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LA Reporter Sits Down with Samuel L. Jackson After Fishburne Gaffe

jackson_rubin_makeupThe last time KTLA‘s Sam Rubin interviewed Samuel L. Jackson he mistook him for Laurence Fishburne.

The word on the street was that Jackson was infuriated with the Los Angeles CW affiliate entertainment reporter, some called his reaction a smack down.

You might get a different view of things by watching the latest interview. Rubin sat down with Jackson face-to-face during the press junket for the new Captain America movie.

“I almost wore my ‘I’m not Laurence Fishburne’ T-Shirt,” Jackson said after the two shook hands.

Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Andy Adler Joins WPIX Morning Newscast

andy adlerAndy Adler is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as an entertainment reporter and sports anchor for the morning newscast. She will begin in her new role on April 7.

Adler had been working with WPIX on special projects, including the station’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Before that, she was a host at Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles. She has previously worked at WNYW in New York City and at KNBC in Los Angeles.

“After working with Andy during Super Bowl week, we knew she would make a great addition to our team, her talents and energy are the perfect complement to PIX11′s Morning News,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

Bob Marra Returns to WPIX as Station Manager

wpixlogo_304WPIX is busy beefing up its executive ranks. In the second move announced today, the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate has named Bob Marra station manager.

Marra worked at WPIX for over 13 years before leaving to be VP and general sales manager of FOX owned New York stations WNYW and WWOR.

“Bob is a proven leader; and has guided teams to success for over 25 years.  He motivates and develops people, and his teams fight to win. His extensive industry relationships are unrivaled in New York and will prove to be an asset to PIX11 as we continue to grow the station,” said WPIX president and GM Rich Graziano.

According to Tribune, Marra will “serve as second in-command” and report to Graziano.

Earlier today WPIX announced David Hyman as VP of Creative Services.

David Hyman Named Head of Creative for WPIX

wpixlogo_304Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate WPIX has named David Hyman VP of Creative Services.

Hyman has worked with the station for several months as a consultant. He’ll officially join March 10 and report to Rich Graziano, WPIX president and GM.

“I grew up watching PIX11 and I’m thrilled to join Rich’s team and play a role in advancing PIX’s competitive position in the NY market,” Hyman said in a statement.

Hyman last worked as VP and creative director for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. He was also VP of Creative Services & Programming for WNBC in New York.

Parodies of Song from Disney Movie ‘Frozen’ Are the New Ice Desk


Is the Polar Vortex relentlessly gnawing away at our collective good taste and dignity? Is singing a customized version of the song “Let it Go ” from Disney’s animated film “Frozen” the musical version of the Ice Desk?

You remember the wave of stations putting their anchors in harms way by making them broadcast from news desks made of ice to show how cold it was outside?

Last month, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC did a “Let it Go” spoof for his traffic report. Since he’s always singing on his traffic reports anyway, it wasn’t too much a of a stretch.

But today, TVSpy learned that WTEN the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY, did a version of the song with its staff.

Also, via Hypervocal we learn Dan Ponce from Chicago CW affiliate WGN performed a version for the Windy City. Check it out after the jump. Read more

WGN AM Anchors Resort to Written Messages After Station Loses Audio

WGN_audioChicago CW affiliate WGN had a 20 minute window where the anchor’s mics didn’t work, leading Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten to find creative ways to communicate.

During a live shot at around 7:00 a.m., reporter Nancy Loo tossed back to Potash, but Potash’s mic wasn’t working. Since Loo’s mic was the only one that worked, she was left to let the viewers know what was going on in between extended commercial breaks.

Potash and Baumgarten spent the time flashing written messages to the viewers. Baumgarten wrote “Now’s my chance to dance!!” and Potash wrote one that said “Boss said ‘Hey let’s get a cheaper audio board. No one will notice.’”

“We have been silenced,” said Baumgarten after the station fixed the issue nearly 20 minutes later. “That has never happened to us before.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Quincy Buys Three Stations from Granite, One From Malara

quincyQuincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.

From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.

Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more

KOIN on Low Power After Fire Knocks Portland Stations Off-Air

koin-transmitter-fire-021014Portland CBS affiliate KOIN, along with Sinclair owned ABC affiliate KATU and Tribune owned CW affiliate KRCW were knocked off the air yesterday by a fire.

According to KOIN the fire in an electrical room in a building in Tualatin, OR, spread to transformer lines before being put out quickly.

The LIN owned station said over-the-air and satellite signals were affected, but the cable broadcast was not. Service was partially restored a little over an hour after it was disrupted.

Viewers living far from the transmitter site may not be getting KOIN’s signal since the station said it’s been running on low power since the fire.

KOIN said it has no estimate on when full power would be restored.

‘I’m Not Laurence Fishburne!’: Reporter Asks Samuel L. Jackson About Super Bowl Spot


It’s a good thing KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin didn’t have Samuel L. Jackson live in the studio this morning after Rubin asked Jackson about his role in a Super Bowl commercial.

“What Super Bowl commercial?” asked Jackson who was live via satellite on the Los Angeles CW station. “You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter. I’m not Laurence Fishburne!”

Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in “The Matrix” movies for a Kia Super Bowl spot.

While Rubin tried to apologize, Jackson was having none of it. “We don’t all look alike!” said Jackson. “We may be all black and famous, but we don’t all look alike!”

[TMZ]

WGN America Drops 9 p.m. Newscast

WGN 9pm newscastChicago cable channel WGN America is dropping its broadcast of WGN’s 9 p.m. newscast as part of an “effort to relaunch itself as a bigger player in the cable universe,” Robert Feder reports:

“We’re transitioning from a network with regional roots to one with a true national identity, driven by provocative, brand-defining programming of the highest quality,” Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America, said in a statement. “With this relaunch and our expanded portfolio of original content, we expect to significantly strengthen our position as a destination for viewers.”

Starting in April, WGN America will air its first original scripted drama series, “Salem,” set during the infamous 17th century witch trials in Massachusetts. In July, the network will premiere its second original series, “Manhattan,” dramatizing the race to build the first atomic bomb (known as the Manhattan Project) in Los Alamos, N.M.

WGN America has released a statement:

Chicago’s very own WGN News has many loyal fans and we are committed to continue making these news programs available to our viewers. In recent months, WGN America has been evolving its programming direction to best serve the interests of our national audience.  An hour of the popular “WGN Morning News” has been added to the schedule for viewers to enjoy weekdays, and “WGN Midday” continues to air as scheduled.  “WGN News at Nine” continues to be seen locally on WGN-TV, and is available nationally at WGNTV.com, where all WGN Chicago newscasts are streamed live.

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