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Scripps completes purchase of McGraw-Hill TV stations, including Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV

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The E.W. Scripps Company on Friday completed its acquisition of nine television stations from McGraw-Hill Broadcasting.
Scripps announced its intention to acquire the stations, which include  ABC-affiliated stations in Denver, Colo. (KMGH-TV), San Diego, Calif. (KGTV), Bakersfield, Calif. (KERO-TV), Indianapolis, Ind. (WRTV) and Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield, on Oct. 3.
Indianapolis' WRTV is Indiana's oldest TV station, having signed on the air in May 1949 (as WFBM-TV).  In addition to ABC programming, the station today also carries Central Indiana high school and college sporting events on its Hometown Sports channel (6.2) and the Live Well Network (on channel 6.3).
"I thank the talented men and women of these stations for their valuable contributions to McGraw-Hill and know they are joining a respected media organization where they will continue delivering news, insights and entertainment," said Har…

Louisville's WAVE 3 moving midday newscast beginning Jan. 9

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LouisvilleKY.com reports this afternoon that NBC affiliate WAVE 3 (which is available OTA and on cable in the eastern part of the Tri-State) will move its low-rated midday newscast from noon Eastern time to 11 a.m. (10 a.m. Central time) beginning Jan. 9.
In addition to moving the newscast, the syndicated entertainment show Extra will move from 12:30 p.m. Eastern to 11:30 Eastern, and the locally-produced WAVE 3 Listens will move from 11 a.m. Eastern to noon Eastern.  Cindi Sullivan, who has hosted that show, will be replaced by John Ramsey.
By moving the news to 11 a.m., WAVE moves from facing stiff competition to ... well ... stiff competition.  It'll air opposite The View on WHAS, The Price is Right on WLKY, Judge Judy on WDRB and The Steve Wilkos Show on WMYO.
For more on this story, visit LouisvilleKY.com.

KET to launch partnership with Kentucky public radio stations beginning next week

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Next week, KET will begin a partnership with public radio stations in Kentucky to air KET series and programs. This partnership will launch initially with WEKU and WKMS.
WEKU, based in Richmond, reaches nearly all of Eastern Kentucky and the Bluegrass/Central Kentucky region. WKMS, based in Murray, reaches Western Kentucky and the Four Rivers region.  In the Tri-State area, WKMS programming is also heard on WKMD-90.9 FM in Madisonville.
KET is also in discussions with the remaining public radio stations across Kentucky and will be announcing more partnerships in the coming weeks.

The partnership begins with the Jan. 2 Kentucky Tonight program airing at 7 p.m. CT on KET. On this program, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 General Assembly. Scheduled guests include: Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville; Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg; Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester; and Kentucky House Minority Floor …

FCC dismisses WYER's proposed relocation to Albion

The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed the Indiana Community Radio Corporation's application to move its silent Carmi, Ill. station, WYER-88.5 FM, to Albion, Ill. and change its assigned frequency to 90.5 FM.
In his letter to Indiana Community Radio Corporation dated Dec. 21, FCC Audio Division Assistant Chief Rodolfo Bonacci cited the fact that the application failed to meet FCC regulations requiring proposed facilities to be mutually exclusive from existing ones, therefore rendering the application defective and unacceptable for filing.
In addition, the proposed move had drawn an informal objection and a request from W. Russell Withers, Jr., who owns and operates a number of stations in Southern Illinois and elsewhere across the country, for the FCC to revoke WYER's authorization.  The FCC did not address either the objection or Withers' request for revocation of WYER's license, and given the dismissal, it's unclear what will happen with those filin…

TV's Judge Hatchett named keynote speaker for USI's MLK Memorial Luncheon

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The University of Southern Indiana's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Memorial Luncheon is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. in USI's Carter Hall, and a well-known television judge has been selected as this year's keynote speaker.

Judge Glenda Hatchett presided over the syndicated TV show Judge Hatchett from 2000 to 2008 (the show recently returned in reruns on the Bounce TV network), and she is the founder of Parent Power Now, the premier online parenting network.  Judge Hatchett is also the author of the national best-sellers Dare to Take Charge and Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say.

After graduating from Emory University School of Law, Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman.  Her outstanding contributions were recognized by Ebony Magazine, which named Glenda Hatchett one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.”

She then accepted an appointment as Chief Presiding Judg…

UPDATE: WTVW NOT affected by Nexstar/Mediacom negotiations; Local 7 agreement runs through '13

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UPDATE #2, 11:35 a.m.:  Contrary to information currently being broadcast by WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW, only one of Nexstar's Evansville-area TV stations - WEHT Local - is in danger of being pulled from the Mediacom channel lineups in six Western Kentucky counties, representatives of both companies confirmed Wednesday.

Mediacom spokesman Tom Larsen said that WTVW is not in danger of being pulled from the company's cable lineups in Caldwell, Crittenden, Daviess, Henderson, Hopkins and Ohio counties.

"While we are currently in negotiations with Nexstar for continued carriage of WEHT, we have a contract to carry WTVW well into the future," Larsen said. "We contacted Nexstar regarding your story, and they said they are not running any spots regarding Mediacom customers losing WTVW."

Nexstar president, chairman and CEO Perry Sook likewise stated that WTVW's contract with Mediacom is not ending at this time. "WTVW is covered by a separate …

Area Mediacom customers could lose WEHT, WTVW on Saturday

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UPDATE, 11:35 a.m. WEDNESDAY:  Contrary to information now running on both WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW, WTVW is NOT in danger of being pulled from Mediacom's lineups in the Tri-State.  See this story for the very latest information.

Nexstar Broadcasting and Mediacom Communications have been negotiating a new carriage agreement for WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW, and it appears those negotiations are not going well.
Eyewitness News has been reporting during each newscast on WEHT and WTVW that Nexstar believes a new deal will not be reached before the current contract ends on Saturday. If a new contract is not in place by that time, Mediacom customers on the following Mediacom systems will lose both of those channels: Princeton, Salem, Caldwell Co., Crittenden & Fredonia, Ky.Henderson & Henderson Co., Ky.Nebo & Hopkins Co., Ky.Nortonville, Christian Co., Crofton & Hopkins Co., Ky.Whitesville, Daviess Co., Fordsville & Ohio Co., Ky. ABC programming will still be availa…

Power Rock 93.9 KTG's new studio goes live just in time for Christmas

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New websites ... check! New apps ... check! Now a new studio for Power Rock 93.9 KTG ... CHECK! 
After months of design and preparation, the new studio has been turned on in Madisonville for Power Rock 93.9 KTG. The old studio lasted since the 1960's and saw the transformation of turntables, reel-to-reel decks and cart machines to the CD player, then the computer. 
Now the station has incorporated just about as much digital technology as possible and on the eve before Christmas Eve the station delivered its own Christmas present! 
The new studio has all new equipment, plus it is designed to handle guests...something the old studio just wasn't quite able to allow easily. 
"Several years ago, our transformation began with the incorporation of HD Radio technology," said Stephen Rickard, office manager of WKTG and its sister station, WFMW-730. "Recently, both 93.9 FM WKTG and WFMW switched over to brand new websites. Both stations also incorporated apps for the And…

The Last Weekender of 2011: Looking back at the TV & radio news of the week, Dec. 17-23

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the last Weekender of 2011!
Yes, that's right, this is the final edition of our weekly wrap-up for the year, as I am shutting down the office to spend the rest of the holiday season with my family.
Of course, if there is major breaking news between now and New Year's Day, I will cover it for you, but for the most part, what you see here today will stay the same for the next week or so.
I will update the Week 16 NFL schedule, and add the Week 17 schedule, probably on Wednesday, but aside from that, I'm on vacation!
On a personal note, 2011 has been a great year, and I am thankful for all the support you've all given me over the past year. I think 2012 will be exciting and filled with action, so be sure to come back and find out all about it right here at JDTVB.
May each of you have a safe, blessed and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Don't forget:  For the latest TV and radio news anytime, follow Jake's DTV Blog on Twitte…

Me-TV's Merry-Thon delivers great family holiday entertainment for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Wake up Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to memorable holiday entertainment. Enjoy such holiday specials as The Little Drummer Boy, The Fat Albert Christmas Special and Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol when you tune in to the Me-TV Merry-Thon, which will air Saturday and Sunday morning on Me-TV Tri-State(WTSN ch. 36.1 and WYYW ch. 41, Evansville).
You can also catch holiday-themed episodes from classic series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Bob Newhart Show, The Brady Bunch, M*A*S*H, Taxi and The Honeymooners on Christmas Day.
Click past the jump for the complete schedule!

FCC to consider limiting shared services and local news sharing agreements

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On Thursday, I told you that the FCC was considering relaxing its ownership rules, which could allow, for example, a newspaper company to own a television station (or vice versa).
After further reading of the proposal (and this article from TVNewsCheck's Harry Jessell), it appears that any change in that particular facet of ownership regulation would apply only to the 20 largest markets in the country, none of which are anywhere near the Tri-State.  (St. Louis, the largest television market near us, is #21, according to Nielsen.)
However, there is one possible change that could have a profound impact upon as many as four stations which serve portions of the Tri-State area, all of which are controlled by Nexstar Broadcasting.  Those stations (WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW in Evansville, and WTWO-NBC2 and WAWV in Terre Haute) are partnered through what are known as shared services agreements, or SSAs, for short.
According to the ownership rules now in effect, a company cannot own mor…

Justin Bieber and Carlos Santana to headline Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

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Justin Bieber and legendary guitarist and bandleader Carlos Santana will take center stage live from New York on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012. The artists will partner to perform a special collaboration on the show airing Saturday, Dec. 31.
The New Year’s Rockin’ Eve festivities will open with the show's 40th Anniversary Party, beginning at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

The bi-coastal celebration will also feature a special performance by Beyoncé from the London leg of her worldwide tour. Robin Thicke will join from the Los Angeles party with the already announced acts, including, The Band Perry, blink-182, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz and will.i.am.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012 will air in the Tri-State on WEHT Local (ch. 25.1, Evansville), WAWV (ch. 38.1, Terre Haute), WHAS11 (ch. 11.1, Louisville), KDNL-ABC30 (ch. 30.1, St. Louis) and WBKO (ch. 13.1,…

FCC to consider relaxing broadcast ownership rules

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Bloomberg reports today that the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to consider relaxing the limits on media ownership, a move which could allow a newspaper company to also own a television station in the same city (or vice versa).
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed to the FCC's commissioners that they relax the current restrictions following a U.S. Appeals Court ruling in Philadelphia which vacated a 2007 Commission rule that allowed one owner to own a daily newspaper and a broadcast station in the country's largest markets.
The appeals court ruled that the FCC needed to revisit the rule, which was challenged by a number of large media companies including CBS, Gannett, Clear Channel and others. It's unclear what, if any, impact this might have on the Tri-State, where media consolidation has been a topic of some discussion lately with the merger of operations between WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW, but I'll keep a watchful eye on it.

WHAS11 joins WEHT in dumping Wazoo Sports

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UPDATE, 7:15 p.m. DEC. 27:  It appears that WLEX in Lexington has now also parted ways with Wazoo.  According to the Frankfort Plant Board (FPB), which provides cable TV service in Kentucky's capital, Wazoo's contract with Lexington's NBC affiliate has expired.  As of now, 24/7 weather coverage is airing on the former Wazoo subchannel, but that will be replaced by Me-TV effective Jan. 1.  FPB is apparently negotiating to return Wazoo to its lineup independent of any TV station.

On Dec. 1, when Nexstar Broadcasting officially assumed control of WEHT Local, one of the first things to disappear was the NEWS 25 Sports Channel and, by extension, the station's affiliation with Wazoo Sports.
But WEHT isn't the only station to drop Wazoo, as it turns out.  Within the past few days, Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS11, which had aired Wazoo on channel 11.3, has also parted ways with the sports network.  Now, from what reader Scotty Gore tells me, all that remains on 11.3 is a s…

After more than a year away from TV, John Boel joining WAVE 3 news team

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More than a year after losing his job at Louisville CBS affiliate WLKY following hisarrest for driving under the influence, award-winning reporter and anchor John Boel has successfully completed rehab, written a book about his experiences, and will have a new TV job starting Jan. 2.
Boel will join Raycom-owned NBC affiliate WAVE 3, according to LouisvilleKY.com, as a reporter "with some potential co-anchoring duties." WFPL Radio reports that Boel will handle breaking news reports during WAVE 3's morning newscasts.
He told WFPL that he doesn't believe his record will hurt his credibility with viewers.  “That’s all going to be stuff that my bosses are going to have to weigh before they make assignments,” Boel told WFPL. “I don’t know how that’s going to be handled. All I can do is be as fair as I possibly can and do the assignments to the best of my ability.”
WAVE 3 general manager Ken Selvaggi said the station is willing to take a chance with Boel. “He believes th…

ABC and ESPN to tip off short NBA season Christmas Day

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The abbreviated 2011-2012 NBA season will tip-off on ABC and ESPN with a Christmas Day quadrupleheader, as well as two games on ESPN Radio.

The action will begin with two games on ABC -- Miami vs. Dallas at 1:30 p.m. CT and Chicago vs. the L.A. Lakers at 4 p.m. CT. The ESPN schedule will include Orlando vs. Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. CT and the L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State at 9:30 p.m. CT.  (See below for ABC stations serving the Tri-State).

Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will call two games on Christmas Day; after working the Miami/Dallas game, the duo will fly to the Bay Area to call Mark Jackson’s coaching debut with Golden State.

In addition to the televised games, the 11 a.m. CT game between Boston and New York will air on ESPN Radio stations, including WYFX-106.7 in Evansville, WTTL-1310 in Madisonville and WLME-102.7 in Lewisport.  The Miami/Dallas game will also be carried by ESPN Radio.

Here's the full Christmas Day broadcast schedule: 11 a.m. CT:  Boston at New York (ESPN Radi…

Russ Mitchell leaving CBS to become managing editor and lead anchor at Cleveland NBC station

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Russ Mitchell, who currently anchors weekend editions of the CBS Evening News and The Early Show, is leaving the network after nearly 20 years to become the managing editor and lead anchor at Cleveland, Ohio NBC affiliate WKYC.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my years at CBS and the challenges and excitement of a network role,” Mitchell said in a statement, “but I've been offered a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community.”
A St. Louis native, Mitchell, 51, got his first TV job in his hometown at age 17 with KTVI (now Fox 2) as a nighttime switchboard operator.  After graduating from the University of Missouri, he began his reporting career at KMBC in Kansas City.  He joined CBS News in 1992, anchoring the network's overnight Up to the Minute newscast.
Mitchell has anchored the Saturday edition of The Early Show since earlier this year, and the weekend editions …

MY TAKE: With the wolves at the door, the Roberts empire could be about to fall

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In recent days, I've shared with you the news that bankrupt Roberts Broadcasting's creditors sought - and received - permission to sue Michael and Steven Roberts' other companies in order to recover more than $1 million that the brothers, who own and operate numerous businesses in the St. Louis area and elsewhere (including what's left of our CW affiliate, WAZE), funneled out of their broadcasting company over the past year or so.
But if you thought that was interesting, oh, wait ... it gets even more so.
As you know if you're a regular reader, the Roberts brothers have had more than a little trouble paying their employees on time.  It's become a recurring, long-standing problem, despite their assurances that it wasn't. Now it's cost them a restaurant franchise.
You see, when retired Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula (whose reputation is like Gibraltar, rock solid) and his people heard that Mike and Steve Roberts weren't paying their people or their s…

KET sets 2012 Ky. legislative coverage, including Gov. Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address

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UPDATE, 9:55 a.m. THURSDAY:  Chamber Day airs Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. CT on KET, not Jan. 5 as reported previously.  I apologize for the error.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address before a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. CT on KET. The speech will also be available live online and archived at ket.org/legislature.

Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman will co-anchor KET’s coverage, which includes interviews with political leaders and analysis from a political observer.

In addition, KET is covering the 17th Annual Kentucky Chamber Day on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. CT on KET. At the opening of the 2012 General Assembly, business leaders from across Kentucky listen to the governor and the state's top legislative leaders share their visions for Kentucky's economy, government and politics. Goodman emcees and highlights coverage.

As the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives meet, KET offers extensive online and on-ai…

NBC and Verizon Wireless team up to stream Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and 2 Wild Card games for the first time

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For the first time, the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and NBC’s Wild Card Saturday doubleheader will be available to fans on television, online and on select mobile phones, the NFL announced today.
NBC’s postseason games will be broadcast on NBC as well as streamed live on NFL.com and NBCSports.com, and will be available on NFL Mobile only from Verizon Wireless. This marks the first time postseason games will be available in the U.S. via live online streaming and via a mobile app.

The live NFL.com and NBCSports.com coverage will come from NBC’s TV coverage of the games. Complementing that stream will be a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, live statistics and other interactive elements.

In addition, NFL Mobile will stream the broadcast of NBC’s Postseason games, for the first time using a mobile application.

“We are pleased to work with our partners NBC and Verizon to bring our fans more ways to watch the…

Eyewitness News reporter Derrek Kupish moving to WAVE 3 in Louisville

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Derrek Kupish, a reporter for Eyewitness News (WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW) has accepted a new photojournalist position at WAVE 3, the Raycom-owned NBC affiliate in Louisville, Ky.
Kupish, who has been in the Tri-State for three years, started his career as a weekend news producer at WAND-TV in Decatur, Ill. before joining WEHT, where he produced and reported on NEWS 25 Daybreak.  In March of this year, he moved to Local 7, where he also worked as a reporter.
Of his new job in Louisville, Kupish said, "The position will be versatile at times with multi-media opportunities like reporting, breaking stories first on wave3.com and possible producing opportunities down the road."
He will begin his new job Jan. 3, and he tells me that he's excited to work in WAVE's brand-new newsroom, but at the same time, the move is bittersweet.
"I have made a lot of friends during these past 3 years. It’s certainly hard to leave them and my talented co-workers behind," Kup…

Insight talks in Louisville continue; mayor backs away from yanking cable company's franchises

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Negotiations between Insight Communications and Metro Louisville government officials toward a new franchise agreement continue, and while a new agreement has not yet been reached, the Courier-Journal reports that progress is being made.
In mid-November, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer threatened to pull the company's franchises, but now his spokesman, Chris Poynter, says that's no longer on the table.  "(W)e have not yet reached an agreement, but we are getting closer," Poynter explained. "That is good news, and there will be no disruption or cutoff of service."
Insight spokesman Jason Keller told the C-J that discussions between the parties are going well.  "We are having meaningful discussions," he said. "We are talking through the issues."
Time Warner Cable representatives are also participating in the discussions between Insight and the city, which is important because that company needs assurance of a deal in Louisville before it ca…

ABC introduces OTUS News, a new website to cover the '12 presidential election

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Following on the heels of NBC's new NBCPolitics.com website which debuted last week, ABC News has rolled out its own website dedicated to coverage of the 2012 presidential election.

The new OTUS News features political reporting and analysis from ABC News and invites users into the American political process with groundbreaking technology, engaging video and immersive interactive experiences. The website will remain in beta format for the near future.

OTUS' innovative Political Stock Market is a real-time snapshot of social sentiment, trending, search and the collective assessment of our political experts, combined to determine the current 'value' of each 2012 presidential contender. It's political punditry with a sophisticated dash of social media - a new way to measure who's up and who's down in a tumultuous campaign.

"OTUSNews.com takes the industry-leading and trusted assets of ABC News to the next level - adding new products such as the Political S…

That Girl coming to Me-TV beginning with a New Year's Day marathon

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Me-TV, which is seen in the Tri-State on WTSN (ch. 36.1) and WYYW (ch. 41) is adding a "new old" show to its program lineup starting New Year's Day.
The show is That Girl, the 1966-71 ABC series which starred Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie, an aspiring actress who supports herself between parts with a number of unusual temporary jobs.
During the New Year's Day marathon, Me-TV will air That Girl's first 12 episodes starting at 9 a.m. CT and ending at 3 p.m. CT.
Then, on Monday, Jan. 2, the series will move to its regular timeslot and will air each weeknight at 8:30 p.m. CT (replacing The Odd Couple), as well as Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. CT (where it will replace Bosom Buddies).  It's not clear if The Odd Couple and Bosom Buddies are moving, or if they'll be removed from the lineup completely.
If you've not yet seen the Me-TV preview for That Girl, you can check it out after the jump.

NBC to air Betty White birthday special and preview of her new show Jan. 16

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NBC has announced that it has scheduled a sneak-peek preview of the new comedic hidden-camera series Betty White’s Off Their Rockers for Monday, Jan. 16 (8:30-9 p.m. CT) that will be immediately preceded that same night by the 90-minute special Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl from 7-8:30 p.m. (CT).

The special will celebrate White’s 90th birthday and will honor one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. The star-studded event will tape live at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including many of White’s co-stars, will be on hand to deliver their birthday wishes. The evening will include special musical performances, surprise appearances and comedy, featuring the irreverent tone, spirit and energy that are the hallmark of White’s six-decade career in show business. The special is produced by Brad Lachman Productions and Universal Television; the executive producers are Brad Lachman, Jon Macks and Steve Ridgew…

Courier & Press to require separate subscription for TV Week beginning Jan. 8

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Starting Jan. 8, you'll notice that your Sunday edition of the Courier & Press is a little bit lighter.
The newspaper is eliminating the long-running TV Week section, except for those subscribers who are willing to part with an extra $2 per month to keep getting it.
C&P editor Mizell Stewart wrote about the move in today's paper, and cited several factors that led to this decision, including fewer readers actually using the guide, and electronic program guides built into most new TVs, as well as offerings from cable and satellite providers.  I encourage you to read what he wrote, because the decision, while I'm sure it was difficult to make for tradition's sake, makes a lot of sense when you look at it thoroughly and honestly.
If you want to keep receiving the TV Week with your Sunday paper, to keep from missing the Jan. 8 edition, you will need to call the newspaper's customer service line at (812) 464-6758 by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  When you call, you…

Slick Leonard back at the mic for Pacers games this season, but only at home

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Bobby "Slick" Leonard, radio color commentator for the Indiana Pacers, will be back on the radio for the team this season, but only for home games, the Indianapolis Star reports today.
Leonard, 79, collapsed on the team bus after suffering a heart attack in New York back in March, and after receiving two stents in New York and undergoing surgery to implant a defibrillator and pacemaker, the team's former coach says he's "probably healthier now" than at any time this year.
That said, Leonard listened when those closest to him suggested that he curtail his schedule.  "There were a lot of people concerned with my health going on the road," he explained. "They said to just stay home, which is better for me. I'll be 80 years old after the season."
Taking Slick's place on the air for 14 of this year's away games will be former Pacer Austin Croshere, who stepped in for Leonard during his absence last season.  Mark Boyle, who handl…

Fox Sports Midwest to air Cardinals marathon on Christmas Day

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Fox Sports Midwest will replay Games 6 and 7 of the World Series, along with two new St. Louis Cardinals specials on Christmas Day.

The afternoon and evening of Cardinals programming starts at 1 p.m. with new interview specials featuring Tony La Russa and David Freese. At 2:30 p.m. Fox Sports Midwest will replay Game 6 of the World Series, in its entirety from the original Fox Sports broadcast. Replays of the La Russa and Freese specials follow. Then at 8 p.m. it’s a full replay of Game 7 of the World Series.

The Cardinals Christmas Day marathon on Fox Sports Midwest is presented by First Bank.

Cardinals Legends: Tony LaRussa: Timeline to a Title
In Tony LaRussa: Timeline to a Title, La Russa reflects on key dates of the 2011 Cardinals improbable path to the World Series title, from Adam Wainwright’s injury to winning it all. Clips from important moments are interspersed with La Russa’s comments during this one-hour show. The LaRussa and Freese interviews were conducted by Jim Hayes in ea…

The Weekender: Looking back at the TV & radio news of the week, Dec. 11-16

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Howdy, everybody, and welcome once again to the Weekender!

All the stories covered here on JDTVB this week can be found below, so if you've missed anything, this will catch you up.

Have a great weekend, and I'll be back on Monday with more news ... or sooner if something breaks!

And here's an important reminder:  Next Friday will be the last day of regular publishing for 2011, as I will take my annual Christmas break from Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) through New Year's Day (Jan. 1).  Regular publishing will resume on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.  Basketball and football schedules will be the only things updated during this time.
Don't forget:  For the latest TV and radio news anytime, follow Jake's DTV Blog on Twitter and Facebook!
 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
Fox Sports Midwest to air Cardinals marathon on Christmas Day Local 7 SportsLive Game of the Week between Boonville and Jasper will not air tonightCBS announces The Amazing Race premiere date, program shufflesABC cancels Extrem…

Local 7 SportsLive Game of the Week between Boonville and Jasper will not air tonight

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The Local 7 SportsLive Game of the Week between Boonville and Jasper, which was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. this evening, will not be televised after all.
But there's a good reason for it, and it's one that is technical in nature.
My understanding is that tonight's cancellation is because the station is in the midst of moving its master control operations from WTVW's old studios in downtown Evansville to Henderson, where WTVW now shares WEHT's facilities.
Regularly scheduled games will resume with the Washington at Mt. Vernon game on Friday, Dec. 30.

CBS announces The Amazing Race premiere date, program shuffles

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CBS has announced additional mid-season schedule moves, including the premiere of the next edition of The Amazing Race and new Friday time periods for Undercover Boss and A Gifted Man

Eight-time Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race celebrates its 20th global adventure when it premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 (7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET).  Phil Keoghan hosts.  Last week's finale of the fall edition of The Amazing Race crossed the finish line with season-high ratings in viewers.

Undercover Boss, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET), relocates to Fridays at the same time on Feb. 17, following three original Sunday broadcasts. 

The freshman drama A Gifted Man will move to Fridays (8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET) also on Feb. 17.  CSI: NY will return to the time period on Friday, March 30 after A Gifted Man completes its season run.

Click past the jump for the full list of changes.

ABC cancels Extreme Makeover: Home Edition after 9 seasons

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After designing and building more than 200 homes, schools, daycares, firehouses and other buildings over nine seasons, ABC has canceled Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The show, which is hosted by Ty Pennington, will wrap up its weekly run on Jan. 13 with its 200th episode, The Hollywood Reporter reports.  After the season ends, ABC will air four special episodes.
EM:HE has had a rough season this year since the network moved it from its Sunday night timeslot to Fridays, losing viewers to older shows like CBS' 1969 holiday special, Frosty the Snowman, which handily trounced EM:HE's most recent episode.
The show has built two homes in the Tri-State; one near Maceo, Ky., and the other in St. Meinrad, Ind.

911 Gives Hope for the Holidays toy distribution set for Wed., Dec. 21

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For the 2011 holiday season, the Townsquare Media radio stations (WKDQ, WJLT, WDKS, WGBF-FM and WGBF-AM) teamed up with Henderson Chevrolet and the 911 Gives Hope charity to present “911 Gives Hope for the Holidays.”
All four FM radio stations partnered together for a mass broadcast “Radiothon” to urge the public to donate toys, clothing, gift certificates and more to the Children’s Wards at Deaconess Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center and The Ronald McDonald House.

The Radiothon started at 5 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and ran through 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. The radio stations broadcasted live from the Walmart on Burkhardt Road the entire weekend with additional live cut-ins from Henderson Chevrolet in Henderson, Ky.  Local fire, police and sheriff's departments were in attendance all weekend as well in an effort to fill up a 53-foot trailer…and they did!

On Dec. 14 and 15, all toys were collected and sorted out. Wednesday, …

Bankruptcy judge allows Roberts Broadcasting creditors to sue other Roberts companies

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Earlier this week, Roberts Broadcasting's creditors asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Barry Schermer to give them the right to sue other companies owned by Michael and Steven Roberts to recover some $800,000 which the owners of WAZE-TV transferred to those companies.

On Wednesday, Judge Schermer not only approved that request, but he also scored the company for its failure to actively return the money in question.
"It's clear to me that the debtor has declined to pursue those transfers," he said.

In addition, it was revealed that the transfers from the broadcasting company to the other Roberts companies were larger than previously reported, reaching more than $1 million since January alone, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The money was used, the newspaper reports, to fund payroll and other operating expenses for the other companies, and the transfers continued until at least October, despite the Roberts' sworn statement that they had not done so over th…