Showing posts from May, 2013

BRIEF: Cardinals doubleheader on Saturday

Due to Friday night's rainout in St. Louis, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
Geoff Goldman of FOX Sports Midwest tells me that his network will televise the first game of the doubleheader, and coverage of that game will begin at noon CT.
The second game, which will be played tomorrow evening, will be on the FOX network as previously scheduled. (Check your local listings.)

BRIEF: LIN, TWC reach retransmission deal

WTHI-TV will remain on cable in Terre Haute area

A little more than a week ago, I told you that Time Warner Cable and LIN Media were having trouble reaching a new deal for the cable company to continue carrying LIN's stations, including Terre Haute CBS/FOX affiliate WTHI-TV.
This afternoon, we've received word that the two sides have cut a deal and the LIN stations will remain available to TWC customers without interruption.
Details of the new agreement were not disclosed.

David Shepherd returns to the Tri-State

Former Eyewitness News anchor/reporter to be news director at WMSK Radio in Morganfield

Just two months after departing WEHT/WTVW to return to the Washington, D.C. area, David Shepherd is back in the Tri-State and will once again be reporting on the news.
Shepherd, who was an anchor and reporter for Eyewitness News, will be the new news director at WMSK (sports-formatted 1550 AM and country 101.3 FM) in Morganfield, Ky., according to the station's Facebook page:
Welcome back, David!

ICYMI — Week Ending 5/31/13


Charlie Sheen's coming back to broadcast TV, but just for 4 episodes

FOX to air 2 original episodes and 2 reruns of actor's FX series, Anger Management, in June

Say goodbye to reruns of The Mindy Project for a while — Charlie Sheen is coming to FOX.
Sheen's program, Anger Management, which is on FX, will get a four-week gig on the broadcast network in June. The move comes as FX hopes to bolster the show's sagging ratings, which have fallen by half this season.
The show will air Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. CT / 9:30 ET on FOX44, WTHI-MyFox10, WDRB, KTVI-FOX 2, KBSI-FOX23, WBKO-FOX and WZTV-FOX17.

NOAA Weather Radio station in Newton off air again, this time for power issue

Yesterday, it was a phone line, today it's a power failure, but the end result is the same:  Some Tri-Staters are again without NOAA Weather Radio coverage as the Newton, Ill. transmitter, KXI-48, is off the air.
The National Weather Service office in Central Illinois reports that technicians are on the scene and looking into the problem.  No word yet on a timetable for getting it back on the air.
In the Tri-State, the Newton transmitter serves Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland and Wayne counties in Southeastern Illinois.

Headlines for 5/31/13

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Fridays, we'll continue to run the original Headlines format of a single edition.  The Morning and Evening editions will be back on Monday and will run through Thursday each week.

Shepherd is WMSK's New News Director
Former Eyewitness News reporter/anchor David Shepherd is back in the Tri-State and is the new news director at WMSK-AM/FM in Morganfield.  He'll be on the air with all the news in Union County starting Monday. [WMSK on Facebook]
Blake Shelton's Tornado Relief Concert Raises $6 Million Organizers of a televised benefit concert say they raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales to help people in Oklahoma trying to recover after a deadly tornado last week. A spokeswoman for the United Way of Central Oklahoma reported the updated figures Thursday after the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" hosted by Blake Shelton and televised live on NBC. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Will Talk Radio Be An Early Target Fo…

Wheel of Fortune contestant solves her way to a $1 million bonus round win

Win comes during Wheel's “Celebrating 30” theme week, which highlights the game show’s 30th season

On Thursday night, Autumn Erhard became the second contestant to win the one million dollar grand prize on Wheel of Fortune
“I am in complete and utter shock,” said the newly minted millionaire. “I’m shaking. I came here today because I love the game, I wanted to have some fun and solve some puzzles – I feel like I’m in a dream!”
Dominant through the entire game, Erhard finished the regular round of play with more than $30,000 in cash and prizes including trips to Belize and Arizona. Comparatively, her competitors finished with $2,000 and $1,000. She also carried the “Wild Card” with her into the bonus round, which gave her the opportunity to guess an additional consonant. Although there were only a few letters revealed, she solved the final puzzle, “Tough Workout,” with ease.
Erhard’s big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Celebrating 30” theme week, which highlights the game sho…

Evening Headlines for 5/30/13

NAB To FCC: ACA Wrong On Retrans
The National Association of Broadcasters struck back at cable operators that have been pressing the FCC to lessen broadcasters' leverage in retransmission consent negotiations. In comments filed with the FCC yesterday, the broadcast trade group challenged the operators' contention that broadcasters representing multiple stations through ownership or contractual arrangements had undue leverage. [TVNewsCheck]

Newspaper Still Crushes Radio in Ad Dollars
Tech analyst turned VC Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins delivered her much-anticpated annual "State of the Internet" presentation on Wednesday and, while the majority of the 117 slides in Meeker's presentation focused on the explosive growth of Facebook, picture sharing, and video downloading, one slide focused on time spent with traditional media and how that's compared to ad dollars spent on that media. [Radio Ink]
Powerline Returns to the Airwaves
The Tom Kent Radio Network has ann…

BRIEF: Newton, Ill. NOAA Weather Radio transmitter down

UPDATE #2, 9:08 p.m., again from Central Illinois:
The major communications problem that impacted several central Illinois NOAA Weather Radio transmitter sites today has been resolved. Verizon technicians have completed testing and all sites are now back on the air and broadcasting normally. Thank you for your patience during this outage.

ST. LOUIS: Conners files discrimination complaint against KMOV

UPDATE, 12:05 p.m. FRIDAY:In a conversation with Riverfront Times Thursday afternoon, KMOV GM Mark Pimentel said that the station denies Conners' claims. "We disagree strongly with all of his allegations," Pimentel told RFT.

When it came to the arbitration over Conners' salary, Pimentel added that it was handled by a neutral party. "The arbitration process was confidential and private and we honored that," Pimentel says. "But in light of Mr. Conners' election not to, we believe it's appropriate to point out that after a full two days of arbitration, the arbiter found no merit whatsoever to Larry's claims and ruled in favor of KMOV on all counts."

The saga continues ...

NBC and Golf Channel to present more than 70 hours of coverage of the U.S. Open June 9-16

Unprecedented television coverage dedicated to the 2013 U.S. Open Championship is on tap for golf fans, with NBC and Golf Channel scheduled to present more than 70 live hours of tournament and news coverage, June 9-16.
“Golf Channel on NBC” will present 17 hours of live tournament coverage of the season’s second major championship Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16, from famed Merion Golf Club, located in Ardmore, Pa., just outside Philadelphia. Complementing NBC’s live coverage, Golf Channel will air 56 hours of wraparound programming and an original documentary, 1971 U.S. OPEN: LEE TREVINO AN AMERICAN CHAMPION, chronicling Trevino’s dramatic U.S. Open playoff victory over Jack Nicklaus at Merion in 1971.
NBCU digital properties –,, and mobile applications NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra – are teaming up to provide the most comprehensive digital coverage of the U.S. Open to date.
Bob Costas will reprise his role as network host when “Golf Chann…

FCC Report for 5/30/13

WEBQ, 1240 AM, Harrisburg, Ill.; W. Russell Withers, Jr. Direct Measurement.FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL GRANTED:
WXBC, 104.3 FM, Hardinsburg, Ky.; Breckinridge Broadcasting Co., Inc. Voluntary Transfer of Control, as amended, from Jo Ann Keenan to Lee Bramlett.FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED:
W238BV, 95.7 FM, Glasgow, Ky.; Newberry Broadcasting, Inc. Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign W238BV. W258AJ, 99.5 FM, Paris, Tenn.; Board of Regents, Murray State University. Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign W258AJ.

Morning Headlines for 5/30/13

Low premieres for ABC and CBS shows
Summer shows continued to generate relatively low ratings with the debut of CBS’s new “Brooklyn D.A.” and return of ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” (formerly called “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.”) [Media Life]
E! to Air 'Access Hollywood Live' in Daytime Slot
E! has picked up syndicated entertainment news show "Access Hollywood Live," TheWrap has learned exclusively. Hosted by Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, the "Access Hollywood" daytime spinoff will begin airing daily starting June 10 on the cable channel at 3 p.m./2c, an E! representative told TheWrap. [TheWrap]
Bott Radio Network joins iHeartRadio
The 93 stations of Christian Talk Radio Network, Bott Radio, can now be heard on iHeartRadio. BRN CEO Rich Bott said, "We're delighted to expand the reach of our programming to serve an ever-expanding audience with this new, incredibly large and diverse digital platform." Bott's stations in St. Louis, Nashvi…

Evening Headlines for 5/29/13

Netflix Stock Sinks On 'Arrested' Reviews
Netflix's stock fell by more than 6% Tuesday as investors reacted to critics' mixed reviews over the weekend of the first new Arrested Development episodes since Fox canceled the TV series seven years ago. The shares shed $14.55 to close at $214.19, marking the biggest one-day drop in the stock in nearly six months. [AP/TVNewsCheck]
CNN hires Kevin Madden, Stephanie Cutter
CNN has hired two star strategists of the 2012 presidential race to serve as contributors: Stephanie Cutter, the former deputy campaign manager for Obama 2012, and Kevin Madden, who served as a senior advisor to and spokesman for Mitt Romney. [Politico]
Larry King Gets Talk Show On RT America Network
Larry King is returning to TV with a political talk show beginning next month. The new program, "Politics With Larry King," will air on the RT America network, a global, English-language channel based in Russia, the network announced Wednesday. No premier…

Change is in — and on — the air at WNIN

There are big changes underway at the Carpenter Home studios of Evansville's public broadcasting organization, WNIN.
A NEW FACE AT THE TOP First, and perhaps most importantly, June is David Dial's last month as WNIN's president and general manager, and his replacement, Brad Kimmel, will begin his tenure at the station working alongside Dial next week.
Dial is retiring after 45 years in public broadcasting, the last 30 of those in Evansville.  Kimmel, who has nearly three decades' experience in public and commercial TV, is known to many as the creator of the popular My Classic Car series, hosted by Dennis Gage.
SCHWEIZER DEPARTING Another transition at WNIN comes as Micah Schweizer prepares to leave for Laramie, Wyo., where he will become Wyoming Public Media's Cultural Affairs and Production Director. WPM is based at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Schweizer, who now hosts Morning Edition and the popular Friday program The Trend on 88.3 FM, has been with WNIN …

Harris to host Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS Sept. 22

HIMYM star will also host Tony Awards June 9

Neil Patrick Harris has been named host and producer of the65th Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast from Nokia Theater L.A. live in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS. This will be the multi-talented television, film and stage actor’s second time hosting the Emmy Awards, which he emceed to critical acclaim when the program last aired on CBS in 2009. 
“Neil is the quintessential host – engaging, entertaining and a true showman – with a passion for celebrating the medium we all love. We’re thrilled for him to return for CBS’s broadcast of the Emmy Awards,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.
“Four years ago, Neil was an amazing Emmy host and we are excited to have him back,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Neil is an extremely gifted and inventive performer, and we look forward to seeing what he has in store this year.”
“I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting this year's Emmy A…

FCC Report for 5/29/13

W284AD, 104.7 FM, New Albany, Ind.; Anchor Radio of Louisville, LLC. Minor change in licensed facilities, callsign W284AD. Engineering Amendment filed 12/05/2012.FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR RENEWAL APPLICATION GRANT RESCINDED:
WISU, 89.7 FM, Terre Haute, Ind.; Indiana State University Board of Trustees. Renewal of License. Grant rescinded per S. 1.113(a) at applicant request. No letter sent.

Morning Headlines for 5/29/13

EDITOR'S  NOTE:Beginning this morning, there will be two editions of Headlines each weekday, morning and evening, as long as there are items of interest to share.
Woo Hoo! ‘Simpsons’ Theme Park Coming to Universal Orlando
Forget any talk of Oregon. Now it seems the Simpsons’ home is in Florida. Universal Studios has announced that our favorite Springfieldians are expanding their reach at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. [Variety]
Journal Communications Names Turner VP
Journal Communications on Tuesday named Debbie Turner, president-GM of the company’s CBS affiliate WTVF NewsChannel5 in Nashville, was named a new vice president of the company at the annual meeting of shareholders on May 7. [TVNewsCheck]
Court Overturns FCC Order For Comcast To Take Tennis Channel Off Sports Tier
The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. shot down the FCC’s ruling last year that would have required Comcast to take Tennis Channel off of an extra-fee sports tier so it could compete more equally with the cab…

FCC Report for 5/28/13

WISU, 89.7 FM, Terre Haute, Ind.; Indiana State University Board of Trustees. Renewal of License. Grant rescinded per S. 1.113(a) at applicant request. No letter sent.FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT GRANTED:
W19DL-D, ch. 19, Evansville, Ind.; EICB-TV East, LLC. Extension of time to complete digital construction permit BNPDTL-20091210ADR.FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
WBFK, 91.1 FM, Smiths Grove, Ky.; Grace Community Church of Amarillo. Voluntary Assignment of License from Grace Community Church of Amarillo to Bethel Fellowship, Inc.FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
WTRT, 88.1 FM, Benton, Ky.; Heartland Ministries, Inc. License to cover.FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPT…

BRIEF: Transmitter problem knocked WITZ-FM off air

Jasper station will have to again go off-air temporarily when new parts arrive
Jasper, Ind. station WITZ-FM (104.7) was off the air from Monday evening until Tuesday morning following a problem with the station's transmitter, the station reports this morning.
The failure, which did not affect 104.7's sisters WITZ (990 AM) or WQKZ (98.5 FM), happened at about 5:30 p.m. ET Monday evening.
New parts have been ordered and will require the station to go off the air again for installation once they arrive.

Headlines for 5/28/13

10 Fans Hurt By FOX Camera Rope At Race
Ten fans were injured Sunday night when a nylon rope from a FOX Sports overhead camera fell over the Charlotte Motor Speedway grandstands, red-flagging the Coca-Cola 600 for nearly 30 minutes. [AP/TVNewsCheck]
Mariska Hargitay Closes Deal To Return To ‘Law & Order: SVU’
After a couple of weeks of negotiations, Mariska Hargitay has closed a new deal for the upcoming 15th season of NBC's Law & Order: SVU. [Deadline]
ESPN Radio Inks Out-Of-Market Sunday Afternoon Broadcast Deals With 5 NFL Teams
ESPN Radio has inked deals for out-of-market Sunday afternoon game broadcasts for the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. [All Access]
Harvey to Host 100 Young Men at Mentoring Camp
Syndicated radio and TV host Steve Harvey will host an even bigger program this year for his annual national Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men in Dallas, with a six-day program through Father's Day…

WFMW adds FM translator, changes focus to "Classic Hit Country"

Other changes include moving midday news to noon and the addition of two new syndicated shows to the weekend lineup
Madisonville radio station WFMW (730 AM) is making a few big changes.
Starting today, the Sound Broadcasters, Inc.-owned station is changing its brand from “America’s Music Radio” to “Classic Hit Country.” The format stays country music, but now the selection of hits focuses in on those from the '70s, '80s and '90s.
And that's not all: For about a week now, WFMW has not only been broadcasting on its longtime home at 730 on the AM dial, but now it's also on 94.9 FM, courtesy of the station's recently-installed translator, W235AC.  "We are very pleased with our [FM] signal reaching all of Hopkins, McLean and Webster Counties, as well as northern Christian County and Muhlenberg County, eastern Caldwell County, southeastern Crittenden County and western Ohio County," station management said in a statement.
WFMW is also making some other mino…

ICYMI — Memorial Weekend 2013 Edition (Week Ending 5/24)

In Case You Missed It, all of this week's news headlines can be found below for your convenience.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter and "Like" my Facebook page for more news and information as well as my thoughts on a host of different topics.
I'll be taking Monday off to spend with my family in observance of Memorial Day.  Regular updating will resume on Tuesday, so I'll see you then!  Please be sure to pause this weekend to remember those who gave their lives in sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy.

FCC Report for 5/24/13

Headlines for 5/24/13 14 NEWS and WIKY teaming up with The Salvation Army to respond to the Moore, Okla. tornado

PBS KIDS offers free resources to fuel learning this summer
FCC Report for 5/23/13
Sinclair makes big jump in TVNewsCheck-BIA/Kelsey's top 30 station group rankings
Headlines for 5/23/13 BREAKING: KMOV's Larry Conners ousted after Facebook comments

Q102 unveils new website, updated iPhone app and more
WEVV to honor the Top of the Class…

FCC Report for 5/24/13

DIGITAL TRANSLATOR OR DIGITAL LPTV APPLICATIONS FOR CP EXTENSION ACCEPTED FOR FILING: W14DG-D, ch. 14, Bowling Green, Ky.; Madison Avenue Ventures. Extension of time to complete digital construction permit. Applicant notes that this is the second (of two allowable) extension requests, and that it has secured a network affiliation and quotes on broadcast equipment. Applicant is also working on terms for a "cost-effective" tower lease. W35CT-D, ch. 35, Bowling Green, Ky.; Madison Avenue Ventures. Extension of time to complete digital construction permit. See W14DG-D above for further information. COMMENTS INVITED ON APPLICATION OF INSIGHT PHONE OF INDIANA, LLC D/B/A INSIGHT PHONE TO DISCONTINUE DOMESTIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES On May 2, 2013, Insight Phone of Indiana, LLC d/b/a Insight Phone (Insight or Applicant), located at 60 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) requesting authority, under …

Headlines for 5/24/13

Are The Cubs Killing WGN?
What will it take to bring WGN back to its glory days? It's one thing when you're a recognized sports station carrying play-by-play of a winning major market sports franchise. It's another when you're a hybrid news and sports station and one of the teams you carry is as consistently awful as the Chicago Cubs (currently 18 wins and 28 losses, with the team in last place). [Radio Ink]
Fired Anchor Larry Conners Explores Legal Action Against KMOV
An attorney for former KMOV anchor Larry Conners has notified the St. Louis CBS affiliate that “legal action relating to the termination of Mr. Conners’ employment” is possible. In a letter sent to KMOV general manager Mark Pimentel Thursday, an attorney for Conners requested the station “carefully preserve and not destroy any and all papers, records and documents relating to Mr. Conners’ employment and termination.” [TVSpy]
WFNI Adds 'Ahead Of The Curve With Hagan And Sterling'
As hinted when Kent…

14 NEWS and WIKY teaming up with The Salvation Army to respond to the Moore, Okla. tornado

Tri-State Rebuilding Oklahoma Strong event is Friday at The Salvation Army's Fulton Ave. location

This Friday, May 24, WFIE 14 NEWS and WIKY Radio will begin at 4:55 a.m. at The Salvation Army's 1040 Fulton Avenue location in Evansville.  This one day television/radio event is to encourage those who want to give online or by calling (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769) to meet the critical and unique needs of in the Oklahoma area.  People can also text the word "STORM" to 80888  to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm their gift, respond with the word "Yes."
Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army P.O. Box 12600 Oklahoma City, OK  73157
Coordinating with Moore local and Oklahoma state emergency management, The Salvation Army is on the ground with multiple canteens and personnel serving survivors and first responders with food, beverages and spiritual su…

PBS KIDS offers free resources to fuel learning this summer

Multiplatform content and partnership activities provide families with tools to prevent the “summer slump” and inspire exploration 

This summer, PBS KIDS will provide families with a variety of free and educational resources to encourage young learners to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation. Research shows that students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities. To combat this summer slump, PBS KIDS has developed 10 weeks of special on-air programming, a variety of online resources, and partnerships with Pottery Barn Kids,, Scholastic and
“PBS KIDS and our member stations are providing families with a wealth of resources and partnerships to keep children engaged and learning this summer,” said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of children’s programming for PBS. “The summer is a great time for …

FCC Report for 5/23/13

WENO, 760 AM, Nashville, Tenn.; WENO, Inc. Voluntary Assignment of License from WENO, Inc. to Broady Media Group, LLC.DIGITAL TV APPLICATIONS FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL ACCEPTED FOR FILING:
WLKY-TV, ch. 26, Louisville, Ky.; WLKY Hearst Television Inc. Voluntary Transfer of Control from Hearst Holdings, Inc. to Hearst Communications, Inc.

Sinclair makes big jump in TVNewsCheck-BIA/Kelsey's top 30 station group rankings

Rapidly-expanding company rises from sixth to third as it continues to gobble up stations

TVNewsCheck and BIA/Kelsey are out this morning with their annual list of the top 30 TV station ownership groups by estimated revenue, and Sinclair Broadcast Group has made a huge jump in the rankings.
The company, which owns and/or operates stations in the Paducah/Cape Girardeau/Harrisburg market (KBSI and WDKA), St. Louis (KDNL) and Nashville (WZTV, WUXP and WNAB), rose from sixth to third, behind only the FOX and CBS owned-and-operated stations.  According to estimates, the company took in nearly $1.2 billion for 2012.
Other companies which own stations in our part of the country, including Raycom, Nexstar and others are also on the list.  Find out where they stand after the jump.

Headlines for 5/23/13

NBC Plans Blake Shelton Tornado Benefit Next Week
The Voice judge and Oklahoma native wants to put together a relief concert in support of victims of the massive Oklahoma tornado that hit earlier this week, killing dozens. Now NBC is working fast to make it happen. [Deadline]
Discovery to Launch 'TestTube' Online Video Network
Discovery Communications is launching its first online video network, with original series available free, hoping to capture younger viewers harder to reach through traditional TV. The new online network dubbed TestTube will run 15 original online shows, available free on platforms like YouTube, Xbox and its own website. [Wall Street Journal] [WARNING: $$$ PAYWALL $$$]
Piers Morgan Writing Book About Life At CNN
Piers Morgan is going behind the scenes.The host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" has a deal with Gallery Books for "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney." Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced…

BREAKING: KMOV's Larry Conners ousted after Facebook comments

Former anchor said IRS "started hammering" him after interview with President Obama, when the truth was a little different

UPDATE, 6:10 p.m.: There is now a full interview with Larry Conners at KMOX's website.  Click here to listen to that.

PREVIOUSLY: On Wednesday afternoon, KMOV anchor/reporter Larry Conners called the KMOX (1120 AM) newsroom in St. Louis to inform the radio station that he had been terminated from his job at the Belo-owned CBS TV affiliate.
While he informed the radio station of his dismissal, he did not give an official interview.
Conners' termination comes just days after he was suspended for making comments on his station Facebook page about the IRS and how he believed his troubles with the government agency were tied to an April 2012 interview that Conners did with President Obama.  (Conners later explained that he and his wife did have tax problems for several years before the 2012 interview.)
Here is a statement issued by KMOV's president a…