24. WEIGEL BROADCASTING

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.

Heroes & Icons Diginet To Add ‘Hercules’ And ‘Xena’

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 […]

DMA 12

MeTV Adds WDIV Detroit To Roster

With the addition of Graham Media’s NBC affiliate, the Weigel Broadcasting diginet will be available in 98 of the top 100 DMAs.

MULTICASTING 2015

Narrowing Focus Marks Newest Diginets

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.

Weigel Hires Steve Farber As Operations SVP

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.

DMA 35

Weigel Flips Milwaukee Channels For Two Diginets

Weigel Launches Oldies Radio In Chicago

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, […]

Weigel’s Bob Ramsey Announces Retirement

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.

Closing Bell Tolls For Weigel’s ‘First Business News’

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CBS O&Os, Weigel To Launch Decades Diginet

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.

Weigel Debuts New Classic Cop Show Diginet

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.

Givens New Me-TV, Movies! Marketing VP

Will Givens joins from KSWB San Diego to oversee marketing for the two Weigel Broadcasting diginets.

Weigel Broadcasting Realigns Executives

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.

SPECIAL REPORT: DIGINETS, PART 3

Tech Makes Multicasting Cheap, Painless

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.

SPECIAL REPORT: DIGINETS, PART II

Diginets Growing With Old Shows + New Ideas

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.

DMA 34 (MILWAUKEE)

WDJT Uses LiveU Xtender For Traffic Cam

Weigel Names Three Execs to Movies! Network

Fox Stations, Weigel Launching Movies!

The 24-hour movie network will debut on the subchannels of 17 Fox O&Os this spring.

CBS TVs Add ‘Mike & Molly,’ ‘2 Broke Girls’

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.

Weigel Chairman Howard Shapiro Dies At 86

His television career began in 1964 and culminated in a group of 10 stations and two networks.

NATPE 2012

Multicasters: Stations Leave Millions Behind

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. 

DMAS 3, 35

Bounce TV Adds Chicago, Milwaukee

The new broadcast network targeted to African Americans adds Weigel Broadcasting’s WWME Chicago and WBME Milwaukee as it approaches its Sept. 26 launch.

Weigel Makes Key Management Changes

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.

Me-TV Says Clearances Surpass 45%

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.

DMA 35

WDJT Milwaukee Reorders Afternoon Schedule

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 To Distribute Weigel’s Me-TV Diginet

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.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Weigel Makes Bold News Move In South Bend

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.

DMA 91

Ramey To Lead Weigel’s South Bend News

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).