Archive for November, 2015

Milwaukee Radio Ratings For November

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Below find the Milwaukee radio ratings for November, as collected by A.C. Nielsen and reported by the radio industry newsletter Tom Taylor Now.

Oldies statin WRIT dropped a significant 1.7 rating points but continues to be the top rated station in the market. Earlier this month WRIT switched to an all Christmas format.

Gainers included second ranked news-talk-sports station WTMJ-AM and country music station WMIL-FM, which was tied for third. Both were up .8 of a point.

Ninth ranked contemporary hits station WXSS-FM was up .9 of a point.

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Updated November Sweeps Ratings Confirm WISN Win

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(Updated Monday: Preliminary numbers adjusted to reflect final ratings.)

WISN-TV (Channel 12) newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. won their time slots during the November Sweeps.

There is also a virtual tie at 6 a.m. between WISN and perennial morning leader WITI-TV. The two are separated by .01 of a point.

And WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) moved into second place at 10 p.m. with a 5.7.

WTMJ was down a half point since last year and was in last place in February climbed .3 since October.

WITI is a close third at 10 p.m. with a 5.4 5.5.

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Milwaukee Media Notes: Chase Cain, Packers, Aziz Ansari

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Chase Cain we hardly knew ye. Literally.

Cain spent just four weeks at WISN-TV (Channel 12) as morning show co-anchor before loading up the truck and moving to Beverly … Hills, adjacent that is.

He has apparently landed at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.

Cain was hired in May at WISN in large part because of his digital footprint – he was called a “social media anchor” in Orlando – and was on the air in Milwaukee sporadically before leaving in August.

His tenure was one of the briefest in Milwaukee TV history.

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No Packer Game. So Go To The Movies.

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The top side dish for moviegoers this long holiday weekend was ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” the last film in the dystopian future franchise, which was expected to earn $75 million.

The Pixar animated film “The Good Dinosaur,” is expected to gross $50 million over the five day weekend.

And “Creed,” the “Rocky” spinoff should earn about $40 million.

Here are actual reviews of recommended films currently playing in the Milwaukee area.

“Creed”

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Solid “Creed” Worthy Addition to “Rocky” Franchise

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“Creed” is “Rocky” solid.

This rugged, clear-eyed reboot picks through the mythic luggage of the long running franchise for the qualities that made the first film, at least, a classic.

The result is less a reinvention than a respectful and energizing return to basics that follows a natural progression.

Michael B. Jordan plays the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed, who was played in four “Rocky” films by Carl Weathers, and who died in the ring.

“Creed,” was co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, whose first film out of college was “Fruitvale Station,” about the murder of a black youth also played by Jordan. “Creed” is a giant step forward for both.

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WISN-TV Poised To Sweep November Sweeps

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(Updated Monday: Numbers adjusted to reflect final ratings.)

WISN-TV (Channel 12) newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. won their time slots during the November ratings sweeps.

There is also a virtual tie at 6 a.m. between WISN and perennial morning leader WITI-TV. The two are separated by .01 of a point.

And WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) moved into second place at 10 p.m. with a 5.7. WTMJ dropped a half point since last year, and was in last place in February but is up .3 since October.

WITI is a close third at 10 p.m. with a 5.4 5.5.

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Climate Of Fear In Cranston’s “Trumbo” Resonates Today

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What do Joseph Stalin and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo have in common besides imposing mustaches?

Both were Communists, in the broadest sense of the word. In Trumbo’s case it was a technically correct.

He belonged to the Communist party, but served in World War II and wrote the patriotic films “A Guy Named Joe” and “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”

Like other Americans tarred with the term during the 1950s he was an anti-fascist whose progressive beliefs conflicted with conservative ideologies. 

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“Brooklyn” Offers Insights Into Immigrant Experience

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Hope grows in “Brooklyn.”

This modestly scaled but universally poignant tale of a Irish girl’s hard landing after emigrating here is coincidentally or not a reminder that America was built one person at a time, over time.

By the time she moved here in the 1950s a sizable Irish immigrant community had already made their presence known. Their workforce built New York’s bridges and subways and an Irish president was imminent.

But her ethnicity is not the issue.

Rather this is a story about adjusting to a new world and culture and feelings of alienation experienced by all immigrants.

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“Brooklyn”

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Hope grows in “Brooklyn.”

This modestly scaled but universally poignant tale of a Irish girl’s hard landing after emigrating here is coincidentally or not a reminder that America was built one person at a time, over time.

By the time she moved here in the 1950s a sizable Irish immigrant community had already made their presence known. Their workforce built New York’s bridges and subways and an Irish president was imminent.

But her ethnicity is not the issue.

Rather this is a story about adjusting to a new world and culture and feelings of alienation experienced by all immigrants.

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The $23 Dress Cult That’s Sweeping Local Television

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WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Jesse Ritka is joining the cult of the $23 dress.

The modestly priced dress “that flatters everyone” has become the must have apparel item for fashion forward and budget conscious TV meteorologists and other on air personalities in local markets the country.

It’s called the Homeeyee Women’s Stretch Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress and it is available on Amazon for $22.99 in multiple colors.

The website Tech Insider reports that the dress was featured on a private Facebook group for female meteorologists that also provided fashion tips.

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