Channel Zero Oct. 19, 2020

October 19, 2020
By John Owens, NATAS Chicago/Midwest President

And the Emmy Goes to…

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, there won’t be a live Emmys Awards Ceremony, for obvious, pandemic-related reasons.

But we now have an official date and time for our virtual Emmys event. It will be on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The stream will be available on our website and will be available via livestream on YouTube and Vimeo.

The host for the show is comedian Pat McGann,who returns after hosting our Emmys show back in 2016. Pat, the former house MC at Zanies Chicago, has been a guest on shows like “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Late Show with David Letterman.” He also was the creator and co-host of “The Chicago Standup Project”, which ran on WTTW a few years ago.

This will be a unique event for us. The show will feature presenters representing seven markets in our chapter: Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, South Bend, Rockford and Peoria. Those presenters will also feature and pay tribute to notable first responders/essential workers in their market.

It promises to be an unforgettable night, even though we won’t get to share it in person. That said, we are excited about the opportunity to showcase all of our markets in ways that we have never done before.So please reserve the date and time in front of your computer or television on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.! And look at the bright side — free parking!

Vaughn McClure 1972-2020

It was a shock to hear about the death of ESPN sports reporter Vaughn McClure, as reported in Robert Feder’s column on Friday.

He died at his home in Atlanta, where he covered the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL for ESPN. McClure, who was only 48, was born in Chicago.

I knew Vaughn from his time at the Chicago Tribune, when we both worked there during the early part of the last decade. He was an extremely nice man and an excellent reporter. I believe he did his first extensive broadcast work while at the Tribune, both in programming produced by the newspaper and at Comcast SportsNet Chicago. It was great to see him become just as proficient as a broadcaster as he always was as a writer.

This piece from Rashad Milligan at a Sports Illustrated microsite is a wonderful appreciation of McClure. He will definitely be missed.

Going National

Congratulations to Whitney Reynolds, whose self-named weekly talk show is being offered to PBS stations nationwide beginning on January 6, according to Feder.

Her weekly “inspirational talk show”, produced for Lakeshore PBS WYIN-Channel 56, is already on five PBS stations and Amazon Prime Video.

It’s always great to see regional programming take the next step to national recognition.

Campaign Ads

Milwaukee and Green Bay are being heavily targeted with ads by the Biden and Trump campaigns for the upcoming election, which is only two weeks away.

Milwaukee is seventh among markets running the most presidential ads on television over the past two weeks, while the Green Bay market is 11th, according to Milwaukee/Fox 6.

Jessob Reisbeck

Speaking of Milwaukee, former WITI-TV (Fox 6) reporter Jessob Reisbeck is returning to the city, after spending two years as a reporter and co-anchor at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Reisbeck will be an evening news anchor at WDJT-TV (CBS 58) starting next month, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He will co-anchor the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows with Natalie Shepherd. And he will also co-anchor the 9 p.m. news on WMLW-TV, an independent station in Milwaukee CBS 58 and WMLW-TV are both owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting.

The Batman
The Batman franchise is back filming in Chicago. The new film, called “The Batman”, filmed here last weekend and will also film here on the weekend of Oct. 24, according to Screen Magazine. The trade magazine reports that the stars —Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell and Zoe Kravitz — will not be here for the filming this weekend.

Chicago has often been transformed into Gotham City. “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016) were also shot here.


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