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On 7/30/2021 at 8:56 PM, CircleSeven said:

They're acquiring Marshalltown, IA KDAO-CD from MTN Broadcasting for $195K.


One, their signal only serves the immediate Marshalltown area which is northeast of Des Moines. So I wouldn't be surprised if Weigel moves it closer to the capital city, should this deal be completed.

And speaking of the devil, the LP (now known as KDIT-CD) filed to move its signal closer to Des Moines.

 

Surprisingly, Weigel had to file a request so they can move to the proposed facility (Alleman). Because earlier this month, the FCC placed a condition on the license to cover grant that they had to operate its signal continously for a twelve-month period at their current facility (Baxter).

 

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Scripps has filed petitions to switch all six Montana (MTN) stations to UHF.

I don't think I'm much of a fan of switching in these mountainous areas in which most of those households have outdoor antennas, which works well with VHF.

 

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34 minutes ago, CircleSeven said:

Scripps has filed three petitions to switch these Montana (MTN) stations to UHF.

I don't think I'm much of a fan of switching in these mountainous areas in which most of those households have outdoor antennas, which works well with VHF.

These chain owners are more concerned about the ownership cap rather than signal quality. In fact, the worse reception, the better, since that means more retrans money with cable, and in smaller markets, there will be less outrage.

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39 minutes ago, TheSpeedKing said:

These chain owners are more concerned about the ownership cap rather than signal quality. In fact, the worse reception, the better, since that means more retrans money with cable, and in smaller markets, there will be less outrage.

 

It makes little difference in such small markets, since it barely adds 0.1 or 0.2 points for Scripps - not enough to get into even one mid-sized market.

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On 10/8/2021 at 6:35 PM, CircleSeven said:

WOW! This could be Weigel's biggest acquisition yet (in terms of price)......

 

They're acquiring PMCM's WJLP for $62.5M!

 

The deal also includes NYC LP outlet WNWT-LD.

So follow up. Weigel has now completed the WJLP deal, as of today (1/7). 

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3 minutes ago, TheSpeedKing said:

Good. I'm hoping Weigel axes the more...questionable subchannels, as well has audio simulcasts that are just consuming bandwidth. 

The Press radio stations, Newsmax and NTD/Falun Gong were dropped at the start of the year already (Newsmax would've been gone no matter what because of their rise on cable and just stopping that free carriage model). Scripps networks should be going pretty soon since WPXN and WFTY already carry them, and the Get After It/Luken trash will be gone ASAP. As for WZME still carrying Sonlife, that org loves to get long-term deals so it's going to be awhile before that's gone (and Weigel seems to be okay with other networks as long as they don't compete in their own spaces.

 

I do assume though that Wiegel will honor their existing deals with WCBS and Fox in the market in full, like they've done in Denver.

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With all of the moves Gray is making moving their stations off VHF to UHF....

I have to wonder if this is truly for trying to improve their signals in their markets (especially for 3.0 purposes)

...or if they are trying to reduce cap space by dumping the full-value VHF allocations?

 

In the markets where they are stuck on VHF with little chance of moving, at least they're making attempts to fill out the holes in the affected markets by establishing low-powered repeaters...

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33 minutes ago, CircleSeven said:

New NPRM.

Back in November, the Alabama Educational Television Commission filed a petition for a new non-commercial allotment in Vernon, AL

When we're discussing about VHF-->UHF moves and LP-picking ("DRT"), a broadcaster willingly getting a VHF allocation is rare. 

 

On 1/11/2022 at 1:28 PM, tyrannical bastard said:

...or if they are trying to reduce cap space by dumping the full-value VHF allocations?

They're not trying to reduce cap space. They fully anticipate that the UHF discount will be eliminated again, so they purchase LPs en masse to avoid the cap. Gray will reach 36% of all US households when the UHF discount gets eliminated.

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38 minutes ago, CircleSeven said:

New NPRM.

Back in November, the Alabama Educational Television Commission filed a petition for a new non-commercial allotment in Vernon, AL

 

Maybe Alabama PBS is trying to get satellite must-carry rights in the Columbus-Tupelo DMA, which includes Lamar County and Vernon.

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13 minutes ago, mvcg66b3r said:

Maybe Alabama PBS is trying to get satellite must-carry rights in the Columbus-Tupelo DMA, which includes Lamar County and Vernon.

Might as well cover the whole state, and some more! 

 

20 minutes ago, TheSpeedKing said:

They're not trying to reduce cap space. They fully anticipate that the UHF discount will be eliminated again, so they purchase LPs en masse to avoid the cap. Gray will reach 36% of all US households when the UHF discount gets eliminated.

And IMO, when this happens, expect to see more 1 station companies like BH Media, more network O&Os (Fox in particular) and Nexstar and Sinclair downsizing to just their core stations.

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