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    Re: to mike stroud

    Quote Originally Posted by skippercollector
    Everything you said is correct, except for one little detail: change the "him" to "her."
    Am I the only female here?
    gosh what a relief, I thought I was the only one! Radio/TV boards are usually all men. I used to admin a very popular shortwave radio listener page and out of about 750 regulars on the board I was the sole female!

    But YES I do find it's coincidence, and really only that- the shows that are pre-empted seem to be a high female viewership. The worst offense is pre-empting the Judge Judy show for sports games on Fox.

    A few weeks ago Phoenix stations got the GREAT : idea to interrupt regularly scheduled programming for a live car chase, a la Los Angeles style. I hope it is not a new "thing" for Phoenix now...

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadcowatbk
    Quote Originally Posted by azumanga
    Quote Originally Posted by crainbebo
    KIRO 7 here in Seattle did not air Bold & The Beautiful off CBS until the flip from UPN back to CBS in early 1997. KIRO was owned by the Mormons (Bonneville).
    In the Tampa Bay area, WTVT also refused to show Bold & Beautiful, due to their hour-long noon news -- it wasn't until the early-1990s when WTMV (WMOR) picked up the soap, moving to WTSP after tyhe affiliation switch in 1994. B&B's predecessors, "Capitol" and "Search for Tomorrow", went unseen in Tampa Bay. When Search moved to NBC, WXFL (WFLA) preferred "All in the Family" reruns at 12:30PM instead.

    And while WTVT cleared Young & Restless and As the World Turns, both soaps (at least Y&R) were on a week delay; they became same-day when CBS moved to WTSP, though WTSP would show a marathon of the previous week's Y&R episodes late one Saturday the weekend of the switch, so no one would miss anything when WTSP began carrying Y&R "live" with the switch.
    it was easier to delay a soap by a week before the days of internet, spoilers were hard to come by
    "Y&R" may have been delayed a week on WTVT, since it aired at 1 PM. As for "ATWT" it's possible when it aired on CBS at 1:30 but in the Bay Area at 2 ("Capitol" aired at 2:30), but I would suspect Ch. 13 went to the in-pattern feed of "ATWT" when it moved to 2 PM and "Bold And The Beautiful" got the 1:30 slot. The only thing certain is that "Guiding Light" aired at 3, first on WTVT, then on WTSP, and "Let's Make A Deal" still airs at 3 on WTSP even though a number of markets in Florida get that show at 10 AM (Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and Panama City).

    Sports were a factor in CBS's dropping WMAR Baltimore, what with its almost-incessant pre-emptions for Orioles games. But, IIRC, WMAR was always an underperformer for CBS; Baltimore, when WJZ was the ABC affiliate, was one of the Alphabet Network's best markets. And leave us not forget the schedule-juggling by KXLY Spokane that cost it its CBS affiliation (and probably forced WKRG Mobile to quit tinkering with the CBS schedule and air all its primetime shows in pattern).

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadcowatbk
    Didn't some other small market station pre-empt St. Elsewhere with Rodeo?
    The aforementioned channel 6 in Paducah once did that. I had to watch St. Elsewhere that evening (grainy!) from channel 5 in Memphis.

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    Quote Originally Posted by firepoint525
    Quote Originally Posted by nomadcowatbk
    Didn't some other small market station pre-empt St. Elsewhere with Rodeo?
    The aforementioned channel 6 in Paducah once did that. I had to watch St. Elsewhere that evening (grainy!) from channel 5 in Memphis.
    was it some syndicated rodeo show or something local?

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadcowatbk
    Quote Originally Posted by firepoint525
    Quote Originally Posted by nomadcowatbk
    Didn't some other small market station pre-empt St. Elsewhere with Rodeo?
    The aforementioned channel 6 in Paducah once did that. I had to watch St. Elsewhere that evening (grainy!) from channel 5 in Memphis.
    was it some syndicated rodeo show or something local?
    I don't remember. It has been nearly 30 years, and like I said, I watched channel 5 in Memphis.

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    Around 2006 or 2007, I remember KPHO in Phoenix pre-empting new CBS programming for an hour block of infomercials, one of which was from the infamous shyster Kevin Trudeau. I think it might have been a Saturday night and it could have just been "48 Hours Mystery", being pulled, but I still didn't understand the station's logic.

    I don't know if I would consider the following to be "infuriating, but KPNX in Phoenix pre-empted most of the first season of Michael Moore's summer series "TV Nation" to air a number of programs sponsored by a local hospital chain.
    The views expressed are not necessarily those of my employer.

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    Re: to mike stroud

    Quote Originally Posted by kinphoenix2
    Quote Originally Posted by skippercollector
    Everything you said is correct, except for one little detail: change the "him" to "her."
    Am I the only female here?
    gosh what a relief, I thought I was the only one! Radio/TV boards are usually all men. I used to admin a very popular shortwave radio listener page and out of about 750 regulars on the board I was the sole female!
    I'm female as well. And a sports fan (particularly baseball and hockey), which is part of the reason I got into DXing radio (and later TV) signals.

    Back to the subject...during the last snowstorm all 4 Boston major network affiliates blew out regular programming on Friday afternoon. WBZ (CBS O&O) moved their programming to sister station My38 and WCVB (ABC) moved programming to their subchannel (blowing out MeTV). WHDH (NBC), despite having both a subchannel and a sister station did not bother to move programming. It felt like the dark ages!

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    I remember being pretty miffed when I was 8, and Full House was pre-empted locally on WREX Rockford because they elected to carry a high school basketball tourament (I believe it was the city/regional championship). In fact, the first two hours of the ABC lineup was bumped that night, until 20/20 came on. It's kinda ironic now 25 years later, and I just wouldn't watch Full House these days.

    Rockford is a four-station town were they had their fair share of pre-emptions and delays, although our friends up the road in Milwaukee and Madison experienced maybe far-worse, even with each city having more stations. WIFR, the longtime CBS affiliate has been, at least since I've been alive, very cooperative with the network schedule as opposed to rivals WREX and WTVO. When I lived there, I could remember the CBS Late Night schedule being delayed 30 minutes to a hour thanks to sitcoms reruns (usually All in the Famiy, M*A*S*H, or WKRP depending on the year). However, I once talked to someone who worked at WIFR in the late 70s/early 80s as a director that the station would pre-empt CBS' Late Night completely as not to compete with Johnny Carson on NBC, and carry movies after the 10pm news instead.


    I really never had a problem with a network affiliate not clearing certain shows, just so long as they at least made the network program available on another station in the area. However, at least in some cities (San Diego and Columbus, Ohio being good examples), the local cable company provided channels set aside to carry programs that were pre-empted by the local affiliates.

  9. #39

    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadcowatbk
    Quote Originally Posted by anotherguy
    But now you have the problem with some stations pre-empting programs for infomercials, which WSMV in Nashville has done. Granted it was on a Saturday night, but it's still inexcusable. The FCC and the networks should put a stop to that. >
    was it an infomercial for a local hospital or grocery store or a typical late night infomercial for Power 90?
    I don't recall the program since Charter no longer carries Nashville stations in my area, but it was discussed on a thread here.

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    Re: most infuriating! pre-emptions by local stations

    I've mentioned WMC in Memphis on other threads on this topic (which seems to come up a lot). They were notorious for pre-empting most of NBC's daytime game shows from the late 70's to the early 90's and pushing David Letterman back at first by 30 minutes, then later by an hour. And nothing came before Memfus Rasslin'. They would pre-empt NBC's kid's shows and come into Major League baseball games in progress. The more viewers complained the worse they got, as if to spite the viewers. When WMC was sold in the early 90's to what would become Raycom they went to having fewer pre-emptions.

    There were times though that stations in the Memphis area had pre-emptions that I didn't mind. For several years WMC carried syndicated SEC football games instead of Notre Dame games on NBC when there was a conflict. Also WREG carried reruns of MASH and later Cheers instead of CBS's late night programming until David Letterman moved there.

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