Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New TV season, Belo vs Time Warner, radio squirrel attack and more

This week’s season premieres
The new fall schedule for the networks until it all starts getting cancelled or juggled around.

Want an On-Air Gig at 'GMA?' Apply Now!
ABC's "Good Morning America" is looking for a new advice guru, and rather than work their network of contacts, the producers are opening it up the general public.

Belo, Time Warner fire volleys in talks over TV stations
Time Warner Cable Inc. and Dallas-based Belo Corp . are negotiating a new agreement over how much Time Warner will pay Belo to carry several of its television stations in markets around the country, including ABC affiliate WFAA-TV (Channel 8) in Dallas.
- KENS, Time Warner in contract negotiations

Mix Up The Structure Of Story Packages
All newscasts have points where viewers are more likely to switch away - just before the break, after the lead story, and after weather, are some of the more common ones. The beginning of a package is one of these vulnerable moments.

Aging Shows, Management Shakeup Give ABC Cause for Concern
ABC needs to pull a desperate housewife out of its fall schedule.

Networks flip in San Antonio
The CW Network has a new home in San Antonio, flipping to Sinclair’s KYMS-TV. The market’s former affiliate, Corridor Television LLP’s KCWX-TV, has picked up the MyNetwork affiliation exited by KYMS.

Station is taken off the air by a squirrel
You call this the radio episode of “When Squirrels Attack.”

Get Your Roland Martin Ascots Here!
CNN contributor and Houston guy Roland Martin is renowned for his sense of style. Specifically, his mastery of the ascot, the tie-alternative that has seemingly been lost to time.

Modern Luxury Completes Sale
Modern Luxury Media has completed its sale to an investment group led by Dickey Publishing and managed by Cumulus Media. So now Houston Modern Luxury is owned by 104.1 KRBE owners.

KFMK bringing a new spirit to Austin
CRISTA Broadcasting announced that KFMK 105.9 Austin, TX will re-launched as Spirit 105.9 when its new Christian Contemporary format began.

Another college FM ponders selling its license
First Rice University's 91.7 KTRU announced a sale; next could be Vanderbilt.

Texas fifth-graders produce daily TV newscasts
It's lights, camera, action every weekday morning in a corner of the Heritage Elementary School library.

Texas News Site Uses Raw Data to Attract, Keep Audience
The Texas Tribune has figured out one way to draw and keep readers on their site.

'The Situation' in Apple's top 10-grossing apps
Mike Sorrentino's iPhone application -- appropriately titled "The Situation" -- has soared into Apple's top 10-grossing entertainment apps.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Former Fox 26 KRIV sports anchor Matt Sampsell's Huffington Post piece
- Mike McGuff: From blogger to KIAH 39 reporter
- FOX 26 KRIV's Sibila Vargas returning to California for TV anchor job

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