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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 Chris Randolph Renews With 97.5 WAMZ

Louisville, KY., – 97.5 WAMZ announced today that morning drive personality Chris Randolph has renewed with the station.  Randolph, who marks 6 years with 97.5 WAMZ this year, will continue to entertain Kentuckiana, along with co-host Amy Nic, every weekday from 5-10 a.m. ET. iHeartMedia Louisville has a strong cross-platform presence including a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital – including WTFX-FM; WQMF-FM; WAMZ-FM; WNRW-FM; WLGX-FM; WKRD-AM; WHAS-AM; and WKJK-AM — and produces legendary marquee events including Bras Across The Bluegrass, the WHAS Crusade for Children, and Coyote’s Concert For Kids. iHeartMedia is a leading…


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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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Once Again, Anchored in Louisville

I worked at WHAS in the early to mid 90’s. I even covered the 94 Blizzard and the Cat’s national championship. Now you would think that living in Sunny Southern California, I would be hesitant to return to our much more unpredictable climate. Actually, I couldn’t wait to get back. Here’s why…


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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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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…