Monday, August 29, 2005

Some Media Notes

Derrick Gingery's media marketing column in this week's GFWBW is packed full of interesting media items:
One Fort Wayne Plan Commission member wants Fort Wayne Newspapers to set a standard for the city when it builds its new printing plant downtown.

The 46,000 square-foot building will be 95 feet high and built on a little more than an acre on Main Street west of Van Buren Street. The company, which publishes the Journal Gazette and News-Sentinel, announced the $35 million project in February.

The plan commission recommended approval of the project last week, but questions remain about stormwater runoff. City staff have not signed off on that portion yet while they wait for more information. Commission member Jim Owen said it is a “beautiful project,” but he would like Fort Wayne Newspapers to go beyond the minimal requirements to handle stormwater. Especially, he said, because the papers editorialize a lot about flooding.

“If they just barely scrape by, what is the next guy going to say?” Owen said.
Then there's this item on some comings and goings at News Channel 15:
Jennifer Cross, a reporter at WANE for two years, has been promoted to anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cross replaces Susan Pavli at the anchor desk, who left to become a hospital public relations manager in Seattle. Cross also will work three days a week as a reporter.

Mitch Blacher will join WANE in mid-September as a reporter. Blacher has been working for the last 15 months at WTWO, channel 2, in Terre Haute. He will replace reporter Meghan Mongillo, who left after more than three years to take a reporter job at WXIX, channel 19, in Cincinnati.
Unlike last week's small item in the JG, Gingery actually reports whom Cross is replacing (and where that person went), as well as the hiring of another reporter, Blacher. And how many of you knew that Mongillo was now in Cincinnati?

UPDATE: Blacher was apparently a student at Indiana before working at WTWO (an NBC affiliate, by the way), where he wrote for the Indiana Daily Student. Here's a collection of the articles he wrote.

But wait...there's more: Gingery also writes about how some local media are covering the new high school football season, including Granite/Malara's new highlight show.
Football season is upon us and Summit City Radio announced it will broadcast high school football games every Friday night on AM 1250 (The River) and follow Allen County teams through the state playoffs.

Game broadcasts will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by a 15-minute pre-game show. The station also will broadcast marching band performances at half-time.

WPTA, channel 21, and WISE, channel 33, also have debuted The Score, a weekly high-school sports show. Broadcasts will include highlights from featured games and analysis from local newspaper prep sports reporters.

The show will air from 11:10 to 11:35 p.m. Fridays on WPTA and WISE during football and basketball seasons.
And speaking of everyone's favorite affiliate consolidator, Granite stock is currently trading at a robust $0.33 a share. Just think -- instead of filling up your car with gas, you could buy more than 120 shares of Granite stock!

Of course, spending that money on gas would actually get you somewhere...

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