12Oct/14

More changes to Vote for the Girls…

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When I said last year that I had a light bulb idea about the rules on “Vote for the Girls” that I would be introduce a change or two to the site’s rules that “could” alter the site, and it appears one of the new rules may give the moderators on the moderator panel more power on one hand and on another, for the first time ever, another new rule on the site will also give supporters and fans of the female contestants just as much power as the moderators do.

Before the Rising Star finale back in August, I hinted the changes are coming as a result of something that dates back six seasons in the site’s history.

It’s because of a problem that’s been around actually, since I launched Vote for the Girls. I’ve talked about doing something about it and, in fact, I tried it in another country or two to see if it’d work first — we tried it in Italy and Sweden. And it does work, so it got put that into work.

During Season 1 of “Rosta for Flickorna,” the Swedish  version of “Vote for the Girls” in 2011 and season 4 of “Vota Femminilli,” the Italian version of “Vote for the Girls” in 2013 the moderator panel was given veto power.

The veto power gave the moderators the ability to prevent a “Vote for the Girls Loss” when the female contestant finishes runner-up or worse by the public vote.

And I hinted that voteforthegirls.us seemed to add weight to the assumption that fans of the Vote for the Girls site will finally get a role beyond simply supporting the female contestants.

Whatever happens with the moderators if they use the “Moderator’s Save” in a make-up competition, there’s not going to be any wild card picks or any second chances to the moderators’ picks.

It was used as a #VFTGTwist when the moderators unanimously voted anonymously to veto Valerie Rockey’s loss on So You Think You Can Dance.

The question I’ll most likely be asked is, “Why didn’t Vote for the Girls USA use the Moderator’s Save until now?” The response to that question: “There were some factors that have to be put in play because of the Make-Up Competitions of SYTYCD, AGT, DWTS had to be factored in, but when we realized SYTYCD and DWTS seemed more fairer eliminations, I thought ‘How would that work?’ What had to be worked out was the possibility that the Moderators’ Save could possibly be used on SYTYCD in case a girl didn’t win, which proved to be the case. When the Moderator’s Save is used in a make-up competition, the moderators lose the right to choose a wild card for the entire season. In stark contrast, if the Moderator’s Save is used in the other competitions, (The Voice, American Idol, or X Factor) that is a different story. Had the Moderator’s Save been used for The X Factor USA 2, Vote for the Girls USA would have had a perfect season.”

Another change on Vote for the Girls that is being implemented is the Vote for the Girls pick chosen by the public, in addition to the moderators’ picks.

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26Sep/14

Another 9/27 Copycat…

 

A woman will be confronted with disrupting the schedule of yours truly after attempting to interrupt the production of the UK version of my popular American web site (Vote for the Girls) Friday afternoon. The woman, whose name will not be released due to doctor patient laws, will be sanctioned.

The woman will be disciplined for attempted disruption three and half hours before the start of the “Strictly Come Dancing” (UK version of Dancing with the Stars) and the UK version of “The X Factor”. The clash caused a chain reaction.

The moderator panel of Vote for the Girls UK, including Tracia Ward, was startled.

“All of a sudden, after an hour and a half after I finished the plans of the competitions I sensed something wasn’t quite right since it was Friday, ” said Nermal Everman.

The incident might have been deliberate, “but I can’t verify it.”

ORIGINAL STORY: We’re learning more details about a schedule clash that caused the UK version of Vote for the Girls that is set to premiere it’s second season tomorrow.

Around 1:30 pm, as I was going to lunch, was caught off guard for the third time, but this time, it proved to be the last straw as I had tried on at least seven occasions tried my hardest to avoid more schedule conflicts.

This incident occurred on the eve of the 13th anniversary of my dis-enrollment from IWU.

This story will be updated.

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21Sep/14

October is Leg Beards for Breast Cancer Month

It may be the 21st of September 2014 and as is typical punishment for failure when a female contestant or a Vote for the Girls pick on my site — voteforthegirls.us — doesn’t win (ex: runner-up or worse), I take part in what has become a tradition that I’ve taken criticism for since I launched the site nearly five years ago.

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I’m not the only woman or transwoman that many have had audacity to say that have called me a f***ot, and far worse derogatory terms that is typically used in the trans community.

Sure, prior to my gender transition, I had a beard and had it shaved after I graduated from Mississinewa High School some 13 years ago.

It was during the month of October of 2012 while watching Fox 59’s newscasts that the guys (notably Brian Wilkes and Ray Cortopassi) have grown their beards out. At the end of the day, I put two and two together and realized back in 2011, I didn’t know a whole lot about Beards for Breast Cancer until I learned it was an Indianapolis-based organization that asked only the guys to grow a beard during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


In the past, I posted daily pictures of the unlady-likeness of the hairy leg until Haloween night or the morning of November 1. (As I did last year)

But not this year: Because I called off the competition and announced I was auctioning off my virginity to the highest female bidder on April 18, 2014 that ended a little early due to low bids, I decided back in August that I wasn’t going to shave my legs for the remainder of 2014 (to coincide with the vegetarian diet that will end on January 4, 2015) and since I’m often free to ignore the rules of Vote for the Girls as I see fit.. this Leg Beard for Breast Cancer punishment has become a real bitch in 2014. Yes the legs was bid adieu in August as I prepared for five  straight months of leg hair oriented charitable causes (Beards for Breast Cancer in October and No Shave November) .

The rules seem simple enough: Have clean-shaven legs on October 1st (for me earlier than that), grow a leg beard for 31 days, donate money–the latter is usually non-existent. I’m sure there are more rules, but anything that allows me to not shave my legs for a month (or longer) while still supporting breast cancer awareness and gets my vote as a worthwhile charity endeavor.

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About this Leg Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November Vote for the Girls Punishment for Failure

After a Vote for the Girls Loss is claimed when a girl doesn’t win shows like American Idol, The Voice, and/or Rising Star, the Vote for the Girls USA moderators (myself, Holly Everman, and other female friends) take part in the the great annual events called “Beards for Breast Cancer since October 2010 and for the first time in November 2014 “No-Shave-November” where guys and girls alike unite in the height of laziness agreeing to not shave their beards or legs (respectively) for the entire months of October and November.

After all, they are the busiest parts of the semester or work year, and you are the farthest behind on sleep, so why waste the time? Plus, it’ll cold enough to wear scarves or jeans (respectively) to cover that unsightly hair.
Everyone, young and old, male and female can participate in Beards for Breast Cancer and No-Shave-November by following this simple calendar of guide-lines. The festivities shall unfold thusly:

  • October 1 (or the first day of Beards for Breast Cancer): Razors are stowed, indifference ignited. Beards for Breast Cancer begins.
  • October 1-7: The week of scratching that itch. Push yourself, control the desire to shave and relieve the itchiness.
  • First Wednesday: Itch hump day.
  • October 14: Finally the women do look ridiculous.
  • October 27: Finally the boys or follicularly-challenged do look ridiculous.
  • November 1: Razors are stowed, indifference ignited. Noshember begins.
    Nov 1-7: The week of scratching that itch. Push yourself, control the desire to shave and relieve the itchiness.
  • Nov 30: Photograph day. Take your best hair exhibiting celebration photos. You have truly completed something great.
  • Dec 1: Great festival of many razors, shaving commences.

Among Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November traditions, perhaps the strongest is the beard and/or leg hair contest (or armpits or whatever…be creative). Lets see who is the fullest, bushiest, and most natural after a month, and then join in a ritual corporate shoring of our hides!

 

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Ladies (and this applies to transgendered and transsexual women as well)! Don’t think that just because you can’t grow a burly beard you can’t participate in Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November…You can! Now it may not be on your face, but hair does grow on your body…the most commonly sported female hair is on the legs and under the arms. Now its quite uncommon for even males in our society to be unkempt in general, but its especially uncommon (and unusual) for females to go all natural. So we want to give you a special word of encouragement and thanks for supporting the ways of the hairy. Only a few select women (as part of Beards for Breast Cancer Awareness) have what it takes to participate in this tradition. I think I have been commended for this, as well as my friend Holly  you.

A note from one of the female No-Shave November Facebook groups:

“For all the girls who think they can go for all of November without shaving. We are standing up for our right as women!”

“How long can you go? *oh, btw, this group is only for legs. feel free to shave other places as you wish, cuz i’m not gonna go there*”

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18Sep/14

Ava Zinn Announcement (9/18/14)

As you know AvaZinn.com is celebrating 15 years online come November 1, 2014. The flagship site of Ava Zinn, yours truly, has had two successful ventures, INNewsCenter (launched November 1, 1999; closed June 30, 2011; and planning revival on November 1, 2014), and Vote for the Girls International (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia versions launched April 28, 2010, June 1, 2013, and April 2015, respectively).

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But unfortunately, producing the YouTube videos and getting the clips uploaded have become a financial burden for Ava Zinn, yours truly. Nearly $38 a month goes to keeping the sites in operation (and that comes out of my pocket, sadly) alone. Then the moderator salaries and obligations to keep Vote for the Girls moderators that can range up to $1,000 a year (counting iTunes downloads by downloading a studio performance by a female contestant also coming out of my pocket) and online advertising (pretty much restricted since I tried putting flyers and basically selling my heart out which hasn’t been working).

On Vote for the Girls USA (the original version I launched a year before) alone, back in May of 2011, I tried offline advertising to get people to vote for Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart in the American Idol 10 finale… Unfortunately for me, despite the well-known “VOTE FOR LAUREN AND HALEY” the most successful campaign, I felt that it wasn’t enough and thinking ‘this isn’t gonna work,’ then I realized that eventually when I auditioned for the 11th season of American Idol auditioning in front of the producers, they had no idea I went undercover and here it is in 2014 what turned out to be two things I think I believe that despite changes on Idol since then–

  1. VoteForTheWorst.com basically ruined Idol and without that particular site or had I began watching Idol prior to American Idol 6, there would not be a Vote for the Girls franchise
  2. since my American Idol audition at Heinz Field and the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Vote for the Girls became very popular in both Indiana and Pennsylvania. But recently, I think the site has lost steam after Alex & Sierra’s win on The X Factor 3 last year.

Revenue is down…

Then earlier this year, I tried to advertise Vote for the Girls online with mixed results on Facebook, Twitter, and Google with little success. What I realized now is that when I launched this site in November 1999 (then on a GeoCities site, then Tripod, followed by Aeverine.info, and to the current AvaZinn.com), as well as INNewsCenter (which had its own URL and I’ve decided not to do the same for the 2014 revival but rather AvaZinn.com/INNewsCenter but keeping the INNewsCenter YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages.) And as I did back when Vote for the Girls first started, I posted Crystal Bowersox voting information on both the INNewsCenter and my Facebook page (which serves as an alternate Facebook profile since the Vote for the Girls page wasn’t in existence yet.)  Had I run ads (usually cost $500-$1,000 per week) on Google, Facebook, and Twitter and had they ran on Vote for the Worst’s site, (and this is one thing I think I’m doing wrong with Vote for the Girls in 2014) then Crystal Bowersox, Lauren Alaina, Jessica Sanchez, Angie Miller, and Jena Irene would have won American Idols 9-13, respectively instead of those dreaded white guys with guitars.

So, I am officially looking for sponsors for Vote for the Girls US (as well as other adaptations in other countries) that will compensate me for running their ads on the You Tube channels involved, as well as the Vote for the Girls Pledge on the US site.

As for my fellow Hoosiers, fans, friends, and followers, once you make the Vote for the Girls pledge, you CANNOT and WILL NOT vote for male contestants not approved by yours truly because this is a lifetime commitment and I will not accept any excuses like, “If the girls performed better, they’d earn my vote…” or “Oh, Vote for the Girls, I’m not gonna follow that stupid tranny bitch…” or some other excuse.

At the end of the day, what it all comes down to is money, and lots of it. Another factor of what I think will make Vote for the Girls franchise become successful is opening a sports bar or some chain such as Buffalo Wild Wings. That, in addition to the web hosting and moderator salaries, and everything else related to the Vote for the Girls franchise operations.

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26Aug/14

What’s Wrong With Holly Everman?

In more ways than one close friend could possibly imagine, yet in some odd manner since 1990, Holly Everman’s friends have been dreading for this day. They’ve been dreading for the day when she’d reach rock bottom and be forced to come to terms with an alcohol problem that she’s battled for some time.

“She’s a sick, sick woman,” one source told me. “She desperately needs help.”

There was a sad inevitability to what happened Sunday morning on the northwest side of Indianapolis when she was arrested for her second DUI this year alone. Everman faces four felony counts after being arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. As someone I have been close friends with for 25 years, insider sources and fellow Muncie Central High School Class of 1998 alumni have known that Holly was struggling again with alcohol. For years, they fought to get her into rehab. At the very least, they fought to get her a driver in the hopes of keeping her from getting behind the wheel.

I have been cleaning up Holly’s messes for years now, especially since May of 2012 following the death of another good friend–Robyn (Hurd) Matthewson. Time and again, Everman dismissed the concerns of her close friends and confidants, even if her increasingly attractive physical appearance sent up red flags throughout the community.

I asked her back in 2011 when I was visiting her in Muncie about her weight gain, which has brought her from 135 pounds to 190, and she insisted the doctors kept telling her to lose weight.

I suspected otherwise.

Those of us who are around Holly Everman on a regular basis suspected otherwise for a very long time.

So why didn’t you know what was wrong with Holly Everman?

That’s a fair question I got asked in 2011. But it’s much like the NBA players during the Detroit Pitons Bad Boys era. Suspicions cannot be the basis for a post on this web site — AvaZinn.com. My feeling all along has been, “Unless she gets arrested for drugs, or acts erratically in a public setting while obviously under the influence, it will remain nothing more than an educated guess.”

Now he’s been arrested — twice now.

The game has changed.

That was hammered home Monday morning as a bunch of media waited outside the Indianapolis-Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Around 8:30, Everman and her lawyer,  appeared and got into a car without comment. Everman looked beaten, face blotchy. It was a sad sight but not a surprising one.

She has two big problems, besides the obvious alcohol issue: She has the appearance of a former supermodel, and she has lots of free time. That is a dangerous cocktail for a woman with a genetic predisposition to alcohol abuse.

That doesn’t make her a bad woman, just a troubled one, one who has been in and out of rehab on multiple occasions, one who needs to get herself some help again if she wants to be alive for the American Idol’s next female winner.

This is not written in anger. It’s written with compassion — although if she’d hurt someone while driving, it would take on a different tone. This is a woman 34 years of age I’ve been best friends with since 1989 in the throes of addiction, a disease she’s been fighting for four years with mixed results.

Now comes the wake-up call.

Do you hear it, Holly? Do you hear it? Or do you press the snooze button and continue on this downward spiral? Or did you realize when you shaved your head when Christina Grimmie finished third place on The Voice and Josh K robbed Christina of “The Voice 6” title — in the process delivering Vote for the Girls its first loss on “The Voice” in addition to Jena Asciutto finishing runner-up on American Idol 13? Or did you realize when you had the audacity to call Khayla Chow “a bisexual black bimbo” during an appearance on Vote for the Girls on YouTube, you and Khayla got into a heated argument about the Malaya Watson’s elimination and Chow shoved you to the floor you saw the downward spiral happening?

There’s no shame. There’s no embarrassment. Fact is, if Holly gets the help she needs, she’d be a public beacon for the multitudes who also need help with alcohol and sex addition. Just as Brian Wilkes of Fox 59 in Indianapolis has taken the small step in finding a cure for cancer and more specifically Breast Cancer — though it is Beards for Breast Cancer, Everman can be a guiding light for those in the grips of addiction.

She’s just got to decide it’s time.

Because, well, it is time.

As a secondary issue, there’s now the question of what as I, Ava Zinn, as the administrator, founder, and webmaster of Vote for the Girls, will do once I collect all the pertinent information. I can promise you the fans and followers of Ava Zinn, Holly Everman, as well as Vote for the Girls and INNewsCenter will watch this closely. Will I come down as hard on Holly Everman as I do with other friends? Do not be shocked or surprised if I have to sanction or metes out some sort of harsh punishment against Holly.

At this point, Holly Everman needs to temporarily abdicate control of her role as my BFF to either Alec Dailey (even though she and Alec have gotten into many heated exchanges over the years), Serena R, her longtime right-hand woman, or either her sisters, Elisa and Lynsey–both Elisa and Lynsey have children of their own (of which I was, from 1997 to 2000, in a relationship with Elisa (and have a daughter, Tiffani f/k/a Timothy and Elisa has another daughter, Nermal, now moderator of the UK and Australian version of Vote for the Girls) and I was, from 2000 until 2011, colleagues with Lynsey at NoSirGifts Venues before I walked away in 2011–despite being an heiress to the NoSirGifts franchise). Holly’s got more important business to take care of than worrying about Vote for the Girl’ next victory. With or without Holly Everman, it shouldn’t change very much about the short-term, day-to-day operations of Vote for the Girls. I take care of that end of the business.

Again, though, that’s secondary.

Based on several conversations I had over the past several weeks and months with the other Vote for the Girls (US, UK, and Australia) moderators and other friends of mine and Holly’s, Holly Everman is pretty much a woman fighting for her life.

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12Aug/14

CBS moves from WISH to WTTV (Justice Served?)

CBS EyemarkBy now, you have probably heard the news that Tribune Company of Chicago, owners of WTTV/WXIN in Indianapolis, have signed an affiliation agreement with the CBS Television network and ending the 58 year affiliation with WISH-TV.

For starters, CBS shows such as “The Price is Right,” “The Young and The Restless,” and possibly a US version of “Keep Your Light Shining” will move from WISH-TV (channel 8) to WTTV (channel 4) as of January 1, 2015. CW programming, which is currently on WTTV will move to WTTV’s digital subchannel currently occupied by This TV Indianapolis.

WISH-TV logoThe main question you are probably is wondering, “Why? Why is CBS moving to WTTV?” If you remember the WISH-TV/Bright House Dispute back in October 2008, LIN and Time Warner Cable entered into an impasse during negotiations to renew retransmission consent deals for some of the group’s television stations. Bright House Networks, one of two major cable providers serving Indianapolis as well as the cable provider in Marion, negotiates retransmission consent contracts through Time Warner Cable. LIN TV requested compensation for carriage of its stations in a manner similar to the deals that cable networks have with pay television providers, as other broadcast station owners began to seek compensation from cable and satellite providers for their programming. The carriage agreement with Bright House expired on October 2, 2008.  At 12:37 a.m. on October 3, WISH-TV, WNDY (channel 23/Marion Cable 10), and Fort Wayne’s WANE-TV (channel 15/former Marion Cable 20, currently occupied by TBN) signal was removed on Bright House. It would not be until October 29 when WISH-TV and WNDY were restored to Bright House Networks systems in Grant County, Indiana (which serves Marion, Gas City, and Jonesboro), but WANE-TV’s signal wasn’t restored, which led to WISE-TV and WPTA-TV being dropped nearly two months later. At that point, I had no choice but to cancel my cable subscription to Bright House after six years and began to watch over-the-air (and eventually added AT&T’s U-Verse Internet High Speed, making it an online streaming/over-the-air hybrid).

I somehow knew what LIN TV was going to try to do at that point and to this day, basically turned Marion, Indiana upside down.

Then, incidentally, the very last post on INNewsCenter was Fox’s announcement on June 20, 2011 that it would end its affiliation with WFFT (channel 55/former Marion Cable 2, now occupied by C-SPAN) moving WISE-DT2 on August 1, 2011. Nexstar had earlier lost the Fox affiliation for WTVW (channel 7) in Evansville following a dispute with the network over retransmission consent fees that it wanted its stations to pay to the network.  WFFT has since reaffiliated with Fox on March 1, 2013.

And in a twist of fate, happens to the the very first unofficial post of the INNewsCenter revival is that CBS’s announcement yesterday that it would drop its affiliation with WISH-TV (and likely WLFI in Lafayette) and affiliate with a WTTV (and its Kokomo satellite WTTK), effective January 1, 2015. Like the reason for WFFT going independent from August 1, 2011 to February 28, 2013, and now the case with WISH-TV losing CBS is coming as CBS is aggressively seeking a higher share of retransmission earnings gained by its affiliates as part of affiliation agreements, an approach that openly irked WISH-TV’s owner LIN TV.  I would not be surprised if LIN TV would subsequently be stripped of its CBS affiliations in Lafayette (WLFI), Buffalo (WVIB) and Providence (WPRI) as well.

As for WISH-TV’s future after January 1, 2015, and here is likely what will happen:

  • WISH-TV will either become an independent station (or take the MyNetwork TV affiliation from WNDY) on January 1, 2015 as WTTV takes the CBS affiliation.
  • WISH-TV will likely replace CBS daytime primetime shows with syndicated programming on weeknights, movies on weekends.
  • WISH-TV will introduce increased local programming, including coverage of local high school and college sports.
  • WISH-TV’s focus on news and investigative programming will likely be increased should the station become independent. WISH will expanded its weekday morning newscast from 2 1/2 hours to four (from 4:30-9 a.m., and effectively cancelling the 7-8 a.m. hour on WNDY), early evening newscasts expanded from a 90-minute to two-hour block starting at 5 p.m., and an hour-long primetime newscast at 10 p.m. (currently shown on WNDY) will joined the existing 11 p.m. newscast, and its existing noon newscast will likely expand to an hour.

WTTV, on the other hand, will have news since canceling a WRTV (channel 6)-produced newscast in 2002. WTTV, upon taking the CBS affiliation will have the following newscasts, as not to compete with WXIN (channel 59/Marion Cable 11)

  • 4:30-7:00 a.m. Weekdays (WXIN currently airs a morning newscast from 4-10 a.m.)
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m. Weekdays (WXIN did have a midday newscast from 2008-2010)
  • 90 minute news block from 5-6:30 p.m. (WXIN currently has a early evening news block from 4-7:30 p.m. come September)
  • 11-11:35 p.m. (WXIN currently has a late newscast block from 10-11:30 p.m.)

Then there comes WTTV’s likely weekday schedule come January 1, 2015 as follows (many shows currently shown on WTTV could stay or move to either WXIN or WTTV-DT2:

  • 4:00 a.m. CBS Morning News
  • 4:30 a.m. “CBS 4 Morning News”
  • 7:00 a.m. CBS This Morning
  • 9:00 a.m. Judge Mathis
  • 10:00 a.m. The People’s Court of Let’s Make A Deal
  • 11:00 a.m. The Price is Right
  • 12:00 p.m. “CBS 4 News at Noon”
  • 12:30 p.m. The Young and the Restless
  • 1:30 p.m. The Bold and The Beautiful
  • 2:00 p.m. The Talk
  • 3:00 p.m. Let’s Make A Deal or The People’s Court
  • 4:00 p.m. Paternity Court or The Middle
  • 4:30 p.m. The Middle??
  • 5:00 p.m. “CBS 4 News at 5:00”
  • 5:30 p.m. “CBS 4 News at 5:30”
  • 6:00 p.m. “CBS 4 News at 6:00”
  • 6:30 p.m. CBS Evening News
  • 7:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
  • 7:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men
  • 8:00 p.m. CBS Prime
  • 11:00 p.m. “CBS 4 News at 11:00”
  • 11:35 p.m. The Late Show with Steven Colbert
  • 12:37 a.m. The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • 1:37 a.m. How I Met Your Mother
  • 2:07 a.m. Rules of Engagement
  • 2:37 a.m. CBS News Up To The Minute??

When WTTV joins CBS, WTTV will most likely pre-empt the network’s Saturday morning block CBS Dream Team in favor of running E/I-compliant children’s programs acquired from the syndication market and pre-empt Up To The Minute, in favor of airing syndicated programs and infomericals during the overnight hours. Once the syndicated acquired programs get dropped from WTTV’s schedule once contract commitments with syndication distributors ended, likely those blocks may begin airing.

Then comes the issue of the This TV subchannel, since that is owned by Tribune Broadcasting. One scenario is This TV could move to a new subchannel on WXIN because WTTV will likely upgrade 4.1 and 4.2 to HD and WXIN currently has Fox on 59.1 and Antenna TV on 59.2, and possibly This TV on 59.3.

Bottom line: I think WTTV is considered to be a strong CBS affiliate owing to WTTV’s former “Indiana’s Sports Station” as a college basketball hotbed and teams such as Purdue, Butler, and Indiana being longtime fixtures in the tournament, I think NCAA tournament games on WTTV will be consistently among the highest-rated programs in Indianapolis during the tournament’s run.  Unfortunately WTTV’s future late news WILL NOT serve the lead-in for Indianapolis native David Letterman’s late night talk show on CBS, the Late Show), since The Late Show with Davide Letterman’s final episode will air on WISH, not WTTV.

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22Jul/14

INNewsCenter: Five Things that will be different from the original 1999-2011 version

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I know I will be asked this as the revival of INNewsCenter approaches in November. Yet there are some things that will be different from the original version of INNewsCenter and what will be seen on the remake of INNewsCenter.

 

Just to be clear that all of INNewsCenter’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages are going to remain the same as it was before I closed INNewsCenter in 2011. I will still be administrator of the INNewsCenter revival.

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First and foremost, do expect for certain clips (as was the case for Cheryl Parker’s final WXIN-TV newscast and the American Idol 9 finale which was never uploaded to INNewsCenter’s YouTube channel), often crossing over from another Aeverine Zinn Holdings site (usually Vote for the Girls or this web site you are viewing, AvaZinn.com) or come courtesy of the company providing the prize. Some such INNewsCenter clips will be female contestants (of which are supported by Vote for The Girls) and/or someone that I went to school with makes Indiana headlines and/or as was the case with the Ashley Rheam affair (which is covered on AvaZinn.com), especially for Issues related in the Marion, Mississinewa, and Eastbrook Community School Districts, and typically seen on the Ava Zinn You Tube Channel.

Secondly, at the time of INNewsCenter’s closure, and since the very last post on the site was WFFT-TV (channel 55, former Marion cable channel 2) losing Fox (and on March 1, 2013, WFFT has re-affiliated with the network) as well as a cable television dispute that lead to dropping Bright House Networks (not because of cable TV rates in case anyone wondered, but it was due to the WISH-TV/Bright House dispute in October 2008 that lead to the repercussions of the big four Fort Wayne stations dropped) and eventually replaced with AT&T U-Verse (via internet streaming) and over-the-air hybrid. There won’t be as much montages from the original as I will be most likely have to take an indoor TV antenna, and VCR to a hotel (especially in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, of which when I launched INNewsCenter in November 1999, only the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis markets were covered before adding the eight other markets that serve all 92 counties in Indiana.)

Third, due to my commitments with Vote for the Girls (the American version since 2010, UK/British version since 2013, and soon add the Australian version come 2015), Housing Hell (coming in 2016), family obligations (with my daughters Samantha, Tiffani, Ashli, and Tabitha and to a similar extent, my cousins – notably my cousins Patricia and Sharon), and other issues that do come up often with my friends and family, do expect INNewsCenter to have a “INNewsCenter team” that will run the web site similar to “Nightline”‘s format since 2005 after Ted Koppel retired with all posts final by yours truly.

The fourth thing that will be different from the original INNewsCenter and the revival is going to be a new, yet likely going to be a YouTube copyright issue at the end of the day. In 2008, months before the WISH-TV/Bright House dispute, I was notified as the administrator of INNewsCenter since LIN TV of Providence contacted me about using INNewsCenter’s graphical element (such as high definition pillars on clips used for 4:3 videos in 480 i as INNewsCenter will still be presenting clips in high definition when the original version upgraded to high definition/widescreen in 2007) and recently on the INNewsCenter YouTube channel asked to take down clips from WIPB-TV in Muncie, which is a bloody shame. That lead me to consider a new feature, mostly for the station owner’s interests and copyright claims — The INNewsCenter Safe Haven Policy, which allows yours truly at the station owner’s request in the event the clips be taken down from INNewsCenter’s YouTube channel and as the administrator of INNewsCenter, offer the station owner (like LIN TV of Providence or Scripps) the use of INNewsCenter’s clip(s) be uploaded to the station’s YouTube Channel (such as WISH-TV or WRTV) to be presented it was seen on the station involved. A clear example of this is from WTWO-TV in Terre Haute (watch below).

BTW, since INNewsCenter is owned and operated by Ava Zinn, the civil policies are subject to the 2-5-10-BANNED Rule, that went into effect July 4, 2014. Should a station owner request a station’s material be taken down on YouTube due to copyright, that’s an automatic 20 year BANNED/BANNED as long as the station remains on the air. Another example is after Josh Kaufman won The Voice of America 6, INNewsCenter will not be uploading anything from WTHR from July 4, 2014 until January 4, 2016 under my discretion and this applies to Vote for the Girls USA.

And last but not least, the fifth and final thing that will be different on the INNewsCenter revival is that five significantly viewed markets of Peoria/Bloomington (viewed in Terre Haute); Grand Rapids (viewed in South Bend/Elkhart); Toledo and Detroit (viewed in Fort Wayne); and Lexington KY (viewed in Louisville and Cincinnati OH) are being added to the ten markets that INNewsCenter covered during the original 1999-2011 run. When the site launched, INNewsCenter only covered Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, and in 2004 added the eight other Indiana television markets of South Bend, Evansville, Terre Haute, Lafayette, Gary (Chicago, IL), New Albany (Louisville, KY), Richmond (Dayton, OH), and Rising Sun (Cincinnati, OH).

Pretty much things will be the same on INNewsCenter when I shut the site down on June 30, 2011 and closing INNewsCenter was the biggest regret I’ve ever made. When I relaunch the INNewsCenter site on November 1, 2014 (coincidentally 15 years to the day I started the site as a junior at Mississinewa High School), it will be located at avazinn.com/innewscenter and look forward to the site having its own URL as before because INNewsCenter.net has since been taken by another owner.

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26Jun/14

CONFIRMED: Ava Zinn to revive INNewsCenter

It's officially confirmed. INNewsCenter will be returning.

It’s officially confirmed. INNewsCenter will be returning.

MARION, INDIANA – Ava Zinn announced Thursday that she is planning to relaunch the popular television news discussion site INNewsCenter.

innewscenterThe site will be debuting on November 1, 2014. The site makes a triumphant return for Zinn who launched and ran INNewsCenter from 1999-2011.

“It’s absolutely an amazing feeling to be going HOME to my old friends and colleagues and firing up the ‘Covering Indiana’s 92 Counties and Beyond … AGAIN!” Zinn said.

“I’m excited to be back to the TV news biz and with the success with Vote for the Girls, INNewsCenter makes an excellent companion,” Zinn noted. “I had a substantial following with the old INNewsCenter (1999-2011), and I’ve had a lot of questions asked about ‘What happened to INNewsCenter?’ ‘Is INNewsCenter coming back?’ In 1999, there was no American Idol, no Vote for the Worst, no smart phones, all those things. When I launched INNewsCenter with my web site that has evolved to AvaZinn.com, I attracted a cross-over audience while bringing a fresh perspective to television news and getting a woman’s perspective since I’m transitioning to a female. That same need in the market exists today as when INNewsCenter originally launched. I’m are looking forward to the same success with my seasoned expertise and appeal in this genre.”

Ava Zinn’s commitments with ‘Vote for the Girls’ since the original American version launched in April 2010 and the British counterpart launched in June 2013, reinvigorated the desire to get back on the TV news discussion biz. Zinn commented on her Facebook page, “Closing INNewsCenter on June 30, 2011 has the second biggest regret I’ve ever made in my life.”

While the original INNewsCenter ran from November 1, 1999 through June 30, 2011, the site featured changes in the television news industry from the ten markets covering Indiana’s 92 counties and significantly viewed markets in those beyond Indiana’s state line (notably Lexington, KY; Grand Rapids, MI; Toledo, OH; Rockford, IL; Detroit, and Peoria, IL in the 2010’s) and primarily Indianapolis and Fort Wayne markets, which INNewsCenter only featured from the site’s debut until 2004. Here is a look at some of INNewsCenter’s most memorable moments from the popular web site.

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