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  1. Crain's Cleveland Business has an interesting article on how a (fingers-crossed) successful Browns team benefits the stations. https://www.crainscleveland.com/kevin-kleps-blog/browns-resurgence-good-everyone-cleveland-tv-industry The author seems to be poking a bit of fun at WKYC's 'director of content:' #ThisIsTegna
  2. Could a clue be in another post on today's FTV Live? https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2019/4/26/black-news-channel-to-launch-this-fall Or...is her ego so large she's headed towards something a bit more....mainstream? I'm not so sure though since she undoubtedly has a very "urban" style...and was a major component to WOIO's success in the mid-2000's. (Her sparring with Mike Trivisonno was classic.)
  3. It isn’t too hard to read with enthusiasm...or is it? Not to go into speculation territory here, but could Chris Tye be coming to 19? If Tanaka signed a three-year deal, his contract would be up this summer. And if Tye has a 6-month non-compete, it would expire around that time.... A quick look at Instagram shows Tye is friends with Jason Nicholas. So, who knows....
  4. Wanted to see these in action on their live stream, but they seem to have some Donate Life Ohio chair-sitting marathon happening on that streaming channel. Argh.
  5. WTOL has been TEGNA-ized. Haven't seen it on-air yet, but this is what they're promoting on social media. (Gawd I hope this isn't their logo - I don't think it is...but eeeeeeeew.)
  6. Haha... I can't believe she's been with 19 for more than 10 years! And it's funny how we're harkening back to "19 Action News" as a "success" - particularly since "Cleveland 19" was such a snooze! Cleveland is a funny TV market. It seems 19 and 3 basically traded their entire stable of personalities over the past 5 years. Lynna Lai, Danielle Serino, Dawn Kendrick for Romona Robinson, Lydia Esparra and Mark Nolan. And they all lost their personalities in the process! If they want to bring the "Action" back into 19, they need someone with some personality... "Calling Danielle Serino from her Jim Donavan sidekick role at Channel 3......!" (Oh WKYC, talk about a station with a deep bench of talent yet so few newscasts. But I digress.)
  7. I agree. And somebody needs to give Chris Tanaka a cup of coffee. His style is very bland for this reboot. They need to invest in some personalities to help pull this off. It is like they’re pressing the “undo button” and going back to the future...but new graphics aren’t going to fix the poor production and bland anchors.
  8. “Back” to Cincinnati? Not sure his family actually left after looking at his recent Tweets about Mason HS and departing CVG airport. WKRC could use him, IMO, since their new 4pm anchor is less than stellar. They could’ve at least just acknowledged things changed when Crabtree decided to stick around.
  9. They probably shouldn't have led their statement with more slang - but the takeaway of that article comes from the teachers who wrote the station: "I personally would like to say thank you to you and the rest of the anchors at your television station for having the courage to stand up and do something that teachers have been doing for years." Yep. Anyone who has ever attended a pep rally can attest to that. Like I said earlier, folks are too hasty to judge. And I totally disagree with Scott Jones/FTVLive on his continued ridicule. I think the Toledo Blade does a nice job summing this up - and alluding to a larger concern in the "Twitterverse": https://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/culture/2019/03/28/twitter-twits-ruin-fun-wtol-video-kirk-baird-commentary/stories/20190328141
  10. These folks do not deserve all the hate they're receiving. This is not an actual newscast, but instead a video made for the school district - to help with a social media campaign "encouraging students to do well on their tests." It's no different than some of the 'funny' promos created to promote newscasts. It isn't abnormal for a local news station (or its personalities) to attempt humor. Look at the quasi-journalists on the air past and present....Robin Swoboda, Bob Herzog, Kristen Hampton. They all have a "schtick" that isn't for everyone - but they stay employed (or keep getting new jobs) because...on some level, it resonates with the target demo. I feel badly for these folks - but judging from how Melissa Andrews engages with folks on social media...she won't be taking the s***.
  11. Entering Spectulatron territory here, but - they could also make them both a half hour a la Bold and the Beautiful on CBS. Or be truly unconventional (and old fashioned) and divide the two hours into three 40-minute shows. Since they all function in the same “world” - it could open the door for some fun crossover and hook fans in to the whole lineup. (Because I’d assume they’d film in LA like GH and AMC towards the end of its run.). Best guess is that they end up on a Disney-owned streaming platform.
  12. If I recall correctly, BNS was trying to get Yolanda as early as 2012, to replace Andrea Cambern. Perhaps if she would’ve joined them then, the energy could’ve remained. (Kristyn Hartman simply wasn’t a Cambern clone, and it didn’t work out - but I do feel badly for how she left...given the 10 still dominated with her at the helm.) BNS is a tough station to watch...because truth be told, any energy and personality that station had left with Andrea Cambern. (But I digress...Mitch Jacob will have his work cut out fo him at WSMV. I remember his work at WTOL after his stint in Phoenix.)
  13. Some of the momentum for WSYX was also lost once WBNS poached their talent (Yolanda Harris and Pete Scalia) and sterilized them. (You won't see this kind of "personality" when Yolanda is paired with Jerry Revish.)
  14. Their new news director "director of content" seems to want to make his impression on WKYC....and it isn't a good one. He's trying to turn their morning show into something like the Today show, but without the actual personalities who can pull this off. (Though arguably, Robin Swoboda could easily be the Kathie Lee Gifford in this scenario.) They're pulling a Fox 8 by making the news all about the personalities (Hollie Strano's "deeply personal story", an official dog "mascot," putting chocolate syrup on cereal) - but to me, it is just falling flat. (If you notice, their director of content rarely tweets actual news...it's an endless stream of love for Kathie Lee and Hoda...) These days are long behind us...
  15. Interesting - especially since viewers likely assumed Johansen was going to get a full-time anchor role when Crabtree retired. This is speculation, but I wonder if this opens the door for him to come back to Cincinnati. A little digging on his Twitter feed reveals his high school age daughter is still attending HS in the Cincinnati area. And Kyle Inskeep isn’t terribly captivating at the anchor desk. (They should’ve given that role to Adam Clements, who was very publicly trying out for the role, but I digress.) It has to be frustrating to leave WKRC after 20+ years (with no Rob Braun retirement in sight) for a lead anchor gig, only to get sidelined a year into it.
  16. I have to wonder what this means for Brad Johansen - who was hired to replace him. The station is responding to folks asking about Brad on Facebook rather ominously... :
  17. Nice reversal of trend! But the sports guy needs socks.
  18. I think it could’ve worked. Not sure if it would’ve been enough to turn the ratings, but I’ve always thought Gill should’ve had a better chance there...especially compared to Danita Harris, who I think was best-suited for Good Morning Cleveland. ‘09 was a volatile time for channel 5...it seemed like they were trying all kinds of different pairings around that time. (Even Joy Benedict had some anchor time during that period if I’m remembering correctly.). This was when they started calling themselves “channel 5” outside of newscasts and had a very inconsistent look and feel.
  19. She isn’t as stiff as Romona Robinson...who was pretty successful in Cleveland. Or Lorna Barrett, the face of a much-stronger WEWS in the 1990s. But I do think Gill is doing well in Carmen Harlan’s seat at WDIV.
  20. Agreed. That’s when they decided to go for the Ohio City/hipster/club crowd with promos like this: And going way back...I still think they made a HUGE mistake ditching Kimberly Gill. Cleveland (and Pittsburgh’s) loss is definitely Detroit’s gain. WEWS should’ve sent to Danita back to mornings in 2009 and put Kimberly in the main slot.
  21. Will WEWS ever learn?! They should’ve never ditched Tera Blake for the short-lived duo of Somara Theodore (pre-ticket-scandal) and Jason Nicholas (pre-WOIO). But I guess things worked out for Tera Blake since she’s now at a dominant WKRC instead of a weak WEWS...
  22. History is repeating itself - the same thing happened 10 years ago with Sue Ann Robak. http://blog.cleveland.com/pdextra/2007/05/clevelands_am_tv_personalities.html
  23. She's already worked at WTOL - she was one of the folks let go during the Cards Against Humanity debacle. Totally agree that she deserves better.
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