National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
903 AM CST Sat Feb 10 2018


  • WHAT…Mixed precipitation of snow, sleet and freezing rain expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch, with localized amounts up to 3 inches across northeast Missouri, and ice accumulations of up to two tenths of an inch are expected across southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois.
  • WHERE…Portions of east central, northeast and southeast Missouri and south central, southwest and west central Illinois.
  • WHEN…Until 6 AM CST Sunday.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The ice and snow will result in difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory is issued for a variety of winter weather conditions, such as snow, blowing snow, sleet, or freezing drizzle and rain. It only takes a small amount of wintry precipitation to make roads, bridges, sidewalks, and parking lots icy and dangerous. It is often difficult to tell when ice begins to form, so do not be caught off guard. In Illinois, call 1-800-

452-4368 for road information. In Missouri, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT

(1-888-275-6636) for road information.

Posted in the New Media

Analysis of the Sinclair Broadcast Group / Tribune Media and Its Impact on the St Louis DMA




An Analysis of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media and impact on the St Louis television market are the subject of this Big B File.

On May 6th, 2017, it was announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group had agreed to purchase Tribune Media for approximately $3.9 billion plus the assumption of approximately $2.7 billion in net debt.  This will make Sinclair the largest TV broadcasting company in the country by far. The proposed purchase of Tribune Media by Sinclair is pending approval by both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (USDOJ)

Several groups on the right and left, media organizations, politicians, and others have come out in opposition of this deal. This deal is so huge in fact that the FCC itself put a temporary hold on the agency’s normal 180-day window for reviewing broadcast applications……which is not done very often, if at all.

Because of this deal, there are several Television markets across the country where both Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media both own TV stations. In this Big B File, I am going to focus my analysis on the impact of this deal in the St Louis Designated Marketing Area or DMA. St. Louis, MO is currently the 21st largest television Market in the United States right now…. which is considered a large Market.

In the St Louis DMA, this deal impacts three television stations. Currently Tribune Media owns KTVI FOX 2 and KPLR 11 while Sinclair Broadcast Group owns KDNL ABC 30… all in St Louis.

Under current FCC rules, a single broadcaster is not limited in the number of television station owns as long as the combined stations’ coverage areas does not cover more than 39% of the entire country.  In local television markets, a single broadcaster cannot own more than two television stations in a single television market, with both of the television stations being in the top four stations in the market ratings wise, and that there are at least eight other TV stations in the same Market that are not owned by the broadcaster that owns the two stations in that local market. This local TV ownership rule comes with two conditions as outlined by the FCC:

The service areas – known as the digital noise limited service contour – of the stations do not overlap

At least one of the stations is not ranked among the top four stations in the DMA (based on audience share), and at least eight independently owned TV stations would remain in the market after the proposed combination.

You can read more about the Radio / TV / Newspaper ownership rules by clicking here. It should be noted that on November 20, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order on Reconsideration and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 17-156) that got rid of the rules regarding  Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership and Radio/Television Cross-Ownership respectively and revised the Local Television Ownership Rule. The FCC says that the rule changes will go into effect 30 days after publication of a summary of the Order in the Federal Register and that additional information on the changes adopted in the Order can be found by clicking here.

Currently, the St. Louis DMA has a total of 8 full power stations and several low-power stations. According to Economists Incorporated, in order to count for purposes of the current 8 Voice Rule, those stations may be either commercial or non-commercial but must be full-powered…. St Louis has exactly that… 8 full power stations. Those stations are KTVI FOX 2 and KPLR 11 (both owned by the Tribune Media Company), KMOV channel 4 (owned by Meredith Corporation), KSDK 5 On Your Side (owned by Tegna Corporation), KETC-TV  9 Network of Public Media (owned and operated by St. Louis Regional Public Media), KNLC TV channel 24 (recently acquired by Weigel Broadcasting), KDNL ABC 30 (owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group), and WRBU Ion 46 (owned by Ion Media Networks).

Under current FCC Rules, Sinclair Broadcast Group couldn’t own are KTVI FOX 2, KPLR 11, and KDNL ABC 30 because under the current 8 Voice Rule, there would be only 5 stations not owned by Sinclair.

As I said just a minute ago, the FCC voted to get rid of the rules regarding Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership and Radio/Television Cross-Ownership respectively and revised the Local Television Ownership Rule……which includes the 8 Voice Rule.  The FCC basically modified the Top-Four Prohibition…retained the underlying prohibition, while adopting an option for applicants to seek case-by-case review of a transaction in order to account for circumstances in which the strict application of the Top-Four Prohibition may be unwarranted. The FCC also eliminated the rule attributing certain television Joint Sales Agreements (JSAs), saying that it preserves “an important source of financing and tangible public interest benefits, particularly in small and medium-sized markets.” There is no change, however, to the FCC Rules regarding Shared Service Agreements or SSAs.

Before I give the Big B Files analysis of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media and impact on the St. Louis television market (DMA #21), allow me to give you a little background on two previous transactions in two other TV markets that will have at least some bearing on the St. Louis DMA Situation. The two previous transactions in two other TV markets I am referring to that took place in the Peoria- Bloomington-Normal, IL Market (DMA #118) and the Terre Haute, IN Market (DMA #155) respectively.

First, we’ll look at the Peoria- Bloomington-Normal, IL Market (DMA #118) transaction. On February 28, 2013, Sinclair announced that they had agreed to purchase all the Barrington Broadcasting stations which included WHOI-TV. Because Sinclair Broadcast Group already owned WYZZ FOX 43 and had for years, the current TV ownership rules (which were in effect in 2013) did not allow Sinclair to own both WYZZ and WHOI at the same time. To comply with those very FCC rules (or to get around them as some might say) as the Peoria DMA has only six Full Power stations…. Sinclair Broadcast Group sold WYZZ FOX 43 to Cunningham Broadcasting Company, which is basically a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

One little note…… WHOI is operated by WEEK, channel 25 (owned by Quincy Media, Inc.)  through a shared services agreement while WYZZ is operated by WMBD Channel 31 (owned by Nexstar Media Group) under a local marketing agreement with Sinclair.

Next, we’ll look at the Terre Haute, IN Market (DMA #155) transaction. The Terre Haute, IN market legally cannot have any duopolies as there are only three full-power stations in the Market…. WTHI-TV Channel 10 (CBS on 10.1 & FOX / MyNetworkTV on 10.2), WTWO-TV NBC 2, and WAWV-TV Channel 38 (ABC).

On May 9, 2004, Bahakel Communications Sold WBAK-TV to Mission Broadcasting, which is essentially a sister company to Nexstar Media Group. After Mission Broadcasting purchased WBAK (now WAWV-TV), they entered into a shared-services and sales agreement whereby Nexstar’s NBC affiliate WTWO-TV handles the ad sales and operations of WBAK-TV, the local Fox affiliate. In other words, this allows Nexstar Media Group to operate both WTWO-TV NBC 2, and WAWV-TV Channel 38 (ABC) as a de facto duopoly….operating the stations as if Nexstar owned both stations outright, even though they don’t in the eyes of the FCC.

And now for the Big B Files analysis of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media and impact on the St. Louis, MO television market (DMA #21). I believe that the FCC and USDOJ will approve the Sinclair broadcast group Tribune media merger. With that said, I believe one of the three following scenarios will occur…. going from least likely to most likely to occur. The three scenarios are as follows:

  • Scenario number 1 – The FCC Grants Sinclair’s application to purchase are KTVI FOX 2 & KPLR 11, and as a result, would own are KTVI FOX 2, KPLR 11, and KDNL ABC 30 outright…. Meaning that Sinclair Broadcast Group would own three stations in St Louis under the Sinclair name.
  • Scenario number 2 – The FCC grants Sinclair broadcast group’s application to own are KTVI FOX 2, KPLR 11, and KDNL ABC 30. Sinclair, intern, what then sell one or two of the stations to a completely independent broadcaster. According to Fierce Cable website, there are three broadcasters are interested in some of the Tribune Media stations. As I said on my Facebook page on December 25, 2017 at 8:08pm….the only one of those broadcasting companies listed in the story that can buy the stations in St. Louis is Nexstar Media……here’s why:
    • Tegna currently owns KSDK and Meredith Corporation owns KMOV. If either broadcaster were to buy KTVI and KPLR-TV, these two broadcasting companies would be in the same exact situation as Sinclair is now and therefore could not own all three stations outright.
  • Scenario number 3 – This is the most likely scenario that I think will take place regarding the Sinclair / Tribune merger. The FCC will grant Sinclair Broadcast Group’s application to purchase KTVI FOX 2, KPLR 11 while continuing to own KDNL ABC 30. To stay in compliance with the TV ownership limits set by the FCC, Sinclair will then sell either KPLR 11 or KDNL ABC 30…with KDNL ABC 30 being the most likely to be sold by Sinclair… to Cunningham Broadcasting, which is base essentially a subsidiary of the Sinclair broadcast group. Sinclair with then turn around and operate all three stations under either a Time Brokerage Agreement (TBA) or shared services agreement (SSA) or some other agreement along those lines. This would be the first de facto triopoly in the history of the St. Louis, MO television market (DMA #21).

Like I said before, the most likely scenario to happen is scenario number 3. Remember the two previous transactions that took place in the Peoria- Bloomington-Normal, IL Market (DMA #118) and the Terre Haute, IN Market (DMA #155) respectively that I mentioned just a little bit ago? The reason I believe that the third scenario is the most likely to occur… Even after the FCC’s relaxing of the ownership rules for television stations… is because the precedent was set under the current rules when the Peoria TV transactions occurred and is most likely to occur here in St Louis along the same lines as what happened in that took place in the Peoria- Bloomington-Normal, IL Market (DMA #118).

We should know within the next two months or so what the FCC and USDOJ decides and which of the three scenarios mentioned above happens.

……And that’s the Big B Files.  Click on the comments link below and tell me what you think……I’m Bryan V. Hewing.


Posted in Media Issues, Radio-TV Broadcasting

Concerns about being in St. Louis & why you should come visit regardless

Concerns about being in St. Louis and why you should come visit regardless the subject of this Big B File.

On September 20th 2017……a high school classmate of mine asked on Facebook” STL friends – how are things there? I would like to come there this weekend but unsure.” This is a very valid question, given what has been seen in the ancient media. They almost always go for glorifying the bad stuff.

First of all, most of the “protesters” (a.k.a. agitators) seem to be paid and / or brought in from outside the St Louis metropolitan area to do nothing less than to commit acts of violence and to Fan the Flames of division, mistrust, suspicion… You know word Anarchy that is what groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Etc. do. If they really gave a darn about St Louis metropolitan area, then why are they not protesting all of the problems that are impacting the black community in North Saint Louis City and part of North St Louis County, huh?!? The St. Louis mayor and city council did not help matters whatsoever. In fact, they did just the exact opposite.

So far, there are protest in acts of violence that have taken place in a few parts of the St Louis metropolitan area…leaving the clear majority of the St Louis Metropolitan an area alone.

With all that said, I will say this to everyone reading this Big B File…. Do not let the fear prevent you from coming to St Louis if you do let the fear prevent you from coming, you’ll be handing these groups a victory and involving them, all at the same time. As I said in a Facebook post from May 31st, 2017:

In a sad state of affairs….I have not read any posts on facebook or otherwise of any family members and most of my friends checking out any of the famous religious sites in St. Louis whenever they visit the STL Metro area. They’ll go to the Zoo, the Gateway Arch, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a St. Louis Cardinals or St. Louis Blues game, Gateway Motorsports Park….but cannot go 100 yards or so to, for example, The Basilica of St. Louis, King (fondly known as the Old Cathedral), Cathedral Basilica of St. LouisSaint Louis AbbeyOld St. Ferdinand ShrineShrine of St Philippine DuchesneSt. Francis de Sales ChurchSt. Francis Xavier College Church, etc.

…….Just a thought.

  • May 31st, 2017 Big B File Facebook post

All of the above have never closed as result of the protests. Let me tell you something… All these disruptions they want to do are having the exact opposite effect from what they had in mind all along. Judging from the comments left by the majority of fellow Saint Louisans…. Including the vast majority of calls into the Heat Phone on ABC 30 (KDNL-TV) in St Louis…… the people of St Louis have pretty much turned their backs on the protesters, groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa as a direct result of the tactics used by these groups. The vast majority of St Louis metro hasn’t seen any of the anarchist and Associated violence so far in 2017 nor did they in 2014 in the Ferguson area violence. Let me give you some suggestions of places to check out in the St Louis metropolitan area.

As far as shopping is concerned, Highway 40 (U.S 40, 61, & 76 / Interstate 64) has numerous opportunities from the Brentwood area West into St Charles County, but especially the stretch from Interstate 270 into the Chesterfield Valley area. Then, there’s the St. Charles – St Peters area along Interstate 70 and US Route 94… including the very famous Old Town St Charles area of St. Charles with its very unique specialty shops and it’s Christmastime festivities called Christmas Traditions that takes place in December every year.  There are also some very good shops in the Florissant area in North St. Louis County as well. Speaking of Florissant, let me begin there in telling you about some tourist attractions to see in the St Louis metropolitan area.

Sanctuary of the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine

The old St. Ferdinand Shrine in Florissant which was the one-time home to Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne and was the longtime home to St Ferdinand Catholic parish to which I belonged to for 3 years and still have a strong connection to even today. St Ferdinand Parish is the oldest Parish in St Louis archdiocese, second only to The Basilica of St Louis, King of France… Fondly refer to as the old Cathedral. Tours are available by appointment and can be set up by contacting the shrine at (314) 837-2110, via email, or by filling out a form online at and click on “tour information” under the “Tour and Shop” tab on the menu.

The hours for the old St. Ferdinand Shrine and gift shop or Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. till noon and Sundays from 1 till 4 p.m. April through October.   I’ve been to the shrine numerous times over the years since 2006 and strongly suggest you make a pilgrimage to the shrine… It is so worth it. You can go to for more details about the old St. Ferdinand Shrine.

Abbey Church of St. Louis Abbey

Another place to check out is the Abbey of St Mary and St Louis, commonly referred to as the Saint Louis Abbey. It is a home of the monks of the Order of Saint Benedict. The 444Abbey was founded in 1955 by a group of English Benedictine monks from airport savvy, who were invited by the late Cardinal Joseph Ritter to not only found a community here in St Louis, but also found a high school for Catholic boys in West St. Louis County.

You can join the monks for mass Monday through Thursday at 5:45pm, Friday st 8:15am, Saturday at 8:45am and Sunday at 9:00am. Saint Louis Abbey sings Vespers in English Monday through Friday and in Latin on Saturday and Sunday.  The Divine Office at Saint Louis Abbey occurs five times daily. The prayer marks the hours of the day, helping us take the first step towards obeying the Apostle’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing” (1 Th 5:17). You are welcome to join the monks for the prayers. If you arrive early, a monk can help you navigate the books. You can learn more about Saint Louis Abbey by going to

Cathedral Basilica 

The next tourist attraction that I am going to tell you about is the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End of St Louis City. Often referred to as the new cathedral, it is the mother church of St Louis Archdiocese and one of only a select few churches to be designated a basilica in the United States of America. The cathedral Basilica was designated a basilica by his Holiness the play and recently canonized St John Paul II during his visit to St Louis in January of 1999. The Cathedral Basilica features the most impressive mosaics in the entire United States of America if not the world.

The Cathedral Basilica has a gift shop, daily tours of the Basilica, the Cathedral Concert Series that is world renowned, and a few masses daily. For details on the cathedral Basilica go to and to for details on the world-famous Cathedral concert series.

We also have the Basilica St Louis, King of France… Often referred to as the Old Cathedral, the First Parish west of the Mississippi River. Located next to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and near the Gateway Arch, the Old Cathedral was the first Cathedral for the St. Louis diocese (later the St. Louis Archdiocese). As stated on the Old Cathedral website:

The Old Cathedral is one of the most historic buildings in St. Louis with roots dating back to 1764 when St. Louis founders Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau dedicated a parcel of land to the people of St. Louis for religious purposes that was called the “church block”.  The present building is the fourth church to be erected on the site.  Construction began in 1831 and the church was dedicated in 1834.

It is the oldest building in the City of St. Louis and the only building that remains in the hands of its original owner, the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  It has always been a place that welcomes and nurtures people of all faiths, including those of the Jewish faith as evidenced by the Latin and Hebrew inscriptions on the facade of the church.

You can find out more about the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France…. the Parish of St. Louis fondly known as the Old Cathedral….by going to you can also check out the Gateway Arch, the now-famous Chesterfield Amphitheater, and much more.

You’ll be just fine and nothing to fear about coming to St Louis for a day or multi-day visit. Staying away does nothing more than placating to the protesters and anarchists like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, Etc.… And hurts hard-working people like myself who depend on people coming to visit are great region… the St. Louis metropolitan area to earn money and pay bills.

……And that’s the Big B Files.  Click on the comments link below and tell me what you think……I’m Bryan V. Hewing.

Posted in Cultural Issues, Media Bias, Politics (Other Issues), the New Media Alert(tm) (BIGB2012)

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mr. Bryan V. Hewing
New Media Coordinator, & Webmaster, Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus Council #9981 (Chesterfield, MO)
(314) 607-2823
Ballwin, MO

Posted in the New Media

Home from the hospital & very HUGE Note of Thanks

Just to let everyone know, I was released from the hospital this evening about 5:30 p.m. and then went to Holy day Mass at St Anselm Catholic parish STL County.

Thank you everyone for their kind words and prayers and that they are very much appreciated. My dad and brother Micheal even came all the way from Neoga, IL (over 2 hours away from Ballwin, MO one way) just to visit that was really appreciated and my sister Melissa Hewing who stopped by after work and saw me everyday except one and that it’s very much appreciated as well. In case anybody is wondering I believe I had number of priests praying priest praying for me…..I do appreciate their prayers very much. I do have a couple of people I do want to especially thank, though.

First of all, I want to thank Father Christopher Adinuba, the Catholic chaplain at Missouri Baptist Medical Center where I spent the past few few days as a patient for coming by pray for me anointing me and hearing My Confession. He is a religious order priest who is in residence at St Augustine Parish in North St Louis City.

St Augustine Parish does have a connection to my Parish, Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield, MO.

1. Our Parish has a special collection once a month in addition to our regular collection, and one of the beneficiaries of that collection is Saint Augustine Parish. Two. The pastor Father Bob getting there operates I’m a street called Father Bob’s Outreach, which helps the needy primarily in the North St Louis area as done so for decades. One of my friends and fellow parishioners, Eric Bergman, normally helps them out at least once a week.

Second, I specialize think my twin sister Melissa Hewing whom I don’t think I could ever thank or repay enough for what she’s done for me… Not only over this past week, but over the last several months and I would say even years.

She was the one that took me to the ER literally stayed all day from about 7 a.m. when she got up and took me to the ER till about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. She has done so much for me it would take too long to mention it here, but I did want to say a huge note of thanks to her and for putting up with me, no matter what. Period. So thank you, thank you, thank you to you, my dear twin sister Melissa Hewing. As I said, there is no way I can thank you or repay you enough for what you’ve done………maybe I can do it a little bit by saying it here.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Mr. Bryan V. Hewing
New Media Coordinator, & Webmaster, Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus Council #9981 (Chesterfield, MO)
Ballwin, MO

Posted in the New Media Alert(tm) (BIGB2012)

Heads up everyone…..especially during the overnight hours…….

Severe Watches and Warnings for BALLWIN

1238 AM CDT SUN JUL 23 2017














Posted in the New Media

Guest Appearance This Weekend on WGGH-AM!

For those who misssed the broadcasts (On Air or Online), this is a recording of the Dare to Care radio show with Dr. Elaine Jurkowski on Monster Radio AM 1150 WGGH-AM in Marion, IL ( for the Weekend of June 10 & 11, 2017. The guest was Bryan Hewing of the Big B Files website to discuss blogging, social media, Audio & Video Production. The show is normally heard on Monster Radio AM 1150 WGGH-AM in Marion, IL on Saturdays from 10:00am-10:30am and Sundays from 6:00pm-6:30pm.

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