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Hearst and Time Warner Cable have called a truce.
Hearst and Time Warner Cable have called a truce.

WISN and Time Warner play nice, Ch. 12 back on cable

After almost a full week of being off Time Warner's cable feed, Hearst, the parent company of WISN-TV Ch. 12, and the cable provider have made a retransmission agreement.

My guess is they wanted to make sure a deal was in place before the opening of the Olympics next week. Hearst owns a number of NBC affiliates in other TV markets across the U.S.

"Hearst Television has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable," Ch. 12 released in a statement late Thursday night. "WISN 12 returned to the TWC lineup Thursday evening. We thank you for your patience during this inconvenience. We are glad to be back."

Time Warner also released a statement, as well:

"We have reached a long-term agreement with Hearst Television and our customers can expect their signals to be restored to our cable systems shortly. We thank our customers for their patience and their willingness to stick with us through another unnecessary broadcaster blackout."

As I reported before, I hate it when viewers are caught in the middle of a debate between corporations. As a business executive, I do understand, but on a personal level, I hate it. And I know there are people working in the broadcast world – both networks and carriers – that feel the same way.

Time Warner Cable subscribers didn't wake up to WISN Channel 12 today.
Time Warner Cable subscribers didn't wake up to WISN Channel 12 today.

Time Warner Cable drops Channel 12

In the middle of the night, the signal to WISN-TV Ch. 12's local and national programming went dark for Time Warner Cable subscribers in southeastern Wisconsin.

Hearst Television, the parent company of WISN-TV, and the cable provider have broken off talks over retransmission rights. Within the past few years, broadcasters have asked to have a greater share of the funds collected from subscribers for their programming. Usually, talks have happened and contracts get signed and the viewer never knows about the deal.

You can read my previous story on the talks between the two corporations here.

Late Thursday, Time Warner Cable released this statement:

"Hearst Television has informed us that they will black out the WISN signals from Time Warner Cable customers tonight at midnight. In spite of Hearst's blackout, we stand ready to continue negotiations and are hopeful that the channel will be returned to the lineup shortly. We think it's wrong to put viewers in the middle of business negotiations."

WISN-TV has this posted on WISN.com:

"Time Warner Cable has terminated negotiations with our parent company, Hearst Television, for continued carriage of WISN 12. Hearst has successfully concluded over 150 carriage agreements in recent months with other cable companies with no disruption of service to subscribers. This contrasts with Time Warner's disruptions of service and withdrawal of carriage of local television stations in other cases."

You can read more from Ch. 12 here.

Former Styx star Dennis DeYoung held his "Grand Reopening" Friday night at the BMO Harris Pavilion.
Former Styx star Dennis DeYoung held his "Grand Reopening" Friday night at the BMO Harris Pavilion.

Crowd celebrates best of times with Dennis DeYoung

His white shirt with gray highlights and white pants matched the silver hair on his head, and like a beacon for the masses at Friday night's headlining act on the BMO Harris stage at Summerfest, Dennis DeYoung showed us the way to a rocking show.

The songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist, who was once part of a band called Styx, didn't disappoint, bringing his signature voice and catalog of work to the stage.

You see, Styx, one of a few bands to have huge hits in three different decades, had a parting of the ways. I'll never be able to deliver all the details of the band's past and I won't try, but, as other members of the band travel and tour full-time on their own, Dennis DeYoung's show leads a different set of very talented musicians. Their work was showcased brilliantly onstage.

With a banner touting The Grand Reopening, it was DeYoung's "Grand Illusion" that got the crowd to their feet and got the show started. DeYoung bounced on the stage, taking rocker power stands with guitarists Jimmy Leahey and August Zarda, and hit his pulpit-like keyboard stand, preaching to us the melody of the evening.

Hits like "Lady," "Lorelei" and "Blue Collar Man" came next, and with Zarda taking lead vocals on parts old radio listeners would remember Styx's Tommy Shaw singing, the performance was not only rock solid, but flooded wonderful memories into our collective consciousness of playing the old vinyl albums, 8-tracks and cassettes back in the day.

The show had a couple of lulls in tempo, which is to be expected when you have a performer as diverse as DeYoung. He has penned ballads, rock anthems and everything in between, drawing in influences from Broadway, Mozart and even the buzzes and pops of technology.

The 1991 song "Show Me The Way" harkened back to when the U.S. entered the Gulf War, and still resonates today as our troops continue to fight overseas. "Mr. Roboto" dished up a slice of the old Rock Opera and shared the story of Kilroy, who needed a place to hide. An…

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