Originally Posted by veedon
After the repack, the channels will apparently be sharing RF16. I'm not sure how the contracts work in terms of who gets to decide what diginets get to hang out on RF31 and, later on, on RF16. Since WCWG gave up its own spectrum allocation, it might be just a "tenant" now on a transmitter owned by the company that owns WXII.
Let me see if I can either clear some of this up or completely mess it up more. Layman's terms used as much as possible so there has been some liberty taken with terminology. Translated, it ain't precise and it ain't meant to be.
To my knowledge there is nothing on RF16 in this market at this time. Because WCWG and WXII are two completely separate companies, each has it's own license and I assume in Rabbit Ears, to make it easier to understand, he is listing both stations on 31 going to 16 because as of today, that seems to be what is going to happen.
The way this works is, the company that owned WCWG RF 19 (Lockwood Communications), still owns WCWG (there is STILL a license issued to them, it just shows WXII's transmitter as their transmitter that is why their channels use the major number 20 and not 12) but they elected to NOT have their own transmitter (a virtual transmitter if you are so inclined to call it that), but to lease bandwidth from another station, in this case WXII. Just like any other lease, if WCWG finds cheaper bandwidth, they are free to move to another station's transmitter, amending their license as they would do if they were changing transmitter locations with their own transmitter. It is a little confusing, but basically, they are just "renting" someone else's transmitter and saving the cost of having their own transmitter.
What Lockwood has decided to do is go into a JSA with WXII where basically WXII "operates" the station from WXII and a select number of Lockwood employees work through WXII. There is still a "WCWG management team" but the station is run from WXII.