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If you're looking for the president's speech on Thursday night, try Channels 6, 12 and 58.

OnMedia: Another busy weeknight of sports on TV and radio


It will be another big Thursday night for Journal Broadcast Group stations in Milwaukee, with the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers playing at the same time the Green Bay Packers are facing the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau in the NFL season opener.

WTMJ-AM (620) has the broadcast rights to both games.

In normal times, the Packers would be the bigger draw. But with the excitement of the playoff-bound Brewers, things could be a little different this year.

NBC has the TV broadcast, so the game airs on Channel 4. Coverage stars with the "Football Night in America" pre-game show at 6:30.

Channel 4 is getting into the game early, with Susan Kim and Vince Vitrano anchoring the morning news from Lambeau Field from 5 to 7 a.m. Thursday.

Fox Sports Wisconsin has the Brewers-Phillies game from Miller Park at 7 p.m.

On the radio, the Packers game is on WTMJ-AM with pre-game coverage beginning at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Brewers-Phillies game begins at 6:35 p.m. on WLWK-FM (94.5) – Lake FM. The first pitch comes at 7:10 p.m.

The Journal Broadcast Group – which has Channel 4, WTMJ-AM and WLWK-FM – is part of Journal Communications, along with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

That other Thursday night TV event: President Barack Obama's speech to Congress is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, and Channel 4 says NBC is feeding its affiliates both the game and the speech.

General manager Steve Wexler tells me that the president's speech will be carried on over-the-air Channel 4.2 (Channel 999 on Time Warner Digital Cable).

Plenty of other channels are carrying the speech, including Channels 6, 12, 58 and, of course, the cable news outlets.

The president's plan is to finish up his speech before kickoff at Lambeau.

On TV: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences says Eddie Murphy will host the Oscar Awardscast early next year.

  • "Live with Regis & Kelly" loses Regis Philbin on Nov. 18, the Friday before Thanksgiving. Philbin announced the departure date on Tuesday's show, which airs here at 9 a.m. weekdays on Channel 12. No replacement has been named for Philbin.
  • Monday's premiere of Anderson Cooper's new syndicated talk show will feature the family and boyfriend of the late Amy Winehouse. "Anderson" will air at noon weekdays on Channel 6.
  • "Bachelorette" alumnus Ben Flajnik has been named by ABC as the next "Bachelor" starting in January.

An advance peek at "Community": NBC is teasing the third season of "Community," the creation of Milwaukee ComedySportz veteran Dan Harmon, and featuring Marquette grad Danny Pudi.

The new season starts Sept. 22, and here's the video:

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