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UPDATE: DirecTV says retrans dispute with Tribune is over; Tribune says it isn't

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UPDATE #3, 11:05 a.m. SUNDAY: “This situation is extremely unfortunate,” Nils Larsen, Tribune Broadcasting president, said in a statement late Saturday night.  “We don’t want anyone to lose the valuable programming we provide, but we simply cannot get fair compensation from DirecTV and we cannot allow DirecTV to continue taking advantage of us.”
UPDATE #2, 10:45 p.m.:  Crain's Chicago Business reports that Tribune has asked that DirecTV remove its channels from its program lineups nationwide.  This should have already occurred in the Eastern and Central time zones.  If not, it is expected to happen shortly.  Click here to read more.
UPDATE, 3 p.m.: The Associated Press has the very latest. Click here for that report.


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Reporting from Witter, Ark. - There are reports this afternoon that DirecTV and Tribune Co. have resolved their retransmission consent feud ... but that depends on who's doing the talking.
DirecTV says it's a done deal, releasing a statement saying…

Easter Seals Telethon set for Apr. 15 on WEHT Local

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2012 marks station's 35th year broadcasting the important fundraiser; Shelley Kirk to return as co-host
Reporting from Witter, Ark. - This year's Easter Seals Telethon is coming up Apr. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. CT (1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET) live from the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center's therapy gym.

For the 35th year, WEHT Local will broadcast the Telethon. "As far as we know, WEHT is the only station in the U.S. donating 100% of production and air time for a local Easter Seals Telethon," wrote Pam Kirk of Easter Seals. "We are thrilled that Nexstar Broadcasting, the new ownership/management of the station, is continuing this exceptional commitment, which Gilmore Broadcasting generously maintained for so many years."

Veteran Easter Seals Telethon producer Stan Newman, who retired from WEHT after last year’s Telethon, is returning to produce this year’s show in cooperation with WEHT Local. Newman, who now owns Direction By Newman, is generously donating his ti…

The Weekender - Spring Break Edition, Mar. 26-29

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Because my annual Spring Break starts tomorrow, it's time to look back at the week in TV and radio ... a little early this time around.
All of this week's headlines can, as always, be found below for your convenience.

Once you're done catching up, be sure to check out JDTVB's Facebook page, which now includes special exclusive items which aren't posted here, and follow me on Twitter for all the latest information, as well as comments on a host of other topics, too.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to check back over Spring Break for breaking news items!
Several NOAA Weather Radio transmitters affected by communication issueMe-TV Tri-State now fully digital: WYYW-LD is on the airTownsquare Media to refinance debt through sale of bonds MAKING HEADLINES: Modern Family cast wants more money, Geraldo says he's sorryMagic gets the DodgersMe-TV Tri-State to be off-air for a few hours todayScripps shifting focus from newspapers to TV? Lugar and Mourdock to meet for Apr.…

Several NOAA Weather Radio transmitters affected by communication issue

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The National Weather Service in Paducah reports this afternoon that several of its NOAA Weather Radio transmitters are off-air intermittently today because of problems with telephone lines.  The issue is currently being investigated.
Fortunately, no widespread severe weather is expected in our area today, although there is a chance for isolated storms, so you'll want to be sure to have a backup plan in place should you need to be warned of incoming weather.
The following transmitters are affected: WXM49 in Marion, Ill. (162.425 MHz)KXI52 in McLeansboro, Ill. (162.4 MHz)KIG76 in Evansville, Ind. (162.55 MHz)WXJ91 in Madisonville, Ky. (162.525 MHz)KIH46 in Mayfield, Ky. (162.475 MHz)KXI66 in Hopkinsville, Ky. (162.45 MHz)KZZ61 in Whitesville, Ky. (162.475 MHz)KXI93 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. (162.55 MHz)WXL47 in Dexter, Mo. (162.4 MHz)WWG48 in Doniphan, Mo. (162.45 MHz)KXI66 in Piedmont, Mo. (162.425 MHz) The Marion, McLeansboro, Evansville, Madisonville and Whitesville transmitters ser…

Me-TV Tri-State now fully digital: WYYW-LD is on the air

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Fans of the classic TV network Me-TV may have noticed on Thursday that the station which carries it locally - WTSN ch. 36.1 - was off the air for several hours.
The reason for that outage was to complete installation of a new antenna for WTSN's sister station, WYYW-LD (formerly on analog channel 41), according to the stations' general manager, Jennifer Stewart.
WYYW's new digital channel, 20.1, went on the air Thursday evening and should have a similar coverage area to that of WTSN-LD.  I can verify that it comes in clearly in Owensboro.
WTSN-LD also remains on the air.
Cable viewers won't need to make any changes; Me-TV remains available as before on the following cable systems: Insight channels 186 (digital) and 36.11 (boxless)Time Warner Cable channels 3 and 306 (14 and 306 in Warrick County)WOW channels 105 (with box) and 65.105 (built-in tuner) With WYYW's move to the digital realm, the only remaining analog stations in the Evansville market are now those whic…

Townsquare Media to refinance debt through sale of bonds

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Townsquare Media, which owns 202 radio stations across the country (including seven in the Tri-State area), is seeking to refinance its debt obligations through the sale of $265 million worth of senior notes.
The move comes two years after the former Regent Communications emerged from bankruptcy and has since gone from strength to strength, adding new stations to its portfolio.  Its stations here include WKDQ-99.5 FM, WGBF-1280 AM and 103.1 FM, WJLT-105.3 FM and WDKS-106.1 FM in Evansville, and WBKR-92.5 FM and WOMI-1490 AM in Owensboro.
Both Moody's and S&P have assigned good ratings to the company, which is among the leaders in all of its 43 markets.
Unlike other major radio companies, Townsquare has largely shied away from larger markets to focus on smaller cities like Evansville and Owensboro.  That focus should help the company attain continued success, say some who know the radio business.
Townsquare's total revenue grew 3% last year, and EBITDA (earnings before inte…

MAKING HEADLINES: Modern Family cast wants more money, Geraldo says he's sorry

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Magic gets the Dodgers

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Fox, Time Warner Cable spurned as Laker legend's group places record bid It's a record, folks: A group led by former L.A. Laker Magic Johnson has been selected as the new owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Johnson, baseball executive Stan Kasten and their partners will pay $2 billion - the most ever for a professional sports team - to buy the Don Mattingly-managed team from owner Frank McCourt.
The bid has to be approved by the bankruptcy court in Southern California as well as Major League Baseball.
Fox and Time Warner Cable did not make the final cut.  The broadcasting giant and the nationwide cable provider had been interested in the team, largely for the broadcasting rights, which are estimated to be worth a very large sum of money.
"I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los…

Me-TV Tri-State to be off-air for a few hours today

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UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.:  WYYW-LD (ch. 20.1) is now on the air.  If you're an over-the-air viewer, you'll need to either rescan your set or enter 20.1 manually.  Analog channel 41 is no longer available.


WTSN/WYYW general manager Jennifer Stewart reports via Facebook this morning that the station now known as Me-TV Tri-State will be off the air for a few hours today "in effort to make the station better and stronger."
No word yet on what they're up to, but as soon as I know, you'll know.
Me-TV Tri-State is available over the air on digital channel 36.1, analog channel 41, and on several area cable systems, including Insight, Time Warner Cable and WOW.

Scripps shifting focus from newspapers to TV?

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The E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the Evansville Courier & Press and the Henderson Gleaner, made big news late last year when it purchased McGraw-Hill's group of television stations, including Indianapolis' ABC affiliate, WRTV-6.
Now it appears, according to TVNewsCheck, that the newspaper company with a TV division is transforming itself into a TV company with a newspaper division.
In a wide-ranging story today, TVNewsCheck's Price Colman explores the many changes Scripps is making as it integrates its newly-purchased stations into its portfolio and looks toward the future.
“I kind of think of us as having been a television and programming and content-driven company for a long, long time,” says Scripps' CEO Rich Boehne. “We made that decision going forward to tilt the dance floor more toward the TV and digital side,” he says. “That’s not a comment about newspapers. It just says that in this season that we’re in, television is a more robust business. And this gi…

Lugar and Mourdock to meet for Apr. 11 televised debate

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The Indiana Debate Commission’s GOP primary debate with Sen. Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will air at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 11, and voters can submit questions on Facebook for the first time.

Candidates agreed to the commission’s format and rules with campaign officials signing a formal document Tuesday at WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis. WFYI is the station of origin for the one-hour broadcast.

Voters can submit their questions starting today online at the Indiana Debate Commission's Facebook page or on its website.

Retired TV broadcaster and assistant Ball State University professor Phil Bremen will be the moderator. This is the first debate hosted for state and national viewing by the commission that has featured only two candidates.

This will be the only primary debate scheduled by the commission.

Voters can start submitting questions on the commission’s Facebook page and website. Those who are selected for consideration after screening by the commi…

14WFIE to air 1-hour UK/Louisville special Friday night

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Here's one for the basketball fans:  14WFIE plans to air a one-hour special entitled Bluegrass in the Big Easy on Friday night.
The show, which is being produced by 14's sister station, WAVE 3 in Louisville, will give viewers lots of information about the big Final Four NCAA Tournament match-up between Coach Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals and Coach John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats, and it will air live from New Orleans.
Bluegrass in the Big Easy will air on channel 14.1 beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Friday evening, with a rebroadcast on 14Xtra (ch. 14.2) at 10 p.m. CT.
Because of the special, Friday night's episode of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? will not be seen at its regular time.  As of right now, there are no plans to re-air it; if that changes, I'll be sure to let you know.

WPSD adding Antenna TV to its program lineup: Retro network to debut next week

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UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.:  Antenna TV says that the channel will be available on several cable outlets in the area.  See below.

Antenna TV is coming to Paducah's WPSD on channel 6.3 starting next week.

Tribune Co.'s retro-themed network features classic TV shows such as Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, Good Times, Maude, Sanford and Son, WKRP in Cincinnati and Leave it to Beaver. The network also features movies from the Sony/Columbia studio vault dating back more than 60 years.

"We're excited to add Antenna TV's programming to our lineup," said David Jernigan, the station’s VP of sales and programming, in a story at TVNewsCheck.com this morning. "We believe that Antenna TV gives our viewers yet another entertainment choice and these classic television shows are good quality programming that the entire family can enjoy."
The new channel is scheduled to go live on Monday, Apr. 2.
WPSD, an NBC affiliate, also carries RTV programming on channel 6.2.

Ant…

DirecTV viewers could lose WGN America on Saturday

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Indianapolis Fox, CW affiliates could also be pulled, says TribuneTribune Co.'s television stations in 16 markets across the country began informing DirecTV subscribers Monday that they could lose programming provided by those stations at midnight Saturday, when Tribune’s existing retransmission consent agreement with the satellite provider expires.
But it's not just a few communities which might be affected. With the beginning of baseball season drawing nigh, fans of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox also need to be aware of this situation, as Tribune's WGN America cable network, which televises those teams' games nationally, would also be removed from DirecTV's lineup if no new agreement is reached.
And, elsewhere in Indiana, viewers of Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN-Fox 59 and CW affiliate Indiana's 4 WTTV (as well as WTTK-29 Kokomo) could lose those stations' programming as well.
Tribune's top brass has rolled out a doomsday scenario.
“Despite…

MAKING HEADLINES: CBS looking forward to Masters, TiVo sues Time Warner Cable

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Mt. Carmel native set to appear on Jeopardy: Henson is contestant on Tuesday's show

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UPDATE, 1 p.m. WEDNESDAY:  Having won Tuesday's game on Jeopardy, Beau Henson will also appear on today's edition.

A Tri-State native will compete on Jeopardy on Tuesday.
Beau Henson, who hails from Mt. Carmel, Ill. but now lives in New York, will appear on the show, which airs on 14WFIE at 2 p.m. each weekday afternoon.
“I’ve been waiting nearly four months for this to air,” Henson told the Mt. Carmel Daily Republican Register Friday. “It’s tough, because however I did (on the show), I can’t say anything.”
Because of a confidentiality agreement (which is standard practice for game shows), Henson can't tell anyone how he did, so we'll all have to tune in and see.
Read the full story in the Daily Republican Register.

Louisville CW affiliate defaults on loans; station assets to be sold Apr. 6

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Things are about to get interesting for Louisville's CW affiliate.
WBKI-TV recently defaulted on loans and "other financial accommodations" provided by Iowa-based Valley Bank, and now Valley wants its money.  To that end, the bank - which holds secured liens on basically all of the station's assets - will sell those assets in a public sale on Apr. 6.
The sale will be held in Chicago.
WBKI-TV, which is actually licensed to Campbellsville, Ky., signed on as independent WGRB-TV in 1983.  It became a Fox affiliate serving the southern part of the Louisville market (where WDRB had little presence) in 1990, but switched to the WB network in 1997.
The station's call sign changed to WWWB in 1999, and then, a year later, to the current WBKI-TV.
When the WB network folded in 2006, WBKI joined the new CW network.  The station's former owner, Cascade Broadcasting, went bankrupt in 2008, and the station was purchased by Fusion Communications of Davenport, Iowa the next ye…

Survivor star-turned-gubernatorial candidate gets Ind. Libertarians' nod

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Most people know Rupert Boneham as the winner of CBS' Survivor, but now he has a new title:  Libertarian candidate for governor of Indiana.
Boneham was officially nominated by Hoosier Libertarians over the weekend during their convention in Indianapolis.  His running mate is Brad Klopfenstein, the party's former executive director in Indiana.
Interestingly, all of this year's candidates for governor - Boneham, Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence - have broadcasting backgrounds.  Gregg, a former Indiana Speaker of the House, formerly hosted radio programs in Vincennes and Indianapolis.  Pence, who is currently a U.S. Representative, was at one time the host of a radio show on Indianapolis station WIBC.
If nothing else, all three candidates will know how to handle the media!

The Weekender - Reviewing the week in TV and radio, Mar. 19-23

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It's Friday, and that means it's time to look back at the week in TV and radio.
All of this week's headlines can, as always, be found below for your convenience.

Once you're done catching up, be sure to check out JDTVB's Facebook page, which now includes special exclusive items which aren't posted here, and follow me on Twitter for all the latest information, as well as comments on a host of other topics, too.

Have a great weekend!
WTVW, local radio stations to broadcast Saturday's IHSAA state basketball championshipsReport: Roberts Broadcasting creditors are owed more than $3.5 millionTBN founders under attack ... from their granddaughter 14 NEWS anchor Monroe and family featured in latest edition of Evansville LivingCBS announces season finale dates - and storylines, tooPOV to mark 25 years on PBS with new, powerful documentariesREMINDER: Louisville plays tonight, IU/Kentucky rematch set for Friday night 2010 Libertarian 8th District candidate sues WNIN, Le…

WTVW, local radio stations to broadcast Saturday's IHSAA state basketball championships

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UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.:  NewWave cable customers in the Loogootee area will be able to watch WTVW's coverage of Saturday's game on cable channel 7.
Local 7 WTVW is scheduled to air Saturday's IHSAA boys' basketball state championship games.
One Tri-State area team, Loogootee, is in this year's state finals.  The Lions, who are 21-4 on the year under head coach Mike Wagoner, will face 22-5 Rockville for the Class A title.  That game is scheduled to air at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 ET.
This year is Loogootee's fourth appearance in the state tournament; the Lions also went to Indianapolis in 1970, 1975 and 2005.

WTVW will also televise the other title games: Class 2A - Park Tudor (24-2) vs. Bowman Academy (17-8)- 11:45 a.m. CT/12:45 p.m. ETClass 3A - Guerin Catholic (23-5) vs. Norwell (24-2) - 5 p.m. CT/6 ETClass 4A - Pike (18-7) vs. Carmel (22-4) - 7:45 p.m. CT/8:45 ETThe following Southwestern Indiana radio stations will also broadcast the games: WBNL-1540 AM, Boonville (Class…

Report: Roberts Broadcasting creditors are owed more than $3.5 million

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A week after the deadline for creditors to file claims in Roberts Broadcasting's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, the adding machines have tabulated a total of $3.58 million that the company owes its various creditors, according to a story in the St. Louis Business Journal.
The amount could go up, says an attorney for the creditors, if any government entities file claims for taxes due ... and, given the fact that Michael and Steven Roberts' other companies owe at least $1.6 million in overdue taxes, don't be surprised to see that happen in this case.
Last month, the company - which owns what remains of WAZE-TV (Evansville's CW affiliate) - announced that it would seek to sell at least some of its stations to repay the creditors.  It's still not known which stations are on the block, but in addition to WAZE, the company also owns stations in St. Louis, Columbia, S.C. and Jackson, Miss.
Roberts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, after the company foun…

TBN founders under attack ... from their granddaughter

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Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch founded Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973, and in recent years have found themselves at the center of several controversies ranging from sexual to financial, but the latest threat to their television ministry comes from within:  The Crouches' granddaughter and one of her in-laws have sued the network.
The AP's Gillian Flaccus has written a compelling story - which includes tales of lavish spending by the Crouches, sagging donations, and a family feud that would make the Hatfields and the McCoys seem like old buddies.
TBN has sold off quite a few of its low-power stations across the country, and turned off others, including its Evansville station, W38BK (ch. 38), which went dark in November 2009. The network is still carried on cable and satellite in much of the area.
It will be interesting to see if these latest controversies have any effect on that.

14 NEWS anchor Monroe and family featured in latest edition of Evansville Living

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14 NEWS anchor Jackie Monroe, her husband, Nate, and their 10-month-old twins, Ava and Jude, are featured in the latest edition of Evansville Living magazine.
The Monroes, who are supporters of the March of Dimes, talk about their struggle to become parents, and they'll also share their story during the March of Dimes Walk that is scheduled for Apr. 28 in Evansville.
Check out the article by clicking here.

CBS announces season finale dates - and storylines, too

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CBS is the latest of the major broadcast networks to announce its season finale dates, but unlike the other networks (at least thus far), the Eyeball folks have also released storylines for their shows, too.
Four of CBS' shows - The Amazing Race, Survivor: One World, NCIS: Los Angeles and Criminal Minds - will wrap their seasons with two-hour finales.  Two shows - 2 Broke Girls and How I Met Your Mother - will have hour-long shows.
After the jump, you'll want to take a look at what they've got in store.

POV to mark 25 years on PBS with new, powerful documentaries

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Launched in 1988 to showcase new and challenging point-of-view documentaries on PBS, POV (Point of View) has grown to become American television's longest-running series dedicated to contemporary nonfiction programming. POV films have won virtually every major film and broadcasting honor, including Academy Awards®, Emmys® and Peabodys. In its 25 years on public television, POV has featured dramatic and provocative accounts of contemporary life that — like the season opener, My Reincarnation — provide unparalleled access to half-hidden worlds of timely interest. Some, like this season's Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, even alter the course of history.

POV moves this year from Tuesdays to Thursdays on PBS, and the series begins its 25th season on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 9 p.m. CT (check local listings) with award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Fox's My Reincarnation, the story of a father's spiritual persistence and a son's spiritual awakening. The regular season run…

REMINDER: Louisville plays tonight, IU/Kentucky rematch set for Friday night

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Not that most of you need to be reminded of the NCAA Tournament, but Sweet Sixteen action cranks up tonight on CBS and TBS.
The only team of regional interest playing this evening is Louisville. Rick Pitino's boys will face off against Michigan State in Phoenix tonight at 6:47 p.m. CT on TBS.
Then, of course, Indiana and Kentucky will meet tomorrow night for their rematch in Atlanta.  That game will air following the Baylor/Xavier game (which is at 6:15 p.m. CT).
Here's a list of all the games that will air tonight and tomorrow night: REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL GAMES - THURSDAY Games of regional interest in bold blue text 6:15 p.m. CT - Wisconsin vs. Syracuse (in Boston) - CBS
6:47 p.m. CT - Louisville vs. Michigan State (in Phoenix) - TBS After Game 1 - Cincinnati vs. Ohio State (in Boston) - CBS
After Game 1 - Florida vs. Marquette (in Phoenix) - TBS REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL GAMES - FRIDAY Games of regional interest in bold blue text 6:15 p.m. CT - Baylor vs. Xavier (in Atlanta) - CBS
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2010 Libertarian 8th District candidate sues WNIN, League of Women Voters because of exclusion from debate

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John W. Cunningham of Vigo County, Ind. is but a footnote in the history of the 2010 race for Indiana's Eighth District Congressional seat, but that footnote is a bit longer now ... and considerably more unusual.
Cunningham, who ran for that seat as a Libertarian two years ago, has sued WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc., which owns and operates WNIN-TV (ch. 9) and WNIN-88.3 FM, along with the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana, the League's former president and the national LWV organization.  The suit claims Cunningham was illegally excluded from the Oct. 2010 debate between the Republican candidate, Dr. Larry Bucshon (who won the election) and Democrat Trent Van Haaften.
Cunningham is joined in his legal action by this year's Libertarian candidate, Edward Gluck.  Together, the men are seeking over $450,000 in damages ... although it's not exactly clear why Gluck is suing or how he was damaged by being excluded from a debate for a race in which he wasn'…

After another pitiful ratings performance, Fox pulls I Hate My Teenage Daughter early

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Fox's new series I Hate My Teenage Daughter bombed again on Tuesday night, so the network has changed its mind about putting the show on hiatus after its Apr. 3 airing - they pulled it today.
The Hollywood Reporterreports that the show, which stars Jaime Pressly, drew only a 1.2 rating last night, so Raising Hope repeats will take over for the next two weeks.
None of Fox's comedies were able to gain much traction last night ... interestingly enough, even NBC - yes, NBC! - was able to outdo Fox with The Biggest Loser and Fashion Star.
IHMTD will likely return this summer ... not that most of us will notice.

Evansville Rage officially announces radio network, broadcast team

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I first told you about this back in early February, but this morning, Evansville's newest professional sports team confirmed its radio network and broadcast team.
The Evansville Rage can be heard on two radio stations this year, ESPN 106.7 FM (WYFX/Mt. Vernon) and WBTO-102.3 FM (Petersburg). These stations will broadcast all home and away games, which will feature Jared Revlett with play by play and Chris Cooke adding additional commentary.
“We are glad to have Chris and Jared, they bring experience and expertise to a side of the business that most teams aren’t lucky to have,” said Eddie Cronin, general manager of the Rage. “I love that the fans can listen to our games no matter where they are located. A lot of our guys come from out of state so it is nice that their families can listen to every game over the internet. They will be traveling with us and we are excited that they are a part of our team!”
Jared Revlett has been broadcasting since high school at Daviess Cou…

Traffic accident causes NewWave outage in Gibson and Pike counties

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NewWave Communications customers in eastern Gibson and Pike counties in Southwestern Indiana - which includes the communities of Oakland City, Petersburg and Winslow - are without cable, internet and phone service this morning because of a traffic accident.
The company reports via its Facebook page that the accident caused two power poles to be knocked down. Repairs to NewWave's service in the area will not be able to begin until those poles and electric service are repaired.
It's estimated that service will not be restored until sometime this afternoon.  I'll keep you updated!

Kentucky Life host participating in Commonwealth Cleanup events this week

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This year, KET is partnering with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Waste Management to highlight Commonwealth Cleanup Week this week, an annual event in its 14th year that provides Kentucky communities the opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.

As a part of the popular KET program Kentucky Life, host Dave Shuffett will participate in several Commonwealth Cleanup events across the state, which will then be featured in a “Dave Does It” segment during the Apr. 21 episode of Kentucky Life.

“We wanted to do something for the show that everyone could get involved in, and Commonwealth Cleanup seemed like the perfect event,” Shuffett said. He continues: “I can’t wait to get involved, and I certainly hope many Kentuckians will, too. All kinds of cleanup activities are being planned in every corner of the state. I'll be out there getting very dirty. This is a chance for all of us to band together t…

USI radio station staff members recognized for broadcasting achievements

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Multiple staff members from the University of Southern Indiana’s radio station, The Edge (WSWI-820 AM and WPSR-90.7 FM HD-2, and online at theedgeradio.org) have been recognized for their achievements in three student broadcasting competitions conducted by the Broadcast Education Association, the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters and the Intercollegiate Broadcasters System Competition.
Among the awarded staff members The Edge programming director, Kayla McCarty, a freshman from Indianapolis, was nationally awarded 3rd Place in the categories of PSA/Promotional/Commercial and Air Personality in the BEA Student Audio Competition. Mitch Mullis, a sophomore from Evansville, The Edge's assistant sports director, received an honorable mention in the category of Sportscast.
“I think Kayla has a lot of energy and does a great job of putting together a real personality-driven program. She has a lot of potential and should definitely break into professional commercial ra…

Report: Fox, Time Warner Cable still in the hunt for the Dodgers

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Reuters reports this morning that Fox Sports and Time Warner Cable are still in the running to take over ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Interestingly, however, the report also says that Fox - which formerly owned the team before its ill-fated sale to Frank McCourt - doesn't want full ownership, and a Time Warner Cable spokesman refused comment.
A Time Warner Cable purchase of the team, which is managed by Evansville's own Don Mattingly, would be a feather in the cap of the cable giant's new cable sports networks, which the company formed last year in partnership with the L.A. Lakers.
The team is said to be worth between $1.2 and $1.6 billion; the TV rights - which Fox Sports holds through 2013 - may be the Dodgers' most-valuable asset, valued at as much as $3 billion.
Major League Baseball is said to have vetted a number of potential bidders, including Stan Kroenke (who owns the St. Louis Rams), basketball great Magic Johnson, and others.
So who will win? It…

C-SPAN founder Lamb stepping down after 33 years at the helm

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The man who was responsible for putting the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate (among other Washington events) on cable TV is retiring.
Brian Lamb, who is 70, founded C-SPAN in 1979, and has been its CEO from the very beginning.  He pulled together support from several cable companies with the intention of letting viewers get a better idea of what was happening in Washington, and it worked.
Now, 33 years (almost to the day) later, Lamb is stepping down, but not away.  He will remain as executive chairman, and will continue to host Q&A, his Sunday night interview program.
Lamb's replacements - yes, it takes two people to replace him - as co-CEOs are Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain. Swain will oversee content and marketing, while Kennedy will oversee the business, engineering and information technology parts of the network. Both will share the responsibility for digital strategy.
C-SPAN as a whole has a $60 million annual budget, reports The New York Times, all of which …

Fox sets season finale dates: House will end with special retrospective and series finale on May 21

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Fox announced on Monday the season finale dates for popular shows American Dad, American Idol, Bob's Burgers, Bones, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, The Finder, Fringe, Glee, New Girl, Q'Viva! The Chosen, Raising Hope and The Simpsons, as well as the series finale of House.

American Idol will continue live two-hour performance shows every Wednesday until the two-night grand finale celebration in May. The final performance showdown between the remaining finalists will air on a special night, Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. CT, followed by the season finale of Glee at a special time (8 p.m. CT). Then, on the two-hour grand finale celebration airing Wednesday, May 23, America’s final votes will be revealed and the newest Idol will be crowned before thousands of fans and millions of television viewers.

As previously announced, Glee returns to Tuesdays (7 p.m. CT), beginning Apr. 10, with New Girl remaining at 8 p.m. CT, and Raising Hope returns to its regular time slot at 8:30 p.m. CT. A…

Indiana marks Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Statewide tornado drills set for Wednesday

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As we all know, severe weather can happen any time ... it doesn't respect a calendar or a clock.
If you live in Indiana, this week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and there will be two statewide tornado drills held on Wednesday. The first will be held at 9:15 a.m. CT/10:15 a.m. ET, with the second in the evening at 6:35 p.m. CT/7:35 p.m. ET.
The morning drill will help you determine what you would do in the event of a tornado at your school or business. The evening one will help you at home with your family.  You'll also be able to determine if your NOAA Weather Radio is properly programmed and operational, because they will be used during the drills.
For official recommendations about what to do in the event of severe weather, visit the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's severe weather website.  It has a great deal of useful information.
Remember, when it comes to severe weather:  BE PREPARED, NOT SCARED!

So far, this year's NCAA Tournament is the most-watched in 18 years

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CBS Sports and Turner Sports' exclusive coverage of the 2012 NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV is the most-watched tournament in 18 years.

This year’s event is averaging a 5.3 U.S. household rating through Saturday, up 4% compared with a 5.1 rating in 2011 and an increase of 15% over a 4.6 rating in 2010 (according to Nielsen Fast Nationals).  The corresponding average of eight million viewers this year is up 3% over last year’s 7.8 million viewers and up 14% compared with seven million viewers in 2010.

Saturday’s coverage across the four networks delivered the highest rated and most-watched first Saturday of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 2007.  Yesterday’s coverage averaged a 6.1 U.S. household rating, up 3% over last year’s 5.9 rating and an increase of 13% over a 5.4 rating in 2010.  The corresponding 9.3 million viewers were even with last year and up 11% vs. 8.4 million viewers in 2010.

Source: Nielsen M…

Another one bites the dust: OWN cancels The Rosie Show

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UPDATE, 2:25 a.m. TUESDAY:The Associated Press reports that OWN is laying off 30 employees as the struggling network again restructures its operations in New York and Los Angeles. OWN founder Oprah Winfrey cited the economics of starting up the cable channel and its conflict with the cost structure in place.

Oprah Winfrey's struggling cable network, OWN, is parting ways with Rosie O'Donnell.
The Rosie Show, which premiered last October from the Harpo Studios (former home of The Oprah Winfrey Show) in Chicago, will end its run on Mar. 30, according to this story in TheWrap.
"As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience," said Winfrey. "I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."
The network has had numerous problems since its launch in January 2011; several top executives have departed, ratings have been disappointing…