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‘I Think It’s Our Time to Go’: KSNW Forced to Evacuate During Tornado

KSNW, the Wichita NBC affiliate, was forced to evacuate yesterday afternoon when one of the tornadoes that hit the Midwest yesterday headed straight for its studios.

Meteorologist J.D. Rudd was on-air updating viewers on the path of a twister approaching downtown Wichita when chief meteorologist Dave Freeman cut in,  “You know J.D. in twenty years I’ve never said this but I think it’s our time to go.” said the off-screen Freeman who repeated they had to get to the shelter several times before forcefully saying, “Everybody down below. Let’s go!”

Rudd exited the screen as Freeman assured viewers they’d leave the radar up for viewers to monitor the tornadoes path.  The two told viewers they were hanging out near the stairs to the basement while continuing to broadcast. Freeman appeared back on screen ten minutes after the initial scramble for the shelter.

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LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

In Wichita, KSAS Drops Lawsuit Against KWCH

Two stations in Wichita have reached an agreement over the production of the 9 p.m. newscast, prompting Fox-affiliate KSAS to drop a pending lawsuit against CBS-affiliate KWCH.

KWCH is under contract to produce a live 9 p.m. nightly newscast on KSAS. The lawsuit claims that KWCH has been recently devoting their resources to a live broadcast in that timeslot on KSCW, the market CW-affiliate, and has been producing a taped broadcast on KSAS.

In the terms of the agreement, KWCH will produce a live 9 p.m. newscast on KSAS through December 31, which is the date the contract between the two stations expires. “We take pride in our reputation for fulfilling our agreements and believe we were operating within the letter of the agreement,” Joan Barrett, president and general manager of KWCH parent company Sunflower Broadcasting, told the Wichita Business Journal. “We also respect the fact that our partners may have seen it differently.” Read more

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