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And the Winner Is…Louisville Stations Rack Up Regional Emmys

Lexington, KY., – In a black-tie gala with Keeneland as the backdrop Saturday, three Louisville stations received several top nods from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Here’s a list of the Emmys nabbed by WDRB, WLKY and WAVE. There were no awards listed for WHAS. For a complete listing of the entire awards list, click here to go to www.ohiovalleyemmy.org. *Breaking News Fern Creek High School Shooting, WLKY Kendra Ulrich, Lexy Scheen, William E. DeReamer *Continuing Coverage Theft, Deception, Racism, Wrongdoing: Southeast Bullitt Fire Investigation, WDRB Valerie Chinn, Beth Peak, Barry Fulmer, Jennifer Keeney,…


Louisville’s WAVE Wins Best Newscast; Lauren Jones, Kent Taylor Get Big Wins

LEXINGTON, KY. — The Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters announced its News Excellence Awards for 2014 Saturday night in Lexington. The winners for outstanding broadcast journalism are listed below: PROFESSIONAL RADIO: Best Continuing Coverage: WHAS-AM, Staff Best Long Enterprise Reporting: WFPL, James McNair Best Long Light News Feature: WKYU-FM, Joe Corcoran Best Long Newscast: WKYU-FM, Staff Best Long Public Affairs: WFPL, Rick Howlett Best Long Serious News Feature: WNIN-FM, Cass Herrington Best Long Sports Feature: WFPL, Jacob Ryan Best, Political Coverage: WKMS-FM, Chad Lampe, John Null and Whitney Jones Best Radio Anchor: WHAS-AM, Suzanne Duvall Best Radio Reporter: WNIN-FM, Cass Herrington Best…


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News Flash — It’s Not a Major Snow Event

Local TV stations are so starved for snowflakes, they’d have you think this afternoon’s potential dusting should incite panic. In some cases, it is. Everyone’s making jokes about getting bread and milk, and anyone hosting an event of any type tonight is wavering on going through with it. I remember making these jokes a long time ago, but it is really getting much, much worse, maybe because local TV has so many more hours to fill. But don’t panic, or cancel your plans. It’s really going to be OK, even if you have to drive your vehicle on a wet…


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The Biggest Local Media Stories of 2011

Here you go — a completely unscientific subjective list of the top stories I’ve covered in local media in 2011. It’s usually disappointing to me, in this modern digital world of news consuming, to see what posts from this site generate the largest amount of traffic. It’s the same reason I hate the popularity of reality TV shows, or NASCAR. Or how really bad TV commercials, like the one with that damn KIA Store chick, keep showing up on TV. So I didn’t use that information to determine my list. I saw plenty of significant changes on the local landscape,…


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Big Day for Local TV on Monday

Changes for shows that have been discussed, planned and purchased for months and years are being implemented Monday morning on local TV. Let’s take a look at what’s new: WHAS-TV’s 4 p.m. Newscast: This is Life after Oprah for WHAS. The 4 p.m. news, featuring Claudia Coffey and Renee Murphy as co-anchors, starts Monday, giving WDRB’s news at that hour some competition. WAVE Ditches 725: That 12:30 experiment with  a live show hosted by John Ramsey– didn’t work so well. Atrocious ratings. WAVE GM Ken Selvaggi says moving 725 Live to Saturday nights at 7:30 will give it eight times…


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As the TV Turns, Change is Coming

You’d think there’d be plenty of local news watching going on during the just-concluded July TV ratings period. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t wait to see what bizarre crime will be perpetrated next. Today is just run-of-the-mill stuff — a 40-year-old woman in PRP who hosted a party for her teenage son and 150 of his friends in which pot and alcohol were present; the basic “cocaine in an inmate’s underwear” story; a guy who may or may not have had help from an employee as he held up a Jeffersontown hotel for $194; a Park Hill shooting…


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WeatherTalk is the Talk of the ‘Ville

I’ve been raised on weather talk. As innocuous as it may seem, for country folks in Kentucky, it was not only a social ice-breaker but a necessary element of daily life. Weather provided all the best reasons for sweet tea on the porch glider, back in the day at my grandparent’s house in Russell Springs, Kentucky; colorful aluminum tumblers filled with icy Lipton brew with condensation dripping down the side. In the winter, it was pretty easy to predict hot cocoa in the kitchen most any time after October. Sure, there where days with snow but off to class we…


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We Have a Local Ratings Winner, and Losers

No one (except LouisvilleKY.com) reports them any more, and technology has created a world in which these four times a year sweeps periods aren’t the only times you can find out who’s winning in local ratings wars.  TV ratings are still important to local stations, though, even if it’s only for bragging rights. And there won’t be much bragging going on in local newsrooms as a result of February’s numbers, except at WLKY-TV. Let’s look at some dayparts and results for local news programs. EARLY MORNING: I still don’t see the value in coming on the air at 4:30, but…


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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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A Winner: WAVE Exposes JCPS Bus Rides For Sweeps

It’s week 1 of the February Sweeps in local TV, and last night might be considered the kickoff, as WAVE, WHAS and WLKY all unveiled investigative pieces. And WAVE certainly came out ahead with its revealing series by Eric Flack on the longest bus rides in the JCPS system. Flack followed some buses around and found that, contrary to the P.R. being paraded around by JCPS, there are actually kids riding a bus 100 minutes to get to school, passing up to 3 legitimate schools on the way. He found bus drivers making erratic U-turns. There was the typical annoyed…