Television: November 2010 Archives

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 3, 2010

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Broadcasting & Cable:

The Walt Disney Company has made an agreement to sell the two smallest O&Os in its 10-station ABC Owned Television Stations Group to the stations' former owner SJL Broadcasting. The stations -- WJRT in Flint, Mich., and WTVG in Toledo, Ohio, - are strong revenue generators in their markets and are expected to remain ABC affiliates. Pending FCC approval, the deal is expected to be completed in early 2011 ... "The proposed sale of these Flint and Toledo properties makes strategic sense for the future direction of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group," Campbell said in her statement. "As we sharpen our focus on larger markets with greater growth potential, we're gratified that these well-run, local stations will be in the able hands of SJL, which is geared toward smaller stations and has a strong history with these two in particular." Prior to ABC's acquisition of both stations in 1995, they were owned and managed by SJL Broadcast Management... Disney to Sell Two Stations (Wed, 11/3)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 18, 2010

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit re-ups with ABC through January 2015

E.W. Scripps company has extended its affiliation deal with Disney's ABC television network through Jan. 31, 2015. In addition to keeping Channel 7 in the fold for ABC, the agreement also applies to five other Scripps stations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tampa, and Phoenix, covering about 8% of U.S. households.

"I'm pleased that we're able to continue the productive relationship we've had with ABC for many more years," Scripps television station group senior vice president Brian Lawlor said in a release. "This new agreement reflects our shared belief in the power of a high-quality national programming provider combined with local affiliates that have trusted news brands and strong influence in their communities."

The six Scripps stations' agreement with ABC had previously expired earlier this year at the end of January, but the affiliation had continued under short-term extensions.

 


 

Michigan Radio becomes official representative for StoryCorps' 2010 National Day of Listening

On Friday, November 26, 2010, Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM 91.1 Flint / WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids) will participate in the third annual National Day of Listening, a national holiday started by the acclaimed oral history nonprofit organization StoryCorps. The National Day of Listening is an effort to encourage all Americans to honor a friend, a loved one, or a member of their community by interviewing them about their lives.

National Day of Listening participants are encouraged to record their National Day of Listening interviews using equipment that is readily available in most homes-from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

Michigan Radio has created a special National Day of Listening website at: www.michiganradio.org/Storycorps. At that website, people can download a Do-It-Yourself interview guide with simple step-by-step instructions, advice on choosing equipment to record the interview, and a list of favorite StoryCorps questions to ask. They can also view a Do-It-Yourself video, get inspiration by listening to examples of stories that others have recorded, and share their experience by joining StoryCorps' national Wall of Listening.

"The idea of listening during the holiday season has clearly resonated with people across the country," says StoryCorps founder and MacArthur "Genius" Dave Isay. "The National Day of Listening, which coincides with Black Friday-traditionally the largest shopping day of the year-provides a meaningful alternative to holiday consumerism and proves that simply listening to one another is the least expensive and most meaningful gift we can give."

To see how more people across the country are celebrating this year's National Day of Listening, visit: www.nationaldayoflistening.org. The 2010 National Day of Listening is sponsored by the Fetzer Institute.

Founded in 2003 by MacArthur "genius" Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps' mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps' award-winning broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love in 2007 and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps in 2010. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.

 

All eight title games available on TV and Online; Telecasts produced in High-Definition for first time

FOX Sports Detroit for the 13th consecutive year is providing exclusive television coverage of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2010 edition is Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27 at Ford Field.

This year, FOX Sports Detroit Plus (FS Plus) is the primary television outlet, carrying seven of the eight games live. Friday night's Division 3 contest airs via same-day delay on FOX Sports Detroit (FSD). For the first time, the telecasts will be produced in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit Plus HD, available on select video providers including Comcast, WOW!, AT&T U-Verse, DIRECTV and Dish Network. For all channel listings by provider, click the "Channel Finder" tab at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.

All eight games will be streamed live at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.

 

Here is the telecast/webcast schedule, along with announcers assigned to each game:

Friday, November 26:

  • 10:00 AM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 8 - Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart vs. Saugatuck
    Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler
  • 1:00 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 2 - Lowell vs. Farmington Hills Harrison
    Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 4:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 6 - Ithaca vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick
  • 7:30 PM, Foxsportsdetroit.com & 10:00 PM (delay) FSD / HD Division 4 - G.R. Catholic Central vs. Williamston
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

 

Saturday, November 27

  • 10:00 AM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 7 - Ishpeming vs. Hudson
    Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 1:00 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsderoit.com: Division 1 - Plymouth vs. Lake Orion
    Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 4:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 5 - Grand Rapids West Catholic vs. Olivet
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick
  • 7:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 3 - East Grand Rapids vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

 

Halftime features:

Hudson Tigers: This feature explores how much high school football means to the tiny town of Hudson, Michigan, represented this year's Division 7 championship game. From the late 1960's through the mid 70's, the Hudson Tigers won a then-national record 72 games in a row. To this day, the streak is a major part of the town's identity. Meet some of the people involved in that tradition, from coaches, players and community members.

High Schools with a Heart: A visit to the annual grudge match between Holly and Fenton that took on a caring cause this year as the schools donned camouflage uniforms and raised money for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project.

 


 

Note for Comcast subscribers: Comcast is expected to add FS Plus HD on Tuesday, November 23rd on channel 707. It's not clear what service tier will be required to receive FS Plus in HD.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 22, 2010

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WDIV continues traditional airing of Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit

WDIV-TV Local 4, the official television station of America's Thanksgiving Parade, will bring home the excitement and grand spectacle of balloons, bands, celebrities and floats in High-Definition during the 84th America's Thanksgiving Parade live from Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker, Channel 4's live broadcast of the parade starts Thursday, November 25th at 9 a.m., following a Parade Preview special at 8 a.m. and Local 4 News Morning, also broadcast live from the Parade route, beginning at 6 a.m. NBC's coverage of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York will air locally on WDIV's digital sub-channel 4.2, ThisTV Detroit, Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m.

Guests during the parade broadcast are scheduled to include Deidre Hall of NBC's Days Of Our Lives, R&B performer Dwele, Hip Hop recording artist Biz Markie, One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer, Def Jam recording artist Aaron Fresh and Detroit's own Bob Seger Silver Bullet sax man Alto Reed, in addition to Gold and Silver medalists from the 2008 and 2010 Olympic Games including skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Plus, tune in for the live announcement of the winner of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

 


 

TV coverage set for 'The Big Chill at the Big House'

Dec. 11 Michigan State at Michigan Outdoor Hockey Game Televised Regionally on FOX Sports Detroit, Elsewhere on Big Ten Network

FOX Sports Detroit is set to provide comprehensive television coverage of next month's historic outdoor game between Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Michigan State and Michigan, dubbed 'The Big Chill at The Big House.' The Saturday, Dec. 11 game begins at 3:00 PM Eastern in front of a crowd expected to approach 110,000 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Already a sellout with 109,901 tickets sold, 'The Big Chill at The Big House' will set a hockey attendance record, surpassing the 74,544 on Oct. 6, 2001 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing for the 'Cold War' game between the same schools (3-3 tie). That 2001 contest, also televised by FOX Sports Detroit, set the standard for all outdoor hockey games that have followed on the amateur and professional level.

'The Big Chill at The Big House' will be televised regionally in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit, reaching 3.2 million households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. Outside of the FOX Sports Detroit footprint, the game will be shown on the Big Ten Network, available to an estimated 75 million households across the U.S. and Canada.

"FOX Sports Detroit is honored to once again be part of hockey history by presenting 'The Big Chill at The Big House,' said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "As was the case in 2001 with 'The Cold War,' we look forward to showcasing the CCHA, these two great universities and the passion for hockey in Michigan - this time in glorious high-definition."

FOX Sports Detroit provides additional coverage, including the Big Chill Preview (premiering Nov. 23) along with CCHA Live pregame and postgame shows on game day. Below is a recap of FOX Sports Detroit's programming related to 'The Big Chill at The Big House' (all times Eastern):

'Big Chill' Preview: Tue. Nov. 23 & Wed. Nov. 24 - 6:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit, w/ multiple airings through Dec. 10. Interviews with players and coaches from both schools regarding the excitement level for the game and impact on their programs and hockey in Michigan overall; current NHL players who played in the 2001 game share their memories; and we hear from today's players who were spectators for the game nine years ago; and a feature on the event planning, including rink and ice preparation.

'Cold War' Encore: Fri. Dec. 10 - 10:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit. The night before this year's historic event, this two-hour presentation revisits the 2001 "Cold War" game which saw Michigan and Michigan State battle to a thrilling 3-3 tie, in what would be the forerunner of outdoor hockey games conducted since on the NHL and collegiate level.

'CCHA Live' Pregame & Postgame: Sat. Dec. 11 - 2:30 PM (pregame); approx 5:30 PM (postgame) on FOX Sports Detroit. Hosted by Mickey York and former Western Michigan coach Jim Culhane, the show sets the scene before the game, and later provides a comprehensive recap.

'The Big Chill at the Big House' Game Coverage: Sat. Dec. 11 - 3:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit (regionally), Big Ten Network (elsewhere). The 14-camera, high-definition production by FOX Sports Detroit includes the following announcers: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), Billy Jaffe (analyst), Fred Pletsch (between the benches analyst), along with Mickey Redmond and John Keating (rinkside reporters). Shepard, Jaffe and Keating also were on the 2001 "Cold War" telecast.

The hockey game is part of a huge programming day for FOX Sports Detroit. It starts with an appearance by the nation's currently No. 2-ranked men's college basketball team as Michigan State meets Oakland University at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The evening schedule features the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons both in action:

12:30 PM - Men's College Basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, at The Palace of Auburn Hills

2:30 PM - CCHA Live Pregame

3:00 PM - 'The Big Chill at the Big House' : CCHA - Michigan State at Michigan

5:30 PM - CCHA Live Postgame

7:00 PM - NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils (FOX Sports Detroit Plus)

7:00 PM - Pistons Live Pregame

7:30 PM - NBA: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (FOX Sports Detroit Plus)

10:00 PM - Pistons Live Postgame

12:00 AM - (replay) Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils

2:00 AM - (replay) Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

 

Television: Newsmakers Nov. 24, 2010

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TVNewsCheck.com:

SJL Holdings is paying ABC a combined $30 million for WJRT Flint, Mich. (DMA 69), and WTVG Toledo (DMA 70), Ohio, according to an FCC filing seeking approval of the stock transfer deal. Upon closing, ABC will get $16.8 million for WTVG and $13.2 million for WJRT. ABC had announced the sale earlier this month as part of a strategy to focus on large market stations. SJL is headed by George Lilly and his son, Brian. It also runs an ABC-CBS duopoly in Erie, Pa. (WICU and WSEE), and the ABC affiliate in Elmira, N.Y. (WENY)... Price on ABC's Toledo and Flint TVs: $30M (Wed, 11/24)

 

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