Showing posts from April, 2011

The Weekender for April 23-29

It's been quite a week here in the Tri-State, with an unusually-long pattern of severe weather, rain, flooding and misery nearly everywhere we looked, although to our south, it was far, far worse ... and I hope all of us are keeping those folks in our thoughts and prayers.

However, as I write this on Friday afternoon, it's been an absolutely spectacular day.  The rivers are cresting, the sun is shining, and hope is returning that maybe, just maybe, the worst really is behind us.

And on this site, we've covered quite a bit of news, so I have, as usual, prepared your roundup of all that made it on here.  I hope you'll find it handy in case you missed anything.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  See you on Monday.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 29THURSDAY, APRIL 28Newburgh resident to appear on "Let's Make a Deal" next Thursday

NEWS 25's Kelley Ashford moves on

Carell's final "Office…

Newburgh resident to appear on "Let's Make a Deal" next Thursday

Next Thursday afternoon (May 5), a Newburgh resident will appear on CBS' "Let's Make a Deal," according to Eric Stremming of CBS44 WEVV.
That's all the information the network is releasing at this time, but I'll be sure to let you know who it is as soon as I find out.
"Let's Make a Deal" airs each weekday afternoon at 2:00 PM CT (3:00 ET) on CBS44.

NEWS 25's Kelley Ashford moves on

After a short six-month stint as a reporter and producer at NEWS 25, Kelley Ashford has moved on.
Ashford, who came to the Tri-State from KDRV in Medford, Oregon, is now working at WBNS-TV10, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
On her Facebook page, Ashford said, "It may have been a quick stint in the Tri-State, but I have experienced and learned a lot and am SO glad I was able to be a part of a great team that serves a great area!"
We wish Kelley well in her new job!

Carell's final "Office" episode was second-most-watched show Thursday night

While it didn't outdraw "American Idol," more people tuned in to Steve Carell's final episode of "The Office" last night than have in many months, and the show's 4.1 rating among viewers 18-49 did give NBC the second-most-watched show of the night.
Carell is departing the popular series to focus on bigger and better things.
On the back of "Idol," among viewers ages 18 to 49, Fox was first for the night with a 4.2 rating and an 11 share. CBS and NBC were tied for second with 2.5/7, and ABC was fourth at 2.3/6.
Among households, Fox was also first with an 8.6 rating and a 14 share. CBS came in second with a 6.9/11, ABC was third at 5.3/8, and NBC was fourth with a rather disappointing 3.2/5.

Meredith Vieira to leave "Today" in June; Curry and Morales to move up

The Hollywood Reporter, following up on an article in yesterday's edition of The Daily (Rupert Murdoch's mobile "newspaper"), reports today that a growing number of people familiar with the situation confirm that Meredith Vieira will leave NBC's "Today" this June.
If true (and I believe it is), the same sources say that Ann Curry, the show's current newsreader, will be promoted to anchor alongside Matt Lauer, whose potential 2012 exit has also been much talked about of late.  Taking Curry's place at the news desk will be Natalie Morales, who is now a "Today" correspondent.
NBC, meanwhile, is not commenting.
It's said that a formal announcement could come next week; I'll keep you in the loop.

"JAG," "NCIS" creator sues CBS over "NCIS: Los Angeles," says he should be paid

Don Bellisario, who created the hit CBS series "JAG" and "NCIS" before the network fired him several years ago, is now suing CBS for unspecified damages, the result of CBS' creation of "NCIS: Los Angeles."

The Hollywood Reporter says that Bellisario's suit claims that he should have had the first opportunity to create and - more importantly - be paid for sequels and spinoffs of the shows, even though he's no longer involved in any way, shape or form.
CBS had this to say: "Don Bellisario has no rights to what he is claiming in this suit. The contract is clear, the facts are undeniable and the courts won't need Naval intelligence to conclude that the case has no merit. We continue to honor all of our obligations to Mr. Bellisario under the actual agreement."Ouch.

MORE READING: The Hollywood Reporter:"'NCIS' Creator Sues CBS Over 'Los Angeles' Spinoff"

IceMen Summer Specials begin May 23 on WEOA

While the Evansville IceMen are now in the off-season, fans of the Tri-State's hockey team won't have to wait until next season to keep up with what's happening.
The IceMen and their radio partner, WEOA-1400 The Pump, will broadcast four "IceMen Summer Specials" live from Show-Me's East in Evansville.  Those will air on Monday, May 23; Monday, June 20; Monday, July 25; and Monday, Aug. 29, all at 7:00 PM CT.
Terry Ficorelli, the vice-president and play-by-play voice of the IceMen, will handle hosting duties for these shows, and he tells me that, in addition to these summer shows, the first "IceMen Live" show of the regular season will air on Sept. 26.

Internet service issues may prevent posting today

UPDATE, 3:05 PM:  As of this afternoon, my internet service is working.  Hopefully it remains that way for the rest of the day, but it's not guaranteed.  AT&T representatives tell me that the problem is noise in my phone lines, and due to a backlog (which I am more than willing to tolerate, as others - especially to our south - are far worse off than me), it could be as late as May 5 before it is completely repaired.
Due to connectivity problems with my AT&T DSL Internet service, there is a strong possibility that I will not be able to post updates today.
As of this writing, my computer is all but useless, and I am using my wife's iPhone to create this entry ... A very tedious process, indeed.
I'll do my best to get back online as soon as possible.

Fox 7 awards lead off this week's column

In tomorrow's column in the Courier & Press, you'll find a good amount of news, including these items: Fox 7 News brought home a number of awards last week, including two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for anchor Randy Moore and six awards from the Indiana Chapter of the SPJ.  Moore was also named the Distinguished Telecommunications Alumnus of the Year by Ball State University.You'll read about how this awful string of weather we've had lately knocked four area radio stations off the air at times over the past week.14 News anchor Jackie Monroe and her husband, Nate, welcomed their twins into the world.  Jude Harrison Monroe and Ava Addison Monroe were born early last Thursday morning.And finally, on this week's "Kentucky Life" on KET, host Dave Shuffett visits Henderson County's wonderful Bon Ton Mini Mart, home of the best fried chicken anywhere.It's all in Thursday's Courier & Press and at!

NEWS 25 Daybreak moving to NEWS 25 Sports Channel Friday morning due to Royal Wedding

With network TV coverage of the Royal Wedding taking precedence on all of the Tri-State's affiliates this Friday morning, I can now report that the final piece of the local morning programming puzzle is in place.
Mike Fehn tells me via my Facebook page that NEWS 25 will move its "Daybreak" newscast to the NEWS 25 Sports Channel (ch. 25.2) on Friday morning.
To reiterate, as I've told you previously, 14WFIE's "Sunrise" will air on 14Xtra and Fox 7 will air "AM Evansville" after the wedding at around 7:15 AM.
Many thanks to Mike for the information!

WINNING! Voice of the Cardinals gets introduced to Mr. Tiger Blood himself

As most fans know, the St. Louis Cardinals are playing in Houston right now, and the voice of the Cardinals, Mike Shannon, had a surprise visitor there yesterday, KMOX reports.
Charlie Sheen - who, in addition to being a world-class weirdofamous actor, is known to be a huge baseball fan - met up and wanted to talk baseball with the well-known announcer, who is in his 40th year in the booth for the Redbirds.
Oddly, Shannon said Sheen was "very down to earth, with his feet on the ground," a description not commonly used on the actor ... but, then again, if you're familiar with the way Mike talks, you know he's given to hyperbole.
Listen to Shannon's interview with KMOX's Charlie Brennan here.

Season finales and cliffhangers highlight big May for CBS; UE grad to guest star on "The Good Wife"

May is going to be big for CBS, with season finales and cliffhangers galore, as well as a lot of special guest stars, including UE grad Kelli Giddish (formerly of NBC's "Chase") in the finale of "The Good Wife."

Thanks to the good folks at CBS44 WEVV, you can take a look at what to expect as the season winds down after the jump.

14WFIE moving "Sunrise" to 14Xtra this Friday morning

Earlier today, I told you about WSIL-TV's local news plans for this Friday morning (due to the Royal Wedding).  And last week, I told you that Fox 7 is moving "AM Evansville" to 7:15 AM.
Now we know how 14WFIE will handle local news this Friday morning as well.
News director C.J. Hoyt tells me that "Sunrise" will air on 14Xtra (ch. 14.2) that morning from 5:00 to 7:00 AM CT (6:00 to 8:00 ET).  NBC's coverage of the wedding will begin, as it does everywhere else, at 3:00 AM CT on 14WFIE (ch. 14.1), and will run through the duration of the "Today" show.
Still unclear at this point are the plans at NEWS 25; if and when I find out whether they're doing anything differently, I'll be sure to let you know.

"Body of Proof" to be rebroadcast on NEWS 25, "Dancing" can be found online

NEWS 25 reports this morning that Tuesday night's episode of "Body of Proof," which was not shown due to severe weather coverage, will be rebroadcast this Saturday night at 10:30 PM following the late news.
However, the station says that "Dancing With the Stars" will not air again.  That episode can be seen at

WSIL to take its morning show online this Friday as Royal Wedding coverage takes over TV

While most local morning TV programming will be disrupted by network coverage of the Royal Wedding this Friday morning, one station that serves part of the Tri-State isn't letting that stop them from covering local news.
Harrisburg's WSIL-TV has decided to move Friday's edition of "News 3 This Morning" from the air to the web, where you can watch starting at the usual time (5:30 AM).
For your convenience, the station has already posted a link, so be sure to bookmark it now ... that way you won't have to hunt it down on Friday.

CW picks up "Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl" and others for 2011-12 season

If you're a fan of "The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl" or "90210," you'll be pleased to know that the CW network has given all three shows renewals for the 2011-12 season.
"Supernatural" and "America's Next Top Model" are also slated for a return engagement.
Of course, here in the Tri-State, if it wasn't for WAZE-CW19's (really channel 17's) carriage on cable, no one would have any idea what these shows are.
That said, these shows are some of the network's more-popular offerings, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Still awaiting a decision are shows like "Nikita," "One Tree Hill" and "Hellcats," none of which really did anything for anyone (besides draw a collective shrug) this season.

Last night's episode of "The Voice" to air tonight at 8 on 14WFIE

UPDATE, 9:40 AM:  14WFIE has announced that last night's episode of "The Voice," which was preempted by severe weather coverage, will air tonight at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET).  You can also watch it at

EARLIER:  Due to the ongoing (and going and going and going) weather situation in the Tri-State that stayed true to form last night, necessitating wall-to-wall coverage, NBC's new musical competition series, "The Voice," was unable to be shown in its entirety on 14WFIE.
Station personnel tweeted early this morning and said that a decision on rebroadcasting the hot new show will be made at some point today.
I'll be sure to bring you the latest information as soon as I have it.

BRIEF: KY National Guard members protecting local KET transmitter from flooding

If KET stays on the air in Owensboro and Henderson this week, we have the Kentucky National Guard to thank for that.
Members of the Guard - some 30 in all - have been mobilized to build a flood barrier around WKOH's transmitter building located on U.S. 60 near Reed, Ky.

UPDATE, 4:35 PM:  KET's transmitters across the state, in addition to their television uses, are also used to handle various statewide datacasting feeds as well.  From the KET website, this will explain why keeping this transmitter safe is so important: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radar images, forecasts, and warnings are available to the general public. You may also watch live Kentucky House and Senate proceedings and interim committee meetings via datacasting.The KET DataCast First Responders’ Network is part of the Digital Emergency Alert System. The Louisville Fire Department uses KET’s digital network to provide simultaneous data and video, as well as weather radar ima…

WNIN-FM back on the air

WNIN-FM 88.3 is back on the air.
The station had been MIA since the weekend, after a lightning strike knocked out the station's transmitter.  Parts were quickly procured to make the needed repairs, and all is well once again.
As far as I know, all Tri-State area radio stations that should be operational are operational once more.  At various points throughout this weird weather pattern we've been in for the past several days, I know of four stations that were off the air at various times (WNIN-FM, WSJD, WVJC and WQXQ), but it's possible that more could have been off that I just didn't know about.
Here's hoping we get some clear days ahead ... and soon!

The Days of Remembrance: Two programs remember Holocaust survivors

In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Days of Remembrance, KET is airing two special programs:

Secrets of the Dead: "Escape from Auschwitz"
Two young Slovak Jews, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, managed to escape from Auschwitz and write a detailed account of the atrocities being committed at the camp by the Nazis.  This program airs on Wednesday night at 7PM CT (8 Eastern) on KET.

Teenage Witness: The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Story
Fanya Heller shares her unique story with inner-city teenagers who can relate to the painful choices she was forced to make in the midst of the horror and chaos of the Holocaust.

Hidden with her parents and brother for two and a half years, Fanya's story resonates with the extremes of fear, starvation, and a remarkable tenacity of spirit.  Tune in Wednesday night 8PM CT (9 Eastern) on KET2.
► Information for this story was provided courtesy of KET.

Chicago Bears QB returning home to help raise funds for diabetes research at Holiday World

The sixth annual “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” will be a homecoming of sorts, as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returns to his hometown of Santa Claus to serve as the walk's grand marshal.
Cutler, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 21, will join in the walk’s opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, and will lead an anticipated 2,000 walkers through Holiday World Theme Park.

Cutler and the walkers will also honor the late Will Koch, who was Holiday World’s president until his diabetes-related death at age 48 last June, by presenting a special award to Koch’s family.

Over the past five years, the “Holiday World Walk to Cure Diabetes” has raised nearly $1.5 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through the donation of tickets to walkers who’ve raised funds for the organization. This year’s goal is to raise an additional $376,000 for JDRF. Visit the website for more information and to sign up for the walk.

The newly engaged Cutl…

UPDATED WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF COURIC'S CBS DEPARTURE: ABC making a play for Couric? Deal said to be in the works for talk show and more

UPDATE, 2:45 PM:  It's official.  In an exclusive interview with People magazine, Couric says she is indeed leaving CBS News.  She explains, "I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years," but that she is also "excited about the future."
Katie Couric is still expected to finally announce her departure from CBS this week, and now it appears that she may be close to lining up a new TV home.
With NBC now out of the running, according to TV Guide, ABC is said to be the odds-on favorite to become the birthplace for Couric's forthcoming daytime talk show.
Why ABC?
It's simple, really:  ABC has a number of owned-and-operated stations across the country, and those stations are soon to be without Oprah Winfrey's daytime show.  Katie Couric brings a lot to the table there.
And ABC is making major moves with its daytime programming - killing off soaps for more talk (be…

Central City's WQXQ returns to air after outage

After being off the air Sunday and part of the day today, Central City, Ky. radio station WQXQ (Q101.9) is back up and running this evening.
At this writing, I don't know why the Starlight Broadcasting-owned station was down, but as soon as I have details, I will share them.

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN: Be aware of flooded roads throughout the Tri-State

The current flooding situation in the Tri-State has many state and local roads under water.  The important thing to remember, folks, when a road is flooded, is simply this:  TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
We’ve already heard of a number of water rescues over the past several days, and with the way things are going, our emergency responders all across the area will have plenty to do … without having to fish someone out of a car or truck.
Please use caution wherever roads pass through low-lying areas, and for more information on state highways, visit the following websites:
For more information on local roads, please visit the local TV and radio stations' websites for lists ... they have compiled a pretty substantial number of closed roads at this point.

Couric out, Pelley in? NY Times says CBS will make the announcement this week

It appears that the Katie Couric era at the "CBS Evening News" is finally coming to an official close, with an announcement possible this week, according to a New York Times report.
As recently as two weeks ago, Couric said she hadn't yet decided on her future; evidently, that has changed.
Couric's contract with CBS officially ends in early June, but CBS is said to desire a month to transition Couric out and "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley into the anchor chair, and, according to the NYT report, "some at CBS complained about the public uncertainty" surrounding the newscast.
This should eliminate that problem.

Washington, Ind. radio station owner, former State Rep. Dave Crooks considering 8th District run

Dave Crooks, the owner of Washington, Ind. radio stations WAMW-AM and FM (1580 and 107.9), is considering a return to political life, setting his sights on a 2012 run for Indiana's 8th District Congressional seat, the Courier & Press reports today.  The seat is currently held by a first-term Republican, Dr. Larry Bucshon of Newburgh.
Crooks, a Democrat, served in the Indiana House of Representatives for six terms before stepping aside in 2008, and since then has concentrated on operating his stations and hosting a Saturday morning talk show on his own stations and WFML in Vincennes.
With the soon-to-be-finalized, Republican-led Congressional redistricting moving the Democratic-leaning counties of Spencer, Perry and Dubois, along with portions of Crawford, from the 9th District back to the 8th and the removal of Republican-oriented Fountain, Putnam and Warren to the 4th District, Crooks told the C&P's Statehouse reporter, Eric Bradner, that a run began to look more appeal…

Lightning knocks WNIN-FM off air; TV not affected

WNIN-FM 88.3 is currently off the air due to a lightning strike at the radio station's transmitter site.
Micah Schweizer of WNIN reports via Twitter that the station continues to stream online at and via the NPR iPhone app; additionally, over-the-air TV channel 9.3 still has the FM audio feed up and running.

Fox 7 News wins six Society of Professional Journalists awards

UPDATE 2:45 AM SUNDAY:  Read the full press release on the SPJ awards as well as Randy Moore's Edward R. Murrow Awards and honor from Ball State University from WTVW after the jump (or below, if you came to this story directly).

The Indiana Society of Professional Journalists held its annual awards banquet Friday night in Indianapolis, and Fox 7 News brought home six awards.
Anchors Randy Moore and Julie Dolan, along with photographers Clint Erbacher, John Simpson and Brian Cissell were recognized for their fine work over the past year on the following reports: First Place - Sports Reporting:  Randy Moore and Brian Cissell for "Cowboy Jones Rides Again" (This story also earned Randy Moore a regional Edward R. Murrow Award this week.)First Place - Feature Reporting:  Randy Moore, Brian Cissell and John Simpson for "The Girl on the Door" (This story also earned Randy Moore a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.)First Place - Environmental Reporting:  Julie Dolan and C…

The Weekender ... "Got Your Ark Ready?" Edition

With a lot of rain on the way (as I write this on Friday afternoon), it is a good idea to know what to do - and what NOT to do - in case flooding becomes a concern in your area.  For that information, visit the National Weather Service's Flood Safety page.

Meanwhile, in TV and radio this week, we've covered a good bit of ground, from awards for WNIN-FM, WIKY and Fox 7's Randy Moore to leftover effects from Tuesday's storms, new babies, and much more.

Below you'll find links to all these stories.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and we'll meet up here again on Monday or if there's breaking news over the weekend.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 22THURSDAY, APRIL 21Worse the second time around: "The Paul Reiser Show" is sinking fast

Madelyn Pugh Davis, "I Love Lucy" writer, dies at 90
NBC's "The Voice" to get previews Friday and Saturday nights

14 News anchor Monroe…

UPDATE: NBC CANCELS! Worse the second time around: "The Paul Reiser Show" is sinking fast

UPDATE, 9:50 PM:  The Futon Critic reports - and NBC confirms - that "The Paul Reiser Show" has been canceled after just two episodes.  Reruns of "The Office" will fill the show's now-former timeslot.  Many thanks to NashDigie for the heads-up on this one!

Last night, "The Paul Reiser Show" aired again on NBC, and I can tell you that the second episode was not only no better than the poorly-rated first episode, it was actually worse.
The ratings seem to bear that out:  Last night's episode was watched by a mere 2.5 million people, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which translates to a miserable 0.9 rating among viewers ages 18-49.
I fit into that demographic, so, having nothing else better to do, I decided to watch and see if maybe the first episode, which was maligned for being unfunny, was just a fluke.  The answer to that question is a decided "Nope."  It's really not funny.
Indeed, I think I still have wrinkles around my eyes f…

Madelyn Pugh Davis, "I Love Lucy" writer, dies at 90

Indianapolis native Madelyn Pugh Davis, whose writing made Lucille Ball and her co-stars so uproariously funny in "I Love Lucy" and all of Ball's television series that came afterward, has died.
She was 90.
In addition to the hilarious situations she and her writing partner, Bob Carroll, cooked up for Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, Davis was also responsible for naming the Mertzes' characters, drawing inspiration from a family who lived down the street from her in Indianapolis.
Once married to TV producer Quinn Martin (the man behind shows like "Cannon" and "Barnaby Jones"), Davis later married her college sweetheart, Dr. Richard Davis, who preceded her in death in 2009.
Davis is survived by her son, Michael Quinn Martin, four stepchildren, Brian, Charlotte, Lisa and Ned Davis; nine step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson.
MORE READING: The New York Times:"Madelyn Pugh Davis, Writer for "I Love Lucy," Dies at…

NBC's "The Voice" to get previews Friday and Saturday nights

If you tune in to NBC tomorrow night immediately after the news expecting to see Jay Leno, you'll have to wait a few minutes.
Same goes for "Saturday Night Live" this week.
NBC has decided to air previews of its much-hyped new singing competition, "The Voice," before those shows, in advance of its Tuesday night premiere.
Will it be a hit?  Will it bomb like "The Paul Reiser Show?"
We shall see.

14 News anchor Monroe gives birth to twins

14 News anchor Jackie Monroe and her husband, Nate, welcomed their newborn twins - a son named Jude Harrison and a daughter, Ava Addison - early this morning in Evansville, the station reports on its website this afternoon.
Mother and babies are both said to be doing well.
The station doesn't yet have photos of the newest members of the Monroe family, but will have some to show at 10:00 tonight.
Congratulations to Jackie and Nate, and welcome to the world, Jude and Ava!

Moore wins two regional Murrow Awards, Ball State Telecommunications Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award

UPDATE, APRIL 28, 2:45 PM:  Unbeknownst to me, Randy Moore is actually Ball State's second Tri-State area Telecommunications Alumnus of the Year.  NEWS 25 lead anchor Brad Byrd received the honor in 2005.

UPDATE, 9:45 PM:  Fox 7 news director Bob Walters corrected me.  Randy was named the Ball State University Telecommunications Outstanding Alumni of the Year, not inducted into the Hall of Fame as I reported earlier.  I regret the error.

Longtime Fox 7 News anchor Randy Moore is having a very good week.
Earlier today, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced that Moore is the recipient of two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the categories of Video Feature Reporting and Video Sports Reporting, for his stories "The Girl On The Door" and "Cowboy Jones Rides Again."
And that's not all.  Moore's alma mater, Ball State University, has bestowed upon Randy the Telecommunications Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award as well.
Congratulations, Ran…

"Kentucky Life" chows on famous chicken in Henderson, visits historic sites, haunted nightclub and more

"Kentucky Life" host Dave Shuffett sinks his teeth into some mighty fine fried chicken in Henderson, learns about the history of an Elizabethtown house, stops by Crab Orchard and Ashland’s Putnam Stadium — and visits a Northern Kentucky nightclub purported to be the world’s most haunted. The program airs next Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 PM CT (8:00 ET) and Sunday, May 1 at 3:30 PM CT (4:30 ET) on KET and Sunday, May 1 at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 ET) on KET2.

The nondescript exterior of the Bon Ton Mini Mart in Henderson County belies the pleasures to be found inside. For more than 15 years, it’s been serving up what locals — and, thanks to Gourmet Magazine and NPR, many more people — believe is the best fried chicken to be found. Dave orders up a plate, and if he still has room for dessert, he’ll try some pie too.

Next, the program learns the history of Elizabethtown’s Brown Pusey House, built in 1825. Once a boarding house and inn and briefly the home of Gen. George Custer and his w…

FCC approves WVUB translator move from Ireland to Algiers

W243AU, the WVUB translator station licensed to Ireland, Ind., has been greenlighted for a move across the Pike/Dubois county line.
The Original Company's soon-to-be relocated station, which is also moving from 96.5 to 97.1 FM when the move to Algiers is complete, will also have a new call sign, W246CD.
Still pending before the FCC are The Original Company's other applications for a move of rock station WBTO-FM (102.3) from Petersburg to Haubstadt and a city of license change for country WWBL (106.5) from Washington to Petersburg.

Duke Energy power outages keep WSJD off the air

As of 8:45 this morning, there were still a number of power outages across the Tri-State serving as a lingering reminder (not that one is needed, considering the damage we've all seen) of Tuesday night's storms.
In Gibson County, Duke Energy's 1,889 customers without power includes radio station WSJD-100.5 FM, which is based in Mt. Carmel but has its transmitter near Princeton.
No word yet on when the station will be back on the air, but hopefully it will be soon.

Radio station awards headline Thursday's column in the Courier & Press

In tomorrow'sCourier & Press, it's back to full speed with a column that's chock-full of information for you!  Here's a snapshot of what you'll find:
I'll tell you about the Indiana AP Broadcasters Association awards brought home by 104 FM WIKY and WNIN-FM 88.3.You'll learn about the new FM translator for Henderson's WSON.Find out more about the cancellation of ABC's "All My Children" and "One Life to Live."And some personnel updates from 14WFIE.That's all in tomorrow's edition of the Courier & Press and online at!

Fox Sports Midwest televising both games of Cards/Nationals doubleheader today

EDITOR'S NOTE:  I apologize for not getting this story out sooner.
Fox Sports Midwest is televising both games of the St. Louis Cardinals/Washington Nationals doubleheader today (and, as I write this, the Cardinals are down 8-6 in the 9th inning).  The doubleheader is the result of last night's storms, which also affected the St. Louis area.
Once this game ends, the postgame show will follow, and the second game's "Cardinals Live" pregame show will air at 6:30 PM CT.
First pitch of game two is set for 7:15 PM CT.

Full NFL television schedule released

Earlier today, I shared with you NBC's full "Sunday Night Football" schedule for the upcoming 2011 season.  Now, thanks to Eric Stremming at CBS44 WEVV, I have the complete NFL television sked for this fall for CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
As I mentioned previously, the schedule is dependent upon there actually being football to televise, but we can stay hopeful.
To see the whole schedule, click here.
There are a couple of important notes to keep in mind: Not all games are shown in all markets.  This is no different from years past, and as I did throughout the 2010 season, I'll make every effort to post which games are on which stations several days ahead of time.Weekly schedules with "Fox National" indicate weeks that Fox has the doubleheader.  "CBS National" indicates that CBS has the doubleheader.

For Earth Day, KET turns spotlight on legendary urban planner and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted

Louisvillians are indebted to Frederick Law Olmsted for some of its most beautiful outdoor spaces. It's fitting then, to honor him for Earth Day. These two programs on the networks of KET celebrate this most accomplished urban planner and landscape architect:

Olmsted and America's Urban Parks
This program examines Olmsted's impact on the development of America's first great city parks in the late 19th century. With incredible foresight, he brought nourishing green spaces to New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Louisville's beautiful city park system. Catch "Olmsted and America's Urban Parks" tonight at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET) on KET2 and on Tuesday, April 26 at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET) on KET.Olmsted in Louisville
Olmsted is best known for designing New York's Central Park. But his last achievement was the design of Louisville's elaborately beautiful city park system featured in this documentary which focuses on the "three jewels…

Season finale of "Parenthood," preempted by storms last night on WFIE, to air Saturday night

UPDATE, 1:50 PM:  The encore episode of "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will air Sunday morning at 1:35 AM CT (2:35 ET) following "In Wine Country."

14WFIE announced this afternoon that last night's season finale of NBC's "Parenthood," which was preempted by severe weather coverage on the station, will air in its entirety.
The show will be broadcast this Saturday night, Apr. 23, at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET).
Airing "Parenthood" means that the regularly-scheduled encore episode of "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will not be seen Saturday night on 14.

Despite uncertainty over season, NBC releases 2011 "Sunday Night Football" schedule

As most of you no doubt know, the possibility still exists that there won't be a 2011 NFL season.  However, that hasn't prevented the league and NBC from releasing their respective schedules.
NBC will carry the NFL Kickoff game between New Orleans and Green Bay on Sept. 8, with the regular "Sunday Night Football" schedule starting on Sunday, Sept. 11.
For those of you who are Colts fans, Indianapolis will play three "Sunday Night Football" games this season, on Sept. 25 (against the Steelers at home), Oct. 23 (against the Saints in New Orleans) and on Dec. 4 (against the Patriots in Foxborough).
The Chicago Bears will play twice on "SNF," on Oct. 16 against Minnesota at home and on Christmas night against Green Bay at Lambeau Field.
Neither the St. Louis Rams nor the Tennessee Titans will play on NBC this season.
Here's the whole "Sunday Night Football" schedule (NOTE: Flex weeks are marked below with an asterisk): Sept. 8 - NFL Kickoff:  …

NewWave working to restore service in areas hit by storms

NewWave Communications, which serves parts of the Tri-State, reports as of 12:40 AM that service has been disrupted in a number of its service areas due to the storms Tuesday night.
The company says via Twitter that power is out in many areas, but they are "working as quick as possible to restore service."

TORNADO SAFETY: Do you know what to do? Be prepared, not scared!

With the Tri-State under a moderate risk of severe weather this evening (and some of our counties already under a Tornado WATCH), it's a good idea to go over the "what to do" list no matter where you are.  Here are the National Weather Service's recommendations for keeping yourself and your family safe in case of a tornado.  I encourage you to share this information with family, friends and anyone who might not know what to do.
In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.

In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with…

Indianapolis Fox and CW stations get new VP/general manager

The Tribune-owned television stations in Indianapolis, WXIN-Fox 59 and CW affiliate WTTV 4, have a new vice president and general manager.
Larry Delia comes to the Circle City from Harrisburg, Pa., where he had served in the same capacity for Tribune's WPMT since 2008.  He's been with Tribune since 1997, and began working in television in 1988.
TVNewsCheck reports that Delia oversaw WPMT's expansion of news programming from 17 to 32 hours weekly, along with the introduction of HD newscasts.  Fox 59 has already expanded its news offerings, and is at the forefront of new developments in technology and quality of programming in Indiana's largest market.
WTTV, it should be noted, broadcasts both CW and This TV programming, and has a Kokomo-based station, WTTK 29, that serves the northern reaches of the Indianapolis market.  WTTV is also the flagship of the IHSAA Champions Network, and is carried on a number of cable systems in the northern part of the Tri-State (particularly …

CBS dumps "Chaos," FX picks up remaining episodes of "Running Wilde"

There is news on two TV series this morning to share with you from both CBS and Fox.
First up, CBS has killed off the new spy dramedy "Chaos," which debuted with a resounding thud recently.  Each succeeding episode - there have been just three aired - rated lower than the one before it, so CBS wisely yanked it.  It's one of the rare complete failures for CBS in recent years.
No word yet on how many episodes of the 13-show run have been completed, or if they will eventually be burned off.  I'll let you know when I find out.
Meanwhile, at Fox, Will Arnett and Keri Russell just didn't click in "Running Wilde," which led the network to shunt the series aside back in November with four episodes left in the can.
Now I'm told that FX is picking up those last four, and they will air at 9:00 PM Thursdays starting April 28.  After that, it's gone.