Thumb Butte, in Prescott AZ. Photo by Rick Redding

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Cuts at WHAS-TV; Move Lou Pushback; Derby Derby and Petrino’s Deal and Free Advice

I spent a great week in Arizona, climbing up to 6,000 feet of altitude to Thumb Butte. And I came back to great weather, Derby Fever and all this — Cuts at WHAS-TV: A ton of local knowledge will be heading out the door at WHAS-TV in the next week, thanks to another round of corporate cuts. According to a source, Tegna (the parent company of WHAS, spun off from Gannett) offered buyout packages to at least a dozen staffers, and all but a couple accepted. Among those leaving are news anchor Melissa Swan, who’s been at the station since…

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New times posted for University of Louisville Men’s basketball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Additional game times and television designations have been set for the 2015-16 University of Louisville men’s basketball schedule. Since the initial schedule release on Sept. 2, several times and televison assignments have been added.   The time for UofL’s Nov. 21 game against North Florida will be set after the Cardinals’ football game at Pittsburgh on that day is determined so as not to conflict with each other. The game time for Louisville’s March 5 game at Virginia will be established later in the season.  Television for the Cards’ Nov. 28 game against Saint Louis in the Brooklyn…


THE WEEK: On N.O., Joe Goes, Doe’s Show, Media Foes and Two News Items that Blow

THE WEEK — It was a challenging return from my New Orleans experience, especially fighting a summer virus, but all’s well as the weekend comes into view. And of course there’s a lot to talk about here at THE WEEK, including some news you probably haven’t seen elsewhere. Journalism – The Gift That Keeps on Giving Good People to PR: It’s election time, and arguably the two best TV political reporters in town are. . . leaving their jobs. WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold is going to be the new VP of Strategic Communications at the Kentucky Association of Electrical Cooperatives, without…

Last Week NOW: Andy, Humana, Ford and Tying One On

With apologies to John Oliver, LouisvilleKY.com presents all the news from LAST week, here and now, good and bad, official and suspect. Moving On with Andy Treinen: Tough business, TV news. So WHAS-TV’s Andy Treinen is getting out at 46. In a Facebook farewell after nine years doing the morning show, Treinen said he has no immediate plans except to spend weekday mornings and evenings with his wife Wendy. Treinen said WHAS offered to have him stay, but that 25 years of TV news is enough. Rare for TV departures, the station gave Treinen’s leaving a lot of coverage.WHAS-TV Nervous? Yes….

Listen to Rusty – Don’t Buy Gift Cards, the Kingdom is Coming, and Singing in West Louisville

Listen in this week as Rusty Satellite is on the road meeting two more of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville — first stop is Ed Hart’s office in the Highlands, where we learn all about the new and improved Kentucky Kingdom that opens for business in the spring. Hart talks about the enormous economic impact the opening of the Park will have on the city, and goes over some of the hurdles it took to get here. There are a bunch of new rides, and the amusement park will be hosting a job fair in January. Later I met WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold at 38th and Market, where he was doing a story on a new economic development initiative there. Joe’s the only beat reporter on politics working for a TV station in this market. I also got him to sing a line or two, so you’ll want to hear that. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping, I offer up for your consideration my annual gift card rant, in which I encourage you to just go to the store and get me something I can open on Christmas Day.

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WHAS-TV and Clear Channel Sign Up for Arena Signs

If you’ve ever been to the Yum! Center, you know the bombardment of advertising messages is ever-present. Somebody at the Louisville Arena sure has a way of convincing sponsors to ante up, even those you wouldn’t expect to spend money on arena signage. Jim Host, head of the arena authority, is one heck of a salesman. Among the six new sponsors announced this morning is WHAS-TV, which would seem to already have plenty of visibility as the official station for U of L broadcasts. T’he station is sure taking advantage of that, if you’ve noticed the barrage of news promos…

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Spliced Cable Knocked WHAS-TV Off the Air

WHAS-TV news director Mark Neerman said he got a call about 9 p.m. last night with terrible news. The news was that the power was out and the station was off the air. No one knew how long it would take to fix, and the 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts were in jeopardy. Fortunately, the station was dark so no one had to answer the barrage of phone calls from viewers that were surely coming in. It was after 11 before engineers were able to get the station back on the air, but that was using a generator. There wasn’t…

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Bad Blood with WHAS and WDRB?

There were plenty of worthy stories in the news yesterday. There was a shooting. The Taylor Swift show was drawing a big crowd downtown. The police chief’s son was arrested. There was the announcement that the cross-River shuttle was being suspended by the city. But WHAS-TV took the unusual step of leading its 5:30 newscast with the story about a rival station’s anchor. WHAS-TV’s Gene Kang spent the day yesterday tracking down a 19-year-old African-American man who said he heard Lindsay Allen say the N-word during a Monday morning segment. In most cases, TV stations are hesitant to report bad…