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  1. I wonder how much longer Nexstar is planning on running WJZY under the FOX O&O branding. Will it be like WJW where it took a good seven or eight years before they even tweaked the brand long after Fox had sold them off? The current WJW look would look good on them.... as opposed to what happened at WXIN which got the current Nexstar FOX package.
  2. At the time, Allbritton sprung a ton of money on these fancy Devlin sets that were state-of-the-art at the time. Fast forward to the HD era (and trends in general) and the design touches are no longer in fashion, simply because of the change from SD to HD, and the general design trends of the late 90s all the way to today. Even all of the technology has changed since then. Monitor arrays were often tubed and not those connected plasma (and now LED) arrays, and the only big screen was the old rear-projector variety, and maybe DLP. Not to mention the lighting. Incandes
  3. Sinclair is "sort of" bringing news to it's remaining stations via Stirr... https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/stirr-adds-six-new-stirr-city-channels-for-local-coverage/?source=home Even St. Louis got it's own. Have KDNL and WTWC picked up The National Desk, to air as a "morning newscast" before GMA or Today?
  4. It does get interesting in Rochester since WUHF is the senior partner of WHAM (owned by Deerfield) and that WHAM is on VHF. When 3.0 comes to town, WROC will likely be in on it as well. But if they play the channel shuffle there, more than likely WHAM will have to become a subchannel on WUHF complete with their PSIP, unless they can swap ownership. Further complicating matters is their proximity to Canada, and any facility changes would likely have to approved by Canada. How does their TV spectrum compare to ours now that we have stopped using anything above 36?
  5. Sad to say, the way Sinclair is making this work, it's designed to be cost-effective, by using existing facilities when they aren't being used, hiring some cheap reporters, and in essence, creating a "newscast factory" where they churn out their local newscasts, do some out-of-market ones in their spare time, and for the markets that aren't turning a profit, hub them off to another.
  6. Basically, stations like WDLI exist in license-alone, since the spectrum was sold by TBN in the auction, and the station was physically merged onto WVPX's spectrum. Get rid of the extra license, and you can now legally have a duopoly with WEWS without endangering cap space. I'm pretty sure the Inyo deal was a stopgap in places like Cleveland where this situation existed, and the "triopoly" was in fact the shared spectrum of the former TBN station in license on the main ION station, plus the existing Scripps affiliate.
  7. The question is, are these going to be live newscasts or pre-taped? As long as KABB doesn't have a 10pm show (11 in the Triad), it could theoretically be done. I'm assuming that's KABB's set since WOAI being NBC would clash with any potential WXLV newscasts, and that KABB's set is vastly superior to WOAI. It does seem like the trend is trying to squeeze out extra newscasts of the news-producing stations, when they don't have their own market to deal with. Playing the time zone game can theoretically make this work in some places.
  8. FOX has demonstrated they are cheap with their capital expenditures, as evidenced by the building and equipment issues at WNYW, and all of the "rehab" that COX had to do in Memphis to bring that station up to a decent level of workability. I'm sure these stations are very "profitable" because of all the capex they are starving from them!
  9. "Programming issues during the 10pm slot" was the apparent cause of FOX not renewing their agreement with WLFL. WRAZ was probably beginning to challenge them in the ratings (being tied to the uber-dominant WRAL), and Sinclair may have hinted at either cancelling the newscast or shortening it to a half hour. Being relegated to the "News Central" experiment was the beginning of the end, and when it was killed off, at least they were able to give WTVD a primetime option on WLFL.
  10. I believe at the time NBC had such a good relationship with the Outlet stations, that getting WNCN (and the other future O&Os), the sale was sealed, especially for NBC to try and make something of themselves in the Triangle. A decade later, NBC cashes out these stations to Media General, and in 2016, WNCN (and Media General) swipe CBS from WRAL, and all of NBC's problems go away when they make their long-awaited return to WRAL.
  11. Sinclair did the damage on WLFL by balking at FOX's demands to start a newscast, and by the time they agreed to it, WRAZ had been granted FOX, and WLFL had to settle for the WB. WRDC was already damaged goods since it was ruined by Brissette when they killed off WPTF and drove the station even further by killing off their news operation. Adding more insult to injury, when Sinclair got both stations, they set up in Channel 28's studios and WLFL's studios became home to WNCN, who through Outlet, wrestled away NBC because of Channel 28's disasterous tenure as an NBC affiliate at the
  12. Bumping this thread because Trump Country is no more. https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/2020/12/21/trump-country-radio-signs-off-fort-myers-93-7-fm-now-hell-yeah-wxnx-florida-country-station/3988740001/ Apparently they did run into some legal problems, and now they are Hell Yeah 93.7 and changed their call letters to WHEL.
  13. Technically, shouldn't this "entity" who paid for the advertisement have to disclose themselves? I know if this was a broadcast commercial, that would have to be the case. Then again, it would pretty much outlaw "teaser" billboards, often used to tease a new product or service....basically removing any semblance of secrecy. I just hope the billboard company doesn't have a trade with any of the stations, you can bet that could be out the window! They should have objected to it, but they took their money and may have to suffer the consequences of doing so.
  14. I'm curious to see what the arrangement is between the "fringe" networks like OAN and NewsMax, and their service providers. I"m sure they're having to pay up to the providers for the privilege , as opposed to the standard retransmission consent where the cable company has to cough up the cost and pass it along to the consumer. If this is the case and one of these networks goes over the line, the provider can send them packing without cause? As for radio, this could be a do or die move IF these personalities have crossed the line. It's been the lifeblood of talk radio since
  15. These changes may be rooted to a recently passed law by Congress that effectively requires shell companies to disclose their true ownership... https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/12/11/anonymous-shell-company-us-ban/ Deerfield/Manhan is probably ok since Stephen Mumblow has no family connections to Sinclair, but the "trust" that owns Cunningham established after the passing of David Smith's mother may be questionable....

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