T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

With so much stories to mention, I thought I throw them all together in a new feature. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the inagural T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag. Enjoy!

-Tribune-owned WGN-TV has become the third station in Chicago to broadcast its news in 1080i high-definition. The station launched its HD newscasts over the weekend, with a new, smooth graphics package. The station now airs news, sports, and CW prime-time programming (for now) in HD.

– The Score (WSCR-AM) has announced a new morning show to replace Mike North’s: They tapped former middayers Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley to fill the 6-10 a.m. slot. No word on a replacement for them in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. slot.

– My Network TV has a new affiliate in Salt Lake City: KCSG-TV has signed on to replace KJZZ-TV as the market’s MNT affiliate. The low-powered station will begin carrying the weekly twelve hours of MNT fareeffective August 18.

KJZZ, owned by Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller (hence the KJZZ calls) ran My Network TV out of pattern. It is the second network affiliation they have dropped, canning UPN in 2001. According to urban legend, the reason KJZZ dropped UPN was because of the network’s increasing emphasis on minority audiences, which there is little of in the Salt Lake City area.

– NBC O&O WTVJ is a O&O no longer. The Miami station was sold to Post-Newsweek, Inc., a unit of The Washington Post Co. Post-Newsweek owns ABC affiliate WPLG-TV in the market and it creates a duopoly that has an ABC affiliate and NBC affiliate – unusual in a top 20 market.

The FCC permits duopolies as long as the two stations aren’t among the top four rated at the same time.

NBC continues to own Telemundo affiliate WSCV-TV.