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Kentucky State Parks Foundation and Insight release second TV spot

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The Kentucky State Parks Foundation and Insight Communications, who partnered to launch a major TV advertising campaign promoting Kentucky's State Parks earlier this month, have released the promotion's second TV ad. The ad, which highlights the Foundation's efforts to provide educational GPS devices at State Parks, is being shown across Insight's Kentucky markets, including Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Henderson and Bowling Green. The ad can be viewed by clicking here: http://kentuckystateparksfoundation.org/media/gps.
"Our geocache program creates an opportunity to reach out to children and young adults and introduce them to Kentucky’s heritage and beauty in a different but very compelling way,” said James Lobb, chairman of the Kentucky State Parks Foundation Board of Directors. “They can use geocache scavenger hunts as an entry point for self directed exploration of Kentucky’s many parks and historic and cultural sites. Our geocache program opens …

Tired of cable and satellite but want good programming choices? Roku could be right for you

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Several months ago, my wife and I decided to expand our television horizons by subscribing to Netflix.  Since we have a Nintendo Wii game system, we didn't have to buy any additional equipment to do this; it works right through the game console.

But since Netflix announced its intention recently to raise the price on those of us who get a DVD or two every once in a while, we've cut that part of the equation out, leaving us as streaming-only subscribers. 

So, in an effort to once again expand our viewing horizons, and having heard good things about it, we decided this weekend to purchase a Roku XD player at Walmart.

What's a Roku XD?

Simply put, it's a small black box which attaches to your TV set and your wired or wireless internet connection.  Netflix is available through it, as is Hulu Plus (which we also now subscribe to, at $7.99 per month) and many other programming options, most of which are free, although some cost extra.

One of those extra-cost options, for sports…

Terre Haute's soon-to-be ABC affiliate shows off new logo, announces news changes

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Terre Haute's WFXW-Fox 38 is just a little more than a month away from becoming an ABC affiliate, but the station is already rolling out its new logo and explaining to viewers what they can expect from the new WAWV ABC.
Those changes can be seen on WAWV's new Facebook page, and also in a letter written by Tim Sturgess, vice-president and general manager of WTWO-NBC 2 and WAWV.
"September 1st marks an exciting time for all of us at WAWV as we launch the all-new WAWV, ABC for the Wabash Valley on channel 38," Sturgess wrote.  "Since 1973, this television station has been providing local news, information and entertainment to viewers in the Wabash Valley.  From 1973-1995, the station served as the Valley’s ABC affiliate. So, you could say that we are returning to our roots.  This change only affirms our commitment to bringing the Wabash Valley the best that network TV has to offer."
For some in the northernmost portion of the Tri-State, WAWV will beco…

The Weekender: Looking back at the TV & radio news of the week, July 23-29

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We've reached the end of another week here in the Tri-State, and as is the custom, it's time to take a look back at what's happened in TV and radio.
Things have been a little slower this time around, but there is still plenty to keep you occupied this weekend, from the news that the Roberts brothers of St. Louis (who own what's left of WAZE-CW19) are having money troubles again to new NFL radio affiliates in the Tri-State for the Bears and Rams, and much more.  It's all here.
Have a great weekend, stay cool, and we'll see you again on Monday, or sooner if news breaks!
Don't forget:  For the latest TV and radio news anytime, follow me on Twitter or Facebook.
 FRIDAY, JULY 29 Terre Haute's soon-to-be ABC affiliate shows off new logo, announces news changes Former "Dukes of Hazzard" star Mayer dies at 57 NEWS 25 and Midland Radio programming weather radios in Madisonville later today THURSDAY, JULY 28 Townsquare Media names Angie Ross director of sa…

Former "Dukes of Hazzard" star Mayer dies at 57

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Christopher "Chip" Mayer, who played Vance Duke in 19 episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" during the 1982-83 season, has died at age 57, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Mayer and Byron Cherry, who starred as Coy Duke, were hired to star in the popular series after Tom Wopat and John Schneider held out for more money and merchandising royalties during contract negotiations in the spring of 1982, but when the show's ratings fell, CBS finally reached a deal with Wopat and Schneider, ending the short-lived "Coy and Vance" era with four episodes remaining in the season. 
Despite his short and widely-panned run on the original series, Mayer later contributed his voice to an animated CBS spinoff of the show called "The Dukes."
Mayer also appeared in such series as "Glitter," "Weird Science," "Silk Stalkings" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," among others.  He also starred in Jim Carrey's 1997 film, &quo…

NEWS 25 and Midland Radio programming weather radios in Madisonville later today

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NEWS 25 is hosting its final weather radio programming event of the summer this evening from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Walgreens store at 1801 N. Main St. in Madisonville.
If you'd like to make sure your existing NOAA Weather Radio is properly programmed, or if you need a new one, this is the ideal time to do so.  In partnership with Midland Radio, Walgreens and Townsquare Media, NEWS 25 has arranged it so you can get the all-new Midland WR-120 radio at a discounted price of $29.99.
As we all know, the weather around here is pretty fickle, so it's always a good idea to be prepared, and the best way to do that even if you're asleep is to have a good weather radio handy at all times.  “The tornadoes that have struck the Tri-State over the past several months are an example of just how important it is to have a severe weather alert system.  A NOAA Weather Alert Radio in this part of the country is just as important as having a smoke detector in your home,” said NEWS 25…

Townsquare Media names Angie Ross director of sales for Evansville/Owensboro station cluster

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Townsquare Media of Evansville/Owensboro general manager LaDonne Craig has announced that Angie Ross has been named director of sales for the company's radio stations in the Tri-State.
"Angie has been doing a  fantastic job and I know she’ll be great in this new position as well," Craig said.
Townsquare owns and operates seven area radio stations:  WKDQ-99.5, WGBF-1280 and 103.1, WJLT-105.3 and WDKS-106.1 in Evansville, and WBKR-92.5 and WOMI-1490 in Owensboro.
Congratulations, Angie!

NEWS 25 finalizes Colts preseason game schedule; 2 games on Sports Channel, 1 on main channel

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As I told you yesterday, NEWS 25 will be broadcasting three of the Indianapolis Colts' four preseason football games this year.  There was some question, however, as to which of the games would air on the station's two channels.
Now that question has been answered.
This afternoon, sports anchor Randall Parmley reports that two of the games will be carried on the NEWS 25 Sports Channel (ch. 25.2) and the other will be on NEWS 25 itself (ch. 25.1).
On the NEWS 25 Sports Channel, you'll be able to see the Aug. 13 game between the Colts and St. Louis Rams as well as the Sept. 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.  NEWS 25 will carry the Aug. 19 home game against the Washington Redskins.
For more information on times, click here.
You can find the NEWS 25 Sports Channel on the following cable systems in the Tri-State: INSIGHT:  Ch. 524 (Southwestern Indiana and Henderson, Ky.)WOW!:  Ch. 111TIME WARNER CABLE:  Ch. 311NEWWAVE:  Ch. 135 (Former Avenue Broadband areas only)PSCtv:  …

Former Clear Channel operations SVP Tom Thon joins Townsquare Media

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Townsquare Media announced today that Tom Thon has joined the Company’s management team as Senior Vice President, Radio. Mr. Thon will directly oversee and work with Townsquare radio markets and their employees to drive performance. Mr. Thon will report to Erik Hellum, Executive Vice President, Radio.
"We are excited to have Tom join our team. His track record of leadership speaks for itself and he shares our vision for the future of the radio business," said Steven Price, Townsquare Media chairman and CEO.
Previously, Mr. Thon was at Clear Channel where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations with responsibility for thirty-eight regional markets in the Eastern United States since July 2008. Mr. Thon is a lifelong radio broadcaster with 33 years of experience in a wide range of roles at Taft, Great American, Citicasters, Jacor and Clear Channel.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to join the leadership team at Townsquare Media," said Mr. Thon. &…

AMC's "Mad Men" comes to Netflix: First four seasons now available for streaming

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AMC's popular series, "Mad Men," is now available to those who've not previously been able to see it (or those who want to see it again from the beginning).
Netflix began streaming the first four seasons of the show yesterday, the culmination of an April agreement between the company and Lionsgate Television, which produces it.
"Mad Men" is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper ad agency in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.  The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life, both in and out of the office. As such, it regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of 1960s America.
The popular and critically-acclaimed series will begin its fifth season in 2012, and that season will also be available for streaming after its run on AMC.

Hulu and Netflix: Similar concept, but different viewer habits

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Hulu and Netflix each stream television and movie content to their respective customers, but new Nielsen research indicates that those customers use the two services in different ways.
Netflix viewers, for example, tend to watch their programming by way of either game consoles or set-top boxes on their TV sets.  Hulu users typically watch their programs on the computers or mobile devices.
Additionally, Hulu viewers are more interested in TV programming, while Netflix folks watch more movies.
So, while the two are considered competitors, they seem to reach different audiences entirely.
For more on Nielsen's research, see this story at MediaPost.

THURSDAY'S TOPICS: Want a preview of my column? Here you go!

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In tomorrow's column in the Courier & Press, we'll take on a number of broadcasting topics, including: The FCC's decision to end analog low-power TV service in 2015, and how that will affect local LPTV stationsA former WTVW forecaster is going to work in LouisvilleNew smartphone apps from 14WFIE and NEWS 25And a prestigious nomination for two area radio hosts You'll find all the details in Thursday's paper and online at courierpress.com!

Colts, Rams and Bears ... oh my! Radio affiliates announced for area NFL teams this season

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With pro football getting ready to get back to business as usual, it's time once again to roll out the list of radio stations that will carry each team in the Tri-State.  This year, the Colts lineup is identical to last year, but there are also stations now carrying the Bears and Rams in the area, too.  Here's where you can find them: INDIANAPOLIS COLTSSoutheastern Illinois WYNG-94.9 (Mt. Carmel) and WVLN-740 (Olney)Southwestern IndianaWGBF-1280 & 103.1 (Evansville), WRZR-94.5 (Loogootee), WYFX-106.7 (Mt. Vernon), WAXL-103.3 (Santa Claus), WTCJ-1230 (Tell City), WZDM-92.1 (Vincennes) and WWBL-106.5 (Washington)Western KentuckyWVJS-1420 & 100.5 (Owensboro)CHICAGO BEARSSouthwestern IndianaWFML-96.7 (Vincennes)ST. LOUIS RAMSSoutheastern Illinois/Southwestern IndianaWSJD-100.5 (Mt. Carmel/Princeton) Preseason action for all three teams kicks off on Aug. 13 as the Colts and Rams face off in St. Louis, and the Bears face Buffalo in Chicago also that evening.

NEWS 25 to air three Colts preseason games starting Aug. 13

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UPDATE, 4:10 PM:  There is some question with regard to what game, if any, will air on NEWS 25 itself.  Randall said he would get back to me with more information when he has it, so when I know, you'll know.

NEWS 25 sports anchor Randall Parmley announced on Twitter this afternoon that NEWS 25 will televise three of the Indianapolis Colts' four preseason games beginning on Aug. 13.
Two of the games will air on the NEWS 25 Sports Channel (ch. 25.2) and the third will air on NEWS 25 (ch. 25.1).  For more details on which games will air on which channel, the official announcement will be made tonight on NEWS 25 at 6:00.
The three games which the station will carry are: The Aug. 13 game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis (7:00 PM CT/8:00 ET)The Aug. 19 game versus the Washington Redskins in Indianapolis (6:00 PM CT/7:00 ET)And the Sept. 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati (6:00 PM CT/7:00 ET)CBS44 WEVV will carry theColts' Aug. 26 game against the Green Ba…

NewWave experiencing service outage in Hopkins and Ohio counties

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NewWave Communications, which provides cable, internet and phone services to many Tri-State communities, is experiencing a service outage this afternoon in Hopkins, Ohio and Christian counties in Western Kentucky.
The full extent of the outage is unknown, but the company is working to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Post-Dispatch reports that Roberts Cos. hotel employees aren't being paid on time

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The news coming out of the Roberts Companies continues to get worse and worse.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that the Roberts brothers, Michael and Steven, who own Evansville low-power CW television stations WAZE-LP, WIKY-LP and WJPS-LP, among others, have failed to pay their St. Louis hotel employees in a timely manner on numerous occasions this year.
Michael Roberts says the problems are not "long-standing," nor do they have anything to do with the brothers' continuing legal and financial woes -- they've been sued successfully for nonpayment by numerous creditors, as well as by CBS and Warner Bros.
However, some employees beg to differ, and have begun filing complaints with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  Interestingly, while the department can and does penalize companies which are more than 16 days late with payroll, the Roberts brothers seem to be able to arrange payments before that clock runs out each time.
Employees told…

Former ABC News president Elmer Lower dies at 98

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Elmer Lower, who was responsible for hiring some of ABC News' best-known talent of the last 40 years - and who laid the groundwork for building the network's news division into a contender after years as an also-ran - has died.
Lower, who was 98, served as ABC News president from 1963 to 1974, and hired such notables as Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Frank Reynolds and Sam Donaldson.  Additionally, Lower increased the division's payroll from 250 to 750 employees.
The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1975, Lower also had his missteps, notably Jennings' first go-around as news anchor from 1965-68 and the uncomfortable pairing of Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters as co-anchors of the "ABC Evening News" from 1976-78.
Building on the foundation that Lower created, under Roone Arledge's leadership in the late 1970s and the 1980s, ABC News at long last became a valid alternative to the long-established leaders, CBS and NBC.  That would not have happen…

Fox to restrict next-day streaming of TV shows online beginning Aug. 15

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If you've enjoyed watching Fox television shows like "Glee," "House" and others at your convenience online the day after they air, you'll likely be disappointed by this development:  Fox has decided to quit letting you do that, unless you're a customer of an "approved" cable and satellite company, The New York Times reports.
Starting on Aug. 15, to watch those shows, you'll have to verify that you are a customer of one of those approved companies, and thus far, the only partner who's signed on with Fox for that purpose is Dish Network, which doesn't even carry the network in most of the Tri-State right now (yes, Fox44 fans, it's been 26 days and counting ...).  So, if you're a Dish customer, you can use your username and password to watch Fox shows as you've been doing already.
But for the rest of us, that means we'll now have to wait eight days to watch our favorite shows in their entirety if we miss their initial…

WAXL to broadcast Rockport American Legion state championship baseball games

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Santa Claus radio station WAXL-103.3 FM will broadcast the Indiana American Legion state championship baseball games from Joe Hargis Field in Rockport, and you can catch all the action beginning tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM CT (8:30 ET), says Kurt Gutgsell, sports director for WBDC/WAXL Radio and WJTS-TV.
Steve Kolb will call the play-by-play action as Rockport's Jenkins Post 254 club takes on South Bend.  If Rockport wins tomorrow night, they will play again on Friday at 4:00 PM CT.
Best of luck to Rockport!

Parents Television Council asks NBC affiliates to dump "The Playboy Club"

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The Parents Television Council is at it again, and this time they've set their sights on NBC's new series, "The Playboy Club."
Broadcasting & Cable reports this afternoon that the PTC has sent letters to all NBC affiliates, asking them to drop the series from their airwaves before it premieres on Sept. 19.
Set in 1963, "The Playboy Club" will center around the employees of the first Playboy Club in Chicago, and while some cast members signed contracts that include nudity clauses, it is likely that any nude scenes will appear only in international and DVD releases of the show and not on broadcast television.
That's not good enough for the PTC folks, however.  Having already called the show - which no one outside of NBC has yet seen in its entirety - a "blatant attempt to obliterate any remaining standards of broadcast decency," the PTC warned each station that if they did choose to broadcast the program, PTC members will be watching and w…

Evansville's Hog Maw Blues Band featured on tonight's "Jubilee-Summertime Blues"

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On tonight’s episode of "Jubilee—Summertime Blues," spend a jazzy, funky evening with the Hog Maw Blues Band, one of the top blues bands in Evansville, Indiana. The series was recorded at the 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, Kentucky.

In this performance, Hog Maw Blues Band puts together well-synchronized instrumentals and vocals to produce a raw and exciting sound. The group gets its inspiration from acclaimed American blues artists T. Bone Walker and Freddie King, in addition to late-1960s and early-1970s groups such as the Allman Brothers.

Jon Synder, who sings lead vocals, has been playing music for 25 years. He graduated with a degree in music and now teaches private lessons and also group lessons at local colleges and universities.

The Hog Maw Blues Band has been together for ten years and has performed five times on the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival main stage.

And just where did that name come from? A band member first heard the ter…

ABC News stops paying for interviews, ending widely-criticized practice

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After being roundly criticized by viewers and analysts alike for paying interview subjects to talk over the past several years (a tactic derisively known as "checkbook journalism"), ABC News has quietly ended the practice at the behest of its president, Ben Sherwood, The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz reports today.
Sherwood's ban comes following a number of high-profile instances in which ABC had paid to be first with important stories. Most recently, ABC had paid Meagan Broussard, the woman who had been texting with former Congressman Anthony Weiner, between $10,000 and $15,000 for photos.
And prior to that, the network had also paid recently-acquitted Casey Anthony some $200,000 for photos of her daughter, Caylee, a sum that was not revealed until a court hearing last year.
There were other instances as well.
ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider says that the network can get big interviews without paying for them.  "We can book just about anyone based on the str…

WOW! chairwoman & CEO Colleen Abdoulah appointed to top ACA post

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Colleen Abdoulah, chairwoman and CEO of WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, has been appointed chairwoman of the American Cable Association, the highest leadership position in the organization held since 2008 by Wave Broadband COO Steve Friedman, who will continue to serve on ACA's board of directors.

"I want to thank the ACA board for the trust it has placed in me at such a critical moment for the independent cable community. Whether the issue is retransmission consent, Universal Service Fund reform or Open Internet rules, my objective is to see that ACA receives the best strategic advice and that the board and ACA staff work to implement that advice to advance the interests of all ACA members and the millions of consumers that we serve," Abdoulah said.

Abdoulah, a respected industry executive with long leadership experience, was appointed by the ACA board at its third quarter meeting here ahead of the 6th Independent Cable Show, a leading industry forum that is annually co-…

Local 7 News broadcasting live from Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Fair all week

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If you tuned in to Local 7 News at 6:00 this evening, you may have noticed something different:  The station is broadcasting its 6:00 and 6:30 PM newscasts from the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fair.
Last year, WTVW broadcast one night from the fair, but this year, they've committed to doing this there all week long.  It's the sort of thing all three local news stations used to do, but only Local 7 still does it, and that's nice to see.

President Obama to address the debt limit debate tonight on TV

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UPDATE, 6:05 PM:  NBC News reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner will offer a response following the president's speech.

President Obama will take to the airwaves tonight at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 ET) to address the continuing debt limit debate.
The Oval Office speech, his seventh since taking office, will be televised by all of the major broadcast networks and the cable news channels as well.
The president will discuss "the stalemate in Washington over avoiding default and the best approach to cutting deficits,” the White House press office said in a one-paragraph announcement of the speech this afternoon.

Nexstar files antitrust lawsuit against owner of new Fox affiliate in Ft. Wayne

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Nexstar Broadcasting has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Granite Broadcasting, the company which owns and operates WISE-TV, the new Fox television affiliate in Ft. Wayne, Ind., citing Granite's "actions to monopolize advertising sales" in Northeastern Indiana.
"As a result of Granite’s efforts and its shared services agreement with Malara Broadcasting in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Designated Market Area, Granite will control local television advertising sales for stations affiliated with the FOX, NBC and ABC networks, as well as the CW and MyNetwork TV networks," Nexstar said in a statement released this afternoon.
Granite owns NBC affiliate WISE-TV, which will also become the area's Fox affiliate on Aug. 1, following Fox's decision earlier this summer to terminate the affiliation of Nexstar-owned WFFT.  Granite also operates Malara Broadcasting's WPTA-TV, the ABC/CW affiliate, through a shared-services agreement, much in the way that Nexstar does …

WOW! begins digital transition

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If you're a WOW! customer in the Evansville area, you may have noticed that some of your channels are missing.
No, they're not gone forever, but they have moved, as the company has begun its transition to all-digital cable, which will be carried out in three phases starting today and lasting until September 14.
If you already have one of the company's digital cable boxes or a digital adapter, you won't need to do anything.  If you have a digital tuner-equipped TV, all you'll need to do is rescan your channels.
But if you don't have any of those things, you will need to get in touch with WOW.  For more details, click here.

If the FCC "repacks" TV, how would it affect the Tri-State?

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Forty percent of full power local television stations in the U.S. could have to vacate their current TV channel assignment under the FCC's National Broadband Plan, and a minimum of 210 of those stations could go off the air permanently, according to an analysis released today by the National Association of Broadcasters.
The NAB analysis found that 672 of the nation's 1735 full-power TV stations must be "cleared" from channels 31-51 to accommodate the FCC's goal of reclaiming an additional 120 MHz of spectrum from broadcasters. During the analog-to-digital TV transition two years ago, only 174 stations had to be cleared from channels 52-69 and forced to move to a new channel.
"If the FCC's National Broadband Plan to recapture 20 more TV channels is implemented, service disruption, confusion and inconvenience for local television viewers will make the 2009 DTV transition seem like child's play," said NAB President Gordon Smith. "N…

HD news coming soon to KFVS: Station will be second in Paducah-Harrisburg-Cape market to make switch

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Those of you in the western and southwestern portions of the Tri-State may have noticed in recent days that KFVS 12 is teasing something new.
But what is it?
The Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based CBS affiliate is preparing to transition its newscasts to high definition.
Unlike its Raycom sister station in Evansville, 14WFIE, KFVS will not be the first in its market to broadcast HD news.  (That honor belongs to WSIL 3, which made the switch last September.)  But the move does come with a new news set, which will look somewhat familiar to those of you who watch 14 News, as its design is similar.
No word yet on when the switch will take place, but it should be soon.
If you'd like to see more (as well as a video), check out KFVS' Facebook page.
KFVS is available on cable in portions of the Tri-State for customers of Hamilton County Communications (Channel 112), Mediacom (Channels 12, 712 and 111.1 in Harrisburg and Eldorado, and 12, 513 and 12.1 in Princeton, Ky.), NewWave (Channels 12 …

Are you ready for some football? Owners, players reach deal to end lockout

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UPDATE, 1:05 PM:  The lockout is effectively over. NFL Players Association voted unanimously this afternoon to approve the deal.
It looks like we'll soon have a football season, as the Associated Press reports this morning that the owners and players have reached an agreement to end the NFL's longest work stoppage in its history.
The executive committee of the NFL Players Association was scheduled to meet this morning in Washington to examine the agreement, which the owners voted to accept last week.
No word yet on whether or not the players have begun voting on the pact, but I will update you as soon as more information becomes available.

IT'S ON: Fox returns as KTVI finally joins the WIN and Hamilton County Communications channel lineup

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If you're a customer of Wabash Independent Networks or Hamilton County Communications in Southeastern Illinois, effective this afternoon, you finally have Fox programming back.  St. Louis Fox affiliate KTVI-Fox 2 has officially been added to the systems, reports Southern Illinois Correspondent James Hampsten.
As I told you on Thursday, if you're a digital video customer of either company, you will find it on channel 115.  In Flora, Xenia and Noble, cable customers will tune to channel 14.
In the process of adding KTVI for cable customers, the company did relocate WUSI's Create network from channel 14 to channel 30.  There is no change to Create's location for digital video users.

Former WTVW weekend meteorologist Lauren Jones joining WAVE 3 Weather Team

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Lauren Jones, who started her television career as a weather forecaster and reporter at WTVW here in the Tri-State, will soon have a new job.
After spending a little more than a year and a half at Indianapolis' Fox affiliate, WXIN-Fox 59, Jones is moving to Louisville's NBC affiliate, WAVE 3.  WAVE's chief meteorologist, Kevin Harned, made the announcement on the station's weather blog late last night.
Jones will be WAVE 3's weekend meteorologist when the station's "Weekend Sunrise" newscast is relaunched in the coming weeks.  "She is a natural fit to join the area's #1 Weather Team," Harned wrote.
After leaving WTVW in 2009, Jones worked as a meteorologist at WLKY, the CBS affiliate in Louisville, before heading north to Indy.
WAVE 3 is seen in eastern portions of the Tri-State both over-the-air and on the following cable channels: Avenue Broadband channel 3 (northern Spencer County)Crystal Broadband Networks channel 8 (Cloverport), chann…

The Weekender: Looking back at the TV & radio news of the week, July 16-22

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It's been a hot, hot, hot week in the Tri-State - did I mention it was hot? - and there's been quite a bit of news to cover.
This week, we've covered the possible sale of Nexstar Broadcasting, the new smartphone apps from 14WFIE and NEWS 25, more changes in local cable TV, and lots of other stuff, and it's all here and ready for you to catch up on if you missed anything.
Have a great weekend, stay cool, and we'll see you again on Monday, or sooner if news breaks!
Don't forget:  For the latest TV and radio news anytime, follow me on Twitter or Facebook.
 FRIDAY, JULY 22 Citing a desire to spend "quality time" with Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne to take time off from CBS' "The Talk"Madisonville oldies station off air due to technical difficultiesThey're back: "Beavis and Butt-head" returning to MTV this fallREMINDER: WOW! begins digital transition in Evansville on Monday THURSDAY, JULY 21 WDRB's Fox programming to be blacked out on T…

Citing a desire to spend "quality time" with Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne to take time off from CBS' "The Talk"

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Sharon Osbourne has requested a leave of absence from CBS' daytime talk show "The Talk" so she can spend some "real good quality time" with her husband, shock-rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
"I've kept it no secret that I really miss my husband," Osbourne told AOL yesterday. "He'll have been on tour for 18 months by the time it's over. I've spent a lot of time away from him. He gets a break at the end of September and so I've asked for a little break so I can be with him."
While there has been some speculation that Osbourne's departure from the show might be permanent, she pooh-poohed those rumors.  "I don't want to give (it) up," she said. "It's a great, great show. We've all worked really hard over the last year. I'm not going to walk away from that. I just need some real good quality time to be with my hubby."
Sharon Osbourne has been part of the CBS series since its premiere last Oc…

Madisonville oldies station off air due to technical difficulties

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Madisonville oldies station WWKY-Oldies 97.7 FM is off the air because of unspecified technical difficulties this afternoon.  It's the second time in the span of a month that problems have knocked Oldies 97.7 off the air.
The station reports that they are working on the problem and hope to have it resolved soon.

They're back: "Beavis and Butt-head" returning to MTV this fall

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Uh-hhhhuuuuhhh-huh-huh-huh-huh ... (sorry, that's the best I can do with it in print!)
Yes, fans, "Beavis and Butt-head" are returning to MTV, says the duo's creator, Mike Judge.
Judge visited Comic-Con this week to talk about the rebirth of his beloved animated characters and offer a peek at the new season, which is set to premiere in October.
The cartoon teens - who will still wear their AC/DC and Metallica shirts - will take off on music videos, YouTube videos and MTV shows such as "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Cribs."  "They're also watching UFC fights," Judge says.
So what do you think?  Do "B&B" have a chance with a new generation, or is this a bad idea?