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"First Informer Broadcasters Act" now law in IL

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Gov. Quinn signs legislation ensuring broadcasters and cable operators emergency credentials so they can run their operations during disasters

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed the “First Informer Broadcasters Act,” a bill sponsored by State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) and State Senators Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago) and Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) that ensures broadcasters and cable operators will have emergency credentials needed to run their operations during times of disaster.
The bill passed the House 114-0 early last spring, and by a vote of 50-0 in the Senate in early January, and with Quinn's signature, the Act is effective immediately.
“The governor’s support in signing the bill confirms the spirit of cooperation, mutual respect, and great working relationship that already exists between local broadcasters and Illinois’ Emergency Management and Law Enforcement agencies,” said Dennis Lyle, president-CEO of the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) following news of the g…

TODAY'S THE DAY: Local 7 is now the Tri-State's CW station

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Some shows shuffled with new network affiliation

It's January 31, and that means Local 7 WTVW is now the Tri-State's CW affiliate.
With the addition of the CW network's programming to the station, there are some changes to programs that have been airing on Local 7 for a while now.
You can find the full weekday lineup here - and you'll note the following: Steve Harvey has moved to 2 p.m. CT, and leads into ...The Bill Cunningham Show, which airs at 3.Judge Judy now airs at 10 a.m. and again at 5 p.m.Inside Edition and omg! Insider have moved to WTVW's sister station, WEHT Local (ch. 25.1).  They will air after Nightline (beginning around 12:35 a.m. CT).Local 7's animated comedies and sitcoms now make up the station's Late Night Laughs block that begins at 10 p.m. CT:The Big Bang Theory — 10 p.m.Rules of Engagement — 10:30 p.m.The Simpsons — 11 p.m.Family Guy — 11:30 p.m.American Dad — MidnightKing of the Hill — 12:30 a.m. To help you find your way around the …

Gov. Beshear to deliver State of the Commonwealth Address next week

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KET to provide televised coverage statewide

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth Address before a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. CT / 7 ET on KET and at ket.org/live. The speech will also be archived at ket.org/legislature.
Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman will co-anchor KET's coverage, which will include interviews with political leaders and analysis from Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston
As the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives meet, KET offers extensive online and on-air coverage. During legislative sessions, Senate and House chambers and committee meetings are streamed live and archived at ket.org/legislature.
Legislative Update, a report hosted by Renee Shaw on the most significant activities of the day's legislative meetings, including committee testimony and actions, and debate and votes on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives, airs at 10 p.m. CT …

Not so fast, WOW customers: Insight raising rates too

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Just days after WOW's letter to its customers a few days ago that it would be hiking its rates by 13%, a move that led some folks to start talking to Insight Communications, Carol Wersich of the Courier & Press reports today that Insight is raising its prices as well.
The amount of the increase isn't spelled out in the article.
"Fuel, power and programming fees are examples of rising costs that influence the pricing of our services," said Mike Hogan of Time Warner Cable, Insight's parent company. "Rising programming costs continue to be the biggest reason we have to adjust our rates."
Hogan told Wersich that many Insight customers won't immediately see a rise in their rate because they're currently paying a promotional rate or have a package or bundle of services from the company.  He also said that customers who are concerned with the price of service can contact the company to discuss "options that meet their entertainment needs a…

HEADLINES: Gore blasts corporate media, Nabors marries longtime partner

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Al Gore Blasts Influence Of Corporate Media Former Vice-President Al Gore says that he has no regrets selling his cable network – Current TV – to Al-Jazeera. "We won every major award in television journalism, and we were profitable each year. But it's difficult for an independent network to compete in an age of conglomerate. Our democracy has been hacked." [AP via TVNewsCheck] EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jim Nabors marries his longtime male partner Best known for his role as TV's "Gomer Pyle" – and beloved among Hoosiers for his tradition of singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the Indianapolis 500 – actor and singer Jim Nabors has married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader. [Hawaii News Now] February sweeps preview: CBS's to lose With the trifecta of Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday, the Grammy Awards and The Big Bang Theory, CBS is widely expected to have a lock on the major metrics – total audience and 18-49s – in the February sweeps. [Media Life]

Illinois-based New Life Media to merge its stations

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Christian station WBGL to reach from Chicago to Carbondale; WCIC expands into Western Illinois
UPDATE, 11:25 a.m. — Read more about the coming changes on WIBI's website.

UPDATE, 11:20 a.m. —See a map of the new WBGL/WCIC station frequencies here. (Thanks to Southern Illinois Correspondent James Hampsten for the link!)

Carlinville, Ill.-based New Life Media has announced that it's merging its Carlinville station, WIBI-91.1 FM, with its sister stations WBGL-91.7 FM in Champaign and WCIC-91.5 FM in Pekin.
WBGL will add seven of WIBI’s Southern Illinois frequencies, located in Carlinville, Granite City, Vandalia, Effingham, Mount Vernon, Murphysboro and Metro St. Louis. With these and its existing frequencies in Champaign, Chicago, Terre Haute, Decatur and Charleston-Mattoon, WBGL's coverage area will now stretch from Chicago to Carbondale.

WCIC will be adding WIBI's Springfield and Jacksonville frequencies to its coverage area, extending its reach into the western part of I…

14 News app for iPhone and iPad now allows streaming of news, severe weather coverage

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Newscasts this evening to include tutorial, or you can learn online
14 News has introduced something new for those of you with iPhones and iPads who have the station's mobile app downloaded to your device — just in time for the possibility of severe weather tonight.
Now you can watch WFIE's newscasts live, as well as severe weather coverage as it's being broadcast.  It's not difficult to make it work, and you'll find the link right on the front page of the app, but if you need assistance, there are two ways you can learn more: You can watch 14's newscasts this evening, and they'll explain it all for you ... orYou can visit the station's website for a detailed explanation. According to the station, you should see content streaming via the app during the following times: 4:30 to 7 a.m. (14 News Sunrise)11 a.m. to noon (Midday with Mike)4 to 5:30 p.m. (14 News at 4 and 5)6 to 6:30 p.m. (14 News at 6)and 10 to 10:30 p.m. (14 News at 10)Any time the station is …

CBS renews entire daytime lineup

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CBS announced Tuesday afternoon that it has renewed its entire daytime lineup, which is drawing more viewers than any other network.
In addition to #1 daytime drama The Young and the Restless, which was previously given a pickup for the 2013-14 season, CBS viewers will get another season of favorites The Bold and the Beautiful, The Talk, Let's Make a Deal and The Price is Right
"Over the past few years, we have successfully transitioned our daytime schedule to a balance of program genres with new creative energy, while maintaining our ratings leadership," said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment. "We are proud of CBS's history of quality and leadership in Daytime, thrilled with our current success and we look forward to more great things ahead from the outstanding creative talent in place at each of the shows."
“I am excited and energized by the pickup of our lineup for next season, which features a balanced mix of talk, game shows and drama,” sa…

Now back in Indy, Cincinnati Reds want radio presence in Evansville area

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Despite Cardinals' huge radio presence in Tri-State, Reds' Zerhusen sees opportunity

It's been five years since the Cincinnati Reds took their faltering radio operation back in-house, and since then, the National League baseball team has doubled the number of affiliates, the latest being Indianapolis' new CBS Sports Radio affiliate, WXNT-1430 AM.
And that's not going to be the end of the team's push to rebuild its radio presence, according to Cincinnati.com's Joe ErardiJoe Zerhusen, the Reds' broadcast and affiliates manager, wants back into our area — badly.
‘‘We’ve been in southwestern Kentucky before, but getting back (once you’ve ‘lost’ an area) is harder,’’ Zerhusen told Erardi. ‘‘The (St. Louis) Cardinals are a good team and have a great network. And Evansville, Ind.? Oh, my goodness gracious, trying to find somebody down there! I’ve been working on them since the 2008 season. It’s big-time St. Louis Country, but it’s also Reds Country, wh…

The official announcement from Mission Broadcasting on WTVW and CW

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UPDATE, 11 p.m. — WEHT/WTVW general manager Arika Zink sat down during Eyewitness News In-Depth with Brad Byrd earlier tonight to talk about the CW addition on Local 7.  You can see that video by clicking here.

Mission Broadcasting, the parent company of Local 7 WTVW, has issued its full press release regarding Local 7's addition of the CW affiliation beginning on Thursday.  Below, you will find that announcement in its entirety. Mission Broadcasting Enters Into CW Affiliation Agreement for Local 7 WTVW in Evansville, Indiana
Tri-State Viewers Reconnect With Their Favorite CW Programming Exclusively on Local 7 WTVW Starting January 31Mission Broadcasting, Inc. announced today that it entered into a new exclusive affiliation agreement with The CW Television Network for Local 7 WTVW in Evansville, Indiana for which Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) provides services.  In addition to The CW’s popular daily programming and exciting primetime lineup, TriState viewers will a…

Chris Cuomo is joining CNN

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UPDATE, 11:40 a.m. — ABC says that David Muir will replace Chris Cuomo as co-host of 20/20.  Muir will also continue to anchor World News on the weekends.

ABC will have to find a new co-host for 20/20Chris Cuomo is on his way to CNN.
The cable news network announced this morning that Cuomo will have "a major role" in a new CNN morning program as well as across the network.
“Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist,” said Jeff Zucker, CNN's president. “What I love about Chris is that he is passionate about every story he tells, never forgets about the viewer, and represents the type of journalism that makes CNN great.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to do what I value the most and hopefully to do the work that I do best,” said Cuomo. “While it’s very difficult to leave ABC News, a place filled with people I have loved working with for many years, I am excit…

Donovan McNabb joins NBC Sports Radio

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Former Philadelphia Eagle QB to contribute to Super Bowl coverage and will be part of a new weekday talk show set to launch Apr. 1

Recently-retired NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb will join the NBC Sports Radio lineup as a contributor starting this week.
The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who established his storied career with the Philadelphia Eagles, will serve as an NFL lead analyst for NBC Sports Radio shows throughout the week and will also call in weekly to affiliated stations. He will be part of NBC Sports Radio's lineup of programming features on Super Bowl Radio Row this week in New Orleans. In addition, McNabb will play a big part in a soon-to-be-announced daily Monday-Friday talk show that will debut April 1 as the network expands its programming lineup.
“As I continue to segue further into the broadcasting field, adding a radio relationship like Dial Global and NBC Sports Radio is the perfect next step,” McNabb said. “This platform allows me a weekly forum to communicat…

HEADLINES: Is NBC keeping Ann Curry off of live TV?

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NBC keeps Curry taped up
After being canned as Today co-host last summer, Ann Curry was named NBC News national and international correspondent/anchor and Today anchor-at-large, but sources say she's being kept off of live TV by the network. NBC, naturally, denies that. [NY Post ] Gibbons, Trifecta Aim To Grow 'America Now'
America Now executive producer and co-host Leeza Gibbons has a new partner in putting Raycom's magazine show before a much larger audience.  Trifecta has come aboard to help get the show syndicated to large-market stations nationwide. [TVNewsCheck ] Fox Stations, Weigel Launching Movies!
Fox Television Stations, in conjunction with Me-TV and This TV parent company Weigel Broadcasting, will premiere Movies!, a new over the air, 24-hour movie network on subchannels of 17 Fox owned-and-operated stations this spring. [TVNewsCheck ]

WOW! INDEED: Company apologizes for service woes and hikes rates 13% ... in the same letter

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Rate increase, effective in March, includes $4/mo. "Broadcast TV Surcharge"
A WOW! customer and loyal JDTVB reader sent me a photocopy of a letter he received from the cable company today, and you really should take a gander at this one.
In the letter, the company's CEO and chairwoman, Colleen Abdoulah, apologizes for WOW's recent service problems and then — just two paragraphs later — hits her reader with the news that the company is raising his bill by $9.01 a month beginning in March.  That's a whopping 13 percent increase.
Why $9.01, you ask?  The company is raising its cable modem rental fee from $4.99 a month to $5.00.  (I'm not kidding.)
Oh, and then there's this:  $4 of the increase comes from a new "Broadcast TV Surcharge" assessed for the local over-the-air channels, which anyone can get for free through the use of an antenna. Abdoulah claims that it was "difficult" for the company to add that in, but they did it anyway beca…

BREAKING: Local 7 to become CW affiliate Thursday

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UPDATE, 5:40 p.m. — In response to the question of where Inside Edition and omg! Insider will land, WEHT/WTVW GM Arika Zink tells me this evening that the programs are moving to WEHT Local, where they will air in late-night after Nightline, starting at about 12:35 a.m.  Stay with JDTVB — there will be more to come on Tuesday.

After nearly one month without The CW, Tri-State TV viewers will once again be able to watch their favorite programs like 90210, Nikita, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, as Local 7 WTVW is set to become the Evansville area's new CW affiliate this Thursday evening.
The Vampire Diaries, a fan favorite, will be the first official CW primetime show to debut on WTVW at 7 p.m. Thursday evening.
The move does mean some schedule changes for Local 7's existing programming, although for the most part, much of the schedule will remain the same, explained Local 7 and WEHT Local general manager Arika Zink.  "The CW’s primetime content perfectly complements WT…

WKU Public Radio's Somerset, Ky. station going off-air for new transmitter installation

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New equipment expected to enhance WDCL's signal

WKU Public Radio's WDCL-89.7 FM and W277AA-103.3 FM (Somerset, Ky.) will be off the air beginning Tuesday for the installation of a new transmitter for WDCL, the station reported Monday morning.
The station is expected to be off the air until late in the week (late Thursday night or Friday), and an additional outage is scheduled to take place in a few weeks for final electrical work.
Listeners in the Somerset area can listen to WKU Public Radio's live stream at wkyufm.org during the outages.
WKU Public Radio operates four full-power stations: WKYU-88.9, Bowling Green; WDCL-89.7, Somerset; WKPB-89.5, Henderson/Owensboro and WKUE-90.9, Elizabethtown, as well as translator W277AA-103.3, Somerset.

Owensboro's Jenny Beth Willis makes it to Hollywood on American Idol

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Good news, folks:  Jenny Beth Willis of Owensboro has made it to the Hollywood round of American Idol!
Willis, who has performed locally on WBKR-92.5 FM, at the Big O Music Fest and the Taste of Country concert at Ellis Park, just to name a few, can be seen on Idol's Hollywood Week, which airs on Fox44 WEVV.
Check out Jenny Beth's video below or read more at WBKR.com!

Zakk Gammon leaving Eyewitness News

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Eyewitness News' Western Kentucky bureau chief, Zakk Gammon, announced Monday morning that this is his last week reporting the news from Owensboro.
Gammon is leaving the station to take a job as a marketing representative for an Owensboro company, and he says he will assume his new duties next week.
On his Facebook page, Gammon expressed his appreciation to the viewers of WEHT Local and Local 7 WTVW for their support. "Thanks to everyone in the Tri-State who helped make this the best job anyone in news could ever ask for," he wrote. "[Y]ou are the best!"
Good luck, Zakk!

MGM gets the nod to syndicate RightThisMinute

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Cox/Raycom/Scripps joint venture airs in Evansville, Cape Girardeau and Louisville
RightThisMinute, the magazine show which features breaking videos and news of the web, has selected MGM Television as its national syndication partner.

Produced by MagicDust Television in partnership with Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps, RightThisMinute is a daily series devoted to finding the best viral videos and the stories behind them. Its staff introduces audiences to the newest web videos as they break, often before the videos go viral.

“RightThisMinute offers fresh, original half- hours every day throughout the year,” said John Bryan, president of MGM Domestic Television Distribution.  “Capitalizing on the immense popularity of viewer generated videos before they go viral is such an innovative idea. Our team is excited to be selling this fast-paced, entertaining programming and to be working with these top-notch station groups.”

RightThisMinute airs in approximately 50 U.S. markets, in…

Dr. Phil to interview man who fooled Manti Te'o

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Interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to air Thursday and Friday

Dr. Phil McGraw is scheduled to interview the man who created the fake girlfriend that fooled Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o,according to an Associated Press report.
A spokesperson for the Dr. Phil show has confirmed that McGraw will interview Ronaiah Tuiasosopo for programs set to air this Thursday and Friday.

Below is a press release from CBS Television Distribution describing what viewers can expect when Dr. Phil sits down with Tuiasosopo:
In an all-media exclusive interview airing on Thursday, January 31st and Friday, February 1st (check local listings), Dr. Phil peels away the many layers of events that took place, to determine what ultimately led to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo perpetuating an ongoing hoax against Notre Dame football star and Heisman Trophy runner-up, Manti Te’o.

Dr. Phil asks Tuiasosopo the questions that have stumped the nation, revealing the truth in detail, and gets answers to questions such as: Why…

HEADLINES: When it comes to sports, you pay whether you watch or not

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Rising TV Fees Mean All Viewers Pay to Keep Sports Fans Happy
Whether you watch televised sports or not, if you're a cable or satellite subscriber, you're paying for the folks who do watch.  And the amount you pay is going up - in some cases, way up. [NY Times ] Gray Celebrates Record Year With Vacations
Gray Television, the owner of Bowling Green ABC/Fox/CW affiliate WBKO, is giving 78 of its employees extra vacation time after the company set records for both revenues and profits in 2012. [TVNewsCheck ] Rachel Nichols Exits ESPN for CNN and Turner Sports
Jeff Zucker’s hiring spree appears to be heating up. CNN and Turner Sports jointly announced Thursday that CNN has tapped veteran ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols to anchor a weekend sports program scheduled to bow later this year on the cable news network. [The Hollywood Reporter  ] Brooke Shields Joins Lifetime's 'Army Wives'
Lifetime's Army Wives reboot continues to add star power: Golden Globe nominee�…

What to watch for in Sunday's Pro Bowl

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NFL's All-Star Game to air on NBC Sunday evening

The NFL's best and brightest will come together in Honolulu Sunday evening for the Pro Bowl, and here are a few things you may be interested in watching for when the game airs on NBC:
HIGH SCORE — It has been a banner year for offenses across the National Football League, thanks in part to high-flying passing attacks led by some of the game’s best quarterbacks. The 2013 Pro Bowl roster will feature two record-setting QBs – New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who became the first player in NFL history to throw 40+ TD passes in consecutive seasons, and Denver’s Peyton Manning, whose 12 All-Star selections are the most ever by a quarterback in AFC-NFC Pro Bowl annals.

ROOKIE QBs — For the second time in Pro Bowl history (and the second time in as many years), this year’s game will feature two rookie quarterbacks, Andrew Luck of Indianapolis (AFC) and Russell Wilson of Seattle (NFC). Luck passed for an NFL-rookie record 4,374 yards this season,…

Fox Sports Midwest Plus to televise Aces game at Illinois St.

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Pacers game shunts Evansville's contest to alternate channel

Evansville TV viewers looking to watch Saturday night's Purple Aces men's basketball game at Missouri Valley Conference rival Illinois State will need to turn to an alternate channel.
Fox Sports Midwest is scheduled to televise the Aces and Redbirds, but due to an Indiana Pacers game on the main FSMW channel, the game will be seen on Fox Sports Midwest Plus (FSMW+) at 7 p.m. CT.
Time Warner Cable's Insight customers in the Evansville metro area will find the game on channels 2, 505 or 12.10.  Newburgh-area Time Warner Cable customers can tune to channel 23WOW! customers will see the action on channel 103.
Of course, if you don't get FSMW+, you can also listen live on 91.5 WUEV or online at wuev.org.
Evansville (12-8, 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference) stopped a two-game skid Wednesday night at the Ford Center with a 10-point victory over Bradley.  The Purple Aces have done well at home but not nearly…

Former WTVW and WEVV anchor/reporter Kindra Strupp joins USI

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University's new assistant VP for marketing and communications returns home after 12 years with Eli Lilly and Company

Kindra Strupp has joined the University of Southern Indiana as assistant vice president for marketing and communications. For the last 12 years, Strupp has managed communications and media relations at Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis.

Tri-state residents may also remember her as an on-air television anchor and reporter for WTVW and WEVV under her maiden name, Kindra Antey.

Strupp joined Eli Lilly in 2000 as an executive communications-corporate communications associate. In that role, she organized top-tier media interviews for senior executives and served as a spokesperson and reputational manager for the company.

Since then, she has been in a series of high-profile U.S. and international communications positions at Eli Lilly, managing product communications for many of the company’s top brands, including diabetes dr…

The Weekender for Jan. 19-25

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Dish Nation to get second season

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Hosted by radio DJs, the show you may not have heard of has been doing well for itself in the ratings

Dish Nation, a newsmagazine show hosted by select morning radio DJs from across the country, will get a second season, reports TVNewsCheck's Kevin Downey.
Compared to more highly-touted new talkers this year (like Katie and Steve Harvey, to which Downey compares it), Twentieth Television's little show that could has equaled them in ratings, drawing an average of roughly 1.3 million viewers (up from 1.1 million back in September).
The show is carried on a number of stations serving parts of the Tri-State.  Local 7 WTVW airs it overnights at 1:30 a.m. CT / 2:30 ET; it can also be seen on WTHI-MyFox10 (Terre Haute), WBKI-TV (Louisville), KBSI-Fox 23 (Cape Girardeau), WZTV-Fox 17 (Nashville) and KTVI-Fox 2 (St. Louis).

BRIEF: Stan Musial's funeral to be televised on Fox Sports Midwest

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UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.  — The services will also be streamed live at FoxSportsMidwest.com.

ST. LOUIS — Saturday's funeral and memorial service for St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial will be televised live on Fox Sports Midwest. Coverage will air from 10:30 a.m. CT to approximately 1:30 p.m. It will be distributed in the entire Fox Sports Midwest footprint.
Fox Sports Midwest will also replay its two-hour remembrance of Musial on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 p.m. CT and Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. CT.

Nexstar board of directors OKs quarterly dividend

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12¢ per share to be paid to shareholders

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that it has authorized the initiation of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock. The first dividend is payable on Friday, March 1, to shareholders of record on Friday, Feb. 15.

"The initiation of a quarterly cash dividend reflects both the growing free cash flow generated by our diversified media platform as well as our commitment to deliver value to our shareholders," Perry A. Sook, Nexstar chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. "Importantly, the annual capital allocated to dividend payments at this time relative to the total free cash flow that Nexstar now generates, provides us with ample liquidity to reduce leverage, consider additional accretive station acquisitions and undertake other initiatives to enhance long-term shareholder value."

The company said it intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the fore…

Wind Dancer Films inks new deal with Lionsgate

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Wind Dancer is headed by Evansville native Matt Williams

Writer-producer Matt Williams' Wind Dancer Films will develop and produce scripted comedies and drama for Lionsgate as part of a new deal between Wind Dancer and the entertainment company.

Williams, a native of Evansville, was a writer on The Cosby Show and went on to co-create spinoff A Different World. He launched Wind Dancer Films in 2008 with partner David McFadzean, company president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne to produce and finance films and create and produce TV.

Wind Dancer's TV credits include Home Improvement, Carol & Company with Carol Burnett and Soul Man with Dan Aykroyd, while film credits include last year’s Jack Black film Bernie, As Cool As I Am starring Claire Danes and James Marsden and What Women Want.

The Reaper cometh: Fox, ABC slash low-rated sitcoms

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Ben and Kate, Don't Trust the B---- latest victims of poor ratings

UPDATE, FRIDAY 8:05 p.m. — Fox has now officially canceled Ben and Kate.  The Hollywood Reporter reports that filming was ordered stopped earlier Friday in the middle of an episode.   There are three completed episodes which have not aired, and it appears likely they won't air.

PREVIOUSLYFox and ABC pulled two of their least-watched shows from their respective primetime lineups on Wednesday.  Neither network is saying the shows are officially canceled, but ... you get the idea.
At Fox, Ben and Kate got the ax after averaging a mere 3.1 million viewers season to date.  I think this is a shame, because I actually thought it was one of the network's better efforts this year.
Then there was ABC's Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, which I didn't like, but I heard yesterday from a number of readers who said they greatly enjoyed it.
Interestingly, both shows have several unaired episodes "in the c…

NewWave says issues in former Suddenlink territory caused by upgrades

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New set-top controller, ongoing process of connecting to neighboring systems could cause problems, says area general manager

Problems that new NewWave Communications customers in areas recently taken over from Suddenlink have been experiencing in recent weeks are being caused by upgrades to their service, according to the company's general manager for Southern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois and South Carolina.
Reached via email on Wednesday, Mark Bookout advises customers who now are served by NewWave in Jasonville, Dugger, Farmersburg, Hymera, Shelburn, Odon, Elnora, Newberry, Plainville and Sandborn, Ind., as well as outyling areas of Clay, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Sullivan and Vigo counties, to get in touch with the company if they're having problems with the loss of channels or other issues.
"[I]t would be best for these customers to contact us so we can troubleshoot the loss of their channels," Bookout told me. "We are migrating from one set top controller …

REALLY? A Facebook post that speaks for itself

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Sometimes you see something online that just speaks for itself.  For example, this Facebook post from Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH-TV, which asks an interesting question:

Think about that for a minute.  Because, you know, HUGE numbers of people over the age of 100 are using Facebook nowadays. (I love the comment, by the way.)