My column was gone a few days last week. Frankly, my ongoing cancer treatment kept me from focusing on writing. I felt exhausted.
I'm feeling a bit better, and today I'll try and catch you up on a handful of changes, local and national. I was watching TV and reading my iPad as I was curled up in bed, after all.
Let's start with an annual broadcast ritual.
It's Christmas on your radio – already: WMYX-FM (99.1) made the flip to an all-Christmas music format at 5 p.m Thursday, according to the Christmas Music on Milwaukee Radio page on Facebook.
WRIT-FM (95.7) came in second, flipping 55 minutes later. It was clearly caught off guard by its rival.
I know these holiday flips make some listeners grumble. But as long as this music makes 'em money, we'll have two all-Christmas outlets.
Some departures from Channel 4: Two familiar faces have ended their runs at Channel 4.
The talented Diane Pathieu is returning to her native Chicago where she has a new job at WLS-TV, the ABC station.
Meanwhile, hard-working investigative reporter Jay Olstad is off to KARE-TV in Minneapolis. His last day at Channel 4 is Wednesday.
For all the conspiracy theorists who always give me an "ah hah!" comment when somebody leaves Channel 4, these two left for jobs in bigger TV markets.
A whole slew of Emmys for Channel 6: I'm not a big fan of lists of local TV awards. They're nice for the winners, but not that interesting to readers.
But Channel 6's haul in the Chicago/Midwest Emmys is worth noting. Eleven employees of the Fox station picked up 21 awards.
The only other commercial Milwaukee station winning a single Emmy was Channel 4.
You can find the complete list of winners at the Emmy website.
Billy Crystal ends up hosting the Oscars: It was supposed to be Eddie Murphy, who was certain to bring an edge to the usually overlong awardscast.
Then, Murphy's pal, Brett Ratner left as Oscar executive producer after a gay slur.
Now it's certain not to be edgy.
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