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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

News: New HDTV Study Released

Nielsen has released a new study that finds 13.7% of TV households in the U.S. are equipped with an HD television and HD tuner capable of receiving signals in HD (HD Capable), while 11.3% are equipped with an HD television and HD tuner and receive at least one HD network or station (HD Receivable).

Los Angeles has the highest penetration of HD Capable homes (20.4%) and New York has the highest penetration of HD Receivable homes (17.5%). Nielsen also reports that among U.S. Hispanic or Latino households, 10.4% are HD Capable and 8.2% are HD Receivable.

Among African-American households, 8.1% are HD Capable and 6.9% are HD Receivable.

To view the charts and tables, you can download the study: CLICK HERE

Courtesy: Nielsen

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News: Fire at WFMJ-TV/WBCB-TV Wednesdsay Morning in Youngstown

UPDATED: 10/31/07 - 8:00 PM

A fire struck at our NBC sister station, WFMJ-TV (and CW Affiliate WBCB-TV), in Youngstown at 4:15 Wednesday morning, nixing normal broadcasting for the morning show. It's unclear the extent of the damage or the length of the partial service.

The fire was contained to a basement storage room, but smoke damage was extensive. WFMJ's morning show this morning was produced outside building with live news anchor standup presentation, but it was just brief broadcasts.

As of their 6 pm broadcast tonight, the cause of the fire had not been determined. WFMJ reports the cleanup continues on their equipment used directly in their newscast and programming production.

To see video from WFMJ, click the "play" button on the media player below to begin watching:






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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Spotlight Feature: Behind the Scenes of "The Point After"

Every Monday during Browns season at 7 PM, WKYC offers up a unique perspective of Cleveland Browns football with a show called "The Point After."

Sports Director Jim Donovan leads a panel of experts including former Browns Head Coach Sam Rutigliano (who coached the "Kardiac Kids" from 1978 to 1984)...former Browns Offensive Tackle Doug Dieken (who is currently color commentary for the Browns radio network with Donovan)... and Cleveland Plain Dealer Browns' Beat Reporter Tony Grossi.

The four huddle on the air and talk about Sunday's big game and look forward to next Sunday's game. What worked? What didn't? Who performed well? Who bombed? These are just a few of the questions the guys talk about.

Recently, I had a chance to take some behind the scenes pictures of the "Point After" during a live taping and will share those with you now on the Director's Cut Blog.

Don't forget, every Monday at 7 PM, you can also watch a live feed coming from inside of Studio B while the show is airing live. Because NFL rules restrict us from showing the video on the web, we can only show you the guys in action. Just log on to WKYC.com for the link every Monday from 7 - 7:30 pm during the season. Go Browns!

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO GALLERY:
Click on the audio button on the player to enjoy a little music with the slide show below. If you can't view the pictures on this page, please go to the following link: CLICK HERE

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Video: Channel 3 Weather Classic Promos from 1999

This is a group of classic Channel 3 Weather Promos from 1999, courtesy of the "Director's Cut" archives.

This latest batch includes cameos from David Rogers, Mark Nolan, Brian Allen and Eileen McShea.

Feel free to post your own comments or share your memories. Click on the videos to watch. If you can't view them on this page, CLICK HERE

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Director's Alert: New Morning Team Named at WKYC

The Director's Cut has just learned that WKYC's Chief Meteorologist Mark Nolan has been named new anchor of Channel 3 News Today, replacing John Anderson who recently left for Philadelphia.

Also Abby Ham is joining WKYC from our Gannett sister station, WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee to become Mark's new morning co-anchor.

Meteorologist Hollie Strano will continue her role as weekday morning weather anchor.

For the time being, weekend Meteorologist Betsy Kling replaces Mark on the Monday - Friday 6, 7, & 11 PM broadcasts. AJ Colby will handle weekends.

Pictured are Abby Ham (upper left), Mark Nolan (upper right) and Hollie Strano (lower left).


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More on Abby Ham:
Abby is originally from Atlanta, Georgia...graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She started her career as producer and anchor of a new newscast at WTAP, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia. After a year, she was promoted to 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 anchor and 11:00 producer. Most recently, Abby has been working on the morning news anchor desk at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee - with co-host Ben Senger. Abby is engaged to be married with a 2008 wedding planned in Knoxville.
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To read the official WKYC Press Release: CLICK HERE

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

DVR Alert: New Look, New Name for Good Company Monday

Be sure to tune in Monday at 10 AM as hosts Fred Griffith, Eileen McShea, Andrea Vecchio and Michael Cardamone introduce a new look and a new name for "Good Company."



We've added a fresh coat of digital watercolors to our graphics and renamed the broadcast "Good Company Today."

Same fun, new look - this Monday at 10 am only on WKYC, Channel 3.

HOST BIOS
Fred Griffith
Eileen McShea
Andrea Vecchio
Michael Cardamone

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Friday, October 26, 2007

From the Mailbag: What Happened to John Anderson?

From: Dawn in Parma

Q: I noticed John Anderson is now longer on the morning crew? What happened to him? I miss him.

A: John recently took a job as a morning anchor at the Fox affiliate, WTXF/29 in Philadelphia. This is the same station where former WKYC 6 & 11 PM anchor Dawn Stensland currently works. His last day was Friday, October 19th. His wife Kristin will be leaving to join him at some point once things settle down.

For more about John, check out the following articles:
*Get to Know Team 3" Director's Cut Feature: CLICK HERE
*Newshutr's Views Farewell To John: - CLICK HERE

Send us your emails on Facebook, Myspace or at: fmacek@wkyc.com

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

News: Channel 3 Has 3 "Best of Cleveland" Anchors


Updated: 10/25/07

Tonight was the awards ceremony at the Rock Hall for Cleveland Magazine's "Best of Cleveland". Pictured at the event is WKYC Anchor Romona Robinson (left), WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen and WKYC Sports Anchor Jim Donovan.

To watch video of tonight's gathernig, CLICK HERE

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Original article below from October 10th:

Congratulations to the following Channel 3 personalities for winning their respective categories in the annual Cleveland Magazine "The Best of Cleveland 2007 Reader's Poll"

Local Male Anchor - Tim White (tied with David Wittman)

Local Female Anchor - Romona Robinson

Sports Anchor - Jim Donovan

All this year's winners will be honored at a Rock Hall ceremony.

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News: Former NBC News President Joins Gannett Board

Neal Shapiro, president of WNET in New York City, the largest public television station in the U.S., has been elected to the Board of Directors of Gannett Co., Inc. - parent company of WKYC, effective immediately.

"Neal's diverse experience with network news and public television will be a tremendous asset for Gannett as we move forward with our strategic plan," said Craig A. Dubow, Gannett's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are extremely pleased that Neal has chosen to join Gannett's Board."

Shapiro served in various executive capacities with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) beginning in 1993 and was president of NBC News from May 2001 to September 2005.

With Shapiro's election, Gannett has nine directors.

Courtesy: Gannett

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News: Director's Cut on Facebook

You can now join me and the "Director's Cut Blog" on Facebook as we continue to expand our internet presence from the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

Feel free to send me your questions and comments, chat with me while I'm getting ready for newscasts, add me as a friend and network with me & other TV professionals from around the world.
I'd like to share ideas, talk about the TV industry and find new and exciting ways to bring viewers compelling programming like our HD special "Lake Erie: Beyond the Surface."

To reach us on Facebook, click on the following logo:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Director's Alert: Dr. Phil Spinoff Coming to WKYC

The Director's Cut Blog has learned this afternoon that WKYC, Channel 3, will be among the Gannett stations who will air the new Dr. Phil spin off, currently titled "The Doctors" which will premiere in the Fall of 2008.

"The Doctors," under executive producer Jay McGraw, features a dream team of five practicing medical professionals, ranging from a plastic surgeon to an OB/GYN to a therapist, who each day will engage viewers by investigating and discussing hot-button medical topics such as painkillers, obesity, how to lose weight, what not to feed your child and why some vaccines can be dangerous. They'll bust medical myths and answer burning questions viewers are too embarrassed or afraid to ask their own doctors.

"The Doctors" will be hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork ("The Bachelor"). Other experts include Dr. Lisa Masterson, an obstetrician/gynecologist; Dr. Andrew Ordon, a plastic surgeon; Dr. Tara Fields, a licensed marriage and family therapist; and Dr. Jim Sears, a pediatrician. To support the show, these doctors will make appearances on "Dr. Phil" throughout the 2007-08 season.

Other Gannett Broadcasting stations to air the show include WUSA (Washington, D.C., market #9), KARE (Minneapolis, market #15) and KUSA (Denver, market #18).

Courtesy: CBS Television Distribution

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Meet the NBC All Stars: Al Roker

The Director's Cut Blog proudly presents another brand new & exclusive feature called "Meet the Stars" - our insider information on the TV stars you see on NBC and WKYC-TV. We'll kick it off with our hometown favorite Al Roker, who was a big hit here at WKYC before leaving for the network in 1983.

Al Roker has been the weather and feature reporter on NBC News' "Today" since January 1996. Until January of 2000, Roker also served as the weekday weather forecaster for News Channel 4's early evening newscast "Live at 5" on WNBC-TV, NBC's flagship owned and operated station in New York City.

New York magazine has twice named Roker Best Weatherman. He came to WNBC-TV as a weekend weathercaster in December 1983 from WKYC-TV, the NBC Television Station in Cleveland. Roker began his broadcasting career while still in college by landing a job as a weekend weatherman WTVH-TV in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1974. After graduation he moved on to weathercasting jobs in Washington, D.C. (1976-1978) and Cleveland, Ohio (1978-1983). He is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society's prestigious Seal of Approval and has been a pioneer in the use of computer graphics for weathercasting.

Among his interview highlights, Roker conducted an exclusive interview with Peanuts creator Charles Shultz shortly before his death from colon cancer. Since 1985, he has served each holiday season in midtown Manhattan as co-host for the annual "Christmas at Rockefeller Center." The seven time Emmy Award winner also co-hosts "The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" and "Rose Bowl Parade" and appears on various specials for NBC.

In 1994, he founded Al Roker Productions, Inc. The company is involved in the development and production of network, cable, home video and public television projects. Two of the most successful projects include the critically acclaimed special on PBS about severe weather, "Savage Skies," and a highly rated travel series called, "Going Places." His company is also producing a series of specials for The Food Network. Roker is the author of "Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood," and "Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbeque."

Roker is a member of several professional organizations including the Friars Club, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Meteorological Society.

Raised in Queens, New York, Roker received his B.A. in Communications from the State University at Oswego in 1976, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the school in 1998. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News "20/20" Correspondent, Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and one son.

Catch Al weekday mornings from 7 - 10 PM on the "Today Show" right here on WKYC, Channel 3.

Courtesy: NBC

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

From the Mailbag: Move to Digital Channel 17

From: Mike in Elyria

Q: Just an anxious WKYC fan, I can't get anything on [WKYC digital channel] 2 because of the low frequency, just wondering if you had any updates you could share with your viewers?

A: Funny you ask...I was just talking to our project engineer on this, Rex Rickly, several days ago and he said it is not likely until near the February 2009 analog cut off date that we'll be able to move from our current digital Channel 2 to Channel 17.

We are ready to go, but the Canton station (WDLI) on Channel 17 analog will not leave the channel until then...so we are kinda stuck waiting for them to move. An analog and digital channel can not broadcast on the same channel at the same time...I don't understand it all technically, but that's the deal.

Have you tried getting an HD booster antennae?? I believe Radio Shack has them and it might help you receive our signal in the meantime - or get digital cable.

If you would like to ask us a question, send your email to: fmacek@wkyc.com or visit us on Facebook: CLICK HERE

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Monday, October 22, 2007

News: Sweeps Dates for 2008

For those of you interested in TV sweeps dates, here is a list of the 2008 dates issued by Nielsen:

January 2008: 1/3-1/30
February 2008: 1/31-2/27
May 2008: 4/24-5/21
July 2008: 7/3-7/30
October 2008: 10/2-10/29
November 2008: 10/30-11/26

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News: All HD News for Cleveland

We are making news again - and no, we aren't talking about the stunning defeat of the Indians who lost the ALCS after having a 3 games to 1 lead over Boston.. Naw

We are talking HD News, baby! Cleveland is now one of the first markets nationally (as far as we know) to have every local news station presenting their news broadcasts in High Definition.

WJW (FOX), WKYC (NBC), and WEWS (ABC) all have been doing news in HD for well over a year now... The CW Station, WBNX, is broadcasting programming in HD, but does no local news - and their studios are located in Akron.

Both WOIO (CBS) and WUAB (My Network) are owned by the same company...share resources and both launched HD News in the market on Sunday to complete the market's changeover to ALL HD News.

This sure means WOIO & WUAB were "STEPS BEHIND" and NOT really "honest, fair or EVERYWHERE" this time... but that's okay. We won't be running promos pointing this out, like they might.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

DVR Alert: NBC News Debuts New Set Monday

Just a reminder "NBC News with Brian Williams" will debut its brand new studios Monday Night at 6:30 on WKYC.

Pictured left is the old studio which last saw service this spring. Since then, "Nightly" has been using temporary studios in preparation for Monday's big debut.

Also, MSNBC which is moving into "30 Rock" will debut their new studios Monday Morning ending their presence in Secaucus, New Jersey where they have been since launching the network with Microsoft.

NBC also announced recently they are selling their legendary studios in Burbank, CA - longtime home to "The Tonight Show" after Leno signs off in 2009. They will be building new studios nearby where Conan O'Brien will debut as "Tonight Show" host at that time.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Web Link: Videographer's Point of View

One of our multi-talented overnight videographers, Brian Behler, is writing a blog called "Newshutrs Views" about one section we haven't really touched yet here on this blog - what it is like to be the one shooting the video out in the field and some of the stories behind each story shot.

Videographers are the guys and gals (along with the reporters) who have to do the dirty work in the field gathering the daily pictures you see us put on the air. They shoot the fires, the dead bodies and the happy reunions while I'm sitting in the nice warm (or air conditioned) control room. They are the folks enduring the weather to bring the story right into your living room - often times live.

And they never get enough credit - so I'll pay my personal thanks to Brian and all the other Channel 3 videographers, in particular, by spreading the word about Brian's blog for another perspective on what it's like to work in TV Land.

Check it out over the weekend at: newshutrsviews.blogspot.com. Plus, I've added a permanent link to the site in our right hand menu for easy reference.

If you work in the TV industry and would like to have your blog linked to ours, please contact me: fmacek@wkyc.com

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Video: Must See TV - Hollie Vs. The Rally Monkey

Monday 10/22/07 Update: We are pretty convinced now Hollie the dance didn't work!

Channel 3 News Today's Morning Meteorologist Hollie Strano challenged the rally monkey to a dance off Wednesday morning. Some - ok, really just a few - believe Hollie's dance is good luck for the Tribe.

After watching the beautiful bean footage, we have to conclude: Rally Monkey 1 - Hollie 0

Should the Indians win the pennant tonight, I can't wait to see what happens on the morning show tomorrow morning between 5 & 7 AM on Channel 3,

Take a look for yourself.. but at your own risk of laughing your butt off: "Oh the Humanity", we yell - CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

P.S. Thanks to Hollie for being a good sport about this.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

News: WKYC's Parent Company Buys Sports Sites

Gannett, the parent company of WKYC-TV, has acquired a controlling interest in Schedule Star LLC, which operates the popular HighSchoolSports.net and the Schedule Star solution for local athletic directors, the two companies said today. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

HighSchoolSports.net is the leader in the increasingly competitive world of online high school sports, with more unique visitors than any other site, according to Nielsen//NetRatings NetView.

Schedule Star is the #1 scheduling solution for high school athletic directors, and is the engine that dynamically drives the HighSchoolSports.net network. It accurately generates and updates school's schedules, scores, stats, and game directions, and it can even alert parents and fans to game changes or cancellations.

To read more about today's big announcement: CLICK HERE

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Get to Know Team 3 - Dave Chudowsky

Time to share some behind the scenes info on one of the newest Channel 3 family members, WKYC Sports Reporter Dave Chudowsky.

You can see Dave report and anchor the "Browns PreGame Huddle" Sunday Mornings at 11:30 AM and "Browns Tonight" immediately following our late news Sunday Nights. Here is what Dave had to say when we asked him some tough questions between shows recently:

Q: When in your life did you first know you wanted to a sports reporter?

Dave: A very young age. I used to interview my parents, while we would drive in the car. Sports has always been my passion, talking is what i am best at! It just made a lot of sense!

Q: You came to WKYC from the Ohio News Network (ONN) in Columbus...where else have you worked?

Dave: I started my career in Toledo, at WTVG 13-ABC. I also spent a high school football season reporting at WMFD in Mansfield on Friday nights, while working in Toledo.

Q: What is your favorite and least favorite part of sports reporting?

Dave: Many favorite things: covering sports, being at live games, giving my opinion and feel of a game, never watching the clock, rush of being live. I love the feeling after having a great show! To be honest, I could go on and on with things I love about sports reporting! Least favorite: sometimes the hours and once in a while not watching the "big" games as a fan!

Q: Who among national sportcasters do you idolize?

Dave: I don't think I idolize anyone. As a kid, Bob Costas was my favorite...not really anymore, but he is very good. I think Jim Nantz does a good job, the guy makes me laugh because he is so dramatic! A guy who does a good job at play by play, that is underated is Gus Johnson. I love how excited he gets! I did intern with Jim Donovan back in 1996 if that tells you anything! He is the best in town... And that is not sucking up! Ha!

Q: Which is your favorite team to cover locally? Browns, indians or cavs?

Dave: My friend asks me this all the time (who is my favorite team) and gets mad because I won't answer it. I used to ask my mom when I was young, which of her kids does she love best. She never answered, so I will follow that!

Q: How far do you think the cavs will go this year?

Dave: Back to the finals and probably lose again!

Q: What is something most people don't know about you?

Dave: I love to throw darts! I ran a half-marathon last October! Love the DVR!

Q: What is one thing you always have in your fridge?

Dave: Trick question! Ha! Green tea! (cold)

Q: Got a favorite Cleveland area watering hole yet?

Dave: Well, I grew up in Bay Village and while living in Toledo for 11 years I would come home about twice a month. I have probably been to 85 percent of the watering holes from downtown to the west side! There is a good chance you will run into me at the Ironwood in Westlake! Around the corner and west end in Lakewood are great! Best wings in Cleveland... Close Quarters in Avon Lake! Big fan of Little Bar downtown! All time favorite bar: O'Conners in the Flats... R.I.P. I think I spent too, much time on that question!

Q: What is the best tourist attraction you feel cleveland has to offer?

Dave: Jacobs field!

To Email Dave, his address is: davechudowsky@wkyc.com

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Video: "Lake Erie: Beyond the Surface" Part II

On the surface, it looks like any other body of water. Yet the 11th largest lake on earth has a deeper story to tell. In its currents flow a timeline of the American dream; its successes, its failures, and its future. The story of Lake Erie is one of environmental recovery, economic resurgence and diversity of purpose. Yet this is a very pivotal time for the lake and our region.

While experts believe that the quality of the lake improved dramatically from 1975 thru 1995, the past ten years have been more disturbing. Threatening invasive species, watershed problems and the need for economic utilization force us to learn how to best balance commerce, recreation, homeland security and environmental concerns.

WKYC-TV/HD presents Part 2 in our series "Lake Erie: Beyond the Surface." Shot completely in high definition, we explore the economic importance of one of our most precious natural resources.

Click on the following links to watch the show on-line, right now:

Segment #1
Segment #2
Segment #3
Segment #4

To read more about our year long series including multimedia, more video and interviews, click on the following link: http://www.wkyc.com/life/programming/shows/lake_erie/

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

News: New Segment on Channel 3 News at 7

The manufacturing business in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio is thriving, contrary to today's headlines. WKYC's Tim White is finding those local success stories and bringing them to NE Ohio audiences every other Thursday night at 7 pm in a new series called "Home Made."

Beginning this week, on Thursday, October 18th, Tim starts off the series with the story of RPM, a fast growing company in Medina, which makes everything from DayGlo paint to Bondo.

"We have great manufacturing business stories in NE Ohio," added Tim, "it's time we recognized the value of services and products that are home made. I think our audience will be very interested in these successes right here in our backyard. We'll also put additional information on wkyc.com and include longer segments and special features."

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Video: New NBC News Studios

We were the first to tell you on Friday about NBC News introducing its new studios on Monday, October 22nd on WKYC at 6:30 PM, ET. To view article: CLICK HERE

If you would like to see a sneak peak, click on the video below. If you can't view it, click on the following link: CLICK HERE



Video Courtesy: WNBC-TV

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Photos: Romona on the "Dr. Phil Show" 10/12/07

As I first told you Thursday, Romona made an appearance via satellite on the "Dr. Phil Show" today to discuss the Cleveland shootings on Wednesday at SuccessTech Academy - just across the street from WKYC. (CLICK HERE for original article).

Here are a couple of pictures from that segment:



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Thursday, October 11, 2007

More Photos: Various Behind the Scenes Pictures

New Pictures as of 10/11/07: WKYC Assistant News Director Howard Fencl shares with us several more pictures "behind the scenes" that he captured on his cell phone as events unfolded on Wednesday afternoon:

News Director Rita Andolsen helping to get the very latest information on what was happening with Cleveland PD


WKYC Education Reporter Kim Wheeler interviewing a witness live "on the air"


Students in disbelief following the shootings


Reporters & Technicians preparing for the Mayor & School CEO's Wednesday press conference at WKYC in Studio B



Various local & national news organizations arriving with their satellite and live shot trucks

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More Photos: Satellite Trucks Covering Shooting on Thursday

New Pictures as of 10/11/07: Here are some of the satellite trucks currently parked in the WKYC Parking Lot that are providing the live coverage you are seeing across the country on this still developing story of the Cleveland School Shooting.

CNN Crew at Their Interview Position


CNN Satellite Truck


WLWT - Channel 5 from Cincinnati



Other Satellite Uplink Trucks

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

News: School Shooting Happens Right Outside WKYC Studios

Wednesday's big school shooting that has been all over the local and national news happened right across the street from the WKYC studios on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

A 14 year old shooter took two guns inside SuccessTech Academy (part of Cleveland School System) & started a shooting spree. 4 people were shot & one additional injury resulted.

A fight earlier in the week was observed by a number of WKYC employees outside at the school and captured on our WKYC surveillance cameras. (To Watch, see link below). The shooter was apparently the same person involved in Monday's incident.

The drama unfolded about lunch time...and immediately our live coverage started - though getting to or leaving the TV station was impossible because all the roads around the building were closed.

Happening about the same time, a train derailed just east of Cleveland in Painesville - causing a major fire. 13 of a 100 car train went off the tracks and caught fire. Evacuations were ordered and thus a 2nd major event had begun. Chopper 3 was dispatched to the scene, along with several news crews on the ground.

I took some pictures of our off air coverage and some behind the scenes in both the studio and control room.

Studio B at WKYC hosted a quickly arranged press conference that was carried live all the local stations and major cable networks (MSNBC, CNN & FOX) led by the Cleveland police department, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Schools CEO Eugene Sanders at 4 pm. Plus, we were the only station to have them both in the studio, live on the air.

It has been quite a day here at WKYC. By nightfall satellite trucks from all the major cable news organizations filled the Channel 3 parking lot to continue coverage over the next few days as more details unfold on this tragedy.

IMPORTANT STORY LINKS:

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS:
*"Off Air" & "Behind the Scenes" Live Coverage Pictures
*Satellite Trucks & News Crews at WKYC
*WKYC.com Shooting Picture Galleries

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO:
*WKYC surveillance cam video of Monday's fight outside school
*WKYC surveillance video of immediate aftermath of shooting Wednesday
*Thursday's Press Conference Update 10/11/07

INFORMATION:
*24/7 Updates on WKYC.com
*Timeline of the News events

*Feel free to post your comments here about this tragedy: CLICK HERE

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Photos: School Shooting Live Coverage - 10/10/07

Today's School Shooting In Pictures
Off Air Images of Our Special Live Coverage









"Behind the Scenes" During Our Live Coverage
Tape Room Feeding Video to the Control room

Romona Robinson, Tim White & Kim Wheeler On Set

Media Waiting For Press Confererence with the Mayor
Located in Studio B at WKYC

Control Room On-Air During the Live Coverage

Live Shot Truck Feeding A Signal Into The Station


Reporters Going "Live" from Outside the Station

More Reporters Covering Today's Shooting

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Spotlight Feature: 10 Years of Directing at WKYC

Please excuse a little shameless, self promotion this week as I reach a personal milestone in my career. It's an exclusive "behind the scenes" look at this special time for me.

This month marks my 10th anniversary as a full time director at Channel 3.

Former WKYC Production Manager Rich O'Dell (now GM at Gannett station WLTX in Columbia, SC) hired me as a part-time, weekend & fill-in director in 1995 after spending my first year here working as a studio technician.

Initially, I was assigned duties as the weekend 6 & 11 PM and fill-in director on the newly expanded morning news. Plus, I often directed the "Tom and Del" or "Del and Tom" Show (Those two always fought over whose name would come first.)

In 1997, long-time WKYC Director John Oven retired and moved to sunny Florida - and I was promoted to full time status. John's favorite phrase when something went wrong, was always "don't worry - it's on its way to Mars, men." That has always stuck with me as funny - but true.

These past ten years have been fabulous here at WKYC. I have worked with so many talented people - both on-air and behind the scenes. Honestly, there are some folks who will always be difficult to work with, but it makes you much stronger as a professional. You know you've reached a milestone when people's negative criticisms of you no longer matter.

Before I came to WKYC, I worked for numerous Cleveland area radio stations. Next year will mark my 20th anniversary in Cleveland broadcasting. I have to thank Sandy Kish-Jordan & Sue Wilson for giving me my "big market" break. Tom Embrescia, Jim Davis, Joe Restifo, Carl Reese, Ronnie Barrett and Bill Randle were just some of the great radio professionals who supported my endeavours in one way or another in radio. Later, Steve Hibbard and Bernie Kimble at Smooth Jazz 107.3, The Wave, opened other doors for me to keep my radio career going until I finally called it quits in 2003. It's a decision I don't regret.

As the radio business started to head downhill, I was laid off from WRMR in 1994 as they station was trimming up to be sold - which immediately opened up the opportunity I had been waiting for - WKYC. Marla Nelson, Andy Hitchcock, Rex Rickly, Rich O'Dell, Brooke Spectorsky, Ned Tate, Al Wohl, Terry Moir, Rita Andolsen, Kathy Williams and Dick Moore are just some of the great people who I'm indebted to for their help in being successful over the years.

So, thanks for celebrating this special time with me - and for your continuing support of the "Director's Cut" and "Fair Weather Fans" blogs. We are fast approaching our 50,000th visitor since launching this blog in January - and appreciate your interest in both my work and my colleagues work here at WKYC.

Here are some extra features to peruse if you are interested:
*To view my radio and programming credits: CLICK HERE
*To get in contact with me and say hi: fmacek@wkyc.com
*To view the following pictures of my radio and TV career so far, click the individual photo for a larger look.
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Frank's Exclusive Photo Gallery

Frank (left) with former WKYC News Director Dick Moore (right)
WKYC Newsroom - 2007



Frank (center with hat) directing "Indians On Deck"
SportsTime Ohio Control Room "B" - 2006
Others pictured: Front Row - Jim Murphy (left), Jim Dungey (right)
Back Row: Jeff Yakawiak (back left) and Julie Arnold (back right)



Frank with Former WKYC 6 PM Producer Elisa Fowler
WKYC Control Room A - 2005



Frank preparing for a 6 pm newscast
WKYC Newsroom - 2004



Frank on the air at Smooth Jazz, 107.3, The Wave
On Air Studio - 2003



Frank (left) on the set with the Weekend Anchor Team & Studio Crew
Old WKYC Building - 1995
Others pictured: Front Row: Steve Miles , Monica Robins, Mike Zaremba
Back Row - Chris Riethmiller, Heather Gedeon, and Eileen McShea



Frank (left) with the other "Music of Your Life" On-Air Staff
WRMR AM 850 Control Room, One Radio Lane - 1993
Others Pictured: Fred Embrescia, Carl Reese, Chris Daniels, Jim Davis



Frank on the air at Soft Favorites, WDOK, 102. 1 FM
Reserve Square Studios - 1989



Frank on the air at WCSB 89.3 FM (Cleveland State)
Rhodes Tower Studios - 1989



Frank on the WEWS "Eyewitness News" Set
My visit with former Meteorologist Dan Maly - 1986

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Photos: New WKYC Signs

Last week, I mentioned by way of note from our Mailbag that WKYC has gotten a couple of new signs. Also, I promised a few pictures. So, here you go:

This is the new sign on the side of the building mentioning Channel 3 HD, SportsTime Ohio, wkyc.com and Weather Plus -



This new sign is along the street in front of the building -

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

News: HDTV Owners Love New TV, Dislike Programming

According to new study from Nielsen, HDTV owners are generally satisfied with the picture quality of the programming they receive.

However, the figures also show those same owners are less than thrilled about HD programming choices currently available.

About 85% of the queried HD households ranked picture quality as "above average" or "excellent" while only 39% gave those ratings to programming selections.

The study also found owners who frequently watch HDTV at home gave the following responses about the types and networks they watched most for each:

Sports (42.8%) - Most watched ESPN HD
Movies (38.0%) - Most watched HBO HD
Scripted Dramas (28.1%) - Most watched CBS HD
Documentaries (23.8%) - Most watched Discovery HD
Scripted Comedies (19.4%) - Most watched CBS HD
Reality Programming (11.1%) - Most watched Fox HD
Music (9.6%) - Most watched PBS HD

Read the entire study, CLICK HERE

Courtesy: Nielsen.com

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Where Are They Now? - Eileen Korey

This month, we feature former WKYC Medical Reporter Eileen Korey in our "Where Are They Now?" feature here on the Director's Cut Blog. Eileen first joined WKYC in 1984 as Medical Reporter and left the station in the summer of 1992. Eileen recently told us what's she has been up to lately.

"I have been at MetroHealth as Vice President, Communications since January 2005, where I am in charge of a staff that handles internal communications, media relations, marketing, advertising, development communications, community relations, senior services, creative services (including audio and video production), diversity, and pastoral care. I am part of the senior team, reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer. I am passionate about the work we do at MetroHealth and constantly impressed with the commitment of the people here. The patients and staff are inspiring, and I am tremendously fulfilled by my job.

Before MetroHealth, I spent ten years in charge of media relations and other public relations/advertising responsibilities as Director of Communications at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

When I left Channel 3 in 1992, I created my own company, Medical News Network, to provide medical video production, media training and consulting services to health care organizations and physicians. University Hospitals of Cleveland became my largest client, and I produced prime-time half hour specials for UH that aired in the local market. Eventually, UH asked for me to come on board full-time, and I left the company behind in late 1994.

My son Ben, born during my TV3 years, is now an actor in New York City, having graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. And my daughter Rachel, born during by TV5 years, is now a veterinary student at University of California in Davis, CA, and pursuing her dream of equine medicine and radiology. My husband, Bob, and I will be married 30 years in January, and he remains a successful clinical psychologist, specializing in forensic psychology.

I remain in touch with many old friends from TV3, and occasionally visit the station to deal with advertising issues. Most recently, I appeared on the air (that was frightening!) when Del retired and we announced that he would become MetroHealth's "senior correspondent."

Former TV3 producer, Susan Christopher, is my Manager of Media Communications here at MetroHealth, and she writes and produces all the Del segments that appear on TV 3, featuring MetroHealth senior health specialists. She also works with station producers on the Metrohealth spots featuring Monica Robins offering rehabilitation advice to consumers."

You can email Eileen at: ekorey@metrohealth.org

To watch video clips of Eileen, click on the video to watch. If you can't see the video below, CLICK HERE

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From the Mailbag: New WKYC Building Sign

From: Doug in Cleveland

Q: Hi Frank, I was driving past your building on my way to the Browns game on Sunday and noticed the sign has changed...a little remodeling going on?

A: Actually yes - we are installing a new sign on the station to highlight the many programming channels we are now...including WKYC, Sportstime Ohio, WKYC.com and Weather Plus.

I'll post a picture in the next few days after the electrical workers are done installing it.

If you would like to ask us a question, send your email to: fmacek@wkyc.com

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Monday, October 01, 2007

News: Sony Launches World's 1st OLED TV

Sony Corp announced on Monday that it will launch an ultra-thin, flat 11" TV this December. The new 3mm TV will be the world's first based on organic light-emitting diode or OLED technology.

"Some people have said attractive products are slow to come at Sony despite its technological strength," said Sony President Ryoji Chubachi at a news conference in Tokyo.

"I want this world's first OLED TV to be the symbol of the revival of Sony's technological prowess."

The new TV will have an average life span of about 30,000 viewing hours - roughly half of Sony's LCD TVs. This breaks down into about 8 hours of daily use for 10 years.

It it difficult at the moment to make larger panels the company addded, limiting the appeal of the otherwise promising, next generation TV sets..

The price tag will be about 200,000 yen ($1740).

The new set will go on sale in Japan first on December 1st. Overseas dates have yet to be announced.

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Photos: Behind the Scenes at WKYC - 9/25/07

Channel 3's Main Control Room "A"

Technical Director Running the Sony 8000 HD Production Switcher

Audio Engineer operating our new Wheatstone 5.1 Surround Sound Audio Board

The Deko 3000 Graphics Playback Machine

Camera Operator running 3 robotic cameras using a touchscreen in the studio

Eric & Romona Anchoring from the "Tech Center" with Floor Director

Behind the Anchors during the Newscast

In Back of the Studio during the Newscast

Mark using the chromakey for Main Weather

Another Shot of Mark in the Chromakey

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