Archive for January, 2015

There are 13 months in a radio year; Saga joins ratings fray

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We all know the rhyme.

Thirty days has September, April June and November.

All the rest have 31, except February which has 28.

This is true everywhere that uses the western or Gregorian calendar. Except in radio.

The A.C. Nielsen service measures radio listening year round and releases monthly ratings results – 13 of them! In other words, only in the world of radio are there 13 months.

How? If every month had 28 days, 364 days would be the equivalent of 13 months. That’s how. Radio measures in four week increments.

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Scripps/JBG merger “months” away; broadcast execs named

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Debbie Turner

Debbie Turner, vice president of TV for the Journal Broadcast Group and general manager of WTVF-TV in Nashville, has been named vice president of  TV for the E.W. Scripps broadcast group.

The announcement was made by Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of TV for Scripps. Turner joined WTVF in 1992.

Steve Wexler, formerly executive vice president of radio and television for JBG and general manager of WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), was already named vice president of the Scripps radio division. Wexler and Turner will report to Lawlor.

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Trailer for PBS’ “Wolf Hall” with Milwaukeean Mark Rylance

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Below watch a trailer for the six part series “Wolf Hall,” based on the book by Hilary Mantel.

The books are the fictional biography of Thomas Cromwell, played by former Milwaukeean Mark Rylance. Cromwell was one of the most powerful advisors of Henry VII, played by Damian Lewis.

Cromwell facilitated the monarch’s marriages to Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, negotiated the king’s split from the Roman Catholic Church and oversaw dissolution of the monasteries.

“Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” are the first two books in Mantel’s announced trilogy.

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Packers send ‘best fans in NFL’ conciliatory note

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Three days after their disappointing meltdown in the NFC championship game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers sent fans a conciliatory email thanking them for their support.

“It’s the love that makes us leap,” it said, and showed a Packer player jumping into the stands after a touchdown.

Does it help ease the pain? It should go to every one in Wisconsin.

It includes the message: “Forward to a fan.”

‘Amazing Race’ cast includes Milwaukee area athlete

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The long running CBS globetrotting reality show “The Amazing Race” has been very, very good to competitors from Wisconsin.

This bodes well for Hales Corners native and speedskater Alyson Dudek, 24, who will compete in the upcoming season starting Feb. 25.

Dudek – no relation – who won the short track bronze medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics – has been skating since the age of seven.

She will compete with her boyfriend Steven Langdon, 31 .

Langdon, a Boston resident, won two bronze medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

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Wisconsin grey and the art of “Mr. Turner”

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Wisconsin winter grey fits right into the palette of “Mr. Turner,” about the controversial 19th century landscape artist J. M. W. Turner tentatively scheduled to open in Milwaukee Friday.

Bridges, storms, castles and sea battles figured prominently into his work, at a time when artists needed patrons and art was displayed in salons and galleries that were the cultural nerve centers of their day.

If you haven’t taken art history you probably know little to nothing about Turner, making Mike Leigh’s film an introductory course in the man and his art. Tim Spall, named best actor at the Cannes Film Festival, deserved but was denied an Oscar nomination as the crude and profane man capable of such creating such perceptive works.

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Oscar nominated short films coming to Milwaukee

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The annual Oscar nominated short film program will be coming to the Oriental Theater on Jan. 30.

The program presents live action and animated films as separate events .

The shorts being shown are.


“The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/UK

“The Dam Keeper” (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA

“Feast” (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA

“Me and My Moulton” (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada

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Ratings lower, but Packer loss dwarfs competition

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It’s going to be hard to avert mine eyes from any media mention of the Packer loss today.

The first thing I saw when I turned on the “CBS Morning News” was the botched onside kick, which was also the main photo on the sports page of the New York Times. And then there was hard to watch game itself, on WITI-TV (Channel 6), which ruined everyone’s half time meal. What’s a cheesehead to do?

Yesterday’s telecast of the NFC championship  game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks earned a ratings average of 53.5 for Fox affiliate WITI-TV (Channel 6).

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Anxiety runs through “American Sniper” like fault line

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I’ve always admired the terse, curmudgeonly style of Clint Eastwood, the one-take scene stacking that moves a story forward. It’s the engine that turns fact-based “American Sniper,” Oscar nominee for best picture, into complex, nuanced and tragic arc of a life.

More “Born on the 4th of July” than “Zero Dark Thirty” it portrays in flip book fashion the measure of a man motivated by patriotism to join the military, and who paid a steep price for becoming the most lethal sniper in American history.

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