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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.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

TV Stations Use Hot Water to Show What the Cold Can Do…to Hot Water


With this week’s cold snap, TV stations are looking for ways to show just how cold it is outside. More than a few stations are showing the trick where hot water turns to snow when it’s thrown into the freezing air.

Jim Romenesko points out this is quickly becoming the winter equivalent of frying an egg on the sidewalk in summer.

Yesterday in Chicago, both WBBM meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist and WGN morning show reporter Marcus Leshock added to the Windy City’s snow totals with the demo. Leshock also showed how quickly the cold turned a wet t-shirt into what looked like cardboard.

Gannett stations are KTHV in Little Rock is sharing a video of Des Moines, IA, CBS affiliate KCCI reporter Kim St. Onge demonstrating the trick.

If you notice any stations throwing hot water into cold air or using the “see what happens to a wet t-shirt” trick feel free to post them in the comments section.

Chicago Station Creates Weather Themed Game App Featuring Chief Meteorologist

skillingWGNgameChicago CW affiliate WGN has launched a mobile game app featuring its chief meteorologist called “Tom Skilling‘s WGN Weather Challenge.”

The object of the free smartphone game is to move Skilling across the screen while avoiding bad weather and collecting good weather. When Skilling runs out of time, the game is over.

Players will be able to see how they stack up against each other on a leaderboard and can check out the local weather on the station’s website at the end of the game.

The app, developed by Cubicle Ninjas, is available through the Apple Store next Thursday and through Google Play by February 2014.

Fans Get Tattoo of WGN Morning Anchor on Live TV

robinfaceUnlike most anchor teams, tattoos last forever. That didn’t stop three fans of WGN morning anchor Robin Baumgarten from getting their favorite anchor’s face indelibly inked into their skin on live TV this morning.

Last week, the morning team for the Chicago CW affiliate interviewed Kidd Joe owner of the Tat Cave who was offering free Robin tattoos to anyone who wanted one. Kidd Joe told WGN they had 16 people who were interested. This morning three people lined up to take advantage of the offer.

Ana Belaval asked the first guy known only as David about his 15th tattoo. “She is a symbol of my childhood,” he said. “I’ve been watching Robin since I was a little boy.” Now, thanks to permanent ink and lack of impulse control, he’ll be watching her when he is very old man. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

WGN in Danger of Losing Broadcast Rights to Cubs Games

wgn_304The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Cubs have given the Tribune Company, and in effect, CW affiliate WGN 30 days to agree to paying higher fees for the 2015 season and beyond or see broadcast rights for the team be opened up for other media outlets to bid on.

The big deal here?  The Tribune owned station has broadcast the Cubs since 1948. In 1981, Tribune bought the team from the Wrigley family before selling it to the Ricketts family in 2009.

“It would be a tremendous loss because WGN and the Cubs have been synonymous forever. In the embryonic days of television, we were there,” Jack Rosenberg, longtime sports editor for WGN told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We were with the Cubs in the beginning stages of radio much, much earlier. It’s been a tremendous partnership, a family deal of sorts. Let’s hope that there could be some meeting of the minds before this is all hashed out.’’ Read more

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins Serenades WGN Reporter

corgan_belavalLast we saw WGN’s Ana Belaval she was watching a man hammer a nail into his nasal cavity.

This time, the feature reporter for the Chicago CW affiliate drew a better assignment and got to interview Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

Corgan and Belaval sat at a piano in Madame ZuZu’s Tea Shop while Corgan tickled the ivories and Belaval’s heartstrings by singing, “Never before have I been interviewed by someone as lovely as you. Your questions are sublime. Your mind is in my mind forevermore.”

Belaval told Corgan he was a good liar before asking him to say her name. Corgan complied by singing, “Anna again, Anna Again, Anna Again. Your heart is mine forevermore.” Which prompted her to say, “In your face Belaval,” which was probably a shout out to her husband.

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WGN Hangs Up on Oprah: ‘We’re in Trouble Now’

Oops: Chicago CW affiliate WGN accidentally hung up on Oprah Winfrey during a phone interview this morning.

Oprah was WGN’s first guest on the expanded morning newscast. She was talking about the new OWN season when the call suddenly went to a dial tone. “This is so typical,” Robin Baumgarten said. “… How do we cut off the one guest we’ve had that people may be interested in watching?”

After a brief pause, Oprah was reconnected to the anchors in the studio. “Y’all got a few kinks to work out,” she joked. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Q2 Earnings: Tribune Broadcasting Revenue Falls 20%

Tribune Co. reported $260 million in broadcast revenues for the second quarter of 2013, down -20% from $327 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline includes $41 million in one-time copyright royalties paid to WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, in 2012.

Advertising revenue also declined $17 million in the quarter, primarily at WGN and WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. Tribune says WPIX continues to be impacted by the Cablevision blackout last year and WGN’s performance has been impacted by lower sports revenue. Retransmission and carriage fees were up 15% for the quarter.

“While our second quarter financial results reflect many of the same challenges faced by the other companies in our sector, we have made substantial progress strategically repositioning Tribune for long term growth,” Tribune president and CEO Peter Liguori said in a statement.

WGN Announces Morning Show Expansion and Changes to On-Air Lineup

Chicago CW affiliate WGN has announced changes to its on-air lineup and an expanded morning news.

Starting September 3, Dan Ponce will join Erin McElroy as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News at 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. Before coming to WGN in 2010, Ponce was a reporter at the Chicago ABC owned station WLS.

“News, music and humor – there’s only one newscast in the city where I can do all three,” said Ponce in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be joining Chicago’s most popular morning TV team.  It’s going to be a big adjustment waking up that early, but anchoring with Erin McElroy every day will make it well worth it.” Read more

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