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The Weekender for Aug. 26-31 - Labor Day Weekend Edition

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It's Friday evening, and that means it's time to look back at the week in TV and radio!

As usual, all of this week's headlines can 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 Labor Day weekend, stay safe, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday - there will be NO updates on Monday!

Dish and BTN still don't have a dealWKMS introducing new lineup next weekOOPS: Equipment snafu puts stop to WTVW's football doubleheaderNext MLB television deals could "alter the media landscape," reports L.A. Times' Flint WXMZ moves from 106.3 to 99.9 FMPredators get six national TV games for coming NHL seasonSt. Louis Blues get 16 national TV dates for '12-13 seasonHearst Television launches new Electi…

Dish and BTN still don't have a deal

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Big Ten's TV network will likely be removed from satellite lineup at midnight unless agreement is reached

It looks like Dish Network's customers will lose BTN around midnight tonight.
The satellite provider and the Big Ten Conference's cable TV network still haven't reached a new retransmission consent agreement, and if they don't do so before the flip of the calendar from August to September late tonight, count on BTN to pull the plug.
“It doesn’t look good,” Elizabeth Conlisk, VP of communications and university relations for BTN, told the Lansing State Journal. “We’re still significantly far apart. Dish continues to seek preferential treatment, looking for terms that are significantly below market value for BTN.”
For its part, a Dish Network representative would say only that negotiations are continuing.
The timing of this dispute couldn't be worse.  College football starts this weekend, and of course the Big Ten is home to a number of powerhouse teams.  I …

WKMS introducing new lineup next week

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Station's new flagship show, Sounds Good with Tracy Ross and Friends,debuts Tuesday

Murray State University’s NPR radio station, 91.3 WKMS-FM,  rolls out a new schedule of programs starting Labor Day weekend, including its new flagship show Sounds Good with Tracy Ross and Friends weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. which debuts Tuesday.   The public radio icon, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, moves to 3 p.m. weekdays starting Monday.
Monday, September 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., WKMS offers two hours of its extended Return to Romp Labor Day Weekend Special featuring music from the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s annual music festival in Owensboro held this June.  On Sunday, WKMS pre-empts The JazzMan Show and American Routes for a three hour segment of Return to Romp from 1 to 4 p.m.
The new Sounds Good with Tracy Ross and Friends is a music and conversation program offering a mix of legacy artists still making great music now (Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt), deep c…

OOPS: Equipment snafu puts stop to WTVW's football doubleheader

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Titans game couldn't be taped for delayed broadcast Thursday night

Between them, WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW were supposed to air three NFL preseason games as a cap to the stations' exhibition game coverage last night.  Two of those games actually aired - the Rams/Ravens game on WEHT and the Colts/Bengals game on WTVW.
The third - the tape-delayed Titans/Saints game - couldn't be shown.
I'm told that an equipment problem caused the recording of that game to stop about halfway through, and instead of putting an incomplete broadcast on air, the station reverted to other programming.
It's disappointing that equipment issues are still happening on Marywood Drive, but hopefully they've discovered the source of this particular problem and fixed it.

Next MLB television deals could "alter the media landscape," reports L.A. Times' Flint

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Fox and Turner contracts with MLB end after '13 season; baseball wants new deal in place before the end of this season

Major League Baseball is a huge, huge property for Fox and Turner Broadcasting.  And it's entirely possible that they could remain in command of the game when new deals are put in place with MLB.
Or, as the L.A. Times' Joe Flint reports, what happens when those deals are done could "radically alter the media landscape."
It's believed that Turner's TBS wants to expand its territory.  But to do that, they'd have to partner with a broadcast network (CBS is said to have been approached) for the World Series and possibly the All-Star Game, as MLB is adamant that those remain on broadcast TV.
And then there's NBC, which could use something besides football to shore up its miserable ratings (the network's mediocre slate of new fall shows won't help; let's be honest about that).  The issue there would be football, which NBC air…

WXMZ moves from 106.3 to 99.9 FM

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Starlight-owned station increases power from 3,000 to 6,000 watts with move down the dial

If you want to listen to Hartford, Ky. classic hits station WXMZ-106.3 FM tomorrow, don't tune to 106.3.  At some point, the station will no longer be on the air there.
You'll want to crank the dial to the left - to 99.9, which is now on the air.
WXMZ, which is owned by Starlight Broadcasting, has moved to its new position on the FM dial as approved by the FCC in November 2009.  In addition, the station has doubled its power from 3,000 to 6,000 watts and now broadcasts from a brand-new 282-foot-tall southeast of Beaver Dam between U.S. 231 and the William H. Natcher Parkway and south of the Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway.
It's a good move. I can tell you that WXMZ can now reach Owensboro relatively clearly even on a mediocre radio; before, interference from WDKS (106.1 Kiss-FM) and Thy Word Network's Owensboro translator on 106.5 pretty effectively crowded it out.
And it do…

Predators get six national TV games for coming NHL season

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Nashville's club to split U.S. TV appearances between NBC Sports Network and NHL Network

The Nashville Predators of the NHL will have six nationally-televised games for the 2012-13 season, the league announced today.
NBC Sports Network and NHL Network will split the games evenly, with three each.
The Preds will be on NBC Sports Network for the January 21 home game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, the March 19 home game vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, and the April 2 road game at the St. Louis Blues. 
Nashville's three NHL Network games, starting with the season opener October 12 at Detroit, the January 4 game at Detroit, and the April 4 game at Chicago. For more on the Preds' schedule, click here to visit their website.
For a list of NBC Sports Network and NHL Network channel positions in the Tri-State, click past the jump.

St. Louis Blues get 16 national TV dates for '12-13 season

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The NHL's St. Louis Blues, which today announced their affiliation with the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL, announced today that 16 Blues games will be televised nationally during the 2012-13 season, beginning with NBC Sports Network's broadcast of the club's season opener on Thursday, Oct. 11 against the Colorado Avalanche.
NBC and the NBC Sports Network will combine to air 12 Blues games nationally. The other four games will be picked up by NHL Network(The schedule of nationally-televised games and channel locations for NBC Sports Network and NHL Network across the Tri-State can be found after the jump.)

This season marks the second of a 10-year broadcast agreement between the NHL and the NBC Sports Group. It is the largest media rights deal in League history. In addition to airing more than 100 NHL games, the networks of NBC will also televise NHL All-Star Weekend, the NHL Winter Classic and Hockey Day in America.
The complete Blues television schedule, which w…

Hearst Television launches new Election 2012 app

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WLKY's parent company says app will be handy tool for voters, political observers
Hearst Television is launching Election 2012, a mobile app featuring up-to-the-minute and in-depth election-related national content as well as content from the company’s news stations in 25 markets stretching from Portland, Maine, to Honolulu, including CBS affiliate WLKY-32 in Louisville.
The advertising-supported Election 2012 app is available for free in the iTunes Store for iPhone users and the Google Play Store for Android users.
“This app should come in handy not only for voters in the 25 Hearst Television news markets, but for any political observer interested in the latest developments in closely contested presidential-election states... and in states hosting tight Senate races, like Massachusetts – in all of which states Hearst Television has leading news stations and websites,” said Roger Keating, SVP of Hearst Television. 
Among the features of the “Election 2012” app are: A frien…

C&P readers say WIKY's the best: Station wins fifth straight Platinum Readers' Choice award

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WIKY newsman Wheeler, Eyewitness News anchors Byrd and Moore, chief meteorologist Hart among personalities honored with Readers' Choice Awards

For the fifth straight year, WIKY-104.1 FM is the favorite of readers of the Evansville Courier & Press.  The station won the paper's Platinum Readers' Choice award for Best Local Radio Station.
Also honored this year when the awards were published earlier this week were Hot 96 WSTO-96.1 FM and WKDQ-99.5 FM, which won Gold awards.
Among local radio and TV personalities chosen by the readers, WIKY news anchor Randy Wheeler and Eyewitness News Daybreak anchor Randy Moore won Platinum awards.
Receiving Gold awards were Hot 96 morning man Atom Smasher, WIKY Friday Night Request Show host Amy Adams, Eyewitness News lead anchor Brad Byrd and Eyewitness News chief meteorologist Wayne Hart.
Congratulations to this year's winners!

IceMen announce new link with the St. Louis Blues

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Evansville's hockey team joins forces with Blues and AHL Peoria Rivermen, becomes one of only five ECHL teams with dual affiliations
In another major step forward since their recent move to the ECHL, the Evansville IceMen announced earlier today that they have added a second NHL affiliation, this time with the St. Louis Blues and the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
“We’re happy to be able to establish this relationship with the St. Louis Blues and Peoria Rivermen by entering into this affiliation agreement,” said Rich Kromm, IceMen head coach and general manager. “We were presented this opportunity with the Blues and it seemed a natural fit for our club, our fans and our community; especially considering that St. Louis and Peoria are so close to us geographically. The Blues have always been a strong organization with an outstanding history. The IceMen are delighted to now have two excellent working partnerships with Columbus and now St. Louis.”
“We are very excited to …

UPDATED: NFL preseason games cause news changes for WEHT, WTVW

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UPDATE, 1:20 p.m. THURSDAY:  World News will be preempted on WEHT.  Eyewitness News will air at 5.  I've corrected that below.

Football fans will find much to like Thursday evening on WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW, but news viewers will want to take note of some changes to accommodate the action on the gridiron.
Both stations will air preseason games, with Local 7 carrying the Colts/Bengals and Titans/Saints games and WEHT carrying the Rams/Ravens game.
The games will cause some shifts for the stations' newscasts.  Eyewitness News will not be seen at 5 or 6 p.m. on WEHT Local, nor at 6:30 or 9 on Local 7.  Instead, there will be a newscast at 5:30 on Local 7, and ABC World News will air on WEHT at 5 p.m. - the latter a half-hour earlier than usual.
The 4, 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WEHT will air at their regular times.

Live from 44 Main: My take on the fall shows from CBS and Fox

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I spent the day at WEVV today taking a look at what's new this fall from CBS and Fox, and this liveblog followed along.  I hope this helps you decide which you like - or dislike - of the two networks' new shows!
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3:15 p.m.:  BEN AND KATE
Hehehe!  I love it!  Here's another Fox comedy winner, just book it.  Nat Faxon's Ben Fox is a goofball with his head firmly in the clouds.  His sister, the ever-steady, ever-organized and prepared-for-anything Kate (played by Dakota Johnson) and her five-year-old daughter Maddie (played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones) are the foils to most of Ben's schemes ... but they love him, despite the wacky misadventures he gets them into. Indeed, maybe Kate will learn a little something from him ... maybe?  The show will air on Tuesday nights between Raising Hope and New Girl at 7:30 CT.  And if you're not watching it, you're missing out.

2:30 p.m.:  THE MOB DOCTOR
What a relief - a good show after the indigestion-inspiring show I watch…

Coming up later: A special liveblog

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Later this morning, I'll be at CBS44/Fox44 WEVV taking a look at the new fall shows from both CBS and Fox, and the plan as it stands now is to share my thoughts with you on what I see.
Stay tuned!

ESPN inks extension with MLB

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Cable sports network to carry baseball through 2021 – at a cost of $5.6 billion

ESPN and Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that they have reached an eight-year rights extension which will significantly enhance ESPN’s TV, digital, radio and international MLB rights.  The extension, which will run through 2021, will cost ESPN $5.6 billion overall, or $700 million per year.  That's more than twice what ESPN currently pays for the rights to broadcast MLB programming.

The agreement is highlighted by the addition of an annual Wild Card playoff game, the rights to hundreds of additional hours of MLB studio programming, 10 additional regular-season games, increased footage and highlights rights across platforms, increased ability to co-exist in local team markets and added content across digital platforms, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and ESPN International.

“I am thrilled that we will continue our long-standing relationship with ESPN far into the future,” said Major League B…

MDA Show of Strength set to air Sunday night

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Three-hour program replaces long-running MDA Telethon; show will air on 14WFIE, KSDK, Fox 17 and WBKI

Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Will.i.am and Carole King are set to headline the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s new three-hour Labor Day weekend entertainment special called MDA Show of Strength, which will air Sunday night at 7 p.m. CT (8 ET) on 14WFIE (Evansville), KSDK (St. Louis), WBKI and WMYO-58.3 (Louisville) and WZTV-Fox 17 (Nashville).

The show, which is a much shorter replacement for the long-running Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, will feature more than a dozen of today’s top entertainers from Hollywood, Nashville and New York, and will include inspirational “stories of strength” about families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the show and the incredible talent we have lined up this year,” said MDA interim president Valerie Cwik, M.D. “MDA is in business to save and enhance lives. Our show will both entertain and urge the America…

Dish and BTN at odds over carriage as college football season nears

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If no new deal is reached by Friday, customers could lose Big Ten's TV network

Here we go again:  There's another new carriage dispute to tell you about, this time between Dish Network and BTN (Big Ten Network).
BTN's current retransmission consent agreement with Dish expires Friday, and from all appearances, the two sides are nowhere near a new one, despite several offers from BTN for a deal that it calls "consistent with the current market value" of the network.
The timing of the dispute couldn't be much worse: Friday is the day before the start of college football season.
I'll keep you posted.

Fifth annual SIRIS Classic Vinyl & Media Sale set for Sept. 8-9

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Sale to benefit Southern Illinois' radio information service for individuals who are blind or print impaired will be held at Carbondale's University Mall

Want to take a trip down memory lane with classic sounds, games, movies and equipment? Grab hold of retro items at the fifth annual SIRIS Classic Vinyl & Media Sale. The two-day event will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 9 from noon to 6 p.m. inside the University Mall, 1237 East Main in Carbondale, Ill., across from the food court.

The Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) and WSIU Public Radio are co-hosting the sale with the University Mall for the fifth straight year. This year’s sponsors also include the SIU Credit Union in Carbondale, Energy, and Marion; Holz Tool Supply in Mt. Vernon; Wright Do-It Center in Murphysboro; and the Du Quoin Public Library in Du Quoin.

Patrons can expect to find an array of items to suit their individual tastes. Record albums sta…

WSEI seeks FCC approval to raise antenna

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VLN Broadcasting-owned country station's power would be reduced slightly if antenna is placed at higher elevation

Olney, Ill. country station WSEI-92.9 FM might be getting its antenna raised if the FCC gives its OK.
The station's owner, VLN Broadcasting, has submitted a minor modification application to the Commission seeking approval to raise WSEI's antenna from 91 meters (298.5 feet) above ground level to 158 meters (518 feet).  That's close to the top of the 551-foot-tall VLN Broadcasting-owned tower just south of Olney that WSEI shares with its sister AM station, sports talker WVLN-740 AM.
If given approval to raise the station's antenna, WSEI's effective radiated power would be reduced from 50,000 watts to 49,000.  That would ensure the station remains in compliance with FCC rules.
I'll keep you posted.

UPDATED: Animation Domination - at least part of it - returning to WTVW

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Station adding The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad to its syndicated lineup

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. TUESDAY:The new schedule for WTVW will change a little beginning the week of Sept. 9.

Starting Monday, Sept. 10, Rules of Engagement will replace The Office at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. CT.  Dish Nation, a nightly entertainment/celebrity news program focusing on the comedic side of “breaking entertainment news,” will air at 1:30 a.m. CT, moving King of the Hill to 2:30 a.m.  That means It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets bumped, too.

So where are The Office and It's Always Sunny going?

The Office will air for one hour beginning at 12:30 a.m.  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will have a one-hour block at 4 a.m.

Confused yet?  You're not alone ... I am, too! 

PREVIOUSLY: Starting next week, you might be forgiven if you think that Local 7 WTVW starts to look a little bit like a Fox affiliate again, as the station is adding some of that network's most popular Sunday night show…

WNIN Kids Fest coming soon

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Children can meet many PBS Kids characters and more on Sept. 15

WNIN's Kids Fest presented by Bunny Bread will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station's studios on Carpenter Street in downtown Evansville.
Last year's Kids Fest was a blast and the station wants you to join them this year for the fun.
This year's Kids Fest characters are The Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Super Why and Cookie Monster.
Special appearances are also scheduled by the Bunny Bread Bunny, Evan the Otter, Tabby from SWAT Pest, Kirby the Kangaroo, Napoleon Peacock, and Ace Purple.
On the Carpenter Home Stage, you'll find some great acts from our community, including Tales and Scales, Storytellin', Brice's Taekwondo, Trix Stix, Kyilindi Pipes and Drums, the Evansville Belly Dancers, Don Baggett and more.
For more on this year's Kids Fest, visit wnin.org.
Information for this story was provided by WNIN.

Right This Minute adds more stations in more markets

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Show airs in this area on 14Xtra, The Heartland's CW and This TV Louisville

Right This Minute, the video joint venture show produced by Cox Media, Raycom and Scripps, will begin its second season on Sept. 10 with a handful of new stations added to those which carried it last year.
Six of the seven new stations carrying the program are Scripps-owned stations, including WRTV 6 in Indianapolis and the other stations the company purchased from McGraw-Hill last year.
The program airs locally each weekday on 14Xtra (WFIE 14.2 / 5 and 8 p.m.), The Heartland's CW (KFVS 12.2, WQWQ 9 and WQTV 24 / 4 and 4:30 p.m.) and This TV Louisville (WAVE 3.2 / 3 and 3:30 a.m.).
“We’re still endeavoring to sell the show beyond our partner markets,” says Phil Alvidrez, general manager of MagicDust Television, which partners with Cox, Raycom and Scripps to produce RTM. “But Scripps is totally on board. We are in all their markets. And we’re in half of the Raycom and Cox markets.”
In its original for…

WBKR and WOMI hosting drive-through card signing for Joe Lowe

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Longtime Owensboro morning host recently diagnosed with stage four esophageal, stomach and liver cancer

Joe Lowe is an icon in Owensboro radio, and through some four decades on the air, folks in the greater Owensboro area know that when his services and support have been needed, Joe's been there.
Now Joe and his family are in need of the community's support as he fights stage four cancer in his esophagus, liver and stomach.
On Monday, WOMI-1490 AM - where Joe hosts the morning show each weekday - and WBKR-92.5 FM will be hosting a drive-through card signing for Joe.  You can stop by their studios at 3301 Frederica St. in Owensboro between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.  If you'd like, you'll also be able to leave a video message for Joe.
Find out more about the event here.

The Weekender for Aug. 20-24

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It's Friday, and that means it's time to look back at the week in TV and radio!

As usual, all of this week's headlines can 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!

DTV America Corp. gets new digital LPTV construction permits for Evansville, Cape GirardeauMOG Music Network acquired by Townsquare Media WNIN TV and radio going off air for emergency generator installationFinal IceMen Live Summer Special of the year set to air Monday night Me-TV making schedule changes for fallUPDATED: Emmis buying Crossroads' remaining Terre Haute-market radio stationsMcConnell to appear on KET's One to One with Bill Goodman SundayQ102 releases new iPhone appThe Office to end after upcoming 9th seasonPredators…

DTV America Corp. gets new digital LPTV construction permits for Evansville, Cape Girardeau

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One station OK'd for Evansville, four for Cape

As I suspected in July, the FCC has approved the request of Sunrise, Fla.-based DTV America Corporation and has issued a construction permit for the company to build a digital low-power TV station on channel 12 in Evansville.
The station was also given the call sign W12DN-D.
If W12DN-D is built, it will broadcast from South Central Media's tower on Mt. Auburn Rd. next to the radio company's studios, covering an area from far eastern White Co., Ill. to Tennyson, Ind. west to east, and from Princeton, Ind. to roughly the Ohio River north to south. It's unclear what type of programming the station will broadcast. DTV America isn't just getting approval to build in Evansville - it's received FOUR construction permits for Cape Girardeau, Mo., too.  Those permits will allow the company to build stations on channels 24 through 26 and also on channel 30 (K24KY-D, K25NS-D, K26ME-D and K30NE-D). All would broadcast from a…

MOG Music Network acquired by Townsquare Media

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Townsquare Media Group announced today that it has acquired the MOG Music Network business from MMN Media, Inc. and will rename the business Townsquare Media.
Townsquare has a significant presence in the Tri-State, owning seven radio stations.  Those stations are WBKR-92.5 FM and WOMI-1490 AM (Owensboro), WGBF-103.1 FM and WKDQ-99.5 FM (Henderson), WDKS-106.1 FM (Newburgh), and WGBF-1280 AM and WJLT-105.3 FM (Evansville).
Launched in 2008, MOG Music Network has aggregated a network of music and music related digital publishers, including leading and highly influential music blogs, reviews sites, concert / event information sites, artist sites and lyrics sites. The network reaches more than 62 million monthly US unique visitors and 170 million monthly global unique visitors, making it the largest music-focused ad network in the United States.  This community of music enthusiasts and tastemakers is highly engaged and attracts significant interest from brand advertisers.
MOG Mu…

WNIN TV and radio going off air for emergency generator installation

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WNIN TV and FM are off the air until this afternoon to allow the installation of an emergency generator at their transmitter site in Warrick County.
The generator is part of WNIN's effort to prepare for severe weather and other emergency situations.  A similar generator has already been installed at WNIN's Carpenter House studios.
Listeners of WNIN-FM can continue to listen online at wnin.org/listenlive.

Final IceMen Live Summer Special of the year set to air Monday night

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Plante and Parmley are Fic's guests next week; regular season programs begin Sept. 24 on WEOA

The fourth and final installment of this year's summer radio series for the Evansville IceMen is set for next week.

IceMen Live Presented by Coors Light Summer Special IV will air live from 6 to 7 p.m. CT Monday evening on WEOA-1400 AM The Pump from Show-Me's East in Evansville.  The program will also be streamed live at 1400amweoa.com.

Monday night's show will feature special guests Philippe Plante, who recently re-signed with the IceMen, and Randall Parmley, sports anchor at WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW.

Terry Ficorelli, the Voice of the IceMen, will host the program.

Everyone is invited to attend the show and become part of the live studio audience experience. As is always the case, there will be lots of prizes and surprises.

With the end of summer now in sight, the IceMen have also announced that the regular season IceMen Live broadcasts will return on Sept. 24.  Those programs…

Me-TV making schedule changes for fall

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Night Gallery, Emergency! and Remington Steele join lineup
Classic TV network Me-TV will debut its new fall schedule on Sept. 3, and some fairly interesting changes can be found in the new lineup.
The network is adding Rod Serling's classic NBC anthology series Night Gallery, the 1970s medical action-adventure drama Emergency! and Remington Steele to its lineup, and they're also making some tweaks to make an already popular schedule even more so as we head into the latter months of 2012.
Let's take a look at some of those:
WEEKDAYS Cannon, which now airs at 11 a.m. CT, will exit the schedule in favor of The Rockford Files, which is moving in from the 3 p.m. hour.  The Wild Wild West, which now airs only on weekends, will air at 3, followed by Emergency! at 4, replacing Hogan's Heroes.
WEEKNIGHTS At 7 p.m., Remington Steele is new to the lineup.  It'll be followed by The Mary Tyler Moore Show (8 p.m.), The Dick Van Dyke Show (8:30), Cheers (at 9), The Bob Newhart Show

UPDATED: Emmis buying Crossroads' remaining Terre Haute-market radio stations

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ESPN Radio affiliates WSDM and WSDX join HI-99 and 105.5 The River on Sept. 1

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m. THURSDAY:All Access reports that Emmis is paying $335,000 for the two stations.  That amount wasn't made public when the deal was announced Wednesday, but was revealed in the FCC filings.

PREVIOUSLY: The last of Crossroads Investments' radio stations in the Terre Haute market have found a buyer.
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, which owns WTHI-99.9 FM (HI-99) and WWVR-105.5 FM (105.5 The River), announced this morning that it's buying Crossroads' ESPN Radio-affiliated stations WSDX-1130 AM and WSDM-92.7 FM, which are both licensed to Brazil, Ind.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Until the FCC approves the purchase, Emmis will operate both stations under a local marketing agreement beginning Sept. 1.
"We are excited to add the ESPN brand to the Emmis-Terre Haute cluster of stations," said James Conner, Emmis Vice President/Terre Haute General…

McConnell to appear on KET's One to One with Bill Goodman Sunday

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader in the Senate, will be this week's guest on KET's One to One with Bill Goodman to discuss the upcoming 2012 election.
McConnell, who is serving his fifth term as Kentucky senator, has said the 2012 election for control of the Senate will be close. This fall 33 Senate seats are up for election. Currently the Democrats hold a slim 51-47 majority, with two independents who usually vote with the Democrats.
McConnell said in 2010 that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." He recently criticized Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner for a statement two years ago saying the economy was on the road to recovery. 
The senator gave his endorsement to Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, in April 2012. If McConnell becomes majority leader next year, he has said his first job will be the repeal of President Obama's health care refor…

UPDATED: Q102 releases new iPhone app

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UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. SATURDAY:You can preview the new Q102 app by clicking here.

If you've been trying to listen to Q102 (WQXQ-101.9 FM, Central City) lately but have been having trouble doing so since its transmitter has been on the fritz, there's a new option for you to do just that.
The station has released a new iPhone app that will let you listen live, read news headlines, see the last 10 songs they played, and even set an alarm.  It's available in the iTunes store.
And how about that transmitter?  WQXQ's afternoon host and program director Rick Daniels says it's still in need of repairs after being hit by lightning earlier this month.  "The [transmitter] is still down, waiting for more parts," he explained. "We are rocking a new Wheatstone [audio] processor though."

The Office to end after upcoming 9th season

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Possible spinoff in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter

NBC's popular series The Office will end after its upcoming ninth season, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.
Greg Daniels, the show's executive producer for its first five seasons, is returning to run the show for its valedictory season, replacing Paul Lieberstein, who's working on a spinoff.
Daniels told reporters it should be a great last go-around.  "As we head into the homestretch, we have a lot of exciting things I've been wanting to do since season two," he said. "The end should be pretty cool."
Read the full story here.

Predators extend radio deal with Cromwell for 5 more years

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Three area radio stations to carry Nashville's NHL team this season
The Nashville Predators and The Cromwell Group on Monday announced a new five-year extension, keeping all Nashville Predators broadcasts on their flagship station, WPRT-102.5 The Game, through the 2016-17 season.  102.5 The Game has been the home of the Predators since 2010.

In the immediate Tri-State area, three radio stations will carry the Predators' broadcasts - WHOP-1230 AM/95.3 FM (Hopkinsville, Ky.), WNTC-103.9 FM (Drakesboro, Ky.) and WLME-102.7 FM (Lewisport, Ky.).  A fourth station, WBGN-1340 AM (Bowling Green, Ky.), can also be heard in the southeasternmost part of the area.

Game broadcasts include a 30-minute pregame show, intermission reports and an hour-long postgame show hosted by Willy Daunic. All postgame shows following home games originate from Bridgestone Arena’s Patrón Platinum Club and are open to all ticketed fans in attendance. In addition to game broadcasts, 102.5 The Game will also host…