24. WEIGEL BROADCASTING, Chicago 2015 Spot Revenue: $83 million Stations: 11 in 4 markets Coverage: 3.8% Ownership: Private Key Executives: Norman Shapiro, chairman; Neal Sabin, vice chairman; Steven Farber, SVP of broadcast operations; Jim Hall, VP of business development; Kyle Walker, VP of technology; Molly Kelly, corporate director of media strategy.
Weigel Broadcasting’s Heroes & Icons multicast network will present a pair of TV heroes with the network premiere of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, beginning on Monday, Feb. 8. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys will air weeknights at 6 p.m. ET and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Xena: Warrior Princess will follow weeknights at […]
With the addition of Graham Media’s NBC affiliate, the Weigel Broadcasting diginet will be available in 98 of the top 100 DMAs.
As the market for subchannel options matures, there’s a new wave of multicast networks with significant distribution, tightly focused brands and programming and, in some cases, a smattering of distinguishing original programming. This is Part Two of a four-part special report on multicasting running this week. Read the other stories here.
Chicago-based media corporation Weigel Broadcasting Co. has named Steve Farber the company’s new senior vice president of operations, effective April 20. Farber comes to Weigel from Tribune Broadcasting, where he has worked in numerous roles for 20 years.
Weigel Broadcasting is launching an oldies FM radio service in Chicago as a companion to its classic TV channel, MeTV, that now airs across the country on digital subchannels of TV stations. The radio service, dubbed 87.7 MeTV FM, will not air over a radio station. Rather, it will air over a low-power TV station, […]
Bob Ramsey, Weigel Broadcasting’s EVP of local media, announced to his staff last week that he plans on retiring later this year. A search is now on for his replacement. Sometime this summer, he will step away from his day-to-day duties and work as a consultant for the company, helping with the transition of new leadership.
Decades will feature originals and more than 100 television series, plus theatrical and made-for-TV movies. Original programming to include Decades Retrospectical, a daily topical show. It is expected to debut during the second quarter of 2015, with the 16 CBS-owned stations that are part of the CBS Television Network serving as the new service’s launch group.
The new network is called H&I, which stands for Heroes and Icons. It went live in Chicago Monday, and also hit the air in Milwaukee, with plans to add a South Bend, Ind., TV station and Chicago cable systems soon, according to Neal Sabin, vice chairman of Weigel Broadcasting. H&I features iconic police shows such as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue.
Will Givens joins from KSWB San Diego to oversee marketing for the two Weigel Broadcasting diginets.
After two and half years as vice president and general manager of WCIU Chicato, Bob Ramsey has been promoted to executive vice president of local media for parent company Weigel Broadcasting. The move puts Ramsey in charge of Weigel’s local broadcast operations in Chicago, Milwaukee and South Bend, Ind.
When some stations started multicasting digital subchannels there were a number of engineering issues that made the process cumbersome. Today, although there are different methods to launch a diginet — from using network-configured equipment to running second channels through a station’s main master control — most broadcasters say the task is neither tough nor expensive.
After years of experimentation, broadcasting specialty networks on subchannels is starting to draw viewers and revenue in amounts that really matter. Some peg the take at more than $200 million. While classic TV shows and movies are popular formats, others see the future in original programming.
The 24-hour movie network will debut on the subchannels of 17 Fox O&Os this spring.
The top-rated sitcoms to debut off-net in fall 2014 and 2015 on the CBS Television Stations and Weigel Stations in Chicago and Milwaukee. The series have been cleared in 35% of the country.
His television career began in 1964 and culminated in a group of 10 stations and two networks.
Even in small markets, broadcasters are generating up to $1 million in annual revenue with a single subchannel, according to panelists at a NATPE session on multicasting.
The new broadcast network targeted to African Americans adds Weigel Broadcasting’s WWME Chicago and WBME Milwaukee as it approaches its Sept. 26 launch.
Neal Sabin promoted to president of content and networks; John Hendricks becomes EVP of sales; and Robert Ramsey is named VP-GM of WCIU Chicago.
The three-month-old multicast network has been picked up by stations owned by Hearst, Raycom, Cox, Newport, Media General, Capitol Broadcasting, Bahakel, Gray, Quincy, New Age Media, MPS Media, London Broadcasting, Bonten and Titan.
Starting Monday, Jan. 31, Weigel Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WDJT Milwaukee (DMA 35) is giving its afternoon lineup a face lift. The Doctors is moving to 2 p.m. and The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be shown two hours later at 4 o’clock. Dr. Oz will remain at 3.
MGM will handle the national rollout of the channel featuring classic TV including Cheers, M*A*S*H, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Bob Newhart Show.
Contrary to what might be expected in these recessionary times, the group owner is investing money in people and infrastructure to create a news department that will provide on-air, online and mobile programming for its three Indiana stations.
Aaron Ramey will oversee the launch of a multiplatform news department for Weigel Broadcasting Co.’s WBND (ABC), WCWW-LP (CW) and WMYS-LP (MNT).