Monday, April 25, 2005
RANDOM RANTINGS: "Jack" in Your Box
Wasn't the general idea to play anything? I could be wrong, but you shouldn't be hearing the same song again once every four days or so...not if your music library contains everything. Half the music on "Bob" sounds like they walked across the hall to "Flash 103.9" and stole -- er, borrowed, the CD collection from the 80s format.
DUOPOLY DISCUSSION: Viacom now owns KOVR-13 and KMAX-31. This is nothing but good news for KOVR, its long-suffering staff and its loyal, if comparatively smaller, audience. Viacom's television division is strong, with good management and a commitment to market leadership. Plus, it has become quite the duopoly specialist, with strong growth in its two-station operations in Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas. KOVR has a laundry list of needs, including better equipment; its own radar system; and a new news set. Kim Khazei was anchoring the first time we saw the newsroom as the background for KOVR 13 News, and that was in 1994!
Until next time, stay tuned...
Sacramento: Viacom Takeover Official
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Sacto: Fuel Cell Television
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
The Daily Dirt
Today's Sacramento Bee carries a brief puff piece by J. Freedom duLac on the growing weather team at KCRA-3 Sacto. Plus, a quick shout to former KNCI midday talent/music director (and chef extraordinaire) Jennifer Wood, now holding a similar job at co-owned KYMX. Read on, if you dare, at www.sacticket.com.
Is there a more "real" anchor guy in Sacto than KCRA/WB58 prime time guy John Alston? Rock solid in any situation, and not willing to take himself too seriously. Worth the watch, and particularly good with Sarah Gardner on WB58 at 10pm.
Tribune loves the morning TV news business. In about two months, the madness spreads to KTXL-40 in Sacto. They'll go up against the three national shows, plus Armstrong & Getty on WB58 and "Good Day Sacramento" on UPN31. And with the FOX 40 News 10pm show not exactly setting ratings records, this could be an uphill fight.
Meanwhile, down in Fresno, Pappas' KMPH-26 continues to squeeze out modest ratings with its four-hour "Great Day" show. It's showing signs of growth, and credit ND Roger Gadley for hiring three attractive women to make the redoutable Kopi Sotiropolous smile each morning as co-anchors.
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Monday, April 18, 2005
NFL Inks New Package; Major Changes
"Monday Night Football" moves to ESPN starting next season and will continue to be televised on over-the-air stations in home markets. The games will come with an earlier start time of 5:40pm (PT).
ESPN's Sunday Night package, part of that network's schedule since 1987, moves to NBC. Local stations KCRA-3 Sacramento, KNTV-11 San Jose/SF, KNVN-24 Chico/Redding, KSEE-24 Fresno and KGET-17 Bakersfield will get Sunday football at 5pm (PT). NBC will get scheduling flexibility in the latter part of the season to get meaningful games on the air in primetime. The package will cost NBC $600 million and give the Peacock Super Bowl telecasts in 2009 and 2012.
ABC and its local stations (KXTV-10 Sacto, KGO-7 SF, KFSN-30 Fresno, KRCR-7 Redding/Chico and KERO-23 Bakersfield) will be frozen out of the NFL for the first time since the legue debuted its Monday night package on ABC in 1970.
CBS and FOX will continue to carry Sunday afternoon games in a previous eight-year deal with the NFL.
Bakersfield: KUZZ Reclaims Top Spot
SF: Lara Scott Heads North
SF: All in The Family (Stations)
KFRC has been simulcasting KFRC-FM 99.7's oldies format for many years, except for Oakland A's baseball. KFRC-AM is the flagship for the A's, and will remain so through the end of this season. KEAR's format of traditional Christian music and bible teaching will segue to KFRC-AM, as will the KEAR call letters.
Infinity also announced it will sell San Jose Hot Adult Contemporary station KEZR and San Francisco AC station KBAY. The completion of all the deals will give Infinity a half-dozen stations in the SF Bay Area.
Central Valley: Speaking the Language
KOVR is looking for a replacement in the station's San Joaquin Valley bureau.
KUBA-AM 1600 will originate the first hour with Bob Harlan from its Yuba City studios; KNCO-AM 830 will produce the second hour from Nevada City. The entire show will be streamed on the KUBA website at www.am1600kuba.com.
KXCL Makes Its Move
The new transmitter is running with 10kw ERP from a site just above Newcastle, and its license moves from Yuba City to Lincoln, making it a full Sacramento market station.
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