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The Weekender: Looking back at the TV & radio news of the week, Sept. 26-30

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Well, we've made it to the end of yet another week here at JDTVB, and as is the tradition around here, it's time to look back at all that's made news in Tri-State TV and radio.  Below, you'll find links to each and every story we've covered over the past five days.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and we'll see you again on Monday, or sooner if something happens ... and if you have a chance, be sure to get out to the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival and enjoy the food, fun and good times!
Don't forget:  For the latest TV and radio news anytime, follow Jake's DTV Blog on Twitter and Facebook!
 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 My Hometown to feature West Side Nut Club Fall Festival this Sunday THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Local 7 reporter Brian Miller moving to Green Bay's NBC affiliateIceMen Daily Update coming to 13 Tri-State radio stations starting MondayCOMMENTARY: Why does NBC even bother with primetime? WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 14 First Alert Weather Tour rolls int…

My Hometown to feature West Side Nut Club Fall Festival this Sunday

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If you've ever wanted to know more about the rich, colorful history of the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, Local 7 WTVW has a show for you this Sunday evening.
On this week's edition of My Hometown, Lindsay Merwin will take a look back the history of the Nut Club, the festival and also the many local organizations the festival and club have helped.
My Hometown airs at 7 p.m. Sunday night.
In addition, only Local 7 will broadcast its entire newscasts at noon, 6 and 6:30 p.m. live from West Franklin Street during the Fall Festival all week long.  If you can't make it out to the big event, it will certainly feel like you're right there ... all except for the food, which can only be fully appreciated if you go!

Local 7 reporter Brian Miller moving to Green Bay's NBC affiliate

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Local 7 WTVW reporter Brian Miller is moving on.
Miller, who has been with WTVW since April 2009, is moving to Green Bay, Wis., where he will work for WGBA-TV (NBC26) starting in about 10 days.
A graduate of Chicago's Columbia College, Miller interned at WLS-TV (ABC 7) and WMAQ-TV (NBC 5) in Chicago before coming to the Tri-State.
We wish Brian the very best of luck ... and Brian, stay warm!

IceMen Daily Update coming to 13 Tri-State radio stations starting Monday

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With training camp just days away, the Evansville IceMen have completed their full radio package for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

As reported previously, for the first time, the IceMen Radio Network will broadcast the entire 2011-12 schedule consisting of all preseason, regular season and CHL playoff games.  In addition to the radio network and the return for the second consecutive year of the popular weekly radio show, IceMen Live Presented by Coors Light, the team's daily IceMen Hockey Update will be heard on 13 different radio stations in the Tri-State.

The first game broadcast of the preseason will be Saturday, Oct. 15, when the IceMen travel to the Quad Cities to take on the Mallards, with broadcast time set for 3:30 p.m. Central time on both WEOA-1400 AM and WMSK-1550 AM.

As for the IceMen Hockey Update, the daily reports will return starting Monday, Oct. 3 during afternoon drive.  It will be heard at 4:20 p.m. on flagship station WEOA-1400 AM, as well as on the Townsquare M…

COMMENTARY: Why does NBC even bother with primetime?

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The ratings are out from the first week of the new fall season, and if you're a fan of Fox, CBS or ABC, you'll be pleased to know that all three of those networks did quite well.  In fact, Fox won the week among viewers 18-49, while CBS won when households in general are concerned.  That's not unusual; those two have swapped the #1 and #2 spots for years now, and I don't anticipate that changing any time soon.
And then there's NBC, which lost 7 percent of its viewership and remained in fourth place.  Had it not been for Sunday Night Football (the #2 program for the week among 18-49s and #3 among households), the results would have been much worse.
There was once a time when NBC was "Must See TV."  They had quality programming.  Those days are long gone, though ... and the Comcast buyout last year simply hasn't helped.
Indeed, the network's most talked-about new show, The Playboy Club, is only talked about because of the Parents Television Council and…

14 First Alert Weather Tour rolls into Madisonville on Thursday

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Tomorrow marks the third stop on the 14 First Alert Weather Tour, and if you live in or will be visiting Madisonville, you'll want to stop by the offices of the Madisonville Messenger on South Main Street to get your weather radios programmed or just to say hello.
In addition, you'll get to check out a storm shelter that will be on display, and chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons will be broadcasting live during 14 News at 4, 5 and 6.

Fox picks up New Girl for full season: Network orders 11 more episodes, bringing series' total to 24 for 2011-12

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Fox has ordered an additional 11 episodes of the hit comedy New Girl, bringing the series to a 24-episode season order, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“We love the charming Zooey Deschanel and the entire cast, we’re knocked out with the work that Liz Meriwether and the whole staff is doing and we are really psyched about the upcoming episodes in the pipeline," said Reilly. “It's great that audiences have responded so positively so far and we're confident that even more people will embrace the show – and more comedy on Fox – this season."

NEW GIRL premiered as Fox’s highest-rated fall sitcom debut in 10 years. Since it launched, the single-camera comedy has quickly established itself as Tuesday’s No. 1 series among Adults 18-49 and this season’s No. 1 new series among Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Teens.

In next week’s all-new episode, “Wedding,” airing Tuesday, Oct. 4 (8 p.m. CT/9 ET), the guys are invited …

THURSDAY'S TOPICS: TWC gets OK for Insight purchase, NewWave sticks around, and Fox44's HD awaits license

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In this week's column, which you'll find in tomorrow's Courier & Press, I've got information for you on the following topics: Time Warner Cable has gotten the OK from the Federal Trade Commission for its $3 billion buyout of Insight CommunicationsIn a reversal of an earlier decision, NewWave Communications is keeping the cable on for some of its rural customers in Posey and Vanderburgh countiesAnd Fox44 WEVV's HD channel, W47EE-D, is now awaiting its FCC license after receiving the all-clear to become a permanent stationThat's all in your Thursday print edition and online at courierpress.com!

Tuesday night's Cardinals game was second-highest-rated ever on Fox Sports Midwest, most-watched game of 2011

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Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals game generated the second-highest rating ever for an event on Fox Sports Midwest and was the most-watched Cardinals game of 2011.
The 13-6 comeback win at Houston produced a 16.5 household rating in the St. Louis DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research. It peaked at a 21.8 rating (and 34 share) from 10 to 10:15 p.m., which translates to more than 273,000 St. Louis households tuning in at that time. Fox Sports Midwest was the highest-rated channel in prime time in St. Louis for the 73rd night this season, and the game was the No. 1 program in St. Louis for the entire day. The Cardinals Live postgame topped its competition with a 5.8 rating from 10:45 p.m. to midnight.
Tuesday’s win pulled the Cardinals into a tie with Atlanta for the NL wild card lead. Game 162 airs tonight on Fox Sports Midwest at 7 p.m. It’s preceded by the debut of the Fox Sports Prep Zone at 6 p.m. and the Cardinals Live pregame show at 6:30. Fox Sports Midwest will bring viewers update…

All My Children and One Life to Live to debut online in January

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Prospect Park, the company which has acquired the rights to ABC's long running soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, will debut new, first-run episodes of both series beginning in January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The company announced yesterday that The Online Network, its Internet-based platform, will launch in January with original programming that will include the reborn daytime shows.
“We are creating TOLN to conveniently deliver fans of quality television longform programming anytime and anywhere,” Prospect Park’s Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinez said Tuesday in announcing the news. “With broadband availability in 70 percent of U.S. households and the proliferation of Internet-enabled televisions, DVRs and wireless devices, ultimately we believe that online distribution provides the best platform to access 30- and 60-minute entertainment content. The viewer response to the shows we have licensed has been tremendous, and we have much more in develop…

Discover more about the earthquake that rocked Japan tonight on Nova

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Tonight’s back-to-back episodes of NOVA examine the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the northeastern coast of Japan earlier this year.
“Japan’s Killer Quake” combines on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival and compelling eyewitness videos for a unique look at the science behind Japan’s catastrophic earthquake that took place on March 11, 2011.
Then, the all-new Surviving the Tsunami: A NOVA Special Presentation offers more gripping personal stories from survivors and what it was like to face this life-threatening disaster. In some areas, the tsunami climbed more than 100 feet in height and traveled miles inland. Amazingly, amateur and professional photographers captured it all on video, including remarkable tales of human survival, as ordinary citizens became heroes in a drama they never could have imagined.
These special programs air tonight at 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern on these area PBS stations:  KET, WNIN 9.1, WSIU 8.1, WUSI 16.1 and WVUT 22.1. …

After 62 years at CBS and 1,097 essays for 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney to step aside after this Sunday

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Andy Rooney will announce on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes that it will be his last regular appearance on the broadcast. Rooney, 92, has been featured on 60 Minutes since 1978.
He will make the announcement in his regular essay at the end of the program, his 1097th original essay for 60 Minutes. It will be preceded by a segment in which Rooney looks back on his career in an interview with Morley Safer.
“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original,” said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes. “His contributions to 60 Minutes are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend. It’s harder for him to do it every week, but he will always have the ability to speak his mind on 60 Minutes when the urge hits him.”
Rooney began his run on 60 Minutes in July 1978 with an essay about the reporting of automobile fatalities on the Independence Day weekend. He became a regular feature that fall, alternating weeks with …

GAME CHANGE: Local 7 to air Mt. Vernon vs. Mater Dei Friday night because of ongoing Romain Stadium construction

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This week's Local 7 SportsLive Game of the Week will be different than the one you may have expected to see.
Due to continuing construction at Harrison High School's new Romain Stadium, Local 7 will instead broadcast the Mt. Vernon/Mater Dei game live from the Reitz Bowl instead of the Castle/Harrison game that was previously scheduled.
Bob Freeman, Local 7's executive producer for special projects, said that the swap couldn't be avoided.  "(O)ur production is quite involved," he explained.  "As a result, the folks at Harrison and we agreed following our site survey the new stadium isn’t quite ready to accommodate our needs."
The Mt. Vernon/Mater Dei game will air at 7 p.m. on Friday night on Local 7.  In addition, the pregame show will air at 6:50 p.m., and if you have the chance to get out to the Reitz Bowl, be sure to stop by and say hello to the folks from Local 7 who will have, as they do each and every week, a great tailgate party to start thin…

Evansville Low Power Partnership gets OK to build WYYW digital companion channel

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UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.:  RabbitEars.info webmaster Trip Ericson tells me that he has heard reports of WAZE-DT still broadcasting on channel 20 (see EDITOR'S NOTE below).  This is not surprising, but it will be interesting to see how the FCC deals with a station that is illegally operating on a channel that it's now allocated to someone else.

The Evansville Low Power Partnership, which owns low-power America One affiliates WTSN-LD (ch. 36.1) and WYYW-LP (analog ch. 41), has received FCC approval to build a digital companion channel for WYYW on channel 20.
The new station, which was given the call letters WYYW-LD, will broadcast from the same tower as WTSN-LD and WYYW-LP on New Hope Road in rural Warrick County near Pelzer.  When constructed, the station's 15 kW effective radiated power will be sufficient to put its over-the-air signal out to a coverage area bounded by Winslow, Ind. to the north, near Calhoun, Ky., to the south, Wadesville, Ind. to the west and Cannelton, Ind. t…

Local 7 News to broadcast live at West Side Nut Club Fall Festival all next week

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The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival gets underway in Evansville next week, and as the station so often does during major local festivals, Local 7 News will broadcast its newscasts live from West Franklin Street all week long at noon, 6, 6:30 and 9 p.m.
The Festival, which dates back to 1924 and features some of the most unusual, enjoyable food to be found anywhere on Earth, will also be featured on My Hometown next week.
In addition, news director Bob Walters says that there will be features on the Festival during Local 7 News This Morning and Local 7 News Lifestyles.

BRIEF: NewWave to perform maintenance in Madisonville early Tuesday morning

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NewWave Communications is set to perform maintenance operations in Madisonville on Tuesday morning between the hours of 2-4 a.m.
Services may be affected during that time.

Owensboro Catholic radio station now broadcasting on 107.9 FM

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WIMM-LP, the Owensboro-based Catholic radio station, has moved one tick up the dial to 107.9 FM.
The station, which formerly broadcast on 107.7 FM, relocated its transmitter to a newly-constructed tower at the Carmel Home on Old Hartford Road in Owensboro, and the equipment was turned on for the first time on Sept. 17.
Moving the transmitter into town ― the former transmitter was located southeast of Owensboro in rural Daviess County ― improves the 100-watt station's signal inside the city limits.

2 out of 3 Ky. gubernatorial candidates to discuss education on KET tonight

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Two of the three men vying for Kentucky governor will appear on KET's Kentucky Tonight at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET to discuss education in the Commonwealth.
Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith and Republican David Williams will be on the program, which is hosted by Bill Goodman.  Incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, will not be in attendance.
Tonight's program is part of KET's ongoing series of candidate discussions that are airing in advance of the Nov. 8 general election.

WUEV adding four new shows to program lineup, with fifth new show to debut in Oct.

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91.5 FM WUEV, the campus radio station of the University of Evansville, has announced the addition of four shows to its program lineup, with a fifth show scheduled to arrive in October. WUEV has also announced a change in its programming lineup on Sundays, with its Christian music show, The Light, adding hours during the morning, beginning in the month of October.
The show additions to WUEV’s lineup include: MONDAY AFTERNOON QUARTERBACKS (every Monday, 5:30-6 p.m.): a student-run sports talk show centered around regional and national sports topics. Hosted by students Braden Pretzsch and Edgar Qualkenbush, and featuring other members of the WUEV Sports Staff and guests.
THE ACES SPORTS REPORT (every Tuesday, 5:30-6 p.m.): a sports talk show revolving around the University of Evansville athletics department. Generally features UE Director of Athletics John Stanley as the primary guest to provide insight into the University of Evansville athletics department. Hosted by WUEV General Manager…

STAying the course no more? Fox44's HD station awaiting FCC license OK

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W47EE-D (ch. 47.1), the low-power HD channel which carries Fox44 WEVV's over-the-air signal in high-definition for the Evansville metro area, should be officially licensed soon.

Last week, the FCC granted ComCorp of Indiana, WEVV's parent company, a construction permit to build-out the station, which has been operating under Special Temporary Authority (STA) since shortly before Fox programming moved from Local 7 WTVW to Fox44.  Of course, the station has already been built, so this morning, the Commission accepted the company's application to license the station officially.

There's no word on how soon the FCC will act on the application, but it should be OK'd fairly soon.

In the meantime, W47EE-D can continue to operate under the STA that was granted in early June, which expires on Dec. 7.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  W47EE-D can be received fairly easily over the air in communities from Carmi and New Haven, Ill. in the west to Chrisney, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky. to the east;…

Have a great weekend!

My family and I are traveling to visit my grandfather this weekend, so there will be no updates until Sunday night at the very earliest.  In addition, there will be no Weekender this week.

I hope each and every one of you have a great weekend!

14 First Alert Weather Tour stops in Jasper today

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The 14 First Alert Weather Tour is making its second stop today, and this time the gang from WFIE will be in Jasper, Ind., programming weather radios and giving out important weather safety information from the Dubois County EMA.
In addition, Walt Ferber from WITZ-990 AM/104.7 FM will also be there, and you'll see the forecast on TV live from the Weather Tour at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. (That's 5, 6 and 7 if you're on Eastern time, of course).
The event is being held this afternoon from 4-7 p.m. CT (5-8 p.m. ET) in the parking lot at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Newton Street, so be sure to stop by.

Time Warner Cable to roll low-priced TV Essentials cable package out in more markets

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Time Warner Cable, which earlier this week received Federal Trade Commission approval for its purchase of Insight Communications, has announced that it will expand availability of its ultra-basic "TV Essentials" package that it rolled out in New York and northeastern portions of Ohio last year.
TWC COO Rob Lucas announced the move at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York yesterday.  No date for the rollout was given, nor did Lucas specify where TV Essentials would be offered, although in this area, where TWC's basic packages run as much as $70 monthly (depending on locale), a lower-cost option would almost certainly be welcomed by cash-strapped customers.
TV Essentials includes stations from basic cable tier networks, plus some cable channels - with the exception of networks like ESPN, TNT and Comedy Central.  The package costs $40 a month in New York and $30 a month in Ohio.
In the Tri-State, Time Warner Cable currently serves a number of communities:  S…

Me-TV adds plethora of new classic shows, many formerly carried by RTV

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Me-TV is adding classic programming from NBCUniversal Television Distribution to its fall schedule and network library, joining acquisitions from Twentieth Television, CBS Television Distribution, and independent producers and distributors.

Key acquisitions from the NBCUniversal library including three iconic detective series: The Rockford Files, Kojak and Columbo. In addition, Leave it to Beaver, Dragnet, Adam 12, Boris Karloff's Thriller, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Wagon Train (both the original 60-minute and 90-minute versions) will join the Me-TV schedule over the next few years. Also to air on the network will be 1970's favorite Emergency as well as Raymond Burr's other series, Ironside.

Many of these NBCUniversal series will begin airing on Me-TV as early as Monday, Sept. 26, when the network’s fall schedule launches, while others will premiere over the next several years. Additional fall premieres include the original Star Trek and Batman.

In addition, favorites …

THURSDAY'S TOPICS: A challenge, some new faces, and a fumble recovery

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Where has this week gone already?  Can you believe it's already Wednesday afternoon?  That means my column isn't far off ... indeed, in just a few hours, you'll be able to read about topics like ... The Oakland City University Academic Challenge ... it debuts Sunday night on Local 7, and if you're interested in which area high school teams will be participating, I've got the info.Two new reporters have joined NEWS 25and one more is leaving; I'll introduce you to the new folks.And while DirecTV fumbled during Week 1 with the new way of delivering NFL Sunday Ticket, they recovered from it and scored a much-needed touchdown with their customers.  I'll explain what I mean by all that, unless you're one of their customers ... in which case you already know what I'm talking about.Be sure to check it all out in tomorrow's Courier & Press and online at courierpress.com, won't you?

Winnecke and Davis to appear with Johnny Kincaid on 105.3 WJLT Friday morning

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The men vying to become Evansville's next mayor will participate in a forum of a different kind this Friday morning.
Democratic candidate Rick Davis and Republican candidate Lloyd Winnecke will appear on 105.3 WJLT at the Donut Bank on U.S. 41 and Lincoln Avenue from 7-8 a.m. on Friday morning.  But don't worry -- it's all in fun, says WJLT morning host and program director Johnny Kincaid.
"We have set this up as a non-political appearance by both candidates," Kincaid explained.  "Instead, they will participate in a trivia game called 'Win My Vote.'"
As part of the game, the candidates will answer trivia questions (mostly about local history) and they will be awarded Donut Bank cookies for each right answer. "They can use the cookies to buy votes if they wish," Kincaid continued, "and each candidate will get a chance to make a short appeal for votes once they have accumulated enough cookies."
It certainly sounds like an entertain…

Christian broadcaster seeks displacement for proposed digital LPTV station

In accordance with the FCC's recent freeze on channel 51 stations, EICB-TV East, LLC, has applied for displacement for its proposed digital LPTV station that will, if approved and built, serve the Evansville metro area.
The station, which had been proposed for channel 51, would be placed on channel 49 if the FCC gives the OK.  However, the original application has not yet been acted on.  EICB, which broadcasts programming from Atlanta-based TCN, does have one local construction permit to build W19DL-D on channel 19.  If built, that channel will broadcast from the KET tower along U.S. 60 near Reed, Ky. (roughly between Henderson and Owensboro).
More to come ...

PRODUCT REVIEW: Axion AXN-8705 is a good value, decent TV

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UPDATE, 12:45 a.m. THURSDAY:  I've updated the battery life below.

Since the DTV transition two years ago, finding a good backup TV set in case of emergency has been difficult.
Back in the days of analog, small black-and-white TVs at low prices were seemingly omnipresent, and while they were nothing special, in power outages, they were handy.  But with the new way of broadcasting firmly in place, those little relics are all but totally useless now.
Enter the range of small, lightweight LCD sets like the Axion AXN-8705.  At 8.25” wide, 5.25” high and just over an inch deep -- and weighing about a pound, maybe less -- it's certainly compact.  But how does it work?
Amazingly well, as it turns out.
While it comes with a telescoping antenna built in and a magnet-base external unit, your best option is to connect your home antenna (or cable) to the set, and that's done by simply pulling the built-in antenna out of the top.  All the adapters you need are included.
The remote is tiny …

NewWave won't cut service to rural Posey, Vanderburgh customers after all

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Recently, NewWave Communications began the process of upgrading its services in New Harmony and Poseyville, Ind., but to do that, the company had to inform a number of its rural customers in Posey and Vanderburgh counties that they would no longer receive service effective Oct. 1.
Now, however, those folks will be able to stick with NewWave, the company announced this morning. "(W)e have found a way to keep the current services on in the markets we had previously discussed removing," explains NewWave's Kyle Alcorn.  "These areas won’t get the new upgraded services at this time but will continue to receive their current services.  We are sending a new letter out (to inform those customers)."
I'll keep you posted on any additional changes.

"IceMen Live" returns for the regular season next Monday night on WEOA

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With their second season in the AA/CHL approaching, the Evansville IceMen announced today the return of the popular Monday night "IceMen Live" radio show as the club gets ready for the 2011-12 Central Hockey League season.

“IceMen Live Presented by Coors Light” will return for its second consecutive year and for a second successive season team's flagship radio station, WEOA-1400 AM "The Pump" next Monday night from 7-9 p.m.  For the second consecutive year, Terry Ficorelli, “The Voice of the IceMen,” will emcee the show live from Show-Me's East, located on Morgan Center Drive across from the Showplace Cinemas Theater. “IceMen Live” will be presented in front of a live studio audience with admission to the show always being free!

The show will also be streamed live online at 1400amweoa.com.

Special guests for the lead-off show of the second season will be IceMen team favorites, 2010-11 season team MVP Brian Bicek and veteran defenseman Jordan Little.  Both B…

Courier & Press, Gleaner owner Scripps consolidates all digital efforts into a single organization

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The E.W. Scripps Company today launched a reorganization of its digital operations, pulling all resources for its newspapers and TV stations under one umbrella in a move to accelerate the launch of new products and services for quickly evolving digital platforms.
In the Tri-State, Scripps owns two newspapers ― the Evansville Courier & Press and the Henderson Gleaner.  The company also owns 11 other newspapers (in California, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee,  Texas and Washington), the Scripps Media Center/Scripps Howard News Service, and 10 television stations (in Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Tampa, Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo., West Palm Beach, Fla., Tulsa, Okla., and Lawrence, Kan.).
“We’re reorganizing and focusing our resources to ensure that our digital-platform consumers and advertisers in Scripps markets across the country are offered the very best products and services," said Rich Boehne, Scripps president and chief executive officer. “This new str…

KET executive director named to inaugural board of new “Digital Promise” national center

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Last week the White House launched Digital Promise, a research center that aims to infuse more digital learning into the nation’s classrooms. KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins was selected as a member of the inaugural board. Board members were appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan based on recommendations from the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Called the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, or “Digital Promise” for short, the new center is an independent 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Department of Education, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

“Digital Promise is a unique partnership that will bring everyone together—educators, entrepreneurs and researchers—to use technology to help students learn and teachers teach. There’s no silver bullet when it comes to education, but technology can be a powerful tool, and Digital Promise will help us make the most …

Time Warner Cable gets federal OK for purchase of Insight Communications

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The Federal Trade Commission today approved the $3 billion purchase of Insight Communications by Time Warner Cable.
Reuters reports that the deal, which was announced last month, will add some 750,000 customers to Time Warner Cable's base in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.  In the Tri-State, Insight customers in Boonville, Cynthiana, Evansville, Ft. Branch, Haubstadt, Huntingburg, Jasper, Mt. Vernon, Owensville, Poseyville and Princeton, Ind.; and Clay, Corydon, Dawson Springs, Henderson, Nortonville, Providence and St. Charles, Ky. will be affected by the sale.
Time Warner Cable is no stranger to the Tri-State, however; it already serves Shawneetown and Junction, Ill.; Chandler, Newburgh and Rockport, Ind.; and Calhoun, Dixon, Livermore, Morganfield and Owensboro, Ky. as well as some surrounding areas.
Final closing of the transaction is expected early next year.

Two new faces join NEWS 25 team

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There are two new faces on the reporting staff at WEHT-NEWS 25, as Danielle Lama and Daniela Perallon have joined the station.
Danielle Lama, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., comes to the station after graduating from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.  She worked as an intern with Fox45 in Baltimore as well as ABC7 and NewsChannel8 in Washington.
Daniela Perallon, a Florida native, is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she reported for Florida's 89.1 FM and WUFT-TV.  She took part in the University of Florida Center for Media Innovation and Research's 2010 midterm election coverage and interned at WUSA in Washington, D.C.
Welcome to the Tri-State, Danielle and Daniela!

The Weekender: Looking back at the TV & radio news of the week, Sept. 12-16

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We've reached the finish line of yet another week, and this one has been nice and busy!

Two local TV reporters have announced their departures, a new afternoon host took the reins at an area radio station, and we learned which Tri-State high schools will be participating in the Oakland City University Academic Challenge on Local 7.

Also at Local 7, the station is preparing to revamp its morning news lineup starting Monday, so you'll find information on that below as well.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and we'll see you again on Monday, or sooner if something happens!
Don't forget:  For the latest TV and radio news anytime, follow Jake's DTV Blog on Twitter and Facebook!
 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Two new faces join NEWS 25 teamWIKY's Dennis Jon Bailey and Diane Douglas win Marconi Award for Small Market Personality of the Year THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 WUEV to present “An Evening of Jazz with the Stefan Scaggiari Trio” on Oct. 8WEVV audio problem resolved: Station w…

WIKY's Dennis Jon Bailey and Diane Douglas win Marconi Award for Small Market Personality of the Year

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Congratulations go out today to Dennis Jon Bailey and Diane Douglas of WIKY-104.1 FM, who were announced as the winners of the Marconi Award for Small Market Personality of the Year at last night's NAB/RAB Radio Show in Chicago.
Bailey and Douglas host WIKY's Morning Show, which is enjoyed by many thousands of listeners across the Tri-State each weekday morning from 6-10 a.m.
The award, which has been given since 1989, is named for inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, and is given to recognize excellence among radio stations and on-air personalities.
Way to go, DJB and Diane!

WUEV to present “An Evening of Jazz with the Stefan Scaggiari Trio” on Oct. 8

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WUEV-91.5 FM will present “An Evening of Jazz with the Stefan Scaggiari Trio” on Saturday, October 8 at Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway University Center on the campus of the University of Evansville. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. The concert will also feature Skelton’s Montourage and Jeff Harmon Jazz.
The concert will mark a homecoming for Stefan Scaggiari (pronounced ska-JAR-ee), a world-renowned jazz pianist who is an Evansville native and a former Harrison High School student. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Scaggiari earned a Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition, while also playing as a member of the U.S. Marine Band at the White House numerous times. Scaggiari has played with major Symphony Orchestras in Indianapolis, Florida, Calgary, and Evansville with the Evansville Philharmonic. He has also played internationally in Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and …

WEVV audio problem resolved: Station will rebroadcast Dr. Phil, Ellen

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UPDATE, 6:25 p.m.  Times for the repeat broadcasts have been adjusted.  To properly set your DVR, you will need to be sure to use the times as listed below.

If you tried to watch Dr. Phil and Ellen today on CBS44 WEVV, no doubt you noticed the audio problem ... as in, there was no audio!
Never fear, though.  The station is prepared to make amends.
In a message this evening, WEVV general manager Tim Black says that Dr. Phil will air at 1:07 a.m. tomorrow night, and Ellen will air at 12:301 a.m. Saturday night, so be sure to set your DVRs.

DirecTV steps up, repays standalone NFL Sunday Ticket customers for Sunday's missed games

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If you're a subscriber of DirecTV's new standalone NFL Sunday Ticket service ― which is available on the Playstation 3 and mobile devices ― no doubt you were dismayed this past Sunday when the company had issues getting the games on your screens.
But DirecTV has stepped up to the plate in a big way, and has given all standalone Sunday Ticket customers a $25 refund.  According to an email sent to customers today, the credit card account used to pay for the service will be credited.
"Hopefully this will help to make up for the disappointment of not being able to enjoy the opening weekend of NFL football the way you planned," wrote DirecTV's Ellen Filipiak in the email.
Filipiak also added that the company has been hard at work to prevent a repeat occurrence this week.  "You can be sure everyone here at DIRECTV will continue to work diligently to make absolutely certain you'll be able to watch your games every Sunday and the enjoy the service you paid for,&…

WSIU InFocus to look at the best stories of the past year Friday night

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Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. CT, WSIU-TV (and WUSI-TV in Olney) will present a 90-minute special featuring four of the best WSIU InFocus stories from the past year.

On the show, you'll meet Southern Illinois beekeepers Scott Martin and Angelique Kuehl; maple syrup expert Glenn Wright and guitar craftsman Terry Whipple, both of Pomona; and Flora resident Clint Green, owner of the Little Toot Railroad Company.

The show airs tomorrow night on WSIU HD/WUSI HD (channels 8.1 and 16.1), with an encore presentation at 9 p.m.

If you miss it tomorrow night, you can catch it on WSIU HD at the following times:  Sunday at 3 a.m and 12:30 p.m. and next Friday at 5 p.m. on WSIU HD); and Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday night at 9 p.m. and Monday night at at 8 p.m. on WSIU World (channels 8.2 and 16.2).

For more information on tomorrow night's show, click here.

█ Information for this story was provided courtesy of WSIU Public Broadcasting.

Paducah CW affiliate WQWQ picks up partial Me-TV schedule

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Me-TV, the classic television diginet jointly owned by Chicago's Weigel Broadcasting and MGM, announced today that it has been picked up by 10 more stations, including one in the Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg market.
Raycom Media's low-power WQWQ-LP (ch. 9) will carry the programming, which is also seen throughout the market on CBS affiliate KFVS12's digital channel 12.2.  The channel is also carried on a number of cable systems in the Paducah viewing area, including Mediacom in Harrisburg and Eldorado, Ill.
WQWO will remain a CW affiliate, and Me-TV shows will fill timeslots that had been occupied with other programming, according to Zap2It listings.
The station becomes the second serving portions of the Tri-State area which carries at least a partial Me-TV schedule. Evansville's Local 7 WTVW also recently became a part-time Me-TV affiliate, broadcasting the diginet's programming during the overnight hours and on weekends.

WNIN and Bunny Bread present Kids Fest this Saturday at the WNIN Studios

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WNIN's Kids Fest, presented by Bunny Bread, will be held this Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Characters from the award-winning PBS Kids children’s programming lineup will be on hand to meet and greet adoring fans in the WNIN studio. This is the perfect opportunity to have a picture taken with your favorite character. This year, The Cat in the Hat will be here, along with Princess Presto, Clifford, Curious George, Abby Cadabby, and even the Bunny Bread Bunny.
Entertainment is provided throughout the Festival by local youth organizations. Encouraging creativity is a part of learning and what better way than for children to see peers performing and participating in public events. Other featured exhibits are Mesker Park Zoo’s “Animal Encounter”, Safety Smoke House, Evansville Fire Department and many more ― over 50 booths in all. Each booth will have a hands-on activity for children and an inflatable is on hand to keep the kids active!
You can also grab lunch at the Kids …