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Archives: November 2010

Louisville TV Trailblazer Passes Away


Ryan Halloran A member of the original WAVE 3 Television family has died. Former long-time anchor Ryan Halloran passed away at his Louisville home early Nov. 26 at age 90.

Paul Halloran, Ryan’s son, says his father moved to Kentucky from Minnesota to begin working at WAVE. Station archives show he started here in the 1940′s as a disc jockey on WAVE 970, the radio station.

The versatile Halloran soon anchored news programs on the television station, which signed on the air Thanksgiving Day 1948. More…

In Sacramento, KXTV Readies Network of Hyperlocal Sites

Sacramento Press

KXTV News10 logo The Sacramento region is about to see even more hyperlocal news coverage as TV station News10 and AOL’s roll out new media sites nearly simultaneously.

Sacramento’s ABC affiliate, News10, and its website,, are preparing to launch 30 hyperlocal news sites in early 2011. flipped the switch on its first site in suburban Rosemont on Thursday and plans to start 11 more sites in Davis, the suburbs and the foothills within the next year.

The sites add to a recent proliferation of online media offerings in the area. More…

Cincinnati’s WCPO Promotes Switch From VHF to UHF

Cincinnati Enquirer

WCPO-TV The countdown starts Monday for WCPO-TV.

Channel 9 launches a 10-day “Plan to Rescan” campaign to promote the station’s move from digital VHF Channel 10 to UHF Channel 22 at 2:05 a.m. Dec. 8.

People who watch the station by antenna must rescan their converter box or digital TV to continue to receive the station on Dec. 8.

After the switch, TV sets will still show the station as “Channel 9.” More…

West Palm Beach Reporter ‘Goes Natural’ for Sweeps


WPTV Rochelle Ritchie An African American female television reporter decided to let her straightened hair “go natural” during sweeps week and let viewers see the transformation process.

Rochelle Ritchie of WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., called “The Big Chop” a success, and ratings confirmed that. The station put up a web page with her two stories and related ones.

News director Jeff Brogan told Journal-isms that the ratings for the 11 o’clock news on Nov. 17, which featured Ritchie’s second piece of the day, increased from the lead-in show and stayed at the high point during the broadcast. More…

LIN CEO Predicts Local Eclipse of Syndication


LIN LIN TV CEO Vincent Sandusky joined the chorus of station-group executives suggesting that prices for syndicated programming may have reached an apex.

Instead, replacing it with local programming can pull in higher ratings and boost the bottom line with the lower costs.

As for off-network sitcoms, Sandusky indicated that syndicators are seeking inflated prices and longer contracts that could outlive a show’s popularity. More…

Veteran Anchor Re-Enters Tampa Morning News Battle

St. Petersburg Times

Gayle Guyardo When anchor Gayle Guyardo on Monday rejoins the morning newscast she left seven months ago, it likely will be more than an emotional reunion with old pals and fans of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8.

It will also be the latest salvo in the hottest war left on local TV: The battle for morning viewers.

All five TV news shops are competing hard for the last growing audience segment in local news. More…

Chen Leaving Oklahoma to Anchor KION Mornings


Colleen Chen Colleen Chen is leaving Oklahoma City’s KWTV to become a morning anchor at KION in Monterey, CA. Chen has been a reporter with CBS-affiliate KWTV since 2008.

“I’m excited to move to a place many call paradise,” Chen said. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Oklahoma and will always have a place in my heart for the wonderful team at News 9.”

Chen, a graduate of the University of Florida, started her career in Gainesville before stops in Savannah, GA, Western Michigan, and finally Oklahoma City, where she was honored by the SPF and Associated Press for her work.

Last week Chen tweeted a photo of her KWTV gear with the message “It’s official. Jacket. Phone. Key Card. All turned in. Goodbye News 9!”

In Grand Forks, WDAZ Adds Veteran Broadcaster


Charley Johnson Grand Forks’ WDAZ welcomes veteran broadcaster Charley Johnson, who will co-anchor the station’s 6pm and 10pm newscasts. Johnson has decades of experience in the Red River Valley and is a more-than-capable replacement for Milo Smith, who recently left WDAZ after 15 years as an anchor.

Most recently, Johnson served as GM, News Director, and anchor for KVLY-KXJB in Fargo. He left in May, citing personal reasons.

Johnson’s breadth of experience was certainly a major factor in his hiring. “He is the most recognizable face in North Dakota television news, and we are elated that he is bringing his wealth of news experience to WDAZ,” WDAZ News Director Cassie Walder said in a news release.

For Johnson, it’s an opportunity to get back to his broadcasting roots. “I started my career at KNOX Radio, so it feels very natural to come back here to help cover news. I’m very happy to get back into the newsroom environment, and I’m looking forward to working with Cassie and her team,” he said.

With New ND, WKRC GM Wants More of the Same


WKRC logo As Cincinnati’s WKRC announced that Kirk Varner would be heading its top-rated newsroom, the station was quick to say that there would be no major changes.

General Manager Les Vann told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he made it clear to Varner that the CBS-affiliate “is not a place that needs to be turned upside down.”

While its rivals shuffle their on-air lineups in an effort to gain ground on the #1 station, WKRC has achieved success through the years by maintaing a familiar format headed by veteran anchors. Cammy Dierking, anchor of WKRC’s 5pm, 6pm and 11pm newscasts, for instance, has been with the station since 1988.

In a blog post last week, Varner wrote about the importance of having a steady hand. Of the major life change that he’s undergoing, Varner wrote that one just has to “hang on and ride it out.”

November Sweeps Ending in Photo Finishes


KSL news It’s fitting that the sweeps period that began on the heels of hotly contested local elections is ending with a ratings recount in Salt Lake City. KUTV, the #1 news station at 5 and 6pm, is disputing KSL’s apparent victory at 10pm.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, KUTV claims that it’s locked in a dead heat with KSL and is waiting for more complete numbers to come in. With that, here’s a round-up of other tight ratings races from around the country…

It was an especially tight sweeps period in Dallas where many time slots ended with slim margins between the first- and fourth-rated stations. More…

WFTV’s morning cash giveaway paid off as the station ended in a tie for #1 at 6am with WESH More…

WCVB fended off WHDH and WBZ at 11pm and finished the November sweeps with all of its newscasts in #1. WFXT thrived at 10pm, when WCVB doesn’t have a newscast More…