Saturday, September 12, 2009

Is Your ABC Station Carrying The Pre-Race Show?


Note: Please check your TV listings. If your local ABC station is going to preempt the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show scheduled for 7PM to run local news, please take a moment to tell us what the station is and where you live.

We are looking for the call letters, KTLA or WCBC...and the market it serves. Thanks!

32 comments:

Haus14 said...

WLS in Chicago has the Countdown scheduled!

GO BLUE!

Tom said...

Barring overrun of Michigan-Notre Dame, KTVX in Salt Lake City has Countdown on the schedule.

Hope the game doesn't create undue chaos.

Dot said...

Same deal as Tom for LV.

SonicAD said...

The football game is a problem everywhere though. At the least, I'm a Michigan fan, so I won't have to change channels!

Anyway, WXYZ in Detroit has Countdown scheduled. So does WZZM in Grand Rapids. Checked KABC in Los Angeles, they have it scheduled as well.

Daly Planet Editor said...

Looks like Seattle, WA and Fargo, ND (that serves a big area) are the two stations right now running news instead of Countdown.

JD

Dot said...

@ JD, if football runs over, will they move Countdown to BSPNCL or BSPNNews channel?

Daly Planet Editor said...

Dot, there are 3.5 hours before Countdown and 4 hours before before the race. Should not be a problem.

For the Nationwide races, ESPN puts the pre-race show only 3 hours after the football game.

Never works.

JD

Tom said...

Unrelated note of interest:
Has anyone heard the promos for Richmond this week? They have a very bad error...
Mr. Announcer says the line "the last 400 miles before the Chase" during the promo.
Funny, but for that line to work, Richmond would have to be a 1-mile track.
Correct line should have said "the final 400 LAPS before the Chase."
Please tell me I'm not the only onne who noticed...

Thanks,
Tom

Dave in OKC said...

KOCO Oklahoma City has Countdown scheduled. Additionally, there is a 30-minute local fottball wrapup show scheduled before that, which would figure to be pre-empted should Mich/ND run long.

Ditto for KTUL Tulsa.

Dave in OKC said...

Tom, I caught that too...

Tom said...

More markets that will be airing Countdown...
KFSN in Fresno, CA
KGO in San Francisco
KERO in Bakersfield
KNXV in Phoenix
KMGH in Denver

Becky said...

I was the one who told you on Twitter that the Fargo, ND ABC station is airing the local news rather than the pre-race. I didn't mention the call letters for the station in my tweet. It is WDAY. I did send them an email (and I was civil) expressing my disappointment. Hopefully they make a different decision for the Charlotte race in Oct (which starts at 6pm central, if I read the schedule right).

Anonymous said...

WJLA (Washington DC) has the Countdown scheduled @ 4pm (following ND v. Michigan).

glenc1 said...

WKBW (Buffalo)
WHAM (Rocheter)
WSYR (Syracuse)

all have Countdown. But it's not unusual for them to not have news on weekends with sporting events. Also, some of them have extra digital channels that carry news.

Anonymous said...

Sorry-- WJLA @ 7pm (not 4)

Tom said...

More markets with Countdown...
WFAA - Dallas
KMBC - Kansas City
KSTP - Minneapolis

Looks like most of the country should be good to go with Countdown.

glenc1 said...

Sounds like Becky is one of the unlucky few...

rhyno182 said...

WPVI in Philly will have Countdown.

Karen said...

WFTV in Orlando has Countdown.

Anonymous said...

KCRG in Eastern Iowa has Countdown on schedule. It has a digital channel available for news.

Tom said...

Early development on UM-ND...
Already one hour into broadcast, and the game is barely in the second quarter.
I'm suspicious that Countdown may be in jeopardy unless the pace picks up.

pghttwood said...

Not showing on Wtae Pittsburgh, Pa. The local News instead @ 7:00pm

kbaskins said...

Colour me confused. My on-screen TV guide and the KOMO Seattle ABC station list NASCAR Countdown at 4:00 PST. I see no mention of local news.

I'll keep you updated in a couple of hours.

--KarenB

Daly Planet Editor said...

karen, maybe some phone calls were made.

Daly Planet Editor said...

pghttwood,

Make sure and come back and tell us if they do the news.

Maybe the phone is ringing...

JD

kbaskins said...

@ JD

Phone calls or no, why would they even consider pre-empting coverage of the biggest race of the year? When did you first hear that they were changing their minds about the local newscast? How quickly can those on-screen guides be updated?

--KarenB

Daly Planet Editor said...

karen,

Each local station is a little business. They make a lot of money from their local news.

By putting the ND game right up against NASCAR, the Saturday local news is cancelled.

That is a big revenue hit in many markets. We went through this last season.

Wait until the end of the race, stations have left at 10PM for local news and never even referenced that the live race had only laps to go.

Broadcast TV is a very different animal from the control of cable.

JD

Anonymous said...

My station (KXLY-TV in Spokane) does have NASCAR Countdown scheduled. We shall see.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know the pre-race show was must see TV.

Tom said...

Danger, Will Robinson!
Only 20 minutes until Countdown is supposed to hit the air, and Michigan and Notre Dame still have 9 minutes left in the fourth...Wolverines up 5.

At this rate, on-time start of Countdown is in trouble.

Anonymous said...

KETV in Omaha just came on with sports news instead of the remainder of the prerace. We'll see if they cut it off at the half hour.

Lisa

Daly Planet Editor said...

Please move your comments on this topic up to the live race blog on the main page.

Thanks for all your help.

JD