Monday, March 31, 2008

Director's Alert: Kathie Lee Gifford Joins the Fourth Hour of "Today"

The Director's Cut Blog has learned that Kathie Lee Gifford has been named co-host of the fourth hour NBC News' "Today." The announcement was made today by "Today" executive producer Jim Bell. Gifford will make her debut alongside Hoda Kotb on April 7, 2008. She will be seen from 11 a.m. until noon on WKYC which airs the 4th hour on tape delay.

"I am excited to welcome Kathie Lee to 'Today,'" said Bell. "She is a morning television icon and is on a short list of personalities known by her first name alone. We are looking forward to her signature warmth and sense of humor in the fourth hour. Her addition to the 'Today' family makes us stronger than ever, and she and Hoda will continue the 'Today' tradition of smart, topical and fun morning television."

"I am truly honored to join the 'Today' show family, many of whom have been friends and colleagues of mine for years," said Gifford. "And I'm especially looking forward to working with Hoda, a bright and beautiful woman I admire very much. Together I hope we will bring a fresh and fun perspective to the topics that affect all of our daily lives."

Launched in September 2007, the fourth hour of "Today" has continued with the program's rich history of setting the agenda for what Americans will be talking about in the office, at the watercooler and with friends all day. The hour is topical and timely, incorporating the news of the day with what people are buzzing about in a spontaneous, informative and dynamic manner.

Ann Curry will continue her role as news anchor of the 7-9 a.m. hours of "Today," as well as co-host, with Al Roker, of the 9 a.m. hour. Natalie Morales will join Curry and Roker as a third co-host at 9 a.m. Morales will also continue to serve as national correspondent for "Today" and all platforms of NBC News.

Gifford is best known as the former co-host of "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," where in her fifteen years on the show, she received eleven Emmy nominations. Prior to "Live," Gifford was a correspondent for "Good Morning America," a position she held for three years. Gifford was also the first woman ever to guest host the "Late Show with David Letterman."

A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter and actress, Gifford has starred in numerous television programs and movies over the span of her 40-year career. In 1999, she started her own record label, On the Lamb Records. Gifford expanded her theatre resume in recent years by writing the musicals "Saving Aimee," "Under the Bridge," and "HATS! The Musical." She has also starred in several productions including Broadway's "Putting it Together" and "Annie" at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, in which she played Miss Hannigan.

Gifford devotes much of her time to humanitarian work, lending her support to several organizations that help abused, neglected, sick and poverty-stricken children. Among those charities are Childhelp, which Gifford serves as spokesperson, and the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), which spawned Cassidy's Place and Cody House in New York City, named after her two children.

Gifford received an honorary degree from Marymount University for her humanitarian work in labor relations, and she was honored with the National Conference of Christian and Jews Irvin Feld Humanitarian Award for her commitment to bettering the lives of others. Gifford also received the Childhelp's Heart's of Compassion Award for her efforts on behalf of children.

Friday, March 28, 2008

News: Congratulations Carole!

It's a girl!

Congratulations to Channel 3 News reporter Carole Sulivan on the birth of a new baby girl.

Carole and her husband, Mike, welcomed their second child into the world on March 27th.

You can send Carole your congratulations:

Thursday, March 27, 2008

News: "Toyota Concert Series" on Today announced for Summer '08

The "Toyota Concert Series on Today" will continue its tradition of bringing "Today" viewers the hottest artists in the industry continuing all the way into the fall. America's favorite morning program will also feature some surprise guests and blasts-from-the-past performances, which will be announced throughout the series.

Following is a list of the concerts scheduled to date. All are Friday performances unless otherwise noted.

25 - Paula Abdul

2 - Neil Diamond
9 - Mary J Blige
16 - Surprise Reunion concert
23 - Alanis Morissette
26 - B-52s (Special Memorial Day Concert)
30 - Donna Summer

6 - Chris Brown
13 - Kenny Chesney
20 - Rihanna
27 - Coldplay

4 - Ashlee Simpson
11 - Rascal Flatts
18 - Natasha Bedingfield
25 - Miley Cyrus

1 - Sheryl Crow
15 - TODAY at the Beijing Olympics
22 - TODAY at the Beijing Olympics

The "Today Show" airs weekday mornings on WKYC from 7 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon; Saturday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. and Sunday morning from 8 to 9 a.m.

News: NBC & WKYC announce season finale dates

(All Times are Eastern)

  • Tuesday, April 15th: THE BIGGEST LOSER (8 to 10 PM)
  • Thursday, May 8th: SCRUBS (9:30 to 10 PM)
  • Monday, May 12th: MEDIUM (10 to 11 PM)
  • Tuesday, May 13th: LAW & ORDER, SVU (10 to 11 PM)
  • Thursday, May 15th: EARL (8 to 9 PM)
  • Thursday, May 15th: THE OFFICE (9 to 10 PM)
  • Thursday, May 15th: ER (10 to 11 PM)
  • Wednesday, May 21st: LAW & ORDER (10 to 11 PM)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Exclusive Interview: Radio Host "Rover" hangs out at WKYC

As you have been hearing if you are a Cleveland radio listener, Rover (aka Shane French) is moving from K-Rock to WMMS starting next Tuesday.

Rover stopped by the WKYC Studios this morning to talk with our Good Company Today crew about what to expect from his new show on 100.7 FM. We can't wait to hear him on his new radio home.

To watch his interview and others from celebrities stopping by the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center, you can click on the "Director's Video Vault" on the right hand menu or CLICK HERE for new interviews daily.

Photo courtesy:

Video: "Indians 2008: It's Our Time Now"

UPDATE: 3/31/08 - Video added of the special -- see below

The Indians Home Opener against the Chicago White Sox is this Monday, March 31st.

As the official broadcast home of the Cleveland Indians, WKYC Channel 3 will present special, live opening day coverage beginning at 1 pm called "Indians 2008: It's Our Time Now."

For those Tribe fans at the office, away from a TV set or just living outside our viewing area, WKYC.COM will provide a live stream of our special.

Plus - between 1 and 1:30 pm - we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the sold out home opener. If you are winner, you can tell the boss you are leaving early and heading to the game.

To watch our special, click on the following segments:

News: Happy Retirement Marlene!

A note to pass along from Danielle Fink in our new WKYC blog: Swing by and Spray

Marlene Olbrysh, longtime newsroom administrative assistant, is turning in her time sheet for the very last time on Thursday.

Marlene has touched everyone's life in one way or another in the newsroom, if not the whole building! Her infectious laugh, quick wit, and "motherly love" for her staffers will be greatly missed!

One chapter may be ending for us, but an exciting adventure is just beginning for Marlene, her husband Nick, and their family!

Little does she know that we all programmed her number into our speed dials!

Good luck, we love you, visit often, and WHO WILL ORDER THE HO-HO CAKES?!?!??

Pictured are Marlene (l) and Diana Pollack(r) -- two women who keep Channel 3 News churning like a well-oiled machine.

Enjoy your free time now Marlene. We'll all miss you!

To watch video from Marlene's retirement from our 6 PM news 3/27/08: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wanted: Where to find the lowest cost digital converter boxes

I've been getting many emails from our viewers about the switch to digital television and the whole process involved with getting your 2 free coupons for the converter boxes.

Since the boxes can cost more than coupons, I've been asked to let people know where to get the cheapest boxes the out of pocket expense is minimal.

Since I have not personally looked for a converter box yet, I will look to those of you who have to share with out readers where to get the best value for the lowest cost.

Please drop me an email to and I'll gather and post your recommendations for everyone to share.

Monday, March 24, 2008

News: Former WKYC radio man Jack Armstrong passes away

Ohio Media Watch is reporting this afternoon that former WKYC radio man Jack Armstrong has died in North Carolina.

Big Jack Armstrong (born John Charles Larsh 1945 to 3-22-2008)... aka Jack Armstrong, Jackson W. Armstrong, Big Jack Your Leader... was a Top 40 disc jockey of the 1960s and 1970s.

First surfacing at WCHL in Chapel Hill, NC in 1960, the 14 year old DJ began his radio career. Personable, friendly, young, and with the ability to talk at speeds beyond that of most humans, Larsh was well liked and well received by audiences. He developed 2 imaginary sidekicks - the Gorilla, who speaks in a raspy bass, and likes women, banana juice, and whiskey, in that order - and the Old Timer, who wheezes, tells lame jokes, and was always getting shot after one of them.

Larsh worked at several stations in the Deep South in the early 1960s, including WCOG in Greensboro, NC, and WAYS in Charlotte, North Carolina. His first big break came in 1966, when he landed a job at WIXY/1260 in Cleveland, OH. The evening disc jockey at this station was always called 'Jack Armstrong,' after the 1930s radio serial Jack Armstrong the All American Boy. With his fast talking, young, friendly approach, Larsh became a huge hit in Cleveland - so huge that floundering WKYC/1100 asked him to break his WIXY contract, and come to work for the 50,000 watt blowtorch in January of 1967.

'Jack Armstrong' was a copyrighted moniker in the market, so Larsh adopted the alias 'Big Jack Your Leader,' and went to work for WKYC. He also occasionally taunted WIXY by calling himself Jackson W. Armstrong.

With WKYC being heard all over the Eastern half of the US, Larsh finally went national. He attracted fans all over the region, and became a huge hit. WKYC was listed as the #3 record buying influence in Miami, FL in that era, no doubt due to 'Big Jack' and the 50,000 watt night time signal that was so strong over the East Coast of the US.

Larsh moved on, working at other 50,000 watt stations like WMEX/1510-Boston, MA; CHUM/1050-Toronto, Ontario, Canada; KFI/640-Los Angeles, KTNQ/1020- Los Angeles and WKBW/1520-Buffalo, NY. It was at the latter that he developed his 'Motormouth' character, and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1971 as the world's fastest talking human. Larsh was one of the original disc jockeys hired for the all new 13-Q in Pittsburgh, PA in the early 1970s.

Larsh was working for WWKB/1520-Buffalo, N.Y. when the sudden format change in 2006 to liberal talk put him in the unemployed ranks. He passed away on March 22, 2008 at his home in North Carolina.


Read more about Jack on his MySpace page: CLICK HERE

Information courtesy: Wikipedia, Photo Courtesy of Jack Armstrong website

Friday, March 21, 2008

News: New WKYC Blogs

As part of the WKYC Information Center, several of our staff members are taking a cue from the popularity of the Director's Cut Blog to do a little bloggin' of their own.

Here are a couple of new blogs to check out when you get a little web surfing time.
  • Swing By and Spray - a blog from our evening Assignment Editor Danielle Fink about what goes on while at the desk when talking to viewers and listening to the scanners in the WKYC newsroom.

  • WKYC Fantasy Sports - WKYC Producer Chris Hyser and Overnight Assignment Editor Russ Simeone talk fantasy baseball as the season gets underway.

For more blogs from the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center: CLICK HERE

Many of our staff members also have profiles on Facebook. You can sign up for a free account and then join our groups and interact with many of us online about the station and the news stories we cover. Just search "WKYC". To join Facebook: CLICK HERE

Thursday, March 20, 2008

News: Easter with Bruce "The Easter Bunny" Drennan

We found Bruce Drennan of "All Bets Are Off" on Sportstime Ohio today went right from St. Patty's Day festivities to his Easter Parade. He doesn't miss a beat.

"Be very, very quiet... you wascally wabbit!"

If you missed my St. Patty's Day commentary on Bruce, see below!

This stuff is just too good to make up.

Director's Alert: Chris Tye named weekend anchor

The Director's Cut Blog has learned that WKYC Reporter Chris Tye will be joining Lydia Esparra on the Weekend 6 & 11 PM anchor desk starting April 4th.

WKYC News Director Rita Andolsen made the announcement this afternoon.

Chris Tye is an EMMY award winning reporter and substitute anchor at WKYC, who has covered Cleveland's biggest stories in recent years.

He assisted MSNBC, CNN and Channel 3 with wall-to-wall coverage in the Jessie Davis' murder case, he traveled with the Indians through the 2007 post-season, and has hit the campaign trail--interviewing nearly every Presidential candidate as they swing through Ohio.

Chris is a Chicago native, who first chose Cleveland when he attended John Carroll University.

He joined WKYC from WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, before that he reported the news of northern Michigan at WPBN-TV.

Chris' writing and reporting has been honored by the Associated Press, the AP, and in 2003 he was named "Reporter of the Year" by the Michigan News Photographers Association. In 2006 he was nominated for a Cleveland EMMY for his writing. In 2007 he won the "Award of Excellence" from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council for a report on young people overcoming handicaps in Cleveland. He has been honored five-times by the Gannett Corporation (parent company of WKYC) for his reporting and writing skills. He has also been honored by the Grand Rapids Fair Housing Commission for a series of reports on discrimiantory practices in the housing market.

Chris spends considerable time each year mentoring young journalists, speaking with classes at Cleveland State University, Kent State University and John Carroll University.

Chris is an avid golfer and traveler. He is proud to be a resident of the city of Cleveland, and welcomes your feedback or story ideas.

You can contact Chris by clicking here:

To read our exclusive "Get to Know Team 3" feature with Chris: CLICK HERE

Scott Newell, who has been the weekend anchor for the past 8 years, will still be seen on the air on Channel 3 News, but will become a contributing freelance reporter. As many of you know, Scott spends much of his time producing features for network television*(NBC & ABC) both for news and feature reports.

From the Mailbag: Digital TV coupons

From: Virginia in Cleveland

Q: Where do I find the application for these coupons?

A: We have a terrific section here on the blog with a ton of helpful information regarding the transition from analog to digital TV and how it will affect you. Plus there are direct links for the application process to get your coupons from the government for the converter boxes. (Up to 2 per household).

Check out the menu on the right hand side under "Digital TV Essentials" and the links to The Guide to Digital TV or Converter Box Coupons. Both articles offer great information for you as we near the February 17, 2009 cut-off date.

You can email your questions to me:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

News: Sportstime Ohio goes HD with an HDTV Giveaway

As you have heard, Sportstime Ohio will launch its HD channel on April 1st giving cable viewers 24/7 access to local and regional high definition sports programming.

To celebrate, SportsTime Ohio and B&B Appliance are giving away FREE 32" HDTVs!

Every time a Cleveland Indians player hits a home run in the month of April (on STO televised games only), someone wins a free HDTV!

For more information & a chance to win, visit the new STO HD website:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Video: New Channel 3 Today Image Spots

Our fantastic WKYC Promotion Department has put together a series of new imaging spots for the "Channel 3 Today" morning team.

Here are 4 promos highlighting the members of our Channel 3 Today Morning team - Mark Nolan, Abby Hamm, Hollie Strano and Barbara Gauthier.

Each spot focuses on one anchor and their life away from the studio.


IF you can't see the promo below: CLICK HERE

Monday, March 17, 2008

News: St. Patty's Day with Bruce O' Drennan

Okay it's a slow day around the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

I'm just getting back from a week of vacation...and it's St. Patrick's Day.

Darn, I forgot to wear geeen. How could I forget?? I am not Irish - now I remember.

Anyways, I'm sitting here watching Bruce Drennan's show "All Bets Are Off" in the newsroom and just had to say something about how Bruce is celebrating the day on TV.

All I can say's the best "mug shot" of you yet!


Just having a little fun. I worked with Bruce back at WWWE... so I have tons of great stories and memories of Bruce already. This is just another.

Catch his show weekdays from 4 - 7 p.m. on SportsTime Ohio on cable.

From the Mailbag: What Happened to the Director's Blog Chat?

From: Jim in Willoughby

Q: What happened to your Director's Cut Blog Chats?

A: They haven't gone away! I promise. I just had to scale them back a bit after some additional responsibilities came my way here at WKYC that have required my attention recently.

As part of the ever changing realm of television broadcasting, I've been also learning how to switch newscasts as the job of Director and Technical Director becomes interchangeable at WKYC.

This wasn't a reduction of staffing, but an opportunity to work in a situation where both the directors and the technical directors have not ventured before at WKYC...doing both jobs at once on some shows. It's an equal opportunity for both our directors and TD's to work closer together, easing the burden of having two people do as many shows each day.

For those of us who like other new challenges, the situation permits us more time to work on the web and other parts of WKYC's Information Center.

As far as the blog chats, I plan on having these at least once a month. The next one will be scheduled soon. Check the blog for date and time.

You can email your questions to me:

Friday, March 14, 2008

News: Time to Hulu

Its slogan is: Watch your favorites. Anytime. For free., a free online video service, offers free streams of hit TV shows, movies, sports highlights and clips from more than 50 providers, including FOX, NBC Universal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Sony Pictures Television.

New content partnerships include Warner Bros. Television Group, Lionsgate, NBA, and the NHL.

New content additions to Hulu's library will include feature films like "The Usual Suspects" and Ice Age; shows like Dirt, The Incredible Hulk, Babylon 5, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Dick Van Dyke Show; nightly highlights, top plays and full-length games from the NBA and the NHL; and popular made-for-web programming such as Prom Queen and Onion News Network. has the largest selections of legal, free videos from more than 50 top broadcast networks, cable networks, movie studios and web-centric content providers.

Hulu's library offers full-length episodes from more than 250 TV series, from current hits like The Simpsons, The Office and Prison Break to classics like Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Miami Vice.

In addition, Hulu offers 100 full-length feature films, such as "The Big Lebowski," "Me, Myself & Irene," "Some Like It Hot," "Mulholland Drive" and "Three Amigos!"

Hulu also provides short clips from 150 more TV series like Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, as well as 50 additional films such as "Napoleon Dynamite," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Die Hard," "Vertigo," and "The Mummy."

Before debuted Wednesday, more than 5 million viewers have watched videos in the past 30 days via or its extensive distribution network.

This network includes Hulu's partner sites (AOL, Comcast's, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo!) and other Web sites where users have embedded Hulu videos.

Hulu was founded in March, 2007 by NBC Universal and News Corp and is operated independently by a management teams in Los Angeles, New York, and Beijing.

You have to sign up for a free account it you want to watch movies.

And you have to watch a small number of commercials that run during the shows you watch.

That's how the site's operators, NBC Universal and News Corp. make their money.

You cannot download any of the content.

To watch a package about Hulu: CLICK HERE

To access Hulu: CLICK HERE


TV Trivia: What is "Video Snacking?"

For those of you interested in the new terminology evolving for online video and tv viewing, here is a term to add to your vocabulary: Video Snacking.

By definition, the term is the practice of watching snippets of video on a computer or other small screen, such as a cell phone or PDA.

Web content providers have known for a long time that on line surfing by office workers greatly increases around midday, but only are now beginning to produce specific content aimed at the when office workers feel more comfortable surfing while eating at their desks.

TV stations now have an opportunity to stream short newscasts, provide unique content geared specifically toward the office worker like entertainment reports, health segments or financial updates that can be watched in short time frames.

And as we are discovering, ads accompanying this on-line content are beginning to command a premium price as well.

From the Mailbag: What's next for Blu Ray?

From: Don in Cleveland

Q: Frank, you mentioned some time ago in one of your articles on high definition about how you thought Blu Ray would beat HD DVD in the format race. It came to be true. What do you see happening next?

A: Even though Toshiba threw in the towel on HD DVD, the battle for Blu Ray is far from over.

Here's why.

Blu Ray is still going to be battling against regular DVD's for consumer loyalty. Keep in mind, Blu Ray and the equipment needed to watch them is still relatively expensive compared to a tradition DVD player. I think it will still take a few years before Blu Ray will gain any firm ground in that battle - even with the proliferation of HDTV.

Also I suspect in short order, Blu Ray itself may be on the verge of extinction. Other distribution platforms like Video on Demand (VOD) will become more common place as cable and Internet based systems, like AT&T's U-Verse, lay the infrastructure to deliver more products right into the living rooms of consumers without additional equipment purchases needed.

Why would you need to buy any DVD when you can just request it at any time on your remote. If you doubt this, think of how few CD's you went to the store and bought in the last several years since the Internet now offers such easy to download platforms as I-Tunes, for example. TV and movies are mere baby steps behind.

You can email your questions to me:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spotlight Feature: Daylight Savings Time Bad News for TV Viewing

by Frank Macek

As you know, Congress was so dead set on enacting legislation to move up the start of Daylight Savings Time from April to March. What you may not know is this move is having a negative impact on evening TV viewing already in just the first few days since Sunday morning's change.

The intentions of legislators were good for those who felt the extra daylight will help conserve energy, although one could immediately argue against that notion.

However, it's also giving viewers the chance to get more work down in the evening hours while spending less time in front of their tv screens.

According to national Nielsen trends, Sunday night saw a nearly 7% slip in the 7 pm hour compared to a week before. For younger demographics, the slip was even more dramatic - down 12% for adults 18-49 who simply chose not to watch TV as early.

Monday was not any better with three 8 pm shows on NBC, ABC and FOX seeing the worst series numbers. Tuesday remained off.

Will this get any better in the years ahead?

Traditionally, Daylight Savings Time in April usually led to this trend being delayed as the weather warmed and people spent more time outside.

The saving grace was May sweeps quickly brought viewers back inside to catch their favorite, new episodes of the power shows to kick off the summer months.

Unfortunately this year, we may already be in trouble if this is an indicator of things to come. Of course, you could blame the writer's strike, an increase in the use of DVR's and just bad programming on the networks - but it's something to watch as an unintended consequence of Congress trying to do something right for the wrong reasons in our industry.

I welcome your feedback. Please post any comments you feel appropriate.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Director's Alert: WKYC announces Opening Day coverage

It's getting to be that time of the year again - Indians fever is striking at the very heart of all us winter weary Clevelanders.

But, we've got the cure.

Coming up March 31st, it's the 2008 Season Home Opener as the Cleveland Indians take on the Chicago White Sox live on Channel 3 in High Definition.

Once again, WKYC Channel 3 is your official Cleveland Indians station. Plus, this year we'll be bringing the action to you from the newly renamed Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field).

Here's WKYC's Game Day lineup:
  • Special pre-game coverage will begin at 1:05 pm
  • Indians on Deck at 2:30 pm
  • First pitch at 3:05 pm
If you can't see our Indians promo below: CLICK HERE

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS #5: Behind the scenes of our "Spring Training" Promo Shoot - 2/23/08

The following are pictures taken from Winter Haven, Florida, where Channel 3 followed the Indians for the first week of Spring Training.

This gives us a chance to shoot all the video we need to create all the new graphics and promos you will seeing on the air this season on SportsTime Ohio and WKYC.

This is Day #5 from 2/23/08.

Click on your browser "refresh" to view pictures if you don't see them playing.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Postcards from Cleveland: Spring Needed ASAP!

For those of you lucky enough to be outside of the Ohio region, we'll share with you some of what you could have been enjoying this weekend - if only you were here.

Northeast Ohio is pretty much shut down this weekend...thanks to a good old fashioned butt kicking snowstorm.

Come visit soon!

Snowstorm Photo Gallery:


Photo Courtesy: Kim Graves, WKYC Producer

Friday, March 07, 2008

Video: Forgotten Families

As we first told you late last week, Akron Canton news anchor Eric Mansfield brought to light an important story last Sunday at 6 & 11 PM on Channel 3 News.

Refugees relocated from Thailand to Northeast Ohio in hopes of finding a better life are living in squalor.

Can anyone help them? Eric hopes so.

To watch Part 1 of Eric's package: CLICK HERE
To watch Part 2 of Eric's package: CLICK HERE

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS #4: Behind the scenes of our "Spring Training" Promo Shoot - 2/22/08

The following are pictures taken from Winter Haven, Florida, where Channel 3 followed the Indians for the first week of Spring Training.

This gives us a chance to shoot all the video we need to create all the new graphics and promos you will seeing on the air this season on SportsTime Ohio and WKYC.

This is Day #4 from 2/22/08.

Click on your browser "refresh" to view pictures if you don't see them playing.

News: Channel 3 News clear favorite for political coverage

In one of the most hotly contested campaign seasons in history, Cleveland and Ohio are playing a crucial role in the race for the White House. And WKYC has continued its commitment to covering the politicians and issues that are important to our region.

Only Channel 3 hosted and carried live coverage of the 3 biggest political events this month; The State of the City, the 10th District Congressional Democratic debate and the Democratic Debate between Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Viewers have responded by making Channel 3 their destination for election updates and analysis. The debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama was the highest rated program in Cleveland, outdistancing American Idol by over 40%. The audience stayed with Channel 3's post debate coverage and Channel 3 News at 11pm, making them the number one programs versus all competitive programming. Nationally, the Debate was the highest rated show in the entire history of MSNBC.

Tuesday March 4th was Ohio's chance to be heard by a nation. And recognizing the importance of the primary, viewers made WKYC Cleveland's choice for election results and analysis. Special primary coverage on Channel 3 topped coverage on other stations by a 2:1 margin.

"All year, all the candidates, all the issues that are important to Northeast Ohio will remain our priority," stated Brooke Spectorsky, President & General Manager. "No one brings you better political coverage than WKYC and the networks of NBC. Count on us to be your election headquarters."

Thursday, March 06, 2008

News: Working with the Bloggers on Election Night

As I mentioned earlier this week, WKYC presented our viewers with expanded coverage of the March 4th Primary on Tuesday including our partnership once again with "Meet the Bloggers" - a group of some of the most influential political bloggers in town.

One of the ways we are moving WKYC's Information Center forward is to embed bloggers with our reporters and technical crews in the field.

Take a look one of our first endeavours that shows some of the behind the scenes at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on Tuesday Night.

You'll also find more video on their website:

If you can't view the video below: CLICK HERE

News: An All American Summer on NBC and WKYC

NBC lights up summer with a burst of original program premieres as part of "NBC's All-American Summer."

NBC to celebrate America, its communities, athletes, songs, heroes, talent and Gladiators all summer long as part of "NBC's All-American Summer" - the network's run-up to its exclusive coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

The network will ignite a late spring and summer of original programming paced by the premieres of series favorites "American Gladiators" (Monday, May 12, 8-10 p.m. ET), "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday, June 24, 9-11 p.m. ET), "Last Comic Standing" (Thursday, May 22, 9:30-11 p.m. ET) and the network debut of "Nashville Star" with new host Billy Ray Cyrus (Monday, June 9, 9:30-11 p.m. ET). In addition, NBC will unveil the new suspense and horror anthology series "Fear Itself" on Thursday, May 29, 10-11 p.m. ET, as well as two new alternative series "Celebrity Circus" (Wednesday, June 11, 9-11 p.m. ET) and "The Baby Borrowers" (Wednesday, June 25, 8-9 p.m. ET).

To read more about NBC's summer lineup: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS #3: Behind the scenes of our "Spring Training" Promo Shoot - 2/21/08

The following are pictures taken from Winter Haven, Florida, where Channel 3 followed the Indians for the first week of Spring Training.

This gives us a chance to shoot all the video we need to create all the new graphics and promos you will seeing on the air this season on SportsTime Ohio and WKYC.

This is Day #3 from 2/21/08.

Click on your browser "refresh" to view pictures if you don't see them playing.

Photos Courtesy: WKYC On-Air Promotions Manager, Mac Mahaffee

DVR Alert: School's Out: Building a Foundation for our Region's Future

WKYC will air a special presentation this Sunday, March 9th called "School's Out: Building a Foundation for our Region's Future"

Emmy award winning producer Dennis Goulden helps us understand that when it comes to the global marketplace, do Ohio students have the necessary skills to compete?

Local civic and corporate leaders lay down the facts about the challenge we face, and the people and programs linking us to the workforce of tomorrow.

Join Education Reporter Kim Wheeler, Senior Political Correspondant Tom Beres and Channel 3 News anchor Romona Robinson for "School's Out" Building the Foundation for our Region's Future" this Sunday March 9th at 7pm.

*If you can't see the promo below: CLICK HERE

From the Mailbag: Jim Donovan anchoring news?

From: Anonymous

Q: Jim Donovan did a nice job, but where was Tim White on election night?

A: Tim has a terrible cold and little voice.. So Jim Donovan agreed to pinch hit for Tim. This way, Romona didn't have to anchor our entire election coverage by herself.

By the way, Jimmy did do a great job. We were thrilled with his insight, knowledge and his humor during the evening.

BTW, WKYC was clearly the area's choice for election coverage last night with a very strong showing at 6, 7 & 11 PM. Our election special at 10 PM also beat WEWS's live coverage.

You can email your questions to me:

Monday, March 03, 2008

Meet the NBC All-Stars: Tim Russert


This time around, we are featuring Tim Russert who certainly has a few ties to the Cleveland area, having gone to John Carroll University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law and - most recently - moderated NBC's coverage of the Democratic Presidential Debate at Cleveland State University on 2/26/08. So, let's Meet Tim Russert, one of NBC's All Stars.

Tim is currently the Managing Editor and Moderator of "Meet the Press" and political analyst for "NBC Nightly News" and "Today." Russert also serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News.

His two books -- "Big Russ and Me" in 2004 and "Wisdom of Our Fathers" in 2006 -- were both New York Times #1 bestsellers.

He has received forty-seven honorary doctorate degrees from American colleges and universities and has lectured at the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan Presidential Libraries.

Russert took over the helm of "Meet the Press" in December 1991. Since then, MTP has become the most watched Sunday morning interview program in America and the most quoted news program in the world. Now in its 60th year, Meet the Press is the longest-running program in the history of television. Russert has interviewed every major figure on the American political scene.

Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcasts of the Today program from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television. In 1986 and 1987 Russert led NBC News weeklong broadcasts from South America, Australia and China.

Washingtonian Magazine dubbed Tim Russert the best and most influential journalist in Washington, D. C. describing "Meet the Press" as "the most interesting and important hour on television."

TV Guide selected his use of the white dry eraser board (Florida, Florida, Florida) on Election Night 2000 as one of the "100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in history. The Washington Post credits him with coining the phrase "red state" and "blue state" to explain the nation's political divide.

In 2005, he was awarded an Emmy for his role in the coverage of the funeral of President Reagan. He is the recipient of the Golden Plate Award of the Academy of Achievement. His Election 2000 Meet the Press interviews with George W. Bush and Al Gore won the Radio and Television Correspondents' highest honor, the Joan S. Barone Award and the Annenberg Center's Walter Cronkite Award.

Russert's March 2000 interview of Senator John McCain shared the 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television Journalism. He is also the recipient of the John Peter Zenger Award, the American Legion Journalism Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Journalism Award, the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism, the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication, the Catholic Academy for Communication's Gabriel Award, and inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

He is a trustee of the Freedom Forum's Newseum and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club and America's Promise -Alliance for Youth.

In 1995, the National Father's Day Committee named him "Father of the Year"; Parents magazine honored him as "Dream Dad" in 1998 and in 2001 the National Fatherhood Initiative also recognized him as Father of the Year.

Irish America magazine has named him one of the top 100 Irish Americans in the country and he was selected as a Fellow of the Commission of European Communities.

Russert was born in Buffalo, New York on May 7, 1950. He is a graduate of Canisius High School, John Carroll University and with honors from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Before joining NBC News, Russert observed firsthand the inner workings of the executive and legislative branches of government as counselor in the New York Governor's office in Albany in 1983 and 1984 and a special counsel in the United States Senate from 1977 to 1982.

He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

Russert is married to Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine. They live in Washington, D.C. with their son, Luke.

Photo & Information courtesy: NBC

Saturday, March 01, 2008

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS #2: Behind the scenes of our "Spring Training" Promo Shoot - 2/20/08

The following are pictures taken from Winter Haven, Florida, where Channel 3 followed the Indians for the first week of Spring Training.

This gives us a chance to shoot all the video we need to create all the new graphics and promos you will seeing on the air this season on SportsTime Ohio and WKYC.

This is Day #2 from 2/20/08.

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Photos Courtesy: WKYC On-Air Promotions Manager, Mac Mahaffee

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of our "Spring Training" Promo Shoot - 2/19/08

The following are pictures taken from Winter Haven, Florida, where Channel 3 followed the Indians for the first week of Spring Training.

This gives us a chance to shoot all the video we need to create all the new graphics and promos you will seeing on the air this season on SportsTime Ohio and WKYC.

This is Day #1 from 2/19/08.

Click on your browser "refresh" to view pictures if you don't see them playing.

Photos Courtesy: WKYC On-Air Promotions Manager, Mac Mahaffee