Is it “Christmas” or “Holiday”?

October 28th, 2014 at 2:38 pm by under News

Is it “Christmas” or a “holiday”?

I bring it up now because we will publish a list of the area’s Christmas and holiday parades.

It seems like there’s a debate every year about the uses of those two words and which is appropriate. Over the years, we’ve received calls, emails and tweets either asking us about it or scolding us for using one or the other.

Here’s the approach we use in the newsroom: It is not up to us to name or label someone else’s event; we report on what goes on in the community.

That’s why we will refer to the parade in Appleton as a Christmas parade – that’s what the organizers call it. And that’s why we called Green Bay’s parade a “holiday” parade – that’s what the organizers called it.

It is station policy to not shy away from using the term “Christmas.” If it’s a Christmas event, we will certainly say “Christmas.” At some point, our anchors will wish you a Merry Christmas. But it’s also not up us to change what someone else is doing or how they describe their event. If you don’t like it that the Green Bay Packers, for example, call their tree a “holiday” tree, we suggest you contact them directly.

That said – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.

More than an inch of rain overnight

October 14th, 2014 at 4:00 am by under News, Weather

Rain totals are between an inch and two inches so far with Oshkosh, Manitowoc and Sheboygan picking up about an inch and three quarters.  We’ll see more off and on rain today with a possible quarter inch to three quarters of an inch in additional accumulation by tomorrow morning.  Winds will be strong today out of the north/northeast at 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 35 mph.  After some showers tomorrow morning, things will dry out and we may see some sun Thursday afternoon.

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Nice Fall Weekend

October 10th, 2014 at 7:11 am by under News, Weather

We wake up to a chilly morning again today with a 7 am temperature in Green Bay of 31 degrees, the coldest of the season so far, but temperatures will rise to the mid 50s with lots of sunshine.  Yesterday’s high was 58 in Green Bay and a low of 33. If you’re heading to High School football this evening, the Gametime temperature will be near 46 and by the end of the game, 42 degrees.  Brrr…but beautiful for Friday night football.  The weekend looks fantastic too with mostly sunny to partly sunny skies and highs in the 50s.

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Frost advisory Friday morning

October 9th, 2014 at 9:53 am by under News, Weather

It was a chilly morning Thursday with temperatures reaching their lowest so far this season in Green Bay at 33°.  It was 27° in Oconto!  It’ll be another cold one tomorrow morning and a frost advisory is in effect from 1 am to 8 am for the central and southern part of our viewing area.  Cover those plants or bring them inside if you want to save them. 

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Windy Wednesday and a frosty start to Thursday

October 9th, 2014 at 3:45 am by under News, Weather

Winds were really blowing yesterday with peak wind gusts near 40 mph in many locations.  Today will be less windy with sustained winds of 10 to 15 mph this afternoon out of the west/northwest.  Make sure the kids are bundled up for school as we have a frosty start to the morning. 

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The normal high for today is 60° but temperatures will only top out in the low to mid 50s through the weekend.  We’ll see lots of sunshine though!

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There’s no lunar eclipse this morning, although the moon was certainly bright last night.  Did you see the great pictures we got from viewers of the eclipse from yesterday morning?  Check it out in our photo gallery.

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NFL makes first flex switch

September 29th, 2014 at 8:32 am by under Sports

The NFL has made its first flex scheduling change of the season.

On Oct. 12 – week 6 – the game between the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons has been moved to the 3:25pm national spot on Fox. The game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills has been moved to the noon spot, and will be aired on Fox.

The Green Bay Packers game at the Miami Dolphins at noon on Fox has not been changed.

Fox 11′s game assignments for that week have not been made, but it is a doubleheader Sunday for us. Chances are, we will be airing the Bears/Falcons – but, as noted, that has not been finalized.

As I explained in my preseason blog on the NFL on TV rules, the league and networks have loosened the restrictions about all NFC games airing on Fox and all AFC games airing on CBS. In this case, moving the Patriots/Bills to Fox gives both networks four games in the early timeslot.

Also, this is the first time the league has used the new option to flex a game before Week 11. Starting this year, two games between weeks 5-10 and can be moved around. This move means there can be one other Sunday shift in games through Nov. 9. Starting in Week 11, games can be moved each week.

Finally Above Normal

September 18th, 2014 at 3:50 am by under News, Weather

It was a beautiful day yesterday with highs in the area near the 70 degree mark…even along the lake. 

This was the first time for almost a week that the high temperature was above normal.  The normal high for yesterday was 70.  Today’s normal high is 69 and we will be about 10 degrees below that as colder air filters into the area.  But just remember, at least for one day we were above normal!

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Below Normal For 6 Days

Records set Thursday and more possible today

September 12th, 2014 at 10:27 am by under News, Weather

We set records for the coldest high temperatures yesterday in many locations.  These temperatures were well below the normal high of 72 for this time of year.  In fact it’s more like weather for the end of October!

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We could set more records today as temperatures will be cool once again.  The good news is that the sunshine will come out tomorrow and after a frosty start,  we’ll warm a bit for the weekend

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Records could be set today

September 11th, 2014 at 10:11 am by under News, Weather

It’s cold!  So cold we may set some records. The forecast high today is 56 and if we get that in Green Bay, we will tie a record for lowest maximum on this date. It was set in 2006.  Other locations may also set or tie records. 

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Tomorrow’s high will be even a bit cooler but the record for that date is 52 set in 1902.  I think that will stand.  There is a chance for frost Friday and Saturday morning as well, mainly to our north.   At least things warm into the 60s for the weekend.

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The ins & outs of the rules about the NFL on TV

August 20th, 2014 at 3:16 pm by under Sports

Each year, near the start of the NFL season, I post this blog about the rules and guidelines used to determine what games air on what network and when. There are several changes this year, which I will address as we go.

* The rules are crafted between the NFL and networks which carry the games (FOX, CBS, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network). Local affiliates (i.e. WLUK-TV) have little control in the process – and are sometimes at the mercy of the decisions made on-the-fly by the network.

* Because we are the home market station for the Green Bay Packers, we are guaranteed to show all of the Packers games on Fox. This year we have nine of those (so far). Home market status means the local station will air ALL of the game. If the Packers are the late game, such as in Week 2, if the early game is running long, the network (CBS, in this example) will cut away from it to show all of the Packers game – even if that means viewers miss a great ending.

* Starting a few years ago, to help alleviate that problem, the NFL moved the kickoff time of the primary nationally-televised doubleheader game from 3:15 to 3:25pm.

* We air every NFL game we can. If we have a post-game show, it’s not replacing a game that’s available to us. As of now, we have three “Locker Room Live” post-games planned: at Detroit on Sept. 21, at Minnesota on Nov. 23 and at Tampa on Dec. 21.

* Just because FOX has games in both the noon and 3:25pm slots does not mean we can air two games every week. The networks (generally) alternate doubleheader weeks. Sometimes we can air two, sometimes we can’t. FOX has at least one late game each week because of the west coast home NFC games in Arizona, Seattle and San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean we can always air them. It’s not our choice – it’s league & network rules. The upshot here: the on-air promos don’t necessarily translate to games on air for Fox 11.

* FOX assigns us the other games, based on regional interest or national importance. This means we usually get NFC North games. We can request a change, but the network doesn’t have to grant it.  Each week, usually on Wednesday or Thursday, we post which game will have on our Facebook page, and it will be in our news ticker.

* For non-prime-time games between teams in different conferences, the network of the visiting team gets the rights. That’s why Fox 11 will have the Packers at Miami and Buffalo games, and CBS will have the New England and New York Jets at Green Bay games. New this year, however: It is now easier to shift games of national interest between Fox & CBS on Sundays. This tool may be used to even out the number of games aired on each network, or to get a high-interest game in the late timeslot, even if it’s on the ‘wrong’ network. We’re not quite sure how this will play out yet.

* Even if it is a Fox doubleheader Sunday, Fox 11 can’t air a game at the same time as a Packers home game. This year, we do not “lose” the ability to air any games because of this rule. However, the same rule applies that on a CBS doubleheader week, WFRV can’t air a different game during a Packers home game on Fox 11. (So, WFRV can’t air several noon games). The only exception to this is Week 17, when both networks get two games because of playoff implications.

* Local fans are guaranteed to see all of the Packers games on local broadcast stations, even if they are on cable (ESPN or the NFL Network). Those networks put the games up for bids to the local stations for the right to air them. I don’t know who has the rights to the Dec. 8 Atlanta game, but it’s not Fox 11.

* The local stations have no control over the flexible scheduling. For the last 12 weeks of the year – up from seven last year – the NFL may decide to change games to give NBC a more attractive game in its Sunday night time slot. Games may also move between the early and late doubleheader slots. Thursday and Monday night games do not change.

* Specifically, NFL on FOX games scheduled in Weeks 5-10 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. During this period, flexible schedule can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into prime time and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

* Additionally, NFL on FOX games scheduled in Weeks 11 – 17 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games possibly moving to the late afternoon broadcast window.

* There is another new wrinkle to the schedule this year: a Sunday morning game. Detroit plays Atlanta in London on Oct. 26. The pregame show starts at 8am, with game coverage at 8:30am. We will have one other game that day.

* While there are few preseason games on network television, the rights to the majority of preseason games are sold by the teams to stations of their choosing. The rules described above generally don’t apply to the preseason.

Given all of that, here is the tentative schedule for the NFL on Fox 11. Remember, the assignments for the non-Packers games very possibly could change based on how the year develops – so please don’t call in December complaining we aren’t airing a specific game just because it’s on this list now. That said, we should have games in all of these timeslots.

If you have any questions, post them below!

Week 1, Sept. 7
Buffalo at Chicago, noon
San Francisco at Dallas, 3:25pm

Week 2, Sept. 14
Detroit at Carolina, noon

Week 3, Sept. 21
Green Bay at Detroit, noon

Week 4, Sept. 28
Green Bay at Chicago, noon
Philadelphia at San Francisco, 3:25pm

Week 5, Oct. 5
Chicago at Carolina, noon

Week 6, Oct. 12
Green Bay at Miami, noon
Dallas at Seattle, 3:25pm

Week 7, Oct. 19
Carolina at Green Bay, noon
New York at Dallas, 3:25pm

Week 8, Oct. 26
Detroit vs. Atlanta, 8:30am
Chicago at New England, noon

Week 9, Nov. 2
Washington at Minnesota, noon

Week 10, Nov. 9
San Francisco at New Orleans, noon
New Giants at Seattle, 3:25pm

Week 11, Nov. 16
Philadelphia at Green Bay, noon
Detroit at Arizona, 3:25pm

Week 12, Nov. 23
Green Bay at Minnesota

Week 13, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving)
Philadelphia at Dallas, 3:30pm

Week 13, Nov. 30
New Orleans at Pittsburgh, noon

Week 14, Dec. 7
Tampa Bay at Detroit, noon
Seattle at Philadelphia, 3:25pm

Week 15, Dec. 14
Green Bay at Buffalo, noon
San Francisco at Seattle, 3:25pm

Week 16, Dec. 21
Green Bay at Tampa Bay, noon

Week 17, Dec. 28
Green Bay at Detroit, noon
St. Louis at Seattle, 3:25pm