Showing posts from September, 2012

LOUISVILLE: Sunday night's the last for WHAS11's 10 p.m. news on WBKI

After a six-and-a-half year relationship, WBKI's 10 p.m. newscast produced by WHAS11 has reached the end of the line.
Anchor Doug Proffitt announced Friday night that Sunday night's edition will be the last.
The two stations entered into an agreement to produce the 10 p.m. edition in October 2005, and it premiered a few months later.
Earlier this year, however, WBKI was soldto Lexington-based LM Communications, and LM put the station's management in the hands of Block Communications' WDRB and WMYO.  That change has already birthed a new 7 p.m. newscast produced by WDRB.  That newscast premiered earlier this month.
As for what will replace the news at 10, TV Guide shows that the station will air How I Met Your Mother at that time beginning Monday night.
Thanks to D.H. for the heads up!

The Weekender for Sept. 22-28

It's Friday, and that means it's time to look back at the week in TV and radio.  I'm taking the day off because my kids are out of school, so this is a little earlier than normal.

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!
WKMS to air W. Kentucky candidate forums beginning Oct. 5Fox44's afternoon talk shows are now in HDSinclair to offer $500m in senior unsecured notesDish Network launching expanded satellite broadband service BRIEF: Evansville, Terre Haute move up in Arbitron rankings for fall ratings periodUPDATED: NOAA Weather Radio stations in Evansville, McLeansboro down againGraphic anti-abortion ads debut today in Ky. 2nd district Congressi…

WKMS to air W. Kentucky candidate forums beginning Oct. 5

Murray State University's public radio station, WKMS-91.3 FM, will air several candidate forums featuring Western Kentucky state House and Senate candidates beginning Oct. 5.
The forums, which will be hosted by WKMS news director Chad Lampe and Morning Edition host and news producer Todd Hatton, will air each Friday during Sounds Good with Tracy Ross and Friends between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT.
Here is the schedule of programs as it now stands: Oct. 5th  ̶  1st District State SenateCarroll Hubbard (D) & Stan Humphries (R)Oct. 12th  ̶  2nd District State HouseRichard Heath (R) & Kelly Whitaker (D)Oct. 19th  ̶  3rd District State HouseJason Crockett (R) & Gerald Watkins (D)Oct. 26th  ̶  4th District State HouseLynn Bechler (R) & Raymond Giannini (D)Nov. 2nd  ̶  5th District State HouseKenny Imes (R) & Hal Kemp (D) WKMS also will air KET's Congressional candidate forums each Tuesday during October at 2 p.m. CT, and will broadcast NPR's coverage of the Presiden…

Fox44's afternoon talk shows are now in HD

If you're a fan of Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos or Maury Povich, you may have noticed something different about them if you watch Fox44 WEVV.
They're now all in HD.
The station began broadcasting each of the three shows - Wilkos at 3 p.m., Springer at 4 and Maury at 5 - in high definition last week when their respective new seasons kicked off.
Fox44 (which can be seen over the air on channels 44.2 and 47.1 as well as most cable outlets and satellite) and its CBS-affiliated sister, CBS44, are the only commercial stations in the Evansville market to broadcast syndicated programming in high definition.  None of the other local network affiliates do so, despite the fact that most such shows (Wheel of Fortune, Inside Edition, etc.) are offered in HD.

Sinclair to offer $500m in senior unsecured notes

Proceeds to fund purchase of stations and pay down current debt

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinclair Television Group, Inc., will offer $500 million in senior unsecured notes. The notes are expected to mature in 2022.
Proceeds from the placement of the notes will fund Sinclair's acquisition of several Newport Television-owned stations and other pending acquisitions, to pay down outstanding indebtedness under STG's existing revolving credit facility, and possibly to issue a special dividend for Sinclair shareholders.
Sinclair owns and/or operates five television stations (KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; WDKA in Paducah, Ky.; and WZTV, WUXP and WNAB in Nashville, Tenn.) which can be seen in outlying portions of the Tri-State and communities immediately outside the area.

Dish Network launching expanded satellite broadband service

dishNET set to become available Monday; offers 4G-level speeds for as low as $39.99/month

Dish Network is expanding the availability of its broadband service with the launch of dishNET, a high-speed internet service via satellite nationwide. Available starting Monday, Oct. 1, dishNET offers customers the convenience of one bill, one installation, one customer service number and a $10 monthly discount when bundled with Dish's most popular TV programming packages.

dishNET offers 4G-level speeds that are about 50 percent faster than the typical residential broadband connections in American homes. The service starts at $39.99 per month and is available with next-day installation.

"Today, we are launching a revolutionary consumer broadband service that delivers high-speed Internet available in metropolitan areas to rural markets nationwide," said Dish CEO Joseph Clayton. "With nearly one-in-four rural residents lacking a high-speed connection, reaching these underserved mar…

BRIEF: Evansville, Terre Haute move up in Arbitron rankings for fall ratings period

Both cities climb three spots
Evansville and Terre Haute are a little higher on Arbitron's totem pole for the fall ratings period.
The radio ratings company's new list was published on Wednesday, and it shows that Evansville, which was formerly #165 on the list of radio markets, has climbed three spots to #162.  Terre Haute went from #210 to #207.
Other cities around the region held steady, with St. Louis remaining at #22, Indianapolis at #40, Nashville at #45 and Louisville at #54.
Evansville and Terre Haute radio stations have two ratings periods each year, in the spring and fall.
See the full list - for all markets - here (in PDF form).

UPDATED: NOAA Weather Radio stations in Evansville, McLeansboro down again

Fiber optic cable failure to blame for outage that also affects Gibson County and Ft. Campbell radars

UPDATE #2, 8:30 p.m.:  Both the Gibson County radar and the Evansville NWR transmitter are back in operation.

UPDATE #1, 5:50 p.m.:  The National Weather Service Paducah WFO reports that both the Evansville and McLeansboro NOAA Weather Radio transmitters as well as the Gibson County, Ind. and Fort Campbell, Ky. weather radars will remain down "through tonight."  The outage, which began this morning, is due to the failure of a fiber optic cable.

PREVIOUSLY: The NOAA Weather Radio transmitters in Evansville (KIG76) and McLeansboro (KXI52) are down again, the Paducah weather forecast office reports.
Blame for the outage is being placed on a broken phone line, Eyewitness News meteorologist David Heckard tweeted earlier.  The Paducah office, officially, would only say it was "an apparent communications failure."
In addition, the Gibson County Doppler radar (KVWX) is also …

Graphic anti-abortion ads debut today in Ky. 2nd district Congressional race

Activist running against Guthrie doesn't live in the district - or the state

A graphic new anti-abortion campaign commercial will air 22 times on television stations in Louisville, Bowling Green and Evansville between now and Friday, and there's nothing anyone can do about it - but at least one station will make an effort to warn its viewers.
Andrew Beacham, an Indiana anti-abortion activist who is running - despite federal law that requires candidates for Congress to live in the state where they run for office - against Kentucky's incumbent Republican 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, is running the ads.  He's made a pretty powerful charge - that President Obama has been giving Planned Parenthood money "to murder babies."
The ad shows "a dismembered fetus and images of dead Christians and Jews," according to an Associated Press report.
Beacham is one of seven candidates running for Congress who are affiliated with Operation Rescue founder Ran…

Antenna manufacturer hits cable company ... hard

As most of you know, I don't have cable or satellite service in my home.  Going from a $150+/month bill to nothing a month was a personal decision that my wife and I made for our family nearly five years ago.  Since that time, we have purchased a Roku box and we do subscribe to Netflix's streaming service, but at eight dollars and change, that is still a helluva lot cheaper than cable or satellite.
And we rely on our antenna-provided TV for local news, weather and sports, as well as other programming we enjoy watching.
Others have joined the movement as well.  By the thousands, people are switching from expensive pay-TV services to the old standby - the antenna - and they like it!
Sensing that definite resurgence, one antenna manufacturer has gone on the offensive. St. Louis-based Antennas Direct posted what you see at left, calling out Charter Communications (also based in St. Louis) on Facebook this morning.
It speaks to those who've had to put up with poor service, high…

BRIEF: Me-TV experiencing technical difficulties

It appears that Me-TV is back on the air after some problems this morning.
The network has been having some unspecified technical difficulties, meaning that if you tune in to any of the Me-TV affiliates in this part of the country (WTSN, WYYW, WLKY-.2, KFVS-.2, etc.), all  viewers saw for a while this morning was a black screen, unless the particular station put something else on the air.
If more details become available, I'll bring them to you.

Kentucky Tonight candidate discussions set to begin Oct. 1

Programs to feature candidates for Kentucky's six Congressional districts

Beginning in October, KET continues its longstanding tradition of providing viewers statewide with the opportunity to hear directly from candidates in political races. Candidates in November’s races have been invited to appear on Kentucky Tonight, with host Bill Goodman, in the weeks leading up to Election Day 2012.
The Kentucky Tonight programs featuring candidate discussions will air Mondays, Oct. 1–29, at 7 p.m. CT on KET. The programs will also stream live and be archived online at The invited candidates and schedules are:
October 1: This program is divided into two parts.
Topic: 2nd Congressional District
Craig R. Astor, Libertarian Party
S. Brett Guthrie, Republican Party
David Lynn Williams, Democratic Party

Topic: 5th Congressional District
Harold “Hal” Rogers, Republican Party
Kenneth S. Stepp, Democratic Party October 8: 1st Congressional District Charles Kendall Hatchett, Democrat…

TERRE HAUTE: Emmis flips WSDM to "92.7 Bob-FM", rebrands 1130 as "1130 The Fan"

Emmis Communications has rebranded and separated the programming of its two newly-acquired Terre Haute-area radio stations.
WSDM-92.7 FM, formerly broadcasting as a simulcast with sports WSDX-1130 AM, is now playing a variety hits format and is known as "92.7 Bob-FM."
WSDX will get new call letters - WFNF - and be known as "1130 The Fan," much in the way that WFNI-1070 AM in Indianapolis (the former WIBC, also owned by Emmis) is "1070 The Fan."  It will continue to air ESPN Radio programming, but a locally-produced afternoon show is in the works.
Emmis paid $335,000 to Crossroads Investments for the two stations, both of which are licensed to Brazil, Ind.  They now operate from Emmis Terre Haute's new headquarters on Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute, alongside WTHI-99.9 FM and WWVR-105.5 FM.

Gray Television offers to buy back $225 million in senior secured notes

WBKO owner also negotiating amendment to its senior credit facility

Gray Television, Inc., which owns Bowling Green, Ky. ABC/Fox/CW affiliate WBKO and operates WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, for Young Broadcasting, today that it is commencing a refinancing of its existing capital structure. Gray has commenced a cash tender offer for up to $225 million of its outstanding 10½% senior secured second lien notes due 2015.

Note holders are being offered $1,078.75, plus an early tender premium of $5.00, amounting to a total of $1,083.75 per $1,000 of face value.

Gray also announced today that, in addition to entering into discussions with its lenders relating to an amendment to its senior credit facility necessary in order to complete the Tender Offer, it has entered into discussions with certain banks relating to an overall refinancing of its senior credit facility, subject to market and other conditions. Gray expects that its refinanced senior credit facility would provide for total …

ELECTION '12: WNIN, Courier & Press team up for televised SW Ind. candidate specials

Forum on Evansville/Vanderburgh County consolidation also planned, will air Wednesday night

Voters in Southwestern Indiana who want to learn more about the candidates for the 8th District House seat and seats in the Statehouse will have the opportunity to do so this week as WNIN-TV and the Courier & Press team up to present candidate interviews on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. CT.
Eric Bradner, the newspaper's Statehouse reporter, will interview the candidates.
First up, on Tuesday night, Bradner will speak with the 8th District candidates — incumbent Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon (R), Dave Crooks (D) and Bart Gadau (L).
Then, on Thursday night, the candidates for the following State House and Senate seats will appear on TV: House District #64Mark Norton (D) and Thomas Washburne (R)House District #75Ron Bacon (R-incumbent) and Kevin Derr (D)House District #76Wendy MacNamara (R-incumbent) and Trent VanHaaften (D)House District #77Gail Riecken (D-incumbent) and…

BRIEF: BTN, Dish Network resolve standoff

College sports channel returns to satellite lineup

Earlier today, Dish Network and the Big Ten Network (BTN) resolved their differences and reached a new, multi-year agreement that returns the network to subscribers effective immediately.
BTN released the following statement on its website:

DONE DEAL: NFL and Time Warner Cable officially announce carriage for NFL Network on cable system

TWC customers will begin seeing network and NFL RedZone Sunday, with full launch by Thursday

UPDATE, 10:20 a.m.:  Customers of the former Insight Communications (now part of Time Warner Cable) will be able to find NFL Network on Ch. 547 in SD and Ch. 926 in HD.  NFL RedZone, which costs an additional $35, can be found on Ch. 548 in SD and 919 in HD.  Time Warner Cable channel positions for the rest of the Tri-State are not yet known.

PREVIOUSLY: The NFL and Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest cable provider, have officially announced a new long-term deal for carriage of NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel.

NFL Network and NFL RedZone will debut in Time Warner Cable homes beginning Sunday, with full launch before Thursday, Sept. 27.

"We're delighted to have reached an agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone that provides a good value to our customers," said Melinda Witmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Video and Content Officer for Time Warner C…

The Weekender for Sept. 15-21

It's Friday afternoon, 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!
WSIU, Carbondale Public Library to present Community Cinema beginning Sept. 29Time Warner Cable said to be ready to add NFL Network BRIEF: MLB near deal with Fox and TurnerBig Brother will return for 15th season on CBS BRIEF: WNIN-FM off airIceMen Live returns to WEOA Monday nightBRIEF: Belo names new president/GM for WHAS11Former WEHT/WTVW news director Walters moves to Monroe, La. CBS affiliateINDIANAPOLIS: WRTV morning anchor Grace Trahan calling it quitsIs Jeff Probst's new talk show already at death's door?Educat…

WSIU, Carbondale Public Library to present Community Cinema beginning Sept. 29

WSIU Public Broadcasting and the Carbondale (Ill.) Public Library have partnered for a second season of Community Cinema, a series of free film screenings from the PBS series Independent Lens to be held at the library on the last Saturday of every month at 2:30 p.m. Screenings begin Sept. 29 and will be held monthly, with the exception of December, through June 2013.

The new season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Discussion facilitators for the September film are Jenn Freitag, Prevention Educator for Rape Crisis Services, Women's Center-Carbondale, and Shannon Lindsay Toth, a doctoral student in Women's Studies at SIU Carbondale. Refreshments will be provided.

A landmark series based on the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide follows celebrity activists as they travel through six countries…

Time Warner Cable said to be ready to add NFL Network

Deal could be announced at any time, according to reports

Time Warner Cable is expected to announce at any time that it has reached a deal with the National Football League to add the NFL Network to its channel lineup.
TWC is the last of the major cable companies to hold out on NFL Network; Cablevision, which is based in New York, finally added the channel in August.
For some Tri-Staters, including Owensboro, other Western Kentucky communities and Newburgh and Rockport, Ind., the addition of NFL Network is the first time they'll have seen it since 2006, when TWC purchased the remains of the bankrupt Adelphia Communications.  For others - those who are customers of the former Insight Communications or in areas of Western Kentucky purchased from NewWave Communications - the "NFL Network drought" has been far shorter.
Terms of the new deal have not been made public, although SNL Kagan, which has studied cable networks and what they charge, estimates that NFL Network costs c…

BRIEF: MLB near deal with Fox and Turner

Deal expected to be officially announced on Monday

It looks like Major League Baseball is going to hang around with Fox and Turner for another few years.
AdWeek has the full story, but it looks like the new contract will cost Fox around half a billion dollars a year through 2021, while Turner will pay about $350 million a year.
NBC had also been interested in making a play for our national pastime, but Comcast was unwilling to invest that kind of money.  CBS, which had also considered it, wasn't able to put together a deal similar to its NCAA Tournament partnership with Turner to get baseball back for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Big Brother will return for 15th season on CBS

Hit reality show consistently does well with young audiences

Big Brother, the summer reality hit, has been renewed for its 15th edition, to be broadcast next summer on CBS.

Since premiering on CBS in the summer of 2000, the show has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. This summer's edition is averaging 6.79 million viewers, 2.5/08 in adults 18-49, 3.0/08 in adults 25-54 and 1.7/06 in adults 18-34.

The show, hosted by Julie Chen, follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with more than 52 cameras and 95 microphones recording their every move, 24 hours a day.  Each week, the Houseguests vote someone out of the house. The last remaining Houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.

Big Brother spans all platforms, from on-air to online and on cable.   Online content, including full length episodes and highlight clips, are available at  Additionally, CBS and RealNetworks provide 24/7 streaming video fro…

BRIEF: WNIN-FM off air

UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.:  Shortly after this story was posted, WNIN-FM was back on the air.

PREVIOUSLY: If you've been trying to listen to WNIN-88.3 FM this morning, you've likely noticed that the station is off the air.  WNIN reports that engineers are working on the problem, but it's taking longer than expected.
If you're near a computer or have a mobile device handy, the station remains available live online at

IceMen Live returns to WEOA Monday night

Team's weekly radio program returns for regular season 

The Evansville IceMen will return to the radio on Monday night as IceMen Live presented by Coors Light returns to the airwaves on WEOA-1400 AM and in cyberspace at

The show, which will air from 7 to 9 p.m., will once again air from Show-Me's East on Morgan Center Drive in Evansville. As always, the public is invited to join the Voice of the IceMen, Terry "Fic" Ficorelli, and his guests for a great program that includes giveaways and prizes.

Fic's guests Monday night will include IceMen team favorites, 2011-12 CHL league scoring kingpin and team MVP Todd Robinson and his linemate, the team’s second top scorer last season, left wing Josh Beaulieu. Both Robinson and Beaulieu will discuss the IceMen new season and the excitement surrounding their team’s debut in the NHL-affiliated ECHL.

The IceMen are preparing for what should be an exciting season of hockey.  This season marks the club's debut…

BRIEF: Belo names new president/GM for WHAS11

Danna moving from California CBS affiliate to Louisville

Belo Corp. has named Linda Danna president and general manager of WHAS11, Louisville's ABC affiliate. 
Danna, who has spent the past four years as vice-president and GM of High Plains Broadcasting-owned KGPE, the CBS affiliate in Fresno, Calif., will take over at the station on Oct. 15.
She succeeds Mark Pimentel, who left the station in June to become general manager of St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV-4, which is also owned by Belo.

Former WEHT/WTVW news director Walters moves to Monroe, La. CBS affiliate

KNOE, Walters' new station, competes with Nexstar/Mission duopoly in Monroe/El Dorado market

Former WEHT/WTVW news director Bob Walters has a new job.
He's the new news director at Monroe, La. CBS affiliate KNOE (ch. 8), the oldest station in the Monroe/El Dorado market, which includes northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas.  The station, which is owned and operated by Hoak Media, is part of a duopoly with Parker Broadcasting-owned KAQY, the market's ABC affiliate.
Interestingly, in his new position, Walters finds himself going head-to-head against two stations controlled by his former employer - Nexstar - which owns Fox affiliate KARD and operates Mission-owned NBC affiliate KTVE.
Walters had spent more than a decade with WTVW, and became news director for both WTVW and WEHT late last year when Nexstar's purchase of WEHT from Gilmore Broadcasting was finalized and the stations' operations were combined.  He held the news director position until his termination…

INDIANAPOLIS: WRTV morning anchor Grace Trahan calling it quits

Former 14WFIE reporter/anchor stepping in until permanent replacement is named

From Indianapolis today comes word that WRTV Good Morning Indiana anchor Grace Trahan has announced that she is stepping down at the end of this week.
Trahan joined RTV6 in 1994, and has co-anchored GMI for the past 14 years.  She said in a statement that she wants to spend more time with her family.  "After much thought and consideration, I have decided that my family time is suffering and I cannot be the kind of mom I want to be to my three children. While I have enjoyed 23 wonderful years in the news business (18 of those right here at RTV6), I have decided it is time to put my family first," Trahan said.
She also wrote on her Facebook page that she plans to join the corporate world, although she did not divulge specifics.
Meanwhile, back at RTV6, a former 14WFIE reporter and anchor will step in to fill Trahan's shoes in the morning, at least for now.  Tanya Spencer (who Tri-State viewe…

Is Jeff Probst's new talk show already at death's door?

Ratings started off low and haven't improved

It's starting to look like WEHT Local (and WDRB, WNKY-NBC, WKRN and KPLR) may have hitched their wagons to the wrong syndicated talk show when they chose to pick up Survivor host Jeff Probst's new program.
The show is doing poorly - very poorly - in the ratings, averaging well under a 1 rating during its first week on the air, and reports indicate that it's done no better so far this week.
If the show doesn't start to perform better, it's likely that it won't make it to a second season - indeed, some stations could pull the plug early.  (That's rare, but it has happened.)
The New York Postreports this afternoon that reps for Queen Latifah's new show have "quietly been calling TV stations around the country offering to take over for Probst as soon as his contract is up."  No word on whether any of the stations above have been called.
For his part, Probst seems to be OK with whatever the future h…

Education Matters to explore the issues important to young people in this year's election

What do today’s young people think about the upcoming election? A special edition of Education Matters, in partnership with Kentucky Youth Advocates, features a panel of Kentucky high school students discussing the election issues that matter most to them. The program airs Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. CT (8 ET) on KET immediately before the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, which begins at 8 p.m. CT (9 ET), also on KET.

Student Voices, Election 2012 features guest host Renee Shaw and five student panelists from Danville, Elizabethtown, Lexington, and Louisville talking about topics that are important to them in this year's election. The program also goes behind the scenes in Danville and at Centre to look at the activities and preparations that are taking place leading up to the debate.

Teachers can visit the Education Matters website at to access a packet of classroom materials on this year’s election. The classroom materials were deve…

NBC's Today on the ropes as Good Morning America continues to win ratings race

NY Post's Atkinson says it's "the curse of Ann Curry"
ABC's Good Morning America is about to win its third week in a row in both total viewers and the all-important group of viewers who are ages 25 to 54, and the folks at NBC's Today are left to wonder just what happened.
Claire Atkinson of the New York Postwastes no time speculating - she jumps right in with both feet and writes, simply, that it's a direct result of "the curse of Ann Curry."
But is it really that simple?  Maybe not.  While Curry's ouster was unpopular with viewers, it's by far not the only problem the show has.
There's evident discord among those who remain.  Al Roker made that clear when he quipped about the show's "tradition" of "throw(ing) one of us under the bus."  NBC had to quickly put out that fire, but few really bought the explanation.
And then there was last week.  While ABC and CBS took their viewers to the moment of silence for th…

LOUISVILLE: WLKY launching 10 p.m. newscast tonight

If you'd like to catch WLKY's news late in the evening but don't have the stamina to hold out until 11 p.m. ET, starting tonight, you won't have to.
Louisville's CBS affiliate is launching a new newscast at 10 p.m. ET on Me-TV Louisville (ch. 32.2).  As the station says, it's the same team you trust at 11, just one hour earlier.
WLKY's newscast is the latest to join the early-late (or is it late-early?) newscast game, joining longtime veteran WDRB and WBKI, which airs a 10 p.m. 'cast that's still produced by WHAS11.
Viewers can find the new WLKY 10 p.m. newscast on over-the-air channel 32.2 or Insight/Time Warner Cable) channel 188.

BRIEF: WUEV wants input from its listeners

The University of Evansville's radio station, WUEV-91.5 FM, is conducting a survey to help the station determine how to best serve its listeners.  
That's where you come in.  If you've got a few minutes (it really doesn't take long), click here to take the station's survey.

The Haunting at WNIN returns for third year

WNIN has announced that it will be hosting its third annual paranormal convention - The Haunting at WNIN - on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will be held in the studio of the historic Carpenter Home located at 405 Carpenter Street in downtown Evansville from 7 p.m. to midnight. The convention is a two part day. There are tickets available for convention only ($20) or convention and exclusive overnight lock-in ($50).

The Haunting at WNIN will feature guest speakers and vendors from across the Tri-State. These include Tim Harte from MESA, Dr. Regina Wolfe and many more, as well as an investigation workshop held by Billy Miller of Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators, followed by the lock-in, which will end at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, Oct. 14.

There will be raffle items including t-shirts, dvds, books, and more. Stan's Una Pizza will be at the studio selling refreshments.

If your group is interested in having a booth at the convention, please contact Ashley Murray at WNIN by phone…

Hyundai, Lexus add more models with HD Radio

Santa Fe SUV, IS sport sedan latest to be equipped with technology

Hyundai and Lexus have rolled out their latest new vehicles for the 2013 model year, and among the upgrades made to models from both companies is HD Radio technology.
Hyundai's all-new Santa Fe Sport, a 5-passenger SUV, is now available at Hyundai dealers and includes HD Radio as standard equipment.  HD Radio will also be offered as standard on the longer, 6- or 7-passenger Santa Fe, which will debut in early 2013.  In addition to HD Radio, both Santa Fe models are completely new from bumper to bumper, and feature outstanding fuel economy.  The Santa Fe delivers up to 26 MPG highway, while the four-cylinder Sport delivers up to 31 MPG highway.
From Lexus for 2013 comes a mildly revised IS series in two basic models, the IS 250 and IS 350.  While there are few changes to the cars overall for the new year, IS sedans equipped with the available navigation system will now include HD Radio.
The Santa Fe SUVs and IS sedan…

BRIEF: Planning to watch college football on BTN? Think again

Network pulled from Dish lineup after interim agreement fails to lead to long-term deal

If you've been wondering where BTN is on Dish Network today, it's gone.
Negotiations for a new agreement with Dish fell through last night, leaving Big Ten football fans without a way to watch their favorite games.
Previously, Dish and BTN had agreed to an interim arrangement whereby Dish customers would continue to receive BTN while the two sides hashed out the details of a long-term contract.  Unfortuntely, it seems those negotiations failed.
"As of September 14th, BTN's distribution agreement with Dish expired despite our best efforts to finalize an agreement," said Elizabeth Conlisk, BTN's vice president for communications and university relations. "We are disappointed that Dish does not see the value in the network in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, alumni, fans and viewers across the country who continue to pay D…

The Weekender for Sept. 10-14

It's Friday afternoon, 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!
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