Showing posts from February, 2013

Sinclair buying 18 Barrington Broadcasting stations for $370 million

Former ComCorp CEO Pruett named COO of Sinclair's new Chesapeake TV subsidiary, which will run Sinclair's small-market stations
Following up on Monday's announcement of the creation of its Chesapeake TV subsidiary to buy and manage small-market television stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced a major purchase Thursday afternoon to beef up Chesapeake's portfolio:  The company is buying 18 stations from Barrington Broadcasting.
The purchase price, reports Sinclair, is $370 million.

Sinclair also announced that former Communications Corporation of America (ComCorp) CEO Steve Pruett will become Chesapeake's COO.  "We are pleased to announce that Steve Pruett will be joining our senior management team as Chief Operating Officer of Chesapeake TV," the company said in a statement. "Steve brings many years of media experience, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Communications Corporation of America's 25 television station group. Steve …

Coming in March to WNIN: Hullabaloo, O'Donnell and Bocelli

Specials are part of station's Spring TV Pledge Drive

WNIN-Channel 9 is bringing its viewers several great special TV shows during its annual Spring TV Pledge Drive.  Here's a little sneak peek at what you'll be seeing:

60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo Mar. 2 and 6 at 7 p.m. CT, and Mar. 9 at 5 p.m. CT Transporting viewers back to the days of go-go dancers, mod miniskirts and swinging pop-rock sounds, A 60s POP FLASHBACK: HULLABALOO (MY MUSIC) is the first-ever retrospective of the fondly remembered and highly influential 1965-66 NBC primetime series "Hullabaloo." Daniel O'Donnell From The Heartland Mar. 4 and 9 at 7 p.m. CT Beloved Irish crooner Daniel O'Donnell returns to PBS with his melodic voice in this new concert special filmed in Iowa, the Hawkeye State. Great Performances - Andrea Bocelli: Love in Portofino
Mar. 3 at 6 p.m. CT and Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. Andrea Bocelli, the international superstar tenor, returns to Great Performances once again to delight fa…

The CW moving Cult to Friday nights

Show gets new timeslot after just two episodes; reruns of other CW shows to fill the gap left behind

The CW has made it official:  After just two episodes — and mediocre ratings — on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. CT / 9 ET, the new drama Cultis moving to Friday nights (or, as your editor likes to call it, "The Valley of the Shadow of Death").
The show will air at the same on its new night, right after Nikita, starting next Friday, Mar. 8.
For the time being, the 8C/9E Tuesday slot will be occupied by a round robin of reruns of other, more popular CW shows like Beauty and the Beast, which will be the first to air in that Tuesday slot next week (Mar. 5).
CW programming is seen in our region on Local 7 CW-WTVW (Evansville), WTTV/WTTK (Indianapolis), WBKI-TV (Louisville), WQWQ/WQTV/KFVS 12.2 (Paducah/Murray/Cape Girardeau); KPLR (St. Louis), WBKO-CW (Bowling Green) and WNAB-CW58 (Nashville).

LIN reports fourth quarter, full year revenue figures

Driven by new acquisitions and political ads, 4Q up 76% over 2011, full year numbers up 38% 

LIN TV Corp., which owns Terre Haute CBS/FOX affiliate WTHI-TV and several other Indiana stations (see below), has reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

For the fourth quarter, net revenues increased 76% to $196.2 million, compared to $111.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Approximately $41 million of fourth quarter net revenues is attributable to net revenues earned by stations acquired during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Full year net revenues increased 38% to $553.5 million, compared to $400 million in 2011. Excluding net political advertising revenues, net revenues increased 22% to $477 million, compared to $391.9 million in 2011.

To read the company's full report, click here.

LIN owns and operates the following stations in Indiana:  WTHI-TV (CBS/FOX), Terre Haute; WISH-TV (CBS), Indianapolis; WNDY-TV (MNT/TheCoolTV/Bounce), Marion; WLFI-TV (…

BRIEF: Mediacom customers deal with internet meltdown

Company-wide DNS issue affected customers in Tri-State and elsewhere

It's not yet known what caused it, but Mediacom, which serves a number of communities in the Tri-State, experienced a DNS issue this evening which knocked out internet service for most (if not all) of its service territory.
As of 8 p.m. CT, service was reportedly being restored across the area.
"We do understand the frustration and inconvenience for the service going down," the company posted on its Facebook page. "We worked diligently to get the service back up in a timely manner so you could get the service in which you are paying for. We appreciate your patience throughout this ordeal."

St. Louis Cardinals announce 2013 TV schedule

150 games to be televised on FOX Sports Midwest, ten on FOX or ESPN

The St. Louis Cardinals today announced their television schedule for the 2013 season. In their 20th season with the team, FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to carry 150 games in its third full season as the exclusive local TV home of the Cardinals.
Ten regular season games are currently scheduled to be carried as part of Major League Baseball’s national television packages with FOX and ESPN. The Aug. 11 game vs. Chicago and the Sept. 22 game at Milwaukee will be carried by FOX Sports Midwest or ESPN. The schedule is subject to change based on future Major League Baseball national television selections.
FOX Sports Midwest will also continue to produce the Cardinals Live pregame and postgame shows for every regular season telecast on the network.
A team record 14 Grapefruit League Spring Training games will also be televised, with an all-time high 10 on FOX Sports Midwest, with additional games on MLB Network and ESPN

FCC Report for 2/27/13

W23BV-D, ch. 23, Evansville, Ind.; Bethel Sanitarium.
The FCC Report is published whenever there is information involving a station which can be seen or heard in part of the Tri-State or is licensed to the general area.

WFIU/WTIU to air Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana's Youth Thursday night

Important documentary from Indiana Public Media will also be streamed online

According to recent studies, Indiana has the second-highest rate of rape among high school-aged girls. That means more than 17% of Indiana’s high school girls experience sexual assault before they finish graduate.
The WFIU/WTIU newsroom will air a new documentary – Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana’s Youth – followed by a roundtable discussion featuring questions from an audience of Indiana high school students.
Listen to WFIU, watch WTIU, or stream online on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET. Shadows of Innocence features the stories of sexual assault survivors, as well as statewide violence prevention experts, psychologists, and educators. They’re all working to lower Indiana’s rate of sexual assault, but not everyone feels as though the state is doing everything it can. The documentary also looks at states that are doing better, such as Minnesota, to learn what they’re doing…

Emmis, WOW! among Best Place to Work in Indiana honorees

Record 100 companies designated by Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Arecord 100 companies have been designated a 2013 Best Place to Work in Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday. That number includes two media companies with interests in Southwestern and West Central Indiana.
Among the companies on the list (which can be seen after the jump) are Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, which owns and operates several Terre Haute-area radio stations, and WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone, which provides the services that the name implies in the Evansville metro area.
The top companies in the state are determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, oversees similar programs in 21 other states.
Winners were selected from four categories: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. em…

CBS set to win first Feb. sweeps since '98

Strong lineup including Super Bowl and Grammy Awards easily roll the Eye past ABC, Fox, Univision and moribund NBC

The February sweeps are nearly at an end, and unless ABC, Fox, Univision or NBC (hahaha!) can pull off something huge, CBS will win the month for the first time since 1998, reports's Dominic Patten.
Among adults 18-49, CBS is currently sporting a 4.3/12 rating, nearly double second-place ABC's showing (2.2/6) and a little more than double third place Fox’s 2.0/6.  You don't even want to know where NBC stands — but I'll tell you anyway: 1.2/3.  Ouch.
The last time CBS won a February was when it broadcast the 1998 Winter Olympics, which were held in Nagano, Japan.  This time, the network relied on its two big events, Super Bowl XLVII and the Grammy Awards, as well as its winning primetime lineup.  It's working.

FCC Report for 2/26/13

NEW-94.5 FM, Smith Mills, Ky.; Music Ministries, Inc.(Amendment demonstrates city of license coverage using the Longley-Rice method.)
In addition to the above filings, the FCC today released its FM Translator Auction 83 filing window and filing procedures.  Construction permits can be sought for stations proposed for the following communities in the Tri-State and immediately-surrounding areas.  The organizations proposing those stations are listed below in parentheses: Olney, Ill. (Covenant Network) — 105.5 FM, to simulcast WOLG, Carlinville, Ill.French Lick, Ind. (The Trustees of Indiana University) — 92.9 FM, to simulcast WFIU, Bloomington, Ind.Ft. Branch, Ind. (Indiana Community Radio Corporation) — 103.3 FM, to simulcast WSDM, Wadesvill…

TUESDAY TIME MACHINE: Nobody covers local sports like 25 Alive!

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.:  I forgot to mention when I first posted this that there is rare footage of the late Mark "The Bird" Fidrych pitching for the Triplets in the first video below.  That's during the sportscast segment of that video.

Back in the late 1970s, nobody covered sports on TV like WEHT 25 Alive, but don't take my word for it - watch for yourself in the video below!  Immediately following the promo is rare footage of a WEHT sportscast featuring reporter Doug Claybourn telling viewers about the Evansville Triplets (including rare video footage!).
And if that's not enough classic local sports coverage for you, be sure to watch the second video, which is raw footage of Claybourn speaking with two of America's greatest sports legends, the late baseball great Mickey Mantle and the incomparable Terry Bradshaw.
The YouTube videos were posted by Joshua Claybourn.

Cadiz, Ky.'s WKDZ among Crystal Radio Award finalists

The National Association of Broadcasters announced on Monday the 50 finalists for the 26th annual Crystal Radio Awards, and one station in our part of the country is on the NAB's list.
Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Radio Luncheon on Apr. 9 during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Among this year's finalists is one of Western Kentucky's great stations, WKDZ-106.5 FM, which has two Marconi Awards to its credit as well as this nomination for the Crystal Radio Award.
Congratulations and good luck!

14's Owensboro radar on the move

Half of the station's Dual Doppler system being relocated to the new Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
You may have noticed during 14 NEWS' newscasts this evening that there's only one Doppler radar sweep on your TV screen.
That's on purpose:  The Owensboro component of 14's Dual Doppler radar system, which has covered Kentucky's fourth-largest city and surrounding areas since 2007, is being relocated.
Owensboro Health will continue to host the device, but because the current hospital is going to be closed and demolished later this year, a move to the new Regional Hospital (a little over two miles away) is required, and during 14 NEWS at 6 this evening, chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons said that move is now under way.
Work should be completed on the relocation in about two weeks, Lyons explained.

FCC Report for 2/25/13

FM AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE FOR AN AUXILIARY FACILITY GRANTEDWQNU-103.1 FM, Lyndon, Ky.; Cox Radio, Inc.(Translator moving to 104.9 FM with new call sign W285ER, power increase from 27 to 150 watts.  Rebroadcasts WLOU-1350 AM, Louisville.)TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER CANCELED —DWVGO-LP, ch. 54, Sullivan, Ind.; KM Communications, Inc.(KM has other licensed stations in Sullivan.)DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATION FOR DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL CANCELED —DWVGO-LP, ch. 8, Sullivan, Ind.; KM Communications, Inc.(KM has other licensed stations in Sullivan.) The FCC Report is published whenever there is information involving a station which can be seen or heard in part of the Tri-State or is licensed to the general area.

Emily Mieure leaving 14WFIE for job at WDRB in Louisville

14 NEWS reporter Emily Mieureannounced via her Facebook page this morning that she will be leaving the station for a new job on Friday.
She'll begin reporting for Louisville's Fox affiliate, WDRB, on Monday.
Mieure, an Illinois native and graduate of Eastern Illinois University, has been with WFIE since December 2010.
"I've learned from the best here," she wrote. "I'll miss Evansville and my 14 family very much."
Good luck, Emily!

Headlines: Is Joy Behar going to be Zucker's next big-name "get"?

Behar to CNN?
As Jeff Zucker continues to overhaul CNN, he's been talking to some big names.  Joy Behar might be the latest. [New York Post] Dish Network Tries To Crash Fox Sports 'Daytona 500' TV Race
Dish Network used some in-show branded entertainment to sneak into Fox Sports' "Daytona 500" -- this in the wake of ongoing legal activities between the two companies and after Dish said Fox rejected it from buying TV commercials in Fox programming. [MediaDailyNews] Honig Wants FCC To Delay Ownership Decision
David Honig, president of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council, says he wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on voting on its media ownership review proposals until an MMTC-sponsored study by BIA Kelsey looks into what impact FCC crossownership rules have on minority ownership. [Radio Ink Magazine]

WUEV Radiothon to help increase awareness of station's 2013 Fund Drive

Donations can be made by calling (812) 488-2020 or online at the redesigned website
All this week, WUEV-91.5 FM is conducting a Radiothon to help kick off its 2013 Fund Drive at the University of Evansville. WUEV will try to staff each hour this week with live deejays to take requests and help raise awareness of the 2013 Fund Drive.

“We’re hoping to have a little fun this week, and help spread the word of what we are trying to do here at the radio station,” said WUEV GM Tom Benson. “As a non-commercial station, we rely on private support to help drive what we do at the radio station, and to help support a learning environment for University of Evansville students at the station.

“The goal of the Radiothon this week is to increase the awareness of our fund drive, which will help support equipment upgrades that are needed at the radio station. We also want to connect with our listeners and thank them for being supportive of the station this week.”

Listeners and supporters can both…

WUEV's 2013 pledge drive kicks off with Radiothon

WUEV-91.5 FM is kicking off its 2013 pledge drive this week with a Radiothon.
The station will have live DJs in studio 24 hours a day starting today, taking requests and pledges, and also trying to spread the word about how to support WUEV, which is owned and operated by the University of Evansville.
WUEV is hoping to make some equipment upgrades to better serve the UE students who work there, but is in need of support to help make some of those upgrades a reality.
Anyone interested in supporting WUEV can help by visiting and clicking on the "Give" button at the top of the page.

FCC Report for 2/22/13

FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTEDW284AM-104.7 FM, Middletown, Ky.; Anchor Radio of Louisville, LLC.(Translator moving to 104.9 FM with new call sign W285ER, power increase from 27 to 150 watts.  Rebroadcasts WLOU-1350 AM, Louisville.) The FCC Report is published whenever there is information involving a station which can be heard in part of the Tri-State or is licensed to the area.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) - 2/18-2/22

This week JDTVB relaunches an old favorite feature with a new name.

ICYMI (short for In Case You Missed It) takes over for The Weekender, because I thought it best to name this weekly feature for its intended purpose ― to help you catch up on things you might have missed throughout the week.

Don't forget to check out and "Like" JDTVB's Facebook page, 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 ― I'll see you back here on Monday, or sooner if news breaks!

FCC Report for 2/22/13Fox sues to block Hopper's "on the go" featuresHEADLINES: It's looking grim for Up All Night, got hacked, and country rules radio in IndyCNBC taking over production of public TV's Nightly Business Report VIDEO: "THUMBS UP" - the official anthem for this year's St. Jude's RadiothonBudweiser Duels to go under the lights next yearFCC Report for 2/21/13Cromwell Grou…

Fox sues to block Hopper's "on the go" features

Dish's boxes have held up to judicial scrutiny before

Fox has gone to court — again — to try and do away with Dish Network's Hopper set-top boxes.
Last year, the network lost when it sued over the satellite provider's Auto Hop feature that allows customers to skip commercials (although an appeal is still pending), and this time it's trying to put the kibosh on the "on the go" features of the boxes which allow viewers to see their favorite shows on mobile devices.
“Paying Dish for a satellite television subscription does not buy anyone the right to receive Fox’s live broadcast signal over the Internet or to make copies of Fox programs to watch ‘on the go,’ because Dish does not have the right to offer these services to its subscribers in the first place,” Fox said in its court filing.
No word on how soon a decision might come down, but Bloomberg reports that a hearing is set for Mar. 22.
THE WAY I SEE IT:  If you're a Dish subscriber, you're paying to wa…

HEADLINES: It's looking grim for Up All Night, got hacked, and country rules radio in Indy

Will Arnett Lands CBS Comedy as 'Up All Night' Hopes Dwindle
It's looking less and less likely that NBC's ill-conceived reboot of Up All Night will make it.  Will Arnett - the star who didn't leave the show - has gotten a new job on a new and as-yet-unnamed CBS comedy from Greg Garcia. [The Hollywood Reporter] Smart TVs Register Uptick, 66M Shipped In 2012
Widespread use of apps, Netflix and other functions on smart TVs may be a while away, but the sets are making their way into homes at an increasingly higher rate. [MediaDailyNews] Hacked in Malware Attack (Updated)Did you visit on Thursday?  If so, your computer may be at risk after the network's website was hacked. Computer experts were still recommending that users clear of the site Thursday afternoon. [The Wrap] In Indy, country is king and the battle for the crown is tight
Indianapolis' January radio ratings came out Thursday afternoon, and the city's two top stations are both country…

CNBC taking over production of public TV's Nightly Business Report

Takes over from Miami's WPBT2, which has produced the popular business program since '79

CNBC announced Thursday that it is purchasing the rights to Nightly Business Report (NBR), a leading evening business news program, from national investment firm Atalaya Capital Management. CNBC will begin producing the series exclusively for public television from its Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on Monday, Mar. 4.

“We are proud to take the reins of television’s longest running business program,” said Mark Hoffman, president and CEO of CNBC. “Our goal is to utilize our global editorial resources to both preserve and strengthen Nightly Business Report, exposing its highly educated audience across 180 broadcast markets to CNBC’s already diverse multi-media offerings which include cable programming, a full suite of digital products, radio and our international networks and local language affiliates.”

“This move comes at a critical time for Nightly Business Report,” explained Ric…

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VIDEO: "THUMBS UP" - the official anthem for this year's St. Jude's Radiothon

WBKR's Chad Benefield tells the story of the video below at  If the song, video and the story behind this effort don't move you, check your pulse.

Budweiser Duels to go under the lights next year

Fox will televise Daytona 500 qualifying races in primetime
The Budweiser Duels, the 150-mile qualifying races that determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500, will move under the lights in 2014, Daytona International Speedway announced on Thursday.

The races, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, will be televised by Fox Sports.

“To earn a coveted starting spot in the Daytona 500, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have to perform under the lights and in front of a prime-time audience in the Budweiser Duel,” track president Joie Chitwood III said. “Moving the Budweiser Duel under the lights will add another dimension to Budweiser Speedweeks.”

The Budweiser Duel joins The Sprint Unlimited and the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as the three nighttime races held during Budweiser Speedweeks.

This year’s Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday (11 a.m. CT / noon ET on Fox).

FCC Report for 2/21/13

FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY GRANTEDW235AC-94.9 FM, Madisonville, Ky.; Heartland Ministries, Inc. (Application specified power increase from 19 to 170 watts, relocation from tower near Earlington, Ky. to the Sound Broadcasters-owned tower on N. Main St. in Madisonville. Translator is in the process of being sold to SoundBroadcastersto simulcast WFMW-730 AM.)AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL GRANTEDWTHQ-750 AM, Brookport, Ill.; Daniel S. StratemeyerThe FCC Report is published whenever there is information involving a station which can be heard in part of the Tri-State or is licensed to the area.

Cromwell Group needs your help to Fill The Truck for the Daniel Pitino Shelter

Items can be dropped off at the stations' studios on Tamarack Road in Owensboro

The Cromwell Group, which owns radio stations WBIO, WKCM, WVJS, WLME, WTCJ, WTCJ-FM and WXCM, is collecting supplies for the Daniel Pitino Shelter today and Friday during its Fill The Truck campaign.
Items can be dropped off at the Cromwell studios at 1115 Tamarack Road in Owensboro, and the following non-perishables are suggested: canned goodsdiapers (all sizes)towels and washclothsblanketspillows and pillowcasessheets (twin and full)soapshampoodeodorantfeminine hygiene productslaundry detergentcoats, hats, gloves, gently used clothing! "The Pitino Shelter is a local charity that is here for you, let’s show we here at home care for them!" the company says on its website.

HEADLINES: Could the Cubs leave WGN? It's possible

Sticker shock in store for WGN over Cubs TV rights
The Chicago Cubs have called WGN-TV home since 1948, but it seems a strong possibility that the team will have a new TV flagship come the 2015 season if the price is too high for Tribune. [Reel Chicago] Nielsen Agrees to Expand Definition of TV Viewing
After a meeting in New York Tuesday, the ratings company will roll out a system to measure broadband, Xbox and, in time, iPads, with more changes to come. [The Hollywood Reporter] Court could give radio more political ad dollars
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the limit on how much a person can give candidates and political parties.  It comes as political ad experts say a more focused sales effort could reverse radio’s declining share of political dollars. [Inside Radio]

Gray notches record fourth quarter, full year revenue

Company's 4Q revenue up 50% from same period in 2011
Gray Television, Inc. announced on Wednesday results from operations for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2012.
Gray, which owns Bowling Green, Ky. ABC/Fox/CW affiliate WBKO 13, reported record total revenue for the quarter and the year. Fourth quarter revenue was $126.6 million, up 50% from the same period in 2011. The company's previous fourth quarter record was $114.6 million set in the three-month period ended December 31, 2010.
For the full year, Gray's revenue was $404.8 million, up 32% from 2011; the previous full year record was $346.1 million set in the year ended December 31, 2010.
To read the company's full report, click here.