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I was reminded as I was looking through some FCC permits that next Tuesday, April 29, marks the one year anniversary of WGHP-DT signing on the air. WGHP-DT officially signed on at 5pm on April 29, 2002.
Even though to just be looking on air, it would appear that not much has changed in 365 days, but from the inside, I can tell you MUCH has changed and I suspect the next 12 months will show much more behind the scene activity as all stations move closer to shutting down the analog stations and relying more on the digital stations.
When WGHP-DT signed on, there were only around 300 stations on the air, now there are over 825 and more coming on everyday. In the next few months, that number should jump dramatically since the second and final extensions expire.
When WGHP-DT signed on, WXII-DT had been on only for 6 months and operating from 4pm to 12:30am, WFMY had just signed on and was only operating from 8pm to 11:30pm, WXLV-DT and WUPN-DT had just signed on and all DTV reception was OTA only.
Now, 12 months later, WFMY-DT and WXII-DT have increased their operating schedules from 12 noon to 12:30am, WTWB-DT and WLXI-DT have signed on and operate 24/7 along with WGHP-DT, WXLV-DT and WUPN-DT. Only WGPX-DT remains waiting in the wings to sign on. WFMY-DT, WGHP-DT, WXII-DT all pass their networks "higher res" offerings when available and TWC along with some of the other smaller cable companies have at least the "big four" networks on their systems.
There are some markets where their first stations are just coming on air. Is there much left to do! ABSOLUTELY, but we are on our way!
Amazing what just 365 days will yield. It will be interesting to see what the landscape looks like in another 365 days.
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