The Media Notepad: Judy Sheindlin strikes deal with Amazon

Also: This TV/Light TV has new owner; Rock 95.5 does modestly well in first survey As anticipated following her announcement on Ellen earlier this year, Judy Sheindlin released more information about her new project Thursday in a press release. For one, the her new courtroom show is still untitled – but perhaps the biggest takeaway is beginning next year, her […]

The state of syndication in 2021 (three months early)

  Pandemic, shifting audiences makes it challenging for stations and syndicators Generally, I write these state of syndication articles in January before the NATPE gathering in Miami. But as we know, there has been nothing normal about the current times we live in, the television business included (and of course, NATPE isn’t likely happening as a traditional gathering in 2021.)  […]

Retired WLS-TV anchor Joel Daly dies at 86

Helped usher in station’s ratings dominance Months after meteorologist Jerry Taft died, another former well-liked personality from WLS-TV has passed.  Anchor Joel Daly, who spent 38 years at the ABC-owned station died peacefully Thursday morning at the home of his daughter Kelly. In recent years, Daly had been suffering from vascular parkinsonism – a condition that leads to mini-strokes.  Born […]

Time to “Toon In With Me” – MeTV adds classic animated shows

One hour weekday block to launch with Bill Leff, plus three hours on Saturday mornings On the same day Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang packed up their bags and headed to Apple TV’s streaming service, there was another announcement – one returning classic Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes cartoons back to broadcast television.  Weigel Broadcasting’s MeTV announced Monday […]

Report: Apple + adds Peanuts holiday specials, ends broadcast TV run

A Charlie Brown Christmas abruptly exits network TV Details are scarce, but it looks like Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and his flimsy Christmas tree are heading off of linear TV and into the house Steve Jobs built. According to a tweet sent from the official Peanuts account Monday morning, the Halloween special It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is streaming exclusively […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: Voters lose as networks schedule dueling town halls

  ABC and NBC schedule Presidential town halls opposite each other as ratings dictate decisions instead of common sense   NBC’s decision to schedule a President Trump town hall opposite Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is so ridiculous, it’s hard to explain. A second Presidential debate was supposed to take place tonight between Trump and Biden. But Trump tested positive for […]

Marquee adds Bears programming to lineup

  Adding Bears is a victory for start-up RSN The Marquee Sports Network announced Tuesday a new agreement with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, who’ll provide the fledgling regional sports network a studio show and a condensed version of the previous week’s game.  Starting Wednesday night, Marquee will air Bear Essentials in prime-time followed by a two-hour replay of the Bears […]

The Media Notepad: Rock 95 Five sets new lineup

Former Kiss FM Angi Taylor heads up mornings. Also Tamron Hall renewed for season three; sports ratings [Editor’s Note: This post was edited on 2020-10-26 to remove some information from a website I felt did not meet the quality standards of T Dog Media. – T.H.]  iHeartMedia’s new Rock 95 Five – now known with the call letters WCHI-FM, announced […]

Supreme Court to take up FCC ownership rules case

High court agrees to hear longstanding argument There is a lot at stake with the U.S. Supreme Court now taking up the case of the FCC’s ownership rules dilemma, a battle raging for some 40-plus years. For one, this case would be the biggest one yet for the media industry as a decision on the FCC ownership rules have the […]