Stations make post- "Oprah" moves

Local stations nationwide are wasting little time when The Oprah Winfrey Show signs off on Wednesday. And ABC-owned WLS-TV isn’t the only Chicago station making changes Beginning this Thursday (yes, this Thursday), WLS is replacing Oprah at 9 a.m.with a local effort, Windy City Live. Oprah reruns will air on WLS at 11:05 p.m. until September 9. But WCIU (26.1) […]

Bending for news

For the second time in two days, an ABC affiliate announced plans to get into the local news business. Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting announced on Tuesday the hiring of Aaron Ramey to launch a news operation at WBND-LP (low power) in South Bend, Ind., and plans to develop other programming for the station and sister outlets WCWW-LP (CW) and My Network […]

Me-TV, WCIU revamps schedule

Me-TV, the home of classic sitcoms (and a few educational and first-run weeklies) has revamped its schedule, effective this Monday.  The most notable change is the removal of raunchy sitcoms Married… With Children and That’s ’70’s Show from the schedule and airing Scrubs at 12:30 a.m. – a half-hour before its regularly scheduled 1 a.m. WCIU showing. And speaking of […]

WCIU finally launches "You & Me In The Morning"

After months of planning, WCIU finally debuted its new morning venture on Monday titled You & Me In The Morning. Hosted by WMAQ-TV and WGCI-FM veteran Jeanne Sparrow, You & Me consists of five segments that run between 6 and 9 a.m. during a block of WCIU’s syndicated programming. The shorts are lifestyle-oriented, and targeted mostly to a female audience […]

Weigel’s Chicago stations new fall lineups

Weigel Broadcasting, owner of independent WCIU-TV in Chicago and classic TV stations Me-TV (WCIU-DT, 26.2) and Me-Too (WMEU-TV and WCIU-DT 26.3) has released its fall schedules for the 2009-10 season. Click the links to view each schedule, all in PDF form: WCIU 2009 Fall Schedule Me-TV Fall Schedule Me-Too Fall Schedule Similar to what Turner has done to TBS and […]

WCIU gets into A.M. news business – sort of

Weigel’s WCIU-DT and its sister station ME-TV (WCIU-DT, 26.2) are getting into the morning news business – sort of. Scheduled to kick off in August, titled “U and Me In the Morning”, the news segments run for as little as 30 seconds and as long as 10 minutes. Former WGCI-FM personality and WMAQ-TV reporter Jeanne Sparrow will be live-in-the studio […]