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NBC Sports Radio goes 24/7 on Monday

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NBC Sports Radio, the new joint-venture network from NBC Sports and Dial Global, goes live 24/7 on Monday. The network, which as yet doesn't have a full-time home in the Tri-State, will feature the following program lineup:
WEEKDAYSDay/TimeProgram NameMon-Fri 5-8 a.m. CTThe Erik Kuselias ShowMon-Fri 8-11 a.m. CTThe Brian Kenny ShowMon-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CTVoices of the Game with Newy ScruggsMon-Fri 2-6 p.m. CTUnder Center with McNabb & MaloneMon-Fri 6-9 p.m. CTThe John Stashower ShowMon-Fri 9 p.m.-midnight CTAmani & EytanMon-Fri midnight-6 a.m. CTThe Dan Schwartzman ShowWEEKENDSDay/TimeProgram NameSat 6-8 a.m. CTSafety Blitz with Rodney HarrisonSat 8-11 a.m. CTThe Clay Travis ShowSat-Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m. CTThe Anita Marks ShowSat-Sun 2-5 p.m. CTThe Brian Webber ShowSat-Sun 8 p.m.-midnight CTThe Jason Page ShowSun midnight-4 a.m. CTThe Rob Buska ShowSun 4-7 a.m. CTThe Jim Daniels ShowSun 7-8 a.m. CTSpeaking of Sports with Rob SimmelkjaerSun 5-8 p.m. CTThe Chris Mannix Show
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FCC Report for 3/29/13 to 4/5/13

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of my vacation, the following FCC Report encompasses the entire time period from Friday, Mar. 29 through Friday, Apr. 5, and will be updated accordingly as my time allows.
FRIDAY, MAR. 29, 2013

FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING:

NEW, 103.3 FM, Ft. Branch, Ind.; Indiana Community Radio Corporation. CP New Station.NEW, 98.5 FM, Sturgis, Ky.; Heartland Ministries, Inc. CP New Station. Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this application for filing.DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
WKMA-TV, ch. 42, Madisonville, Ky.; Kentucky Authority for Educational TV. Renewal of License.WKGB-TV, ch. 48, Bowling Green, Ky.; Kentucky Authority for Educational TV. Renewal of License.WKPC-TV, ch. 17, Louisville, Ky.; Kentucky Authority for Educational TV. Renewal of License.WKMJ-TV, ch. 38, Louisville, Ky.; Kentucky Authority for Educational…

14 NEWS wins February sweeps

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UPDATE, 4 p.m.: WEVV had a good February as well. Check out their latest promo in the video below.

The results are in from the February sweeps in the Evansville market, and 14 NEWS is the winner by a clear margin according to the latest numbers, which just arrived in my inbox.
It's not often that I get to share information like this with you, but here are the results:
"For decades 14WFIE has been the dominate [sic] news station and we would like to thank our viewers for keeping us #1 and growing our viewership over the years," said Brandon Ridge, 14's marketing director, in a press release that included the above numbers. "Breaking stories and keeping the public safe during severe weather is our top priority and viewers have made a clear choice of who they think consistently delivers over and over again, 14 NEWS The Tri-State’s News and Weather Leader."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Management at WEHT/WTVW could not be reached for comment on this story at press ti…

ICYMI for 3/28/13

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Welcome to ICYMI, where you can catch up on TV and radio stories you might have missed throughout the week.  All of the week's news headlines can be found below for your convenience.

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.

I'll be off for the next week while my kids are on Spring Break. Barring any major breaking news stories, you'll not hear from me again until Apr. 8. Enjoy!

14 NEWS wins February sweeps

FCC grants Music Ministries' construction permit for Smith Mills station
FCC Report for 3/28/13
Winners again: Eyewitness News team honored with seven Indiana SPJ awards
CBS issues spate of early renewals for most of its lineup
FCC Report for 3/27/13
HEADLINES: The CW goes in for a facelift, and NBC woos Cooper to replace Lauer
14 NEWS app updated and improved CONAN: Easter Bunny Economics (with some familiar cameos)
BRIEF: Judge Joe…

FCC grants Music Ministries' construction permit for Smith Mills station

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Sound Broadcasters' informal objection denied

It's been nearly two years since the Federal Communications Commission originally selected them, but Evansville-based Music Ministries, Inc. (MMI) finally has a construction permit to build a new noncommercial educational (NCE) radio station on 94.5 FM in Smith Mills, Ky.
The FCC on Monday dismissed the Informal Objection filed by WKTG/WFMW parent company Sound Broadcasters, Inc. of Madisonville, Ky., in which Sound objected to the short-spacing of the new station to WKTG. However, through various amendments since Sound's Nov. 2011 filing of the Objection, MMI was able to remedy Sound's issues, at least in the Commission's eyes.
There's no word on when we might hear the new station on the air (the permit expires Mar. 25, 2016), but we do have some idea what will air on it: MMI owns and operates WBGW in Ft. Branch, Ind.; WBHW in Loogootee, Ind.; WBJW in Albion, Ill. and W293AT in Owensboro, Ky. Those stations make up…

FCC Report for 3/28/13

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT ACCEPTED FOR FILING:

NEW-94.5 FM, Bowling Green, Ky.; Charles M. Anderson. CP New Station. Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this application for filing.NEW-95.9 FM, Bowling Green, Ky.; Charles M. Anderson. CP New Station. Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this application for filing.NEW-105.5 FM, Olney, Ill.; Covenant Network. CP New Station. Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this application for filing.
DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:

WKMU, ch. 36, Murray, Ky.; Kentucky Authority for Educational Television. Renewal of License.WKOH, ch. 30, Owensboro, Ky.; Kentucky Authority for Educational Television. Renewal of License.WTHI-TV, ch. 10, Terre Haute, Ind.; In…

Winners again: Eyewitness News team honored with seven Indiana SPJ awards

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Just last week, several members of the Eyewitness News team were honored with Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards, and today we've learned that even more of the team will receive hardware from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists.
As with the AP awards, WEHT and WTVW were the only Evansville-market TV stations represented in this year's SPJ contest.
Here is the list of all seven awards won by the stations' staff: Breaking News – “Sharon Place Fire” ... Kayla Moody and Curtis McNeelyBreaking News / 2nd Place– “Sharon Place Fire” ... Tabnie Dozier, Curtis McNeely, John Simpson and Ryan McCurdyDocumentary or Special– “Ending the Suicide Cycle” ... Kayla Moody and Blaine FentressDocumentary or Special / 2nd Place – “Academic Challenge: The Road to the Championship” ... Bob Freeman and Ryan SullivanFeature – “Aaron Kizer Story” ... Brad Byrd and Brian CissellFeature / 2nd Place – “Madisonville Man Wins Battle of the Blues” ... Shalah Sasse and Br…

CBS issues spate of early renewals for most of its lineup

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Discussions continue on Two and a Half Men; fates of CSI: New York, Rules of Engagement, Golden Boy and Vegas yet to be determined

CBS announced today it has renewed 18 returning series from television's top-rated lineup for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.
This season, CBS is home to the top program/drama (NCIS), the number one comedy (The Big Bang Theory),  the number one new series (Elementary) and the top newsmagazine (60 Minutes).  
The renewals, comprising 16 hours of its primetime schedule, include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines.  The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which rank first in their time period and some which rank number one for the entire night.
The renewed comedies include the previously announced The Big Bang Theory, the final season of How I Met Your Mother, as well as 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly.
Among the returning dramas are the previously announced NCIS, television's …

FCC Report for 3/27/13

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED:

NEW-101.3 FM, Vincennes, Ind.; Covenant Network. Engineering Amendment filed 3/25/2013.
FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT TENDERED FOR FILING:

NEW-94.5 FM, Bowling Green, Ky.; Charles M. Anderson. CP New Station. — NEW-95.9 FM, Bowling Green, Ky.; Charles M. Anderson. CP New Station. — NEW-105.5 FM, Olney, Ill.; Covenant Network. CP New Station. Petitions to deny this application must be on file no later than 15 days from the date of the notice accepting this application for filing.
IN OTHER MATTERS:

Time Warner Cable Inc., in its Petition for Determination of Effective Competition in Providence, St. Charles and unincorporated areas of Caldwell, Hopkins and Webster counties in Western Kentucky, was granted that determination. This means that the communities served by Time Warner Cable cannot regulate the company's rates because of competition from DIRECTV and D…

HEADLINES: The CW goes in for a facelift, and NBC woos Cooper to replace Lauer

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CW network revamp aims to draw wider audience
When a network designed to attract females ages 18-to-34 has an average viewer age of 42, there's a slight problem. And The CW is working to fix it with still more schedule fixes coming for next season. [Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times]
Anderson Cooper Approached For Matt Lauer’s ‘Today’ Job
It's well known that Matt Lauer is blamed for much of what ails NBC's Today show. Is Anderson Cooper the cure for the network's morning sickness? The network is apparently willing to find out. [Nellie Andreeva / Deadline]
CBS Cancels 'Judge Joe Brown' Amid Salary Dispute
As I told you Tuesday, CBS Television Distribution has canceled Judge Joe Brown, but didn't specify a reason. A new report out today says that Brown wouldn't take a salary cut in line with the show's declining ratings. [Alex Ben Block / The Hollywood Reporter]
Limbaugh: "I cannot imagine not doing radio." Reflecting upon 25 years of nati…

14 NEWS Android app updated and improved

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KFVS, WAVE apps also refreshed
14 NEWS mobile users, your requests have been heard and answered: The station's mobile app for Android has been revised and improved to give you a better and (hopefully) less problematic experience.
Here's the official list of what's new:
All new user interface incorporating standard Android Design Style, Patterns and Building BlocksSide menu tray navigationSwipe and scroll touch gestures in more placesFull screen image viewingAdditional user settings including news alert "quiet times"Universal app that runs on both phone and tablet devices including: landscape mode on phones and multi-pane reading for 7" and larger tabletsPerformance and stability improvementsThose of you who, like this writer, noted that breaking news alerts came through at odd times (and for odd stories, on occasion!) will appreciate the option to turn off those alerts entirely.  Indeed, when I installed the app this morning, it was the first thing I was asked,…

CONAN: Easter Bunny Economics (with some familiar cameos)

Economic factors may take some of the spring out of the Easter Bunny's step this year. But don't take my word for it.  (Watch for a familiar anchor duo at 1:20.)

Thanks to Anand Pandit for sharing!

BRIEF: Judge Joe Brown canceled after 15 seasons

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UPDATE, 2:35 p.m. WEDNESDAY: Reports today indicate that the cancellation is because of salary reasons. JJB's ratings have been declining of late, and CTD wanted Brown to take a commensurate pay cut. Brown refused, and CTD said, effectively, "You're out." Read more about it in today's Headlines.

CBS Television Distribution (CTD) announced Tuesday afternoon that Judge Joe Brown will not return for a 16th season this fall.
The show, which debuted on Sept. 12, 1998, is typically the second-most-popular court show, behind Judge Judy.
“We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show," a CTD spokesperson said Tuesday.
Judge Joe Brown currently airs on WEVV-FOX44 (Evansville), WAWV-ABC (Terre Haute), KBSI-FOX 23 (Cape Girardeau), WMYO-My58 (Louisville), WBKO-FOX (Bowling Green) and KTVI-FOX 2 (St. Louis).

America Now renewed for fourth season

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WFIE, WAVE and KFVS air show in our region
America Now, the daily syndicated newsmagazine show from Raycom Media and ITV Studios America co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, will return for a fourth season. The announcement was made today by Paul McTear, Raycom president and CEO, and Paul Buccieri, managing director of ITV Studios International and president and CEO of ITV Studios America.
Currently airing weekdays on stations including 14WFIE, WAVE 3 and KFVS12, America Now delivered a 1.4 rating/4 share in its 14 metered markets earlier this year, a 10% gain in share from a year ago. The series features tests on new products to see if they deliver as promised; tips on finding online bargains; informative stories about the latest health warnings and medical breakthroughs; warnings about consumer scams and recalls; and advice on ways to keep your family safe.
Show content is also available online at americanownews.com or via the America Now smartphone app, which brings news and de…

Shepherd leaves Eyewitness News

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Political reporter and anchor returning to D.C.; hopes to help fix our country's problems "from the inside"

Eyewitness News political reporter and weekend anchor David Shepherd has resigned.
Shepherd, whose last day with WEHT and WTVW was Monday, says that he's returning to his home area (he's a native of suburban Washington, D.C.), where he plans to become a part of solving our country's issues "from the inside."
"After much thought and prayer, I decided that with all the problems we face in this country, to return to Washington," Shepherd told me Tuesday afternoon.
Shepherd joined the former NEWS 25 in 2010 and remained with WEHT when the news departments of that station and WTVW were merged in Dec. 2011.  Prior to that, he was a reporter for Terre Haute NBC affiliate WTWO and freelanced for Washington station WJLA and CNN's Crossfire.
"I've treasured every moment I've spent at Eyewitness News," Shepherd said, adding…

FCC Report for 3/26/13

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DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:

WNIN, ch. 9, Evansville, Ind.; WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc. Renewal of License.

TUESDAY TIME MACHINE: WAVE brings the news to you

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Wouldn't it be cool if a TV station would do a promo like this today? This one, from 1973, features Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE-TV 3's news team coming to the rescue of a viewer whose TV has gone on the fritz ... and right at 6 p.m., no less!
Enjoy!
[via 7734Garzdubz on YouTube]

Allen Tumey dies at 70

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UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 1:50 p.m.: WAFB has posted a very touching video tribute to Allen. Check it out below.

Former TV reporter Allen Tumey, who worked at 14WFIE for several years between reporting stints in Louisiana, has died.
14 NEWS reports that Tumey, who was 70, was found by family members at his Lake Charles, La. home.
Tumey, who retired from 14's Baton Rouge sister station WAFB in 2011, was well known for his fine storytelling ability and was a viewer favorite at the three stations where he worked.
Read more about Tumey from WAFB.
Rest in peace, Allen.

WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

KET competes in prestigious Knight News Challenge

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Public urged to provide feedback by March 29

KET is competing in this year's Knight News Challenge, which focuses on open government. The Knight News Challenge states their mission as working to accelerate media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information.
KET seeks to develop an open digital platform and apps that provide engaged citizens, advocates, legislators, businesses, journalists and others immediate and full access to Kentucky legislative proceedings.
The mobile and desktop apps will allow people to easily search, watch, read and share transcripts and live and archived video of legislative coverage and policy debates. Social media, SMS text and email alerts on topics, people, legislation and more will allow for deeper engagement.
“KET is building on our decades-long heritage of providing Kentucky citizens direct and unfiltered access to decisions being made in Frankfort. We believe this innovative resource is necessary in our digital democracy,” said T…

BRIEF: Three of WAZE owners' hotels sold at auction

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Roberts brothers' Tampa, Spartanburg and Marietta properties net $5.2 million toward $35 million Bank of America judgment

An online auction last week resulted in the sale of three hotels owned by the owners of defunct WAZE-TVMike and Steve Roberts, The Post-Dispatchreports this morning.
The hotels, located in Tampa, Fla.; Spartanburg, S.C. and Marietta, Ga., sold for a combined $5.2 million, which will be applied to the $35.9 million judgment against the brothers in a lawsuit won by Bank of America last year. Adding in the sale of the Roberts' Houston hotel last month for $2.1 million, that's a total of $7.3 million toward the amount owed.
The brothers have two hotels (in Dallas and Shreveport) remaining to sell.
A court hearing is scheduled for next week in St. Louis to finalize the sales.

FCC Report for 3/25/13

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DIGITAL CLASS A TV APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:

WJTS-CD, ch. 18, Jasper, Ind.; Paul E. Knies. Renewal of License.

NewWave continuing to work on upgrades in former Suddenlink territory

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Company telling customers it hopes to have upgrades complete by May 1


When NewWave Communications recently purchased service territories in parts of the Tri-State and Wabash Valley from Suddenlink, customers weren't quite sure what to expect.
And, while there have been some growing pains since the takeover, some customers tell me that they're pleased with what they're hearing from NewWave.
As we reported in January, NewWave is in the process of interconnecting the former Suddenlink territory with its existing systems in neighboring areas.  That means customers those areas will soon have greater channel selection and other services (i.e., internet and telephone) available to them. 

One customer told me this morning that they are now being informed that the work will hopefully be completed by May 1.  That squares with the timetable that NewWave general manager Mark Bookout laid out in January, and may actually be somewhat ahead of his projection.

As always, customers who have que…

HEADLINES: SiriusXM a-Blaze, Leno still laughing at NBC, and McDowell talks FCC with C-SPAN

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Glenn Beck's TheBlaze Joining Sirius XM
Sirius XM Radio announced today that TheBlaze, Glenn Beck's multi-platform news, information, and opinion network, will produce 24/7 hourly radio newscasts on SiriusXM Patriot, SiriusXM's conservative talk channel. Additionally, Beck's "TheBlaze Radio Network" will be added to the SiriusXM Internet Radio lineup. [Radio Online]
Leno Continues Tweaking His NBC Bosses
They've tried to get him to stop. The media's reported that the boss isn't happy. But with NBC sliding ever deeper into the toilet, Jay Leno is still holding the plunger over the bowl every night at 10:35 Central time, and he's laughing about it ... all the way to the bank. [Lynn Elber / AP]
FCC's McDowell Talks Spectrum, Violence, Indecency With C-SPAN
In an interview with C-SPAN, outgoing FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell reviewed the status of some of the Commission's ongoing projects, saying that he is looking at spectrum auctions &quo…

TVNewsCheck reports Nexstar set to pick up Communications Corp. of America's stations

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Not yet clear if deal includes WEVV, and if so, how the CBS/FOX affiliate's acquisition would affect Nexstar's existing duopoly in Evansville

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m. MONDAY:Broadcasting & Cablereports this afternoon that Nexstar and CCA have agreed upon a price — $275 million — for CCA's stations.

Not surprisingly, Nexstar isn't the only company interested in the CCA stations. B&C reports that Chesapeake TV, Sinclair Broadcast Group's newly-formed arm that specializes in small-market stations, also submitted a bid for the CCA holdings.

PREVIOUSLY: TVNewsCheck is reporting late this afternoon that Nexstar Broadcasting has signed a letter of intent to buy Communications Corp. of America, the parent company of Evansville CBS/FOX affiliate WEVV.
Sources tell Price Colman of TVNewsCheck that Nexstar, which owns Evansville ABC affiliate WEHT and operates CW affiliate WTVW for Mission Broadcasting, is conducting due diligence with an eye toward making an official announcem…

Post-Dispatch: Shannon to reduce Cardinals radio schedule this season

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Longtime Cardinals broadcaster, who will be 74 in July, set to take nearly twice as many games off as in years past

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dan Caesar reports today that Mike Shannon, who is beginning his 43rd year of calling St. Louis Cardinals games on the radio, will reduce his schedule this season.
In years past, Caesar writes, Shannon — who will turn 74 later this summer — took about 15 games off a year.  This year, he'll be out of the booth for about twice that many games, replaced by Rick Horton and Al Hrabosky, former Cardinals who are part of FOX Sports Midwest's TV team.
In past seasons, Mike Claiborne had been Shannon's primary fill-in; this year, however, he will only be heard for play-by-play action during the handful of games that John Rooney won't call, and he'll do so alongside Shannon.
Claiborne will continue to co-host Live at Shannon's on Tuesday and Friday nights after games on KMOX, the Saturday Night Sitdown, and the Star of the …

ICYMI for the week ending 3/22/13

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Welcome to ICYMI, where you can catch up on TV and radio stories you might have missed throughout the week.  All of the week's news headlines can be found below for your convenience.

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!

TVNewsCheck reports Nexstar set to pick up Communications Corp. of America's stationsPost-Dispatch: Shannon to reduce Cardinals radio schedule this seasonFCC Report for 3/22/13Local TV LLC to sell stationsHEADLINES: Koppel blasts NBC, the FCC chair says goodbye, and a Hot reunion in Cleveland Report: Pay TV subscriber numbers grew in 4Q and full year 2012, but not by muchPADUCAH-HARRISBURG-CAPE: KFVS news schedule changing for NCAA Tournament coverageHEADLINES: Hot in Cleveland gets fifth season, Griffith's home to be demolish…

FCC Report for 3/22/13

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TV TRANSLATOR OR LPTV STATION APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
— WIIW-LP, ch. 14, Nashville, Tenn.; U.S. Television, LLC. Renewal of License.

AM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR DIRECT MEASUREMENT GRANTED:
— WJPF-1340 AM, Herrin, Ill.; MRR License LLC. Direct Measurement.

Local TV LLC to sell stations

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Kentucky-based company owns St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI, operates KPLR for Tribune

Local TV LLC is for sale.
The Newport, Ky.-based company, which is controlled by Oak Hill Capital Partners, owns and/or operates 21 stations nationwide, including St. Louis, Mo. FOX affiliate KTVI-FOX 2 and CW affiliate KPLR 11 (which the company operates through a SSA with Tribune).
Broadcasting & Cable reports that station staffs have been told that the sale process may take as long as a year, and that all operations will continue as normal in the meantime.


HEADLINES: Koppel blasts NBC, the FCC chair says goodbye, and a Hot reunion in Cleveland

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Koppel: Quit Moving Airtime For 'Rock Center'
"Just when you think somebody might figure out when it's on and want to see it the next week, they move it to another place," said former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel, who contributes to NBC's Rock Center. "That's not helpful, and I think Brian [Williams] deserves more support than that." [David Bauder / AP]

It's Official: Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces He Will Step Down From The FCC
After four years in the job, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to leave his post sometime in the coming weeks. Genachowski, who was appointed by President Obama, has largely focused on broadband development (to the detriment of broadcasting, some say) during his time at the Commission. [All Access]

Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman join 'Hot in Cleveland' for 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' reunion
Hot in Cleveland is lining up a Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion with the five key fem…