February 7, 2014 |
After 52 years broadcasting Southern California's biggest stories from the same Burbank studio, KNBC-TV Channel 4 has pulled up stakes and moved into a gleaming new center on the Universal lot. "Everyone was sad to leave the old building, it had such a rich history with the studios used by Johnny Carson and even 'Days of Our Lives,' " said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4, on Friday. KNBC now is broadcasting from Los Angeles. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "We moved about a mile away, but we have moved into the future," Carlston said.
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February 6, 2014 |
Ralph Kiner, who spent 10 seasons hitting towering home runs in the major leagues, then spent most of the rest of his life joyfully calling baseball games on radio and TV, died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 91. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced his death, citing natural causes. An outfielder, Kiner played for three clubs - he was a shining star for the otherwise dreary Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1940s and early '50s - but New York fans knew him as the funny guy who broadcast Mets games for more than 40 years, mixing up the players' names and goofing up the language.
February 5, 2014 |
Long before anyone heard of Dorothy Hamill, Shaun White, Bob Costas, Steve Jobs, live streaming or the Borg, there was Uncle Walter. He stood with his back to the camera as a blizzard set in. Then he whirled around and started a revolution. "From Squaw Valley, California, February 1960, the eighth Winter Games," he said. "This is Walter Cronkite reporting. " America was turned on. At least it was for the 13 black-and-white hours CBS broadcast during the first TV Olympics.
January 30, 2014 |
Vin Scully really does enjoy his down time. He's a regular guy that way, it's just that his schedule is typically demanding even in the off-season, though maybe never more than this one. In the last 30 days, he was honored as grand marshal of the Rose Parade , announced it was “time for NHL hockey” before to the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium, presented Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrin with a lifetime achievement ...
January 27, 2014 |
"Everybody Loves Raymond" ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 7. Series stars Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan are expected to join series creator Phil Rosenthal for the induction ceremony at the luncheon in Las Vegas. Peter Boyle, who played Romano's father in the series, died in 2006.
January 24, 2014 |
Will they be chanting "Omaha, Omaha" in Nicosia? Fox International Channels plans to air Super Bowl XLVIII, between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, live on its Fox Sports and Fox television channels in the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Cyprus. This year marks the first time that Fox will present a live broadcast of the Super Bowl in Europe with its U.S. feed, featuring play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former NFL quarterback and sports analyst Troy Aikman.
January 19, 2014 |
The big television networks have faced all number of challenges in recent years. But they could be done in by something called Aereo. Most people probably haven't heard of Aereo, which has been rolling out its video service for just over a year and still serves only 10 cities, none further west than Salt Lake. But millions will be hearing about it now, because on Jan. 10, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the broadcasters' complaints that Aereo's business dramatically breaches telecommunications and copyright law. The New York start-up offers its subscribers signals from their local over-the-air broadcasters in a way that is either a minor tweak of how they can get those signals on their own (that's Aereo's version)
January 13, 2014 |
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games. He is 70, going on 45. What we remember - the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies - remains the essence of who he is and what he will always be. He played in the majors from 1963 through 1984. Then he went immediately into a broadcasting career that bounced from his beloved Cincinnati Reds to stints with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, ABC and, most prominently, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball.
January 9, 2014 |
It's official. No, it's not. Well, kinda. Hey, just check back. The Dodgers are launching their own sports network on Time Warner Cable this year, but the actual date of the debut of SportsNet LA has yet to be announced. I mean, like on a press release. But when John Hartung signed off at KABC to join the Dodgers, Hartung said he'd see viewers next on Feb. 25 over at Time Warner. Then came this: The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth took this photo of a billboard off the 405 freeway in Culver City featuring Yasiel Puig that plainly announced the new network would start Feb. 25. A few hours later, the billboard was covered up. Seems it was a tad hasty and the team was not ready to “officially” announce the estimated $7.5 billion launch.
January 9, 2014 |
Aereo founder and Chief Executive Chet Kanojia has a message to the broadcasters trying to shut his service down: Let's be friends. Speaking at the Citi 2014 Global Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Kanojia tried to make the case that Aereo, which distributes the over-the-air signals of local TV stations to consumers via the Internet, is a blessing rather than a threat to big media. "I think Aereo is excellent for broadcasters and will continue to add value to them," he said.