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Monday, January 18, 2010

Golden Globes shines with TV audience boost

Editor's Note: Locally, the Globes did a 13.45 rating, 19.1 share on WKYC-TV in HH in Nielsen Overnight Ratings.
Special to the Director's Cut Blog
By FRAZIER Moore, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK -- NBC says its Golden Globes broadcast won a ratings prize: a 14 percent increase in viewers from last year.

"The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards" won its three-hour time slot Sunday, drawing 16.9 million viewers. That beat its audience of 14.9 million viewers in 2009.

Originating from Los Angeles at 5 p.m. local time, the event was aired live by NBC in all time zones coast-to-coast, rather than delayed for prime-time broadcast in the West. British actor-comedian Ricky Gervais was its host.

Even with the audience upswing, viewership was far below the biggest year for the awards show. In 2004, 26.8 million viewers tuned in.

The awards are given annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Source: The Associated Press

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

From the Wires: Leno Show Reaches 17.7 Million Viewers

NEW YORK -- Critics may not have loved Jay Leno's prime-time debut, but 17.7 million viewers tuned in to check him out.

Nielsen Media Research says that's the biggest audience for a prime-time television show since the "American Idol" finale in May.

Not only was Leno's debut heavily publicized, but he piggybacked on one of Monday's biggest stories. Leno had scheduled Kanye West, who was pressed to explain why he interrupted Taylor Swift the night before on the MTV Video Music Awards.

That's a big boost for NBC, but the challenge will be to hold viewers. Critics were harsh, with Robert Bianco of USA Today slamming it as a "cut-rate, snooze-inducing, rehashed bore."

On WKYC, the show did a 16 HH rating, 24 share according to the Nielsen overnight numbers.

Source: The Associated Press, Nielsen

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Behind the Scenes: Romona Gets Pranked

Well, Betsy Kling was at it again tonight as the crew was about to shoot our nightly Facebook Promo.

Did I hear someone yell "mouse"?

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Notes from the Newsroom: 7/20/09

By Frank Macek

Time for another edition of "Notes from the Newsroom" as your blogger shares some of thoughts on television.

Although Walter Cronkite worked for a network competitor, CBS, everyone seems to have an opinion of what an impact "Uncle Walter" had on the industry - the "Most Trusted Man in America."

I found it fascinating to watch the network newscasts over the weekend and all the stories people had to share. Everyone who has been anyone in the news industry had nothing but praise on the one man many idolized.

Even WKYC's Romona Robinson shared a story with viewers Friday Night at 11 PM after the news broke of his passing about what an impact Mr. Cronkite had on her. At one point, she received a letter from him after he saw her work and was highly complimentary. Uncle Walter touched many lives and will leave a huge void in our industry.

Finally, some encouraging news from the financial world after Gannett reported higher profits during the 2nd quarter. Gannett is the parent company of WKYC.

In fairness, revenue was way down, but the steps the company has taken seems to be putting us on somewhat more stable ground for now. Investors responded well to the results as stock prices climbed almost 30% in one day and have been heading up since July 15th when the results were released. To listen to a replay of the earnings conference call, which is fascinating look behind the scenes of a market broadcasting company: CLICK HERE

Other media companies have not been so lucky with additional layoffs happening at some other Cleveland stations as you may have read. Like we mentioned here on the blog several times before, this was bound to happen as technology creates efficiencies. Operations can be combined and fewer people are needed. However in some cases, this is purely based on the recession and job losses may recover during the rebound.

More than half of the Youngstown TV stations are in bankruptcy including WKBN, WYFX, WYTV and their sister MYTV channel. Of course, all these stations are owned by a single company: New Vision Television. Apparently, their new vision didn't match reality and must now restructure.

This Wednesday, I will be participating in judging of Regional Emmy Awards for the Chicago market in the "Weathercaster" category. This will give me and the others I've asked to help judge a chance to review our peers' work. It's a good chance to see how others present weather in other markets. We are so used to Cleveland meteorologists it is refreshing to see alternative presentations.

Social media-wise, WKYC continues to branch out on Facebook, Twitter and on our many staff blogs. Check out the blogs of many of our co-workers including Romona Robinson, Eric Mansfield, Monica Robins, Kim Wheeler and our weekend morning show crew. A complete list is available: CLICK HERE

Also, don't forget you can find WKYC on twitter at and on Facebook at We provide other behind the scenes looks at the station that you don't find on our website,

One big project the station is undertaking is being done across Gannett, called "Hero Central." There are many wonderful organizations here in Northeast Ohio that stand ready to help you. And many volunteer opportunities for you and your family to help those in need. Do you need a hero? Can you be a hero? To find out more, go to the following link: CLICK HERE

That's about it for this addition of "Notes from the Newsroom." Wish we had more to share with you at this point, but the summer months are traditionally pretty bland.


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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

WKYC, The Cleveland Foodbank & Indians Team Up For Free Tickets

Bring kid friendly food to Progressive Field on June 14th and receive a free kids ticket!

It's part of our Kid's Fun Food Drive as we help the community during these trying times.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Director's Alert: Monica Robins Named 7 PM Co-Anchor of Channel 3 News

WKYC announced this afternoon Monica Robins will become the new co-anchor of Channel 3 News at 7 PM beginning Monday, April 6th. She'll join current anchor Eric Mansfield on the broadcast anchor desk Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.

WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen points out, "Monica is an experienced anchor and reporter who brings energy and passion to the assignment."

In addition to anchoring the 7 p.m. broadcast, we are being told Monica will continue her signature medical reporting and noon anchor duties.

Monica replaces Carole Sullivan who is headed to San Diego with her husband, Mike Sullivan. Mike recently took a position with the San Diego Chargers. Prior to that, he worked with the Cleveland Browns organization.

Ms. Andolsen announced that Carole's final day on the air will be Friday, April 3rd.

Congratulations to both Monica and Carole on their new endeavours.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

News: Gannett Imposes Another Round of Furloughs in 2Q

MCLEAN, Virginia -- Newspaper publisher Gannett (and parent company of WKYC-TV) is forcing most of its workers to take another week of unpaid leave before July.

The furloughs spelled out Monday in a company memo are being imposed to avoid laying off more employees as Gannett tries to offset a steep drop in advertising revenue.

Gannett owns USA Today and more than 80 other daily newspapers, including The Cincinnati Enquirer and 10 newspapers in central Ohio cities.

This marks the second time this year that most of Gannett's 41,500 workers have had to give up a week's pay. Most employees, including CEO Craig Dubow, were furloughed for at least five days during the first three months this year.

This time around, Gannett is requiring its higher-paid workers to relinquish up to two weeks pay during the April-June period.

Source: The Associated Press

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

WDLI's Early Transition To Allow WKYC To Prepare For A Easier Channel Shift

The Director's Cut Blog has learned the current analog station in Canton, WDLI Channel 17, will officially throw the switch to all digital on April 16th.

Owned by Trinity Broadcasting, WDLI's early transition will allow WKYC to continue preparations for our move to digital channel 17 by June 12th.

The filing was made recently by WDLI with the FCC and appears in the latests update of "Stations Intending to Terminate Analog Service Prior to June 12." The station was the only new one in the Cleveland, Akron, Canton DMA that will make the transition earlier than June 12th. WOAC switched on February 17th.

However, this extra time will allow us to do more testing and tweaking on our new channel prior to the actual transition date, once our new tower is constructed in Parma that will house both WKYC and WVIZ.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

News: WKYC reports play role in new HBO documentary

On Monday March 16, HBO will debut a documentary, "Death on a Factory Farm" featuring undercover video taken at a Wayne County hog farm.

WKYC investigated the issues raised in the undercover video in an award winning series of reports. The undercover video and the WKYC investigative pieces by reporter Bills Safos led to animal cruelty charges. The farmers were later acquitted of all but one charge.

Bill Safos' work on the series earned him a Genesis Award in 2008 from the National Humane Society of the United States in the Local Reporting category.

Video from the reports is part of the HBO documentary.

"Death on a Factory Farm" debuts at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

To read the text from the stories click HERE or play the video clip below:

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Director's Cut Alert: Conan Interview on Channel 3 News Tonight

Update: We have added the exclusive interview Romona did with Conan on Thursday at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center. Watch the video below.


Conan O'Brien, the new host of the "Tonight Show" was in town and stopped by the studios of WKYC this afternoon.

He sat down with our very own Romona Robinson to talk about his new gig and what he hopes to bring to the "Tonight Show" when he takes over June 1st.

Parts of the interview will air at 6, 7 & 11 PM tonight on Channel 3 News.


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Director's Alert: Former WKYC Alum, Win Smith, Passes Away

One of our friends and former colleagues at WKYC, Win Smith, passed away.

If you did not know him, Win was a hard-line, classic newsman who was the ultimate assignment editor in WKYC's Westinghouse and NBC ownership days. For a time, Win ran the assignment desk AND produced the 6 p.m. Every day. There were no editorial meetings. It all came out of his head...he assigned it...then he produced it.

WKYC Assistant News Director Howard Fencl tells the Director's Cut Blog, "In the 1980s I had the privilege of working on the 6 p.m. with Win every day. He was, by then, wanting to slow it up a bit, and he was doing associate producer duties while I line produced. But I always knew in my heart I really was working FOR Win, anyway."

According to his colleauges, Win had a wicked sense of humor and an addiction to smelly cigars which he fortunately gave up. Nobody had a better gut instinct for news. He was a devoted father and a tireless fan of OSU.

Funeral Mass will be this Saturday, February 28, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Bernadette's Church, 2256 Clague Rd., Westlake. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery in Fremont. Friends may call at the DANIEL L. BERRY & DONALD MARTENS AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 26691 DETROIT RD., WESTLAKE, ON FRIDAY, FROM 2 - 4 AND 7 - 9 P.M.

The Family suggests contributions to Sisters of Notre Dame, 3837 Secor Rd., Toledo, OH 43623 or the Carmelite Sisters, 3176 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118.


Read more about Win's career: CLICK HERE

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

News: Digital TV, converter boxes and WKYC, Channel 3 reception

CLEVELAND -- WKYC has experienced reception issues with our digital channel. If you are having reception problems with digital you can continue to use the analog signal until the cut-off date.

Our digital channel is transmitted on VHF channel 2 just below our analog.

Our main problems are with rabbit ears and interference generated from power lines and electrical noise.

Because of their small size, the rabbit ears do not work very well on channel 2 and do not always provide enough signal to the set.

The electrical noise interference is a problem inherent to the low VHF channels and can be seen as white dots or lines in the analog picture. While you can watch a picture with snow, lines, or ghosts in analog, the digital sets cannot deal with these issues very well and have problems decoding a picture.

We are working to complete the installation of equipment so that in February we can move to a UHF channel and overcome the issues we are currently experiencing.

While the winter weather makes it difficult to work on television towers, we are hopeful that the weather will cooperate and the equipment will be installed in time to meet the deadline.

In the meantime we will maintain the analog signal for our viewers until the cut-off date of February 17, 2009.

Click here to learn more about the Digital TV transition, and what you need to do to prepare. You can also ask us questions.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

News: USA Today to cut about 20 newsroom jobs

McLEAN, Virginia -- Ken Paulson, editor of the nation's largest newspaper, told staff in a memo Sunday evening that USA Today plans to cut about 20 newsroom jobs early next month.

USA Today is owned by WKYC parent company Gannett.

That's almost a 5 percent cut from a newsroom that employs about 450.

The newspaper cut about 45 newsroom jobs last November, and other papers owned by its parent, McLean, Va.-based Gannett Co., endured two rounds of layoffs this year, in August and October.

The newspaper industry is struggling, not just because of the weak economy but also from a years-long decline in circulation and the migration of advertising dollars to the Internet.

Gannett stock closed at $7.29 on Monday, up 15.35%

Source: The Asssociated Press

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Friday, November 14, 2008

News: WKYC's Tom Meyer Inducted into Journalism Hall of Fame

The bad guys fear him. We all love him at Channel 3. He's Tom Meyer - "The Investigator."

As we told you earlier this week, Tom was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame by the Press Club Thursday evening at LaCentre in Westlake. Tom was among a group of award-winning journalists recognized for their outstanding contributions.

In nearly 35 years in TV - 30 of them in Cleveland - Tom's chased down many a bad guy. He's been pushed, shoved, spat on, and even punched in the face in pursuit of a story. But he's never backed down.

Tom works his sources like few other reporters. And he has lots of sources, from top government officials to low-ranking union workers. His cell phone - programmed with the Illini fight song, his alma mater - rings constantly.

The first thing you notice when you walk into Tom's office inside the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center are the shiny Emmy Awards lining his shelves - a total of 54 - and more than any other reporter in Northeast Ohio.

Tom told the Director's Cut blog that "when I look at past inductees…people like Dorothy fuldheim, Dick Feagler, Virgil Dominic, pulitzer prize winner Connie Schulz, Brent Larkin... just to name a few... I consider this award to be very special. I'm truly honored to be included in this distinguished group of people."

"I feel it takes a lifetime to become a good reporter, but this honor tells me that there are some pretty cool people who think I'm doing something right and that I'm headed in the right direction," Tom added.

All of us at WKYC offer Tom our congratulaions for hard work and dedication.

Our special thanks to Susan Vinella, Tom's producer, for contributing to this story.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Farewell to Another Long-time Friend: Obie Shelton

It seems like I'm writing farewells to my co-workers on an alarming, regular basis - and the fact is, that's true. And it hurts personally and professionally.

The changing media environment is having a tremendous impact on everyone involved in the media from radio, to tv to newspaper. Only the economy is to blame.

Friday was long time reporter Obie Shelton's final day at WKYC after his contract was not renewed by the station, according to the The Plain Dealer who reported this news last week. Obie had been with WKYC for 22 years. Before that, Obie worked at WEWS.

Obie's signature bow ties, warm smile and friendliness will be just three things that the heart of Channel 3 News will be missing as we move forward. We had a nice going away party for Obie on Thursday and he looks forward to the new challenges that await him.

As many of your know, Obie is a gifted musician and will have time to explore his 2nd love. Look for Obie to perform with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra in January.

We all wish Obie lots of love and happiness.

Photo Courtesy: Jim Kegelmyer & Danielle Fink

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Behind the Scenes of Election Night

We have posted a number of behind the scenes video of our Election Coverage in the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center on Facebook.

Because the videos are quicker to upload to Facebook, please click on the following link to go to my profile to see them:


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday's Bits and Pieces for 10/27/08

Several interesting pieces of information have crossed the Director's Cut Blog's desk over the weekend.

NBC Reshuffles Wednesday lineup

NBC will revamp its primetime Wednesday schedule to focus entirely on crime dramas. Starting November 5, Knight Rider remains at 8p while Life gets a chance to rejuvenate by moving into the 9p time period and Law & Order will re-launch in the 10p slot. Lipstick Jungle will then switch to Friday nights. Additionally, NBC pushed back the debut of Momma's Boys to December 16 following the season finale of The Biggest Loser; the next week Momma's Boys will air on Monday nights at 9p in the Heroes time slot once it concludes its season. Momma's Boys was originally slated to debut on November 12.

NBC & WKYC Election Night Coverage

NBC and MSNBC will both broadcast from its Rockefeller Plaza headquarters on election night. In addition, NBC announced plans to add new features such as superimposing a huge U.S. map on the Rockefeller Center skating rink as well as projecting Barack Obama's and John McCain's electoral vote tally on the outside of its building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. NBC and MSNBC will also offer a virtual reality component by expanding Tim Russert's electronic clipboard.

WKYC will have special election night coverage of Monday and Tuesday beginning with special editions of Channel 3 News at 5 PM, election cut-ins during NBC prime which will run from 7 PM until 2 AM. WKYC Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres will be joined by analysts to discuss the Presidential elections and issues of local interest.

Cleveland Is Running Rich With Political Spending

Broadcasting and Cable reports today that the Cleveland market is seeing a nice influx of money thanks to the Presidential campaign this year where both Barack Obama and John McCain see the region as crucial to winning the election. Stations are airing wall to wall political ads in some cases, while product spots have dropped dramatically.

However after next Tuesday, Cleveland's financial party will end. We'll return to the reality of the moment that the market is hurting badly. WKYC President/General Manager Brooke Spectorsky is quoted regarding market conditions that "Dismal is an understatement."

Gannett Reports An Increase in TV Revenue, Continued Loss Overall

Good news for Gannett's broadcasting arm with 3rd quarter revenues up 3.9% thanks to a strong summer. Results were $197 million, helped by the Olympics on its NBC affiliates ($24 million) and political advertising ($26 million). The owner of WKYC also reported on Friday that Gannett's total reported operating revenue was $1.64 billion for the third quarter, down from $1.8 billion in the same quarter last year. According to Broadcasting and Cable, "While our results this quarter reflect the difficult and volatile economy both here and in the UK, they also highlight our determination to move forward with our strategic plan," said Gannett Chairman/President/CEO Craig Dubow.

Gannett is one of the nation's leading newspaper publishers and broadcast companies.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

News: A Farewell to Friends

Today is another one of those days you hate to see come in the television industry, as we say goodbye to two long time friends at WKYC - Graphic Artists Joe Wood and Lance Deevers.

Both have been instrumental in developing the graphics you have seen on the air for many years on WKYC. The following pictures were taken by Jim Kegelmyer from their going away banners.

Joe Wood
is an extremely creative and brillant designer who could turn anything into art. Joe would always design the coolest going away cards for retirees and employees who left the station. Plus, he spent a lot of time in Federal Court sketching the artist renderings you saw on both local and NBC video feeds.

Lance Deevers was responsible for much of the set building you see in our studios, including our Browns and Indians sets. His ideas were also put into many graphics you see on Channel 3 News. You can view Lance's work on his website:

Good luck to both guys. We'll miss you!

Photo Courtesy:
Jim Kegelmyer and Dani Fink's blog "Swing By and Spray"

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall Premiere: "Crusoe" on Friday, 10/17/08 @ 8 PM

It's that time of the year again when the Fall TV Season is about to kick into high gear. And once again, the Director's Cut Blog will give you a sneak peak at what you'll be seeing this fall.

From Power, Muse and Moonlighting Films comes an ambitious adaptation of Daniel Defoe's masterpiece, "Crusoe," a new primetime series for a 21st Century audience. Following the novel and its treasured tale of adventure, this high-action, fast-paced, thirteen-part series will combine for the first time the pace and energy of network television while remaining faithful to the author’s original classic story.

The drama explores the perils and challenges facing the world's most famous castaway as Crusoe (Philip Winchester, "Flyboys," "Thunderbirds") and his native friend Friday (Tongayi Chirisa) struggle to survive on a desert island with little more than their wits. Overcoming marauding militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning storms, Crusoe dreams of the day he will be reunited with his beloved family.

Allowed to develop away from the bonds of 17th Century life, the ingenious Crusoe builds a breathtaking and altogether modern home high up in the trees to elude his enemies. Friday and Crusoe's deep friendship is pushed to the limit as opportunities to escape their island paradise, and the people they meet there, consistently challenge them to choose between loyalty and freedom.

As the series develops, the love story between Crusoe and his wife Susannah (Anna Walton, "The Mutant Chronicles," "Hell Boy II: The Golden Army") left behind in England will unfold from meeting to marriage, as will his relationship with his mentor and patron, the mysterious Jeremiah Blackthorn (Sam Neill, "The Tudors," "Jurassic Park").

"Crusoe" is being executive produced by Justin Bodle for Power, Jeff Hayes for Bluewater Productions Inc., Michael Prupas for Muse, Genevieve Hofmeyr and Phillip Key for Moonlighting and Stephen Greenberg and Jean Bureau for Incendo Productions.

Source: NBC.COM

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Director's Alert: WKYC Launches New "Look"

Beginning with "Channel 3 News" at Noon today, WKYC has a new on-air graphics and music package.

This new look is part of Gannett's companywide, G3, initiative look that will appear on all of the company's broadcast properties.

Here are a few pictures of the new look from the Noon launch:

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Behind the Scenes: A Promo You'll Never See Again

As you know, we like to have a little fun here at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center and our flip cams we use to shoot "web extras" like our daily news promos.

So, my fellow director Matt Babb decided to go behind the scenes of Mike O'Mara who went behind the scenes of me shooting our nightly promo with Producer Dan Stadler.

Slap stick comedy you'll never see again - for good reason.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Director's Alert: NBC Pulling the Plug on Weather Plus

We knew this one was coming with NBC's recent purchase of "The Weather Channel." Today, it was confirmed. NBC Weather Plus is shutting down.

Four years ago, NBC formed a partnership with local affilate stations to launch the first digital 24/7 tv channel called "Weather Plus." On cable and on digital subchannels of NBC stations, you can the channel that was developed with its unique "L" bar that provided local weather in a way that was different than "The Weather Channel."

As the local partner for Cleveland, WKYC is given so many minutes per hour to do local cut-ins that our weather team of Betsy Kling, Hollie Strano, Bruce Kalinowski and A.J. Colby bring you 24/7. Plus, it was a place where you could always find our local Xband and Nexrad radars in real time.

Our sources say that NBC News President Steve Capus told the "Weather Plus" staff Tuesday morning that the network would shut down before the end of the year.

What will this mean for WKYC, we'll see. There are many avenues we can follow to continue bringing Clevelanders the best local weather over the air, on-line and through mobile platforms we are currently developing.

And with NBC's ownership of "The Weather Channel", might we expect our local meteorologists showing up for appearances? Stay tuned.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

News: Live Chat on WKYC.COM during the Presidential Debate Tuesday at 9 PM ET

Tuesday at 9 PM, you can watch the 2nd Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and John McCain on

Plus, we'll have a live interactive chat with Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres who will share some thoughts about the debate and the issues discussed.

Join us live on beginning at 9 PM, ET for a web chat live from the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Behind the Scenes: WKYC Foodbank Promo Shoot

We had a chance to grab the flip cam this afternoon between my regular tapings to grab some video of WKYC anchor Tim White recording a promo in the studio for our Food Drive on Thursday, October 2nd from 5 AM until 7:30 PM at the WKYC studios.

Videographer Steve Pullen was behind the camera as "one take" Tim made it look so easy.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

News: WKYC to Help Feed the Hungry

On Thursday, October 2nd WKYC and the Cleveland Food Bank will be teaming up for "Let's Feed Northeast Ohio." This is just one way we can join forces with those in the our local community to make a difference.

And, we need your help.

We ask you to think about dropping off your non-perishable food items between 5:30 AM and 7:30 pm on October 2nd at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center, 1333 Lakeside Avenue at the corner of E.13th and St. Clair Avenue.

WKYC staffers will be on hand to collect your donations and prepare them for shipment to help feed the needy right here in our local area.

This is your chance to help - and we hope you will.

Please spread the word and let your friends know. Our food drive will be Thursday, October 2nd from 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Thank you.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

News: She's Back!!!!!

Can't remember what Betsy looked like before she had little Josephine?

Join us Monday beginning at 6 PM when meteorologist Betsy Kling makes her return to the 6, 7 & 11 PM newscast.

Betsy's back this Monday.. just in time for Fall Premiere Week on WKYC.

Coincidental? We don't think so.

Watch Betsy's first newscast from tonight at 6 pm, 9/22/08

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

From the Mailbag: Where's Judd Hambrick?

From: Pat in Florida

Q: I know I E'd you once before to ask what happened to Scott Newell. I was a huge fan of the New Christie Minstrels music and got a kick out of knowing he was part of the band. I moved to Florida over 20 years ago and always liked Judd Hambrick, do you know what he's doing now? Thanks for taking the time to answer my burning questions.

A: JUDD...and we all called him JUDD.. Hambrick is now semi-retired and lives with his wife in Florence, Alabama, after pursuing some business ventures for a time in Belden, Mississippi.

You can watch some of the fun promos that I previously posted on YouTube of Judd from 1985: CLICK HERE.

You can email your questions to me:

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

From the Mailbag: Mark Nolan on the Evening News

From: Sarah in Cleveland Heights

Q: Hey, glad to see Mark Nolan on the evening shift again. I miss seeing him every night...I never get to see him doing the morning news. It's WAY too early.

A: We loved having Mark fill in for Tim White the last couple of days. Romona and Mark looked great together. Watch out Tim!

You can email your questions to me:

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News: NBC Football Debuts Tonight on WKYC

NBC will kick off another football season with a special Thursday Night edition of "Football Night in America" tonight. Then our regular schedule of "Sunday Night Football" starts this weekend at 7 PM.

WKYC will have live coverage of the Giants and Redskins game beginning at 7:00 PM. Channel 3 News at 7 will not be seen.

Go behind the scenes with NBC's NFL team of Al Michaels and John Madden as they share with Mark Barger what they're looking for in the coming NFL season. (See what they have to say about the Browns!)

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Friday, August 29, 2008

News: It's Back.. kind of

The WKYC Information Center is working to revive an online version of the Akron Canton News which will be reported daily by WKYC Akron Newsroom Chief Eric Mansfield.

As you know, Akron lost its only local newscast back in May thanks to a terrible economy that kept many advertisers away. Plus, this was coupled with our limited coverage area on Time Warner Cable.

Now thanks to new technologies, we are working to create a daily on-line edition of the latest headlines. Soon, we'll be adding Akron weather and hopefully more features. We'll start small and grow it large.

For now, the webcast will be available on and on Eric Mansfield's blog "Have I Got News For You" located at:

If you would like to submit video, news from your neighborhood or more, please contact Eric at:

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

News: Local People Meters debut in Cleveland

By Frank Macek

Nielsen started utilizing its controversial Local People Meters (LPMs) in several new markets today including Cleveland.

What this means to us is a new way of measuring viewers of our local television programs in a way that Nielsen says will offer a truer representation of actual viewing audiences. Not all stations are convinced though this will be better.

In the past, Nielsen recruited viewers by phone & mail to fill out a paper diary for a one week period during sweeps - a four week period during the main months of February, May, July and November. This amounted to about 1400 diaries during the survey month or about 400 households being included in the sample size.

With LPMs, viewers tell an electronic meter that they are watching while the meter tracks their viewing habits. The sample size becomes 600 LPMs in a market. Nielsen now goes door to door to recruit participants. And they hope the sample will include a better portion of those who are younger, busier and in the minority.

A device is hooked up to each tv in a participants home and every household member is asked to activate the machine when they begin and end watching any program. These results are tallied based on live viewing, live viewing + 3 days of DVR viewing and live viewing + 7 days of DVR viewing.

What does this mean for Cleveland TV stations? First, it will mean a 12 - one month survey periods. Every month becomes a new sweeps time...putting TV stations in continuous, competitive situations. Will this mean you will seen the hype stories all the time? Not likely. But it will mean stations have to become smarter and wiser as to the news content they offer year round.

The Cleveland market is still rated as market #17 with 1,552,900 total households including 1,533,710 households that have TVs. Cuyahoga County will continue to make up nearly 35% of the total designated market area (DMA) out of the 17 counties that make up our viewing area. The main or "metro" counties include Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina, and Lorain. The rest of the area consists of Erie, Huron, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll County.

Because of that large portion of viewers, Nielsen is sub-dividing Cuyahoga County into 5 zones based on census neighborhood blocks. These now include the west side, downtown & lakeshore communities, the central area, near east side and far east side.

As we begin this new journey - the first of several that will turn our local TV industry upside down - we'll share with you more about Local People Meters and how these numbers differ from Nielsen's diary surveys of the past.

Courtesy: Special thanks to Diana Pollock, WKYC Research Director, for contributing to this story

Disclaimer: The comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of WKYC or Gannett Broadcasting. Please post your comments below or email me:

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Monday, August 18, 2008

News: Olympics a BIG hit on WKYC and NBC

Just as Tiger Woods is good for golf ratings, Michael Phelps is great for Olympic ratings. Saturday night, as Phelps went for his historical 8th Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics and his 14th Gold in his swimming career, NBC enjoyed its most viewed Saturday night in 18 years with 31.1 million tuning in, and jumping to 40 million during the half hour Phelps swam.

NBC has averaged 30 million viewers each night since the Olympics kicked off on August 8th, thanks in large part to Phelps and the gymnastics teams. NBC certainly is looking for its Week #2 darling as the Olympics heads into its second week.

What did NBC air 18 years ago that drew that kind of audience? It was an episode of "Empty Nest."

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Gannett cutting 1,000 newspaper jobs

The nation's largest newspaper publisher, and owner of WKYC-TV, is eliminating 1,000 jobs.

The latest cost-cutting move at Gannett includes 600 layoffs. The newspaper industry is trying to cope with declining revenues due to an economic slump and a continuing migration of advertising dollars online.

USA Today, the largest-circulation newspaper in the country, isn't affected by the latest round of cutbacks, but had 45 job cuts of its own last November.

The latest cuts will affect Gannett's other newspapers, which include 84 dailies such as The Arizona Republic and the Detroit Free Press as well as nearly 900 non-daily publications. Other major newspaper publishers have also been slashing jobs.

Courtesy: The Associated Press

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

News: Browns vs. Jets on WKYC Tonight

CLEVELAND -- The preseason opening game is here and you can catch all the excitement on Channel 3 starting at 7 p.m.

The Jets have a new quarterback, Brett Favre -- and have scheduled a news conference at Browns Stadium to introduce him later Thursday.

Here's the line up for tonight:

7 p.m.: Browns Pre Game (HD)

7:30 p.m.: Cleveland Browns Preseason Football Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets (HD)

To view more stories about the Browns & Brett Favre, visit CLICK HERE

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Monday, August 04, 2008

News: The Olympics on WKYC and NBC

WKYC is proud to offer our viewers unparalleled coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics from Beijing, China. And for the first time ever, the games are being completely presented in high definition from start to finish.

NBC Universal, broadcasting its record 11th Olympics and surpassing ABC for the most Olympics broadcast by any network, will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of Beijing Olympic Games coverage across its various networks, the most ambitious single media project in history.

NBC's coverage features the most live coverage in the United States (75 percent in all), across the most platforms, of any Summer Olympics in history when the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

WKYC will air the the NBC network schedule which is divided into three dayparts: afternoon, primetime and late night - for a total of 225 hours of coverage over 17 days beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. ET.

Primetime on NBC will feature live coverage of all 32 swimming gold medal finals; four key nights of men's and women's gymnastics led by the women's and men's team gold medal finals, as well as the women's and men's individual gold medal finals; beach volleyball; and, for the first time ever, both men's and women's marathons. The first week of the Olympics features gymnastics and swimming, two sports in which the USA is especially strong this year.

The USA's women's gymnastics team, led by 2007 world all-around champion Shawn Johnson and nine-time world medalist Nastia Liukin, and the USA men's gymnastics team should be strong competitors for Olympic gold. In swimming, the USA is as solid as ever. Michael Phelps, the 23-year-old phenom, looks to make Olympic history and, by the end of the first week, could break the records for most career gold medals by any Olympian (nine) and most golds in one Games (seven), famously held by Mark Spitz. Five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin leads the women and continues to be the 100m gold medal favorite.

In 2004, the Athens Olympic Games on NBC earned ratings gold. NBC's unprecedented 1,210 hours of coverage from Athens (Aug. 13-29) were watched by 203 million total viewers and earned the distinction of the most watched non-U.S. Olympics in history.

In addition, WKYC will once again present local coverage called "The Olympic Zone" nightly from 7:30 until 8 pm leading into primetime coverage of the game hosted by WKYC Sports Anchors Jim Donovan and Dave Chudowsky.

We'll get you ready for that night's live coverage, profile local athletes and give you a unique perspective of the Olympics Games from Cleveland's own olympic athlete Diana Munz.

WKYC also is providing reports from our embedded blogger, Clevelander Adam Miller, who is reporting for the Today Show. You can find his exclusive blog reports on WKYC.COM: CLICK HERE

You don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest news coming from the games and daily schedule of events with WKYC's Olympic page. It's all the information you need in one place: CLICK HERE

So, just us for the Olympic Games beginning this Friday, August 8th ONLY on WKYC-TV and NBC.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

News: WKYC retains first place at 11 PM

The July sweeps ratings period has come to a conclusion and WKYC comes out a winner again with its first place rating for Channel 3 News at 11 PM in the 12+ Nielsen numbers.

WKYC was nearly a full point ahead of our nearest competitor at 11 pm with a 7.01/12.3 share.

At 6 PM, WKYC was 3rd in the time slot behind WJW and WEWS.

At 7 PM, WKYC was 1st in news, 2nd in the time period.

At 5 & 6 AM, WKYC rated 2nd just behind WJW.

Although July is a strange month for ratings with summer re-runs, nice outdoor weather and Indians baseball as competition, the month is still important as it shows a steady trend toward people making WKYC one of their main choices for news in the evening and early morning hours - two of the most important dayparts.

In addition, WKYC is the area's main choice for breaking political news, as Channel 3 News ranked 1st and 6, 7 & 11 PM for the two days surrounding the Cuyahoga County probe by the FBI and IRS on the County Administration Building earlier this week.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Director's Alert: Monica Robins named Midday News Anchor

On the heels of yesterday's announcement that WKYC's Barbara Gauthier is leaving WKYC, Monica Robins has been promoted to noon news anchor.

Beginning Monday, August 4th, Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins will take on the additional duties of Noon anchor. "Monica's depth of experience and commitment to the station and the news product will help us explore new directions with the newscast," said WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen.

Congratulations to Monica on her new duties.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Director's Alert: Barbara Gauthier leaving Channel 3

EXCLUSIVE -- WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen has announced that Barbara Gauthier is leaving WKYC to take a main anchor position in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia at WTVM, the ABC affiliate.

Rita says "It's the station Barbara grew up watching and the first place she went looking for a job when she graduated from college."

It's a wonderful homecoming for Barbara who will now get to spend time with her mother, sisters and the rest of her extended family.

"We will miss Barbara's habit of breaking into song at a moment's notice, her wonderful smile and spirit and her dedication and commitment to WKYC," Rita added.

Barbara is currently a morning co-anchor of Channel 3 News Today with Mark Nolan, Abby Ham and Hollie Strano. Plus, she is the anchor of Channel 3 News Midday at Noon.

Congratulation to Barbara!

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Monday, July 28, 2008

News: WKYC engineer passes away

This is certainly one of those stories that is very difficult to report this afternoon on our blog.

WKYC has lost one of our long-time and few female engineers, Anjanelle Carter, who passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 25th.

Anjanelle had been battling cancer for the past several years and will be missed by everyone at WKYC. Although she recently worked the overnight and early morning shift, she had a great impact on the lives of anyone who worked with her. She was always a very happy person who was a Director's delight to work with.

Our heartfelt sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.

Services for Anjanelle will be held:

Thursday, July 31st, at 6 PM
at St. Aloysius Church
10932 St. Clair Avenue
(corner of Lakeview & St. Clair)

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spotlight Feature: The FCC Rules & The Public File

By Frank Macek

Ever wonder what rules that WKYC and other television stations must follow in order to keep their broadcast licenses?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) often updates its rules and issues them to stations as a guideline to serving in the public interest. These rules cover such topics as obscene programming, indecent material, children's television programming, lotteries and contests, closed captioning and a myriad of other areas.

Each station must maintain a "public file" which is available to members of the public at any time during regular business hours. This file must contain documents relevant to the station's operation and dealings with the community and the FCC and must be maintained at the station's main studio, which for WKYC is at 1333 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland. Although you do not need to make an appointment to view the file, making one may be helpful both to the station and to you.

Contents of the public file include the station's license, applications and related materials, citizen agreements, contour broadcasting maps, material relating to an FCC investigation or complaint, ownership reports and related materials, list of contracts required to be filed with the FCC, political file, EEO materials, and letters and emails from the public. Additionally, stations are required to keep quarterly programming reports, children's television programming reports, records regarding children's programming commercial limits, time brokerage agreements, lists of donors, local public notice announcements, must carry or retransmission consent election and the DTV transition consumer education education activity reports.

As you can clearly see, it can be a full time job keeping all these reports. However, it's a requirement for all broadcast stations.

If you would like to read a copy of "The Public and Broadcasting: How to Get the Most Service From Your Local Station," you can download it from us: CLICK HERE

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Video Feature: "Lake Erie: Beyond the Surface", Part 4

As the high definition leader in locally produced programming in Northeast Ohio, WKYC is proud to showcase our region's most important natural resource in a year- long effort. Lake Erie: Beyond The Surface is a thirty-minute HD special.

It is the last of four programs dealing with the fate and future of our great lake.

Under the cold murky water of Lake Erie lie thousands of shipwrecks, evidence of our rich maritime heritage.

For centuries, these waters have provided vital shipping lanes, abundant food, and the power to drive industry. But while the water's generosity seemed limitless, the lake itself was not. It's taken decades to reclaim this greatest of resources. We stand by the shores of a cleaner lake, but also at the crossroads of some key decisions.

What does the future hold for this lake? Our region?

Channel 3 explores the growth of international shipping, lakefront development, how Lake Erie will be managed to ensure its future, the newest environmental threat and the lake's role as a renewable energy resource.


To watch the show, click on the picture below:

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Director's Alert: WKYC Nominated for Numerous Emmy Awards

The NATAS Regional Emmy Nominations were announced tonight, with WKYC receiving the following:

Outstanding Newscast
  • Channel 3 News at 7 pm - Tim White, Romona Robinson, Amanda Subler (producer)
  • Channel 3 News at 7 pm - Dave Grendzynski (producer)

Outstanding Weekend Newscast

  • Missing Pregnant Mom Found - Lydia Esparra, Scott Newell, Carrie Young (producer), Julie Ocepek (assignment editor)

Investigative Reporting

  • Prison Problem - Bill Safos
  • Euclid Creek - Bill Safos

Breaking News

  • SuccessTech Academy Shooting - Kim Wheeler, Danielle Fink (assignment editor), Tim White, Monica Robinsn, David Grendzynski (producer), Lisa Lowry (assignment manager), Allen Wohl (director), Romona Robinson, Dave Summers, Brandi Paulson (editor), Amanda Subler (producer), Maureen Kyle, Michael O'Mara, Rita Andolsen (news director)

News Report within 24 hours

  • Elliot Ness: Not Untouchable - Paul Thomas, George Payamgis (photog), Chris Mizell (editor)

General Assignment within 24 hours

  • Ice Rescue - Dave Summers

Continuing Coverage

  • The Search for Jessie Davis - Danielle Fink (assignment editor), Paul Thomas, Eric Mansfield, David Grendzynski (producer), Lisa Lowry (assignment manager), Romona Robinson, Maureen Kyle, Michael O'Mara

Arts/Entertainment Special

  • Broadway Series Sneak Peak - Andrea Vecchio (host), Mac Mahafee (producer/editor), Steve Pullen (photog), Steve Citerin (associated producer)

Health/Science - Single Story

  • Growing Fingers - Monica Robins

Health/Science - News Story

  • Unsanitary Conditons - Carl Monday

Public/Current/Community Affairs

  • Lake Erie: Beyond the Surface - Micki Byrnes (executive producer), Steve Pullen (directory of photography), Vagn Steen (editor, post production producer), Jeff Reidel (photographic/researcher), Mac Mahaffee (editor)

Promotion - Campaign

  • Report Respect Image Campaign - Monique Jackson (senior promotion producer)

Promotion - Station Image

  • Back with the Faces - Monique Jackson (senior promotion producer)

Crafts: Graphics/Animations - News

  • 2007 Channel 3 News Redesign - Greg Goyla (animator/designer), Joseph Van Eck (animator/designer), Ian Zeigler (animator/designer), Joe Wood (animator/designer)

Crafts: On Camera Talent - Reporter

  • So Long Target 3 - Dave Summers

NOTE: Sportstime Ohio also received a number of nominations. The cable channel is a 10 year partnership between the Cleveland Indians and WKYC-TV.

For a complete list of nominations: CLICK HERE

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

News: May Demographic Ratings Strong for WKYC

As you have heard me mention many times before, ratings periods are all about the demographics - or the individual age groups - that advertisers target when making their television advertising buys.

In the case of WKYC, the overall audience ratings closely matched the demographic ratings for May 2008.

Here are some of the demographic highlights for WKYC:

5AM News
*WKYC ranked #2 in the key demos.

6AM News
*WKYC ranked #2 in the key demos.
*KWYC grew from February in Adults 25-54, Women 25-54 and Men 25-54

6PM News
*WKYC ranked #2 in the key demos.

7PM News
*WKYC ranked #1 in men 25-54
*WKYC ranked #2 in other key demos.

11PM News
*WKYC ranked #1 in key demos
*WKYC's share size was up 8% from February
*WKYC increased NBC's Adults 25-54 lead in by 9%.

Weekend Morning News
*WKYC grew 30% from February and 27% from May of 2007.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Director's Alert: WKYC launches new website called Metromix

WKYC has launched a brand new website this afternoon. is your complete, comprehensive guide to all things entertainment going down in C-Town, from concerts and clubs to music, movies and more.

It's an all-access pass you can access from home, from the office, from your phone, from just about anywhere ... and in an instant, you are linked to everywhere you were, everywhere you are and everywhere you need and want to be!

The following is a news release from Metromix: Comes to Cleveland

WKYC-TV Launches New Local Entertainment Website

CLEVELAND, OH (June 5, 2008) -- WKYC-TV announced today the launch of (, a hip, new website for socially active taste-makers and young professionals looking to be one-step ahead of Cleveland's latest trends and hotspots.

Within a complete, comprehensive database of venues throughout Greater Cleveland and the surrounding areas, site users can search thousands of bars, clubs and restaurants by neighborhood, type of food, music or specific date. also gives users the power to become an insider by finding fresh, new and unexpected ideas for going out, as well as critiques and exclusive information regarding TV, movies, style and more.

"Metromix is where you go before you go out," said Fredric Coffey, Metromix Cleveland's Managing Producer. "We go everywhere, we eat and drink everything, all so our users know what's hot in Cleveland. Never, and I mean never, should the question be belted once everyone is in the car: 'So what do you want to do?'"

All advertising and editorial features for cater to the 21 to 34-year-old demographic. provides a unique experience for advertisers as they can present their brand and offering at the time when this discerning audience is trying to figure out what to do, where to go. Advertisers will also have the opportunity to utilize the Metromix street team -- the site's local events team -- who will have a presence at various events throughout the city, as well as make appearances at events created and hosted by Target ad categories include liquor, restaurants, nightlife, auto, music, movies, fashion and more.

Metromix Cleveland is the 14th Metromix site to have launched across the nation. Originating in Chicago over 11 years ago, under the development of the Chicago Tribune, has become the No. 1 "go to" source for local entertainment information in the city. As announced last year, Tribune Interactive and Gannett Co. formed a joint venture to expand Metromix into over 40 markets, including 25 of the top 30 markets. Metromix has earned numerous awards including the EPpy Award for Best Entertainment Site and the Digital Edge Award for Best Advertising Program.

"We're looking forward to this new venture, and reaching out to a new young audience," stated Brooke Spectorsky, President and General Manager of WKYC. "Metromix has a great track record in Chicago and other markets and we believe it will successfully promote the vibrant night life and entertainment options here in Northeast Ohio."


ABOUT METROMIX:Metromix is a national network of local entertainment websites that target 21 to 34 year-olds and provides information on where to go and what to do. Formed through a joint venture between Tribune Interactive and Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), two of the country's largest media companies with newspapers, TV stations and websites in the nation's top markets, Metromix is currently operating in 14 markets and is planning rapid expansion into 25 of the top 30 markets. Metromix has received a number of awards, including an EPpy Award for Best Entertainment Site and the Digital Edge Award for Best Advertising Program. The network currently attracts over 2.0 million monthly unique visitors and generates over 20 million monthly pageviews.

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