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Time Warner Cable and Sinclair agree to extend talks; KBSI to remain on in Shawneetown & Junction for now

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I told you on Tuesday that, unless a deal was worked out between KBSI-Fox 23 owner Sinclair Broadcast Group and Time Warner Cable before today, the Fox affiliate would be yanked from TWC's cable subscribers in Shawneetown and Junction after midnight tonight.
Now, however, KBSI -- and all of Sinclair's other stations on TWC systems nationwide -- will remain on through January 14, as the companies agreed to keep the stations as-is while negotiations continue.

The extension seems to indicate that there may be new hope for a resolution to the lengthy retransmission consent battle between the two companies.
I'll keep you posted on further developments.

JDTVB's 2010 Retrospective, Part VI -- November & December

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Today marks the end of 2010 and the last installment in my 2010 Retrospective series.  We're looking at the last two months in this edition, and if you missed the others, here they are:
Thursday, Dec. 23:  January and February Monday, Dec. 27:  March and April Tuesday, Dec. 28:  May and June Wednesday, Dec. 29:  July and August Thursday, Dec. 30:  September and October Friday, Dec. 31:  November and December
November Morganfield radio stations WMSK and WMSK-FM marked 50 years on the air.

14WFIE broadcast the first of three UE Purple Aces basketball games, the first time in 10 years that the team's games have been televised locally. Former Aces coach Jim Crews joined Mike Blake in calling the action for the first game against Oakland City.

WKU Public Radio, the radio arm of Western Kentucky University, marked its 30th anniversary. WKU operates WKPB (89.5 FM), which serves the Evansville, Henderson and Owensboro areas.

Princeton native Dave Niehaus, the longtime radio voice of the Seattle…

Will Sinclair blink? Time Warner Cable says it will replace Sinclair stations if they are pulled

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As I've been telling you over the past several days and weeks, Time Warner Cable and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are involved in one of the nastiest retransmission consent battles I've witnessed since starting JDTVB.
It hasn't gotten any better.  Indeed, if anything, things only seem to be getting worse, with Sinclair shooting down every offer TWC makes -- even some that seem pretty lucrative.
And if there's no agreement before 11:59 PM Friday night, TWC subscribers in Shawneetown and Junction, Ill. will lose KBSI-Fox 23.
Of course, unlike many TWC markets, Shawneetown and Junction straddle two TV markets, so viewers there receive two Fox affiliates, one being Fox 23 and the other being WTVW-Fox 7.
So, if worse comes to worse, TWC viewers in those two communities won't really be adversely affected.  They'll have Fox programming ... it just won't come from Cape Girardeau.
And Time Warner Cable says they'll find alternatives for other Sinclair stations in oth…

Fox Sports Midwest to carry Saturday night's Aces game against Ind. State

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Saturday night's game at Roberts Stadium between the UE Purple Aces and the Indiana State Sycamores will air on Fox Sports Midwest beginning at 7:00 PM CT (8:00 ET).
Of course, if you're an Aces fan without cable -- or you don't get FSN's Midwest feed -- you'll always be able to listen to the action on WUEV (91.5 FM) and online at wuev.org.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Thanks again to James Hampsten for the tip!

Insight and Raycom reach new three-year carriage agreement; WFIE will stay on cable system

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After last night's good report on the retransmission negotiations between Insight Communications and Raycom Media, word has come down this afternoon that the cable operator and the owner of 14WFIE havereached a three-year deal that will keep the station on Insight's cable systems in the Tri-State.
The deal also includes WAVE in Louisville and WXIX in Cincinnati, which are in areas that Insight also serves.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but I am told that it amounted to a compromise between the parties.
On his blog today, Insight CEO Michael Willner praised Raycom for working together with his company to bring the negotiations to a successful end without programming interruption for customers.
"Too often, recently, we have seen retransmission negotiations between broadcasters and other cable operators break down, leading to a programming blackout," Willner said. "I applaud Raycom for working with us to reach a win-win solution for our customers who al…

Fox 7 hires new weekend meteorologist

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I've received word today that WTVW-Fox 7 has a new weekend meteorologist.
Dennis Kos, former weekend met and reporter at Sioux Falls, South Dakota's ABC affiliate, KSFY, has been hired to fill the position vacated by Josh Breslow recently.
Kos is a graduate of Valparaiso University, and he interned at WOIO in Cleveland and WSEE in Erie, Pa. prior to his stint in Sioux Falls.
Welcome to the Tri-State, Dennis!

Your Sunday NFL Broadcast Lineup

UPDATE, 3:05 PM THURSDAY:  I inadvertently hit the wrong key when entering this post initially, and wiped out the Fox Late Game.  It is now in the correct position -- and a tip o' the Colts cap to James Hampsten for catching my goof!  Whenever I make an error like that, please feel free to let me know, and I'll gladly fix it!

This week's NFL broadcast lineup is going to look a little different.  For one  thing, I'm on vacation, and, secondly, I'm using a new operating system on my computer, which doesn't have all the graphics lined up yet.  I'll get there before next season, I promise.
Both CBS and Fox have doubleheaders this week, and all games are on broadcast TV as ESPN's "Monday Night Football" is done for the season.
CBS Early Game StationsGameAnnouncersWEVV 44.1 Evansville
WTHI 10.1 Terre Haute
WLKY 32.1 Louisville
WNKY 40.2 Bowling Green
WTVF 5.1 NashvillePittsburgh  at  Cleveland Ian Eagle
Dan FoutsKFVS 12.1 Cape GirardeauOakland at Kansas Ci…

JDTVB's 2010 Retrospective, Part V -- September & October

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As we come to the end of 2010, it's time to look back and take stock of the things that happened in local radio and television.  While I won't be posting regular news this week (aside from important updates), I will post parts two through six of this special 2010 Retrospective.  Here's the schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 23:  January and February Monday, Dec. 27:  March and April Tuesday, Dec. 28:  May and June Wednesday, Dec. 29:  July and August Thursday, Dec. 30:  September and October Friday, Dec. 31:  November and December
And here is today's segment:
September Morganfield entrepreneur Gary Erwin and his daughter, former Miss Kentucky Mallory Erwin, joined the field of contestants in CBS' latest edition of “The Amazing Race.”

The 40th annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon on 14WFIE raised a record $685,240, a fitting tribute to Mike Blake, who marked his 40th year hosting the annual event.

WTVW-Fox 7 morning meteorologist Matt Madigan left the Tri-State fo…

Insight expects agreement with Raycom, says negotiations "advancing nicely"

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There is good news for 14WFIE viewers on Insight cable tonight.
Insight, which serves a large chunk of the Tri-State including the Evansville-Henderson metro area, reports via its website that the once-strained negotiations with Channel 14's parent company, Raycom Media, are now "advancing nicely."
"(W)e now expect to reach an agreement without the loss of WAVE, WXIX or WFIE," reads the message.  (WAVE is the NBC affiliate in Louisville, while WXIX is the Fox affiliate for Cincinnati.  Both are also owned by Raycom.)
I've not yet been able to find word from Raycom at the time of this post, but if Insight's satisfied, you can bet that Raycom likely is as well, and I'm glad that cooler heads have prevailed in keeping the channels on for everyone.

JDTVB's 2010 Retrospective, Part IV -- July & August

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As we come to the end of 2010, it's time to look back and take stock of the things that happened in local radio and television.  While I won't be posting regular news this week (aside from important updates), I will post parts two through six of this special 2010 Retrospective.  Here's the schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 23:  January and February Monday, Dec. 27:  March and April Tuesday, Dec. 28:  May and June Wednesday, Dec. 29:  July and August Thursday, Dec. 30:  September and October Friday, Dec. 31:  November and December
And here is today's segment:
July Two new faces joined the 14WFIE anchor team. On weeknights at 9 and 10:00, former WTVW-Fox 7 anchor Jackie Monroe began anchoring (with David James at 10:00), and on weekends, Araceli Thiele replaced Nicole DiDonato alongside Brandon Bartlett.

NEWS 25 joined the rest of the TV stations in the Tri-State on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week broadcast schedule. Prior to the 24/7 move, the station went off the air in th…

BREAKING: KBSI to be removed from Shawneetown cable as Sinclair/Time Warner Cable talks collapse

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Time Warner Cable subscribers in two Southern Illinois communities will have one fewer Fox affiliate to watch in the new year.
Retransmission consent talks between Sinclair Broadcast Group, the owner of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Fox affiliate KBSI-Fox 23 (ch. 8 and 708 on the Shawneetown/Junction system), and TWC, have broken down, and Sinclair announced this afternoon that all of its stations across the country will be removed from Time Warner Cable's systems shortly after midnight on Friday.
Sinclair's most recent offer -- which matched or bettered deals that the broadcasting company had made with TWC's competitors, according to industry watchers -- was rejected outright by the cable giant.
Viewers in Shawneetown and Junction will not be left without Fox programming, however.  Evansville's WTVW-Fox 7 has been and will continue to be available on channels 7 and 707.

Vanderburgh Co. home of "My Classic Car" host Gage destroyed by fire Dec. 23

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Many classic car aficionados in the Tri-State are familiar with the name Dennis Gage.  The host of the "My Classic Car" TV show (which can be seen on the Speed network) for the past 14 years, Gage is well known for his love of fine old cars and motorcycles, and he has a great collection of his own.
Sadly, on Dec. 23, his family's northern Vanderburgh County home was destroyed in an early-morning fire.  Gage himself was out of town at the time, visiting his mother in Chicago, but his wife and son were home at the time.  They were not hurt, but the home was a total loss.
Gage's vehicle collection was stored in a detached garage and none of the contents were damaged.
We wish him and his family well as they recover from their loss.

JDTVB's 2010 Retrospective, Part III -- May & June

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As we come to the end of 2010, it's time to look back and take stock of the things that happened in local radio and television.  While I won't be posting regular news this week (aside from important updates), I will post parts two through six of this special 2010 Retrospective.  Here's the schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 23:  January and February Monday, Dec. 27:  March and April Tuesday, Dec. 28:  May and June Wednesday, Dec. 29:  July and August Thursday, Dec. 30:  September and October Friday, Dec. 31:  November and December
And here is today's segment:
May Former WEHT-NEWS 25 news director Jon Esther, 72, who worked at the station from 1962-65, 1975-76 and 1985-87, died at his home in Owensboro.

Radio station owner Regent Communications, having just exited bankruptcy protection, changed its name to Townsquare Media and replaced most of its top executives, including company founder Bill Stakelin.

At 14WFIE, Raycom Media, which owns the station, named Louisville NBC affilia…

With deadline just four days away, Insight and Raycom negotiations continue

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UPDATE, TUESDAY 1:30 PM:  Insight ran two full-page ads yesterday, one in the Courier & Press and the other in the Henderson Gleaner.  If you're interested, you can click on each newspaper's name and see those.

With four days until the deadline, there is still no resolution in the retransmission consent renewal talks between Raycom Media -- owner of Evansville NBC affiliate 14WFIE -- and Insight Communications, the cable operator in Evansville, Henderson, and several other Tri-State communities.
Both companies have put up their sides of the story for viewers on their respective websites: Click here to read Raycom's statement (via 14wfie.com)And click here to read Insight's latest statement (via Letskeepiton.com)The deadline is Dec. 31; Insight insists it won't pull 14 or the other Raycom stations it carries (WAVE-3 in Louisville and WXIX-Fox 19 in Cincinnati), but Raycom can do so.  And if that happens, Raycom says Insight can't import a distant NBC signal du…

JDTVB's 2010 Retrospective, Part II -- March & April

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As we come to the end of 2010, it's time to look back and take stock of the things that happened in local radio and television.  While I won't be posting regular news this week (aside from important updates), I will post parts two through six of this special 2010 Retrospective.  Here's the schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 23:  January and February Monday, Dec. 27:  March and April Tuesday, Dec. 28:  May and June Wednesday, Dec. 29:  July and August Thursday, Dec. 30:  September and October Friday, Dec. 31:  November and December
And here is today's segment:
March Regent Communications, the Cincinnati-based owner of seven radio stations in Evansville and Owensboro, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Insight Communications announced a new local-programming channel, which would later debut with the name "cn|2."

Adam Alexander, former WEVV sportscaster and voice of the UE Purple Aces, joined cable network TNT's NASCAR team as its lead voice.

Several personnel move…

With Christmas 2010 in the books, Superhits 105.3 turns to #1 songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s

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Superhits 105.3 (WJLT, Evansville) wrapped up the Christmas season yesterday after broadcasting nothing but the best in holiday music, and now it's time for something new, says program director Johnny Kincaid.
"To mark the coming New Year, the station is playing only songs that hit #1 on Billboard's charts," Kincaid told me.  "Between Christmas and January 2 the station will play every #1 song from the 60's, 70's and 80's."
I don't know about you, but to me, that sounds like an enjoyable week of music -- and great music, at that!

From my family to yours: Merry Christmas!

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As we celebrate this blessed and joyous season, let us not forget the reason why we celebrate this time with our families.  Keep the love, peace and joy in your heart that the Christ Child brings, not only at Christmas time, but all year round.
May you have a safe, happy and blessed Christmas! The Newkirk Family

14's Dual Doppler radars back in action following repairs

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Last month, I told you that 14WFIE's Dual Doppler radars -- one at the station in Evansville and the other atop Owensboro Medical Health System -- were out of commission due to the failure of a part.
Since that time, the station has relied upon its connection to the National Weather Service's network of radars around the region, but chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons reports this afternoon via Twitter that the local radars are now back in the game ... just in time for a white Christmas!

JDTVB's 2010 Retrospective, Part I -- January & February

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As we come to the end of 2010, it's time to look back and take stock of the things that happened in local radio and television.  While I won't be posting regular news over the next week, I will post parts two through six of this special 2010 Retrospective starting on Monday.  Here's the schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 23:  January and February Monday, Dec. 27:  March and April Tuesday, Dec. 28:  May and June Wednesday, Dec. 29:  July and August Thursday, Dec. 30:  September and October Friday, Dec. 31:  November and December
And here is today's segment:
January Jon Chrisos, co-anchor of NEWS 25's Daybreak newscast, left for Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE.

WTVW-Fox 7 and NEWS 25 each sent reporters to Haiti to bring back stories of the devastating earthquake.

14WFIE and CBS 44 WEVV pooled their resources to bring local viewers a hometown perspective on the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl appearance, with live reports from Miami.
February Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Col…

Here's what's coming your way in today's Courier & Press

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UPDATE, 1:05 PM:  Well, it's happened again.  In what is becoming a regular problem, the Courier & Press has not posted my column online.  I apologize for that, although there really isn't anything I can do about it.

I'll post a link later this morning, but here's a preview of what you can look forward to in today's Courier & Press: Cable TV subscriptions have dropped 15% in the past decade -- 5% of that just in the past year14WFIE's parent company is negotiating a new carriage agreement with Insight -- find out what might happen if they can't reach a dealLegendary movie critic Roger Ebert is returning to TV next month; WNIN and KET will carry his new showAnd to add to your holiday enjoyment, CBS 44 WEVV is bringing back "High School Holidays," featuring local high school choirs singing the best Christmas music anywhereBe sure to check the paper and the website later and get in the loop on what's happening!

As negotiations with Raycom continue, Insight tells customers: "We are on your side"

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By now you've probably seen 14WFIE's crawl across the top of your screen at various times during the day telling you about its parent company's negotiations with Insight Communications toward a new retransmission consent agreement.
For its part, Insight is keeping its customers informed as to what is happening.  The company has a website that explains pretty much everything you'd ever want to know.  But the number one thing they want folks to know is this:  When it comes to new agreements, it's on the side of the customer.
One quote from the site is this:  "As a company that is has its main operations based right here and employees thousands of families in this area, Insight understands the importance of local programming. That's one reason we launched an alternative source for local weather, news and sports, called cn|2 on Insight channel 2."
If no deal is reached, it is possible that Raycom could pull 14WFIE (as well as 14Xtra and This TV) from Ins…

Mediacom, Sinclair reach retrans deal; KBSI and WDKA remain on for Harrisburg & Eldorado

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Mediacom cable customers in Harrisburg and Eldorado, Ill. won't be losing their Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates any time soon.
The cable company and Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns and/or operates Cape Girardeau's KBSI-Fox 23 and Paducah's WDKA-My49, have inked a new two-year deal that will keep the stations on the system serving those communities as well as several other neighboring cities in southern Illinois.
Meanwhile, Sinclair continues in its strained negotiations with Time Warner Cable, which, if things don't pan out, would affect KBSI viewers on Time Warner Cable in Shawneetown and Junction.
Some media outlets report that the companies are in a stalemate, but a TWC spokesman says that they're continuing to negotiate.  "We continue to negotiate in good faith on behalf of our customers to keep programming costs down, and we hope Sinclair will begin to act in a more reasonable manner," said spokesman Andrew Russell.  "We're also committed…

Local sports coverage spreads to S. Illinois: WSIU to air selected Saluki basketball games

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Carbondale, Ill.-based public television station WSIU (and its Olney satellite station, WUSI) will begin airing selected Southern Illinois Salukis basketball games on Jan. 4.
The games will air on the station's main channels (8.1 and 16.1), followed by a rebroadcast on the WSIU World channels (8.2 and 16.2). 
Evansville Purple Aces fans in the WSIU viewing area will also want to note that the SIU/Evansville game will air on January 29 at 7:00 PM CT, with a repeat at 10:00 PM CT, as noted, on WSIU World.
A total of six men's games and one women's game will be aired.  Here is the list: Tuesday, Jan. 4 -- SIU at Bradley -- 7:00 PM, rebroadcast at 10:00 PM on WSIU WorldSunday, Jan. 9 -- SIU vs. Illinois State -- 2:00 PM, rebroadcast at 7:00 PM on WSIU WorldSaturday, Jan. 15 -- SIU at Northern Iowa-- 7:00 PM, rebroadcast at 10:00 PM on WSIU WorldSaturday, Jan. 29 -- SIU at Evansville -- 7:00 PM, rebroadcast at 10:00 PM on WSIU WorldSaturday, Feb. 5 -- SIU vs. Bradley -- 2:00 PM, r…

Christmas festivities continue this weekend on KET

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(COURTESY OF KET)
The holiday fun continues throughout the weekend on KET with Christmas concerts and children's specials.

Tonight, six siblings, all classically trained musicians, offer a fresh fusion of sounds on Christmas the Annie Moses Band, and Tonic Sol-Fa: Greatest Time of Year features musical artistry, showmanship, and humor as the group performs a mix of holiday favorites. It all starts at 8:00 PM CT on KET.

Next, Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music, and light-hearted seasonal favorites on Christmas at Belmont, airing Thursday, Dec. 23 at 8:00 PM CT on KET. Immediately following, world-renowned musicians perform traditional holiday music on Christmas Concert from Norway.

Then, Family Traditions: The Crane Candlelight Concert features more than 300 carolers and musicians musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music, airing Friday, Dec. 24 at 7:00 PM CT on …

Just a reminder: JDTVB is going on Christmas Break starting Friday

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Beginning Friday, I am taking my annual Christmas Break.  This means that JDTVB will not publish regular news items again -- with the exception of next week's 2010 Year In Review series -- until January 1.
I have found that the break really recharges the old batteries and gets me properly geared up to take on a new year.  It also occurs to me that some of you out there reading this might need some time off, too!
That said, I would like to thank all of you, whether you're just checking this site out or you've been a regular reader for a long time.  I'm grateful for your support over the past year, and I hope you'll stick with me in the new year.  I have a feeling that 2011 will be just as busy as 2010 has been!

Your Sunday NFL broadcast lineup for Week 16

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Here is this week's lineup of NFL games on Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday night.  Area CBS affiliates will show only a single game, while Fox has this week's doubleheader.

Oh, and for those of you around the Tri-State area who are Rams fans ... Fox 7 will have Sunday's game against the 49ers.  Tell your friends!
CBS SINGLE GAME StationsGameAnnouncing Team INDIANAPOLIS at OAKLAND
(LATE)Greg Gumbel
Dan Dierdorf NY JETS at CHICAGO
(EARLY) Jim Nantz
Phil Simms TENNESSEE at KANSAS CITY
(EARLY)Bill Macatee
Rich Gannon
FOX EARLY GAME StationsGameAnnouncing Team SAN FRANCISCO at ST. LOUISKenny Albert
Daryl Johnston
Tony Siragusa WASHINGTON at JACKSONVILLESam Rosen
Tim Ryan
FOX LATE GAME StationsGameAnnouncing Team NY GIANTS at GREEN BAYJoe Buck
Troy Aikman
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
StationsGameGame Time MINNESOTA at PHILADELPHIA
7:20 PM CT (8:20 ET)
ESPN MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
StationsGameGame Time NEW ORLEANS at ATLANTA7:30 PM CT (8:30 ET)

Fox 7's Jason Claspell moves to South Carolina ABC affiliate

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Jason Claspell, the Evansville native who co-anchored WTVW-Fox 7's "AM Evansville" for the past three years, has moved on to a new station in a market far from home.
Claspell, who was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for a story on the war in Afghanistan in 2007, is now the morning anchor at WPDE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Florence, South Carolina.
Based on what I've been hearing from viewers, Jason is already missed tremendously by his audience here at home, but we all wish him well in his new job.

New producer/videojournalist joins 14 News staff

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14WFIE has hired a new producer and videojournalist for 14 News Sunrise.
Emily Mieure is a recent Eastern Illinois University graduate, and she worked on EIU's daily newscast which airs on the university's TV station, WEIU-TV.  At Channel 14, she'll be working each morning as breaking and developing stories happen.  I'm told she will also cover a story each day after Sunrise.
Mieure, whose first day is next Monday, Dec. 27, is an Illinois native and has family in Lawrence County, Ill.

HD cameras at Mt. Vernon elementary schools enhance Neighborhood Network

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Three of the schools in 14WFIE's Neighborhood Network have new cameras, and they're a real enhancement.  Located at Farmersville, Marrs and West elementary schools in Mt. Vernon, the new picture-snappers are high-definition units.

The cameras were installed by WeatherBug, a familiar name to many who use the company's service on their computers and smartphones each and every day.  14WFIE and WeatherBug have a partnership that resulted in the creation of the Neighborhood Network, and these cameras are being installed by WeatherBug here and around the country.

Additionally, the weather stations used at the Neighborhood Network are frequently brought up to date with the latest and best equipment available.
As far as these cameras are concerned, I checked them out online over the weekend, and to me, there is a clear difference -- for the better -- in the quality of the images.
You can check out the new cameras -- and all of the others in the region -- by going to 14wfie.com/weath…

Betty White is this year's AP Entertainer of the Year

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If you didn't see Betty White on TV or somewhere this year, you just weren't looking.
The legendary 88-year-old actress was just about everywhere in 2010, from a hilarious Snickers commercial during the Super Bowl, to NBC's "Saturday Night Live," to her new TV Land series, "Hot in Cleveland."  Her rekindled fame has rocketed her into the hearts and minds of millions of fans both young and old.
And her "SNL" performance earned her a seventh Emmy Award.
And no one is more surprised by that than White herself, who was just voted Entertainer of the Year by the members of the Associated Press.
"It's ridiculous," White said when told of the award.  Without missing a comic beat, she added, "They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do."
Same here, Betty.  Same here!

Owensboro talk station picks up "The Dr. Daliah Show"

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There's a new program every Saturday afternoon on Owensboro talk station WOMI (1490 AM), and if you're up for what is being billed as "sassy and stimulating medical talk radio," it could be for you.
"The Dr. Daliah Show" is hosted by Las Vegas family practitioner Dr. Daliah Wachs, and the show's website says that tackles all sorts of health issues with "no medical jargon, just straight talk."
You can catch the show at noon Central time each and every Saturday, so check it out for yourself.

COLTS WRAP: Indianapolis holds off Jacksonville, 34-24

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What a great win for the Colts!
Indianapolis' Tyjuan Hagler picked up a late Jaguars on-side kick and ran 41 yards for a game-clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the  Boys of the Blue Shoe defeated Jacksonville 34-24.
With the ten-point victory over their AFC South rival, the Colts might be able to pick up another division championship -- if they can pull off wins in both of the next two weeks.  If that happens, the Colts would also earn a first-round home game in the playoffs.
Peyton Manning outgunned his opponent, David Garrard.  Manning was 29-of-39 for 229 yards, while Garrard was 23-of-36 for 227.
All in all, it was a respectable performance for a team that desperately needed one today, and it was marred only by the failure of the special teams unit to stop a 78-yard punt return and by the loss once again of Austin Collie, who suffered another concussion in the second quarter.

Colts Injury Report, Week 15 (Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars)

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The injury list for the Colts is starting to get shorter, and just in time for tomorrow's all-important game against Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Will Indianapolis be at full strength?  No.  Will they do the best they can with what they've got?  One certainly has reason to think so.
The game airs tomorrow afternoon at noon Central time (1:00 Eastern) on CBS 44 WEVV, WTHI-10 and WLKY-32.
EDITOR'S NOTE:  In the tables below, DNP signifies that the player(s) did not practice.  LP means limited participation, while FP indicates full participation.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS QUESTIONABLE PROBABLEJoseph Addai (RB), neck
LP

Austin Collie (WR), concussion
FP
Mike Hart (RB), ankle
DNP (FP on Wed & Thu)
Kelvin Hayden (DB), neck
DNP
Charlie Johnson (OT), chest
FP
Fili Moala (DT), knee
FP
Jamey Richard (OG), hip
LP
Clint Session (LB), elbow
LP
Jacob Tamme (DB), knee
FP
Jaimie Thomas (OG), illness
FP
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSOUTQUESTIONABLEPROBABLE Justin Durant (LB), groin
DNP
Courtney Greene (S), shoulder
LP

The Weekender -- 'Twas the Week Before Christmas Edition

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It's been kind of a slow week this time around, but once again it's time to break it all down for you.
Coming up tomorrow is the Colts Injury Report, and on Sunday we'll have the Colts Wrap after the game.
Of course, if any news breaks, I'll be sure to bring you that, too, so you be sure to come back and visit this weekend!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17KET's "Kentucky Life" presents new Christmas special this weekendHigh school hoops on 14Xtra tonight:  Bosse vs. Washington
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16"The King of Queens" changes channels, time slotsUK-Mississippi Valley game to be carried by InsightInsight and 14WFIE parent company Raycom working on new carriage agreementCable penetration in the Evansville market drops 15% in past decadeDTV America II gets OK for three new low-power DTV stations in Terre HauteSayonara, Larry: Tonight's "Larry King Live" is the last
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15Here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's column in the Courier &a…