Debbie Castellano signs off at WSVN

After 20-something years at WSVN, Local Sales Manager Debbie Castellano signed off.

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SEC Network Launching This Fall

In just over three months, the SEC Network will televise its first event – the South Carolina-Texas A&M football game on August 28, 2014.

The 24-hour SEC Network, which will debut August 14, will air more than 1,000 live events during the 2014-15 athletic year, including 45-plus football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, 60 women’s basketball games and 50 softball games.

As we draw closer to August, more Gator fans will be asking themselves, ‘Will I have the SEC Network?’ Currently, ESPN is actively negotiating with cable companies and satellite providers across the country to carry the SEC Network as part of its basic packages. Thus far, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and NRTC have agreed to carry the SEC Network. This is not a pay-per-view network, but a channel like ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU that is being marketed to the cable operators to carry as another channel in their basic cable lineup.

The SEC Network will be available on computers, tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices like Xbox to fans who receive their video subscription through an affiliated provider. The aim is to make this content available to fans anytime, anywhere, similar to how the WatchESPN application works today.

A mix of both existing ESPN personnel and new on-air staff will be present on the network. Most recent staff announced to be featured on the network include Paul Finebaum, Joe TessitoreBrent Musberger, Jesse PalmerGreg McElroy and Tim Tebow.

The SEC Network will include:

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • Auburn University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Mississippi
  • Mississippi State
  • University of Missouri
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee
  • Texas A&M University
  • Vanderbilt University
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Graham Holdings and Berkshire Hathaway Reach Agreement in Principle for Berkshire Hathaway to Acquire WPLG-TV

Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B) announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle for Berkshire to acquire a wholly-owned subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, which will include WPLG, a Miami-based television station, a number of Berkshire shares currently held by Graham Holdings Company and an amount of cash, in exchange for approximately 1.6 million shares of Graham Holdings Class B common stock currently owned by Berkshire Hathaway. The specific number of shares of each company and the amount of cash will be determined on the closing date based on certain factors, including the market prices of the shares of both companies at that time. No binding agreement has yet been signed in connection with the transaction. The transaction is subject to agreement on definitive documentation, and will be subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. In addition there will be certain termination rights relating to minimum trading prices of the stock of each company immediately prior to closing and to a minimum value of the television station for purposes of the transaction on the closing date.

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Contact Form 7 and SMTP plugin correct reply-to address

If you are using Contact Form 7 and the WP_Mail_SMTP plugin on a WordPress site, all your emails from site visitors will have your gmail address as the “From” address. You can’t just hit the reply button to compose a reply to your inquires…

To workaround, you must include Reply-To: [your-email] in the “Additional Headers” field of your Contact Form 7 “Mail” form. Form submissions in your email box will still be “From” your gmail address, but when you hit the reply button, they will be sent to the email address your site visitor typed into the form.

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If you used a field name other than [your-email], well than, that’s what you need to use in the “Additional Headers” field…

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Why doesn’t the Florida Bar provide hyperlinks to member websites?

Every lawyer licensed to practice in the State of Florida is a member of the Florida Bar association. Here’s a link to Florida Bar members in Coral Gables, for example.

Each Florida Bar member has a specific “page” on the Florida Bar site with all their details listed. Also included is a field which includes the member’s website URL. However, this field does not include an active hyperlink, just text.

So why is it, on the member pages with website URLs, the URL is not hyperlinked to the member’s web site? What possible benefit could there be to NOT linking?

Remember, when determining which pages to show at the top of the search results, Google examines (as just one factor) how many sites hyperlink TO your site, and the “PageRank” of those sites. “PageRank” is Google’s way of measuring a site’s authority and importance. Every site has a PageRank assigned by Google. The Florida Bar site has a PageRank of 5 out of 10, that’s pretty good. The more incoming links you have from high-PR sites, the better your site can appear in the Google search results. Go ahead, check your own PR here, I bet you don’t have better than a 4/10.

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So, a link from a high-PR site like to your site will help your site appear higher in search results. Maybe you’ll be able to get above those directory sites that are trying to sell you a listing for $299 per month. Maybe you, an actual practicing attorney, could get higher search results than or FindLaw or the Yellow Pages. It seems the Florida Bar should be doing everything it can to assist individual lawyers like you, and law firms, to appear higher in Google searches than do the directories and referral services.

Again, I can not see any benefit to anyone for the Florida Bar to not link to your site. Technically, it should be a trivial matter. Maybe I’m missing something. Or maybe it’s time for members of the Florida Bar to request a change.


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