Broadcast Media

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Dallas, Now Less Popular Than Teen Mom 2, is Hemorrhaging Viewers

    When the first season of the revamped Dallas debuted in June, it was described in the trade press as a ratings gusher, pulling in a solid 6.9 million viewers. It seems that the ratings bonanza is now over. The show's second season pulled in fewer than 3 million viewers, a series low. It fared even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    It's Official: The Good Guys Are Gone For Good

    Courtesy FOX BroadcastingBradley Whitford's days taking a free spin on the Fair Park merry-go-round have come to an end.​Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, just called with disappointing but not entirely surprising news: The Good Guys will not return for a second season. Which mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Well, Well, Looks Like They Found a New Tenant For Victory Park: The Ticket!

    ​On the other side is the announcement from Unfair Park's across-the-street neighbor, which is about to scoot to Victory Park. Long story short: Cumulus Media is moving its four local radio stations, including The Ticket and KLIF, into 20,248 square feet of empty next door to the American Airlines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Mazel Tov, Ron Chapman

    Texas Psychedelic RockIf you'd like to read more about Ron Chapman's teevee gig back in the 1960s, dig this.​The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the latest inductee into its hall of fame: the former Irving Harrigan, as he was known to listeners of KLIF waaaay back in the day. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Channel 11 Needs a New Boss, As the Current One's Been Called to Save CBS's L.A. Outpost

    Steve Mauldin​Last I looked, Steve Mauldin's still listed on the KTVT-Channel 11 Web site as president and general manager of that station -- and its KTXA-Channel 21 sibling too. But not according to Variety: Says the Hollywood trade in a just-posted piece, Maudlin's off to Los Angeles to take ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    C'mon, People, Billy Zane Really Needs Your Help. And He's Even Lowered His Standards.

    ABC TelevisionThe pay's peanuts, but you could spend all day with Leah Pipes and Billy Zane. Right.​Before they were looking for a "Pretty-Handsome Harvard/Yale Type" to stand next to Billy Zane; now, "fit" will do. Seems Twentieth Century Fox had some trouble finding extras with whom they could f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Cable Access's iMedia Goes Dark

    ​It's not the most surprising press release to ever arrive in the Unfair Park in-box -- especially given the fact that City Manager Mary Suhm's FY2009-2010 budget cut its funding ($246,000 for last fiscal year, about a third of its annual operating budget). But there it is: Dallas iMedia Network, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 26, 2009

    Bi-Partisan Inspiration

    Hillary Clinton and Kay Bailey Hutchison unite to inspire

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    This Just In: Local Radio Sucks.

    Yep. And you said so, according to this 72-page study from a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which surveyed radio listeners in six markets, including DFW, only to find that they're all dissatisfied with what they're hearing. It's not that hard, folks. Really, it isn't. Just play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    People No Longer Like The Ticket. People With Portable People Meters, That Is.

    A bump in the road? Or the beginning of the end? Couple months back I forecasted a significant change in the way the radio ratings wind would blow around these parts in the fall. Wow. I had no idea. With Arbitron finally awaking to the digital age and replacing its archaic, manual diarie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Rangers' Announcer Tom Grieve to Undergo Prostate Surgery

    The Texas Rangers just announced that colorful color analyst Tom Grieve will undergo prostate surgery and miss 2-3 weeks of the team's TV broadcasts. They say these things are pretty common these days -- Mavs head coach Don Nelson and Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo come to mind -- but it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Belo Corp. Now a Split Personality

    Well, you can't say you didn't see it coming. Exactly four months after Citigroup analyst Eileen Furukawa upgraded Belo Corp.'s stock from "hold" to "buy" based on the value of company's TV properties alone, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV's parent company announced, yup, it's separating its new ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007


    Friday, July 27, at the Palladium

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    Dallas' Beta Blockers Trying to Stop Dow Jones-Rupert Murdoch Deal

    The big-money men at Dallas' Beta Capital Group are trying to scrape together enough spare change to stop Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal takeover. Word was only 10 days ago that Rupert Murdoch had succeeded in his efforts to buy The Wall Street Journal from Dow Jones & Co. -- for five billion, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    Yoo-Hoo, Belo -- the Wall Street Journal Thinks You're Cute. "Attractive," Even.

    A couple of weeks back, as we noted, a Citigroup analyst suggested Belo's stock was undervalued and underperforming because its newspapers were dragging down its TV stations' value. Day after that, Belo's stock hit a 52-week high. And a few days after that, Barron's suggested, hey, Belo might wanna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007

    XM's Off a KLIF

    Every time we drive by the old KLIF building -- and former home to the Dallas Observer -- we cry just a little. Some of us likely know we used to call home the former KLIF-AM studios on Commerce Street and Central Expressway, till our former publisher decided, ya know, a sterile Uptown high-rise rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    Your Cowboys are Giants

    It is official: Your Dallas Cowboys are once more America's Team. And Jerry Jones has the TV ratings to prove it. If the Cowboys are on TV, millions are watching. No one else even comes close. And they haven't in a decade. Seriously, when you consider the fact there are about 200 more channels avail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    Gimarc Has Another Alternative

    George Gimarc, at far right, used to produce and write a syndicated radio show called Rotten Day with John Lydon. Bet that was a real joy. Because Johnny's so...not rotten. If you grew up in Dallas in the 1970s and '80s, you need no introduction to George Gimarc. On his "Rock and Roll Alternative" S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    Signing Off

    Saw this story this morning in The Cincinatti Post about the shuttering of, the acclaimed Internet-only statio, that offers a pretty hip playlist of alternarock and Amerindie--which is to say, Midlake gets played alongside Yo La Tengo and R.E.M., while Tom Waits and Johnny Cash can even fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    We Want Our Gay TV

    Here's some good news for fans of the cable networks Logo and Here!, two channels with content aimed at gay viewers that had been dropped from local cable programming when Time Warner Cable took over the Dallas cable from Comcast Corp. on August 1. That had some local viewers mighty pissed, as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2006

    Adios, Entravision

    Five local radio stations--four on the FM side of the dial, one from the AM--are being sold after their parent company went and lost $168 million in a single quarter. Yesterday, Santa Monica, California-based Spanish-language broadcasting giant (though now, not so much) Entravision Communications Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    One More Reason Why Houston Sucks

    Says in the Houston Chronicle that Houston-based conservative radio "pundit" and District 7 candidate for the Texas Senate Dan Patrick is coming to Dallas by Labor Day. (No, not the ESPN dude. Or the race-car chick, either.) Patrick's buying 25,000-watt KMGS-AM (1160), the "Smokin' Oldies" station b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2006

    That's News to The News

    Amazing the stuff you find trolling the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Web site when you've got nothing else to do. For instance, take this little item from Belo Corp.'s Form 10-K annual report, filed with the SEC just last week: "On January 5, 2006, Infinity Radio, Inc., a subsidiary o ... More >>

  • Film

    March 9, 2006

    Because of Dixie Win

    CSA envisions life today if the South had won the war

  • Music

    July 15, 2004


    July 19

  • Culture

    June 19, 2003

    What's Left of the Dial

    One nonprofit helped save radio. Sort of. For now.

  • News

    June 5, 2003

    Radio BBQ

    Why does everybody want to eat WRR?

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Public Disinterest

    So is media consolidation a bad thing?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Tejano Club

    Escapade 2001

  • Music

    April 25, 2002

    Radio Active

    With Napster six feet under, the RIAA now wants to hang the Internet DJ

  • Culture

    February 14, 2002

    Net Loss

    The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2001

    School Daze

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High will always be a connection to high school memories

  • Culture

    September 7, 2000

    School's Out

    When Fox-TV canceled American High, the network hit a new low

  • Culture

    December 16, 1999

    Quick, draw

    After years of talking and hoping, DNA Productions finally inks a big-time deal

  • News

    September 23, 1999


    KERA's president has brought credibility back to local public broadcasting, but she's quitting her job anyway

  • Dining

    August 12, 1999

    Monument to an ego

    Why is multimillionaire Scott Ginsburg building one of the world's most expensive restaurants in Dallas? Because he can.

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Put your ears on

    Disney hopes its upstart kids radio network will be more than just a Mickey Mouse effort

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Radio-Free Garland

    An unlikely suburban airwave pirate lands in the FCC's crosshairs

  • Music

    February 4, 1999

    Nothing but static

    Broadcast Data Systems listens to the radio so you don't have to

  • News

    October 1, 1998

    Beggars banquet

    KERA makes a stab for its former glory with less wheedling and more programming

  • Music

    September 3, 1998

    Souled out

    After 25 years of Texas' best rock, Q102 bids a tearless farewell

  • News

    April 30, 1998

    Air Joyner

    Onetime fly jock Tom Joyner has landed a radio deal with Corporate America that is making him the conscience of the black community

  • Music

    December 18, 1997

    Lex and Terry's wet dream

    Can two transplants from the land of Lynyrd Skynyrd and fart smells find the key to radio fame at Dallas' Q102?

  • News

    February 6, 1997

    Shameless in Seattle

    A breach-of-contract lawsuit dogs A.H. Belo's bid to join the media big leagues

  • News

    September 19, 1996

    Static Quo

    The City of Dallas could make a fortune from WRR-FM. But powerful friends don't want anything to change at their little radio station.

  • News

    November 24, 1994

    Broadcast schmooze

    Proposed public-TV sanctions would target KERA hard sell

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