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  1. FWIW, the reviews on ratemystation.com say WICS ranks last and WAND is first or second.
  2. For markets where ratings rarely, if ever, get shared, you can generally get a feel for station rankings and relative strength by browsing the political files of a station's public file to look at the ad rates the station charges. After all, a key reason ratings exist is to set and justify these rates. Just be careful to compare like with like, because political candidates are charged different rates than non-candidate issue groups and don't mix up gross rates with net rates, or vice versa.
  3. I'm not sure of the exact date they returned, might have been the weekend of May 4-5, but I noticed NBC News Channel is back at 400 N. Capitol.
  4. Very likely one of the four Ford Transits KTTV received from AMT in 2017. Speaking of KMEX, though, be on the lookout for a tricked out white Jeep running around wherever news breaks.
  5. If you go to the Facebook pages of the two largest live truck manufactures, Accelerated Media Technologies (AMT) and Frontline Communications, you'll see that plenty of new live trucks with masts are still being built for stations around the country, though the overall number is no doubt lower than a decade ago for all the reasons stated in this thread. Also, the sizes of the vehicles have definitely gotten smaller on the whole, with those low-profile weather chaser type of vehicles you mention being turned out at a high rate. The biggest factor is who owns the station, as station groups tend to pick one technology vendor and equip all their stations with the same brand. Here's what I've seen in use among various groups. ABC/ABC O&Os- TVU and Dejero CBS/CBS O&Os - LiveU CNN - LiveU Cox - LiveU Fox News/Fox O&Os - LiveU Graham - LiveU Gray - TVU (Raycom used LiveU) Hearst - TVU Hubbard - LiveU Meredith - LiveU Morgan Murphy - LiveU NBC - LiveU NBC O&Os - LiveU and Dejero Nexstar - TVU Quincy - LiveU Scripps - TVU (some, or possibly all, of the ex-Journal stations use LiveU) Sinclair - LiveU Tegna - TVU mostly, with some Dejero and LiveU here and there Tribune - LiveU and/or Dejero
  6. To expand on this, I recently came upon this article, a blast from the past to be sure, that indicates Gray quit buying ENG live trucks for their stations all the way back in 2011.
  7. If you're a station group like Gray, you recover the cost, and likely then some, by eliminating nearly all of your photographers and engineers and relying on live shots done by MMJs equipped with cellular backpacks and more fuel efficient vehicles than a traditional live truck.
  8. Most network news programs use no more than 3 or 4 studio cameras. You can readily send isolated feeds of that many cameras over fiber or satellite for switching and production elsewhere. In fact, a large number of ESPN events these days are "at home" productions, meaning 6-10 isolated camera feeds are sent over fiber or satellite for switching and production at fixed ESPN facilities. I know NASCAR has also worked with PSSI in the past to achieve an "at home" production involving 24 isolated camera feeds sent by satellite to an offsite control room.
  9. Keep in mind those power levels represent effective radiated power. The true amount of power coming out of the transmitter is much lower, and therefore the cost difference between running a VHF station and a UHF one isn't nearly as substantial as the advertised power levels suggest. Additionally, comparing costs between analog and digital broadcasts is a bit tricky, because analog signals were measured in terms of peak power, while digital signals are measured in terms of average power.
  10. That's why KSTP doesn't run an hour long 10 PM newscast anymore. http://www.startribune.com/jimmy-kimmel-live-moves-up-to-10-35-p-m-in-twin-cities/300099771/
  11. I used to be able to pick up KQDS with an antenna at my house until earlier this year when they shut down a low-power translator that had become isolated from the station's DMA. Their newscasts can be, shall we say, rough around the edges, but they have always been heavy on local content rather than a bunch of fluff from wire services. That local content is generally well done, too, since I'm pretty sure they don't do any MMJ type of stuff, and have a good group of photographers to pair with the revolving door of newbie reporters you get in this size of market, which across the board actually has stronger newscasts than you might expect. Quincy (KBJR) and Hubbard (WDIO) run decent news operations here too.
  12. Here's the EPK Union Pacific put out related to the George H.W. Bush Funeral Train that will take President Bush's remains from Houston to College Station. Lots of good content here, especially if you like trains. https://www.up.com/media/media_kit/bush41/index.htm
  13. Like Dry Creek, Titan is named after a nearby road (Titan Parkway/Titan Road). Titan has a Littleton address, I believe, and is about 6 miles as the crow files southwest of Dry Creek in Centennial. The dishes are easy to spot from along US Highway 85 in the area.
  14. FWIW to this discussion, here's a diagram Comcast included in an FCC filing back in August that shows how the different Comcast/NBCUniversal facilities connect to each other.
  15. Several of Gray's medium/small market NBC stations come to mind -- KWQC is probably the best example. There's also KFYR, WEAU, WLUC, and probably a couple others.
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