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LIN Media Purchases Birmingham Station, 12 Others Nationwide

In Alabama, Birmingham, CBS, LIN Media on May 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

LIN Television

New Vision Television announced last week its plans to sell its local broadcast group of 13 stations in eight television markets nationwide to LIN Television Corp., also known as LIN Media.

The only one of those in the South TV News coverage area: CBS affiliate WIAT in Birmingham, Ala.

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Video Looks Back on Deadly 2011 Tornadoes, Showcases Broadcasters’ Perspectives

In ABC, Alabama, CBS, FOX, Huntsville-Decatur, NBC, Weather on February 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

Tuscaloosa EF5 Tornado (Courtesy: FOX 6)

The deadly tornadoes that swept through Alabama and Missouri in 2011 also made many meteorologists in those areas local heroes because of their reporting during those disasters.

A recently-posted video, produced by students from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama, not only looks back on those intensely devastating days, but also shows how local television and radio stations helped so many get to safety.

The full seven-minute montage is after the jump.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Alabama’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, Alabama, Birmingham, CBS, Columbus-Opelika, CW, Dothan, FOX, Huntsville-Decatur, Mobile-Pensacola, Montgomery-Selma, MyTV, NBC on January 21, 2011 at 7:51 am

It is true: if you’re a sports anchor-wannabe, a job in Alabama could be your goal, and there’s plenty of diversity among media markets to choose from. Where else can you cover the self-proclaimed king of SEC football?

  • Birmingham (Anniston/Tuscaloosa) is the state’s biggest market, at #43. Stations include: WBRC (FOX), WVTM (NBC), WTTO (CW), WIAT (CBS), WBMA-LP (ABC) and WABM (MyTV). WBRC claims ratings dominance here, but given it’s a FOX affiliate (and its newscasts are on one hour earlier than the other affiliates), that’s a difficult pill to swallow. No clear winner here. All stations provide their newscasts in high definition.
  • Next on the list is a market that is shared with the Florida panhandle: Mobile-Pensacola (Ft. Walton). The hyphenated market ranks 59th among Nielsen markets nationwide. Stations include: WEAR (ABC), WKRG (CBS), WALA (FOX), WPMI (NBC) WFGX (MyTV) and WFNA (CW). All stations air newscasts in high definition.
  • The third top-100 station in the state, Huntsville-Decatur (Florence), is another hyphenated market, coming in at No. 79. Stations include: WHDF (CW), WHNT (CBS), WAAY (ABC), WAFF (NBC) and WZDX (FOX). All news-producing stations provide newscasts in high definition.
  • Montgomery-Selma is the next station in Alabama, comprising the capital city. It’s ranked #121 among Nielsen media markets. Stations include: WAKA (CBS), WSFA (NBC), WCOV (FOX), WBMM (CW) and WNCF (ABC). WSFA has been the market leader for decades. All stations air newscasts in high definition.
  • Another market that straddles state borders is the Columbus, GA (Opelika, AL) DMA, market #126. Interestingly enough, it also straddles the CST and EST time zones. Stations include: WRBL (CBS), WTVM (ABC), WLTZ (NBC) and WXTX (FOX). WTVM is the ratings leader in this market. All stations broadcast newscasts in HD.
  • Dothan rounds out the Alabama markets, at #173. Stations include: WTVY (CBS), WDHN (ABC) and WDFX (FOX). WTVY is the ratings leader. Only WDHN does not air newscasts in HD.

(Above was updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to southtvnewser@gmail.com.

Iowa ND Makes Big Market Jump to Birmingham

In Alabama, Birmingham, CBS, Hirings on January 14, 2011 at 8:07 am

Greg Berry

The Globe Gazette in Mason City, Ia., reports current KIMT news director Greg Berry has taken a job at WIAT, the CBS affiliate in Birmingham. Berry will be the assistant news director there.

From the article:

“This is a promotion within the company and a very good opportunity for Greg. We’re proud of him,” said Steve Martinson, general manager at KIMT.

KIMT is 153rd in market size in the country. The Birmingham station is 40th.

The author of that article is right. Heck of a jump. Both stations are owned by the same company as well.

Berry starts his new job in Alabama sometime in late March-early April.