Category Archives: Airchecks

KFI Transmitter Tour (and their role during Pearl Harbor 81 years ago)

I found this video a while back, but on this day 81 years ago, KFI in Los Angeles was directly impacted by the events of Pearl Harbor as World War II was at it’s breaking point when the Japanese attacked Hawaii. Concerned that the mainland would be a target, the Army took control of KFI’s transmitter on this day.

It could take just one manager from one of the mergers to completely trash the history or paint the transmitter site with iHeart Media-Red color and completely just cover up any of the history.

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WBTS/NBC 10 Boston at Midday (1st 11:00 am Newscast) – 2021

Captured ~ July 27th, 2021. This aired after the moved to noon to 11am to line up with sister NBC O&Os that opt to a 11am newscast. “Look S”, the corporate graphics package is used, except for the weather. Tim Kelley was on remote, and I am suspecting the only reason why they were still on “Look N” for the weather was perhaps a technical issue with updating the graphics or they needed to be trained on. Look S weather graphics appeared by the time of the Closing Ceremonies in Japan a few days from this recording.

Submission to the MISAB Governor’s Awards (BCOP Newsradio March 13th, 2022)

It’s Awards season, the Local Emmys, the national/daytime and dare I also say the Webbys. Please Nominate me for the MISAB Governor’s Awards for doing newswheels for SIX STRAIGHT HOURS Marching Ahead to DST! Deadline is end of month!

Station: BCOP Copenhagen, BCOR-HD2 Copenhagen Branding: BCOP Newsradio Length: 90 Minutes Talent: Steven Clickford Type: Aircheck for All-News Radio Time of Date: March 13th, 2022 1am EST to 3 30 AM EDT Submission for MISAB Awards,

Airchecks: WBTS/NBC10 Boston – The Hub Today – Montage – January 2020

The Hub Today is a program partially produced by NBC Boston and is taped at WNBC New York by two New York Live hosts. It now airs on WBTS at 11:30 am as of late 2021. Aired on “the King holiday” in 2020, according to Ms. Reid; the program’s format has been on since the station’s inception in 2017. This also aired the day after they relocated to their Needham, Mass. operations merging all of the local NBCUniversal properties.

There was some persistent  technical issues as they moved the station from the old NECN studios in Newton the day before. They chose to do the move on network airing of a Boston Bruins game, knocking out the primary audio channels for 2/3s of the game and people on social media attempted to flag that but for the rest of the game it was basically surround sounds without commentary. Local programming had very cold audio for a a while.

Despite having local producers, a vast majority of on-camera people are from out of town. The program is basically New York Live with the “A-block” being replaced for Boston-specific events, the rest of the program comes from 30 Rock (Studio 3K wherever the heck WNBC is) where it’s easier to get A-listers to interviewed. Most on camera people are flyover taken from other NBCU local shows when they do Boston-specific things (I am not talking about Lowell, Nashua or Manchester… a local can tell pretty quickly whose an out of towner who thinks Boston is just the only civilized area.

…There’s one exception – Jackie Bruno whose been the long time NECN anchor and reporter caught my attention when I was editing this for the montage. For that alone, I have posted the entire package of her at a local winery. For most of the A-block of the “Boston” features it’s the flyover people you may see on a show in NYC, or Dallas or who knows where else.

There is hardly any local faces or work exclusively for NBC/10 Boston’s lifestyle show.. But Maria Sansone most recently had gigs on the Left Coast and did the first rendition of New York Live called LX New York, appeared at the end. Some of us may remember her in different positions, I know her as the face of Yahoo’s The 9 from the mid 00s. Whether or not she’s working exclusively for Boston’s 10 is unclear. Other female centric shows are shown on NBC O&Os, Miami, New York, and for California it’s split between the 3 stations in San Diego, Los Angles and Bay Area, the difference is it’s all local where Boston seems to need out of towners, which is so 180 of their potential.


@MinifigNewsguy’s remarks to WGBH-TV pulling Beat the Press’ Plug

On Thursday, reported that WGBH-TV’s local media affairs program, Beat the Press has been canceled from the production of GBH News. Mis-management told the digital publication that they are changing the “focus on audience-centered local stories, and concentrating its editorial efforts on the critical issues of education, social justice, Covid/public health and politic[s].”


“This was a difficult decision,” Pam Johnston*, general manager of GBH News, said in a statement. “‘Beat the Press’ has been one of GBH’s longest running news shows and has provided viewers with informative and thought-provoking insight, commentary and perspective on the workings of the media. We are grateful to Emily Rooney for her award-winning work, her dedication to her craft, and her many contributions to GBH over 24 years.”

* Your humble publisher never heard of this manager before.

The site did cite the “hiatus” of which your’s truly had posted almost immediately seeing a yellow flag.

Earlier this year Beat The Press had a very apparent misunderstood but tense discussion on Ken Burns and PBS’ alleged favoritism on white men vs. younger people of color trying to get documentaries on the PBS content pipeline. After an apparent misunderstanding of Rooney’s defense of PBS, apparently the phone system at WGBH broke, within a week later, Emily Rooney had to issue an apology, but it was published on YouTube early that Friday morning to then be included as an intro for that week’s BTP.

I will not enable the Speculation Monster 5000 in this post.

With the end of BTP, this leaves no station in the country on a local level discussing the public affairs in the media industry. A lot of things have been going wrong since the infamous ‘GBH rebrand of last September. Joe Mattheau left his morning drive show on the FM station to Bloomberg’s DC bureau; other WGBH programming has been canned, like Arthur, and Kara Miller a former panelist on BTP in the late 00s, has lost her job doing a public radio program called Innovation Hub. She hasn’t been seen on TV since 2010.

The program would’ve been celebrating it’s 23rd anniversary on the air as the show replaced a Friday night edition of Greater Boston in 1998. During the initial COVID pandemic, they temporary halted BTP  because of a lighter load on media affairs issues.

Because my life is really tied up for a living, I want to issue a special post directed to Emily Rooney specifically. That post should be published no later than August 17th.

It’s a sad day in local media in New England; and hoping this isn’t a repeat of history of what occurred to the same branded station 25 years ago. 

WBTS – NBC 10 News Now – Look S Montage

My local NBC O&O has switched to Look S likely just a week ago. When recording this on July 22nd, I happened to capture the last 12:00 noon broadcast as they align with other O&Os to a 11:00 block. The following day was basically a repeat of Today.

The open is a bit unique, and different from the California, Miami and New York stations, so there is some customization to the stations. The graphics  like previously described are a better version of Look N, but similar to Nightly News’ graphical package.

Also  the customized open was the theme in many of the promos WBTS ran during the spring time and during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There was a lot of hints a new look was coming it’s way. I can’t speak for other stations, though it should be noted.


WGBH – A Boston Tradition – Promo Reel – 1994

After seeing this promo; now it appears the branding of WGBH was starting to go downhill prior to 1996…

At this time in Fall of 1994, the station was still going by “WGBH Channel 2 Boston”, but that big 2 logo was the start of a change. For all intensive purposes, the “2” logo seen here was not new, in fact this design goes back to the 1970s (Boomers, remember the “2 Mobile”?)

And for whatever reason I never recall seeing this station ID before, etc. This aired during the Ken Burns doc Baseball that fall.

In the middle is a wonderful sounding PBS image campaign for that season, there has been other variants that ran other PBS stations, floating around YouTube.

Then there is a Baseball themed interstitial that ends with “WGBH  A Boston Tradition”

Um sure.. wait a few years, then repeat itself in 2 decades…

TV News (WSVN) – “Crime Beat” – 1989

In 1989, WSVN in Miami produced a series called TV News following the journalists at Channel 7 News down there. It’s unclear if this program was seen nationally, or had been syndicated as a mini series.

This episode featured once Miami and cable news legend Rick Sanchez going really aggressive to people being arrested by “Metro-Dade Police” and the subject is bit kinky. A few years later, the county was renamed “Miami-Dade”.

The featured snap caught my attention, on the Betacam’s shutter speed, it’s unusual for lights to look that psychedelic; most of the shots were done in low light conditions.

I also wonder why WSVN was using a lot of film for promos. In the open to TV News, you see a lot of 8mm type of shots, that I assume was captured through some monitor, because the same shots were “filmed” were also recorded on video, because another episode on this same YouTuber features the videography. Those same 8mm shots I am referring to were also used in promos around that same time in 1989 to 1990.

I have a Facebook-friend who once worked at WSVN… perhaps I could get an answer to that oddity.