Originally Posted by scottmo2020
I guess they had to put ABC and NBC on the same frequency for some deal the station owners made in some consolidation or something.
I hope they aren't stupid enough to think they can move NBC and ABC onto the same frequency as a way to drive up the auction price.
It had to do with FCC rules when Schurz Broadcasting sold everything (all their TV stations) to Gray. Schurz owned KYTV, the CW low powered station and ran KSPR for almost 10 years. KSPR was owned by someone else but Schurz ran it which you could do at the time. Fast Forward a few years (to late 2014-early 2015) and the FCC says "you can no longer own or operate 2 full powered stations if they are 2 of the top 4 stations in the market"....existing duopolies are good.
so now the rules are
-2 of the top 4 owned by same folks on 2 different RF stations? NOPE
-2 of the top 4 owned by same folks on 1 RF station (1 main 1 sub)? YUP
-2 of the top 4 owned by same folks with 1 on full power and 1 on a low powered station? YUP
So when Schurz sold out that would give Gray 2 out of the 4 top stations in the market so they had to do something. They either had to sell one of the existing stations as is (which they did do in other markets) or move the programming to a station they already owned and then do something with the other station (close it down, sell it to someone dirt cheap). Gray did this in a few areas where they moved the programming to a station they owned then sold the other to a small company who runs it with mainly diginets (like KRDK Fargo and what was KOTA Rapid City, SD now is KHME)
So now with this auction in full force at the time Gray came up with something to allow the FCC to approve the deal.
Gray would keep KTYV and the low powered CW station (LP stations do not count towards the above conflict). Schurz would get KSPR as a "holding pattern" until the FCC auction is done and then Gray can cash it in.
If you noticed ABC is actually on the low powered station (now named KSPR-LD) which Gray has done elsewhere. But since coverage isnt as good due to it being a LP station KYTV carries ABC as a sub also.
(me thinks KYTV made a deal with the FCC to allow them to move to RF19 when this all shakes down due to KYTV being above the threshold for stations after the auction...they will need to be at RF36 or below)