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  1. After almost 3 years, KVUT decided to call it a day on May 24 (last Friday evening). In local media articles posted online, no real reason was given for the move, but it was most likely a financial decision. By the tone of the quotes from UT-Tyler, it sounds like the university was the primary funder of KVUT, and not as much from listeners. The station's website and its content is already gone, and trying to click the website now gets a redirect to UT-Tyler's main website. With the loss of KVUT, it means the loss of a job for longtime TV newsman Mike Landess, who had been doing newsbits and longform interviews of local notables for the station. No word yet on what will happen to the 99.7 frequency and license. https://www.kltv.com/2024/05/24/ut-tyler-announces-kvut-997-will-cease-operations-friday-evening/
  2. It is a bit strange. Different stations have different uses for "sister" stations. Most I hear using it are addressing another O/O, another same-company-owned station, and much more rarely, a fellow network affiliate. More often, I hear "_(network)_ station" or "_(network)_ affiliate" by a station to refer to another same-network station, if the station doesn't say the other station's call letters directly.
  3. A sad day at KXAS. Bobbie Wygant, who was a lifestyle/entertainment reporter, host, and even commercial pitch person back to the station's earliest days as WBAP, has passed. Bobbie had her own daytime midday show called Dateline for many years. She participated in the local Jerry Lewis telethon segments for several of the years that KXAS carried the telethon. She had a longer presence in Dallas-Fort Worth media than anyone else. Bobbie was 97, and will be missed. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/trailblazing-nbc-5-reporter-bobbie-wygant-dies-at-97/3466101/ https://www.bobbiewygant.com
  4. IINM, Neal was the longest-serving anchor of any in KETK's history.
  5. Computers and smartphones are getting too good... the banner ad that came up when I clicked on this thread? Some place selling bow ties! Cheers, Mr. Osgood! You'll be missed.... (I wish we could still 'see you on the radio'... ) PS:::: Just now, another banner ad with bow ties!
  6. Recently (this week I think?) I saw a brief part of After Midnight on KTVT, then Comics Unleashed was on afterward. IDK if that was a KTVT deal, or if that was a network thing.
  7. After effects of the suspension from a year ago? Either way, the least he needs to do in the meantime is change that Xwitter handle.
  8. After the Tegna deal, KYTX's morning show became The Morning Loop. If you ask them, the reason for the name change would likely result in a corporate/canned response. It could be that you're in the loop once you've gotten caught up on their news/weather/stuff, it could be because their morning show has a looping set up (like CNN's original Headline News format), or a really out-of-the-box reason: KYTX is located on a looping highway that goes around Tyler (the home of the station, not its COL, which is still Nacogdoches). I'm not sure when/why Morning Y'all became the title.
  9. I'm not sure how long Tom could have done MTP prior to his cancer diagnosis.
  10. The longtime PBS station (and associated FM's) in north TX will be getting new/replaced facilities as a part of a redevelopment of KERA's longtime site just north of downtown Dallas. Developers plan an office tower and residential tower on the site, with new studios/offices for KERA and the FM's. News just broke earlier today, so no artwork/mockups for the station yet, just for the towers. It will be strange to not see the buildings that made up the original pre-KERA facilities there anymore (KBTV, Dallas' DuMont affiliate was there before being sold to A.H. Belo for WFAA's first station site). Story: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2023/09/28/dallas-high-rise-development-planned-for-kera-uptown-site/ Site renderings: https://www.kaizendp.com/projects/Chalk-Hill
  11. A cure/treatment has to be found for Alzheimer's. It has taken too many good people.
  12. I just watched the Monday repeat of the Bob Barker special. At the end of the credits, they referenced Haven Studios, which means there was already enough preparation there to have Drew there doing the introductory segments of the special. Nothing was mentioned during the special about naming anything at Haven for Bob.
  13. KXAS is beginning their 75th anniversary celebration with features airing on their newscasts all month. They will have a special section about the anniversary (including the features airing on their newscasts) on the station's website. KXAS' actual anniversary is September 29. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/the_history_of_channel_5/1838273/
  14. I could maybe see it for a weather segment (yeah I know, CBS O/O's and Gray), but not the name of a whole newscast.
  15. As for the topic.... Is there any sense the non-O/O ABC stations are accepting of the changed logo? As far as I can tell, WFAA, KLTV, and KTRE are still using the previous version.
  16. Just wondering, is anyone seeing any pushback on early local morning news times? I've noticed that KXAS has given up on 4:30am starts recently (they're doing 2 runs of Early Today instead, strangely). I'm not trying to encourage the dreaded list thread, just asking if this might be a trend.
  17. The A.M. show was before Iola, but he had to have been at WFAA during Iola's time there also.
  18. Just heard about this on the radio. Longtime DFW anchor John Criswell has passed. He anchored at WFAA for 17 years, then moved to KDFW and anchored there for 7 years. Criswell is likely the most notable for starting WFAA's regular feature "Wednesday's Child", where a child is profiled who has been fostered and would like to eventually be adopted. "Wednesday's Child" is still a weekly feature on WFAA. Criswell was 83. https://www.wfaa.com/amp/article/news/local/wfaa-anchor-john-criswell-dies/287-84a009b0-db4e-4457-a2f5-22416b476aba
  19. CBS is partnering with The Weather Channel to provide weather segments/reports during CBS' morning shows and their Evening News. There will be a viewable Weather Channel feed through CBS' website, also. https://cordcuttersnews.com/cbs-teams-up-with-the-weather-channel/
  20. According to the posted link, Ron was 67. Either way, a sad surprise.
  21. The article I saw said that they would throw in some occasional weekend showings of series that didn't last as long (and therefore didn't really get the full syndication treatment) like Square Pegs, for example.
  22. ...and may I add, sorely missed. His laughs with his stage manager alone were worth the price of admission.
  23. Laura Rojas, a previous reporter and anchor with KFDA in Amarillo (both the station's main news team as well as with KFDA's Telemundo channel) has died. The video mentions that she worked in other markets including San Antonio as well as in Colorado. https://www.newschannel10.com/video/2023/01/29/video-remembering-laura-rojas-former-nc10-anchor/
  24. I'd heard that J.D. had been at KLMG but I figured he had to have been a reporter, not an anchor. These clips must have been from later in their CBS timeframe, as one clip talks about the 1990 TX governor's race. Also, none of the other on-air folks in the clips were there prior to KLMG cutting their news department and newscasts twice due to financial troubles. WTG KnoxvilleTVFan. You ran across some incredibly rare content.
  25. Very interesting. When I did my search of K21PE, I didn't see (then) that K31PR is *also* located at KLTV's tower, which is several miles north of Tyler. Now, with the extra wrinkle of K14NR. Its tower is currently on the ESE side of Tyler, but it has a CP to move to a site NE of Tyler, just north of I-20, and just a few miles away from KLTV(/K21PE/K31PR)'s tower. I have to wonder what Gray is trying to do. The Tyler/Longview market's topography is somewhat hilly. The 3 LPs have co-channel issues in both DFW (all full-power) and Shreveport (all LP). If Gray really wants to keep all 3, and not duplicate coverage contours amongst them, I'd guess that 1 could orient mainly north, 1 could do something east/SE, and the other could concentrate south/SW. If they can do that, and have just enough tower/antenna height, it would cover a lot of the north half of the market without much interference in DFW or Shreveport. Meanwhile, KTRE has the same VHF issue as KLTV. We haven't heard anything about whether Gray wants to have an LP in the Lufkin area or not. I'm not the engineer in the family, so I may not be as well-versed for the subject as someone else. Just trying to guess how Gray is approaching this.
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