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One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

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One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by lovinlife101 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:36 am

So, WEYI has always been a “bottom feeder” as Deputy Bill’s Boston buddies call it. But for a flash in the pan (look it up) there was actual “hope” that positive change was coming.

Always low-funded, the station started out and continued in sub-mediocrity since its inception. But for a brief moment, it looked like it could have been a contender (movie reference, look it up).

In 2013, the station had been sold again, which happened every two to three years routinely, but this time it was to Sinclair, the biggest player in the game.

Hopes were high that a company with more than lint in its pockets could turn things around. The station already had the two most veteran anchors, Bill and Joel. In fact, several do-nothing engineers from ABC12 made the jump to the conservative juggernaut to do nothing there. Everything was in place.

New station vehicles were purchased. New jackets. New must-runs.

But then, just as quickly as the excitement started, it ended abruptly.

Why do you think it happened?



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by R Bedell » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:50 am

As an educated guess, a series of long existing mistakes over several years.



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by sinklair » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:00 am

Those do-nothing engineers literally built a state of the art broadcasting facility from the ground up. What was the old Northwest Tire site on Pierson Road was completely renovated and is now the envy of the other two stations for the technology improvements. For a station that literally couldn’t stay on the air during severe weather, 25-66 is light years ahead of where they were.

As for what went wrong... HORRIBLE management. The egomaniac/former accountant in chief, the ASSistant GM, the in over her head News Director, the HR Director/party planner, the Director of Declining Sales. They all need to go. Sinclair Broadcast Group needs to be broken up by the FCC.

25-66 forced its stations to run politically slanted news stories. It forces its anchors to read corporate mandated promos. The station has the smallest staffing in the market and pays the least. It covers less local news than the other stations and is more focused on gimmicks. There’s more focus on social media clicks than quality storytelling. Grilled cheese sandwiches are substitutes for actually respecting employees. The sales department can’t make budgets to save their lives forcing every other department — especially news — to face budget cuts. But don’t ask the Director of Declining Sales to give up his perks. The HR Director covers up complaints from staff and threatens anyone complaining with discipline. The In over Her Head News Director is a yes woman to the incompetent regional manager Lame Michaelson. No new ideas. Just let’s rebrand with Mid-Michigan Now and hope viewers won’t notice nothing’s really changed. Minority journalists are run out. Unless youre Nike Woolfolk who they need to feature prominently so they can claim they’ve checked the diversity box. Anyone with half a brain quickly realizes all they need to do is endure their two year contract and jump quickly to a bigger market. There’s no reason ever to stick around.

There was promise at the station. Now, no one on Pierson Road gives a f***. Congrats Chad! Now you can screw up Seattle too. Sinclair’s new philosophy: “promoting managers to their highest level of incompetence!!!”



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by lovinlife101 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:23 am

sinklair wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:00 am
Those do-nothing engineers literally built a state of the art broadcasting facility from the ground up. What was the old Northwest Tire site on Pierson Road was completely renovated and is now the envy of the other two stations for the technology improvements. For a station that literally couldn’t stay on the air during severe weather, 25-66 is light years ahead of where they were.

As for what went wrong... HORRIBLE management. The egomaniac/former accountant in chief, the ASSistant GM, the in over her head News Director, the HR Director/party planner, the Director of Declining Sales. They all need to go. Sinclair Broadcast Group needs to be broken up by the FCC.

25-66 forced its stations to run politically slanted news stories. It forces its anchors to read corporate mandated promos. The station has the smallest staffing in the market and pays the least. It covers less local news than the other stations and is more focused on gimmicks. There’s more focus on social media clicks than quality storytelling. Grilled cheese sandwiches are substitutes for actually respecting employees. The sales department can’t make budgets to save their lives forcing every other department — especially news — to face budget cuts. But don’t ask the Director of Declining Sales to give up his perks. The HR Director covers up complaints from staff and threatens anyone complaining with discipline. The In over Her Head News Director is a yes woman to the incompetent regional manager Lame Michaelson. No new ideas. Just let’s rebrand with Mid-Michigan Now and hope viewers won’t notice nothing’s really changed. Minority journalists are run out. Unless youre Nike Woolfolk who they need to feature prominently so they can claim they’ve checked the diversity box. Anyone with half a brain quickly realizes all they need to do is endure their two year contract and jump quickly to a bigger market. There’s no reason ever to stick around.

There was promise at the station. Now, no one on Pierson Road gives a f***. Congrats Chad! Now you can screw up Seattle too. Sinclair’s new philosophy: “promoting managers to their highest level of incompetence!!!”
My advice when Mike Woolfolk leaves, gets fired, and either way files a major lawsuit: hire Dave Kinchen!

The station has found out that some people want to “be home” more than getting paid or doing a quality job. Just ask Dave Blondie!

That, or hire a Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, and Boston College fan and he can be ineffective for 40 years and suck up to cops! Everyone love cops, right?!



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by CK-722 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:05 pm

One of the things I've noticed over the years, is that many people who work at large group owned stations near Flint, think they are just passing though, paying their dues, until they make the big time Major Markets. Many have a really bad attitude about the area. They excuse their own failures by using that as an excuse. Sales not up to snuff, well, it's FLINT, what do you expect? There are many smaller market stations with many fewer people in those markets that survive better. There are as many total people in the areas around Flint who are just as affluent as the total people in those small markets, even though the poverty rate is higher in Flint. Just as many affluent people as in those smaller markets. This attitude is not just in Broadcasting, but in all businesses where you move up through the middle management ranks to bigger markets and "Headquarters/Corporate Offices". When I was young, I was told you can make yourself look good even in the "Mail Room" if you have a good attitude.


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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by rugratsonline » Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:34 pm

sinklair wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:00 am
Sinclair Broadcast Group needs to be broken up by the FCC.

25-66 forced its stations to run politically slanted news stories. It forces its anchors to read corporate mandated promos.
The fact they are owned by Sinclair, where they have a high right-wing corporate bias and mandate its stations to run certain programs and segments, makes me turn them off altogether. Currently, I live in Maine, where I actually have a choice of two CBS outlets -- WABI in Bangor, owned by Gray and a sister to WJRT; and WGME Portland, owned by Sinclair. I prefer WABI for CBS and ignore WGME altogether, though I couldn't help catching a WGME newscast while at a local restaurant, where they now use an American flag in their news open and the bottom captions. (Does Sinclair make 25-66 use that style as well?)

On the Grand Rapids forum, it was mentioned that WWMT, sister to 25-66, was reporting less on the recent protests / riots in Grand Rapids, sticking to its normal programming while the competition continued extended coverage. While they are licensed to Kalamazoo, WWMT represents CBS for the entire market.



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by MasterB » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:57 pm

I'm surprised that LL101 isn't GM/ND for 25/66 but then again he tells the news anchors to call all police officers pigs and report all the bad stuff about police and not the good stuff they do. didn't you work for channel 12 or for that channel 5 as someone has posted and are bitter about being fired by them?


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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by DAC » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:50 pm

I'll have to look that up.



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by R Bedell » Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:19 am

The fact they are owned by Sinclair, where they have a high right-wing corporate bias and mandate its stations to run certain programs and segments, makes me turn them off altogether.
Since 90% of the Swamp Media have a left-wing corporate bias and mandates its stations to run the DNC swill, makes me turn off that crap altogether.

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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by Herm » Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:52 am

lovinlife101 wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:36 am



In 2013, the station had been sold again, which happened every two to three years routinely, but this time it was to Sinclair, the biggest player in the game.
I worked there for 9 years and all but 3 days of those 9 years was for the same owner. Where are you getting this information that they were sold every 2 to 3 years?



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by organman95 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:25 am

sinklair wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:00 am
Sinclair Broadcast Group needs to be broken up by the FCC.

25-66 forced its stations to run politically slanted news stories. It forces its anchors to read corporate mandated promos.
It "is" in the sense of all these subsidiaries that are "independent" and "run through an LMA." It's bullshit, and essentially what Microsoft did when it broken up in the 90s.. "Individual companies" that were still run by one CEO. Happened to AT&T also (although I think that was actually broken up and sold to various other buyers).

The FCC is either totally blind to that, or doesn't care. How else does a station effectively own three stations in a market with 7 commercial stations?

The exact same thing in Northern MI with 7&4/29&8 and 9&10/32&45



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by lovinlife101 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:27 am

1996 Smith Broadcasting, 1997 Sunrise, 2002 Lin, then 2004 Barrington Broadcasting.

Four owners in eight years.



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by Herm » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:32 am

lovinlife101 wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:27 am
1996 Smith Broadcasting, 1997 Sunrise, 2002 Lin, then 2004 Barrington Broadcasting.

Four owners in eight years.
And then the same owner for 9. It would seem that the routine you referenced stop being a routine approximately 16 years ago. Try to keep up with the times if you’re going to participate in a discussion.



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by R Bedell » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:36 am

1996 Smith Broadcasting, 1997 Sunrise, 2002 Lin, then 2004 Barrington Broadcasting.

Four owners in eight years.
You forgot that in 2013, Sinclair took ownership of TV25/66.



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Re: One big mistake or a series of mistakes? What was it?

Post by lovinlife101 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:51 am

Herm wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:32 am
lovinlife101 wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:27 am
1996 Smith Broadcasting, 1997 Sunrise, 2002 Lin, then 2004 Barrington Broadcasting.

Four owners in eight years.
And then the same owner for 9. It would seem that the routine you referenced stop being a routine approximately 16 years ago. Try to keep up with the times if you’re going to participate in a discussion.
That nine years is an anomaly.



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