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Thanks to the transition to digital TV, Channel 6 can now air both baseball and its local news.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Now, there's nothing to stop Rod Blagojevich from becoming Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice."

In Movies & TV Commentary

Former anchor and congressman Jay Johnson has passed away, but his commercial lives on.

OnMedia: Baseball or not, you can watch the news


The digital transition that was completed in June means that you can watch Channel 6's 9 p.m. newscast tonight even though Channel 6 -- or Channel 6.1 to be exact -- is carrying post-season baseball.

If you watch television over the air with an antenna, the Fox affiliate's 9 p.m. newscast will air on Channel 6.2, which usually carries the Retro TV lineup of old shows. The main channel, 6.1, will be running Fox's coverage of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, with the Yankees playing the Angels in Anaheim.

On cable, the Channel 6.2 signal is available on Channel 991 for subscribers to Time Warner's digital cable service, and on Charter Cable's Channel 967 for digital subscribers. But Channel 6's digital subchannel isn't available on satellite.

Yes, all those numbers can be mind-boggling. But they offer viewing choices that were previously unavailable.

"We knew when we started this channel that these were the kinds of things we were looking to do," says Chuck Steinmetz, general manager of the Fox affiliate. "It'll become a standard thing."

In the future, Channel 6.2 could also feature post-game sports programming or Packers programming.

"There are a lot of opportunities," says Steinmetz.

Meanwhile, work is coming to a conclusion on Channel 6's tower.

The station's new digital antenna was installed over the weekend and the next step is to "sweep" the antenna, Steinmetz explains. That's a final once-over to make sure that everything's working properly.

"By the end of the week, we should be done."

Not only will the new antenna increase the station's range, but it will give the signal "punch" so that it doesn't break up in low-lying areas.

And, Steinmetz says Channel 6 plans to launch high-definition newscasts before the end of the year.

Right now, Channel 4 is the only local TV news operation broadcasting news programs in high-definition.

ON TV: A federal court judge gave Illinois' disgraced former governor, Rod Blagojevich, the go-ahead to take part in next year's installment of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice." Ad Age reports he's already working on the NBC show, waiting on customers at New York's Burger Heaven.

  • The Independent Film Channel has picked up reruns of all three seasons of picks up "Arrested Development," starting this weekend with two episodes airing back-to-back at 9 p.m. Sundays, and 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Michelle Obama joins Jay Leno for his "10 at 10" segment Friday night at 9 on Channel 4, answering 10 rapid-fire questions.
  • TMZ is all over the balloon boy story, posting possible theme songs for the "reality" TV show balloon dad Richard Heene was floating.
  • Speaking of theme songs, Vic Mizzy, the author of the classic theme songs to "Green Acres" and "The Addams Family," has died at 93.

TV IS FOREVER: Former Green Bay news anchor and Congressman Jay Johnson, who had also been director of the U.S. Mint, died over the weekend of an apparent heart attack.

But as of Monday, I was still seeing him popping up on TV in his last incarnation, as a pitchman for Goldline International.

Johnson's TV spot follows below.


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MilwaukeeCity | Oct. 21, 2009 at 9:19 a.m. (report)

Yeah because if it's one thing we all need is more cat in tree stories from fox 6. Plus the anchors are just no good with their "sense" of humor.

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get_rad | Oct. 21, 2009 at 7:35 a.m. (report)

Green Acres is the place to be, farm living is the life for me....

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devidia | Oct. 20, 2009 at 3:27 p.m. (report)

I'm with rob, I do everything humanly possible to avoid Fox 6 garbage, er, I mean news. They're the worst.

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rob | Oct. 20, 2009 at 12:41 p.m. (report)

Fox 6 news is way to conservative for me!

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brewerfan13 | Oct. 20, 2009 at 11:38 a.m. (report)

Sad. Hopefully they won't 'bring him back from the dead' for future ads, like they did with that creepy CG Orville Reddenbacher.

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