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    #187395

    I love seeing the new set in action, and the updated graphics/audio is a welcome change from the “MyFox Cleveland” days. My only gripe is what the “Fox8.com” graphic looks like whenever they use it on-screen to point to their website.

    I’m pretty sure revamping the Weather Center desk is next. Now that the team’s not beholden to being there for every segment and is spending more time in the studio, it can get a matching makeover. Though, I do wish that, for the Coffee Quiz these first couple of weeks in the new studio, they’d give away pieces of the old set in their prize packs (like how the old Nickelodeon show “Figure It Out” gave away props from the set of “Legends of the Hidden Temple”).

    I can’t wait to see some actual weather phenomena happening on that view screen behind the main desk. That’ll make “Snow Watch” interesting!


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    #187414

    WKYC is teasing some major changes.  They’re running some promos with “3 reassembled” and the date of September 23.  A new newscast, format change, or both?

    Plus, it looks like their longtime logo could be out as well.


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    #187464

    WKYC is getting a new logo and they are changing the name of their newscasts on September 23.

    It’s morning news will become “GO!” while the 6pm broadcast will become “What Matters Most.”

    No joke.  It has been running on promos.


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    #187471

    Of all the local newscasts in Cleveland I feel like WKYC is typically the least cringe-worthy, so hopefully they don’t change too much.  I can’t go more than 5 minutes of watching Fox 8 News without rolling my eyes at some bizarre fluff story they run or the way their anchors deliver a story.

    Honestly how long before local newscasts just become wall to wall weather updates with a few infomercials disguised as news segments sprinkled in between (as I watch a Paul Schumacher Homes segment fun on Fox 8, lol)

     


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    #187493

    A few new faces are coming to the local newsrooms.

    WKYC NBC 3 is adding reporter/meteorologist Jordan Frazer (who will be a utility man), as well as  his fiance, reporter Romney Smith.

    WJW Fox 8 is adding reporter Alex Stokes, who happens to be the granddaughter of Louis Stokes (longtime former Cleveland based congressman) and great-niece of Carl Stokes (former Cleveland mayor).


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    #187494

    Here are all the new news titles for WKYC come September 23, according to Zap2It:

     

    4-7am  Go!

    12-12:30pm  Lunch Break with Jay Crawford

    6-6:30pm  What Matters Most

    7-7:30pm  Front Row

    11-11:30pm  What’s Next

     

    “Live on Lakeside” at 11am will shorten to an hour, and it looks like “Donovan Live” is history.

     

    I don’t know if they will implement “3 News” in front of the titles on-air, but we shall see.  People will like them, people won’t.  We shall see.


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    #187523

    On one hand I give WKYC credit for seemingly trying to shake up the local news landscape.  On the other hand some of those names leave me skeptical of what they will bring to the table.  I did enjoy Donovan Live, interesting that the plug is apparently being pulled on it so soon.  Wonder if that has to do with that timeslot’s performance, or if it was more of a work/life balance issue with Jim.  Then again, for all we know, he could be the host of “Front Row”, whatever that’s going to consist of, lol


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    #187524

    A few new faces are coming to the local newsrooms. WKYC NBC 3 is adding reporter/meteorologist Jordan Frazer (who will be a utility man), as well as his fiance, reporter Romney Smith. WJW Fox 8 is adding reporter Alex Stokes, who happens to be the granddaughter of Louis Stokes (longtime former Cleveland based congressman) and great-niece of Carl Stokes (former Cleveland mayor).

    No offense, but it would be nice to see more Asian and Hispanics on the local newscasts. They are currently under-represented here.


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    #187527

    The biggest thing WKYC is doing, beyond the logo, is phasing out the “Channel” brand (which actually was standardized branding by NBC in the mid-1980s). I get that, they want to position themselves as a digital operation and “channel” sounds almost anachronistic.

    Logos, sets and branding don’t mean as much compared to investing in talent and standards for reporting. Tegna has made some questionable moves on some of their lower-tier stations (WUSA hiring a comedian to anchor their morning news) but the 11pm news titled “3 News: What’s Next” is not one of them. Remember back in the day when 11pm newscasts would use handles like “the Night Team” or “On the Nightbeat”?

    I’m also noticing that they are referring to the news operation as the “WKYC Studios” (not to be confused with the “WKYC Digital Broadcast Center”) so that’s probably going to become a side brand alongside “3” and “3 News.”

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


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    #187567

    WKYC’s new look has arrived!

    Here’s an article on it:

    https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2019/09/channel-3-becomes-wkyc-studios-newscasts-get-new-names-in-station-rebrand.html

    The new Noon newscast is slated to start in early October.


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    #187575

    Does anyone know what’s up with Betsy Kling?I hardly ever see her on WKYC any more….Maybe once a week.Does she have a Johnny Carson type contract where she only has to work so many days a month?Or does she have FMLA leave?That’s where your place of employment has to let you have so many unpaid days off per year if you have a medical condition or family matter that you have to attend to.I watched WKYC specifically to see her.But like I said,she is MIA every single night.


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    #187576

    Does anyone know what’s up with Betsy Kling?I hardly ever see her on WKYC any more….Maybe once a week.Does she have a Johnny Carson type contract where she only has to work so many days a month?Or does she have FMLA leave?That’s where your place of employment has to let you have so many unpaid days off per year if you have a medical condition or family matter that you have to attend to.I watched WKYC specifically to see her.But like I said,she is MIA every single night.

    I was wondering about that myself. She can’t possibly have that much vacation time. There must be something else going on.


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    #187578

    The new (3) branding is… Plain, to say the least. Why change what’s been basically a legacy logo since the ’90s? Although, I do like that Fox 8, outside of Fox ownership and being saddled with the patriotic colored stacked logo from the newscasts, basically made THAT their network logo, colors and all.

    Beyond network switching and new logos from that, which station’s had the biggest identity crisis over the years? I want to say that Channel 5’s had the most, going from WEWS to NewsChannel 5 with the Gulf War in the ’90s, playing with the Circle-5 logo for a while, dumping it for that boxed logo that was the same as that one station in Denver, then bringing it back in a couple of different forms before the Arial Black version they have now. However, 19’s had quite a few logos since they became a CBS station: the original black/white/yellow one, Hometeam 19, the red/white/black one from the Action News days, the pretty blue/yellow/white one from the Cleveland’s CBS 19 days, and the plain one they have now. Maybe 43? With UPN, you had the Times New Roman-styled underlined “43” from the dual affiliation days, the stacked logo from the immediate post-WB era, “43 The Block” that dropped the UPN branding, “UPN 43 The Block” that stuck a UPN logo on the one side of the cube, “UPN 43” with the circle UPN logo from the end… That’s five as well, which – given how long UPN was around – is quite a few. (Seems like Raycom couldn’t decide on a steady image.) To contrast, 55’s WB days had only two: the red-background WB55, then the basic “Cleveland’s WB” at the end.

    I can’t count 23, because they never really had a “branding” outside of which affiliate they were once they were stripped of their ABC affiliation, did they? PAX, i, Ion… The only branding I can think of is when Channel 3 did their newscasts and they had that similar-to-3 “23” for the news, which was kind of neat. (Who did their newscasts first? I know it wasn’t just WKYC that did them. Didn’t 8 do them for a while, or was there an actual “ABC 23” news division?)

    Now, radio identity crises… There’s only one that stands out: 92.3.

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    #187579

    Now, radio identity crises… There’s only one that stands out: 92.3.

    AM 1260 might be another.


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