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Friday, May 01, 2009

Spotlight Article: Thou Shall NOT Cut-In to the Kentucky Derby!

For our longtime readers, you'll remember this story from last year (and the year before). If you are a new reader to the "Director's Cut" blog, I invite you to share a story that will forever haunt me about the Kentucky Derby ---

Originally posted: 5/2/07

This Saturday is the big Kentucky Derby...a day that brings back some wonderful memories of how NOT to do a breaking news cut-in.

As a cloud of black smoke drifted over downtown, we thought we were onto a big story. Could it be a major fire... an explosion... something crashed or blew up? We were convinced we were onto something big. Really big. The smoke was getting thicker and the adrenaline began to flow.

The producer alerted me and the crew to stand by to do a breaking news cut-in.. The control room crew all raced into position. We were ready to go. The only problem was that the Kentucky Derby was still on and we didn't dare to cut-in.

So the decision was made to wait until the winner crossed the finish line...then we'd go.

We waited and waited...and finally - down the stretch they came... and over the line.

The producer says go - so we went...

To my horror, two very bad things happened... one was the reporter on the scene came on the air and told us that a junkyard was on fire... a "tire fire" as it became known. Who cared...

The best part of the story was that after the horses crossed the finish line, there was a controversy that ensued and we missed showing it to the viewers because we weren't really listening to the show, just watching the video at the time before we did the cut-in.

The phone lines rang non-stop for HOURS...every manager's voice mail was filled...there were plenty of meetings the next day...and let's just say, some folks moved on in their careers.

It's a fun directing story that I think about every year about this time.

NEVER....NEVER cut in to the Kentucky Derby.

Enjoy the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. For more info: www.kentuckyderby.com

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Video Feature: Director's Cut Interview

This afternoon, my good friend Eric Mansfield was here in the Channel 3 Newsroom and had his trusty flip cam with him, so he stopped by my desk to ask yours truly a few questions.

One of the fun parts of this business is that you never know when someone is going to throw a camera in your face...and want to know the inside scoop on folks here at Channel 3 News.

After all, that's why you read this blog.

Well, I'm not sure Eric got any good stuff today...but feel free to check us out on his blog "Have I Got News For You."

To see me being interviewed by Eric: CLICK HERE

Enjoy!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Happy First Anniversary to the Director's Cut Blog

Today marks the one year anniversary since the launch of "The Director's Cut Blog" here on WKYC.COM.

It's been quite a year as we close in on our first 100,000 page views thanks to big stories like the SuccessTech Academy Shootings, a flash flood at the station, a visit by NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams and tons of stories about what goes on behind the scenes here at WKYC - including exclusive in-studio photos.

We were quoted & we were criticized in great on-line media like "Ohio Media Watch," "NewsBlues," "Cleveland.com," "TV Newsday," "Shop Talk" & others.

We brought you great "Where Are They Now?" features on former WKYC employees Terry Burhans, Lisa Colagrossi, Connie Dieken, Art Edwards, Doreen Gentzler, Amy Murphy (Hasten), Eileen Korey, Marshall McPeek, Joe Mosbrook, Dawn Stensland and Donna Terrell

Our popular "Get to Know Team 3" offered you inside information on several of our staff members including Joe Brown, Dave Chudowsky, AJ Colby, Lydia Esparra, Betsy Kling, Maureen Kyle, Eric Mansfield, Mike O'Mara, Carole Sullivan and Chris Tye.

We were the first to bring you breaking news on the hiring of News Director Rita Andolsen, a brand new morning show, the hiring of Tom Meyers, Bruce Kalinowsky, Abby Ham, Bruce Drennan and other news releases from WKYC and NBC.

Our classic Channel 3 promos have been viewed by more than 25,000 people.

And, we started a live "Director's Cut Blog Chat" every Wednesday to answer questions about the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center and the transition of television to all digital broadcasting.

So THANK YOU for our first successful year.

The best is yet to come!

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Friday, November 02, 2007

News: 60,000 & Counting!

Just a quick note of thanks to all our readers of the "Director's Cut" Blog.. The numbers are in for October and our blog has now surpassed the 60,000th reader mark since launching in January.

October was a huge month for us in several ways, with expanded coverage of the SuccessTech Academy shootings, the announcement of our morning show team of Mark Nolan and Abby Ham & our regular features: "Where Are They Now?," "Get to Know Team 3" and classic Channel 3 Promos.

In the coming weeks, we have plenty of new and fresh material coming thanks to your ideas and suggestions. A reminder, you can reach us anytime at fmacek@wkyc.com or on Facebook and Myspace for on-line extras.

Again, thank you for reading the "Director's Cut" Blog. Be sure to tell your colleagues to stop by and visit.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Web Link: New "Director's Cut Blog" Widget

We have added a new widget for our "Director's Cut Blog". This will enable you to get the latest news and information from behind the scenes of the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center the moment we post it.

Plus, it's a feature you can add to your own blog to give your readers even more interesting reading material to read through.

You can customize the widget by color and how much info is displayed.

Click on the link below (or the picture) to get the "Director's Cut" Widget:

Director's Cut Widget

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Monday, August 13, 2007

News: Hosts Named for 4th hour of "Today"

Update: 8/14/07 @ 6:45 PM

As we reported yesterday, NBC has indeed made the official announcement regarding the new hour of "Today" confirming what we first reported yesterday. Read more details at WKYC.COM: CLICK HERE
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The Director's Cut Blog has learned that Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb (all pictured) will be named hosts of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" Show beginning September 10th on WKYC. The network is expected to make an official announcement tomorrow, August 14th.

Sources also say that a rotating list of guest hosts include the Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and New York Giant running back Tiki Barber, who became a "Today" correspondent in April.

Regular "Today" Show co-hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer will NOT be part of the 4th hour. Vieira contractually can not appear past 10 AM because of her work on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Therefore, the new fall lineup on WKYC will be:
7 to 10 AM: "Today" Show
10 AM: "Good Company"
11 AM: "Today" Show (4th Hour)
Noon: Channel 3 News Midday

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Spotlight Feature: Behind the Scenes at SportsTime Ohio

When you go to a game at Jacobs Field, you can see and feel the electricity of the Indians and the fans. But, what if you are watching it at home?

Channel 3 Lydia's Esparra goes behind the scenes of SportsTime Ohio with the men and women who bring that same feeling right into your living room.

Pictured is Emmy Award Winning Indians Director Pat Murray (left) and the STO Control Room (right).

This is the same control room where your blog jockey, Frank Macek, gets to direct the Indians pregame show called "Indians On Deck" for away games (along with our other WKYC staff of Directors - Al Wohl, Eric Carrel, Mark Bogden & Matt Babb).

To Watch our exclusive story, CLICK HERE

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News: WKYC & Gannett Go Mobile

Breaking news, sports, weather and other must-have local information now can be accessed easily by mobile phone users in more than 100 local markets, including Cleveland...WKYC's parent company, Gannett, has announced.

WKYC news and information is available on virtually any mobile phone or handheld device. We are your mobile window to the world, anywhere you go, any time of day.

With FREE content specially formatted for your small screen device, WKYC Mobile allows you to stay in touch with all the latest breaking news 24x7.

There are three easy options to access this free service on your mobile phone:

*Simply type m.wkyc.com into the web browser on your Internet-enabled mobile device.

*Text WKYC to 59523 and we will send you this link to your phone via text message.

*Via links from the home pages of all Gannett newspaper and broadcast Web sites. For a complete list of links available: CLICK HERE

Requirements: Although the service is free from WKYC, carrier charges may apply for receiving a text message. Bookmark this address in your mobile browser and you'll always have robust, up to date mobile news and information from WKYC Mobile available whenever you need it.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

News: Hal Fishman's Passing at KTLA

This story doesn't have much to do with WKYC, but it's a tv related item of interest which I felt is worth mentioning.

Early Tuesday morning, the broadcasting industry lost a legend - KTLA Anchor Hal Fishman. His passing is important because he was the longest-running news anchor in television history. Hal died at age 75 from colon cancer that had spread to his liver - a disease only he was aware of until he collapsed last week at home. His final broadcast was Monday, July 30th.

I regularly watched Hal anchor KTLA's 10 pm "Prime" newscast through Dish Network's Superstation service. Hal was one of the most polished & articulate news anchors I have ever seen. He had a journalistic integrity you rarely see anymore. You trusted what Hal said.

Hal was a fixture on Los Angeles TV for nearly 50 years. The last several decades, he was a mainstay on the newsdesk of Channel 5, KTLA - having been hired by Gene Autry when he bought the station in 1965.

He was also seen recently in the "Spiderman 3" movie, playing himself as a TV news anchor.

Our own WKYC General Manager Brooke Spectorsky worked with Hal and the KLTA team as director of programming from 1979 to 1981 - and I am sure Brooke remembers Hal well.

So, please take a moment of your time to visit the KTLA website and pay tribute to the man who, for so long, had a tremendous impact on more than just a few of us in the industry.

To watch video of KTLA's multi-part memorial to Hal: CLICK HERE

Photo Courtesy: KTLA

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News: The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on WKYC

Preparing a year in advance, NBC Universal announced it will showcase round-the-clock coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games over 17 days, beginning exactly one year from today: 8-8-08 at 8 PM on WKYC/TV 3.

The plan, totaling 3,600+ hours, offers more televised coverage than all previous Summer Olympics combined in U.S. history (from 1960 to 2004). Coverage from Beijing will be seen on NBC, USA Network, MSNBC and CNBC, along with high-definition coverage on USA HD and Universal HD. Spanish-language coverage will be seen on Telemundo.

Additionally, NBCU will offer live streaming Olympic broadband video footage for the first time in the U.S. via NBCOlympics.com, and approximately 3,000 hours of highlights, rewinds and encores will be available on-demand.

Despite a 12-hour time zone difference, NBCU will feature must-see events in primetime from live swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball.

To See the new Olympics Video Trailer: CLICK HERE
To Go to the NBC Olympics Website: CLICK HERE

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Get to Know Team 3 - Lydia Esparra

Channel 3 reporter/weekend anchor Lydia Esparra stars in our "Get To Know Team 3" feature for this go around. Here's a couple of interesting things you may not have known about Lydia.

Q: Where did your career start?

Lydia: My career began at a cable company that had news and other types of programming. It was in Davie Florida. I really loved it! One show was called "Swing On a Star." I got to go around South Florida doing all these odd jobs like wrestling alligators and swimming with Dolphins.

Q: What other cities have you worked in besides Cleveland?

Lydia: Davie, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Miami, Florida; Albany, Georgia; Columbus, Georgia; Cleveland, Ohio.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

Lydia: Reporting stories that affect people's lives. I like it when you do a story and it really gets people thinking. It's informing the viewer. And you can never have enough information! I like bringing the viewer to the scene. I wish I had a million dollars to give to people who I meet that are down on their luck, lost a loved one or really need financial help for their children. We have good people out on the streets, we you just never get to meet them.

Q: What is the best story you have ever had to cover?

Lydia: Hands down...when the Buckeyes went to the first championship! I loved it and waited my whole life for the Buckeyes to win the National Championship and I was right in the midst of it. It was awesome!

Q: Who is your idol in the news business?

Lydia: Peter Jennings. I first started watching him and only him at the age of 13. He was the consummate newsman. He loved the field, loved the desk, excelled in politics, he had the whole package. And he was good. He was a high school dropout and he proved that knowledge indeed was power. He was Canadian born but loved being in America. He traveled the world and made a difference. I always wanted to meet him, but unfortunately he died from lung cancer in 2005.

Q: What do you always have in the fridge?

Lydia: Fruit. I love fruit. I can't give you my favorite because I love it all. Also, Tabasco sauce. I put hot sauce on just about everything.

Q: What celebrity would you most like to be in Hollywood?

Lydia: Well, Pope John Paul the Second wasn't a celebrity and didn't live Hollywood but there was a man who used his connections to change the world. I will never forget Easter Sunday when he gave his last homily from the Vatican. He was suffering so much but wanted to be with the people on last time. He died with dignity and respect. He knew the way to a better world was to enrich our youth. And oh, how they loved him!

Q: Do you collect anything?

Lydia: Not really, but I do have a lot of shoes.

Q: What is your favorite piece of clothing?

Lydia: I have a pair of baggy running shorts that I love. They are horrible but they are so comfortable. They encourage me to workout.

Q: What is the first song you're singing on Karaoke Night?

Lydia: Blue Moon!

You can email Lydia at: lydiaesparra@wkyc.com

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Monday, August 06, 2007

News: New Program Guide for WKYC & STO

We've added a new feature to the "Director's Cut Blog" - a TV program guide for all our shows on WKYC and Sportstime Ohio.

This is located on the menu off to the right and gives you are complete list of which shows are on WKYC Analog Channel 3, along with those shows presented in High Definition on WKYC's Digital Service - 3.1 & Weather Plus 3.2 (Channel numbers may be different on your cable or satellite system).

You'll also find a daily program guide for SportsTime Ohio.

Enjoy!

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Web Link: Ed Esposito Blog

We have added a link to our Director's Cut Blog located under "Frank's Link Favorites" from our good friend, Ed Esposito - who is the Editor of AkronNewsNow and also oversees news and information media for the Rubber City Radio Group Stations: WAKR-WONE-WQMX in Akron.

His informative blog is located at: http://edesposito.blogspot.com/

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

News: Freak Storm Floods Channel 3

This afternoon, an intense thunderstorm over downtown Cleveland led to 4.45" of rain falling in about an hour.

This led to severe flooding including at the Channel 3 Digital Broadcast Center. The basement parking garage had 6 to 7 inches of standing water at one point. Also, many cars surrounding the station were partially-submerged under water, while many roads were temporarily closed until the water could run off.

Sportstime Ohio, which has a studio in the basement, was almost forced to higher ground during a live broadcast of "All Bets Are Off with Bruce Drennan" because of the flooding situation. However, they continued broadcasting as former Tribe Skipper, Mike Hargrove, was being interviewed by Bruce.

To see our storm coverage @ 6 PM: CLICK HERE
To see a live report from Paul Thomas @ 7 PM: CLICK HERE
To watch video for amazing pictures of swamped roadways: CLICK HERE

These are pictures from the Channel 3 Studios & Parking Garage....

These are other pictures around the station:

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News: WKYC is #1 Again in July at 11 PM

July sweeps are over.

WKYC is again the #1 late, local news leader at 11 PM both Monday thru Friday...and Monday thru Sunday (12+ numbers).

Also, the station continues to have the highest rated weekend morning newscasts as well.

Overall, viewing was rather low for all broadcast stations in the market for the month. This is generally true each summer when people spend more time outdoors than they do watching TV during June, July and August.

The next major book will be in November.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Breaking News: News Director Named at WKYC

Updated: 5:15 PM
WKYC General Manager Brooke Spectorsky has just announced to the staff the permanent appointment of Acting News Director Rita Andolsen to News Director - officially beginning a new chapter for Channel 3 News.

Rita has worked hard in a variety of management roles in the WKYC newsroom since coming to Channel 3 from WJW-TV 8. Most recently, she had been Assistant News Director until Mike McCormick left.

Congratulations to Rita!
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Here is a portion of the official press release from WKYC:

"Channel 3 is pleased to announce the appointment of Rita Andolsen as News Director," said WKYC President and General Manager Brooke Spectorsky. Rita has served as Interim News Director since May. "She knows Cleveland, WKYC and has worked closely with almost every single person in the newsroom over the past seven years," added Spectorsky, "and I know she is passionate about leading WKYC into the future as we develop new ways to reach our audiences on-air and on-line."

Rita has been with Channel 3 since 2000 when she joined the staff as Senior Executive News Producer. More recently she has served as the Assistant News Director. Prior to coming to Channel 3, she was an executive news producer at FOX 8.

"Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with a great team here at Channel 3 including Tim, Romona, Mark and Jim. As News Director my aim will be to take our news to the next level," said Andolsen. "Right now our industry is facing a very competitive landscape. My entire newsroom is committed to providing Northeast Ohio the best news coverage possible through our daily newscasts and on wkyc.com. We hope to build on a great legacy here at Channel 3 and everyday we remember our promise to viewers and online users - report the facts, respect the truth."

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Where Are They Now? - Connie Dieken

This month, we asked Connie Dieken to share with us some exclusive information on our Director's Cut Blog about what she has been up since leaving the WKYC family in our "Where Are They Now Feature?" We have video of Connie anchoring the 11 pm news at the end of the story.

Connie spent 16 years broadcasting the news to Cleveland television viewers, beginning at Channel 3 in 1984. Her first duties at the station were as weekend anchor and consumer reporter. She quickly moved up and joined co-anchor Tom Sweeney on the anchor desk for the 5 PM broadcast...and became a main anchor of Channel 3 News at 6 & 11 PM.

Her work garnered numerous high profile communication awards including Emmys, Tellys and being named Best TV Host by Cleveland Magazine. Viewers always loved Connie for her friendly & warm approach to bringing them the news of the day.

Also during her stay at Channel 3, she married former Browns offensive lineman Doug Dieken.

Her quiet departure from the airwaves in 2000 left many Clevelanders scratching their heads, "Where did Connie go? Why did she walk away from the spotlight?"

Turns out, Connie reversed the spotlight. She launched a communication coaching and consulting firm to help business leaders deliver powerful, high profile messages. Her firm, onPoint Communication, helps leaders develop and deliver high profile communications for mergers and acquisitions, annual meetings, product launches, sales presentations and media relations.

Connie has also been busy co-authoring 4 business books and is the author of the upcoming communication book, "You Lost Me at Hello: How to Talk to a World of Short Attention Spans."

Recently, Connie was honored with the 2007 Leadership Think Tank Award for small business in Ohio. Other awards include being one of the Top Ten Women Business Owners of 2006 and being honored by the National Speakers Association (the CSP) - an award given to less than 7% of speakers worldwide.

Connie still lives in Greater Cleveland with her two children, ages 18 and 14. Her oldest child is heading to college this fall. Her career change from the evening news to entrepreneur allowed her to balance her dual commitments to career and family, and gain both personal and professional success.

To Email Connie: connie@conniedieken.com

The following is Connie anchoring on WKYC with Dick Feagler on July 28, 1993. Press the play to begin watching video. If you can't see the video on this page, CLICK HERE

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Monday, July 30, 2007

HDTV: Local HD Channel Assignments

Fellow WKYC Producer/Director Matt Babb has been researching High Definition TV as he upgrades...and shares with us some information you might interested in regarding where to find our local HD channels.

Here are the analog TV channels and their corresponding "over the air" HD channel assignments.
Note: When tuning though, you will still see the stations displayed as X.1, X.2, X.3 (depending on how many multi-cast channels each station offers).

Station-Analog (New Digital)

WKYC-TV 3 (Digital 2) - Displayed as 3.1, 3.2, etc. ***Will Move to Digital Ch 17**
WEWS-TV 5 (Digital 15) - Displayed as 5.1, 5.2, etc.
WJW-TV 8 (Digital 31) - Displayed as 8.1, 8.2, etc.
WOIO-TV 19 (Digital 10) - Displayed as 19.1, 19.2, etc.
WVPX-TV 23 (Digital 59) - Displayed as 23.1, 23.2, etc. **Will Move to Digital Ch 23***
WVIZ-TV 25 (Digital 26) - Displayed as 25.1, 25.2, etc.
WUAB-TV 43 (Digital 28) - Displayed as 43.1, 43.2, etc.
WNEO-TV 45 (Digital 46) - Displayed as 45.1, 45.2, etc.
WEAO-TV 49 (Digital 50) - Displayed as 49.1, 49.2, etc.
WBNX-TV 55 (Digital 30) - Displayed as 55.1, 55.2, etc.
WQHS-TV 61 (Digital 34) - Displayed as 61.1, 61.2, etc.

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News: Former NBC Talk Show Host Dead at Age 71

Sad to report that former TV show host Tom Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia which he announced in 2005.

Snyder was not your typical broadcaster....and usually smoked cigarettes during his interviews. But, he was polished and a great interviewer.

He left "The Tomorrow Show" which followed "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" on NBC and WKYC in 1982. (He was host from 1973 to 1982).

In 1978, Tom brought his show to town with then Mayor Dennis Kucinich over breakfast at Tony's Diner at W. 117th & Lorain Avenue.

He then returned to late night television on CBS with the "Late, Late Show" following David Letterman more than 20 years later. Tom was eventually replaced by Craig Kilborn on that show.

Tom held a brief stint as an anchor at KYW-TV in Cleveland, currently WKYC, at age 29.

Known for his improvised and relaxed style and hardy laughs, Snyder did a number of memorable interviews including John Lennon, Charles Manson & Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.

Tom will always be remembered in our hearts for his catchy phrase: ''Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air.''

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TV Trivia: Which TV Show Reminds You Of Your Boss?

According to CareerBuilder.com survey, some TV bosses are pretty close to the real thing. When asked which TV boss most reminds them of their own boss, the most popular responses included:

1. Sam Malone from "Cheers"
2. Charlie from "Charlie's Angels"
3. Judge Judy from "Judge Judy"
4. Donald Trump from "The Apprentice"
5. Simon Cowell from "American Idol"
6. Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons"
7. Miranda Bailey from "Grey's Anatomy"
8. Michael Scott from "The Office"
9. Tyra Banks from "America's Next Top Model"
10. Jack from "Lost"

Courtesy: CareerBuilder.com

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News: Another News Helicopter Goes Down

It's been a really bad couple of days for news helicopters.

Another helicopter carrying a pilot and two traffic reporters crashed landed after losing power Monday morning in Texas (near Grand Prairie), leaving the passengers bruised but alive.

Chip Waggoner, who was reporting for Dallas Fox O&O KDFW-TV, told his station that the aircraft lost power about 7 a.m. and that pilot Curtis Crump was able to make a hard emergency landing.

Waggoner said he and Crump appeared to be unhurt, and radio traffic reporter Julie DeHarty was sore but able to walk. DeHarty is the traffic reporter for Dallas radio stations KRLD-AM and KVIL-FM.

Courtesy: KDFW-TV

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Director's Alert: 2 News Helicopters Crash Covering Chase

Updated: 8:50 PM

To watch compelling video taken from the KPNX chopper of the accident, CLICK HERE
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It was bound to happen at some point - and today, it did... two news helicopters covering a police chase collided in mid air and crashed in Phoenix, Arizona, this afternoon.

Our Gannett sister station KPNX (which did not have one of the two choppers involved in the accident) reports both the pilots and photographers on each of the two aircraft died when the helicopters collided over Steele Indian School Park. The helicopters, as well as those from other stations, were covering a police chase at the time.

There did not appear to be any casualties on the ground.

Channel 15, the local ABC affiliate, reported that pilot Craig Smith and photographer Rick Krolak were on board their aircraft. Channel 3, the an independent station, reported that pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox were on their aircraft.

For the latest information on this story, we refer you to the KPNX website: CLICK HERE

Courtesy: KPNX and Azcentral.com

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

TV Trivia: Ads We Can't Get Our of Our Heads

Our sister publicaton, USA Today, continues its 25th Anniversary celebration with Weekly Top 25 lists.

This week's list looks at the Top 25 Ads "We Can't Get Out Of Our Heads."


Here are the Top 10:

1. Life Alert: I've Fallen, and I Can't Get Up! (1990)
2. Apple Macintosh: 1984 (1984)
3. Wendy's: Where's the Beef? (1984)
4. Isuzu: Joe "Trust Me" Isuzu (1986)
5. Energizer: Energizer Bunny (1989)
6. Bartles & Jaymes: Thank You For Your Support (1985)
7. California Raisin Advisory Board: Heard It Through The Grapevine (1986)
8. Budweiser: Croaking Frogs (1995)
9. Bush campaign: Willie Horton (1988)
10. California Milk Processors Board: Got Milk? (1993)

To read the rest of the list, CLICK HERE on the USA Today website.

Courtesy: USA Today

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

News: The Show Must Go On...

If you were watching Channel 3 News Today at 5:00 am Wednesday morning, you may have noticed something unusual - the anchors were forced outside after the station's fire alarm sounded.

Although, there was no fire - there was a low water pressure issue in the building which set the system off as a precaution.

Barb, John and Hollie spent the first 15 minutes anchoring the show from in front of the building, since you would not have been able to hear them over the alarm.

As they say, the show must go on...and it did!

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News: Gannett Names Dave Lougee President of Gannett Broadcasting

Gannett, parent of WKYC-TV, has named Dave Lougee as president of the Broadcasting Division for Gannett Co., Inc., effective July 30th.

Lougee, who is executive vice president/Media Operations of Belo Corp., replaces Roger Ogden, who retired on July 1.

"Dave's background in award-winning journalism, his experience running a strong affiliate operation and his knowledge of Gannett make him a perfect person to head up our Broadcasting Division," said Craig Dubow, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are thrilled he will be joining us."

As executive vice president/Media Operations for Belo, Lougee has been in charge of the company's 19 TV stations and 4 cable news operations outside of Dallas. In 2005, he was a senior vice president of Belo. He joined Belo in 1998 as news director at KING-TV in Seattle/Tacoma, becoming president and general manager of Belo's TV and cable operations in Seattle/Tacoma in 2000. Lougee was vice president/News at WRC-TV in Washington, DC from 1996 to 1998. From 1990 to 1996, Lougee was news director at KUSA-TV in Denver, a Gannett station. While he was there, the station received the national Edward R. Murrow award for "Overall Excellence." He began his broadcasting career at KCNC-TV in Denver in 1982.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Director's Alert: Former WKYC Reporter John Herrington Dies

Memorial Contributions:
Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church or the The Huntington Playhouse, 28601 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140
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CLICK HERE to see video of John in this morning's mention of his passing on Channel 3 News Today from our website, WKYC.COM.

CLICK HERE to see an ad when John was anchor of the 10 pm News at WKBF

CLICK HERE to post your memories & comments about John

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Former WKYC reporter, John Herrington passed away Tuesday evening (7/24) at age 76.

Herrington joined worked here at WKYC for twenty-five years as a reporter beginning in 1971 as a reporter, and in-studio & field anchor frequently reporting on events of national interest for NBC during the period that it owned & operated WKYC. He took early retirement from the station in 1993. John was best known at Channel 3 as the "Energy Warden" and his stylish hats.

John came to Cleveland from Kansas City, MO, where he worked at WDAF-Radio and TV for 10 years starting in 1958. In Cleveland, John worked at WKBF (Channel 61) which was an independent TV station serving Cleveland owned by a joint venture between Kaiser Broadcasting and Field Communications. In an attempt to bring unique programs into the market to gain profitability, John became the main anchor of a 10 PM newscast simply called "The 10 O'Clock news" under News Director Alan DePetro.

In 1995, John was presented a Silver Circle Award by the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Television Academy for his outstanding work as a journalist.

Since retiring from WKYC, John worked as a free-lance producer for several network and syndicated television reports, covered community events for a suburban weekly newspaper and wrote a periodic column for a local Cleveland website.

John was one of those rare reporters who could handle many different types of stories from the very entertaining to very serious, depending on the subject matter. All will agree, John was well respected in the Cleveland television market for his work.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife of 27 years, Carol Ann...and his entire family.

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News: Tivo Introduces New HD Recorder

TiVo's new, wallet-friendly high-definition digital video recorder debuts today.

The DVR pioneer begins taking orders for the new machine, priced at under 300 dollars, on its Web site this morning, and units are expected to hit retail outlets by early next month. The TiVo HD DVR has many of the same technical features as its Series-3 cousin, which is priced at 800 dollars: it has two tuners, so subscribers can record two different shows in HD at the same time while watching a third, recorded show.

It also has two built-in slots for CableCARD, allowing users to access digital programming without a separate device from the cable TV provider. The new model will have a smaller hard drive -- 160 gigabytes instead of 250, meaning it can store about 20 hours of high-definition programming or up to 180 hours of standard programming.

Courtesy: WKYC.COM

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News: US Online Video Viewing Increases

Online video reached 81 million people or 63% of US Internet users as of March 2007, up for 70 million just 6 months ago. Net video viewing was found to be addictive to TV viewing rather displacing; 33% of those surveyed said watching video online actually led to an increase in TV viewing.

Consumers indicated that greater awareness of where to find the videos they are after, better navigation interfaces and availablility of internet video via home television sets could significantly drive future broadband video content use.

Courtesy: CTAM/Neilsen Entertainment & NielsenConnect

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Director's Alert: Dave Chudowsky Joins the Ch 3 Sports Team


WKYC has announced that Dave Chudowsky is joining the Channel 3 Sports team from ONN in Columbus where he was a sports reporter, photographer & editor.

Previous to Columbus, Dave also worked in Toledo and interned at WKYC back in the late 90's when the station was still located at E. 6th Street.

Dave has also recently appeared as a guest on "All Bets Are Off with Bruce Drennan" on SportsTime Ohio where he has made a number of appearances leading up to his hiring by WKYC.

Dave is a graduate of Bay Village High School. While at ONN, Dave did a lot of work covering The Ohio State University and knows plenty about the Browns, Indians and Cavs.

Dave replaces Brian Colleran on the WKYC's sports desk along with Sports Director Jim Donovan and reporter/weekend anchor Joe Brown as we continue to bring our local viewers the best sports coverage in the market.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Spotlight Article: What Size Screen Is Right For You & Your Room?

With the traditional analog TV set, you generally needed to sit about 8 feet away from a 32 inch screen to get the best picture quality. If you were closer, you would start to notice the scanning lines that form your picture.

Today, the HDTV (and HDTV capable) sets have much higher resolution screens that allows you to put a much larger set in your room or gives you the choice of sitting much closer - based on your preference. But keep in mind, you want to measure your room and go with a size that is comfortable, not crowded.

High quality video material like DVD's and HDTV programs look amazing on these new sets. But you may also find that the noise and distortion in lower-quality analog signals (like standard broadcast and cable TV) are exposed and magnified.

That's why the suggested viewing distance chart below offers a range for each screen size, based on suggestions from manufacturers.

If most of your viewing is DVD quality or better, you'll see more details by sitting closer. If you want more regular (non-HD) video, sit farther back for a smoother picture.

Naturally, personal preference factors into viewers distance too. Just like in a movie theater: some people sit up front, some in back and some prefer the middle. Lots of people buy a TV, only to discover they should have bought something larger. That's why we recommend thinking carefully about how big your room is, what experience you wish to have, and your budget.

Size ---- Suggested Viewing Distance Range

30" ---- 3' 3/4" to 6' 1/4"
34" ---- 4' 1/4" to 7'
42" ---- 5' 1/4" to 8' 3/4"
50" ---- 6' 1/4" to 10' 1/2"
56" ---- 7' to 11' 3/4"
62" ---- 7' 3/4" to 13'
70" ---- 8' 3/4" to 14' 3/4"

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From the Mailbag: Pixel Amounts for HDTV

From: Jim in Parma

Q: How many more pixels are their between regular TV and High Definition TV?

A: Well, it depends on what type of HD capability your TV has. An ordinary analog TV (like the ones we are used to) has "only" 346,600 pixels on the screen. An 720 HD TV has 921,600 pixels. A full HD 1080 has 2,073,600.

For the best picture quality, a 1080 is the way to go.. though a 720 will do for most people who want HD without the huge price tag.

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News: Lebron to Host SNL

Cleveland Cavs star Lebron James will host the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" on NBC and WKYC on September 29th at 11:30 PM it has been announced by a publicist for the network.

The 22-year-old James will be the latest, prominent athlete to host "S-N-L" -- following in the footsteps of his boyhood idol, N-B-A superstar Michael Jordan, who hosted the show in 1991. Last season, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning also hosted an episode.

Perhaps his recent stint as "Bobby Brown" at the ESPY's Awards on ESPN got him some notice... If not, it just could have the positive reviews he got from just co-hosting that show earlier this month with comedian/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Director's Alert: WKYC Launches New Weather Blog

WKYC is launching a new weather blog called "Fair Weather Fans" which features all things local weather for the Greater Cleveland Area. This will include audio forecasts, graphics from the Channel 3 Weather Plus Forecast Center, the latest watches and warnings & information about various weather phenomena.

You can post your storm reports & pictures that will aid our forecasting team with severe weather events. We might even use some of your pictures on the air.

Get a sneak peak and bookmark the blog at: www.wkyc.com/weblog/weather

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Get To Know Team 3 - Joe Brown


The newest member of the Channel 3 Sports team, Joe Brown, is this week's "Get to Know Team 3" feature. Joe came to WKYC from Altitude Sports in Denver. His first day was Thursday, May 17th. His first assignment was covering the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. We recently sat down with Joe and asked him the following questions:

Q: How did you decide your calling was to be a sportscaster?
Joe: When I was 15 years old worked in the press box at Mac Arthur Stadium in Syracuse. Just knew that the only thing I wanted to do was to be around sports.
Q: You last worked & lived in Denver, how does that city's spirit compare to Cleveland? (Both have die hard sports fans)
Joe: Denver was a lot of fun. But there is no comparison. People there follow the Broncos. But here fans love the Browns, Indians, Cavs and Ohio State unconditionally. So I have noticed a big difference.
Q: What is your favorite sport to do play-by-play for?
Joe: Without a doubt baseball. At my last job I did a handful of game for triple a Colorado Springs. I actually took a 2nd during the game and thought to myself how lucky I was to be sitting in the press box describing the game and being out on a beautiful night, and also being paid to do it.
Q: What is your favorite sports-related movie?
Joe: There are so many movies I could chose from and I think I own them all. "Rudy" is incredible, "Bull Durham" is another one. But I would probably have to say "Remember the Titans." Great football scenes and an even better message.
Q: Who is your favorite national sportscaster?
Joe: Mike Tirico. I was lucky enough to intern for him when I was in college. I actually saw him during the Eastern Conference and NBA Finals. Very talented and a very good guy.
Q: What is your favorite season of the year?
Joe: The fall is the absolute best. Baseball is closing in on the playoffs and the NFL and college football has kicked off their seasons.
Q: What is your favorite snack to grab between sportscasts?
Joe: Whatever is in the vending machine. I have made a lot of runs between the newsroom and the kitchen in my short time here.
Q: What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Joe: Last summer a friend and I went to Yankee Stadium and Fenway in back to back nights, that wasn't bad.
Q: Are you still a traditional radio fan or do you have satellite radio in your car?
Joe: Traditional radio for sure. I've thought seriously of getting satellite radio because of all the options with the sports packages.
Q: What is your favorite day or the week & why?
Joe: Saturday or Sunday. This time of the year it's a bit slower. But in the fall best chance to watch sports all day long.
You can email Joe at: joebrown@wkyc.com

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Monday, July 16, 2007

News: NBC Tweaks Fall Lineup

New co-boss at NBC Entertainment, Ben Silverman, has announced some tweaks to the fall programming line up at NBC-TV.

Among the more noteable:

* "Deal or No Deal" is out from the 8 pm Monday timeslot. It will be replaced with the new series "Chuck" which joins "Heroes" & "Journeyman." Mondays will be a night of sci-fi

* "The Biggest Loser" will be expanded to 1 1/2 hours, with the new reality show "The Singing Bee" to finish out block. "The Singing Bee" moves from Friday Night and "Chuck" moves to Mondays.

* NBC has signed fired "Grey's" actor Isaiah Washington for a guest role in "Bionic Woman."

* NBC also has signed a deal with producer Norman Lear ("All in the Family") to produce a one-hour dramedy (drama & comedy) called "Phenomenon"about a mother who re-enters the Wall Street workplace and finds herself pitted against her late husband's ruthless partner.

* NBC's premiere week is going to feature one hour episodes of "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" on Thursday, Sept. 27, and a two-hour season premiere of "Las Vegas" on Friday, Sept. 28.

* NBC is signing Jerry Seinfeld for a guest appearance on the season premiere of "30 Rock." Mr. Seinfeld, whose interstitials promoting his upcoming "Bee Movie" will air on the network this fall, will play himself on the half-hour comedy.

* NBC Universal announced "Green Is Universal," a week long programming initiative where shows across the company's platforms will adopt environmental themes.

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From the Mailbag: Behind the Scenes Taping

From: Sam in Highland Heights

Q: I am an avid watcher of Channel 3 News, and also have an interest in the World of Broadcasting. Every now and then I visit your Director's Cut Blog, and enjoy reading it...I recall a few months back (January) you said that you would post a video of behind the scenes of a newscast. I was wondering if you still plan on doing it...Another question I had was will WKYC ever stream their newscasts online (like WMAQ in Chicago)?

A: Do I get extra pay for two part questions? The answer to your first question about the behind the scenes look at the news. Yes, I am still planning on doing that... When, I am not sure. There are some legal issues regarding using video on the web that may appear during a show I use - which makes the project a little more time consuming than I can get involved with right now since we are in the middle of Indians season and all we do for Sportstime Ohio too. But it's still on the agenda..

Secondly, we are not planning on streaming our newscast at the moment. Again, for the same reason. We would have to pay additional fees to rebroadcast video on the web and right now there isn't a way to justify the additional cost with limited return. But, it will happen.. When, is the best question.

Send your emails to: fmacek@wkyc.com

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From the Mailbag: Akron Special on 45/49

From: Dan in Akron

Q: Hi Frank, what did you think of the Channel 45/49 show about the loss of Akron's only local TV station?

A: I got a chance to Tivo the show on Saturday...and overall, I thought the show was pretty comprehensive, but at times really dragged on about factors that may or may not have contributed to the loss of WAKC as a news operation. Yes, WAKR/WAKC did have a factors going against it - but it may have been the lack of direct market competition that doomed it more. If Akron would have had 3 or 4 local TV stations, there would have been a much better chance of the city standing apart from the Cleveland market in Arbitron, then Nielsen's eyes.

But since there wasn't, the lone station just got absorbed into Cleveland - which then suffered because it never had ratings, in relation. I think the Berk family made a bad mistake is selling the station. They feared they couldn't compete, but I don't think had enough courage to keep the station going in uncertain times.

Of course what Bud Paxson did was unforgivable - promising to keep local news going, then basically turning off the lights only hours after Pax's purchase. It really goes to show how much more a business TV is than a committment to the community which the FCC should really re-explore when they take future action. It's good to see that companies, like Gannett, still have the community in their vision.

Send me your emails to: fmacek@wkyc.com

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Video: "Twentyfourhours"

As I was reading Eric Mansfield's blog tonight, I thought I'd share the following article he posted regarding an article about the recent documentary on Akron's Newscasts. That will re-air again this Saturday Morning at 3 AM on Channels 45/49.
While this new program hasn't been added to their video on demand web service yet, you can watch Twentyfourhours, a program first aired in 2001 about our local TV news at that time. To watch, CLICK HERE
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From Eric's Blog:
Much has been made on a few media blogs and elsewhere about the documentary that aired a few nights ago about the death and rebirth of TV News in Akron. It will re-air at 3 a.m. this Saturday morning on PBS 45/49. Some liked it while others didn't. I still need to see it before I can weigh in.

If the topic really interests you, there's another documentary out there that is exceptionally well done, and it's available for free on the Internet. Twentyfourhours was put together in 2001 and looked at how all of the Cleveland stations cover Akron-area news. The report also looks back at how Akron ended up without a newscast for a five-year period.
While it's a few years old, this documentary really nails a lot of the big issues facing Akron news coverage and includes a broad group of interviews to tackle the subject. Let me know what you think. As fate would have it, the PBS crew was scheduled to visit our Akron newsroom on September 11th. So the video you see of our newsroom at the top of the documentary where folks are running all over the place and looking stressed on the phones was shot on the actual day of the attacks.

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Where Are They Now? - Lisa Colagrossi

Several weeks ago, we mentioned former WKYC reporter/anchor Lisa Colagrossi in a story (CLICK HERE) about the WABC TV studios catching fire in New York City. Lisa has worked 6 years now at WABC as an early morning reporter/fill-in anchor.
Ironically, Lisa is the one who covered the story on the fire which gave us the idea to find out what's she has been up to since leaving WKYC.
Lisa tells us that she first headed to Florida where she went to work for former WKYC News Director Dick Moore (still her favorite) and WKYC General Manager Brooke Spectorsky who were both in Orlando at the time at Channel 7. Lisa's first duty was a 5:30 PM anchor and would add the 11 pm newscast to her resume.
Her husband's career then took her to the Big Apple in 2001. Lisa joined WABC-TV on the Sunday after the World Trade Center disaster as a freelance reporter and hit the ground running. Lisa has also covered other major stories including the crash of flight 587 in the Rockaways. She tells us she is currently working with a few other WKYC alumni including Tappy Phillips and Jim Dolan.
Lisa's work has garnered two Suncoast Regional Emmy's, five Emmy nominations, and numerous awards from the Florida Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition to working in Cleveland, Orlando and New York, Lisa has also worked at stations in Alabama and West Virginia.
Lisa calls Connecticut home now with her husband and two children, ages 7 & 3. Her parents and brother still live in Strongsville, but her sister lives near her in Manhattan.
You can e-mail Lisa at: lisa.colagrossi@abc.com

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

News: HDTV Cable Penetration Rises

HDTV penetration among cable subscribers has nearly doubled in the past year with 29% of cable customers claiming they have an HD set. That compares with 15% last year, according to new figures released by the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM).

Digital cable customers are the most likely to make the leap, with 41% of the digital cable homes now HD ready.

Most homes that haven't upgraded, but plan to do so in the next 12 months say they will order a cable package to go with it within a month of their HDTV purchase.

83% say they will order at least basic cable

77% say they will get a digital package.

Courtesy: CTAM

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Spotlight Article: Channel Branding with Digital TV

For years, all your favorite TV stations in the Greater Cleveland area, including WKYC, have branded themselves by their analog channel numbers. For us, it's Channel 3 as in "Channel 3 News." Channel 5 is "Newschannel 5." Channel 8 is "Fox 8 News." You know the drill.

But with the upcoming move of TV stations by the FCC to new digital channels in 2009, what will stations be called? The simple answer is: still Channel 3, 5, and 8.

In the analog world, there is a direct relationship between the channel number and the RF frequency. In the digital world, this relationship becomes indirect (but linked) using an electronic system called PSIP (Program and System Information Protocol). You can read more on the specifics at http://www.psip.org/

The PSIP is data that is transmitted along with the station's digital TV signal to alert your new digital TV where to find a station on its tuner. The PSIP identifies both the DTV channel and for now, the NTSC (analog) channel. Your TVs will electronically associate the two channel numbers making it easy for viewers to tune to our station(s), even if that do not know the new digital channel number. Thus, the digital channels really become irrelevant.

Today we are located on a very bad position at digital RF position Channel 2. In the next year, we'll move to our new digital RF position channel 17, but will still be known to viewers as "Channel 3." The important brands that TV stations have today will need to be preserved and they will be under this PSIP system.

Since we are already broadcasting digitally, WKYC (on analog Channel 3) is being coded on RF Digital Channel 2 as "Channel 3-1" (Channel 3 HD) and "Channel 3-2" (Weather Plus). We will have the opportunity to add even more TV or data channels in the future.

When we move to Channel 17, your new TV's will find us as 17-1, 17-2 and you won't need to do a thing.

Once the analog WKYC channel 3 channel is forced to sign off the air in 2009, the only change viewers will notice is that the analog signal disappears. You will be receiving only digital signals from that point forward.

It's an exciting time in the broadcast industry...and we'll be here with you to explain it to you in layman's terms as we go along.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

DVR: TV Special on Akron's Newscasts

A Reminder: This show will air again this Saturday, July 14th at 3 AM on Channels 45/49 if you are interested.
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From our friends at Ohio Media Watch:

WNEO/45-WEAO/49 "PBS 45 & 49" will air a special tonight, Tuesday, at 9 PM titled "Akron, Ohio: The City Where Commercial Television News Went Black".

We'll presume it delves, in-depth, into the saga most of our readers probably know well...the end of local news on then-ABC affiliate WAKC/23 (nee' WAKR-TV), which eventually got sold to the PAX TV folks and was stripped of its news and ABC affiliation.The saga continued, as with help from the city of Akron, local over-air TV news was reborn as "PAX 23 News", produced by WKYC/3 from a new bureau in the heart of downtown Akron.

That newscast went off the over-air signal last year, when PAX TV's agreement with WKYC parent Gannett Broadcasting (and many other companies running PAX affiliates) ended. And to complete the story, of course, the newscast still airs on cable on Time Warner Cable channel 23 - or channel 15 in some of the western Akron suburbs on systems formerly owned by Adelphia.

And to close all the loose ends, WKYC/3 Akron-Canton Bureau chief Eric Mansfield, who helms the "Akron/Canton News" operation on TWC as anchor, is also the newly minted host of... 45/49's own "NewsNight Akron" weekly news roundtable discussion program.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Web: The Original Amateur Hour

"OriginalAmateurHour.com" is the official website for the Original Amateur Hour, the radio and TV series that started the talent competition craze that continues to fascinate audiences across the world.

The show helped launch the careers of over 50 majors stars including Frank Sinatra.

Long-time producer and show veteran Albert Fisher launched the website in 2005 to help promote and sell an archival DVD of the show, but the site has become a place where many of the 1 million of the show's former performers can obtain a copy of their lost 15 minutes of fame, which is provided on VHS at no profit as a service to the OAH community.

But the site also showcases some rare TV and radio memorabilia.

Check out the site for some memories: www.OriginalAmateurHour.com

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News: The Apprentice WILL return to NBC

NEW INFORMTION:

Granting a reprieve from near cancellation, NBC has decided to renew Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" for a seventh season - and eighth season, at least.

In mid-May, "The Apprentice" did not appear on NBC's 2007-2008 primetime roster but after NBC hired Ben Silverman, talks between the network, Trump and executive producer Mark Burnett resumed.

The new season will feature celebrity contestants and the list of who will participate has not been released yet. Instead of getting hired by The Donald for one of his real estate enterprises, the celebrities will raise money for various charities. In addition, Trump's children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, will appear in several episodes as boardroom advisers.

Trump and NBC also have a partnership involving the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants as both were renewed last March through 2010.

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From the Mailbag: A Note from Terry Burhans

From: Terry Burhans, former WKYC Meteorologist - now in San Diego at XETV...

Q: Frank...Nice work on your "Where are They Now?" blog (If you missed the article I did on Terry recently, CLICK HERE)

Here is something to add to your update...I'm Brian Christie's sidekick on "The Boomer Show" on Wealth TV. Check out our site www.Boomershow.tv or you'll get a great High Definition clip at www.wealthtv.net.

Life here is huge! No Lake Effect. You mentioned Steve Brown...he's in San Antonio Tx. Our "Mr. Inside & Mr. Outside" promos were in High Definition and were memorable to me because we shot them in New York in Queens in a huge 80 foot ceiling sound stage...The tape recorder they used that day was the only one in America at the time that recorded High Def and it's speed was 30 inches per second...(30 1ps) We did three segments...

"Rain"...while Steve was safe and sound in the studio at the weather set I was chroma keyed on a pier on a huge body of water...presumably Lake Erie...with a humongous wave approaching..cut back to the studio ...more Steve safe and sound...cut back to Terry...being blasted with water from an off screen 20 gallon water cannon...we did 6 takes and I was soaked...cut back to Steve tossing to me..."Oh Terry...How's the Weather out there...Terry?"...cut back to pier and all you see is my sailors heavy weather yellow hat floating off the piercut to steve voice over..."Terry?...Oh Terry?".

"Wind" this one was my favorite...same edit set up...Steve...cut to Terry... cut to Steve... cut To Terry...But this on was about a huge wind storm event...Big enough to blow me completely off camera...sideways...of course...this concept was thanks to my mentor and possibly the funniest man ever on TV Ernie Kovacs... because we used one of his tricks to turn the camera 90 degrees and instead of falling down as gravity tends to make us do...I fell off the right side of the screen with a scream...Big yucks here...

"Snow" was a kick too...we even brought an authentic Cleveland no parking Snow sign and used it in the studio...it looked just like an 8 to 10 inch storm in downtown...The shoot was all done in one day...I stayed over night in a great hotel on Park Avenue and remember it like it was yesterday.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

News: NBC Testing Effects of Fast Forwarding Commercials

Thanks to my WKYC directing colleague, Matt Babb, for tipping me off to this one...

Those of us who have Tivo or other DVR's know how nice it is to skip over the commercials in the shows we record. But, NBC is trying to figure out a way to keep our attention as those spots go zipping by.

According to an article in the New York Times, NBC's research department is trying to convince advertisers viewers are just as engaged while watching fast-forwarded commercials as they are when watching live TV. NBC-commissioned a study by Innerscope to measure biometrics such as heart rate, eye movement and breathing patterns. Viewers who watched the first 20 seconds of live ads scored an "engagement" score of 66 while those watching the same ads in Fast Forward scored a 68.

It's fascinating reading... Read the entire article. CLICK HERE

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News: Congratulations to Jennifer Murphy

Congrats to Jennifer and her husband Joe on the birth of their daughter, Julia Rose, who was born just after 9 am this morning.

Julia weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces and is 20 inches long.

Mom and baby are both doing well.

Jennifer and her husband also have two sons. Since Jen has become a mom, she now works part-time here at WKYC.

Send your emails to Jennifier at: jennifermurphy@wkyc.com

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

News: WKYC to Air NBC's "Live Earth" Concert

NBC's big Live Earth concert is scheduled for this Saturday...7/7/07...and will be shown around the world in 8 cities on all 7 continents. 100 different musical acts will perform including Madonna, Sting, Spinal Tap, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police, Dave Matthews & Genesis.

Cities hosting the event include Rutherford NJ, Sydney, London, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Hamburg and Rio de Janeiro.

As for NBC, it will carry the event on a slight delay (in case of profanity) from 8-11p on WKYC, and on Bravo, CNBC, Sundance, Telemundo, mun2 and Universal HD.

Other coverage includes:

*Bravo - 18 hours starting Saturday morning at 8 am until 2 am Sunday Morning.

*Sundance and Universal HD - 22 hours beginning with Sydney's concert at 4 am ET and concluding at 2 am Sunday morning.

*Telemundo picks up the action at 7p.

*mun2 begins at 5p.

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