Jump to content

Gray Television - General Thread


The Frog

Recommended Posts

On 9/8/2022 at 4:31 PM, Nelson R. said:

WBTV is expanding On Your Side Tonight to an hour at 7:00. https://www.wbtv.com/2022/09/08/wbtv-expands-your-side-tonight-with-jamie-boll/

 

It sounds like WBTV News Primetime will just be folded into it using the On Your Side Tonight name. If Jamie Boll had been the one to leave they might have used the WBTV News Primetime name instead. 

I remember Jamie Boll when he was an anchor at WWMT he did mornings & when channel 3 in Kazoo launched Noon newscast in 92 and became the main anchor 5PM, 6PM & 11PM newscast in the late 90's before leaving for Charlotte NC.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 9/28/2022 at 10:46 AM, CircleSeven said:

New M&A. The LP acquisitive train continues to roll......

 

Cincinnati's WBQC-LD (known for its branding "WKRP-TV") was owned by Elliot Block, until his passing in November 2019. It has since been operated by a trust.

 

Gray is going to snag this LP for $2.5K.

 

Curious to see what Gray's plans for the station are.... Could Telemundo Cincinnati be in the future?   Maybe even something related to 3.0.  it's basically been a subchannel repository for the last decade or so after losing out on the CW to WKRC 12.2.

 

Speaking of WKRP, when's the last time that show's been shown on TV?  At least the DVD release restored a lot of the original music that was stripped from later TV airings....

 

And one last thing, my fellow babies....

 

booger-wkrp.gif

  • Haha 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 9/26/2022 at 7:33 PM, CircleSeven said:

They're snagging another one......

 

K14NR-D from C. Dowen Johnson for $230K. 

 

Gray already operates K31PR which is their primary repeater for KLTV. It'll be interested what they'll do with these two new LPs.

 

Very interesting.  When I did my search of K21PE, I didn't see (then) that K31PR is *also* located at KLTV's tower, which is several miles north of Tyler.  Now, with the extra wrinkle of K14NR.  Its tower is currently on the ESE side of Tyler, but it has a CP to move to a site NE of Tyler, just north of I-20, and just a few miles away from KLTV(/K21PE/K31PR)'s tower.  I have to wonder what Gray is trying to do.  The Tyler/Longview market's topography is somewhat hilly.  The 3 LPs have co-channel issues in both DFW (all full-power) and Shreveport (all LP).  If Gray really wants to keep all 3, and not duplicate coverage contours amongst them, I'd guess that 1 could orient mainly north, 1 could do something east/SE, and the other could concentrate south/SW.  If they can do that, and have just enough tower/antenna height, it would cover a lot of the north half of the market without much interference in DFW or Shreveport.  Meanwhile, KTRE has the same VHF issue as KLTV.  We haven't heard anything about whether Gray wants to have an LP in the Lufkin area or not.  I'm not the engineer in the family, so I may not be as well-versed for the subject as someone else.  Just trying to guess how Gray is approaching this.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This should also be mentioned that KTRE have that active petition to move the station off of VHF 9 to UHF 24.

 

On 6/15/2022 at 11:58 PM, CircleSeven said:

They're acquiring WWAX-LD (formerly W27ER-D) from Triple Seven Media for $900K.

 

Even though its COL is Westmoreland, NH, its antenna facility is located 63 miles south in Holyoke, MA (near Springfield). 

 

Gray is in the process of moving that other LP (WSHM) to WGGB's tower (expanding its contour). Wouldn't be surprised if it move this new LP to that facility as well, should it get the FCC greenlight.

 

Little update regard an LP in Western MA.

 

WWAX-LD has recent gotten the greenlight to move its facility further SOUTH to WFSB's tower.

 

 

  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
On 10/7/2022 at 4:35 PM, CircleSeven said:

WWAX-LD has recent gotten the greenlight to move its facility further SOUTH to WFSB's tower.

I would've thought this would be used for "Fox 6's" own stick, but other than ATSC3 I'm confused with this one. Telemundo is already O&O'ed in Hartford and Springfield, and the 'Fairfield County' version of WFSB is just the main station with Fairfield ads now since they cut all syndicated product that could be claimed by NYC stations, so a hop down there doesn't make sense.

 

Only thing could be expanding WSHM coverage south into Windsor and Enfield, but I'm absolutely stumped unless there's a second hop to Pittsfield to return CBS/ABC/Fox local coverage to the Berks after WCDC was shut down.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/18/2022 at 9:13 PM, mrschimpf said:

I would've thought this would be used for "Fox 6's" own stick, but other than ATSC3 I'm confused with this one. Telemundo is already O&O'ed in Hartford and Springfield, and the 'Fairfield County' version of WFSB is just the main station with Fairfield ads now since they cut all syndicated product that could be claimed by NYC stations, so a hop down there doesn't make sense.

 

Only thing could be expanding WSHM coverage south into Windsor and Enfield, but I'm absolutely stumped unless there's a second hop to Pittsfield to return CBS/ABC/Fox local coverage to the Berks after WCDC was shut down.

Let me first remind you that WSHM-LD recently moved to WGGB's tower some weeks back. And its contour expanded as far south as northern Connecticut (close to Hartford). And with a larger height, it should be reachable for those southern areas you've mention. 

 

As for that WWAX-LD move to Hartford, that Circle diginet has not been cleared in that market. But that might not be the only reason they want to use this LP in Hartford. It'll be interesting to see what they'll do with it. With the Peacock & Weigel in the market, there's not much diginets to grab.

____________________________________

 

New Callsign for Channel 9 Freeport.

 

It is NOT WIFR. It is WSLN.

 

No word on when it'll light up its new full power signal. But the callsign (if approved) will go in effect on 10/26.

 

 

Edited by CircleSeven
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

What's happened in Peoria (WEEK) and Duluth/Superior (KBJR) appears to be taking place in Fort Wayne. WPTA-21.2 (Fort Wayne's NBC) is now simulcasting the morning news from WPTA-21.1. On top of that, the 21.1 branding has reverted from "ABC 21" to "21 Alive".

 

https://www.vuit.com/publishers/485/wpta-nbc#vod:21353888

 

As of now, the 5pm, 6pm, and 11pm newscasts are still in place on 21.2 with the regular weeknight anchors.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

So WPTA has announced last week about its future plans.

  • The current, separate Fort Wayne's NBC evening (5, 6 & 11pm) newscasts will continue through Friday, December 16.
  • WPTA will be adding a new 7-9am (on MyTV 21.3) & 4pm broadcasts beginning Monday, January 9.
  • Current Fort Wayne's NBC anchor Julian Teekaram will join Kayla Stewart in the mornings, while co-anchor Linda Jackson will join Krista Miller on the 4 & 5pm-casts.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using TVNewsTalk you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.