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☝️ Gotta give credit to any organization that sticks around for 1,065 years. Hey, it's longer than the Notre Dame cathedral.

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United is actually getting out of everything. It sold its last newspaper (The Kenosha News) a few weeks ago. They've slowly been selling off their other newspaper properties over the past few years. 

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The format fits the former WLFN-LP, as it was a prior Franken-FM (on 87.7 FM) broadcasting a Regional Mexican format.  Having a local news department gives it some credence against WQHS, which has basically been a pass-thru for Univision and their partners ever since they got the station from Barry Diller/USA Broadcasting.

 

Still think it needs to relay WOIO in some form to Cuyahoga County, since WOIO/WUAB's VHF signal has been problematic from day one.

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Wonder if WQHS will start investing in a local news department in reaction to WOIO and the new WCLT?

 

I think WOIO/WUAB needs a translator for the areas up north in Cleveland (Lake County in particular) that cannot receive the stations.

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Since WDKY is cutting ties with WKYT. 

 

WKYT will move the 7AM and 10PM news to the CW 27.2.

 

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“WKYT’s been just a great partner to WDKY for all these years,” said Mark Glover, who joined WDKY as news director this summer. “Now, I guess they’ll just become a worthy competitor.”

After WKYT’s agreement with FOX 56 ends at the end of this year, WKYT plans to keep producing newscasts for the same time slots it had been filling for WDKY, only now those newscasts will air on The CW Lexington, said Robert Thomas, of WKYT.

Thomas said both the 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. news shows WKYT previously produced for WDKY will move to The CW. The 7 a.m. show will be expanded to continue through the 8 a.m. hour, he said in a statement.

“This allows us to continue to further develop The CW Lexington into a source of original local programming, and many of the same faces in front of and behind the scenes will be part of those newscasts,” Thomas said.

 

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https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article254424693.html 

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The 6 Gray stations in the Carolinas (WBTV, WCSC, WECT, WIS, WITN and WMBF) are launching "Carolina Now", which will be a streaming exclusive. I'm sure WHNS will join it when Gray finishes that deal.

 

 

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On 9/23/2021 at 3:38 PM, CLETVFan said:

Wonder if WQHS will start investing in a local news department in reaction to WOIO and the new WCLT?

Nothing is going to change with any Univision station until the Televisa sale closes (if it does, of course). They also have coverage gaps in the market due to systems preferring the revenue the local breaks the national feed offers for them over WQHS carriage, so that would also have to be addressed.

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6 hours ago, GoldenShine9 said:

The 6 Gray stations in the Carolinas (WBTV, WCSC, WECT, WIS, WITN and WMBF) are launching "Carolina Now", which will be a streaming exclusive. I'm sure WHNS will join it when Gray finishes that deal.

 

 

Nice! They could pull that off here in KY as well as many stations Gray has here. 

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When WHNS joins the fold, that will add Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina as well. 

Gray may as well add a digital presence in Raleigh/Durham to fill out the rest of the state. 

And they could do a much better job in the Triad than Sinclair does with their so-called "local" news being piped in from San Antonio. 

 

Those moves fill out both of the Carolinas right there and how Gray can compete in markets they aren't in already.

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So Dakota News Now continues is fulfillment of expanding newscasts by adding weekend morning shows. It was launched a couple of weeks back (9/18).

 

To not compete with KELOland, their shows are aired on the late morning hour at 9am. It airs on KSFY on Saturdays after the 2nd hour of Good Morning America; and on KDLT on Sundays after Meet The Press.

 

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8 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

So Dakota News Now continues is fulfillment of expanding newscasts by adding weekend morning shows. It was launched a couple of weeks back (9/18).

 

To not compete with KELOland, their shows are aired on the late morning hour at 9am. It airs on KSFY on Saturdays after the 2nd hour of Good Morning America; and on KDLT on Sundays after Meet The Press.

 

Very good choices- not necessarily where they put them, but for not trying to go directly against the stranglehold that KELO seems to have on the market

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Weird question, but I noticed that KCRG in Cedar Rapids had to give up its Circle channel due to bandwidth being maxed out. Are there any loose LP's or low-ranked or dark stations in the market that Gray could acquire? That can shove off the CW affiliation and provide subchannel relief.

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1 hour ago, GoldenShine9 said:

Weird question, but I noticed that KCRG in Cedar Rapids had to give up its Circle channel due to bandwidth being maxed out. Are there any loose LP's or low-ranked or dark stations in the market that Gray could acquire? That can shove off the CW affiliation and provide subchannel relief.

 

Just quick-glancing at the Rabbit Ears list, I would guess a new LP would have to crank up to return Circle to the market.  The others already there seem to be set with ownership and subchannels/channel line-ups.

 

ETA::: Didn't catch that both KWKB and KPXR have Laff.  I guess, barring some kind of contractual situation, KWKB could replace its Laff subchannel with Circle.

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On 9/30/2021 at 11:15 PM, tyrannical bastard said:

When WHNS joins the fold, that will add Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina as well. 

Gray may as well add a digital presence in Raleigh/Durham to fill out the rest of the state. 

And they could do a much better job in the Triad than Sinclair does with their so-called "local" news being piped in from San Antonio. 

 

Those moves fill out both of the Carolinas right there and how Gray can compete in markets they aren't in already.

WBTV-3 already puts a very strong signal into much of Western NC and Upstate SC, well beyond the official Charlotte market. In fact their signal comes in strong just like a local channel in Spartanburg and extends into Greenville. But of course WHNS will bring more Upstate SC focused news as WBTV focuses more on the main Charlotte metro.

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New M&A from Gray. 

 

Remember back during the Schurz deal six years ago, Gray divested what was "KOTA" to a female-ran broadcaster? Now Gray wants that station. 

 

It is acquiring MeTV outlet KHME/KQME from Legacy Broadcasting for $500K. 


Pai's dereg order eliminated the Eight Voice Test. So it can easily acquire a non top-4 outlet.

 

They say that "the new" KOTA (formerly KEVN) is ranked #1, and KHME is not in the top-4.

 

I should also point out the only other Legacy outlet is KMLU in northern Louisiana. Could they be snagging that too?

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12 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

New M&A from Gray. 

 

Remember back during the Schurz deal six years ago, Gray divested what was "KOTA" to a female-ran broadcaster? Now Gray wants that station. 

 

It is acquiring MeTV outlet KHME/KQME from Legacy Broadcasting for $500K. 


Pai's dereg order eliminated the Eight Voice Test. So it can easily acquire a non top-4 outlet.

 

They say that "the new" KOTA (formerly KEVN) is ranked #1, and KHME is not in the top-4.

 

I should also point out the only other Legacy outlet is KMLU in northern Louisiana. Could they be snagging that too?

A brilliant plan.   Sell off a station to another owner, only to let them wither away enough to buy them back when it falls below the threshold of owning multiple stations.

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