Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Follow Up On the Bengals Situation - CORRECTED/UPDATED 11:35 AM

We did some digging, and here's what we know and what we don't know about the affiliates around the area with regard to Thursday's not-sold-out Cincinnati Bengals/St. Louis Rams game:

We Know - Cincinnati: We do know that WKRC-TV 12/Cincinnati won't of course air the game live here.

We reported yesterday that Local12 says they will air it on tape-delay at 11:35 PM, blowing out "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".

We Think We Know - Louisville: We don't think WMYO 58/Louisville can carry the tilt between the Bengals and Browns if they use the WKRC-TV feed.

This of course doesn't rule out them using the St. Louis Rams' feed to carry the contest...but we're betting against that.

Our best guess, and maybe if you're reading from Louisville you can help us confirm this, is that WMYO just airs the MyNetwork schedule tomorrow night in pattern.

UPDATE: And just as we get this off to press, we find this little nugget on

The game will air live on WSYX-TV (Ch. 6) in Columbus and WDRB-TV (Ch. 41) in Louisville.

Except...WDRB is carrying ANOTHER the Miami Dolphins take on Tampa Bay.

So, although we did not think they would do so, WMYO WILL carry the Bengals tilt.

We Know - Dayton: We know Dayton fans will still get to see the game either way.

Usually, WRGT 45/Dayton airs the game over the weekend, after WKEF 22/Dayton carries it live.

Even though most likely WKEF won't carry the live airing, WRGT still plans to carry the tape-delayed game Sunday at 12 noon according to their program schedule. (You know, the same schedule where we could not figure out where ABC 22 was bouncing regular ABC programming to?)

Oh, and from the above link comes word that WKEF will ALSO do tape-delay - shoving news viewers over to FOX45 for the 10 PM news. (Wonder how THAT will affect ratings?)

And, on a related note, speaking of programming schedules: If you use TitanTV...ignore it this week. We suspect that the affiliates in all three cities won't air the games live, but again, there will be tape-delayed broadcasts...and we suspect all three cities will clear regular network programming tomorrow night.

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