Media Notebook: Pete's Deals acquired by Halfoffdeals.com

ssloan@herald-leader.comDecember 10, 2012 

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COURTESY WLEX-18 — Courtesy WLEX-18

Lexington daily deals company Pete's Deals has been acquired by Halfoffdeals.com.

The latter operates in more than 150 markets nationwide, according to its website.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Halfoffdeals.com is a division of Northeast Ohio Fulfillment Center, or NeoFill. Pete's Deals CEO Jim Striplin has joined NeoFill.

WUKY changes HD genres

WUKY radio's HD-3 station — available online on HD Radios or through WUKY's web stream at WUKY.org — has changed from the rock and roots music played on the station's main channel to all jazz.

General Manager Tom Godell said the change was spurred by the low number of listeners to the HD-3 station.

"We also wanted to meet a need that's been existing in Lexington for some time to have jazz on the air," he said. "We wanted to work, too, with the UK School of Music, which has a really fantastic jazz program."

WEKU adds, moves shows

Public radio station WEKU-88.9 FM is adding or moving a number of new programs beginning Jan. 4. New or added times are as follows:

The Dinner Party, 6 p.m. Fridays. This culture show is designed to help you impress friends at weekend events with conversation starters and more.

Wits, 7 p.m. Fridays. Comedy from Minnesota's Fitzgerald Theater.

The Moth Radio Hour, 2 p.m. Saturdays. Storytellers entertain audiences without scripts, notes or accompaniments. The show aired on WEKU previously as a limited series but is now weekly.

The TED Radio Hour, 3 p.m. Saturdays. The show, which WEKU aired as a test pilot over the summer, presents ideas about modern life from some of today's most fascinating thinkers.

Fresh Air Weekend, 5 a.m. Sundays: The weekend version of the daily NPR show with Terry Gross.

Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, 3 p.m. Sundays: A repeat of the popular Saturday morning quiz show.

Ask Me Another, 4 p.m. Sundays. NPR's new show featuring puzzles, word games and trivia played in front of a live audience. WEKU aired the pilot of the show this past summer.

'Scholastic Ball Report' hits milestone episode

The Scholastic Ball Report high school sports television show recently aired its 300th episode. The show highlights the sports and academic accomplishments of high school students throughout the state.

Over its 10 years, the show has honored more than 1,000 scholar athletes and seen appearances by more than 600 coaches.

The show airs at noon Saturdays on WKYT's CW subchannel. It runs from August through April. It's also broadcast by WBKO in Bowling Green and WYMT in Hazard.

More media news

Opera returns: The new season of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts is now airing on WEKU's Classic 102.1 FM station. The program airs weekly at 1 p.m. Saturdays through May 11.

KET is honored: The National Educational Telecommunications Association recently honored 20 public broadcasters. KET received four awards, more than any other public television station. KET's education division won two awards for instructional media and one each for community engagement and promotion campaigns.

KET upgrades coming: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded KET nearly $700,000 to install new antennas and associated transmission lines at two transmitters in Pikeville and Hazard. The work will allow KET's digital service to better replicate the original analog coverage area, according to a statement.

WUKY prepping for emergencies: WUKY is finishing work to install an emergency generator at its transmitter site. The work is being funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help keep the station on air during times of crisis, such as ice storms.

Comings and goings: Lindsay Schwarzwaelder has left Lexington NBC affiliate WLEX for a station in Dallas, where she will be the weekend meteorologist. Schwarzwaelder came to WLEX in late 2010. News director Bruce Carter said the company is reviewing applicants for the position.

Scott Sloan: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @HeraldLeaderBiz.

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