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  1. WFMJ is one of those stations that has NEVER done news at all at 5pm. Even WKYC flirted with half hour shows in the 80s and 90s either at 5 or 5:30. Then they finally joined the 5p game almost 15 years after WOIO started at 4:00. The Cleveland stations are so overloaded with news and inbred programming, that's why WBNX has so many shows. Only when the syndication market dries up could WBNX actually be in trouble, despite the passing of their lord and savior, Ernest Angley.
  2. Back in the days before "corporate packages" took over station groups, and the looks had local variants to them. Go back even further to see individual stations contracting with a design firm to do their look, no matter who owned them!
  3. Give them time. It will be like the "Green is Universal" week. If you thought that was overkill.... Just thank goodness that Nickelodeon/Viacom has their hands on "Baby Shark"....do do do.....
  4. Jeff Zucker should be sent off to the Discovery side, then maybe CNN may have some hope of becoming a viable source of news again. I know that everything he touches turns to garbage, but how much worse can the Discovery networks get at this point?
  5. That basically leaves 19, 26, 28 and 36 as the only semi-viable UHF stations ieft in the area, because they are all LD stations. 19, 26 (28 if it's approved) are all New Orleans stations, (WDSU, WGNO, and the possible future home of WYES). It's a problem in the western fringes because 15 is both WPMI and WNOL, and atmospheric conditions can cancel out WPMI. There was once a time when WFNA was on 27 (as 1.0), and WWL overpowered it after the repack! 36 is also the blowtorch that is WTVY, blasting out full power from Holmes County, FL and reaches just east of Pensacola.
  6. It looks like a lot of Gray stations are moving off of VHF this go-around. Hopefully whenever the merger with Meredith closes, they will be able to do something with their stations stuck on VHF, including WSMV, KVVU, KPTV and WALA. WALA especially, since it is on channel 9, and so is the adjacent FOX station in Panama City (that Raycom used to own), so the viewers in the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area are stuck in the middle between the fringes of 2 FOX affiliates on the same frequency. Mobile-Pensacola may be maxed out frequency-wise unless they can force one of the low-powered
  7. If WarnerMedia/Discovery separates from AT&T, that could be bad news for AT&T customers, who have been handed WarnerMedia content (including HBOmax) on a silver platter. That could be a deal-breaker and customers could defect to other providers (if they even have a choice to!) On the flipside, is the brand new Discovery+, which is being re-sold through Verizon for their customers with a free year trial. This could mean a shakedown of the streaming services (and their alliances) if there is more consolidation afoot on the content end.
  8. Originally, WEAR in Pensacola had Ellen on at 4pm. Then in 2007, they started their 4pm show (several years before it was the thing to do when Oprah ended) bumping Ellen to 3pm. I wonder if Sinclair would dare attempt a 3pm newscast? Do they still have one in West Palm? If so, maybe they'll finally shorten the 10pm to normal length and air Jimmy Kimmel "Live"? I think they're the very last ones after the other ABC affiliates dumped their hour-long 10pm shows.
  9. A perfect metaphor for all of the Ernest Angley scandal in the past decade or so, yet Ernest Angley never even owned it! On a clear day, that tower can be seen for miles....even from the Ohio Turnpike crossing over the Cuyahoga Valley.
  10. Here's the timeline of WBNX, based on an article from Akron Beacon Journal...on June 30, 1985. The OCR is here, but it's messy. (Sammi here, adding a proper clip.) to sum it up... - Rex Humbard was the original applicant for Channel 55, and wanted to launch WCOT-TV (Cathedral Of Tomorrow) from the "tower" on the property of his complex. It was never finished, and WCOT never made it to air. - In 1980, Rev. Amer Shab petitioned the FCC to launch a new channel on Channel 55. He got a CP in 1984, and ran out of funds early in 1985. That was when E
  11. I'd like to know as well ... The 1999 WLBT package looks very similar as well. I'd almost say that it has a VDO vibe to it.
  12. The only thing worse than a bad open is one that pastes bad, out-of-place graphics on elements that are obviously canned. I've seen similar bits of the "STRAIGHT AHEAD" and "PLUS" that WTRF used in their 1997 look. Were they part of the package that had the bank of monitors that flew across the screen?
  13. LONG before the movement, I think they actually DID call their secondary MeTV network (that only aired in Chicago) this!
  14. For the record, I would like to show the structure known as "Rex's Erection" To the left is Grace Cathedral, and to the right is the WBNX studios/offices as well as the former Cathedral Buffet. The round building is a senior apartment building that may have originally been developed by Rex Humbard as he was developing the site. On the top is what's left of the State Road Plaza. The section north of Portage Trail has already been demolished (the dirt pile), so this picture is probably circa 2009-2010. The tower was started in the 1970s and topped out
  15. Even WQHS seems out of place. The only reason they became Univision was because of the package deal with USA Broadcasting when they sold out. Byron Allen seems out of place for them, even though WBNX airs several of his shows. He's focused more on major network affiliates and I don't see the others budging any time soon, maybe if he gets hold of Tegna eventually.
  16. Not to mention they also have a sizeable presence on YouTube, and an "online bible college". Hopefully the internet absorbs this one. I'd imagine the flock has been declining for years and that the property would have better use for commercial purposes. They still have the original "Grace Cathedral" in Ellet/Lakemore as well. I think even the WBNX building (with the former Cathedral Buffet) original use was a a short lived discount store in the 50s-60s, while the former State Road Plaza across the street was new and exciting. Maybe even the owner of "Rex's Erec
  17. WBNX does have dearth of programming because 3,5 & 8 have so many local and corporately-owned shows on them, plus the fact that the CW ended up on WUAB, so the market would be really under-stationed if WBNX were to go away as an independent. Worst case scenario, WOIO could convert 19.2 into My19 or something, and buy up all of the programming. Given how WUAB is on the same frequency, some subchannels would have to go away should they want to make it HD. Maybe keep Circle but Bounce and Dabl would be moved elsewhere. Isn't Dabl still on WQHS?
  18. As mentioned in the Winston Broadcasting thread in corporate chat, the Rev. Ernest Angley, owner of WBNX-TV and Ernest Angley Ministries has passed away at the age of 99. https://www.cleveland.com/news/2021/05/pentacostal-televangelist-ernest-angley-dies-at-age-99.html At one time, his Ernest Angley Hour could be seen across the country on various TV stations on Sundays. He followed in the footsteps of Rex Humbard, buying his former megachurch The Cathedral of Tomorrow and used this complex to eventually establish WBNX-TV. WBNX, once a sleepy independent station
  19. MeTV is the only Weigel network not on WBNX. They carry all of the others (Movies!, StartTV, Decades, H&I). Plenty of room should they get MeTV and the new secondary network planned.
  20. Well, looks like TVBD did the others I was looking for including WTHR, WOIO/WUAB, and WSBT. Was the original WOIO "nineteen" package a work of TVBD or just John Christopher Burns? And at what point did he leave TVBD?
  21. That's probably up to the board that now controls the church and WBNX (set up while Angley's health was failing). It's seems more likely now that Ernest has passed and it was the same story when Rex Humbard resigned from his own church in the 80s (moving to Florida), setting the stage for WBNX (originally owned by another related entity and purchased by Angley) and the later purchase The Cathedral of Tomorrow and related entities soon after. Easy duopoly bait for Tegna, Scripps (since Inyo owns WVPX and WDLI) or Nexstar. Or it could be sold to someone like Marquee or
  22. Well, I guess it's their prerogative to run Tegna as status quo for the time being. Now if the company gets into financial trouble somehow and the shareholders and creditors revolt, then that's a different story. Maybe if Standard General coughs up "moral objective"...cough cough enough money to make them an offer they can't refuse.....clearly it wasn't enough to do the trick this time around.
  23. Some that come to mind: VDO - They did the original 2000 WFLA package that was later adapted to the Media General stations before the Giant Octopus one they originated for HD. They also did the 1999 "News Center" package for WSYX and WTTE. Later they did some of the former Emmis stations including the 2003 packages for WVUE and WALA. EQ Vance - they did the updated WWL package, and later in the 2000s, they did the WEWS HD package that was also used on WVUE pre-Raycom. I'm curious who did the "Balls and Walls" package, as well as the company that did th
  24. Well at least when James Spann is on doing severe weather at the top of the hour, he used to rattle all the legal IDs off at once without a hitch!
  25. Same thing could go with Master Control in Atlanta, unless Gray has hubs of their own that already service their stations. I would think Gray would choose to build on this rather than making each station their own again.

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