Showing posts from July, 2013

Evening Headlines — 7/31/13

Comcast Reports 2nd Quarter 2013 Results
Comcast Corporation today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Corporation, said, "We are pleased with our results this quarter. Cable had outstanding growth, particularly in high-speed Internet, and NBCUniversal had strong performance across all of its businesses ... We have a fantastic combination of cable and content businesses with many opportunities ahead." [PRESS RELEASE]
Facebook Said to Plan to Sell TV-Style Ads for $2.5M Each
Facebook Inc. (FB), seeking to break the long-held dominance of television over advertising budgets, plans to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter said. [BLOOMBERG]
Report: Auto advertising in ‘deep transition’
Radio, TV and newspapers will all see their share of automotive ad spending drop this year in what Borrell Associates calls “a true sea change” i…

FCC Report — 7/31/13

Digital Translator or Digital LPTV Applications for Minor Modification to a Construction Permit Accepted for Filing
W33CU-D, ch. 33, Evansville, Ind.; DTV America 1, LLC. Modification of construction permit file number BNPDTL-20090825AZO.FM Translator Applications for Minor Modification to a Construction Permit Accepted for Filing
W240CP, 95.9 FM, Bowling Green, Ky.; Charles M. Anderson. Mod of CP.Digital TV Applications for Renewal Accepted for Filing
WTCT, ch. 17, Marion, Ill.; Tri-State Christian TV, Inc. Renewal of License.Other Items
Media Bureau Announces Filing of Applications to Transfer Control of Local TV Holdings, LLC to Tribune Broadcasting Company II, LLCMedia Bureau Announces FM Translator Auction 83 Filing Window and Filing Procedures (Click Here for Proposals)Media Bureau Announces Permit-But-Disclose Ex Parte Status for Applications Seeking to Transfer Control of Licenses from Shareholders of Belo Corp. to Gannett Co., Inc. and for Applications Seeking to Assign Licenses …

COMMENTARY: As deadline approaches, still no word of a deal between Raycom and Dish

At stake: 14WFIE, KFVS12 and WAVE 3, among others, could be pulled from satellite company's lineup
UPDATE, 11:55 a.m.: Just minutes ago, I received the following email from WFIE Marketing Director Brandon Ridge. If it looks familiar, it's because you've probably seen it before, with limited adjustments for which station is using it:
At WFIE, we are committed to serving the community of the Tri-State with the very best local news and weather, great NBC programming and local community services. We also serve the local business community, providing a critical advertising platform for reaching their customers.As you know, in order to be brought into the homes of our viewers, we need to reach agreements with the cable and satellite companies that serve our market. We are proud of the fact that we have agreements in place with every distributor in our area. Unfortunately we have been unable to reach an agreement with Dish NetworkFor several months, WFIE has been working w…

Journal reports 2Q results; chairman & CEO Smith says it was a "solid" quarter

Total revenue up 6% despite lower political revenue

Journal Communications, Inc., the owner of Nashville CBS affiliate NewsChannel 5 WTVF, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013.
“Journal Communications had a solid second quarter, driven by revenue gains in our broadcast group, as well as improving advertising revenue trends in publishing. Total revenue of $101.2 million was up 6% year over year,” said Steven J. Smith, chairman and CEO of Journal Communications. “Operating earnings decreased 2.6% as lower political revenue offset operating earnings increases in broadcast, driven by NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, as well as higher earnings at our daily newspaper.”
“Within the Broadcast group, we continue to see core revenue growth. On a same-station basis and excluding political advertising, revenue was up 6%, with television up 7% and radio up 5%.
“On the publishing side of the business, we continue to align costs with revenue. An emphasis on cost savings, coup…

Morning Headlines — 7/31/13

Sinclair's Smith Gunning For CNN, Fox News
While the addition of ABC affiliate WJLA Washington to Sinclair's portfolio was the highest-profile part of its purchase of Allbritton Communications' TV group, Sinclair CEO David Smith says what he was really after was the local Washington cable channel NewsChannel 8. He plans to combine it with the news resources of Sinclair's 101 news-producing stations to create a national cable news network with "a unique, customized local presence in our markets and the markets of other broadcasters with which we may partner in the future." [TVNEWSCHECK]
More Big FCC Fines for Children's Television Violations
Fines of $20,000 for violations of the obligations to prepare and file Children’s Television Reports have been flowing out from the FCC as it works its way through license renewal applications filed by television stations over the last year. [BROADCAST LAW BLOG]
Lew Addresses the Rush Situation ... Sort Of
Cumulus CEO Le…

Evening Headlines — 7/30/13

Herb Kaplow, Voice of ABC and NBC News, Dies at 86
Herb Kaplow, a longtime Washington correspondent who brought an authoritative voice to his wide-ranging reporting for NBC News and ABC News for more than four decades, died on Saturday in Arlington, Va. He was 86. [NY TIMES]
Another NBC News streak ends: ABC's 'World News with Diane Sawyer' tops its rival
NBC News has lost its lead in another daypart, at least for one week. ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” finished ahead of NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams” in the key adults 25-54 demographic for the week ended July 28, ending “Nightly’s” 243-week winning streak, which dated back to November 2008. [MEDIA LIFE]

Al Jazeera America Opens 12 US Bureaus
Just over three weeks before its debut, Al Jazeera America today announced that it is going to have an on-the-ground presence in 12 US cities. Along with a bureau in NYC, where the news network will be based, AJAM will have correspondents in Dallas, Denver, LA, Nashvill…

CBS44 WEVV to broadcast recap show of 10th Annual Evansville Half Marathon

Show will feature highlights and coverage of the race
CBS44 WEVV announced Tuesday afternoon that it will televise a recap show of the 10th Annual Evansville Half Marathon presented by German American Bank, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5. The recap show is presented by the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.
The show will feature interviews with the Evansville Half Marathon winners and finishers, and there will be lots of footage of runners and walkers from the day’s event. The show will also offer a look back at the event’s ten year history, and how the race has become an Evansville tradition. The mission-driven programs and services the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana offers to our community will also be featured during the show.
"CBS44 WEVV is proud to offer this programming to the Tri-State’s ever growing community of runners and fitness enthusiasts," said Eric Stremming, WEVV's Creative Services Director.
The hour long recap show of the Evansville Half Marathon is …

FCC Report — 7/30/13

AM Station Applications for Assignment of License Accepted for Filing
KJSL, 630 AM, St. Louis, Mo.; WMUZ Radio, Inc. Voluntary Assignment of License from WMUZ Radio, Inc. to Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc.Digital Translator or Digital LPTV Applications for CP Extension Accepted for Filing
W39CZ-D, ch. 39, Bowling Green, Ky.; King Forward, Inc. Extension of time to complete digital construction permit: BNPDTL-20090825BHX.

LIN Media reports 36% jump in net revenue for 2Q

LIN Media, which owns WTHI-TV, the CBS/FOX affiliate in Terre Haute as well as other stations elsewhere in Indiana (WISH-TV and WNDY in Indianapolis, WLFI in Lafayette and WANE in Ft. Wayne), reported its second quarter results this morning.
Some highlights of the company's report include: Net revenues increased 36% to $164.3 million, compared to $121 million in the second quarter of 2012.Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and television station website revenues, increased 44% to $107.1 million, compared to $74.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.Net national revenues increased 28% to $32.6 million, compared to $25.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.Interactive revenues, which include revenues from LIN Digital, Nami Media, Inc., Dedicated Media, Inc. (“Dedicated Media”) and HYFN, Inc. (“HYFN”), increased 98% to $20.8 million, compared to $10.5 million in the second quarter of 2012. The company acquired a contro…

Belo Corp. reports 2Q earnings

Lower political revenue drags down total revenue by 2.3%

Belo Corp., the parent company of Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS11 and St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV, today reported net earnings per share of 21 cents in the second quarter of 2013 compared to net earnings per share of 24 cents in the second quarter of 2012. The second quarter of 2013 includes costs associated with the company’s impending merger with Gannett of $2.7 million, or 3 cents per share, including an increase in share-based compensation expense related to the increase in the company’s stock price after the merger announcement.
The company's total revenue of $174 million in the second quarter of 2013 was $4.1 million, or 2.3%, lower than the same period last year due to the decrease in political revenue. Excluding political revenue, total revenue was actually 2.5% higher for the quarter compared to the same period in 2012.
For more on Belo's report, click here.

BRIEF: CBS networks back on Time Warner Cable ... for now

UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: As a reminder, the dispute between CBS Corp. and TWC does NOT affect local CBS affiliate stations like WEVV, WTHI-TV, KFVS12, WLKY, KMOV, WNKY-CBS or WTVF. These stations are owned by other companies that are not part of CBS Corp. itself.

After briefly taking Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian off their systems at 11 p.m. CT last night, Time Warner Cable put them back on early this morning.
The cable company and CBS Corporation have agreed to keep talking in hopes that they can reach a new deal before their latest deadline, which is Friday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. CT.
Stay tuned ...

Morning Headlines — 7/30/13

TCA: The CW Renews Revived ‘Whose Line’ For Second Season
After the rebooted version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” secured solid ratings for the net, the CW has invested in a second season of the improv comedy show, ordering 24 new halfhour episodes. [VARIETY]

PBS: Acting Like A Network And A Service
Honey Boo Boo, the management at PBS wants to thank you. You, too, real housewives. And naked castaways, Long Island princesses, breakaway Amish, storage warriors, pawn stars and pickers. People at public television may not want to watch you, but they are happy to see you. [AP/TVNEWSCHECK]
'Mike Huckabee Show' Adds Recurring Guest Roster
Cumulus Media Networks has added a lineup of recurring guests to "The Mike Huckabee Show." [ALL ACCESS]

Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian channels removed from TWC lineups

Cable giant and CBS fail to reach new agreement
CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable negotiated well into the night Monday night, but after extending their deadline several times, ultimately the two sides failed to reach a new agreement for carriage of CBS' owned-and-operated stations in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian on all of TWC's systems across the country.
In our area, the four aforementioned cable networks were slated to be shut off shortly after 11 p.m. CT.
No word yet on if more negotiations are scheduled.

Evening Headlines — 7/29/13

Rush Limbaugh: I’m going nowhere
Rush Limbaugh is dismissing reports his show will be dropped by Cumulus Media stations.  But he said today that his syndicator Premiere Networks is still in talks with Cumulus, explaining, “Negotiations have been taken public by one side.” [INSIDE RADIO]

David 'Kidd' Kraddick died from cardiac disease, La. coroner says
Based on the results of a preliminary autopsy, Jefferson Parish Deputy Coroner Dr. Granville Morse says David "Kidd" Kraddick died of cardiac disease. [THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS]
NBC Entertainment Chief: We Hope Jay Leno Stays
Discussions about the Leno-to-Fallon "Tonight Show" transition started more than two years ago, says Bob Greenblatt, but the Olympics were an irresistible catalyst to launch Fallon. [THR]

A rousing success for CBS, Under the Dome will return for the summer of 2014

Stephen King to write next season's premiere
Under the Dome, television's number-one summer series in viewers and key demographics, will return in summer 2014 with 13 new episodes, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment.
Stephen King, whose bestselling novel is the basis for the series, will write the premiere episode of the second season.
“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester's Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” said Tassler. 

FCC Report — 7/29/13

Digital Translator or Digital LPTV Applications for CP Extension Accepted for Filing
W33CU-D, ch. 33, Evansville, Ind.; DTV America 1, LLC. Extension of time to complete digital construction permit: BNPDTL-20090825AZO. FM Station Applications for Original Construction Permit Received
NEW, 101.1 FM, West Salem, Ill.; VLN Broadcasting, Inc. CP New Station.

Sinclair to buy Allbritton's stations for $985M

Growing TV giant will sell but retain control of four of its own stations to comply with FCC ownership rules as part of the deal

Those who were wondering who would come away with Allbritton Communications' stable of TV stations can wonder no longer:  It's Sinclair.
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday morning that it has reached a deal to buy the seven Allbritton-owned ABC affiliates in Washington, D.C. (WJLA); Birmingham, Ala. (WBMA-LP/WCFT/WJSU); Harrisburg, Pa. (WHTM); Little Rock, Ark. (KATV); Tulsa, Okla. (KTUL); Roanoke, Va. (WSET); and Charleston, S.C. (WCIV).
Also included in the deal is NewsChannel 8, Allbritton's 24-hour cable news network serving the D.C. area.

Morning Headlines — 7/29/13

Cumulus planning to drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday. [POLITICO]

Diginets Reflect TV's Past, Drive Its Future
Multicasting is a growing component of many TV stations' top lines. It's estimated that diginets are delivering at least $200 million in revenue a year. With continued investment, multicasting could be the next great revenue stream. [TVNEWSCHECK COMMENTARY]
Fox Cable Network to Launch in Netherlands
The international networks arm of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox said on Friday that it will launch a general entertainment channel using the Fox name in the Netherlands on Aug. 19. [THR]

Radio host Kidd Kraddick dies at 53

The radio world is mourning the death of longtime Dallas radio host Kidd Kraddick.
Kraddick, who was 53, died Saturday while hosting a golf tournament in New Orleans for his children's charity, Kidd's Kids. “It has been confirmed that Kidd Kraddick passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd’s Kids charity,” Clear Channel Media + Entertainment said in a news release.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
“He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him,” CCM+E's statement read. “Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years, his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children.”
Kraddick's self-titled morning program was heard for several years in the Tri-State on WDKS (106.1 KISS-FM), and in recent months, he could also be seen on the syndic…

ICYMI — Week Ending 7/26/13


ST. LOUIS: Bible Broadcasting Network buying KJSL

Charlotte, N.C.-based Christian broadcaster Bible Broadcasting Network will pay $2 million to buy its way into the St. Louis market, All Accessreports.
BBN has agreed to buy 5,000-watt Christian talk station KJSL(630 AM) from Crawford Broadcasting, which has owned the station once known as KXOK since 1994.
According to the application submitted to the FCC, KJSL will operate as a satellite of BBN's Charlotte, N.C. flagship station, WYFQ. It's not immediately clear what will happen to the local programs now aired on "Truth Talk 630," but given the information in the filing, it would appear they are not long for the air.
BBN has a limited presence in the Tri-State at present; the network owns two low-power FM translators in Jasper and Washington, Ind.; both operate on 89.7 FM. The purchase of KJSL would expand BBN's reach in this region significantly, as KJSL's website boasts of its vast coverage area: "KJSL radio 'Blasts' the truth to half of Miss…

Bob and Sheri re-up with their flagship station

Greater Media announced Friday morning that longtime morning personalities Bob and Sheri have signed a multi-year deal on WLNK-FM in Charlotte, N.C. The duo joined the station back in February of 1992.
Market Manager Rick Feinblatt said, “Bob and Sheri are truly one of the best morning shows in the country. We look forward to having them entertain our valued Charlotte listeners for years to come.”
The Bob & Sheri Show is currently heard on 42 stations across the country, including WTTL-FM (106.9 FM) in Madisonville, Ky.

BRIEF: Nexstar declares quarterly dividend

Nexstar Broadcasting announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents per share of the company's Class A common stock.  The dividend is payable on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, to shareholders of record on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

Winfrey to visit the Late Show on Thursday, Aug. 1

Will be her second visit with Letterman on the program

Renowned talk show host, producer, publisher and actress Oprah Winfrey will visit The Late Show with David Letterman next Thursday, Aug. 1 on CBS. This will mark her second-ever visit to the Late Show, and her first since her much-talked-about appearance on Dec. 1, 2005. 
Winfrey gained international recognition as the host of the multi-award-winning syndicated talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended its run in 2011. The chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions, her film and television production company, she is a noted philanthropist, the publisher of the lifestyle magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, and the chairwoman, CEO and CCO of the cable television network, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which launched Jan. 1, 2011. Winfrey is also an acclaimed actress, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film The Color Purple.
She stars in the upcoming film Lee Daniels’ The Butler as Gloria Gaines, wife of Cecil…

Friday Headlines — 7/26/13

NAB Throws Support Behind Violence Bill
CEO Gordon Smith says it’s in favor of Rockefeller’s Violent Content Research Act of 2013. “Broadcasters support community decency standards attendant to our broadcast licenses.” [TVNEWSCHECK]
CBS, Time Warner Cable Extend Deadline In Distribution Dispute
The parties again have set a new deadline to settle their retransmission consent battle: This time it’s 5PM ET on Monday. The fight involves CBS-owned stations that reach some 3.5M Time Warner Cable homes, primarily in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. [DEADLINE]
Sirius XM revenue jumps 12%
Buoyed by the addition of 715,000 new subscribers in the second quarter, Sirius XM Radio revenue leapt 12% to $940 million from $838 million in the second quarter of 2012. [INSIDE RADIO]
Rep. Mel Watt Announces Another Try At A Performance Royalty Bill
Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) announced Thursday that he plans to introduce another performance royalty bill this year.  Watt has previously introduced similar measures…

A CHANGE AT THE TOP: Glenn Britt to retire as Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO

New boss Robert Marcus, who led TWC's acquisitions of Adelphia and Insight, to take over Jan. 1
Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s chairman and CEO, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of 2013. The cable giant's board of directors, at their regularly scheduled meeting, elected Robert Marcus, currently the company’s president and COO, to succeed Britt, who will remain on the board in a non-executive role.
Marcus, who will assume his new duties Jan. 1, 2014, was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
“I have had the privilege of being in this industry for more than 40 years and witnessing first-hand the most momentous evolution in communications technology ever experienced – we have truly been at the forefront of changing the way the world communicates,” Britt said. “I’m proud that we’ve built a great company by understanding consumer trends and changing technology and working to put the two together to develop products and services people…

Evening Headlines — 7/25/13

Oprah Returning to Letterman Show
Oprah Winfrey is returning to the "Late Show With David Letterman" for the first time in nearly eight years. She will be making only her second appearance on the show since Dec. 1, 2005. Winfrey and Letterman have both made light over the years of supposed tension between them, which wasn't apparent in Winfrey's previous appearance. [THEWRAP]
Pai: ‘Very productive discussions’ on AM radio
Using one of radio’s first stations as a backdrop, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai yesterday took his AM revival mission to a meeting with Pittsburgh broadcasters.  He told a gathering of about three dozen broadcasters that since announcing his effort 10 months ago, he’s heard a lot of great ideas from radio — and now there’s growing interest inside the FCC as well. [INSIDE RADIO]
It’s that time again: Summer’s finales
It’s not yet August, but the summer TV season is starting to wind down. Tonight at 8 p.m. “Hell’s Kitchen” airs its two-hour final on Fox, t…

FCC Report — 7/25/13

FM Translator Applications for Assignment of License Granted
W201BO, 88.1, Vincennes, Ind.; Edgewater Broadcasting Inc. Voluntary Assignment of License from Edgewater Broadcasting, Inc. to Bethel Baptist Church. Granted with condition.Read the story about this transaction here.

BRIEF: FCC asked to block part of Belo/Gannett deal

UPDATE, 1 p.m.: A coalition made up of Free Press, Common Cause, the Institute for Public Representation, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ Inc., NABET-CWA and The Newspaper Guild-CWA have also petitioned the FCC to block at least parts of the Belo-Gannett deal. Mark Miller of TVNewsCheck has the full story.

Variety reports this morning that the American Cable Association, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV are asking the FCC to block part of the proposed Belo-Gannett merger.
Citing the plan to use what they call "a series of shills or ‘third-party sidecars,'" the companies complained that while Gannett will technically divest itself of Belo assets in certain markets (including St. Louis and Louisville), "Gannett will retain effective control of all of these stations through various sharing agreements under which it will establish duopolies in each."
Click here for the full story.

Morning Headlines — 7/25/13

More Latinos Consume News in English, Report Finds
An increasing number of Hispanics in the United States are getting their news in English, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center. [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Diginets Growing With Old Shows + New Ideas
Flip through the channels on your TV and you’re likely to stumble across The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Me-TV, Six Million Dollar Man on Cozi TV and films like the 1955 black-and-white Not As a Stranger with Robert Mitchum on This TV. This isn’t a trip back in time, but it is cause, perhaps, for the kind of optimism that broadcasting hasn’t seen since Mary arrived in Minneapolis and landed that job at WJM-TV. [TVNEWSCHECK]
Google Simplifies YouTube And Netflix Viewing On TV Sets With $35 Chromecast
This may be the biggest surprise for Hollywood in Google‘s event today to unveil new products and software. The two-inch long Chromecast plugs into a TV set HDMI port, enabling users to watch videos from YouTube, Google Pla…

Evening Headlines — 7/24/13

Mandy Connell Named Morning Host At KHOW/Denver
Clear Channel Talk WHAS-A/Louisville host Mandy Connell is heading to sister Talk KHOW-A/Denver for mornings, beginning Aug. 19. [ALL ACCESS]
BONUS AUDIO: Connell talked with WHAS' Terry Meiners about her future, which will include a continuing presence on the station. Click here for that.
Clear Channel Unveils 'iHeartRadio Talk'
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is unveiling “iHeartRadio Talk," a new service including customizable spoken-word-content streaming as well as partnering with Spreaker to allow users to record their own content for possible inclusion among the offerings in the official channel library. [ALL ACCESS]
Fox Fails Again To Stop Dish Ad-Skip Service
In another legal setback for broadcasters, the federal appeals court in San Francisco today affirmed a lower court's decision to not stop Dish Network from offering its controversial ad-skipping Hopper technology to its satellite TV subscribers. [TVNE…

CBS teams with Litton Entertainment for new Saturday morning programming block

CBS Dream Team premieres Sept. 28

CBS has partnered with Litton Entertainment, a leading independent production and distribution company, on a new Saturday morning programming block, premiering on CBS Saturday, Sept. 28.
Branded "The CBS Dream Team, It's Epic!" the three-hour FCC educational/informational compliant programming block will consist of six all-new high-definition half-hours with a pro-social message targeted to viewers 13-to-16-years-old and appealing to viewers of all ages.
Each of the shows will be rated TVG and offer uplifting, educational and entertaining messages on subjects of interest to teenage audiences. Topics will include heartwarming stories about pet adoption and animal care, healthy eating makeovers, personal interest stories about people who've accomplished extraordinary things and sports, with stories about athletes making a positive impact in their communities.
Among the noted hosts of the new programs are animal trainer Brandon McMillan

FCC Report — 7/24/13

AM Station Applications for Assignment of License Application for Review
DWDDD, 810 AM, Johnston City, Ill.; CC Licenses, LLC. Voluntary Assignment of License from CC Licenses, LLC to Withers Broadcasting of Southern Illinois, LLC.   Application for Review Filed 09/29/2010 by Withers Broadcasting of Southern Illinois dismissed as moot 7/19/2013. License for WDDD surrendered by licensee on 7/31/2012.

Townsquare Media expanding its digital portfolio again

Townsquare Media Group, which owns and operates seven radio stations in the Tri-State (see list below) announced on Wednesday the addition of several new and exclusive partnerships to its powerful and growing portfolio of music and entertainment-focused digital properties.
The new properties will join Townsquare Media Group’s national digital business, consisting of premium music and entertainment websites reaching over 50 million US monthly unique visitors. The highly influential publishers include Consequence of Sound, Dangerous Minds, Potholes in My Blog, Pretty Much Amazing, Tiny Mix Tapes and Wetpaint.
These partners have been gaining notoriety over the past year including The New Yorker calling Pretty Much Amazing “the foremost voice in Indie music and all-around music nerdery,” Mashable naming Richard Metzger, editor of music and pop culture site Dangerous Minds, one of the “Top 10 Most Influential People” on Facebook (#4), and entertainment powerhouse Wetpaint launching its pa…

Football fans, rejoice: 10 regional NFL preseason games to air on WTVW and WEHT

Titans and Redskins kick off the action Aug. 8
It seems hard to believe, but football season is right around the corner — and if you're a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans or Chicago Bears, you'll want to be sure to tune in to Local 7 WTVW and WEHT Local as the preseason action ramps up.
The stations have plans to air 10 preseason games — three for the Colts, four for the Titans and three for the Bears — starting Thursday, Aug. 8.
Here's the schedule as it now stands:
In addition to the preseason games, throughout the NFL season Local 7 will have even more great Colts programming to…

Morning Headlines — 7/24/13

CBS-Time Warner Cable Retrans Dispute: Deadline Extended, but Rhetoric Heats Up
The retransmission standoff between CBS and Time Warner Cable took a couple of new turns on Tuesday, with the deadline to avoid a possible blackout extended by a day, even as the rhetoric heats up, with CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves blasting TWC's compensation rates. [THEWRAP]
Carson 'Tonight' Highlights Available Online
Heeeere's Johnny on iTunes! For the first time, content from "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" is available for digital download. [AP/TVNEWSCHECK]
Authorities: Shawnee Suicidal Man Fired Shot At SkyNews 9
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma - Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD and Jim Gardner were in the line of fire during a standoff with a suicidal man in Shawnee last Friday. [KWTV]

NAB Launches Mental Health Education Campaign
The NAB says a new survey reveals two-thirds of young adults have personal experience with mental health problems, so the group has released a…