred Steve Carell, will receive the honor on Nov. 9.
Several of her co-stars, as well as the irrepressible Betty White (who, in my opinion, should also be given this honor at some point!), will laud her in a special show that will air on PBS stations nationwide on Nov. 14.
The Mark Twain Prize has been awarded annually since 1998 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Past winners are:
1998:  Richard Pryor2002:  Bob Newhart2006:  Neil Simon1999:  Jonathan Winters    2003:  Lily Tomlin2007:  Billy Crystal2000:  Carl Reiner2004:  Lorne Michaels2008:  George Carlin2001:  Whoopi Goldberg  2005:  Steve Martin2009:  Bill Cosby

It's officially a done deal: WSON is now a Henson Media station

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I'm a little late getting this on, but WSON (860 AM, Henderson) is now officially a Henson Media-owned radio station.
The FCC reports that the sale, which was approved by the Commission in August, was finalized on September 16.
WSON is Henson's third western Kentucky station, and a sister to WMSK-AM & FM in Union County.

"The Flintstones" at 50: Television's favorite Stone Age family marks a milestone

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You may not realize it, but tomorrow marks an important milestone in television history:  "The Flintstones" debuted on ABC on September 30, 1960.
No one had ever done a successful animated sitcom before, but that didn't stop William Hanna and Joseph Barbera from taking Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" and turning it into something a little more ... prehistoric.
And it didn't take long for Americans to fall in love with Fred, Wilma, Pebbles (born in 1963), and their pet dinosaur Dino, along with their neighbors, Barney and Betty Rubble and their son, Bamm-Bamm.  The original series lasted through 1966 and spawned breakfast cereals, children's chewable vitamins and a whole group of other merchandise, much of which remains popular today.
America's undying love for "The Flintstones" wouldn't let the show go quietly, though.  Indeed, it's rare that there isn't an episode of the original show or one of its spinoffs airing some…

HD Radio availability in cars continues to spread; Subaru to offer option on 2011 Foresters

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Subaru is the latest automaker to embrace HD Radio, the digital radio technology that delivers improved audio quality.
The company announced yesterday that its 2011 model-year Forester cars with the premium radio package will be able to receive HD Radio signals.  Other car companies offering HD Radio as standard or optional equipment include Ford, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, Volkswagen and Volvo, just to name a few.
Of course, HD Radio isn't yet widespread in the Tri-State; indeed, as of this writing, only eight stations in the area broadcast using the technology.  Those stations are WDKS, WGBF-FM, WNIN-FM and WPSR in Evansville, WBDC in Huntingburg, WVUB in Vincennes, WKTG in Madisonville, and WXCM in Owensboro.
Across the country, however, nearly 2,000 stations now broadcast in HD, with 34 scattered across Indiana, 62 in Illinois and 31 in Kentucky.

And the first cancellation of the new fall season is ... Fox's "Lone Star"

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The first death blow of the new fall season has been delivered.
In a move that should surprise almost no one, Fox has pulled the plug on its abysmal new series, "Lone Star," which I warned you would be as rotten as it turned out to be.
That the show was a ratings flop (barely registering with a 1.3 for its premiere and a 1.0 this week) was a given, considering its almost total lack of originality, a star worth watching (no, I don't much care for Jon Voight, I'm sorry) or ... well ... anything that merited keeping it around.
The network plans to put original episodes of "Lie To Me" in the timeslot starting next Monday night with its season premiere, which will probably work out better.
It certainly can't do any worse.

FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY #21: NEWS 25 Sports Channel

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Good morning, sports fans!  Today's Facebook Page of the Day belongs to the only all-sports channel in the Tri-State -- the NEWS 25 Sports Channel.
As you probably know, the NEWS 25 Sports Channel's Facebook page is a great way to find out what's going on in local sports, and you'll get the first word of breaking sports news and upcoming games that will air on the channel.
And of course they also have a lot of fun on there as well, like when Randall Parmley lost a bet with Lance Wilkerson last week ... and had to wear a Chicago Bears jersey on-air.  You can find that video on the page!
Be sure to check it out today!

Tired of frozen weather information screens on 14Xtra? They're workin' on that ...

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I got an e-mail from a reader yesterday (which he also sent to WFIE) regarding his frustration with the various informational screens on 14Xtra's weather loop freezing up.
It turns out that the station is not only aware of the problem, they've got a fix on the way.
WFIE chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons says that the station will roll out a whole new graphics system, hopefully by the end of October, and that training on that new setup will begin next week.
It seems the existing computer that drives those wonky screens is rather elderly, and requires rebooting from time to time to keep things going, but when the new computers arrive, that problem should be banished forever ... hopefully.
When there's more to tell you, I'll let you know.

Alabama's win over Arkansas Saturday was highest-rated CBS college football game in 7 years

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If it seemed like a lot of people were watching Alabama's thrilling come-from-behind victory over Arkansas on TV Saturday afternoon, there's a reason for that.
There were a lot of people watching it.
The AP reported today that the game was CBS' highest-rated college football game in seven years.
The #1-ranked Crimson Tide beat the Razorbacks by the score of 24-20.

WKDQ forms team to "Step Out" with the American Diabetes Association; station raising funds to help beat disease affecting 23.6 million Americans

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Radio station WKDQ (99.5 FM) has formed a team to walk in the American Diabetes Association's "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes" fundraising walk.
Each dollar raised will help the 23.6 million Americans who live with diabetes, a disease that is outpacing heart disease, cancer and AIDS. Diabetes is a disease that has deadly serious consequences, and there is no cure.
Diabetes is an especially personal subject to me, as my 88-year-old grandfather deals with it and its side effects each and every day.  Therefore, for my own very personal reasons, I thank WKDQ and the American Diabetes Association for doing this.
You can join the team and help raise money to get this disease under control by clicking here and signing up.  Every dollar counts!!!

Your Sunday NFL broadcast lineup

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Sunday's list of televised NFL games is now out, so here's what you'll get the chance to see in Week 4.  Maps, as usual, are available at the506.com.

CBS EARLY GAME Denver @ Tennessee
(Announcers:  Kevin Harlan & Solomon Wilcots)
Cape Girardeau - KFVS 12.1Nashville - WTVF 5.1Bowling Green - WNKY-CBS 40.2
CBS LATE GAME Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
(Announcers:  Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts)
Evansville - WEVV 44.1Louisville - WLKY 32.1Terre Haute - WTHI 10.1 FOX EARLY GAMES Detroit @ Green Bay
(Announcers:  Thom Brennaman & Brian Billick)
Evansville - WTVW 7.1Louisville - WDRB 41.1Terre Haute - WFXW 38.1Carolina at New Orleans
(Announcers:  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa)
Bowling Green - WBKO-FOX 13.2Seattle @ St. Louis
(Announcers:  Ron Pitts & John Lynch)
Cape Girardeau - KBSI 23.1 FOX LATE GAME
Washington @ Philadelphia
(Announcers:  Joe Buck & Troy Aikman)
All area FOX affiliatesEvansville - WTVW 7.1Louisville - WDRB 41.1Cape Girardeau - KBSI 23.1Bowlin…

Terre Haute's WTHI among 11 LIN stations to pick up "The Cool TV" music channel

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Those of you in the northern reaches of the Tri-State are about to get some music on your TV sets, courtesy of LIN Media's Terre Haute CBS affiliate, WTHI-TV (ch. 10).
WTHI is among 11 of LIN's stations that will pick up "The Cool TV," a music channel modeled somewhat after MTV and VH-1.  Based on what I've seen of it (on Nashville's WUXP), I'd say that's a good description.
LIN will also put the diginet on the air in the Indianapolis market, although I am not yet sure which of the company's stations will air it; my money, however, is on WNDY-TV (ch. 23), the MyNetworkTV affiliate.
No word yet on when "The Cool TV" will debut, but I believe it will be fairly soon.

NEW TODAY: 2011 editions of downloadable guides now available

One thing I take great pride in doing here at JDTVB is keeping the listings of TV and radio stations as accurate and up to date as possible.
And I want to make sure they're handy for you.
To do that, I've prepared new 2011 editions of the TV Channel Guide, Radio Station Guide, Sports & Auto Racing Radio Guide and NOAA Weather Radio Guide.
You can click their names in the above paragraph, or, if you don't get a chance to grab 'em now, you can download them from the sidebar to your right.  They're in the "Downloads" section.

FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY #20: WJPR - Jasper Public Radio

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Today's Facebook Page of the Day belongs to Jasper Public Radio, WJPR (91.7 FM).
You can keep up with what's happening at WJPR -- the station that plays the best of the '60s, '70s and '80s -- by checking out their page today.

Raycom stations to debut "America Now" in late October

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Raycom Media's television stations across the country -- including Evansville's WFIE, Louisville's WAVE and Cape Girardeau's KFVS -- will begin airing a new show starting next month called "America Now."
Broadcasting & Cable reports that the new show will feature news clips from the company's 47 stations, with a focus on human interest stories as well as those geared toward health news and lifestyles.
Some have compared the concept of "America Now" to that of the old "PM Magazine," a local version of which aired here in the Tri-State some years ago on WEHT, hosted by Hal Wolford and Theresa Creech.
The show will be hosted by Bill Rancic, who will be remembered as the winner of the first "Apprentice" season on NBC.
Initially, "America Now" will air on weekends, but may expand to weekdays next year to bolster its lineup when the company's stations will lose "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which is going off th…

SHE'S BAAAAAACK! "Elvira" returning to television on WFIE's This TV

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It's been a few years since "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" has graced TV sets across America, but the bosomy schlockmistress is coming back, and she'll be on the air locally.
"Elvira's Movie Macabre" will premiere on 14WFIE's This TV channel (ch. 14.3) next Sunday morning at 4:00 AM CT (5:00 ET).  A second episode each week will air at midnight each Monday (that's Sunday night if you're planning to stay up).
The movies are as awful as ever, but I would imagine that most true fans of Elvira (portrayed, as she has been for nearly three decades, by actress Cassandra Peterson) won't much care about that.
And indeed, Peterson -- I mean Elvira -- knows that.
"We saved the best for the first show," Peterson told AOL News. "'Night of the Living Dead' may be the only film on my show that qualifies as good. The others are good in their own crappy way, but they are better fodder for me to make fun of. The first show basically fea…

Football still rules on Sunday nights; Jets/Dolphins game helps NBC win

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If there was any doubt that NBC was right to name its Sunday night NFL pregame show "Football Night in America," the results should put those doubts to rest.
NBC is now regularly winning in the ratings on Sunday nights thanks to "FNiA" and "Sunday Night Football," and with games like the Colts/Giants "Manning Bowl" last week and last night's contest between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, well, it's no wonder.
Despite the fact that Cris Collinsworth is not John Madden (yes, I still wish the big guy hadn't retired), I enjoy the games each Sunday night.  Indeed, I've not missed a game since the beginning of last season, no matter who's playing.
And from the looks of things, most of you aren't missing them either!

NATIONAL SCENE: Comcast COO Burke to replace Zucker at NBCU

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That didn't take long.
NBC Universal's soon-to-be parent company, Comcast, announced yesterday that Comcast's chief operating officer, Steve Burke, will take over as NBC Universal's new CEO, replacing Jeff Zucker, who announced his upcoming departure late last week.
Burke joined Comcast in 1998, and most analysts figured he'd get the nod as soon as Zucker made his way to the exit.
The companies said yesterday that both men will work together during the transition period.

FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY #19: WEBQ Real Country 1240 and Hits & Favorites 102.3

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Your Facebook Page of the Day for Monday belongs to two radio stations serving Southern Illinois: WEBQ AM & FM.
The AM side of the dial is known as Real Country AM 1240, licensed to Harrisburg.  The FM station is Hits and Favorites FM 102.3, and it's the Eldorado station.
As "The Pioneer Voice of Southern Illinois," WEBQ has been serving its listeners since 1923, and can be rightly considered one of the oldest stations in the U.S., but don't let the years fool you -- WEBQ keeps up with the times, both on air and online.
So what can you find on the WEBQ Facebook page?  PLENTY!  You can keep up the weather, Harrisburg and Eldorado high school sports, giveaways and much more.
Be sure to stop by the page today and check it out for yourself.

Komis receives Bobbye Sloan Symbol of Hope Award for work with Race for the Cure

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14WFIE news anchor Ann Komis was honored Saturday for her work with Evansville's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
She received the Bobbye Sloan Symbol of Hope Award, which is given to those who work to educate the public on early breast cancer detection and inspire others to find a cure.
Komis has worked with Race for the Cure since its inception in the Evansville area 13 years ago.
Congratulations, Ann!

FINAL, WEEK 3 -- Colts improve to 2-1, defeat Broncos 27-13

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It was certainly Austin Collie's day in Denver today, as the young wide receiver, now in his second year with the Colts, hauled in 12 passes -- two for TDs -- and racked up 171 yards as the Colts downed the Broncos 27-13.
The Colts improve to 2-1 on the season with today's win, which also saw rookie Blair White haul in a 9-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning in the third quarter.
White was in today's game in place of Pierre Garçon, who didn't play.
On the defensive side, Indianapolis couldn't stop the Broncos if they'd built an electric fence, allowing Denver to pick up a completely ridiculous 505 yards; the saving grace came with three solid stands in the red zone, preventing good drives led by Bronco QB Kyle Orton from becoming scores.
Up next for the Colts is a trip to take on AFC South archrival Jacksonville.  The Jaguars lost badly to Philadelphia this afternoon.

HALFTIME, WEEK 3 -- Colts 13, Broncos 3

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The firm of Peyton Manning & Co. managed to rack up 13 points on the board off of turnovers, so the Colts entered the locker room at the half with a 10-point advantage over the Denver Broncos.
Injuries do not seem to be hindering the Colts; while the offense hasn't punched too big a hole in things, the defense has held the opposition to just one field goal, which came almost at the end of the second quarter.
On the whole, however, things look pretty good so far ... hopefully the second half will look as good.

FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY #18: 92.5 The Country Station! WBKR

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WBKR is today's Facebook Page of the Day, and you'll enjoy keeping up with what's happening at 92.5, because they keep things hopping day in and day out!
Be sure to check out their page!

FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY #17: NewWave Communications

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NewWave Communications is today's Facebook Page of the Day!
The company is family owned, family oriented and focused on delivering world-class communications service -- cable, internet and phone -- to small and mid-sized communities.
Here in the Tri-State, NewWave services a number of communities in the area; I have a full list on my Cable TV page.

WSIU TV and Radio presenting Decision 2010 Election Series beginning Oct. 1

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(COURTESY OF WSIU PUBLIC BROADCASTING)

WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), is teaming up with media and public policy partners to present special programming to public broadcasting stations statewide during the fall election season, along with extensive coverage of the candidates and issues. 
WSIU's Decision 2010 Election Series will include live debates between the leading candidates for Governor of Illinois and the U.S. Senate, as well as interviews with candidates for the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives. All broadcasts will originate from WSIU-TV's studios.
WSIU is producing the gubernatorial debate in partnership with the Southern Illinoisan, Illinois Public Media (WILL TV/AM/FM Champaign-Urbana), and the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
WSIU, the Southern Illinoisan, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at S…

The Weekender

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Once again, we've reached the end of a great, busy week here at JDTVB HQ, and it's time to take a look back at the news.
Be sure to come back this weekend and check out the NFL Scoreboard on Sunday, as well as JDTVB's halftime and final reports on the Colts and Broncos!
Now, let's get on with the show!
FRIDAY WSIU Public Broadcasting is preparing a comprehensive look at Illinois' political contests this year with theDecision 2010 Election Seriesbeginning Oct. 1.
14WFIE announced that it will air the Daviess County-Apollo football game next Friday night on 14Xtra.Some viewers had trouble DVRing the premiere of CBS' new sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says," so the network came up with a solution.I told youwhere to find the Central-Bosse and Castle-Reitz gameson TV, and listed some of the top radio games.CBS continued on a roll with its comedies on Thursday night, with "The Big Bang Theory" and "$#*! My Dad Says" beating all comers in their respecti…

COMING NEXT FRIDAY: 14Xtra to air Daviess County-Apollo football game

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If you've looked at my high school football schedule over in the sidebar, you've no doubt noticed that one of the slots in 14WFIE's portion still has "TBA" listed for next Friday night, October 1.
That's no longer the case.
I can now share with you which game you'll be seeing next week on 14Xtra:  The Daviess County Panthers will take on the Apollo Eagles in a cross-county showdown.
It should be a great game!

Having some bleeping DVR trouble? CBS offers solution for "$#*! My Dad Says" viewers

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If you tried to DVR CBS' new sitcom, "$#*! My Dad Says," last night, it's come to my attention that it created a problem for some folks who just couldn't make it happen.
That's understandable, since "$#*!" is the first sitcom ever to have a title that starts with ... well ... "$#*!"
Most DVRs, it seems, aren't set up to accept titles like that. But there is hope, CBS says.  The Hollywood Reporter explains that the network sent out a letter detailing how to get around the issue.
Find out what CBS recommends that you do ... after the jump.

ON THE GRIDIRON: 14 has Central at Bosse, 25 brings you Castle at Reitz

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It's Friday, and you know tonight means it's time to go under the lights for HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL once again!
You'll find great games on both 14Xtra and the NEWS 25 Sports Channel tonight, both on the air at 7:00 PM CT.
On 14Xtra, you'll see Central at Bosse.  If you're watching over the air, you can tune to channel 14.2, and here are the cable channels where you'll find the game: Insight 436WOW 104Time Warner 311 or 160 (depending on your system)Comcast 216On the NEWS 25 Sports Channel (ch. 25.2 over the air), it's Castle at Reitz.  Here's where you'll find that game on cable: Insight 524, 189 or 8 (depending on your location)WOW 111Avenue 135PSCtv 6Comcast 208Anyone care to make predictions on the games?

"Big Bang Theory" is top Thursday comedy; "$#*! My Dad Says" turns in good showing

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I have to admit, I was a little concerned that the move from Monday to Thursday was going to hurt one of my favorite CBS comedies -- "The Big Bang Theory" -- but it appears my fears were unfounded.
"Bang" took the top spot among comedies last night, and was an overall bright spot in the ratings for CBS, which also led the way with "CSI" and "The Mentalist."
And "$#*! My Dad Says" wasn't far behind "Bang," drawing some 12.5 million viewers.  I had high hopes for this one going in, and I thing with "Bang" as its lead-in and "CSI" on its heels, it's got a bright future ahead.
Not that it couldn't stand on its own (William Shatner is gold, pure gold), mind you, but CBS has placed it in a great timeslot.
And you can't do better than that.

NATIONAL SCENE: Zucker leaving NBC, LCD prices dropping, and a historical note

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GOING, GOING, NOT GONE SOON ENOUGH:Jeff Zucker, the CEO of NBC Universal, is leaving.
Zucker, who has overseen the fall of NBC Television from its "Must See TV" glory days to the infighting between Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno over the "Tonight Show," says he'll exit once the merger between NBCU and Comcast is completed, which is expected sometime around the end of tis year.
It almost gives one hope that regulators OK the deal sooner rather than later.
Zucker's reign of terror was enough to give Comcast leadership reason to want him out, but GE CEO Jeff Immelt -- current overlord of NBC -- said "I love Jeff: I’d hire him again."
Which shows you what's wrong with not only NBC, but GE, too.
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LOOKING FOR A NEW TV?  LCD prices are coming down.
CNN/Money says that there's a massive oversupply of LCD panels, which will mean good news on store shelves for customers this fall.
Overall, prices are down 5% from last year at this time, and so…