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Wiremania (Oct 18, 2014)

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What if cable television had come second?

ACA's Lieberman ponders new kind of blackout: Will CBS block operators' broadband access?

Showtime Narrowing Focus on OTT Video Service. With HBO announcing plans to launch a domestic standalone streaming service in 2015, Showtime appears to be readying its own over-the-top video service.

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MLB World Series 2014

All games on FOX at 5:07pm

Tue Oct 21: Game 1: San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals, FOX
Wed Oct 22: Game 2: Giants @ Royals, FOX
Fri Oct 24: Game 3: Royals @ Giants, FOX
Sat Oct 25: Game 4: Royals @ Giants, FOX
Sun Oct 26*: Game 5: Royals @ Giants, FOX
Tue Oct 28*: Game 6: Giants @ Royals, FOX
Wed Oct 29*: Game 7: Giants @ Royals, FOX

Complete Schedule at the MLB.com Site

Complete Schedule at the ESPN.com Site

Wiremania (Oct 17, 2014)

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Chris Merrill Joining KFYI/Phoenix For Afternoons. iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KOGO-A/SAN DIEGO host CHRIS MERRILL, who was this week announced to be moving from mornings to evenings on the station, is moving to sister News-Talk KFYI-A/PHOENIX for afternoons, filling the gap left by MIKE BROOMHEAD's move to mornings to replace the retiring BARRY YOUNG. MERRILL will join KFYI on NOVEMBER 10th.

Sirius XM loses second pre-1972 court judgment. Opening paragraph: The question of copyright eligibility for pre-1972 recordings inched a little more in favor of artists this week. On Tuesday, Judge Mary Strobel made a pre-trial ruling in favor of record labels in their case against Sirius XM. The decision grants a plaintiff request for a certain jury instruction, that California law allows regulation of ownership rights of pre-1972 recordings.

Bridge Ratings Analysis Points To 'Oversaturation' As News-Talk Radio's Challenge

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CBS to Launch SVOD ‘All Access’ Service with Current and Classic Programs. A day after HBO announced its plan to launch an OTT service next year, CBS announced that it will launch its own online subscription service for $5.99 per month will give subscribers access to live and on-demand programming from its network and local TV stations. Why This Matters: The development suggests an avalanche of television networks and studios moving quickly to announce online apps and services. It’s a sign that the content business is suddenly racing into the broadband space.

Aereo set to appear back in court as report surfaces that investors aren't done. Broadcasters argued yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan that online video distributor Aereo should be prohibited from offering its real-time streams as well as its remote DVR service. Why This Matters: While it's impossible to predict how Nathan will rule, there's at least a chance that she'll split the difference and allow Aereo to offer its remote DVR service, which enables subscribers to record over-the-air television shows and watch them later.

CBS to Offer Stand-Alone Web Subscription Service

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Comcast clears way for CSN Houston sale, will not appeal valuation. Comcast has decided not to appeal a ruling by a bankruptcy judge on the valuation of regional sports network CSN Houston, clearing the sale of the network to DirecTV and AT&T.

Business Wires

Wal-Mart looks to bump all workers pay above the minimum wage

MLB Conference Series 2014

AL:
Since #1 seed Angels got knocked out of the playoffs, the Orioles have the home field advantage for this series.

Fri Oct 10: Game 1: Royals (4) @ Orioles (2), 5:00pm, TBS, Royals 8, Orioles 6, 10 innings, Royals leads series 1-0
Sat Oct 11: Game 2: Royals @ Orioles, 1:00pm, TBSm, Royals 6, Orioles 4, Royals leads series 2-0.
Mon Oct 13: Game 3: Orioles @ Royals rained out. Series standing: Royals 2, Rain 1, Orioles 0.
Tue Oct 14: Game 3: Orioles @ Royals, 5:00pm, TBS, Royals 2, Orioles 1. Royals leads series 3-0.
Wed Oct 14: Game 4: Orioles @ Royals, 1:00pm, TBS, Royals 2, Orioles 1. Royals win series 4-0.

NL:
Since #1 seed Dodgers got knocked out of the playoffs, the Cardinals have the home field advantage for this series.

Sat Oct 11: Game 1: Giants (5) @ Cardinals (3), 5:00pm, FOX, Giants 3, Cardinals 0, Giants lead series 1-0
Sun Oct 12: Game 2: Giants @ Cardinals, 5:00pm, FS1, Cardinals 5, Giants 4, series tied 1-1
Tue Oct 14: Game 3: Cardinals @ Giants, 1:00pm, FS1, Giants 5, Cardinals 4, 10 innings, Giants lead series 2-1
Wed Oct 15: Game 4: Cardinals @ Giants, 5:00pm, FS1, Giants 6, Cardinals 4, Giants lead series 3-1
Thu Oct 16: Game 5: Cardinals @ Giants, 5:00pm, FS1, Giants 6, Cardinals 3, Giants win series 4-1

Wiremania (Oct 16, 2014)

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Westwood One Drops NBC News. Earlier this year Cumulus owned Westwood One announced it would no longer be distributing ABC Radio News at the end of this year. Cumulus had just signed an agreement with CNN. Today Westwood One notified affiliates it was also dropping NBC News. Here's the letter that went out to affiliates. According to Westwood One thre were 500 NBC News affiliates

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It's really happening: HBO sets a la carte streaming plans for 2015. Signaling a sea change in pay-TV distribution, a major programming supplier, HBO, has announced plans to break off from the cable bundle and distribute its shows to consumers in an a la carte streaming product.

Hastings addresses HBO competition: 'It's just one more channel'. With Time Warner Inc. announcing that HBO would launch as a standalone product in 2015, available for streaming without a pay-TV subscription, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was predictably asked about the move during his company's third-quarter earnings call Wednesday.

Variety: HBO to Launch Standalone Over-the-Top Service in U.S. Next Year Speaking at a Time Warner investors’ conference yesterday, HBO CEO Richard Plepler said that next year the company plans to start selling an OTT digital version of its service that won’t require a pay-TV subscription. Why This Matters: There are 80 million homes that do not have HBO, and “we will use all measures to go after them,” Plepler said. He said such a move could produce hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue by tapping into a market of roughly 10 million broadband-only subscribers in the U.S.

Wiremania (Oct 15, 2014)

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Mike Halloran Named PD Of 91X. LOCAL MEDIA SAN DIEGO Alternative XTRA-F (91X)/SAN DIEGO names MIKE HALLORAN as PD. HALLORAN replaces CHRISTY TAYLOR, who exited exactly two months ago.

Applicants Form Factions in Fight for L.A. LPFM Slot. The settlement period for the first group of LPFM mutually exclusive (MX) applications has ended, and outcomes continue to emerge. One market of particular interest is Los Angeles, where a big group of applicants is vying for one frequency.

Radio Disney to be sold to Christian network Family Radio: report. Disney has been looking to unload its 23 terrestrial radio stations, but Radio Disney will reportedly continue online and via SiriusXM satellite radio.

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AMC's 'Walking Dead' shatters cable ratings record, even beats NFL football. Amid the ongoing wave of pay-TV consolidation, AMC Networks has been widely viewed, at least in zombie apocalypse terms, as a lone survivor that badly needs to merge with a larger, more fortified group of programmers. But the audience drawing power of its assets can't be denied.

Nobel winner: cable could have been cheaper in the U.S., but.... Beginning paragraphs: U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old Frenchmen who won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for showing how to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.

FCC Proposes Delaying LPTV DTV Transition. Raises other issues related to impact of incentive auction repacking.

Boomerang Relaunches As Youth-Aimed, Commercial Service. U.S. Change Set For 2015; Repositioning Underway in Latin America.

Turned Off TV Sets Can Jam Signals. Interference boggles signal splitters.

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Another Challenge To Snyder'S License. Three Native Americans have filed formal legal petitions opposing the renewal of the FCC broadcast license of one of Dan Snyder's radio stations. Snyder is the owner of the NFL's Washington R--skins. The Native Americans oppose the station's use of a word "Redskin," which they, and others around the country, believe is a racial slur. A similar legal petition has already been filed by law professor John Banzhaf against WWXX (ESPN 980-AM) in Washington, DC. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said will be given careful consideration to this issue.

KOGO 600 Shuffles Lineup (Oct 14, 2014)

KOGO 600 is going directly after KPBS-FM with its new programming lineup.

Beginning today, KOGO's weekday lineup will change to a news talk format that the spokesman says will better serve San Diego's demands for local radio news. KOGO will program eight hours of news programming a day.

KOGO PD Brian Long said, "News Radio 600 KOGO's commitment to news programming is unparalleled in San Diego County. We have assembled a fantastic lineup that will keep our audience informed on-air, online, and through social media platforms."

San Diego Morning News starts off at 5am. Ted Garcia (no relation to Jerry I think) will be teamed up with LaDona Harvey for a mix of headlines and in depth reports on some of the stories. The syndicated Rush Limbaugh show airs at 9am. Then at noon, it's News at Noon with Cliff Albert anchoring the KOGO newsdesk.

Sully moves his show ahead two hours to 1pm and will focus on the business side of news. Then at 4pm, it's the Afternoon News with Ernie Brown and Marilyn Hyder, who used to be on KOGO a while ago.

We're not done with live local programming yet. Starting on October 20, Chris Merrill will get to suck all the way beyond San Francisco during the hours when KOGO's nighttime signal reaches far up the West coast. His show "Merrill at Night" starts at 7pm.

Then at 9pm, it's a rerun hour of Coast to Coast, followed by the live Coast to Coast at 10pm.

The syndicated Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis leaves the schedule.

In its previous lineup, Sully's 3-4pm hour of his daily show was rerun from 6-7pm on KOGO.

REGULAR PROGRAMMING-WEEKDAYS

05:00A - 09:00A - San Diego's Morning News with LaDona Harvey & Ted Garcia, money news w/George Chamberlin & The Wall Street Journal, real-time traffic on the 10's with Cal Walker.

09:00A - 12:00P - Rush Limbaugh

12:00P - 01:00P - San Diego's Noon News with Cliff Albert

01:00P - 04:00P - Bob "Sully" Sullivan

04:00P - 07:00P - San Diego's Afternoon News with Marilyn Hyder and Ernie Brown, money news with Sully & The Wall Street Journal, real-time traffic on the 10's with Cal Walker.

07:00P - 09:00P - Merrill At Night with Chris Merrill (Starting 10/20)

09:00P - 04:00A - Coast to Coast with George Noory

04:00A - 05:00A - Wall Street Journal This Morning

By comparison, here's the weekday lineup for KPBS-FM 89.5

12am - BBC World Service

4am - Morning Edition

9am - Here and Now

11am - To The Point

12pm - KPBS Midday Edition

1pm - Fresh Air

2pm - The World

3pm - Marketplace

3:30pm - All Things Considered

6:30pm - Marketplace

7pm - BBC Newsday

8pm - Q

9pm - PBS Newshour

10pm - KPBS Midday Edition

11pm - Fresh Air

As you can see, KOGO's newscasts will compete with KPBS's news progrmaming in the common timeslots of 5am-9am, 12pm-1pm, and 4pm-6:30pm, with financial news from 3-3:30pm. KPBS's ratings are more than double that of KOGO's ratings as of late and with the changes, KOGO is going against KPBS-FM head on with its new lineup.

Mutterings (Oct 14, 2014)

ESPN 1700 will be carrying some of the ALCS and NLCS playoffs. So to be sure you catch all of the games, set your presets to the following for the month of October because we just don't know when the baseball games will be shown: AM 710 for ESPN Radio Los Angeles, AM 830 for KLAA which is a primary overflow sports station for AM 710, AM 690 (which is a secondary overflow station for AM 710), AM 1090 for Mighty 1090 Sports, AM 1700 for ESPN Radio, and if you can get it, AM 680 San Francisco for the Giants games, or else scan the dial and find a distant station at night that carries ESPN Radio's baseball playoffs. Lotsa luck!

Wiremania (Oct 14, 2014)

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What the pre-1972 Decision Really Means for the Future of Radio

FCC Proposes Indefinitely Extending LPTV Digital Deadline, Giving New Hope For Channel 6 Virtual FMs

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Top Cablers Drop 3% Of TV Subscribers

The FCC's OTT NPRM: Is Aereo cable by nature? OTT, yeah MVPD

Game Shows Are Back as Viewers Yearn for TV Comfort Food. By Kristen Schweizer, Bloomberg. In the game-show era, long before reality TV took over, Americans used to watch Bob Barker tell contestants to "Come on Down!" and play The Price Is Right. It made small-screen stars out of average folk competing for anything from Campbell's soup to a brand new Buick. While the show is an international success, airing in 37 countries with versions such as India's Yehi Hai Right Price, it's now rapidly gaining ground again at home.

Sports Wires

Why ESPN's SportsCenter Might Be The Most Valuable Show on Television

Why You Can't Find the Baseball Playoff Game on TV. Big events, like the final games of the Major League season, are moving to harder-to-find cable networks. And cost of your cable bill is only getting biggger

Mutterings (Oct 13, 2014)

Saturday, AM 690 and 1090 from Tijuana broadcasted both of the MLB playoff games. Now it's kind of weird since 690, even though its signal is basically well suited for the San Diego county area, is a designated backup station for Los Angeles's AM 710, which broadcasted sports packages for USC Trojans football, plus all of AM 690's local commercials were in Spanish. Both 690 and 1090 reach the Los Angeles basin and most of Orange County. So for a change, San Diego had two stations airing two MLB games that day.

Sunday, AM 1090 aired game 2 of the NLCS. AM 830 aired it as well since AM 710 had the Lakers exhibition game. AM 690 was broadcasting its W Radio programming.

Once again, AM 600 and AM 760 showed us how much they're worth on weekends by not showing interest in any live sports programming. Too bad.

Mutterings (Oct 11, 2014)

The ALCS aired last night on KLAC 710. I wish there were more ESPN radio stations I could pick up at night when 710 fades. Once again, neither Mighty 1090 or ESPN 1700 carried the game. ESPN should just give the baseball playoffs to another station in the San Diego/Tijuana area since those two stations have other committments, but surely, any kind of play-by-play broadcast (save for soccer) is better than whatever they're airing otherwise.

KOGO 600 is in a turmoil. Chris Merrill, the morning man on the station, hinted at the close of the Friday morning broadcast in the way he phrased is sign-off that he won't be back on Monday. Sure enough, a look at the sandiegoradio.org website run by Joe Nelson confirmed that somebody else is going to be doing KOGO mornings. See what Joe wrote about KOGO mornings here.

A look at the Arbitron ratings suggest that if you add up the ratings for the major two AM talkers KOGO and KFMB-AM, the total does not beat the ratings for KPBS-FM, in fact, KPBS-FM beats it by about 25 percent. What does that tell us? The San Diego locals are sick and tired of Roger and Sully calling the low wage workers losers. Hello? Why don't you just give them jobs as talk show hosts on KOGO and KFMB-AM? They might be more interesting than the aging hot heads that are disconnected from the issues the locals are dealing with.

College? Good luck finding a job with a degree you paid $50,000 for. There's no guarantee that you'll get a good paying job even with a PhD. These high in debt college grads will end up working as burger flippers just trying to pay off their college debt going into the five figures. The radio talk show hosts just don't get it.

A better solution? I got it. Paid job training. Help the burger flippers become better paid workers by quitting your belly aching and personally helping them get out of Burger Stink, McDimwits, and Taco Hell. This is why KOGO's ratings suck. That's right. KOGO sucks. Weekends are basically static with nothing relevant airing. I'd like to see KOGO hire some of the burger flippers as talk show hosts on the weekends and see what they can come up with as topics.

Wiremania (Oct 11, 2014)

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It's Official: Dahl Returning To Radio. Cumulus Chicago announces that long-time Chicago personality Steve Dahl will return to 89 WLS-AM as host of a new weekday show after almost six years away from broadcast radio. Dahl's new weekday show will debut Monday, November 3, from 2-6 p.m. Dahl said: "I am ecstatic to not only be a part of the Cumulus radio family, but also a partner with them in the Podcast Network. This is an important new chapter in radio's future." A Chicago radio fixture for over 30 years, Dahl hosted a show on WLS-AM from 1980-1985. He has been podcasting for the past several years and recently began charging listeners for his content. His podcasting network offers 11 unique weekly shows via a subscription-based podcast. Cumulus will partner with Dahl to expand his podcasting network.

Nab On Streaming Rates: Go Back To The Drawing Board. Last month, in Indianapolis Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan said he's been streaming for 18 years and hasn't made a penny, nor has he met a broadcaster who's made any money from streaming. In Radio's battle to try to make money streaming, the NAB has filed comments with the CRB on radio's behalf, in the first step of what's expected to be a year-long process. The NAB says the Copyright Royalty Board should start over in setting license fees for radio stations' streaming services that more accurately reflect rates that would be agreed upon by a willing buyer and willing seller in a competitive market. In the comments, the NAB writes, "Previous license rates were based on flawed evidence and analysis of a non-competitive market and should not be factored into the new rates set by the CRB." Most broadcasters admit they are not making money from streaming because of the high cost and small number of listeners. The NAB also asks the CRB to adopt streaming rates that take into account a radio station's size and market.

Your Station'S Website Sucks. Last Updated on October 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm It doesn't matter how they're designed or what content management system it uses, the commercial radio industry has come to accept that their online home is going to suck. Where else can you go if you want to be bombarded with advertisements, promotional graphics, and rehashes of articles posted

Minimum wage, housing play big on Garcetti's 'Ask the Mayor' radio show

Franken-Fm'S To Get Temporary Stay; Potentially Permanent One. The LPTV stations on Channel 6 that operate as radio stations on 87.7 have gotten a stay of execution from the FCC. The September 1, 2015 deadline that would've forced all of the remaining analog LPTV's to convert to digital operation has been suspended indefinitely until a new date is decided...

Seattle Listeners Take Note of All-Digital AM Tests

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Dish will charge extra for broadcast channels in new OTT package, report says. Media pundits have questioned how Dish Network is going to cram pricey cable channels like ESPN into its upcoming OTT service, and also include the major broadcast networks in a package that cost only around $30

Sinclair and Technicolor Do First ATSC 3.0 4K Over-the-Air Broadcast. Sinclair Broadcast Group and Technicolor delivered an industry first by successfully deploying Technicolor's ATSC 3.0 4K UltraHD testbed platform and receiving an over-the-air signal. The Technicolor platform, based on open audio, video and transport standards including Scalable HEVC (SHVC), MPEG-H audio and MPEG-MMT transport, has been integrated into Sinclair's experimental OFDM transmission system in Baltimore, Maryland. Read More...

Doing the math on Suddenlink's decision to kick out Viacom: A good call by the cable company. According to the story circulating around the cable industry, top Viacom executives were shocked--shocked!--when they called their Suddenlink counterparts at the eleventh hour on Sept. 30 and told them they were finally ready to talk turkey about a new carriage deal. Excerpt: With Viacom demanding what sources say was a 50 percent rate increase on perhaps the biggest bundle in pay-TV, the operator had moved on to Plan B. Suddenlink replaced Viacom's 24 networks with a mix of independent channels, such as Glenn Beck's extreme right-wing-focused The Blaze, as well expansions of other conglomerate deals that brought in outlets like FXX and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Viacom threatens to bolt Canada if a la carte rules adopted, warns pay-TV faces 'death spiral'. Making it rather clear that he doesn't support new rules proposed by Canada's version of the FCC that would unbundle pay-TV programming, Viacom's Keith Murphy, SVP of government relations has told the commission that so-called "pick and play" mandates would set off a "consumer welfare-destroying death spiral" for the Great White North's TV industry.

Cable One preps replacements for Viacom channels. New networks Cable One may add include BBC America, Sprout, Investigation Discovery, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, TV One and Sundance, the operator announced on Sunday.

Time Warner Cable Shareholders Endorse Sale To Comcast

Comcast to appeal CSN Houston valuation ruling. The bankruptcy court battle over struggling regional sports network CSN Houston is going into overtime. Comcast has appealed a ruling rendered Wednesday by Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur that seemed, at the time, to have cleared the sale of the network to AT&T and DirecTV.

WSJ: Consumers not cutting the cord, they're 'shaving' it. Since 2010, the top 40 most widely distributed cable channels have lost an average of 3.2 million subscribers, or 3 percent of their distribution. However, these networks' attrition doesn't match up with any overall decline in pay-TV usage, which despite a lot of sturm und drang, has only seen minimal sub loss.

Sports Wires

Former college athletes sue broadcasters. A group of former college football and men's basketball players have filed an antitrust suit against an array of broadcasters, conferences and multi-media/marketing rights companies, alleging that the defendants have illegally used athletes' names, images and likenesses in television and radio broadcasts.

Comcast loses key CSN Houston ruling, clearing sale to AT&T and DirecTV. The sale of troubled regional sports network CSN Houston to AT&T and DirecTV now appears likely, with a bankruptcy court judge ruling against Comcast on the key matter of the network's remaining value

NBA deal will raise average pay-TV bill 'couple dollars a month,' report says. Disney and Time Warner Inc. paid through the nose to lock up an additional nine years of NBA rights and secured access to one of the most coveted assets in what is now the Sports Age. But according to research company The Diffusion Group, the $24 billion deal left pay-TV--and consumers--vulnerable.

MLB Divisional Series 2014

AL Wildcard Sep 30: A's (5) at Royals (4), 5:07pm, TBS: Oakland 8, Royals 9, 12 innings. Royals Advance
NL: Wildcard Oct 1: Giants (5) at Pirates (4), 5:07pm, ESPN: Giants 8, Pirates 0. Giants Advance

AL:
Starts Oct 2: ALDS1: Royals (4) vs. Angels (1)
Thu Oct 2: Game 1: Royals @ Angels, 6:00pm, TBS, Royals 3, Angels 2, 11 innings, Royals lead series 1-0
Fri Oct 3: Game 2: Royals @ Angels, 6:30pm, TBS, Royals 4, Angels 1, 11 innings, Royals lead series 2-0
Sun Oct 5: Game 3: Angels @ Royals, 4:30pm, TBS, Royals 8, Angels 3, Royals win series 3-0

Starts Oct 2: ALDS2: Tigers (3) vs. Orioles (2)
Thu Oct 2: Game 1: Tigers @ Orioles, 2:30pm, TBS, Orioles 12, Tigers 3, Orioles lead series 1-0
Fri Oct 3: Game 2: Tigers @ Orioles, 9:00am, TBS, Orioles 7, Tigers 6, Orioles lead series 2-0
Sun Oct 5: Game 3: Orioles @ Tigers, 12:30pm, TBS, Orioles 2, Tigers 1, Orioles win series 3-0

NL:
Starts Oct 3: NLDS1: Giants (5) vs. Nationals (1)
Fri Oct 3: Game 1: Giants @ Nationals, 12:00pm, FS1, Giants 3, Nationals 2, Giants lead series 1-0
Sat Oct 4: Game 2: Giants @ Nationals, 2:30pm, FS1, Giants 2, Nationals 1, 18 innings, Giants lead series 2-0
Mon Oct 6: Game 3: Nationals @ Giants, 2:00pm, MLBN, Nationals 4, Giants 1, Giants lead series 2-1
Tue Oct 7: Game 4: Nationals @ Giants, 6:00pm, FS1, Giants 3, Nationals 2, Giants win series 3-1

Starts Oct 3: NLDS2: Cardinals (3) vs. Dodgers (2)
Fri Oct 3: Game 1: Cardinals @ Dodgers, 3:30pm FS1, Cardinals 10, Dodgers 9, Cardinals lead series 1-0
Sat Oct 4: Game 2: Cardinals @ Dodgers, 6:30pm MLBN, Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2, series tied 1-1
Mon Oct 6: Game 3: Dodgers @ Cardinals, 6:00pm FS1, Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1, Cardinals lead series 2-1
Tue Oct 7: Game 4: Dodgers @ Cardinals, 2:00pm, FS1, Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2, Cardinals win series 3-1

Muttering: San Diego Sports Radio Not Airing Divisional Playoffs (Oct 8, 2014)

Muttering: Is there any reason why neither ESPN 1700 or XX Sports 1090 are airing the baseball playoffs?

Once again, this baseball playoff follower is unsatisfied with local radio coverage. I have to tune in scratchy 710 and 830 from Los Angeles to hear them. They come in OK during the day, but once the sun sets, their powers are turned down at night and I can't hear them at all unless I drive up North.

KLAC 570 with a better nighttime signal had the games featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers, but now that they have been eliminated, I can't hear the playoffs on 570 anymore this year.

This past Saturday and Monday nights, XEWW 690 from south of the border aired some of the baseball playoffs because KSPN 710 in Los Angeles had other contractual commitments with the USC Trojans, the Los Angeles Lakers, and other sports matters. Oddly enough, AM 690 reaches into the Los Angeles basin well, but I'm guessing that some of the ESPN playoff games were farmed out to another station where AM 690 cannot reach perhaps deep in the Riverside/San Bernadino area. AM 690 blankets most of San Diego county during the day and most of the county at night.

Sunday night, AM 1700 was broadcasting mostly dead air...literally. Nothing. It should have been airing a playoff game instead of nothing.

The past decade was more interesting in a sense that most of the baseball playoffs were once on an analog Fox affiliate, XETV 6 (broadcasting on 87.7 Mhz) until August 2008 when Fox moved the network affiliation to KSWB, eliminating an option for me to hear the baseball playoffs whenever then ESPN Radio 800 was having broadcast problems with its network feed or otherwise could not be heard. In some cases, I had to tune into a Santa Barbara station on 1340 when it was once another format to hear a few of the playoff games if none of the stations in San Diego or Los Angeles carried the games.

Of course nowadays, there's an ESPN app for smart phones to hear the network playoff games. Problem. I don't have a smart phone and have no plans to get one either.

It's too bad 1090 and 1700 passed on the Divisional playoff series as well as the Wild Card playoffs last week. This makes for some of the most exciting thing that's on radio and TV during the early weeks of October.

Proposition 45. Good or Bad for Consumers? Daniel Abrams, President

Sorry, Kaiser, but I'm giving the folks at California's Proposition 45 some free plugs here.

From Insuresaver: The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group is standing strong behind Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would give California's insurance commissioner the right to veto any health insurance rates hikes deemed to be excessive. 35 States have already implemented similar measures, and soon California will have to decide whether or not to join in. However, insurance carriers as well as Covered California feel that this measure would "...end up hurting Californians," per Covered California board member Susan Kennedy. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Both Democrats and Republicans have equally expressed concern with Prop 45. Per a recent poll:Republicans claim Prop. 45 gives insurance commissioner Dave Jones carte blancheDemocrats fear that Prop. 45 would threaten the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act.For instance, Covered California could negotiate with a certain plan to serve a community -- but under Prop. 45, the insurance commissioner could change the terms of that arrangement at the last minute, with implications for both consumers and health providers. It is feared it would ultimately affect the insurer's decision to remain in California. Proponents of the measure suggest that there's a track record of California's insurers raising rates despite objections. In the past four years, insurers have proceeded with at least 14 rate hikes that were deemed unreasonable by California regulators. Covered California's current structure allows insurers too much negotiating leverage. According to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, "When your bargaining partner controls 93% of the market, you don't have the bargaining power to get better rates."

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Chargers on the Air

BYE: WEEK 10
2014 REGULAR SEASON
Mon Sep 8, 7:20pm, at Cardinals, ESPN
Sun Sep 14: 1:05pm, vs Seahawks, FOX
Sun Sep 21: 10am, at Bills, CBS
Sun Sep 28, 1:05pm, vs Jaguars, CBS
Sun Oct 5: 1:25pm, vs. Jets, CBS
Sun Oct 12: 1:05pm at Raiders, CBS
Sun Oct 19: 1:05pm vs Chiefs, CBS
Thu Oct 23: 5:25pm at Broncos, CBS
Sun Nov 2: 10am at Dolphins, CBS
Sun Nov 16: 1:05pm vs Raiders, CBS
Sun Nov 23: 1:05pm vs Rams, FOX
Sun Nov 30: 10am at Ravens, CBS
Sun Dec 7: 5:30pm vs Patriots, NBC
Sun Dec 14: 1:05pm vs Broncos, CBS
Sat Dec 20: 1:30pm at 49ers, CBS
Sun Dec 28, 10am at Chiefs, CBS

Aircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San Diego

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