Originally Posted by swiat
C'mon TV6, you're going to get blown out of the water. Let's hope they upgrade sooner than later. May have to change the new slogan from "upper michigan's source" to "marquette county's source" if they don't.
Seeing the talk here about WLUC being a low power DTV on UHF triggered a brain burp: Is Barrington Bdcsting (WLUC's owner) giving the shaft to their low-band VHF stations?
Syracuse NY ADI #81 WSTM-TV analog 3 (permanent)DTV 24...no
41.9 kW ERP at 396 m HAAT v. 210 kW ERP at 393 m HAAT,
Harlingen TX ADI #87 KBGT analog 4 DTV 31...no
100 kW ERP at 396 m HAAT v. 1000 kW ERP at 368 m HAAT,
Traverse City/Cadillac MI ADI #117 WTOM analog 4 DTV 35...YES
100 kW ERP at 189 m HAAT v. 78.0 kW ERP at 168 m HAAT,
Marquette MI ADI #180 WLUC analog 6 DTV 35...YES
100 kW ERP at 296 m HAAT v. 63.0 kW ERP at 257 m HAAT,
Ottumwa IA / Kirksville MO #200 KTVO analog 3 DTV 33...YES
100 kW ERP at 339 m HAAT v. 87.0 kW ERP at 290 m HAAT,
Barrington recently had to have its credit facility repaired
. In short, the company wasn't meeting liquidity requirements, so its equity capital funder had to dump in extra cash to fix the problem. Maybe that explains the whole problem.
The top 2 mkts were under #100, so that might explain why Barrington arranged more juice for them (maybe they or the former owners had to, not sure about particulars of FCC directive on this) The others clearly weren't required to have digitals upgraded to maximums, and they weren't.
At least in the Marquette market, viewers who lose WLUC post analog will have other choices. But for a few north Missouri counties that will lose KTVO post analog, viewers had better gather 'round their radios!
So, what is it? Is Barrington mgmt. short-sighted or "dumb like a fox?"