T Dog’s Think Tank: So what happens if "Oprah" exits?

With Oprah Winfrey scheduled to run her new cable network in a joint venture with Discovery beginning next year, there is increasing speculation she may discontinue her daily talk show strip when her contract with CBS Television Distribution expires in 2011. The speculation increased when Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav revealed in an earnings report a few days ago that […]

NBC, Fox to pool news services

Yes, the tough economic times has yielded another unexpected result – competitors working with each other. NBC-owned and Fox-owned decided to pool their news-gathering sources with the title Local News Service, or LNS. This affects only markets where NBC and Fox O&Os are competing with each other. Chicago is included, along with New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

WLIT-FM is expected to switch to an all-Christmas format beginning tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. The date this year is later than it was in 2007 (Nov. 2) and 2006 (Nov.3). A countdown clock on the station’s website stated it would flip to Xmas tunes on November 21, but the start date had been “floating”. So get ready for a month […]

A look inside WBBM-TV’s new studios

Arthur Greenwald of TVNewsday reviews CBS-owned WBBM-TV’s new digs in the Loop, which brings the station into the 21st century and a long way from its decrepit McClurg Court headquarters. The new building at 22 W. Washington Blvd. lets the station broadcast its news and local programming in HD and new high-tech equipment – such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro […]

The madness ends here, Part 2

MAD TV got the ax today (see post below); now NBC cancels Lipstick Jungle and My Own Worst Enemy. Ratings troubles are to blame for the demise of both dramas, with Jungle recently being relocated to the Friday Night Death Slot.

The madness ends here

In the “Wait.. this show was still on the air?” department, Fox’s long-running Saturday night late-fringe comedy Mad TV was canceled today after fourteen seasons. Oddly enough, of all the late-night shows Fox launched (The Late Show with Joan Rivers, The Wilton-North Report, and The Chevy Chase Show), this program ran the longest. The sketch comedy show debuted in 1995 […]

Don’t forget: Chicago DTV tests today

Just a friendly remainder from The T Dog Media Blog: All local TV stations are conducting a test today to see if you are ready for the digital TV transition. Between 6:53 a.m. and 6:58 a.m. and again from 5:23 p.m. to 5:28 p.m., they will shut off their analog signals and replace it with a message stating “This TV […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

– WLIT has added a new afternoon guy: His name is Kevin Gossett, and he takes over the 2-7 p.m. time slot beginning yesterday at the Clear Channel-owned Adult Contemporary station. One problem, though: he’s being voiced tracked from Phoenix, where he works as PD and afternoon personality at KEZ-FM. So if you hear him talk about how nice and […]

"Help us CNN. You’re our only hope."

On Tuesday night, CNN introduced a new way of interviewing people, via “hologram”. Yes, hologram. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer spoke with both Jessica Yellin and Anderson Cooper spoke with Will I Am from The Black-Eyed Peas using the technology which looked something out of Star Wars: Here’s how it was created: Yellin was shot in a tent filled with green screens […]

T Dog’s 4 Pack

It’s another edition (and another new name) of the weekly winners and losers list, now called The T Dog’s 4 pack. Let’s hope this one sticks, as the last two titles were quite clunky. There are two 4-packs: one Fab, another Flop. Simple for you? I know it is for me… – T Dog’s Fab Four-Pack: President-Elect Barack Obama. Yes, […]

WKTI kicked to curb

A poignant part of Milwaukee’s call letters is history. WKTI-FM dropped its Hot AC format today and flipped to adult hits “The New 94.5 The Lake”, an obvious reference to Milwaukee’s proximity to Lake Michigan (as is our city.) Also gone is the WKTI call letters, which have been used at the frequency for 34 years. Pending approval by the […]

WLS-TV, ABC dominate Election Night

ABC and its O&O in Chicago (WLS-TV) took home the ratings crown on Election Night, a night where Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first African-American president. ABC led all networks on a national basis with 13.6 million viewers. Locally, ABC’s coverage led with WLS-TV leading the 10 p.m. hour (when Obama gave his victory speech) with a 17.6 household […]

Chicago DTV test scheduled for November 12

All of Chicago’s TV stations are planning two digital TV tests for November 12 – from 6:53 a.m. to 6:58 a.m. and again from 5:23 p.m. to 5:28 p.m. This is to see if viewers are ready for the digital transition happening on February 17, 2009, when all analog broadcasts are shut off for good. Viewers who are watching television […]