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A Month Later, Little Progress in LIN-Mediacom Stalemate

Tomorrow marks one month since LIN-owned stations in seven markets went dark for Mediacom subscribers, and the stalemate is showing no signs of progress.

A uniform statement on the LIN-owned stations’ sites says negotiations are ongoing. “Unfortunately, we do not know if, or when, we will reach an agreement,” the statement, which has not been changed all month, reads. “In the meantime, we hope you will continue supporting local television and watch us through alternative means.”

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Mediacom sent a letter to the FCC this week, asking their help in preventing blackouts during retransmission disputes. The FCC has previously claimed they have no authority regarding the issue. Read more

LIN Stations Go Dark for Mediacom Subscribers

As of 5 p.m.ET yesterday night, LIN Media-owned stations went dark for customers who have Mediacom Cable service, as the two parties failed to renegotiate a retransmission agreement.

“Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you,” a statement on the LIN Media website reads.

The stations affected are WALA-WFNA in Mobile, WOOD-WOTV in Grand Rapids, WANE in Fort Wayne, WLUK in Green Bay, WTHI in Terre Haute and WLFI in Layfayette, IN. LIN-owned stations WAVY and WVBT — both in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia — will remain on the air for another week, the result of a contract extension granted to Mediacom so affected viewers can still receive local news coverage of Hurricane Irene’s aftermath.  Read more

Local Stations Bring Live Coverage Through the Night as Man’s Violent Rampage Rocks Grand Rapids

It was the deadliest shooting rampage ever to occur in Western Michigan. The havoc caused by Rodrick Dantzler on Thursday in Grand Rapids was so widespread that reporters had to specify that they were reporting live at just one of multiple crime scenes.

On Thursday afternoon, Dantzler, who has been described as having bipolar disorder, entered the homes of two former girlfriends, killing them both as well as others present in the houses at the time, including his own 12-year-old daughter. In all, Dantzler killed seven people in the span of a couple of hours and then led police on a car chase through Grand Rapids, eventually holing himself up in a house and taking three hostages.

WWMT, WXMI, WOOD, and WZZM all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday evening to bring live coverage of Dantzler’s rampage, which ended around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect shot himself.

Here’s a station-by-station breakdown of the local TV coverage… Read more

Suzanne Geha Receives Standing Ovation at First Public Appearance Since Leaving WOOD

Suzanne Geha made her first public appearance this morning since departing WOOD last month after 30+ years with the Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate.

Geha received a standing ovation from the crowd as she took the stage to introduce her friend, and former rival, Anne Doyle at an event for the women’s professional organization Inforum.

No WOOD personnel appeared to be in attendance, according to The Grand Rapids Press, but there were a few staffers from WZZM, which ran a newspaper ad recently honoring Geha’s legacy. (WZZM’s coverage of Geha’s appearance above).

“This is not the end. There are many more chapters for Suzanne Geha,” Doyle told WZZM.

Suzanne Geha’s Former Colleague: ‘It’s Time for Women to Power Up’

“It absolutely bothers me,” says former WZZM anchor Anne Doyle (near right) about WOOD‘s recent dismissal of Suzanne Geha (far right, circa 1975). “She was publicly humiliated by the station that she has been the face of and brand for several decades.”

Doyle, 62, told the The Grand Rapids Press recently that WOOD showed a total lack of respect for a journalism pioneer. Doyle and Geha rose through the ranks of their respective stations in the early 70s, eventually landing at the anchor desk during a time when men still held most of the stations’ on-air positions.

Doyle went on to join Detroit’s WJBK, becoming one of the country’s first female sports anchors.

“I think women are lulled into this perception that everything is fine,” Doyle told the Press. “Everything is not fine. It’s time for women to power up.”

Rival Station Takes Out Newspaper Ad to Honor Dismissed WOOD Anchor Suzanne Geha

A Grand Rapids station is honoring veteran anchor Suzanne Geha for her 30+ years on local TV, although its not the station that Geha once worked for.

Earlier this month, Geha was unceremoniously let go by NBC-affiliate WOOD and now crosstown rival WZZM, an ABC-affiliate, is celebrating Geha’s career with kind words and an ad in last Sunday’s Grand Rapids Press.

“Thank You, Suzanne, for over 30 years…” reads the ad (right), “You’ve made us all better!”

“I think she’s made WZZM 13 better, because competition always makes a business better, and she’s been an aggressive competitor over the years,” WZZM general manager Janet Mason told the Press on Monday. Read more

Anchor Suzanne Geha Departs WOOD After 30+ Years

Anchor Suzanne Geha has left WOOD after more than three decades with the station. Geha began her TV news career with the Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate and now both she and the station are confirming her departure.

In a brief statement sent out today, WOOD thanked Geha for “her many years of commitment” and announced that the station’s new primetime anchor team would be Susan Shaw and Brian Sterling.

Geha, the first woman to anchor a primetime newscast in West Michigan, has anchored WOOD’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts for decades, continually landing them atop the local ratings.

She joined WOOD upon graduating from Western Michigan University in the early 70s and, besides a 3-year stint with Detroit’s WXYZ, has been with the station ever since. Read more

Anchor Emily Linnert Returns to Grand Rapid’s WOOD Following Maternity Leave

Anchor Emily Linnert has retained her position as co-anchor of WOOD’s morning newscast following her maternity leave.

Linnert debuted on the NBC-affiliate’s “Daybreak” newscast last January, after working as a weekend anchor for the station. The move left Jennifer Moss, the previous morning anchor, heading for the exits.

Linnert has been away on leave after giving birth in November.  She is married to WOOD photojournalist Evan Linnert and the two welcomed their second daughter.

Linnert, who has been with the Grand Rapids station since 2006, will return to co-anchoring “Daybreak” on February 3rd alongside Brett Thomas. Read more

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