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WUAB taking CW away from WBNX

Discussion in 'General TV' started by tyrannical bastard, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    And had WBNX continued with the CW, they would have probably been stuck with it!

    Maybe WBNX pulled a WPGA because they felt the CW programming wasn't family-friendly enough...

    (Back in the independent days, they actually edited mild swear words like "god" "hell" and "damn" out of shows.....)
     
  2. Ramona

    Ramona Fluffy Fox Girl

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    Section 9, Delivery, states:

    "Affiliate will install a satellite antenna and receiver of sufficient quality, in the exclusive judgment of The CW, to receive a "Network Quality Signal", as defined below, from The CW. Affiliate will also use switches, microwaves and all other transmission equipment necessary to telecast a Network Quality Signal. ... "Network Quality Signal" means the quality, strength, and resolution of picture and sound provided by the broadcast affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in the DMA ... If, in the exclusive judgment of The CW, the picture or sound quality of Station's transmission is insufficient, The CW will provide Affiliate with notice of the deficiency and Affiliate will have thirty (30) [days] to correct such deficiency."
     
  3. Eat News

    Eat News Station Group CEO

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    "Network Quality Signal"???

    Since when did we ditch the FCC "Broadcast Standards"?

    Forget I asked.
    (plonking myself)
    i need a hug Ramona.
     
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  4. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    They gave up on that practice (which made for laughable real-time edits on shows like Buffy) back in the early 2000s.

    If Ernest Angley wasn’t pushing 97 (his birthday is August 9!) he may as well have continued to have a direct input on the overall operations of the station. But as it is, the station made him money, so he eased up on the censoring and dropped the 10pm “90 and 9 Club” in favor of Friends reruns.

    It’s like a church that hosts bingo on a weekly basis.
     
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  5. hmaxhanson

    hmaxhanson Just another pawn in Sinclair's war on local TV

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    They must be souping up the station in time for Gray to come in. Anyone thought of that?
     
  6. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    All Raycom has to do is "surrender" the license of WUAB....right?
    "Cle 43" or "CW 43" can simply become WOIO 19.2.


    Given Gray's desire to spinoff excess stations in advance of their merger with Raycom, it's highly doubtful.
     
  7. NEOMatrix

    NEOMatrix aka Raycom's God of Destruction

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    If it weren’t for WUAB taking The CW, I wouldn’t have been surprised if WUAB became “19 Plus”.
     
  8. NEOMatrix

    NEOMatrix aka Raycom's God of Destruction

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    WUAB has wasted no time in promoting The CW:

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  9. NEOMatrix

    NEOMatrix aka Raycom's God of Destruction

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    Also, according to Cleveland 19 News, the 9pm hour will possibly get the “Unwired” treatment that the 4:30pm newscast gets.
     
  10. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    Had the Sinclair-Tribune merger been cleared by now, I betcha Fox would be swooping in right now to buy WBNX and the MyTV affiliation away from WUAB (the latter for $1.98) and end up with a nifty duopoly in Cleveland.
     
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  11. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    Another theory....

    Retransmission Consent.

    If I'm reading the FCC file correctly, WBNX was classified as a "must carry" station all the way up to last year. Starting this year, they opted for retransmission Consent. If WBNX even balked at the cost of carrying the CW, it's almost certain that WUAB abd Raycom gave them a better deal. Plus, WUAB and WOIO have been on cable everywhere in the market forever while WBNX had to build up their viewership by "forcing" their way onto cable....
     
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  12. ColDayNews

    ColDayNews Managing Editor

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    WUAB was available on cable here in Columbus until 2011... largely to compensate for the market's lack of a UPN affiliate, which dated back to the mid-1990s...Time Warner added it to the lineup because WTTE served as UPN until 1998 when NBC traded WWHO and WLWC to Paramount in exchange for WVIT.

    WTTE aired UPN stuff in undesirable timeslots which pissed the network off... so the network asked Time Warner to pipe in WUAB until they could get an affiliate in the market. It served as Columbus' de-facto UPN affiliate, as WWHO was still tied down to The WB and didn't run UPN until weekends, which lasted until 2000.
     
  13. NEOMatrix

    NEOMatrix aka Raycom's God of Destruction

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    If WBNX is asking for retransmission consent, then The CW leaving will only lead to spats with Spectrum pretty soon.:p
     
  14. CLETVFan

    CLETVFan AM Anchor

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    Could WBNX lose any of the syndicated programming currently on the station? "Harry" is already going off the air, but what about the rest of the lineup?
     
  15. CLETVFan

    CLETVFan AM Anchor

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    I remember the days. That editing ruined a lot of shows they carried. It was hard watching "Martin" without all the "damns."
     
  16. Myron Falwell

    Myron Falwell Director of Graphic Blandishment and Chroma Cues

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    If they couldn't afford to carry the CW, then affording to keep the existing first-run syndicated inventory is absolutely in question (depending on how much is barter or not).

    Remember when CBS Television Distribution pulled all of their shows off of WLNE and moved them to WNAC in the span of a few hours? It definitely could happen here.
     
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  17. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    Another reason may have been the dominant Cleveland Indians telecasts in the mid 90s. At one time, they were the highest rated in America. They went to cable in 2001 despite the objections of fans and even local politicians.

    Of course, with WUAB juggling both UPN and WB at the same time as this meant something had to give....and the WB left for WBNX in 1997.

    Had it not been for the New World deal that saw WJW go to FOX, WBNX could have remained the sleepy independent it used to be with old made-for-tv movies and ancient TV shows....

    As for now, most of their daytime syndication is bottom of the barrel Byron Allen court shows...which is the equivalent of searching through the clearance section of Big Lots for DVDs....
     
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  18. Breaking News

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    You do know that WUAB was on all Columbus cable outlets back in the 80s and 90s as well before UPN/WB, The CBS/FOX shuffle.
     
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  19. ColDayNews

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    Time Warner in Dayton didn’t add it until the mid 1990s - Dayton was served under Time Warner Mid-Ohio with Columbus until the early 2000s and being reorganized to Cincinnati. I recall getting WUAB, WCMH, WBNS and WWHO with Cincy and Dayton locals.
     
  20. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    The netlets and syndex rules were the beginning of the end for the smaller "superstations" like WUAB and WTTV. Given the lack of signals in the Columbus market, WUAB was more of a necessity. Digital TV, subchannels, and the end of free sports on TV contributed to it's demise.

    Meanwhile, the Ernest Angley ministry has been pumping out the "Ernest Angley Hour" for decades, even before WBNX and their purchase of Rex Humbard's former complex that they all own except for the unfinished tower....

    I think it airs on one of the religious channels on Directv, and episodes can be viewed on YouTube. The entertainment value alone of the bad singing and lip-syncing is enough to watch....
     
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