Thursday, June 22, 2000

WCPO seeks HDTV e-mail addresses




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        As they say: What goes around, comes around. WCPO-TV (Channel 9) has asked me to tell high-definition TV set owners to give the station their e-mail address, so Channel 9 can notify them about weekly HDTV broadcasts on WCPO-DT (Channel 10).

        In 1947-48, when WLWT (Channel 5) broadcast the Tristate's first TV signal, it asked for set owners' addresses so the station could mail weekly postcards listing the broadcast schedule.

        WCPO-DT airs a new HDTV program at 7 p.m. Monday. The rest of the week it broadcasts a digital version of ABC's programming, or a high-definition sample reel, says Jim Timmerman, Channel 9 program director.

        Channel 9 e-mails HDTV programming notes to 40 people, he says. HDTV owners who would like program information should send their e-mail address to jtimmerman@wcpo.com.

        St. Paul returns: The revamped St. Paul Sunday returns to WGUC-FM (90.9) as a one-hour show at 6:30 p.m. July 2. The 90-minute St. Paul Sunday Morning aired here 1985-95.

        Robin Gehl, WGUC-FM vice president for programming, says the national show from St. Paul, Minn., is one of the most popular classical music shows on public radio.

        Enquirering Mind: An Enquirering mind wanted to know: Will the public learn the Survivor winner's name before the final episode airs Aug. 23?

        “We're hoping not,” CBS executive Les Moonves told TV critics. All 16 castaways signed waivers stating they would not reveal the winner, he said.

        The $1 million winner was selected on April 20, when CBS taped the final episode from the 39-day stay on the remote South Chine Sea island near Borneo.

        “These are honorable people, and we hope they live up to their word,” Mr. Moonves says.

        Kiese-watching: Is it just me, or does Shawn Ley, Channel 9's new weekend anchor, look like Buzz Lightyear?

        Blue's news: CBS finally has a clue about Saturday morning children's programs. A Blue's clue.

        Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Franklin, Little Bear and Little Bill will debut as Saturday morning shows on CBS Sept. 16, a result of the Viacom-CBS merger.

        The children's lineup will be called “NICK JR. on CBS.” Viacom Inc. owns CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Showtime, Paramount Pictures and Paramount's Kings Island Amusement Park.

        CBS also plans to move the Saturday Early Show this fall from 8-10 a.m. to 9-11 a.m., in the middle of the children's block and away from NBC's Saturday Today (8-10 a.m.).

        The fall Saturday lineup, subject to change by local affiliates, is: Blue's Clues (7 a.m.), Dora the Explorer (7:30), Little Bear (8), Little Bill (8:30), Early Show (9-11), Franklin (11), Kipper (11:30).

        TV Notes: Paris Barclay, the African-American creator of CBS' City of Angels minority drama, will not return to the show this fall. The Emmy-winning director from NYPD Blue has quit over creative differences with Steven Bochco, whose company produces the hospital drama, trade publications report.

       



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