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KTLA Anchor Learns The Truth About How Co-Anchor Sees Him in Open Mic Moment

KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin learned a valuable lesson last week: never ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer.

During the Los Angeles CW affiliate’s morning show, Rubin repeated a question his wife asked him, “Since when did you become that fat guy on that show?”

Traffic report Ginger Chan, who was not on camera, but whose mic was on, could be heard saying, “He’s always been.” The genuine look of fright on Chan’s face is evident as soon as she realized everyone could hear her, including Rubin.

Rubin posted about the gaffe on his facebook page, writing, “[T]his was a very honest; and very funny moment; and I sincerely don’t mind in the least that it was at my expense.”

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Nexstar to Buy KASW in Phoenix for $68 Million

nexstar logoNexstar Broadcasting says it’s buying Phoenix CW affiliate KASW from Meredith Corporation and SagamoreHill of Phoenix for $68 million plus working capital.

Nexstar Broadcasting Group president and CEO, Perry Sook said in a statement, “[T]he transaction offers Nexstar entrée to the Arizona and Phoenix markets which represent a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States.”

RELATED: Sook tells MediabistroTV local stations are “basically the newspaper of record.”

Sook also said Nexstar plans to have KASW increase its focus on local programming and the community.

Meredith and SagamoreHill bought KASW from Gannett and Sander Media as part of its Belo purchase. “As part of Federal Communications Commission approval, Meredith and SagamoreHill voluntarily agreed to divest KASW to an independent buyer within 90 days of its June 19, 2014 closing.”

The buy is subject to FCC approval.

Homegrown Teen Reality Show Boosts Dayton Station’s Ratings

wbdt The Valley_304Last month we reported Dayton CW affiliate WBDT had launched a locally produced teen reality show called “The Valley.”

“Since it starting airing on Sunday, Sept. 14, “The Valley is averaging a 1.0 HH for the 8-9 p.m. hour, which is nearly a 60% increase over the syndicated content that was running in the time period last year,” Joe Abouzeid, president & GM of WBDT, told TVNewscheck’s Paul Greeley.

Part of the show’s success might be the extensive coverage The Valley received in both the local and national press, in addition to the promotion WBDT gave the show.

According to Abouzeid, there were no less than six articles written about the show in the Central Ohio local press and one local live interview done by a Dayton radio station.

“The uniqueness of local broadcasting is that we can do this kind of thing,” Sadusky says.

Haley Hinds Leaves WINK

Yesterday was anchor/reporter Haley Hinds‘ last day at Fort Myers, Fla, CBS affiliate WINK. Hinds is leaving the station after five years to join FOX owned WTVT in Tampa. She wrote the following on her Facebook page:

It’s a bittersweet morning for me. Today is my very last morning show on WINK News! In a couple weeks, I’ll start a new job at FOX 13 in Tampa. It’s been an incredible 5 years here in Fort Myers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for welcoming me into your homes and watching me grow to be a better journalist each day. I’ll miss you all!

Hinds’ co-workers surprised her with the send-off above.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader Quickly Realize KWGN Reporter Hasn’t Seen Their New Movie

It only took two questions for the stars of “The Skeleton Twins” to realize KWGN reporter Chris Parente hadn’t seen the film during a live interview.

Kristen Wiig, one of the movie’s stars, seemed confused after Parente asked if she had advice for going nude. “Uhm, do I have advice for going nude?” said Wiig, who then answered, “Moisturize?” After Parente then assured her she goes nude in the film he hadn’t seen, Wiig and co-star Bill Hader set him straight by saying, “Not this film.”

Check out the awkwardness that happens when you don’t do your research. Parente did, however, promise the two funny people he would see the film when it opens in Denver.

[Variety]

Horrors! Could Local Emmy Awards Really Be ‘Little More Than a Moneymaking Enterprise’?

Jeff-Hoover-2006-1024x677Sure, those statues are lovely to look at, and the phrase “Emmy Award winning…” does roll off the tongue, doesn’t it? But Jeff Hoover, producer at Chicago CW affiliate WGN, has had enough. “I’m done. No more. That’s it,” he writes on Facebook.

Hoover, an Emmy winner, concluded the categories are bizarre, the costs are high, and the significance of the award is questionable. And Chicago media writer Robert Feder clearly agrees, giving the illustrious “Academy” one of the strongest body checks in recent memory:

Local Emmy Awards have always been an exercise in self-congratulations, to be sure, but somewhere along the way they lost their luster — and their relevance.

Today they’re little more than a moneymaking enterprise for the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which rakes in thousands in membership fees, entry fees, dinner ticket fees, program book fees and additional statuette fees under the dubious claim of recognizing “excellence in our industry.”

It’s nice to win one, I suppose, but don’t forget that Larry Mendte won 27 during just four years in Chicago. (Altogether he claims to have 90 regional Emmys.)

Zing! Do you still enter the Emmypalooza every year? Is it truly all about honoring excellence, or more of a wine-soaked and high-priced back-slapping party?

After 66 Years, Could the Chicago Cubs Break Up With WGN?

Picture 2Few relationships in local television have been as enduring as that of the Chicago Cubs and WGN, Chicago’s CW affiliate. WGN aired its first regular season Cubs game back in 1948, and the two iconic Chicago brands have been together ever since. But now, there’s talk this weekend’s games on WGN could be the last, as the Chicago Tribune reports:

With one week left in the season, and its expiring agreement with WGN-Ch. 9, the team has yet to announce broadcast plans for 2015 and beyond. Sources say the Cubs are exploring everything from a private equity partnership to a new regional sports network, but a long-term deal may not be imminent.

History aside, the finances had not been happy for the partnership of WGN and the Cubs, with TV viewership way down–the station losing an estimated $200,000 per game, according to the Tribune.

‘Nobody f#@king Likes You,’ WGN Tries the Anti-News Promo

After celebrating “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Friday, Chicago CW affiliate WGN seems to be attempting to launch “International Talk Like a Sailor Day.”

After this morning’s “Viewer Feedback” segment, where viewers continued to vent on facebook about about Paul Konrad calling dolphins “a-holes,” the anchor team tossed to a promo they made seemingly without the help of the station’s creative services team.

Saying his anchor team “sucks the happy out of happy talk,” anchor Larry Potash read some thoughts from WGN viewers. “F#@k you,” wrote viewer Anish Kapoor. “You guys suck in the morning. Nobody watches WGN.”

[FTVLive]

WGN’s Robert Jordan Named ‘Journalist in Residence’ at University of Chicago

Robert-JordanRobert Jordan, the veteran news anchor and reporter at Chicago CW affilate WGN, has been named the first journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media program, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

While continuing his full-time anchoring and reporting duties for the Tribune Media station, Jordan will spend much of the fall quarter on campus, where he’ll conduct a series of workshops, lead panels with other Chicago producers, editors and news directors, and meet with students who hope to pursue journalism and media careers. He also plans to work with staffers on the Chicago Maroon, the university’s student newspaper.

WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does

We turn our spyglass this morning to Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Every year the Tribune owned station celebrates September 19 with a visit from Long John Johnny Johnson. For those landlubbers among us, September 19 is also known as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

This morning’s pun filled segment featured, who we’ve been told is, morning producer Jeff Hoover doing his best pirate schtick. After a nod to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hoover left because, as he said, “There’s a big sale at the farmer’s market. All the corn is a buck an ear.”

In case you want to see how far the bit has come, click here to see Hoover in 2012.

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