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FLORA: WNOI off air for antenna replacement

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If you're up in the Flora, Ill. area and wondering why you can't hear WNOI (103.9 FM) today, there's a reason:  The station is getting a new transmitting antenna.  Here's more info from the WNOI Facebook page:
WNOI Radio will be off-the-air for a considerable amount of time today. We will be going off at around 9:00am this morning, and will remain off for most of the day. The outage is so that we can replace our 41-year-old antenna, which is located at the top of our tower. It’s just the latest effort to get all of our transmission equipment replaced and up to date. If things go smoothly we will be back on the air this evening. We ask for your patience, and hope that you miss us while we are gone.The station has posted some pictures of the process which you can check out on Facebook as well.

Headlines for 4/30/13

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Nielsen Launches Digital Ratings To Measure TV Viewers Online
Expanding its metric services on the Internet, Nielsen now has announced a pilot effort for TV/video "program" content -- called Nielsen Digital Program Ratings. A number of TV networks and media companies have signed — A+E, ABC, AOL, CBS, The CW, Discovery Communications, Fox, NBC and Univision -- to participate in the online trial which will begin in May and go through July. [MediaPost]
Maria Shriver Returning To NBC News
After nearly a decade away, former California first lady Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News for a job where she will concentrate on the roles of women in American life. Shriver on Tuesday was named a "special anchor" who will appear on various NBC programming, including CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports, and be an editor at large on women's issues for the network's digital properties. She had worked at NBC from 1986 to 2004, much of it on "Dateline NBC." [TVNewsCheck]
Aft…

FCC Report for 4/30/13

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LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL DISMISSED:
DWPDQ-LP, 93.9 FM, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; Mt. Carmel Public Broadcasting, Inc. Renewal of License. Informal Objection filed 10/15/2012 by Martin Hensley. Renewal application dismissed 4/25/2013.FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED:
W273CG, 102.5 FM, New Harmony, Ind.; Indiana Community Radio Corporation. CP New Station.  W274BS, 102.7 FM, Princeton, Ind. Indiana Community Radio Corporation. CP New Station. LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER LICENSE CANCELLED:
DWPDQ-LP, 93.9 FM, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; Mt. Carmel Public Broadcasting, Inc. License canceled per licensee's request.

Tuesday's Cards/Reds game moves to FOX Sports Midwest Plus in St. Louis and on DirecTV, Dish and U-verse

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Area cable customers will see game on main channel

Tuesday’s (Apr. 30) St. Louis Cardinals game vs. Cincinnati will be televised on FOX Sports Midwest Plus in the St. Louis market and on alternate channels on DirecTV, Dish and AT&T U-verse. This is because of overlap with the St. Louis Blues playoff game on FOX Sports Midwest.
Outside the St. Louis market the Cardinals-Reds game will air on the FOX Sports Midwest main channel on cable TV. 
Coverage begins Tuesday night with the Cardinals Live pregame show at 6:30 p.m. CT, followed by the game at 7 p.m. CT.
On alternate channel on DirecTV, Dish and AT&T U-verse DirecTV 670 (HD 670-1) Dish 445* *not finalized AT&T U-verse 691 (HD 1691)
On FOX Sports Midwest Plus in the St. Louis market  Charter 10 or 94 (HD 823)  Cable America-Maryland Heights 12 or 22 Cass-Jerseyville 12 Consolidated 181 Highland 51 (HD 551) HomeTel 196 (HD 100.1) Grafton Technologies 78 (HD 790) HTC 77 (HD 1077) Madison 8 or 26 NewWave-Carlinville, Litchfiel…

BRIEF: NewWave to perform maintenance in Vincennes area tonight

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NewWave Communications will be doing maintenance in the Vincennes service area overnight tonight.
The maintenance is scheduled to take place between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. ET, and will affect all services — cable, internet, and telephone.
For more maintenance and outage information, customers can visit NewWave's System Reliability/Maintenance page, follow the company on Facebook or sign up for text messaging alerts.

Sinclair first quarter net broadcast revenue up 32.5%

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Operating income up nearly $4 million compared to same period in '12

Sinclair Broadcast Group today reported net broadcast revenues from continuing operations rose 32.5% to $252.9 million for the first quarter of 2013.
Sinclair, which owns and/or operates Paducah/Cape Girardeau stations KBSI-FOX 23 and WDKA-My49, St. Louis ABC affiliate KDNL and Nashville's WZTV-FOX 17, WUXP-My30 and WNAB-CW58, had operating income of $63.7 million for the quarter, compared to $59.9 million in the same period in 2012. Net income attributable to the company was $17 million in the three-month period, versus net income of $29.4 million in the prior year period.
"2013 is off to a solid start with $2.5 million of incremental Super Bowl revenues in the first quarter, increased ad spending by our largest advertising category of automotive, and a very good February ratings book that highlighted the importance and popularity of local news," commented David Smith, the company's president a…

New radio translators coming to serve parts of the Tri-State

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If you've been following my daily FCC Reports here at JDTVB, you know that there are some new radio stations coming to some Tri-State communities.  While we don't yet know when these stations will be on the air, we can take a little deeper look at a couple of them:
W253BJ (98.5 FM), Sturgis, Ky.
Hardin, Ky.-based Christian broadcaster Heartland Ministries is bringing its Southern Gospel programming to Union County with this new translator for WVHM (90.5 FM), which is licensed to Benton, Ky. This 19-watt Sturgis translator will broadcast from a tower between U.S. 60 and Kentucky 492 southwest of Morganfield. Heartland also has translators in Madisonville (W206BB, 89.1 FM) and Central City (W278AD, 103.5 FM).  The FCC issued the construction permit for this station on Apr. 24.
W288CK (105.5 FM), Olney, Ill.
Catholic programming from the St. Louis-based Covenant Network will be heard in Olney when this new translator hits the airwaves. With an effective radiated power of 55 watts, …

Katz Radio reports broadcast radio increases reach to 243 million listeners per week

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RADAR report says broadcast radio represents 92.4% of all listening; digital accounts for just 7.6%
Katz Radio Group, the top national sales representation firm in the radio industry, today announced audio listening trends over the past year. In the most recent RADAR findings, the gold standard measurement system for radio, which measure national listening behavior from October 2011 to September 2012, broadcast radio continues to strongly dominate listening – reaching 243 million listeners per week and representing 92.4% of all listening. In comparison, digital listening currently represents only 7.6% of all audio listening.
“The latest findings bear out what we continue to find from all our research – and hear from consumers – that broadcast radio is still by far the overwhelming leader in audio listening,” said Mary Beth Garber, EVP/Radio Analysis and Insights at Katz Radio Group.
“Broadcast radio isn’t losing listeners – in fact just the opposite, which makes it clear that digital…

FCC Report for 4/29/13

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED:

W253BJ, 98.5 FM, Sturgis, Ky.; Heartland Ministries, Inc. CP New Station.

Headlines for 4/29/13: Let the pickups and renewals begin!

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NBC Renews ‘Revolution,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Grimm’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’
NBC has handed the expected early renewals to its stronger drama series: freshmen Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as Parenthood, Grimm and veteran Law & Order: SVU. All have received full-season, 22-episode pickups. [Deadline]
CBS Renews 'Two And A Half Men'
While tweeting that the sitcom would return next season, it didn't address whether the full cast would be back. Angus T. Jones' character is serving in the Army this season and has been somewhat less visible. [AP / TVNewsCheck]
CW orders ‘Vampire Diaries’ spin-off, renews ‘Hart of Dixie’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
A backdoor pilot for a potential “Vampire Diaries” spin-off — titled “The Originals” —aired Thursday night, and less than a day later, CW placed an order for the show’s first season. “As soon as we saw last night’s episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ we knew we wanted more of ‘The Originals,’” CW president Mark Pedo…

SummitMedia's purchase of Cox's Louisville radio stations gets FCC approval

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It's official:  The FCC has given its approval for SummitMedia to purchase Cox Media's radio stations in five markets including Louisville.
The Louisville-market stations are WQNU-103.1 FM, "New Country 103.1," Lyndon, Ky.; WVEZ-106.9 FM, "Lite 106.9," St. Matthews, Ky.; WSFR-107.7 FM, "107.7 The Eagle," Corydon, Ind.; and WRKA-103.9 FM, "Country Legends 103.9," Louisville.
SummitMedia is paying $66.25 million for 23 stations in total.

ICYMI — Week Ending 4/26/13

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FOX44 to air coverage of Guns and Hoses VI

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Show features full coverage of all 12 fights

FOX44 will televise two hours of coverage from Guns and Hoses VI, which took place at the Ford Center on Saturday, Apr. 20. The show will cover all 12 fights from the event, featuring play-by-play and commentary by Jon Prell from 99.5 WKDQ and Ryan O’Bryan from 106.1 Kiss-FM.
This special television coverage begins this Sunday, Apr. 28 at 9 p.m. CT on FOX44.
Guns and Hoses is a charity boxing event benefiting 911 Gives Hope. 911 Gives Hope is a group of Police  Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics from Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in Indiana, and Henderson County in Kentucky, dedicated to improving the lives of children and people with disabilities in the local community.

BRIEF: Nexstar board declares dividend

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Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend is payable on May 31, to shareholders of record as of May 17.
The company announced earlier this week that it, along with Mission, is purchasing CBS44/FOX44 WEVV's parent company, Communications Corp. of America, and White Knight Broadcasting.
Nexstar will report its first quarter earnings on May 8.

Headlines for 4/26/13

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Time Warner Cable Shifts Away From 'Triple Play'
Time Warner Cable, the second-largest U.S. cable provider, will no longer aggressively push "triple play" packages of internet, video and voice on its customers, moving away from the long-held industry practice of bundling the services together. [Reuters]
Online Soap Revival Begins On Monday
After being canceled by ABC in 2011, All My Children will be back starting Monday with much of its august cast intact, but this time it will be online. Joining AMC the same day will be One Life to Live, another venerable soap cut down by ABC after 44 seasons. [AP/TVNewsCheck]
GOP Pollster Frank Luntz Criticizes 'Problematic' Talk Radio
In a "secret tape" of an off-the-record presentation to University of Pennyslvania students leaked to Mother Jones magazine, Republican consultant and pollster Frank Luntz criticized conservative talk radio for polarizing political discourse and being "problematic" for the R…

FCC Report for 4/25/13

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED:

W288CK, 105.5 FM, Olney, Ill.; Covenant Network. CP New Station.

Time Warner Cable 1Q profit up 5% over last year

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Revenue rises 6.6% to $5.48 billion despite continued loss of video subscribers

Time Warner Cable reported its first quarter earnings on Thursday morning. The country's second-largest cable provider brought in higher revenue compared to the same period in 2012.

For the quarter, the company reported a profit of $401 million, or $1.34 a share, up 5% from $382 million, or $1.20 a share, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings rose to $1.41 a share from $1.30. Revenue jumped 6.6% to $5.48 billion.
Programming costs continued to climb, as they do throughout the industry; for TWC, the hike was 6.8%.
Time Warner Cable's residential-services business shed 119,000 video subscribers in the quarter along with 35,000 voice subscribers.  An increase of 131,000 broadband subscribers partially offset those losses.
Despite the loss in subscribers, those who remain are generating more income for TWC.  Residential revenue rose 4% to $4.61 billion, but as was suggested earlier this week by Moody's …

Headlines for 4/25/13

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Latest Xbox Version To Roll Out May 21
Microsoft’s Larry Hryb said on his blog the May 21 announcement will be held on the Microsoft campus and be simulcast on Spike TV and Xbox’s online outlets. “On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox and give you a real taste of the future,” he wrote. [Deadline]
'Oz' Facing Challenges On Renewals For 2014
Long after other top-rated syndicated talk shows like CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil and Warner Bros.’ Ellen have completed renewal deals with their broadcast outlets for fall 2014 and beyond, Sony Pictures Television's Dr. Oz is just getting started. [TVNewsCheck]
Television Company Belo Corp. Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2013
The parent company of Louisville's WHAS11 reported total revenue of $160.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.4 million, or 2.8%, higher than the first quarter of 2012. [Press Release]
Meredith Delivers Strong Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter And Nine Month Results
Meredith Corp.'s Loca…

QUOTABLE: What the newsmakers in TV and radio have been saying this week

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In this new JDTVB feature, you'll find some of the most notable quotes from the stories I've been following throughout the week.
“The transaction announced today again highlights Nexstar’s role in the industry as a leading consolidator of stations in mid-sized markets through accretive transactions.” PERRY SOOK, chairman/president/CEO, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, on his company's purchase of Communications Corp. of America, which was announced Wednesday
“Rookie mistake ... I'm a free agent. Can't help but laugh at myself and stay positive. Wish I didn't trip over my 'freaking shoes' out of the gate.” A.J. CLEMENTE, rookie anchor who dropped both F- and S-bombs as his first words on air at a North Dakota TV station last weekend; Clemente was fired but has become the toast of morning and late-night TV
“I know Rick Perry. He’s a big talker. I think people saw that in the presidential campaign.” ILLINOIS GOVERNOR PAT QUINN, on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's ad campa…

UPDATED: Nexstar and Mission to acquire WEVV parent company for $270 million

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UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Folks, there has already been quite a bit of speculation as to what might happen now that this deal has been announced. At this point, that's understandable. But it's really too early to guess what will happen.

At this point, it would be irresponsible for me to even attempt to tell you what I think might happen, and that's because I don't have all the answers. When I know those answers, I'll of course share them as soon as I can.

Let's not forget that the most important detail of what's to come, whatever its end result, is that it's quite possible that a number of our friends and neighbors will be affected by the changes ahead, so out of respect for them, I prefer not to engage in discussions of "what might be" or "what could happen" until we get some more details.


PREVIOUSLY: WEHT owner Nexstar Broadcasting is buying again ― and, if the deal receives FCC approval, the company will control three local TV stations.

Thi…

FCC Report for 4/24/13

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FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED:
WIHM-FM, 88.1 FM, Harrisburg, Ill.; Covenant Network. License to cover.FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT RECEIVED:
NEW, 105.5 FM, Woodland Hills, Ky.; Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc. Engineering Amendment filed 4/19/2013.

Headlines for 4/24/13

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ABC Calls Online Soaps Lawsuit ‘Baseless’
ABC responded to the lawsuit filed last week by studio Prospect Park seeking $25 million in damages — which alleged the network maliciously killed three “One Life to Live” characters to sabotage its online resurrection of the show — terming the legal action “baseless.” [Variety]
CNN in talks with Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter for new 'Crossfire' show
Struggling CNN wants to relaunch one of its most famous shows — Crossfire — which pitted a liberal pundit against a conservative one on the political issues of the day. Now comes word that the network wants former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter for the show. [Politico]
F-bomb anchor: Watching viral clip 'was gut-wrenching'
Watching his profanity-laced flub for the first time was "gut-wrenching," fired local anchor A.J. Clemente told Today Wednesday. [NBC/Today]

Restaurants: Need help in the kitchen? FOX's Kitchen Nightmares wants you!

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FOX's popular Kitchen Nightmares, hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, is looking for its next round of cast members — and if you own a restaurant, you could be on the show.
If you have a restaurant or would like to nominate one that needs Gordon's help, you can call (310) 313-9100 or email the show at kitchennightmares@theconlincompany.com to give them more info.
More information about the casting call can be found at FOX 44's website.

Get ready: Moody's Investors Service sees Big Cable getting bigger

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In effort to lure commercial customers away from phone companies, new report predicts cable's biggest companies will snap up smaller providers

Moody's Investors Service is out with a new report today, reports Deadline, that indicates cable's biggest companies —— like Time Warner Cable and others —— will get even bigger over the next five years.
But it's not residential growth they're after - it's the lucrative commercial market. “Business services, primarily including voice and data, will be the largest single growth driver for cable over the next decade as residential services growth stagnates,” says Moody's senior VP Neil Begley.
Moody's expects that commercial growth to lead to more takeovers by companies like Time Warner Cable of smaller firms like Charter and Cox, which don't have the economies of scale needed to build their business against telecom firms.
Here in the Tri-State, this report's predictions are no great surprise —— we've al…

Investor sues to stop Sinclair takeover of Fisher Communications

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Claims $41/share isn't enough
An investor who holds shares of Fisher Communications has filed a lawsuit against the company in effort to halt its recently-announced takeover by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
The suit was announced Tuesday morning by Shareholders Foundation and the plaintiff was not named.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by agreeing to sell the company too cheaply via an unfair process to Sinclair.
Earlier this month, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and Fisher Communications announced that they had entered into a merger agreement whereby Sinclair will acquire Fisher in a merger transaction valued at approximately $373.3 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Fisher Communications shareholders will receive $41.00 in cash for each share of Fisher Communications common stock they own.
However, the plaintiff claims that the $41/share offer is too low and undervalues the company. Indeed, after the takeover news shares of Fisher Co…

Gannett reports 1Q revenue

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TV revenue of $185.5 million is up 8.5% from last year
Gannett Co., which owns St. Louis TV station KSDK 5 as well as newspapers The Indianapolis Starand the Louisville Courier-Journal, today reported first quarter results that included television revenues of $185.5 million, 8.5% higher compared to $170.9 million in the first quarter a year ago.
Publishing segment revenues in the quarter totaled $871.2 million compared to $874.1 million in the first quarter last year, a decline of just 0.3% as the all access content subscription model has seen circulation increase. Domestic publishing revenues were up slightly in the first quarter, the first increase since mid-2006. 
An increase of 58.7% in retransmission revenue and a 2.3% increase in core advertising revenues more than offset lower advertising associated with the move of the Super Bowl broadcast to the company's six CBS stations from its 12 NBC stations and a decrease in political spending of $3.4 million.
Excluding political var…

TUESDAY TIME MACHINE: April 18, 2008 at 4:36 a.m. on 14WFIE

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Five years ago last week, a good many Tri-Staters were roused from their slumber by a magnitude-5.4 earthquake that was centered between West Salem and Mt. Carmel, Ill.
The quake, which hit at 4:36 a.m. CT, damaged homes and buildings and sent highway engineers scrambling to check on area roads and bridges.
Meanwhile, on the west side of Evansville at the studios of 14WFIE, Byron Douglas and Beth Sweeney were just minutes into the first half-hour of 14 News Sunrise.  Here's video of what happened next (from YouTube user musicmaker85):

"Texas Wide Open for Business" ad campaign to steal Illinois jobs gets chilly reception in Prairie State

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Perry using radio spot, other tools to draw Illinois companies to the Lone Star State; Ill. governor and treasurer not amused
So, have you heard the new radio ad from Texas Gov. Rick Perry that's running in Illinois?
You know, this one, in which the Lone Star State's top Republican offers Illinois employers an "emergency exit" from Illinois' woes via a move to his state.
Between that ad and this print one, as well as a website, Perry suggests that Illinois' business environment is "designed for [business owners] to fail."
Perry's approach isn't exactly a new one, although it's more overt than the one that former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels pulled a couple of years ago when he compared Illinois to "The Simpsons." And it's not earning the one-time presidential candidate many friends in Springfield or elsewhere.
“We don’t need any advice from Gov. Perry,” said Illinois' chief executive, Gov. Pat Quinn, who told The State Jo…

KET's Goodman to interview Ky.'s representatives in Washington for special editions of One to One

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KET’s public affairs team has traveled to Washington to sit down with Kentucky’s congressional delegates for special editions of One to One with Bill Goodman, where they will discuss issues topping their priority lists and how they will impact the nation and Kentucky.
These specials will air Monday through Thursday nights beginning May 13 at 5:30 p.m. CT (6:30 ET) on KET. The schedule of programs is as follows:
Monday, May 13 — Sen. Mitch McConnellTuesday, May 14 — Sen. Rand PaulWednesday, May 15 — Rep. Ed Whitfield Thursday, May 16 — Rep. Brett Guthrie Monday, May 20 — Rep. John Yarmuth Tuesday, May 21 — Rep. Thomas Massie Wednesday, May 22 — Rep. Hal Rogers Thursday, May 23 — Rep. Andy Barr
In addition, compilations of Goodman’s interviews with Congressional delegates will air at One to One’s regular time on Sundays, May 19 through June 2 at noon CT (1 p.m. ET) on KET.

FCC Report for 4/22/13

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FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED:

W229BN, 93.7 FM, Carbondale, Ill.; Community Broadcasting, 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.

Headlines for 4/22/13

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Sony Pictures TV Slates Fall Debut for getTV Movie-Classics Net
Sony Pictures Television Networks this fall will introduce getTV, a broadcast digital subchannel stocked with 3,500-plus movies from Sony’s studio archives, and announced an initial pact with UnivisionDavid Television Group to carry the new diginet in 24 markets. [Variety]
CBS invests in TV-streaming tech provider Syncbak
CBS has made an investment in Syncbak, the company said today, giving it a minority stake in the television-streaming technology provider as it continues its focus on mobile. Syncbak, a privately held company founded in 2009, makes location-based authentication technology that allows local television stations to stream their signals to in-market customers. [CNET]
NBC Pulls Eva Longoria's 'Ready for Love' From Schedule
Eva Longoria-produced dating series, "Ready for Love," didn't make a love connecton with viewers. NBC has pulled it from the Tuesday schedule. The network is moving …

UPDATE: FOX's national coverage of Royals/Red Sox canceled

UPDATE, 11:11 p.m.:  FOX's national coverage of the Royals/Red Sox game has been canceled.

In recognition of the Boston Marathon tragedy, FOX Sports will offer national coverage of tomorrow's Kansas City Royals/Boston Red Sox game from Fenway Park.
FOX Sports will be on-air at 11:30 a.m. CT / 12:30 p.m. ET with live pregame coverage featuring the National Anthem and pregame ceremonies followed by the start of the Royals/Red Sox game at noon CT / 1 ET. FOX Sports will offer national coverage of the Red Sox until 2 p.m. CT / 3 ET at which point some stations will be tossed to regional coverage of MN @ CHWS, DET @ LAA, or WASH @ NYM.

ICYMI — Week Ending 4/19/13

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FCC Report for 4/19/13

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

NEW, 92.3 FM, Louisville, Ky.; Charles M. Anderson. Engineering Amendment filed 4/16/2013.
LOW POWER FM APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY APPLICATION FOR REVIEW:

WFBR-LP, 93.9 FM, Mt. Washington, Ky.; First Baptist Church Mt. Washington. Low Power FM minor change in licensed facilities. Application for Review Filed 10/23/2008 by CC Licenses, LLC dismissed per petitioner's request.

NBC announces 2013 Sunday Night Football schedule

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NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games on Sunday Night Football during the 2013 season, highlighted by: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos hosting the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens on NFL Kickoff 2013 on Thursday, September 5; a classic NFC East rivalry as the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in the opening Sunday Night Football game on September 8; Manning returning home to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts; and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated AFC North rivalry Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens.
Highlights of the 2013 Sunday Night Football schedule include: 19 primetime games, including the NFL’s opening game of the season, NFL Kickoff 2013 and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game; Every 2012 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football; 16 of NBC’s 18 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 10 of 18 include two playoff teams (Week 17 game TBD); Three games each for th…