Archive for September 2008

Hi, My “Palin” Name is “Beans Harpoon” and A MidSouth Anchor Puts Some Sweat Equity into Their New Set

September 29, 2008

I learned as I was growing up there are some interesting names out there.  I learned right away (back in the day) that if someone had a last name for a first name, they probably came from money or had some supposedly great lineage.  In the South, some folks put a lot of stock in names.  Remember “Brick” (Paul Newman’s character) from “Cat on a Hot Tin roof”.  There’s Stone Phillips (Stone being short for Stonewall as in the late great southern general).   At this point let me go on the record saying I’m not laughing AT this particular VP candidate, I’m laughing WITH this particular VP candidate.  I admit I was amused when I heard the names of Sarah Palin’s children.  There is “Track” her son,  Willow, Piper and Bristol, her daughters, Trig, her youngest.  The names of her children have gotten a lot of attention and are getting even more now from me.  Which leads me to the point of this part of the post.  Someone put together  an internet site where you enter YOUR name and it generates what you would have been called if SARAH PALIN named you. I entered my name (Joe Larkins) and found I would be “Steak Leather“.  I entered Joseph Larkins and discovered my name would be “Beans Harpoon“.  My wife Bethany Smith would be “Halter Grasshopper” and our good friend and frequent poster here Doug Johnson would be “Skein Chug” .  I think DJ ought to consider legally changing his name.  Anyway, check out of the website if you get a chance.

Switching gears, I finally found out the answer to a question I’ve raised on occasion about what would happen to WREG’s “Live at 9” show which currently takes place at Peabody Place in downtown Memphis.  For those not up to speed, the downtown shopping center known as Peabody Place hasn’t been drawing the crowds and a number of shops of closed their doors prompting the owners to decide to convert the upper floors to hotel space.  Since L@9 does the show live from the common space in the mall and had a small studio under the stairs I wondered what would happen during the construction phase.  Well, as luck would have it, I had some business that took me down to PP and there in what USED to be Tower Records, I found the L@9 crew hard at word converting a section of the old Tower store into their new digs.  There were two directors, the audio guy, the producer and one co-host of the popular mid-morning show (I won’t mention any name but she is blonde and some know her as MBC) hard at work sanding and painting, trying to get things shipshape.  I’m not sure just when they plan to have to use the new location but I got the impression it was much sooner than later.  The best that I can figure out is that the crew was doing this work because the station didn’t want to spring for it to get it done or least wanted to do it on the cheap.  In all fairness, the word on the street is that WREG plans to build some kind of additional studio on the backside of station overlooking the river and this is just an interim measure.  The area behind the station is a great location with a great view.  I would think if they were wanting to save money then they might clear out a couple of the 2nd floor offices (which overlook the river already) and turn that into a studio.  Of course that would require some of the “honchos” to relinquish their offices (and views) and I would imagine that nobody really wants to do that.  Besides, I’m sure the new studio will be built properly and not be a makeshift set-up.   As for the L@9 crew, I applaude them for stepping up the plate and tackling this job.  I’m sure it builds a sense of camaraderie.  In the meantime, if you like to paint, do a little drywall sanding, etc., the Live @ 9 crew might be able to use you down at the old Tower Records at Peabody Place.   Just tell them that either “Steak Leather” or “Beans Harpoon” sent you.

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Odds and Ends on a Tuesday Morning…Oh And One Other Thing…

September 23, 2008

Nothing like a few days of R & R to get the batteries recharged and there is nothing like a little hiking in Vermont to restore some perspective.  Then again, there’s nothing like getting back home to make the circle complete.  And to quote the late Harry Chapin, “All my life’s a circle“.

Monday night, my lovely and talented bride and I were doing something we rarely do anymore…..we watched network TV.  The particular show was Boston Legal (which I’m afraid has “jumped the shark” ) and that’s when we saw a news promo for WPTY/WLMT that had an interesting twist.  It featured Mason Granger/Brenda Wood back when they were on WMC and someone I didn’t recognize on WREG (my wife thought it might have been Russ Wood).  The announcer indicated that these were folks that the announcer’s father used to watch but now that he (the announcer) had control of the remote, he was watching the good folks at WPTY/WLMT for his news.  It was an interesting promo and one of those rare ones where the competition is featured (to some degree anyway).  I’m not sure how effective the promo might be since one would have to be an old fart like me or at least a life long Memphis area viewer to have an idea of who those other people featured in the promo might be.  The question I have is: where did WPTY get the video and did they have to get permission to use it.  Do they have to do a courtesy “super” identifying the station?  Not questions that will keep me awake at night but I am curious about.

I received an email (in addition to a recent comment) about the declining DMA of the Memphis market.  For those who didn’t catch the original post, the size of the Memphis market dropped a notch.  Here is the comment I wanted to share.

I worked at WBBJ when we were market 181. We started doing more DMA stories making an effort to leave Jackson as much as possible, specifically targeting Gibson County. Soon after I left, Gibson became part of Jackson’s DMA. Memphis stopped doing news outside of the counties that touch Shelby. If you want to grow your DMA, you need to get outside of Memphis and do stories. (You know, like what you, Tommy and Doug used to do back in the day.) Memphis stations are to scared to miss a Memphis shooting to risk a crew going outside the city but it is killing the DMA. Meanwhile Jonesboro, Cape and Jackson are doing the DMA beat and winning. It is up to Memphis news directors to decide wether they want to grow their market size or are comfortable with their shrinking market size. I know the small markets appreciate their lack of effort.

PS: Nashville has always worked their DMA and that is one reason their DMA has grown.

I now live in the MSP market. It used to be #13, but it is now #15 and rarely does DMA news.

It seems to be a trend amound some markets, stick to city limits news so you don’t risk missing local news. Jackson made a point of working the DMA even assigning certain reporters to only work certain counties. Little Rock also works the counties hard. They are up as well.

Some interesting observations and they go hand-in-hand with what a number of critics to the current mindset have said for years.  At one time about ten years ago, the mindset at WREG was to target areas of the Metro area (Collierville was one at the time) that had a large number of metered households.  It was a blatant effort to “game” the system.  That was one of the first steps toward “winning” the book.

Now stations in the Memphis area rarely want to travel outside the Metro area unless it’s for a disaster of some sort.  It’s so much easier to run and gun stories close by plus it’s easier on the fuel bill. Viewers in the outlying area aren’t stupid and they tend to turn to the stations that take the time to send crews out to their area for something other than disasters.  I still run into people who tell me they quit watching Memphis stations because Memphis TV doesn’t offer anything for them.  Some also tell me they’re almost afraid to travel to Memphis because from watching the news they’re afraid they’ll get carjacked, robbed, raped, murdered or that something else bad will happen to them.  There was a time when WREG wanted its crews to be out and about in the viewing area.  In fact, they used to do a home-town salute during weather of every tiny town that crews could find.  The effort required field crews to video tape watertowers of small towns (if they had a water tower) or a sign bearing the name of the town if they didn’t.  These would then be shown on the weathercast.  Hokey? Yes it was.  But it gave a brief recognition to small towns and just stopping for a few minutes in a marked news cruiser got people to talking.  This plus the fact that the crew was probably working on a story in the vicinity may have helped prompt people to watch.  I’m a firm believer of “sowing good-will” in the outlying areas.  That’s because I think you will “reap what you sow” and if all you do is stay home around your home base then eventually all you will have is your home base and as people move away, that too will shrink.

And I forgot about adding this so this comes in about an hour after the original post.  Things are tough all over, even at the powerhouse TV stations.  As you know Landmark which used to own WTVF in Nashville and still owns KLAS in Las Vegas had/has two powerful stations in those properties.  They also just sold The Weather Channel.  I’ve been told that WTVF is HD across the board and I think KLAS is as well.  Well, the housing crisis has hit a number of markets pretty hard but it apparently just hammered the Las Vegas market.  Here is a memo from the the ND at WTVF sharing some infomation about former sister station KLAS:

I know it’s difficult for you all to be here during afternoon staff meetings.  But I wanted to let you know of some significant announcements that were made in Wednesday’s staff meeting.  KLAS, our long time sister station in Las Vegas, announced they would be laying off around 20 employees and not filling several open positions.  As you know, Las Vegas has been hit extremely hard during these tough economic times.  Debbie said while Nashville has not been hit as hard, we are suffering too.  The poor economic conditions and the loss of more than a million dollars worth of NewsChannel 5 advertising is forcing all of us to cut back and hold down expenses.  She is doing everything in her power to not have what’s happening in Vegas to happen here at NewsChannel 5.  I just wanted to make sure you were aware of this and what’s happening at KLAS before you read it somewhere.

So, if you have a rock solid contract, be thankful.  If you have a job, be happy.  If you are worried about your job, better try to make yourself indispensable.  Times are tough and things are lean in the TV biz these days.

Did You Give Me a Dirty Look? You’ve Got a Dirty Look But I Didn’t Give It To You! (rimshot)

September 14, 2008

It was two years ago this September that I shaved my beard and mustache that I started growing right after I left WREG.  I make that statement because some folks will argue with me on how long I’ve been clean-shaven.  The most recent incident happened at an office out east where I was conducting some business this past Friday.  I had some extra time and was waiting to speak to some folks who had not returned from lunch so I wandered across the hall and caught up with a couple of my former co-workers from DOTR.  One of them I had seen as recently as the memorial service for Brian Teigland (first weekend in August).  I stepped to the entrance of her cubicle and she looked at me and said “when did you shave”?  I told her almost two years ago and she wanted to argue with me.  Maybe she was suggesting that I cover up my face again with facial hair.  She wouldn’t be the first to suggest that I do that or at least on occasion wear a paper bag over my head.  It’s a thought (the paper bag that is).

My lovely and talented bride and I had a big time when we stopped by the annual Cooper-Young Festival.  The CY festival is one of the reasons I love Midtown.  I think it’s safe to say you see things there that you won’t see anywhere else in the Memphis Metro area.  It puts me in the mind of a former ND at WREG who decided to attend the CYF with his wife and I think one small child (at the time).  I think he was freaked out by the crowd and made the statement at work that he was quite disgusted that he “smelled marijuana smoke”.   When I first heard the story I thought he might be complaining because nobody offered him a hit off of a bong.  In retrospect he probably would have had a conniption if someone had.  I will go on the record as saying that I’ve never smelled the odor of what some describe as marijuana smoke at the CYF nor have I seen anyone engage in the ingestion of drugs at that festival.  Now alcohol…that’s a different story altogether as anyone who has attended the festival knows.

My wife has informed me that she and I along with her mother are scheduled to travel to Houston, TX for a wedding in the not too distant future.  Of course that particular trip depends on whether they can get the city cleaned up in time for the nuptials.  I’m not getting too excited about it one way or the other.  Whatever excitement they have planned down in the Lone Star State, they will be hard pressed to surpass the fun of the past weekend.  Maybe I’ll grow my beard back in time for the trip.  Since it’s been at least two years since I’ve seen these folks,  I’ll look the same.  Of course someone might ask me when I’m going to shave.

Finally, I find I’m still trying to figure out some things on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Most things are pretty self explanatory and so simple that a 50-plus guy could do it if I spent a little more time with it.   But I’ve gotten tripped up on a couple of things so I plan to have one of my lovely nieces who live in Memphis give me a tutorial on what boneheaded things I’m doing wrong.  (I won’t go into details until I get it figured out.)  On the topic of LinkedIn I see where a former co-worker DOTR has started a discussion group for radio and tv people in Memphis.  (Okay there are some former TV and radio folks who are members too.)  My point here is that I guess the management DOTR relaxed its Vulcan Death Grip on what employees could and could not do on the internet.  It seems that it hasn’t been that long ago that a former female reporter at WREG (her name escapes me) had a blog and when this was pointed out on the blog of another fomer WREGer, I heard she got chewed out and the blog went dark.  Anyway, glad to see they’re letting folks DOTR get involved in this whole “internet” thing because I think it’s here to stay now that they’ve got the internet on computers.

Seven Years Since the “Day That Will Live in Infamy”

September 10, 2008

I think back to the day that the United States lost its innocence.  I’m talking about 9-11.  Depending on how you look at things since then, we’ve either been lucky or we’ve managed to stop terrorists from following up with another attack.  Personally I think we’ve been lucky, but that is my opinion.  I’ve seen a few snippets of video from 9-11and it always brings an ache to my heart to see it.  I didn’t see any of the 9-11 video played at the Republican convention.  For what it’s worth, I didn’t watch any of either political conventions.  I consider both to be pageants with everything scripted and not worth my time.  (I always wait for the highlight reels and as usual, there were no surprises. )   But just because I can’t watch the videos from 9-11doesn’t mean I will forget what happened on that awful day.  On the contrary, the images from that day are seared into my memory in ways that are beyond description.  As a private pilot, I thought the first plane crash into the WTC was an accident.  Then watching the second plane crash into the twin towers made me sick to my stomach.  Later when the towers came crashing down I felt a sense of loss that I still don’t think I’ve come to grips with.  I have visited Ground Zero since then.  I found it to be an overwhelming experience and later Bethany and I walked through the nearby church that was used as a triage area.  It seemed to make the church a more holy place if that is at all possible.

On 9-11 this year I will travel with my wife as she works on a project for one of her clients.  It seems that on 9-11-2001, two women who work for one of her clients both gave birth.  For the last couple of years,  the mother of one of those children has taken her child to local police and fire stations to meet with people who staff both.  This year both moms will take their children to visit law enforcement officers and fire department crews on 9-11.  These children will say “thank-you” to those folks for being willing to put their lives on the line for people they generally don’t know.  It’s a local tribute to those who did the same thing in New York seven years ago and made the ultimate sacrifice. I think it’s a great idea.

Finally, there are many things about the United States that I wished were better.  But in the final analysis this is still a great country.  That’s why a lot of people still risk their lives to get here.  So on this day I say “God Bless America”.

Can the Word “Uppity” Be Considered Racist & First Steps Toward a Career in the TV Business

September 7, 2008

As I write this, I’m listening to CNN (you may have heard that someone considers it to be the most trusted name in news) and I’ve heard where there is a big uproar over the word “uppity”.  It seems that a congressman from Georgia (Lynn Westmoreland) used that term to describe Barack and Michelle Obama.  Some folks don’t see this as a big deal, especially those who grew up in the North.  Having grown up in the southern part of the U-S in a rural setting, the word “uppity” in reference to black people was usually derogatory in nature.  Don’t get me wrong, anyone who has spent any time around me knows that I’m not much on being politically correct.  But I am a realist and when a congressman from Georgia starts using phrases like “uppity” to describe a black couple, it sends a message to me that the Obamas don’t know their place and need to get back to it right away.  This IS 2008 isn’t it?

This past weekend I served as Director for Helium Resources for one of my wife’s marketing clients at the Germantown Festival.  My duties involved moving some large helium tanks and then inflating more balloons than you can shake a stick at over the course of two days.  While engaged as DHR, I happened to notice what could have been a union crew shooting video not too far away.  I say they could have been a union crew since there were about four or five people involved and that didn’t include the “talent” who by the way was dressed in a sport coat, tie, khaki slacks, perfectly coiffed hair, etc. They had one person shooting video, somebody else looking into a separate monitor, one person standing around with a reflector (which wasn’t being used) and two older folks watching everything.  Turns out everyone except for the older folks were students at Germantown High School and I deduced they were with GTV.  I’ve never laid eyes on the GTV operation but have heard good things about it.  Several folks now in the TV business have gone through their program and gone on to bigger and better things.  So when there was a lull in my duties as DHR, I watched what was going on.  I’m not sure if there was a problem with the production or with the talent or a combination of the two but they shot for what seemed to be a while.  I actually felt sorry for the talent as he was all dressed up and Saturday was a nice but fairly warm day.  Hey, anybody who has worked in front of the camera has been there and done that.

Sunday, I was wrapping up at the festival and was walking toward the “Weenie Dog” races (no, I didn’t bet any money)  when I saw a full blown TV production set outside one of the buildings in the park and once again it was manned by students.  They had from what I could see was a three camera set-up complete with prompters, folks manning each camera, probably a floor director and two young ladies serving as talent conducting an interview with someone.  The “talent” was dressed to the nines like Ole Miss coeds headed to a homecoming football game and again I felt sorry for them because on Sunday it was really hot.

Why and I writing all about this?  Well, they’re starting down that path toward a career in the TV business.  But I think they will be surprised once they get past college when they find that there’s “school” and then there’s the real world.  Let’s say they end up in commercial TV news.  It’s possible they could find themselves working a One Man Band/Video Journalist situation.  It’s also possible they could end up working as part of a two man crew on one side of the camera or another.  There they’ll learn to be a little faster on those stories, especially if they expect to get a lunch break before they get sent to another story.

Should they find themselves in a studio setting, they could find (depending on the market size) where they write and produce their own newscasts, set up their own studio cameras and then lock them down,  run their own prompters.  (Heck there are some people in Memphis who produce and anchor their own news shows and may run their own prompters as well.)  They may find it’s rather lonely in the studio where one person may be running three cameras if there is anyone there at all.

Still, these folks at GTV have a leg up on many of those wanting to get into the TV business.  They will enter college with hands-on experience.  That coupled with experience gained in college and melded with an internship at a local TV station can practically guarantee a foot or perhaps an entire body inside the door.  I don’t know who these dozen or so students are at GTV, but someday when they hit the big time I can say I saw them take their first steps toward a career in the glamorous and high paying world of TV.

Best Prepared Interviewer on TV

September 5, 2008

When it comes to interviewing people, there have been some great folks along the way.  Most recently a number of people lauded the late Tim Russert as THE top person in the game for his relentless, pointed style of not letting some politician evade a question by just spouting talking points.  When someone tried to “pound sand up his rear”, Russert would “go to the video tape” and let the politician’s own words hang him.  It was always so sweet to see that happen.

Having said that, I can say I’ve watched a master interviewer off and on over the last two weeks and while I’ve thought he was one of the best and most prepared interviewers for some time, I’ve finally decided he is the best I’ve seen working the TV gig. His name: Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.  During the last two weeks of the Daily Show’s coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions, Jon Stewart has skewered the blowhards on both sides of the fence.  Actually he usually let’s the blowhards do it to themselves with videotape.  The Daily Show must have one of the best research departments in the news business (yes I said news business) because if a politician makes a statement and then makes a comment that is 180 degrees from that original comment, TDS folks can track it down.  The only other news operation that came close to that was Meet The Press.  I’ve never understood why I didn’t see more of that on the cable news shows which seem to be too busy being partial to one political side or the other.  Stewart just bores into the heart of the matter.  Plus, when he’s conducting an interview especially with a politician,  Stewart’s B-S detector must be on maximum because when someone tries to dazzle him with b-s, he just wades right through it and still makes his point.  Plus, unlike conventional news shows, he does it with humor, making his point and disarming the guest who started the b-s in the first place.  That’s not to say that JS doesn’t suck-up to some of his guests.  I was disappointed when the leader of Pakistan (Pervez Musharraf) appeared on his show about a year or so ago and JS (IMHO) basically played pattycake with him.  I was expecting JS to take him to task about human rights issues but he didn’t.  Maybe international politics isn’t his thing but he can sure carry his own on the national level.  I cannot begin to imagine what must be going through a politician’s mind when he agrees to go on TDS other than the fact that they know they’re liable to be skewered and they are doing it (appearing on the TDS) because they know they are reaching an audience (younger) that they otherwise would not be able to reach.  They also must know they’re about to walk into a lion’s den where the great beast will make them laugh just before they get devoured.

A Bevy of Hurricanes Prompts Weathergasms O’Plenty, The Memphis Market Continues to Shrink and Some Observations

September 3, 2008

When I flip on the TV in the morning, the first thing I turn to is the weather.  These days I’m not sure if the good folks at The Weather Channel could be any more pumped up if they had just stepped out of an Orgasmatron. (For those not familiar with that reference, check out the 1973 Woody Allen movie “Sleeper”.) Anyway,  with Gustav winding down, and other hurricanes and tropical storms lined up like airplanes in a holding pattern waiting to make landfall somewhere,  the weather folks are almost breathless in sharing with the viewing public where the storms are, what they are doing, pictures of storms and storm damage from folks in outlying territories and occasional nude photos of the staff.  Okay, I made up that last one to see if you are paying attention.  As for the field crews, they’re running around like a man with diarrhea in a round room trying to find a corner to crap in.  I would imagine they will blow their entire travel/satellite budget in the next two weeks.  Of course with the hurricane season winding down at the end of November they may not care but if TWC folks don’t calm down someone is going to have a heart attack. Nuff said there.

I was trying to get out of town late last week ( I was one of he coordinators of the huge family reunion in Western Kentucky) so when I received the news (thanks DJ) about the Memphis market shrinking, I wasn’t able to post on it.  Well, Memphis has fallen another notch in the Nielson Market rankings slipping from 47th to 48th.  Nashville and Little Rock both climbed one notch with the Music City climbing from 30th to 29 and the Little Rock/Pine Bluff market climbing from 57 to 56.  I’m not certain but it seems to me that Memphis was ranked about 42 or 43 when I first moved here in 1989 and may have had an even smaller number (perhaps 41).  Of course there are those who say size isn’t important; it’s what you do with it.  ( I’m still talking market size here folks. )  Where are all of these folks going when they leave Memphis.  I know some ARE going to Nashville but everyone can’t be.  All I know for sure is that they are leaving.

Congrats to Brian Kuebler, formerly of WREG in making a leap to Market 26/Baltimore, where he will work with his former boss and former WMC ND Peggy Phillip.   I may have known that he worked for the Pegster before he showed up DOTR but if I did I must have killed those brain cells.  Anyway, it’s a big market jump and I suspect he will do well.   Maybe once he gets established there he will send us some softshelled crabs in exchange for some barbecue ribs.

And one final observation and I’m curious if anyone else has any thoughts about this.  I saw an article in a local newspaper referring to former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson.  Now maybe I’m just splitting hairs but wouldn’t it be correct to say former U-S Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee.  If I were using the term “former Tennessee senator” I would use that to describe someone like John Ford who was a former state senator.  Just my opinion.

And for those of you who are interested, I’m posting the Nielson Market Rankings below, or at least attempting to.

NIELSEN MARKET RANKINGS

2007-08

2008-09

2008

2009

Rank

Rank

TV Homes

TV Homes

1

1

New York

7,391,940

7,433,820

2

2

Los Angeles

5,647,440

5,654,260

3

3

Chicago

3,469,110

3,492,850

4

4

Philadelphia

2,939,950

2,950,220

5

5

Dallas-Ft. Worth

2,435,600

2,489,970

6

6

San Francisco-Oak-San Jose

2,419,440

2,476,450

7

7

Boston ( Manchester )

2,393,960

2,409,080

8

8

Atlanta

2,310,490

2,369,780

9

9

Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)

2,308,290

2,321,610

10

10

Houston

2,050,550

2,106,210

11

11

Detroit

1,925,460

1,926,970

12

12

Phoenix ( Prescott )

1,802,550

1,855,930

13

13

Tampa-St. Pete ( Sarasota )

1,783,910

1,822,160

14

14

Seattle-Tacoma

1,782,040

1,819,970

15

15

Minneapolis-St. Paul

1,706,740

1,730,530

16

16

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

1,536,020

1,546,920

17

17

Cleveland-Akron ( Canton )

1,533,710

1,524,930

18

18

Denver

1,477,280

1,524,210

19

19

Orlando-Daytona Bch-Melbrn

1,434,050

1,466,420

20

20

Sacramnto-Stkton-Modesto

1,391,790

1,399,520

21

21

St. Louis

1,244,370

1,249,820

23

22

+1

Portland, OR

1,150,320

1,175,100

22

23

-1

Pittsburgh

1,158,210

1,156,460

25

24

+1

Charlotte

1,085,640

1,122,860

26

25

+1

Indianapolis

1,072,090

1,114,970

24

26

-2

Baltimore

1,095,490

1,102,080

28

27

+1

Raleigh-Durham (Fayetvlle)

1,039,890

1,080,680

27

28

-1

San Diego

1,051,210

1,066,680

30

29

+1

Nashville

966,170

1,016,290

29

30

-1

Hartford & New Haven

1,007,490

1,014,990

31

31

Kansas City

927,060

937,970

32

32

Columbus, OH

905,690

925,840

35

33

+2

Salt Lake City

874,650

919,390

33

34

-1

Cincinnati

904,340

915,570

34

35

-1

Milwaukee

891,010

905,350

36

36

Greenvll-Spart-Ashevll-And

838,270

858,050

37

37

San Antonio

792,440

818,560

38

38

West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce

775,340

779,430

39

39

Grand Rapids-Kalmzoo-B.Crk

739,640

741,420

40

40

Birmingham (Ann and Tusc)

730,430

739,750

41

41

Harrisburg-Lncstr-Leb-York

723,620

738,880

43

42

+1

Las Vegas

707,470

728,410

42

43

-1

Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws

717,440

718,020

44

44

Albuquerque-Santa Fe

677,740

689,120

45

45

Oklahoma City

676,850

687,300

46

46

Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem

671,980

685,110

49

47

+2

Jacksonville

655,470

674,860

47

48

-1

Memphis

667,890

673,770

51

49

+2

Austin

635,860

667,670

48

50

-2

Louisville

657,180

667,230

50

51

-1

Buffalo

636,700

631,120

52

52

Providence-New Bedford

626,800

622,580

53

53

New Orleans

600,150

602,740

54

54

Wilkes Barre-Scranton

592,310

594,570

55

55

Fresno-Visalia

568,730

574,900

57

56

+1

Little Rock-Pine Bluff

552,400

567,060

56

57

-1

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

553,790

556,750

59

58

+1

Richmond-Petersburg

526,760

550,240

58

59

-1

Knoxville

534,410

547,930

61

60

+1

Mobile-Pensacola (Ft Walt)

517,410

537,810

60

61

-1

Tulsa

519,820

529,540

63

62

+1

Ft. Myers-Naples

491,760

509,530

64

63

+1

Lexington

490,530

503,260

62

64

-2

Dayton

511,220

483,790

65

65

Charleston-Huntington

476,680

479,750

66

66

Flint-Saginaw-Bay City

469,980

465,790

67

67

Roanoke-Lynchburg

451,580

461,420

68

68

Tucson ( Sierra Vista )

446,550

456,030

69

69

Wichita-Hutchinson Plus

446,520

450,930

70

70

Green Bay-Appleton

439,940

444,210

71

71

Des Moines-Ames

425,760

432,410

73

72

+1

Honolulu

424,010

429,940

72

73

-1

Toledo

424,670

425,890

74

74

Springfield, MO

410,930

421,960

77

75

+2

Spokane

403,820

416,630

75

76

-1

Omaha

407,700

411,520

76

77

-1

Portland-Auburn

407,560

410,890

79

78

+1

Paducah-Cape Girard-Harsbg

390,130

393,260

81

79

+2

Columbia, SC

384,060

393,170

78

80

-2

Rochester, NY

392,420

390,590

80

81

-1

Syracuse

386,380

388,000

83

82

+1

Huntsville-Decatur (Flor)

382,790

386,520

84

83

+1

Champaign&Sprngfld-Decatur

378,870

386,000

82

84

-2

Shreveport

383,610

385,770

85

85

Madison

372,990

378,740

86

86

Chattanooga

353,680

366,780

88

87

+1

Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-McA

338,550

349,910

87

88

-1

Cedar Rapids-Wtrlo-IWC&Dub

339,480

346,330

89

89

South Bend-Elkhart

337,870

334,720

90

90

Jackson, MS

334,200

334,650

93

91

+2

Colorado Springs-Pueblo

326,380

334,390

91

92

-1

Tri-Cities, TN-VA

328,970

332,840

92

93

-1

Burlington-Plattsburgh

328,050

331,320

95

94

+1

Waco-Temple-Bryan

315,900

329,690

94

95

-1

Baton Rouge

317,550

326,390

97

96

+1

Savannah

306,680

319,160

96

97

-1

Davenport-R.Island-Moline

308,950

309,600

98

98

El Paso ( Las Cruces )

302,470

308,080

100

99

+1

Charleston, SC

294,230

307,610

102

100

+2

Ft. Smith-Fay-Sprngdl-Rgrs

289,080

297,920

99

101

-2

Johnstown-Altoona-St Colge

295,180

293,860

101

102

-1

Evansville

290,060

292,220

105

103

+2

Greenville-N.Bern-Washngtn

276,020

289,050

103

104

-1

Myrtle Beach-Florence

279,820

285,010

108

105

+3

Tallahassee-Thomasville

267,850

282,390

104

106

-2

Lincoln & Hastings-Krny

277,270

281,290

107

107

Ft. Wayne

273,240

275,350

110

108

+2

Reno

263,060

271,080

106

109

-3

Youngstown

273,480

268,930

111

110

+1

Tyler-Longview(Lfkn&Ncgd)

260,800

265,200

109

111

-2

Springfield-Holyoke

263,520

262,850

113

112

+1

Boise

251,920

262,290

114

113

+1

Sioux Falls(Mitchell)

251,000

260,190

112

114

-2

Lansing

255,040

258,650

115

115

Augusta

250,790

253,950

117

116

+1

Peoria-Bloomington

243,640

248,510

116

117

-1

Traverse City-Cadillac

247,690

247,650

118

118

Montgomery-Selma

243,200

247,230

120

119

+1

Eugene

235,750

242,790

119

120

-1

Fargo-Valley City

237,140

241,120

122

121

+1

SantaBarbra-SanMar-SanLuOb

232,850

240,190

121

122

-1

Macon

234,690

239,820

123

123

Lafayette, LA

226,710

230,670

124

124

Monterey-Salinas

222,900

225,350

125

125

Bakersfield

217,210

220,730

126

126

Yakima-Pasco-Rchlnd-Knnwck

213,000

216,780

127

127

La Crosse-Eau Claire

212,210

215,610

128

128

Columbus, GA ( Opelika , AL )

207,470

213,980

129

129

Corpus Christi

195,940

197,290

130

130

Chico-Redding

195,180

197,280

131

131

Amarillo

191,930

192,090

132

132

Rockford

188,670

188,860

133

133

Columbus-Tupelo-West Point

186,100

188,740

135

134

+1

Wilmington

179,760

187,480

134

135

-1

Wausau-Rhinelander

182,800

184,220

136

136

Monroe-El Dorado

178,730

179,190

137

137

Columbia-Jefferson City

172,570

179,010

139

138

+1

Topeka

171,010

175,940

138

139

-1

Duluth-Superior

172,350

173,180

140

140

Medford-Klamath Falls

167,340

171,830

141

141

Beaumont-Port Arthur

164,640

165,440

144

142

+2

Palm Springs

155,590

159,240

148

143

+5

Lubbock

152,810

158,070

147

144

+3

Salisbury

153,490

157,940

149

145

+4

Wichita Falls & Lawton

152,310

157,820

142

146

-4

Erie

157,830

157,610

146

147

-1

Albany, GA

154,960

156,800

145

148

-3

Joplin-Pittsburg

155,100

156,560

143

149

-6

Sioux City

156,350

154,900

150

150

Anchorage

146,310

150,620

154

151

+3

Panama City

142,270

147,520

151

152

-1

Terre Haute

145,380

145,450

152

153

-1

Bangor

143,650

145,100

153

154

-1

Rochestr-Mason City-Austin

143,290

144,700

155

155

Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill

141,770

142,570

157

156

+1

Odessa-Midland

137,180

141,560

156

157

-1

Binghamton

138,690

138,930

158

158

Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson

135,170

136,730

159

159

Wheeling-Steubenville

135,160

133,700

162

160

+2

Gainesville

122,720

129,960

161

161

Sherman-Ada

125,550

128,100

163

162

+1

Idaho Fals-Pocatllo(Jcksn)

120,100

124,220

160

163

-3

Biloxi-Gulfport

129,510

121,750

165

164

+1

Yuma-El Centro

113,220

115,650

164

165

-1

Abilene-Sweetwater

113,890

115,310

167

166

+1

Missoula

108,510

111,340

168

167

+1

Hattiesburg-Laurel

106,560

110,330

166

168

-2

Clarksburg-Weston

108,800

109,150

169

169

Utica

106,140

106,280

170

170

Billings

104,970

106,030

171

171

Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk

103,500

103,910

172

172

Dothan

99,860

100,950

174

173

+1

Jackson, TN

96,350

98,050

175

174

+1

Rapid City

94,610

96,450

173

175

-2

Elmira (Corning)

96,380

96,090

176

176

Lake Charles

94,550

95,410

177

177

Watertown

92,010

94,960

178

178

Harrisonburg

89,280

92,900

180

179

+1

Alexandria, LA

88,330

89,630

179

180

-1

Marquette

88,960

89,290

182

181

+1

Jonesboro

80,000

80,900

183

182

+1

Bowling Green

79,100

80,260

181

183

-2

Charlottesville

85,520

76,600

187

184

+3

Grand Junction-Montrose

69,320

73,360

186

185

+1

Meridian

70,740

72,280

185

186

-1

Lima

70,910

70,690

184

187

-3

Greenwood-Greenville

75,190

70,050

188

188

Laredo

67,150

68,110

189

189

Lafayette, IN

66,330

67,070

194

190

+4

Butte-Bozeman

61,620

65,480

191

191

Great Falls

63,520

64,910

192

192

Bend, OR

62,870

64,830

190

193

-3

Parkersburg

63,680

63,760

193

194

-1

Twin Falls

62,590

63,540

195

195

Eureka

59,660

60,900

197

196

+1

San Angelo

53,110

54,980

198

197

+1

Casper-Riverton

53,100

54,340

196

198

-2

Cheyenne-Scottsbluff

54,380

54,120

199

199

Mankato

51,290

52,230

199

200

-1

Ottumwa-Kirksville

51,290

51,270

201

201

St. Joseph

46,390

46,840

203

202

+1

Fairbanks

32,550

37,110

202

203

-1

Zanesville

33,360

32,550

205

204

+1

Presque Isle

30,860

31,270

204

205

-1

Victoria

31,080

31,260

206

206

Helena

26,360

27,040

207

207

Juneau

24,170

25,250

208

208

Alpena

17,510

17,520

209

209

North Platte

15,640

15,250

210

210

Glendive

3,890

3,940