Friday, June 30, 2017

News for Friday, June 30th, 2017 (amended)

(note: the parenthesized paragraph with two asterisks was edited for clarity)
  • The sports segment for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this past Wednesday on the twenty-eighth day of this June had an animated sequence not normally used in its broadcasts in recent times (it was presented by a member of their local news operation who had joined the operation earlier this June (Robby Baker) involving the voice of an announcer often used in providing new announcements for their programming in recent times (Jeff Davis) rather the one who provided the introduction for all of their local news programs and some announcements for some advertisements of theirs before him (Jay Gardner). 
  • The hosts of a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles (Chasity Byrd and Joe Emer of "Studio 10") that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV this past Wednesday had said two other members of the local news operation for WALA-TV (a news presenter named Lenise Ligon and a news reporter named Alexa Knowles) were to appear on the program as part of a contest for the program named "Dale's Seasoning Cook-off Challenge" in addition to the one it had in its installment for that Wednesday (a news reporter named Hal Scheurich).*
  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of  5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this past Thursday on the twenty-ninth day of this June ("FOX 10 News at 5:00 p.m.", "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.", and "FOX 10 News at 10:00 p.m." respectively) each had a video about what a member of their local news operation (a news reporter and a news presenter named Renee Dials) had planned on doing after retiring from the operation by this Friday.** 
  • The sports segment for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 6:00 p.m. this past Thursday ("WKRG News 5 at 6") had what appeared to be a recording of the reporter mentioned in the first paragraph from the top of this report attempting to make contact with a professional basketball player (named Jimmy Butler) for a report about the player telling a group of folks at a news conference how to contact him by telephone.***
(*the one named Joe Emer said the Wednesday for this installment of the program was the "first of three Wednesdays in a row" to have one of those members)
(**when the video appeared on the program for the hour of 5:00 p.m., the narration for it had an incorrect calendar year for when the member had joined the operation (1997 instead of 1977); when it appeared on the other programs, the narration had the correct calendar year in place of it (a recording of the video with the correct calendar year on the program for the hour of 9:00 p.m. was uploaded onto a site attributed to WALA-TV by the end of the day))

(***the reporter had asked whether the telephone number was legitimate or not while on the set of the program near the end of the segment)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

News for Thursday, June 29th, 2017

  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of  5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this past Wednesday ("FOX 10 News at 5:00 p.m.", "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.", and "FOX 10 News at 10:00 p.m." respectively) each had video of what appeared to had been a luncheon for a member of their local news operation (a news reporter and a news presenter named Renee Dials)** before having a video about a personal connection she had to one of the cities in their local broadcast area (the city of Satsuma in southwest Alabama) during her time as a member of the operation between reports of her retiring from the operation by the Friday of the thirtieth day of this June (a Facebook page about one of the news presenters for those programs (Bob Grip) had static images of what appeared to had been the same luncheon).*** 
  • The hosts of a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hour of 9:00 a.m. this past Wednesday (Chasity Byrd and Joe Emer on "Studio 10") each had a story involving past members of the local news operation for WALA-TV for the program (the one named Chasity Byrd had said five of those past reporters (Leticia Bush (Bereola), April Douglas (Miller), Andrew Perez, Denise Hrdlica (Rowell), and Anissa Centers) were interviewed about the member of the operation mentioned in the second paragraph (after presenting a video about her career that was part of some of their programming this past Tuesday) whereas the one named Joe Emer had said two other past members (Cary Chow and Qwesi (Q) McCray) were part of a wedding (for Cary Chow) attended by him. 
(*A Facebook page attributed to this colleague of theirs had a message attributed to her about her leaving the operation dated for the Sunday of the twenty-fifth day of this June)

(**the video of the luncheon was also part of the local news program that appeared on the channel during the hour of 4:00 p.m. that day and this Thursday ("FOX 10 News at 4:00 p.m."); it was also part of the installment of the program mentioned in the third paragraph from the top of this report that appeared on the channel this Thursday)

(***some video of a weather reporter for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (named John Nodar) talking about the member of the local news operation for WALA-TV mentioned in the second paragraph from the top of this report preceded the video of the luncheon mentioned in that paragraph on the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hour of 9:00 p.m. this past Wednesday (he appeared to be on the set on the local news programs for WKRG-TV while doing so))  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

News for Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

  • One of the hosts of a weekly radio program for Mississippi Public Broadcasting dedicated to discussing technology (Cherita Brent of "Everyday Tech") had used one of the last two minutes of its installment for this Wednesday to announce that this calendar week would be her last week of being part of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. 
  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. on the Tuesday of the twenty-seventh day of this June ("WKRG News 5 at 10") had a vertical image of the Capitol in the city of Washington in the District of Columbia and the words "Health Care Debate" appear sideways on a monitor that was set in a horizontal position while one of its news presenters (Mel Showers (the name of its other news presenter was Rose Ann Haven)) was presenting a report related to health.  
  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. on the Tuesday of the twenty-seventh day of this June ("FOX 10 News at 5:00 p.m.", "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.", and "FOX 10 News at 10:00 p.m." respectively) each had a video about a member of their local news operation (a news reporter and a news presenter named Renee Dials) talking about her time as an investigator for the operation between reports of her retiring from the operation by the Friday of the thirtieth day of this June. 
  • The guides to the main broadcast channel for WFNA-TV for the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. for next Monday through Friday (the third through seventh days of July for this calendar year) TitanTV, Zap2it, and Comcast had the names of two different types of programming that were not usually listed for those times for those (calendar) days in recent times (they usually had the name of a local radio program ("The Uncle Henry Show") listed for those hours for those days in recent times; as for the names of the types of programming they had for those hours for those days for the next calendar week, they had "paid programming" in reference to paid commercial programming for the hour of 5:00 a.m. and "The Andy Griffith Show" in reference to entertainment programming for the hour of 6:00 a.m.).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

News for Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

  • A Facebook page attributed to one of the weather reporters for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Melissa Constanzer) had a message attributed to her dated for the Sunday of the twenty-fifth day of this June about a plan for her to leave her position in the operation for a position in the broadcast operation of a company specialized in providing weather information named AccuWeather
  • A Facebook page attributed to one of the news presenters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Bob Grip) had a message attributed to him dated for the Monday of the twenty-sixth day of this June with a hyperlink to a recording of a TV program of theirs dated for the calendar year 2012 about the history of a series of programming segments for the operation usually hosted by him named "Fugitive Files".  
  • A Facebook page attributed to WKRG-TV had a message attributed to its administration dated for the Monday of the twenty-sixth day of this June asking visitors of the page about whether they had trouble viewing their local news programming by then or not, along with some advise on how they could view some of their local news programs if they were really having trouble viewing them by then and a graphic with a message explaining why they may or may not have had trouble viewing them. 
  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. and the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. on the Monday of the twenty-sixth day of this June ("FOX 10 News at 4:00 p.m.", "FOX 10 News at 5:00 p.m.", "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.", and "FOX 10 News at 10:00 p.m." respectively) each had a video about a member of their local news operation (named Renee Dials) talking about subjects described as having been some of the most memorable subjects of her time as a news reporter for the operation between reports of her retiring from the operation by the Friday of the thirtieth day of this June. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

News for Monday, June 26th, 2017

  • The main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV had an advertisement about a plan to have two of their local news programs ("WKRG News 5 at 6 [p.m.]" and "WKRG News 5 at 6:30 [p.m.]") broadcast from a boardwalk in the city of Pensacola in the state of Florida on the Tuesday of the twenty-seventh day of this June.   
  • A World Wide Web site attributed to WEAR-TV had an article about a plan to have WEAR-TV and WFGX-TV host a discussion about trafficking in the state of Florida on the Tuesday of the twenty-seventh day of this June and a plan to have it broadcast through both the site and one of the broadcast channels for WFGX-TV.   
  • A World Wide Web site where customers of the cable TV system operated by Comcast Cablevision of Mobile could access the programming feeds for the system over the Internet as part of their subscriptions to the system (XFINITY Stream) had the programming feeds for Alabama Public Television normally used to provide programs from two national TV programming services named WORLD and PBS Kids Channel appear as though they were in each other's channel position in the system, even though it had the names of their programs correspond with their correct positions in the system.

News for Sunday, June 25th, 2017

  • The news presenter for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. this Sunday (Chad Petri of "WKRG News 5 This Morning: Sunday") used the last few seconds of its installment for this Sunday to say that it was the last one for its weather reporter (Melissa Constanzer)* and say that he and other members of WKRG-TV were going to miss her (he also said she was a "great pal" and "a great meteorologist" to him).  
  • The news presenters for the local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. this Sunday (Kati Weis on "FOX 10 News at 6:00 a.m." and Lee Peck on "FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") used part of their respective programs to present a report about the career of a colleague of theirs (a news reporter and a news presenter named Renee Dials) that was originally part of a celebration of her having been part of their local news operation for 40 years earlier this calendar year before presenting reports about her being set to retire from the operation on the Friday of the thirtieth day of this June (after the program with Lee Peck appears on the channel that day) and about how her career would be celebrated in their programming by the end of the calendar week for that Friday (they said the celebrations would involve all of their "newscasts" for the week, involve other colleagues of hers, former colleagues of hers, and "city leaders" talking about how her career "impacted" a certain community, involve an "inside look into her hometown", and involve what she had planned on doing after retiring). 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

News for Saturday, June 24th, 2017

(correction note: an incorrect surname was used unintentionally in reference to the (sports) reporter referenced in the second paragraph below this sentence for a previous report about him and other subjects for this weblog)
  • A directory of telephone numbers for residents of the county of Mobile in southwest Alabama dated for this June named "The Real Yellow Pages" had references to two former radio stations based in this area (WABB-AM and WABB-FM).  
  • The sports segments of Saturday editions of one of the local news programs for WKRG-TV ("WKRG News 5 at 6") were usually presented by their news presenters in recent times (usually by a member of their local news operation named Ashley Knight) in recent times until the edition for this Saturday (the one for this Saturday was presented by the newest sports reporter for their local news operation (Robby Baker)).  
  • A member of the local news operation at WPMI-TV who mainly presented reports about sports and occasionally presented reports about news in general for some of their local news programming in recent times (Lance Crawford) appeared to be doing a live news report unrelated to sports for a local news program that was usually part of their programming during the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Monday through Friday in recent times earlier this June (the name of the program was "Local 15 Today"). 
  • The cable TV system operated by Comcast Cablevision of Mobile usually had information pertaining to one of the programming feeds for a TV station in the city of Birmingham (WBRC-TV) in central Alabama in its guide to a programming feed similar to it from a station based in southwest Alabama (WFNA-TV) in recent times (both feeds were usually set to have programming from a national TV programming service named Bounce TV; as for the information pertaining to the one for the station in Birmingham in the cable TV system, it usually had the name of that station and the names of some of its local TV programs ("Bounce Around Birmingham"  and "WBRC News") listed for times when the feed for the station in Mobile would actually have programs for the national TV programming service.

Friday, June 23, 2017

News for Friday, June 23rd, 2017

  • A World Wide Web site attributed to WALA-TV had an article dated for the Thursday of the twenty-second day of this June about an automobile used to broadcast weather reports for their local news operation from remote locations. 
  • A World Wide Web site attributed to the holding (or "parent") company of WKRG-TV and WFNA-TV (the Nexstar Media Group) had an advertisement for a position in reporting weather for the local news operation at WKRG-TV. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Commentary: Dramatics in broadcasting about a tropical cyclone and some interesting juxtapositions (corrected)

(correction note: part of the third paragraph below was corrected)
  • I did not like hearing local news broadcasters refer to a visitor of the city of Gulf Shores in southwest Alabama as "the first" to die as a result of tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico this past Wednesday on the twenty-first day of this June, as if they were expecting more persons to die as a result of it (they sounded very grim and dramatic while doing so).
  • I would suggest local news broadcasters in southwest Alabama who had planned on leaving this area in order to advance their careers to resist any urge to act unlike their usual selves just because more national news broadcasters than usual may had been interested in this area and other areas near the Gulf of Mexico this calendar week due to the tropical cyclone mentioned in the previous paragraph. If they really want to make good impressions for national broadcasters who may be interested in their skills, they could simply be their usual selves (the national broadcasters might find their usual selves really special and not think they are just pretending to be special).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

News for Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

(note: one of the paragraphs in the report titled "News for Tuesday, June 20th, 2017" was corrected)
  • The main broadcast channel for WALA-TV had what appeared to be an amended version of a video it had in its programming earlier this calendar week about a member of their local news operation (a news reporter and a news presenter named Renee Dials) retiring and a plan to have a retrospective of her career on one of their local news programs on the evening of the Sunday of the twenty-fifth day of this June (it had different graphics and a different announcement about the member retiring (it had suggested there would be more retrospectives about her career on other local news programs for WALA-TV afterwards between the beginning of the Monday the twenty-sixth day of this June and the end of the Sunday of the second day of July for this calendar year)).  
  • The main broadcast channel for WALA-TV usually had various graphics about a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico (such as maps, texts, and a ticker) frame a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles (named "Studio 10") during the hour of 9:00 a.m. this Wednesday (the channel usually had such graphics around the local news programs that were part of its programming since the Tuesday of the twentieth day of this June, but not on a continuous basis).  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

News for Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 (corrected)

(correction note: the number of monitors mentioned in the third paragraph below was corrected)
  • WEAR-TV had special news programming (about what appeared to be a live news conference) from their local news operation take precedence over regular programming on their main broadcast channel during the first half of the hour of 2:00 p.m. this Tuesday.
  • The main broadcast channel for WALA-TV had some video (an advertisement) of an announcement about a member of their local news operation (a news presenter and a news reporter named Renee Dials) retiring and a plan to have a retrospective of her career on one of their local news programs during the evening hours of the Sunday of the twenty-fifth day of this June ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m."). 
  • Some of the local news programs that had appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV since the hour of 10:00 p.m. on the Monday of the nineteenth day of this June had some members of their local news operation standing in front of a group of (nine) monitors normally used on those programs in recent times (rather than sitting behind a desk with those monitors behind them in accordance with how they usually appeared on those programs in recent times) to present reports about stormy weather in the Gulf of Mexico while those monitors collectively displayed animated graphics involving the words "Tracking the Tropics". 

Monday, June 19, 2017

News for Monday, June 19th, 2017

  • The programming feed for WABF-AM had a program described by one of its hosts (Lori DuBose (the name of its other host was Alan Lipscomb)) as "a new weekly talk show ('program') for and about small businesses" during the first half of the hour of 10:00 a.m. this Monday (a recording of it was uploaded onto a World Wide Web site attributed to WABF-AM afterwards; as for its name, it was "Small Business News").  
  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first halves of the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. for the Saturday of the seventeenth day of this June ("WKRG News 5 at 6" and "WKRG News 5 at 10" respectively) had video of a member of their local news operation (Peter Albrecht) talking about a plan to have two of their local news programs ("WKRG News 5 at 6 [p.m.]" and "WKRG News 5 at 6:30 [p.m.]") broadcast from an aeroplex in the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama (the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field) this Tuesday on the twentieth day of this June. 
  • A live video stream normally used for streaming local news programs and a local program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles (named "Studio 10") on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV in recent times had videos of what appeared to be various places outside their local broadcast area (such as the Capitol in the city of Washington in the District of Columbia and the the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island near the state of New York) and graphics related to the New York Stock Exchange instead of the editions of the programs that appeared on the channel this morning (a graphic that usually appeared on the stream during breaks for the programs stream still appeared on the stream occasionally (it usually had the words "We'll be right back after this break" and one of the logos for the local news operation at WALA-TV). 

News for Sunday, June 18th, 2017

  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channels for WKRG-TV and WALA-TV during the evening hours of the Saturday of the seventeenth day of this June had reports about some members of their respective news operations being honored at an awards ceremony by the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors earlier that day.*  
  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. this past Saturday on the seventeenth day of this June ("FOX 10 News at 6:00 a.m." and "FOX 10 News at 7:00 a.m.") had guests of theirs wearing headphones and holding microphones with logos for their broadcast operation while being interviewed by their news presenter (Asha Staples**).
  • A Facebook page and a Twitter page attributed to a syndicated news program that used to be available to WFNA-TV from Monday through Friday ("The Daily Buzz") each had a message dated for the Monday of the twenty-second day of May for this calendar year about a plan to make it available to broadcasters like them for the for time since the Friday of the seventeenth day of April of the calendar year 2015 this Sunday (on a weekly basis).***
(*the programs on the channel for WKRG-TV had proper names ("WKRG News 5 at 6" and "WKRG News 5 at 10") whereas the one that appeared on the channel for WALA-TV did not (a generic name ("FOX 10 News") was used in reference to it by its news presenter (Steve Alexander Ozenovich**) due its appearance on the channel being in a time period not normally used for their local news programming since the channel had special programming from their main provider of network programming (the FOX Broadcasting Company) during its regular time period for having local news programming on Saturday in recent times (the first half of the hour of 9:00 p.m.)

(**she was usually a news reporter for the local news operation)

(***a news release dated for the Tuesday of the second day of May for this calendar week had the fourth day of this June as the day of its return to broadcasting before the one dated for the Saturday of the tenth day of this June had the Sunday of the eighteenth day of this June as the day of its return to broadcasting)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Commentary: Broadcasters using their positions to express feelings of pride over celebrated persons (celebrities) and promote the idea of capturing and/or eating sea creatures

  • No professional broadcaster (including local broadcasters) should use his or her position to express excessive pride over certain persons celebrated for certain achievements, especially if his or her position is to be a news presenter or a news reporter. Their audiences do not need to know how they feel about certain celebrities; all they need to do is talk about them the way they would talk about other persons if they were serious and objective news presenters or news reporters (such as the reasons for their being celebrities).  
  • I had noticed some local broadcasters (including some members of WPMI-TV named Kelly Foster  (a news presenter, a weather reporter, and a host specialized in entertainment and lifestyles) and Terra Reeves (another host specialized in entertainment and lifestyles) and a member of WALA-TV named Jason Smith (a weather reporter and a host specialized in capturing fish and providing information about natural parts of the word)) using some of the local TV programs for their respective stations to express what may or may had not been their own affections for eating sea creatures earlier this June. Personally I wished they had not done so since not every person in their local broadcast areas would want to eat a sea creature or any creature other than a human (either for health reasons, ethical reasons, or both). I understood that southwest Alabama is located near the Gulf of Mexico and many folks in the area seemed to enjoy capturing or eating sea creatures throughout the history of the area, that does not mean every person around these areas is required to adhere to these traditions (post script: I was not surprised to see video of the governor of Alabama (Kay Ivey) on a local news program for WALA-TV appearing to promote capturing sea creatures (such as red snapper) earlier this June, since many folks in southwest Alabama had done so for commercial purposes that may had benefited the economy of Alabama in a very significant way in recent times). 

Friday, June 16, 2017

News for Friday, June 16th, 2017 (updated)

  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV during the first half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday of the fourteenth day of this June  had what appeared to be a live interview with a member of the House of Representatives of the United States from Alabama (named Mo Brooks) about reports of his having a role in an incident involving a series of shootings on a baseball field in the state of Virginia earlier that day. 
  • A YouTube channel normally used to upload advertisements on video for WFGX-TV and WEAR-TV (both of them were related to each other due to their being members of the same holding (or "parent") company (the Sinclair Broadcast Group)) in recent times had a video about a special programming plan (named "KidsClick") set to be implemented for WFGX-TV and other TV stations related to theirs and/or a national TV programming service named ThisTV on the Saturday of the first day of July for this calendar year.
  • The guides to the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV from Zap2it, TitanTV, TV Guide, and Comcast appeared to contract a message on a Facebook page attributed to WALA-TV dated for the Thursday of the fifteenth day of this June about when the channel would have two syndicated programs (named "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune") that were not part of its programming that day (all of them had the programs listed for the Sunday of the eighteenth day of this June (for the first and second halves of the hour of 3:00 a.m. respectively) rather than the Saturday of the seventeenth day of this June (for the same time periods) like the message).**
(*update for Saturday, June 17th, 2017: the program that appeared on the channel during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. was added) 

(**update for Saturday, June 17th, 2017: the channel had two installments of the program that was usually part of its programming during the first and second halves of the 3:00 a.m. on Saturday in recent times (a syndicated program named "Judge Alex") in accordance with the programming guides rather than the ones mentioned in the message on the Facebook page)

News for Thursday, June 15th, 2017 (updated)

  • A Facebook page attributed to WKRG-TV had a message attributed to an administrator for the page dated for the Wednesday of the fourteenth day of this June about their main broadcast channel having been set to have an episode of a network program ("The Young and the Restless" from the the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)) at a time when it was usually set to have promotional programs (or "infomercials") from Monday through Friday in recent times (during the second half of the hour of 12:00 a.m. and the first half of the hour of 1:00 a.m.) earlier this Thursday (the channel had special news programming from the same provider when it usually had this network program from Monday through Friday in recent times that Wednesday (the hour of 11:00 a.m.)).*
  • A live video stream normally used for streaming recent editions of local news programs for the main broadcast channel of WKRG-TV in recent times usually had videos of various places outside of their local broadcast area (such as an apartment building on fire in the city of London in the nation of England, the New York Stock Exchange in the city of New York in the state of New York, the Capitol in the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, and various buildings in the city of Chicago in the state of Illinois) in place of any other recent installments of those programs since the Tuesday of the thirteenth day of this June (a graphic that usually appeared on the stream during breaks for those programs still appeared on the stream occasionally (it usually had the words "We'll be right back")).**  
  • A Facebook page attributed to WALA-TV had a message attributed to an administrator of the page dated for this Thursday about the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV having been set to have special sports programming from their main provider of network programming (the FOX Broadcasting Company) during one of its regular time periods for having local news programming and two of its regular time periods for having syndicated programming from Monday through Friday in recent times this Thursday (the hour of 5:00 p.m. and the first and second halves of the hour of 6:00 p.m. respectively) and about the channel having been set to have the syndicated programs it would have had during one of the aforementioned time periods this Thursday ("Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune") during time periods not normally used for them in its programming this Saturday on the seventeenth day of this June (they were normally used for a different syndicated program from Tuesday through Saturday in recent times ("Judge Alex")***).
(*a recording of what appeared to be the aforementioned episode was uploaded onto a World Wide Web site attributed to its provider (CBS))
(**update for Friday, June 16th, 2017: the stream had an installment of the local news program that was usually set to appear on their main broadcast channel during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. on a daily basis in recent times ("WKRG News 5 at 10")) 
(***it was not mentioned in the message)

(***update for Saturday, June 17th, 2017: the channel still had "Judge Alex" during the time periods mentioned in the message on the Facebook page this Saturday in accordance with the programming guides for the channel from Zap2it, TitanTV, TV Guide, and Comcast before then)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

News for Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

  • A former sports reporter for the local news operation at WKRG-TV (named (James) Scott Hunter) was part of a news report for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the first half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. this past Tuesday on the thirteenth day of this June ("WKRG News 5 at 5"). 
  • A Facebook page and a Twitter page attributed to WAVH-FM had some messages about a local radio program of theirs ("Mobile Mornings") having a member of the House of Representatives of the United States from Alabama (named Mo Brooks) talk about having been part of an incident involving a series of shootings on a baseball field in the state of Virginia earlier this Wednesday (they also had hyperlinks to a recording of this discussion on a part of the World Wide Web normally used to archive local radio programs for WAVH-FM in recent times).** 
  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hour of 7:00 a.m. this Wednesday ("FOX 10 News at 7:00 a.m.") was replaced by special news programming from their main provider of network programming (the FOX Broadcasting Company) that appeared to support the subject of the discussion mentioned in the previous paragraph about six to ten minutes after the beginning of the second half of that hour (some of that programming was streamed onto a Facebook page attributed to WALA-TV).
(*the audio involved a profane word commonly used to mean "nonsense" (it was not censored in a recording of the meeting uploaded onto a YouTube channel attributed to the government of the city of Mobile))

(**WKRG-TV had some reports about the discussion and some audio of it in their local news programming for this Wednesday (a World Wide Web site attributed to WKRG-TV even had its own report about it).

News for Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the second half of the hour of 6:00 p.m. this Tuesday ("WKRG News 5 at 6:30") had a report about a professional actor originally from the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama (named Richard Tyson) working on a TV program in the area named "Bama P. I.".  
  • One of the members of the local news operation at WKRG-TV (Randy Patrick Setterstorm*) had used a segment of the local news program that appeared on their main broadcast channel during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. this Tuesday ("WKRG News 5 at 10 [p.m.]") to introduce a person he said was the newest member of its "sports (news) team" (Robby Baker).
  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV during the first half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. this Tuesday ("Local 15 News at 5 p.m.") had video of what appeared to be a living dog superimposed over a graphic for displaying predictions of temperatures and chances of rain for parts of their local broadcast area this Tuesday (the weather reporter on the program (Chris Dunn) was talking about when some folks in the area could take other dogs out for walks based on those predictions while part of the program with the video**).
(*he usually appeared to be the only member to do reports about sports for some of its local news programs on a regular basis by then, specifically since the year 2008).

(**a World Wide Web site attributed to WPMI-TV had what appeared to be a recording of the part of the program with the video after its broadcast)

Monday, June 12, 2017

News for Monday, June 12th, 2017

  • The main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV appeared to have had problems in its presentation of one of their local news programs ("Local 15 Today") during the first half of the hour of 5:00 a.m. for this Monday (it usually appeared blank for much of that time period with only some parts of the program and part of what appeared to be a weather report for a separate program during the times it did not appear blank).
  • A Facebook page attributed to WPMI-TV had a message attributed to one of its visitors dated for the Saturday of the tenth day of this June about whether certain folks ("kids") could tour their broadcast facility or not and a message attributed to its administration dated for the Sunday of the eleventh day of this June about how these folks could tour the facility (some Facebook pages attributed to WALA-TV and WKRG-TV each had the same message attributed to the same visitor dated for the same Saturday (neither one of them had a response to it)). 
  • A World Wide Web site attributed to WPMI-TV had an article dated for this Monday about their local news operation having a new partnership with a company specialized in radio (named iHeartMedia) to provide news reports and weather reports to a group of radio stations operated by a subsidiary of the company based in southwest Alabama for their broadcast operations (the name of the subsidiary was iHeartMedia Gulf Coast; the names of the stations operated by them were WNTM-AM, WKSJ-FM, WMXC-FM, WRGV-FM, and WTKX-FM).*  
(*WPMI-TV (along with WJTC-TV (their companion station)) used to be part of iHeartMedia with the radio stations when it was called Clear Channel Communications). 

News for Sunday, June 11th, 2017

  • The local news programs that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the evening hours of this past Saturday ("WKRG News 5 at 6 [p.m.]" and "WKRG News 5 at 10 [p.m.]") had video of some members of their local news operation and a law firm based in their local broadcast area (Greene & Phillips) involved in an event concerning bicycle helmets and rules on how to ride bicycles in a safe manner.
  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the evening hours of the Saturday of the tenth day of this June ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.") had some music not usually audible in their local news programming in recent times precede and succeed reports about a professional actor (named Adam West) having died on the Friday of the ninth day of June (the music sounded like piano tunes).*
  • The local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV during the first half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. this Sunday ("Local 15 News at 5 p.m.") had video of a member of their holding (or "parent") company (Boris Epshteyn of the Sinclair Broadcast Group) commenting about a former member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (named James Comey) testifying to members of the Senate of the United States this past Thursday on the eighth day of this June.  
(*the first time the music was audible was when the news presenter for the program (Devan Coffaro) was doing a "teaser" for the report before a break; the second time it was audible was when she was doing a "teaser" for a weather report for the program before another break)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Commentary on special news programs, an unusual report about traffic conditions, and some synergy

  • I had wondered why WKRG-TV, WEAR-TV, and WPMI-TV each had special news programs when they were likely to have special news programs from their main providers of network programming on their main broadcast channels this past Thursday on the eighth day of this June and guessed the folks responsible for their having them thought that by their own special news programs broadcast a short time in advance of the ones for the aforementioned providers would guarantee their broadcast operations higher ratings than usual that day.
  • I was surprised by this report about traffic conditions in southwest Alabama broadcast by WKRG-TV (through their main broadcast channel) this past Tuesday on the sixth day of this June (during last five minutes of the first half of the hour of 8:00 a.m. that day): "We had an earlier accident at Moffett Road at Foxfire Drive that continues to cause heavy delays there between Bear Fork Road at Howells Ferry. Alabama Highway Patrol headed to the scene of a couple of fender benders in Baldwin County, including the intersections at Boat Yard Road at Burnt Car Dive in Stockton, also at Seminal Road Road at Pickle Lane, I promise I didn't make those three names up." (it was delivered by a member of the broadcast operation for WBHY-FM who usually did reports about traffic reports for WKRG-TV in recent times named Kenny Fowler). 
  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WPMI-TV (Darwin Singleton) reminded me of the fact that I did not like the fact that both WPMI-TV and WEAR-TV had the same owners due to their being members of the same company (the Sinclair Broadcast Group) when he constantly cited WEAR-TV as the source of an image he seemed interested in showing on the local news program program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV during the hour of 12:00 p.m. this past Wednesday on the seventh day of this June. I would had never allowed for them (or their companion stations (WJTC-TV for WPMI-TV; WFGX-TV for WEAR-TV)) to become members of the same company if I were in charge of the Federal Communications Commission (mainly due to their proximities to each other and their local broadcast areas being very similar to each other). 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

News for Friday, June 9th, 2017

  • A Facebook page attributed to WKRG-TV had a message concerning an episode of a network program from their main provider of network programming  ("The Young and the Restless" from the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)) that was not part of its programming during its regular time period for having it (the hour of 11:00 a.m.) this past Thursday on the eighth day of this June (it had a special news program from the same provider in place of it that day). 
  • The main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV had the episode of the program mentioned in the previous paragraph at a time when it was usually set to have paid commercial programming (or "infomercials") from Monday through Saturday in recent times this Friday (about seven minutes after the beginning of the second half of the hour of 12:00 a.m. until about seven minutes after the beginning of the second half of the hour of 1:00 a.m. this Friday).  
  • A World Wide Web site attributed to WPMI-TV had some video and an article dated for this past Thursday about a person described as their "newest reporter" (Megan Gannon). 

Friday, June 9, 2017

News for Thursday, June 8th, 2017

  • The live video stream for WKRG-TV had programming for a national cable TV and satellite TV programming service (the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN)) during the morning hours of this Thursday (it usually had (live or recorded) local news programs for their main broadcast channel before then).*   
  • Earlier this calendar week, the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV had a video about some weather reporters for their local news operation (John Nodar, Alan Sealls, Melissa Constanzer, and Thomas Geboy) talking about giving away umbrellas named after a law firm based in their local broadcast to members of the public (one of the reporters had mentioned the name of the law firm ("Greene & Phillips") while doing so (it was also mentioned by an announcer (named Jeff Davis) near the end of the video ("Sponsored by Greene & Phillips")).  
  • WKRG-TV, WEAR-TV, and WPMI-TV each had special programs about what appeared to be a live news conference about an investigation of a case of murder in their local broadcast area take precedence over having national network news programs from their main providers of network programming ("CBS This Morning" from the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), "Good Morning America" from the American Broadcasting, and "Today" from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) respectively) by the beginning of the second half of the hour of 8:00 a.m. for this Thursday before having special network programs about a former member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the FBI) during the hours of 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. for this Thursday.
 (*the stream occasionally had a graphic with a logo for WKRG-TV and the words "We'll Be Right Back" between some of the programming for this programming service)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

News for Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

(note: the report titled "News for Tuesday, June 6th, 2017" was corrected)
  • Some of the programming feeds normally used in the cable TV system operated by Comcast Cablevision of Mobile before the Tuesday of the sixth day of this June were moved to different channels in the system and/or given additional channels in the system between then and this Wednesday.
  • The cropped standard-definition versions of the main programming feeds for WKRG-TV and WEAR-TV in the cable TV system mentioned in the previous paragraph were replaced by more vertical versions of those feeds between this past Tuesday and this Wednesday (every thing in the more vertical versions appeared thinner as a result of their being more vertical). 
  • Some of the cable TV channels added to the cable TV system mentioned in the first paragraph of this report were accessible through both cable TV set-top boxes and digital transport adapters connected to the system, even those for programming feeds not usually accessible through digital transport adapters connected to the system before this past Tuesday (some customers of the system set to receive those programming feeds as part of their service plans with the system by this Wednesday may or may not had been able to receive those feeds through the adapters in spite of the additional channels they were given being accessible through the adapters by this Wednesday (these customers may had even gotten messages about the channels not being authorized and how they could gain access to their programing feeds (by dialing a certain telephone number)).

News for Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 (corrected)

  • Some of the members of their local news operation at WKRG-TV were using some of their local news programming to encourage their audiences to vote for their news operation and some of its other members in awards program officiated by a publication based in the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama earlier this calendar year (examples: the news presenter for the program that appeared on their main broadcast channel during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. on the Sunday of the fourth day of this June (Ashley Knight on "WKRG News 5 at 10") said the members nominated were "all worthy contestants"; the news presenters for the local news program that appeared on the channel during the second half of the hour of 4:00 a.m. and the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. this past Monday on the fifth day of this June (Bill Riales and Jessica Taloney of "WKRG News 5 This Morning") each appeared to express his or her feelings about one of the nominations pertaining to their news operation for the categories of the awards program named "hottest local TV newsman" or "hottest local TV newswoman"(the one named Bill Riales said he did not think a colleague of his named Peter Albrecht as one of the "hottest" of "newsmen" whereas the one named Jessica Taloney drew out the word "what" after the one named Bill Rials mentioned her name among these nominations).*
(correction note: the words "local TV" were added to the awards categories mentioned in the paragraph above)   
(*A Facebook page attributed to WKRG-TV had a cover image related to the awards program this past Monday)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

News for Monday, June 5th, 2017

  • A Facebook page about a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles that usually appeared on the main broadcast channels for WPMI-TV and WJTC-TV from Monday through Friday in recent times ("Gulf Coast Today") had a message dated for this Monday about the program being on hiatus until the Monday of the twelfth day of this June (the main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV had extra segments for one of their local news programs ("Local 15 News at Noon") in place of it (during the second half of the hour of 12:00 p.m.) whereas the one for WJTC-TV had a syndicated program specialized in documentaries ("Corrupt Crimes") in place of it (during the second half of the hour of 5:00 p.m.)). 
  • WPMI-TV, WEAR-TV and WKRG-TV each had special news programs concerning a missed person in their local broadcast areas take precedence over network news programs from their from their main providers of network programming ("NBC Nightly News" from the National Broadcasting, "World News Tonight" from the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), and "The CBS Evening News" from the Columbia Broadcasting System respectively) on their main broadcast channels during the second half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. this Monday. 
  • The special news programs for WKRG-TV and WEAR-TV mentioned in the previous paragraph consisted primarily of what appeared to be a live news conference for about nine minutes after the beginning of the second half of the hour of 5:00 p.m. this Monday (the program for WKRG-TV ended about nine minutes after the first minute of it whereas the one for WEAR-TV ended about eleven minutes after the beginning of it). 

Monday, June 5, 2017

News for Sunday, June 4th, 2017

  • The main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV had some video about a plan to have two of their local news programs broadcast from an amusement park in the city of Gulf Shores in southwest Alabama (Waterville USA) on the Tuesday of the sixth day of this June (the names of the programs were "WKRG News 5 at 6 [p.m]" and "WKRG News 5 at 6:30 [p.m.]").
  • The main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV did not have special news programming at a time when they usually did not have local news programming on Sunday in recent times in accordance with an announcement by the news presenter for the local news program that appeared on the channel during the first half of the hour of 10:00 p.m. for the Saturday of the third day of this June (the name of the program was "WKRG News 5 at 10", the name of the news presenter was Ashley Knight, as for the announcement, it went like this: "tune in to News 5 (brand name of their main programming feed and their local news operation) at 5:00 a.m. Sunday to catch News 5's Debbie Williams (a news reporter)-- bringing live coverage on air and online on the red snapper protests planned by fishermen at Perdido Pass (in the city of Orange Beach in southwest Alabama)". 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Commentary: A pleasant surprise

(note: this article was created on the Saturday of the third day of June for this calendar year)

I was happy to see the words "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" in the guide to the main broadcast channel for WSRE-TV on a World Wide Web site affiliated with them this Saturday, especially after being reminded of the times I enjoyed watching the program referenced by those words by a marathon of it on a World Wide Web site named Twitch since the Monday of the fifteenth day of last May (coincidentally it had just ended this Saturday*). Even though the channel for WSRE-TV may have it only once a week, or every Saturday during the first half of the hour of 5:00 a.m. to be exact, I would still watch it at that time since I was usually awake by that time on a daily basis in recent times, and the only other program I usually saw by that time on Saturday in recent times was a local news program for WKRG-TV (it would be a great alternative to the news program (named "WKRG News 5 This Morning: Saturday", by the way); no offense to the persons required to work on that program, but I truly think it would be a great alternative since I doubt many folks who want to see a news program at that time on a Saturday anyway). I hope it eventually leads to it being broadcast every day, possibly in more convenient time periods (I would suggest broadcasting it sometime between the beginning of the hour of 3:00 p.m. and the beginning of the hour of 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and sometime between the beginning of the hour of 6:00 a.m. and the beginning of the hour of 8:00 a.m. from Saturday and Sunday); not only through the main broadcast channel for WSRE-TV, but through the main broadcast channels of all of the TV stations for Alabama Public Television. Having it broadcast every day would be great not only for folks like my self who had seen and/or heard episodes of it on a regular basis when it was still in production, it could possibly be great for folks who had never seen and/or heard an episode of it and folks who may need to see and/or hear episodes of it again in order to learn from it examples about how to treat other folks and other living creatures (the world could possibly be a much better place for every living creature if all of them were to do so (even though such a possibility may not happen any time soon, it could still happen at a steady pace).

(*the marathon was advertised as if were set to have every episode of it, even though the number used in reference to those episodes in advertisements like the ones on the site used to stream the marathon ("886") differed from the one used in descriptions of the program itself ("895") on sites like the Internet Movie Database)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

News for Friday, June 2nd, 2017

  • The main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV had a segment of a local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles with one of its hosts saying the program would be "on hiatus" for "all [of] next week" during the second half of the hour of 12:00 p.m. for this Friday (the name of the program "Gulf Coast Today"; the name of the host who said it would be "on hiatus" for "all [of] next week" was Terra Reeves).
  • The main broadcast channel for WALA-TV had a report about a yard in their local broadcast area (specifically a yard in the city of Mobile in southwest Alabama) being renovated for a national TV program named "America's Most Desperate Landscape" for another local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles ("Studio 10") this past Thursday on the first day of this June (during the hour of 9:00 a.m. for that day).
(*WALA-TV and KPHO-TV were members of the same company: the Meredith Corporation)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Commentary on news broadcasters expressing sympathy at inappropriate times

  • The news presenter and weather reporter for the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the hour of 5:00 a.m. this Thursday (Jessica Taloney and John Nodar of "WKRG News 5 This Morning" respectively) appeared sympathetic toward folks interested in capturing red snapper for recreational purposes while talking about this Thursday being one of only three days in which they could legally capture red snapper in "federal waters" of the United States this calendar year (they did so constantly). 
  • One of the news presenters for the local news operation at WALA-TV (Lenise Ligon) appeared sympathetic toward the types of folks mentioned in the previous paragraph in a video that may had been streamed live through a Facebook attributed to their broadcast operation this past Wednesday on the thirty-first day of May this calendar year (it was described as a "teaser" for the local news program that appeared on their main broadcast channel during the hour of 9:00 p.m. that day ("FOX 10 News at 9:00 p.m.")). She also seemed sympathetic toward relatives of a certain person who may or may not had been found dead in their local broadcast area earlier that day. 

News for Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

  • A Facebook page attributed to WEAR-TV had a message attributed to the one of the weather reporters for their local news operation (Kathryn Daniel) dated for this Wednesday about one of its other weather reporters (Meg McNamara) leaving the operation this Wednesday. 
  • The hosts of the local TV program dedicated to entertainment and lifestyles that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WALA-TV during the hour of 9:00 a.m. this Wednesday (Joe Emer and Chasity Byrd of "Studio 10") kept referring to a plan to celebrate the bicentennial of the day the state of Alabama originally became a state as a plan to celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of one of its cities (Mobile).*
(*the bicentennial of the founding of Mobile was actually in the year 1902 whereas the bicentennial of Alabama becoming a state would actually be in the year 2019)