Friday, July 29, 2011

Behind the Scenes: The HD Cranium Cam at WKYC

Check out our new HD Cranium-Cam! It's HD, AND it's quite a fashion statement as well. WKYC's Jennifer Lindgren and Barry Wolf give it a test spin aroud the newsroom:

Hey Cleveland: "The Voice" VIP Audition Contest!

Think you've got what it takes to be the next "Voice?"

Starting Friday July 29th at 6:00 a.m., Channel 3 is giving you the chance to audition for the hit show. Go to to learn how you can win one of 3 "Voice VIP" packages.

There are very specific song requirements, so make sure you read the entry form thoroughly before uploading your best performance(full rules are below).

We'll bring in 102 of the best singers from online entries for live auditions in front of celebrity judges, and their top 10 will battle it out on a special show for your votes!

The top 3 vote getters will then be our Voice VIPs at "The Voice" auditions in Los Angeles.

So, learn the songs, start rehearsing and let us hear your "Voice."

Learn more and submit your entries @

Click on the video to see more:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Director's Cut Alert: Pamela Osborne Joins The WKYC Family

Pamela Osborne, Courtesy: WNWO
WKYC will welcome Pamela Osborne to the Channel 3 News family as a Multimedia Journalist starting August 15th

She comes to WKYC from WNWO/TV in Toledo where she is currently a reporter and fill-in anchor for the NBC 24 station.

Pamela joined the NBC24 news team in January of 2010.

According to her bio, Pamela grew up in Metro-Detroit and she isn’t afraid to admit that she’s a Michigan Wolverine, even in the Buckeye state! She received her bachelors degree in Communications and minored in African American studies.

Before she arrived at NBC24 she interned as a photojournalist at HOM-TV in Okemos, Michigan. She also interned at the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIV. Pamela is a member of the National Association of Black Journalist. In 2008 she was selected to co-anchor and report for the NABJ Student Newscast.

When she’s not out reporting the news she enjoys going to the movies, going out to eat, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

NBC Announces Series Premiere Dates For Fall 2011 Schedule

NBC announced today the previews and premieres of its new Fall 2011 primetime schedule beginning Tuesday, September 13 with new episodes of “Parenthood” -- following the final performance episode of “America’s Got Talent” -- and continuing the week of September 19 with the Monday debuts of “The Sing-Off” and new drama “The Playboy Club” on that date.

On Wednesday, September 14, the new comedies “Up All Night” (10-10:30 p.m. ET) and “Free Agents” (10:30-11 p.m. ET) will preview following the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” Both series will premiere in their regular day and time on Wednesday, September 21 (8-8:30 p.m. ET and 8:30-9 p.m. ET, respectively).

The debuts also include the network’s other highly anticipated new series -- “Prime Suspect,” “Whitney” and “Grimm” -- that will continue through October 21 when NBC rolls out its Friday-night lineup that includes “Grimm” (9-10 p.m. ET).

In addition, the start of the regular season of “Sunday Night Football” will debut on Thursday, September 8 and resume on its regular night on Sunday, September 11 (8-11 p.m. ET). “Football Night in America” premieres during the regular season on Sunday, September 11 (7-8 p.m. ET).
Following are the preview and premiere dates for NBC’s Fall 2011 primetime schedule (all times ET; new shows are in upper case):

Thursday, September 8

8-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2011” (regular season)
8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)

Sunday, September 11

7-8 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular season)
8-11:30 p.m. “Sunday Night Football”

Tuesday, September 13

10-11 p.m. “Parenthood”

Wednesday, September 14

8-10 p.m. “America’s Got Talent” (season finale)
10-10:30 p.m. "UP ALL NIGHT” (preview)
10:30-11 p.m. “FREE AGENTS” (preview)

Monday, September 19

8-10 p.m. “The Sing-Off”
10-11 p.m. “THE PLAYBOY CLUB”

Tuesday, September 20

8-10 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”

Wednesday, September 21

8-8:30 p.m. “UP ALL NIGHT”
8:30-9 p.m. “FREE AGENTS”
9-10 p.m. “Harry’s Law”
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Thursday, September 22

8-8:30 p.m. “Community”
8:30-9 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
9-9:30 p.m. “The Office”
9:30-10 p.m. “WHITNEY”
10-11 p.m. “PRIME SUSPECT”

Friday, September 23

9-11 p.m. “Dateline NBC”

Friday, October 21

8-9 p.m. “Chuck”
9-10 p.m. “GRIMM”
10-11 p.m. “Dateline NBC”

Saturday, September 24

8-9 p.m. “Harry’s Law” (Repeat)
9-10 p.m. “Prime Suspect” (Repeat)
10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (Repeat)

Courtesy: NBC

Monday, July 04, 2011

Notes From The Newsroom: 7/4/11

By Frank Macek

It's time for another behind the scenes look at what's happening at the WKYC Digital Broadcast Center.

Happy 4th of July holiday as half of 2011 is already gone, but the world of television never takes a nap.

A few news notes to pass along that you might be interested in.

We wish our former Director of Technology, Mike Szabo, well on his retirement. Mike's last day at WKYC was Thursday, June 30th. Mike has steered us through some very complex changes here at the station during the last 13 years at Channel 3 in a variety of roles. Mike was responsible for integrating so much of our new technology from the initial digital system design of our facility, to the transition to high definition and the launch of SportsTime Ohio almost 6 years ago. Most recently, Mike worked on the new digital transmitter/antenna/tower and the new newsroom workflow installation that launched with AP's ENPS and Bit Central. He is exceptionally talented engineer and we will sorely miss him.

Congratulations to Jim Miller, who becomes the new WKYC Director of Technology. Jim formerly served in the Navy and was a broadcast engineer at WKBN-TV/Youngstown, before coming to Channel 3 over 28 years ago. Jim will continue to lead us into the future with mobile television and eventually 3D-TV that will no doubt become the next technical step for local stations in a few years.

WKYC is also proud to be launching a new web product soon. Deal Chicken is a brand new daily deal site -- similar to Living Social and Groupon -- that will bring savings of up to 90% to Clevelanders Monday through Friday. This new product will join on our growing list of localized WKYC websites like Moms Like and to reach more of our viewers and in this case - save them big $$$ locally. You can sign up before launch at the following address:
We have gotten many emails about the status of WKYC Meteorologist AJ Colby. While we generally don't comment on personnel issues, AJ is still at the station. Unfortunately, he will still be leaving and the station plans on hiring a new weekend meteorologist. You can always reach out to him at

As always, please don't forget to become a 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, previews of NBC shows, a daily programming guide of what's on Channel 3 and so much more.