Friday, April 30, 2010

Notes From the Newsroom: 4/30/10

By Frank Macek

Time for another behind the scenes look at what's going on behind the scenes at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

Our best wishes to Michael O'Mara who leaves Channel 3 News to become Vice President at Hennes Paynter Communications - a crisis management company. Mike started his news career on March 14th, 1977 and winds it up today, April 30th, 2010. We'll definitely miss Mike's journalistic experience and flair.

May sweeps are underway. Sweeps started Thursday and run through Wednesday, May 26th. Channel 3 has a "Must See" May all planned for you. So be watching.

The Director's Cut Blog has learned that Fox 8 will become a news competitor with a 7 p.m. newscast launching soon. We certainly welcome the competition. But remember Fox 8, Monica and Eric play hard and we'll be playing to win. Remember the 7 PM Anchor Olympics? Bring it on!

The April sweeps period was another good one for Channel 3 News. We continue #1 at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the all important demos of adults 25-54. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno also held solid at #1 since Jay rejoined the show as host after the Olympics.

The Director's Cut Blog will be switching over to a new blogging platform, so our blog may not get updated for the next several days. We hope to be back soon. Until that time, we'll be posting updates on our Facebook page @ and on Twitter @ If you haven't friended us or aren't following us, please do so. You don't want to miss anything.

Don't forget if you haven't joined us on Facebook yet, please become of friend of Channel 3 News and Channel 3 Weather. We have special on-line content just for our Facebook friends including your chance to be our Facebook Friend of the Day, daily behind the scenes promos, sneak peeks at NBC shows, a daily programming guide of what's on Channel 3 and much more.

WKYC Receives 18 Emmy Nominations At Nomination Party Thursday Night

Congratulations to a number of my colleagues here at Channel 3 who were nominated for 18 Emmy nominations on Thursday evening. Our sister network, SportsTime Ohio received six. The winners will be announced on June 19th at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Newscast - Evening
*Channel 3 News at 6 - Rita Andolsen, Romona Robinson
*Imperial Murders - Julie Ocepek, Monica Robins, Eric Mansfield
*Channel 3 News at 6 Weekend - Carrie Young

Newscast - Morning/Daytime
*Channel 3 News Today 5 AM - Eric Vrobelm, Mark Nolan, Brooke Whitney, Hollie Strano, Meghann Brutoczky, Maureen Kyle

General Assignment Report (Within 24 hours)
*Serial Killer Survivor - Michael O'Mara

Breaking News
*W. 89th Murders - Romona Robinson, Eric Mansfield, Tom Meyer, Danielle Fink, Mark Smilor

Continuing Coverage
*County Gone Wild - Tom Meyer, Sarah Montgomery
*Project AED - Eric Mansfield, Monica Robins, Kim Wendel, Danielle Fink, Romona Robinson, Rita Andolsen
*Imperial Murders - Rita Andolsen, Romona Robinson, Lisa Lowry, Danielle Fink Eric Mansfield, Mark Smilor

*Hardball Cash - Tom Meyer, Sarah Montgomery

Health/Science (Single Story)
*Blowing Smoke - Tom Meyer, Rick Hepp

*Clipped By the City - Tom Meyer

Sports - News Single Story
*Part of the Team - Lynn Olszowy

Sports - Program
*Indians Minor League Magazine 2009 MLB Draft - Joe Ranyak (Sportstime Ohio)
*Indians On Deck - Michael Bachmann, Steve Warren, Al Pawlowski (Sportstime Ohio)

Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited
*2009 Division I State Football Championship - Michael Atkinson, Steve Warren (Sportstime Ohio)

Sports - One-Time Special
*Senior PGA Championship Preview - John Zaccardelli, Jim Donovan, Jimmy Hanlin, Greg Goyla, Joseph Van Enck, Ian Zeigler, Patrick Kilkenney
*STO Cares All Stars Among Us - Michael Atkinson, Dean Cummings, John Zaccardelli, Dave McElhattan
*Welcome to Goodyear - Michael Bachmann

*To the Moon: Ohio's Journey - Jeff Reidel

Promotion - Program/Image
*Reporter Tom Meyer

Journalistic Enterprise
*Reporter Tom Meyer

Crafts: On-Camera Talent Anchor - Weather
*Betsy Kling, Meteorologis - 2009 Composite - Betsy Kling

Crafts: On-Camera Talent - Reporter
*Ronald and Donald - Lynn Olszowy

Crafts: News
*Lynn Olszowy - Lynn Olszowy

You can find a complete list of the nominees at the following link:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Director's Cut Alert: WKYC Launches Brand New Weather Graphics System in High Definition

CLEVELAND -- At Channel 3 News, our policy on reporting the weather has always been to prepare you, not scare you.

On Tuesday evening, we went on-air and on-line with a new weather system which uses the latest forecasting technology that no one else has. Best yet, it puts you in charge.

We all made the transition from standard definition to HD, and now you have your latest weather forecasts, making what you see on Channel 3 crisper, clearer, and up-to-the-minute.

How you access the weather on-line at has changed dramatically.

Our interactive weather radars put you in control of your own forecast, with options designed to give you information you find most important.

Head over to our weather page and check it out or click here.

Click on the video to learn more about our new weather system from WSI.

Monday, April 26, 2010

WKYC Weather Introduces Interactive Radar in High Definition

Channel 3 Weather has launched a brand new high definition, interactive radar to keep you better connected to our local weather on

You can click on the image to start using the new radar system that features temperatures, radar, wind speeds, water temperatures, storm tracking, earthquake reports and much more.

It's everything you need to track the weather in one simple, easy to use feature only from WKYC and Channel 3 Weather.

Click the image to start using right now!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WKYC Names New National Sales Manager & Local Sales Manager

WKYC has announced new positions for two very talented individuals in the advertising field.

Our National Sales Manager is our very own Kim Jakubowski! Kim joined us as a local account executive after serving as Vice President of Market Development and National Sales Manager in Toledo. Prior to those roles, she served as a local account executive at WTOL and as a Sales Rep at Blair in Detroit. Kim's intelligence, energy, ability to adapt to change and tenacity make her perfect for the role as National Sales Manager!

Joining us as Local Sales Manager, all the way from Raleigh, North Carolina, is Cory Jackson. Cory brings with him a wealth of experience and a stellar track record of success. Cory served as a sales manager at the NBC station in Raleigh and held regional and local sales positions in Tampa and West Palm. Cory is a native of Erie and is looking forward to getting back to the great North! Cory will join WKYC on May 3.

Friday, April 16, 2010

WKYC Investigative Reporter A Finalist In The Ohio Associated Press Broadcaster's Awards

Congratulations to WKYC's Tom Meyer, The Investigator, who is one of two top finalists in the Ohio Associated Press Broadcaster's contest for Best Investigative Reporting and Best Continuing Coverage for 2009.

Tom's honored works include:
  • Best Investigative Reporting for "Pills without Penalties" - This was a 2-part investigation into the Ohio Pharmacy board and how it fails to discipline pharmacists, even if those mistakes prove to be deadly.
  • Best Continuing Coverage for 28 stories on Cuyahoga County Corruption - Tom's coverage included 14 stories that were exclusive stories and the result of our own investigations.
The 1st and 2nd place winners in each catgeory will be announced at an awards banquet to be held in June.

Gannett Revenue Increases 15% During the First Quarter of 2010

Gannett Co., Inc. (parent company of WKYC-TV) reported today that earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2010 were $0.49 compared to $0.34 for the first quarter of 2009. Results for both quarters included special items as noted below. Excluding these items, earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2010 were $0.50, double the comparable figure of $0.25 for the first quarter of 2009.

Results for the first quarter of 2010 include a $2.2 million tax charge related to recent health care reform legislation and the resultant loss of tax deductibility for retiree health care costs covered by Medicare retiree drug subsidies ($0.01 per share). Results for the first quarter of 2009 include a $39.8 million pre-tax settlement gain related to one of the company’s union pension plans ($24.7 million after-tax or $0.11 per share) and $6.6 million in pre-tax workforce restructuring costs ($4.3 million after-tax or $0.02 per share).

Details of these special items and their effect on results are included on the Statements of Income, Business Segment Information and Non-GAAP Financial Information schedules which follow.

"We achieved very strong results for the quarter. All of our business segments delivered substantially higher operating income and operating cash flow in the quarter. We more than doubled adjusted net income despite lower revenues and reduced our debt by approximately $260 million in the quarter," said Craig A. Dubow, chairman and chief executive officer. "The momentum we had at the end of last year continued through the first quarter. Revenue trend comparisons improved in the quarter reflecting the positive impact healthier economies in the U.S. and the UK had on advertising demand as well as advertising revenue associated with the Winter Olympic Games. We also benefited from significantly lower costs due to greater efficiencies and substantially lower newsprint expense. We are well positioned for continued growth as the economy improves and we are extremely encouraged by the revenue trends and our ability to create and capture operating leverage."

"Earlier this week, we were pleased to join eleven other major media companies in announcing plans to form a standalone joint venture to develop a new national mobile content and distribution service to make mobile digital television universally available to consumers," he added.

Click to read more of today's earnings report

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Director's Cut Alert: Former WKYC News Director Passes Away

Paul Beavers
The Director's Cut Blog has learned from former WKYC Production Manager Rich O'Dell that former WKYC News Director Paul Beavers has died. Paul worked at Channel 3 beginning around 1987 through March 1992 when he left to beome News Director at KUSI in San Diego.

Paul ended his journey on earth at his Reno home [on April 10th] with his loving wife and children, and a wonderful hospice nurse at his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Hastings, NE. He spent his youth in Edgar, NE graduating from Edgar High.

He earned his journalism degree from UNO and started his television news career with KMTV in Omaha before joining NBC in Los Angeles. His broadcast journalism career took him around the country before he retired to Reno.

Paul's passion was golf (he could claim two holes-in-one) and he loved, fishing, Amateur (Ham) radio, bridge and traveling. Paul was loved by all who had the honor of knowing him. He had a brilliant mind and a gentle spirit and inspired all to act with kindness and integrity.

Rich O'Dell, now Vice President/General Manger of Gannett owned station WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina, fondly remembers Paul, "He was one of the good guys...a true journalist who always made sure that the focus of Channel 3 News was on the people of NE Ohio. Paul championed investigative journalism and challenged the entire team to be the best. During his life, he mentored so many young journalists who learned from the best. Broadcasting will miss Paul Beavers."

Rich jokingly tells the Director's Cut Blog that Paul's claim to fame is that he discovered Jane Pauley, "At least that's what he said," O'Dell added.

Paul is survived by his wife of 47 years Dorene; children Thomas, Gregg (Krista) and Jonette Ayubi (John-Paul) and 8 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, April 15th at South Reno United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Mary's Hospice and

Photo Courtesy: Reno Gazette-Journal

Behind the Scenes: A Saturday Night Live Set Transition

You probably watch Saturday Night Live every week on Channel 3, but never really thought about what goes on behind the scenes during commercial breaks when the crews break down sets and set up new ones for upcoming skits.

The Director's Cut Blog shares with you some never before seen studio footage of a taping from a show that aired on March 13, 2010.

Director's Cut Insider: Dateline to Feature Dr. Essa Saga April 23rd

The Director's Cut Blog has learned that NBC's "Dateline" is in town shooting the final pieces for a special "Dateline" episode that will tentatively air next Friday, April 23rd on NBC and WKYC.

Dr. Essa is the man convicted recently of killing his wife and has become a nationwide story of interest for the bizarre tale.

You can see "Dateline" on WKYC-TV at 10 p.m. on Friday nights right before Channel 3 News at 11.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Coming Soon! A Change in The Weather

The time is coming for a change in the weather...something that keeps you connected like you've never seen before. When you do see it, the forecast will be crystal clear.

The countdown has begun.

Will you be watching when the time comes?

Stay tuned our weather friends!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Announces Nomination Party Date & Time

It's Emmy Nomination Time!

The entries are in and the judges have their nominees for NATAS Lower Great Lakes' 2010 Emmy Awards! Come enjoy an evening of fun as we announce those in the running for the golden trophies.

Nomination parties will be held April 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Hilton Garden Inn-Harvey's Bar
1100 Carnegie Ave.

Fat Fish Blue
6140 Levis Commons Blvd.

The Rathskeller
401 N. Michigan St.

Admission is $5 for NATAS-LGL members and non-members.

At each nominating announcement party, NATAS-LGL has donated one (1) ticket to the Emmy Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cleveland. Winner need be present. Ticket has no cash value, but is transferrable. One winner per nomination location!!

For more information, visit the Lower Great Lakes Chapter website

Kevin Eubanks Announces His Final "Tonight Show" Appearance

Update: The Director's Cut has learned that Eubanks replacement with be "Idol" music Director Rickey Minor.

Jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks has announced that his final gig as "The Tonight Show" bandleader will be May 28. Eubanks, 52, has been with Jay Leno for 18 years, since Leno took over the show in 1992. Eubanks became musical director when Branford Marsalis left in 1995.

Eubanks told Leno during Monday's (April 12) taping of the show that he was ready for a career change of pace, but he didn't announce specific plans. NBC has not named a replacement.

"After 18 years of playing America into commercials, I'm gonna go somewhere where I can finish a song," Eubanks told Leno. He added that he had no specific plans.

Eubanks was with Leno for the short-lived The Jay Leno Show in prime-time, then came back to The Tonight Show when Leno reclaimed the show from Conan O'Brien in March.

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Meet The Press" to Debut New Set And High Definition on Sunday, May 2nd

NBC News' No.1 Sunday public affairs show, "Meet the Press with David Gregory," will broadcast in high definition as it unveils its new set on Sunday, May 2.

"It's an exciting time to be debuting a new 'Meet the Press' set as we head into another important political year," said Gregory. "The new look reflects the ways in which the program is evolving while staying true to the core mission and traditions of the show.'"

"This new set offers a fresh look and added versatility that will enhance our interviews and better engage our viewers," said executive producer Betsy Fischer. "It's a thoughtful combination of contemporary design elements in a stately setting - keeping with the longstanding history of the program."

"Meet the Press" is seen on WKYC-TV Sunday mornings from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET following Channel 3 News Today Weekend.

Source: NBC

Conan O'Brien To Make TBS His New Late-Night Home

Editor's Note: Both NBC and FOX affiliates are breathing a big sigh of relief over this one.

NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien is headed to TBS to host a late-night talk show expected to debut in November.

The network said Monday that the program will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. Eastern, shifting TBS' "Lopez Tonight," starring George Lopez, to midnight.

Monday's surprise announcement comes the same day O'Brien starts a two-month, 30-city live tour in Eugene, Ore., amid persistent reports that he was likely to claim Fox as his new late-night home.

O'Brien left NBC in January after hosting "The Tonight Show" for just eight months. His predecessor in that slot, Jay Leno, then reclaimed the hour. As part of his parting deal, O'Brien is barred from appearing on TV until September.

Source: The Associated Press

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

WKYC's Terry Moir Honored By The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters

Congratulations to WKYC Director of Programming and Sales Marketing, Terry Moir, who was honored on Wednesday by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB) at a luncheon held at Windows On the River.

This was the group's 20th year of presenting its annual "Excellence in Broadcasting" awards.

Terry does it all here at Channel 3 and is also heard weekday mornings with Trapper Jack and Jim McIntrye as morning co-host of the WDOK Soft Rock 102.1 morning show.

She joins our Vice President and General Manager Brooke Spectorsky who won the honor a few years ago.

Others honored today include Jimmy Malone from WMJI and Denise Dufala from WOIO.

Congratulations to our broadcasting friends.

Promo: Indians Home Opener on WKYC

Are you "in" the Tribe? Catch all the Home Day Opener action live from Progressive Field on your over the air "Home of the Tribe" - WKYC.

Click on the video to catch the fever!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Notes From the Newsroom: 4/5/10

By Frank Macek

So sorry for the lack of updates the past week or so, Your blogger took a little time off for vacation and to spend with the family during some trying times. On the fortunate side, the weather could not have been better. Welcome to Spring - or is it Summer alrealdy?!?!

Now, here's a catch up look at some of what has been going on here at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

March sweeps have concluded and WKYC continues to have good momentum following an outstanding February sweeps period. In the all important Adults 25-54 category, WKYC was number #1 at 5 AM, 6 AM (tied with WJW), 6 PM, 7 PM (tied with "2 1/2 men") and 11 PM. The "new" 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno' was also #1 in the demos at 11:35 p.m., beating David Letterman on CBS.

WKYC, The Plain Dealer and Ideastream (WVIZ-TV and WCPN-FM) kick off a year long campaign this week called "Fighting Fat" as we bring obesity epidemic into focus and find ways to solve it. Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins will follow some of our viewers on their weightloss journey. We'll hear their stories and battle plans for fighting fat. Look for other interesting articles in the PD and on Ideastream and stories are always available on @

Welcome to Bill McKinney to the WKYC team. Bill joined our staff last week as WKYC's new IT Specialist.  He replaces Carl Marks who is moving to Gannett's Traffic Operations Center in Denver. Bill previously worked for the famed Telarc in IT and audio recording.

Our heartfelt sorrow to Alan Courtright and his family after the passing of his father - long time newsman Ken Courtright. Ken passed away over the weekend and was part of the KYW, WKYC radio family a number of years ago. According to our blogger partners at Ohio Media Watch who have written an wonderful article on Ken, "In addition to his time at WERE, Courtright was also heard on many incarnations of 1100 AM in Cleveland - KYW, WKYC, WWWE "3WE"...Ken Courtright passed away 'just in time for the 5 PM news' on Saturday" Your blogger worked with Ken's son, Alan, at the old WRMR/850 AM during the "Music of Your Life" days and wish his family well.

Also, we extend our deepest sympathy to long-time WKYC colleague Mike O'Mara on the passing on his mother in Michigan over the weekend after a lengthy illness. You can reach Mike with your good wishes at or visit him on Facebook. He'd appreciate hearing from his co-workers and friends of the family.

Don't forget if you haven't joined us on Facebook yet, please become of friend of Channel 3 News and Channel 3 Weather. We have special on-line content just for our Facebook friends including your chance to be our Facebook Friend of the Day, daily behind the scenes promos, sneak peeks at NBC shows, a daily programming guide of what's on Channel 3 and much more.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Gannett Broadcasting Announces New Workflow Solution To Power Information Centers Of The Future

Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued on Friday about new technological changes coming to all of our Gannett television stations, including at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

McLEAN, VA - Gannett Broadcasting today announced it will integrate The AP's ENPS broadcast production system and BitCentral into Information Center operations at each of its television stations across the USA. ENPS will become the news operating system for all Gannett stations while BitCentral will provide content management and distribution through its Oasis and Precis play-out and asset management system.

A unique process was used to determine vendor selection. A Gannett innovation team consisting of employees from various stations, representing content, production, and technology, began by crafting a shared vision of the workflows needed for the Gannett Information Centers of the future. Those needs were then compared with proposals submitted from a diverse group of vendors to determine who best met the needs of the group's vision. ENPS and BitCentral were the unanimous selections.

"I'm extremely proud of the team and the process they used in determining both the need and the solution," said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting. "The addition of these systems reinforces Gannett stations as the innovative content leaders in their markets. We believe that the combination of ENPS and BitCentral's Oasis and Precis provides our stations with the best workflow systems available. With these additions, our multimedia journalists will be able to deliver better content to any platform, and have the resources of all Gannett properties at their fingertips - at all times."

"ENPS is the premiere newsroom operating system in the world today," said Rob Mennie, vice president/senior news executive. "The integration of ENPS into our Information Centers will provide superb functionality and play a key role in the expansion of multi-platform content development. Producing unique, relevant, and interesting local content is what Gannet stations do best. ENPS will help them do it even better."

"The BitCentral products are very impressive," said Jeff Johnson, vice president of technology. "They'll allow our stations to easily share content seamlessly, giving us the speed and flexibility required today and in the future. We're enthusiastic about our new partnership with BitCentral."