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WAVE 3 TV Crashes!

I’d hate to be the switchboard operator at WAVE-3 TV in Louisville tonight. Instead of Kentucky fans tuning in to see the Cats take on the Razorbacks fans saw a Technical Difficulties message on their TV for some 15 Minutes . As of this post, the Louisville TV station has not said what the problem was (that will probably be talked about during tonight’s newscast). Don’t necessary blame WAVE-3 for the problem. As a former TV anchor/reporter I can tell you when a problem like tonight’s occurs, everyone at a TV station does their best (from the technicians in the…


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CBS Cleaning Up for WLKY in Sweeps

If you’re a general manager or news director at a local TV station, it may seem that all these special investigative stories you’re seeing on local stations aren’t worth the trouble.  That’s because this month’s sweeps are being dominated by CBS powerful programming lineup, and the effect of that on local news has WLKY-TV leading the way in nearly every news hour. Two-thirds of the way through Sweeps, CBS primetime lineup is bringing home an overall rating of 11.95 for WLKY, more than double its nearest competitor, which has helped the local station enjoy a commanding late-night news number. WLKY…


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Delectable End of the Week Goodies

What a way for the week to end — with every TV station camped outside the federal courthouse, anxiously awaiting for something, anything, to happen with the Karen Sypher sentencing. As I write this, WAVE has a live stream from the other side of Broadway from the courthouse, where people are milling about. It may be the least interesting live stream in the history of video. Except for the comments you can overhear from the unseen people behind the camera about female reporters. Karen’s wearing a blue pantsuit with an open-collared light blue top.  Check out the C-J’s video footage…


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Best Local TV Sweeps Reporters

I love TV sweeps months, especially February, because that’s when TV stations put a big emphasis on investigative reporting, which usually comes with a big dose of sensationalism. Sometimes it works, and having a reporter work on one story for several weeks results in good journalism. Short-staffed stations even require anchors to get out from behind their desks and actually go and interview people about issues. You won’t see many anchors outside the studio in March, but in February you’ll see it: WAVE’s Scott Reynolds up at the Indiana State Capitol, or WHAS’ Rachel Platt talking up JCPS principals and…


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No Ticket Teasing, WAVE! and What’s Coming on TV

There was a minor flap over at WAVE’s 725 Live show Friday when the station mistakenly advertised it was giving away tickets to the George Strait show at the Yum Center April 9. It didn’t have the tickets yet. But the station’s Doug Garrett, who posted the message on WAVE’s Facebook page, tells me it was his mistake and that the tickets will be given away this week. The episode gave some viewers a chance to vent publicly about the 725 show, with many commenting that the station should go back to News during the 12:30 hour.  Garrett told me,…