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This came from a reliable source who spoke to someone at WOIO. Part of the problem is the type of antenna that WOIO purchased. It turns out not to be good for this geographic area & now they are stuck with it. I don't know the specific details, but in short, the antenna puts out a spherical shaped signal instead of flat which the other stations use. The antenna just doesn't put the signal where it needs to be. I've heard it goes more up than across where it needs to go. The strength of the antenna is just fine, but it just doesn't get to us properly. So, the end result is that they don't actually have a weaker signal (thus some reports of them saying just that) than any of the other stations, but the signal is wasted because we don't get the direct hit from it. That's why we get anywhere from 50-65 only. They figured out that they could fix the situation by upping the signal strength, but that's where the Detroit station comes into play. Because it is on channel 10 as well, if WOIO increases their signal, it will cause a problem with the Detroit station. Because of this, there is no way to increase the output (the FCC won't let them).
There are only two ways to cure this problem & both are difficult & unlikely any time soon. One would be for the FCC to change WOIO's digital station to another channel which they don't want to do. The other would be for the station to purchase a new antenna which would be cost prohibitive. It seems as far as signal strength, this is it for a long time.
At any rate, I have not verified any of this myself, but it came from reliable sources. Keep in mind, this is my wording & interpretation of what I was told so just take the general idea of it. I think I got it fairly right though. Signal strength aside, there are plenty more things that WOIO needs to get better at such as programming choices (ie Masters) and most importantly, FLIPPING THE SWITCH 99% of the time at the very least.