Wednesday, October 26, 2005

FOX 8 News at 10...er...2:30 AM?

We've finally encountered circumstances which would force local FOX O&O WJW/8 Cleveland to entirely cancel its 10 PM newscast.

Last night's "longest ever" World Series game lasted some 5 hours and 41 minutes, before the Chicago White Sox finally beat the Houston Astros in the 14th inning. We were without sleep last night in the OMW World Headquarters in northwest suburban Akron, so we were watching the game late into the night. And as 1 AM gave way to 1:30, and then 2 AM, we pondered if WJW would actually try mounting even a half-hour news show in the middle of the night. At some point, we started wondering if they'd call in the "FOX 8 News in the Morning" staff a couple of hours early!

But alas, there's not a lot of money to be made off of running a newscast that regularly runs in prime-time, at 2:30 AM. FOX 8 mercifully gave Bill, Stacey, Dick and Tony the rest of the night off, and didn't force them to make continuing jokes about "oh, we mean later TODAY"... and a "Seinfeld" rerun immediately followed the World Series post-game.

1 comment:

Pat Cloonan said...

I don't know what WPGH-53 in Pittsburgh did that late after Game 3 ... but it had to be maddening to the Fox53 news crew to have to sit through a long "Chevrolet post-game show" that capped Game 4. WPGH still came up with an hour of news at 12:30 or thereabouts that night/morning ... or, more accurately, with a mix of local news and Maryland-fed national news and weather.