WKOB-LD Charts Course For Rev'n, Then U-Turns To Retro TV
Nave Communication LLC's WKOB-LD New York (RF Channel 2/Virtual Channel 42) must compare notes with Santa Claus as both seem to bring gifts each December. This year, New York City market OTA viewers will find a new present from WKOB-LD: A brand new subchannel.
For the first time since it's inception as a digital TV station back in 2010, WKOB-LD has launched a seventh subchannel, virtual channel 42-7. The new subchannel was lit up by Nave on December 1, 2014 in order to accommodate Luken Communications new OTA diginet, Rev'n
, which was launched at 4:57PM EDT. on that same day. Accordingly, the TVCT channel name on virtual channel 42-7 was "Rev'n". Rev'n
is a theme network geared for the automobile enthusiast and includes programs focused on cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, events, auctions and more.
But nine days later, on December 9, 2014, WKOB-LD charted a new course by taking a u-turn which took the station back in time, much like the "Doctor" from the planet of Gallifrey. At some point during that day, Nave discontinued the Rev'n
affiliation on WKOB-LD and replaced it with Retro TV
. Accordingly, the TVCT channel name on virtual channel 42-7 is now "Retro".
Retro TV returns to the WKOB-LD lineup following a three-year absence. It's prior incarnation, as Retro Television Network (RTV), ended with WKOB-LD pulling the station on September 26, 2011. Throughout the first time it was carried on WKOB-LD, the retransmitted signal suffered from intermittent aural and color distortion issues which were isolated to the feed WKOB-LD received from RTV. This interference presented a challenging and often frustrating viewing experience to many fans who resoundingly welcomed the news that RTV, a classic TV network whose distribution consists largely of over-the-air digital subchannels, would be available to viewers in and around New York City. Prior to the discontinuance, RTV had also lost access to the NBC/Universal library, which resulted in many popular shows being removed and replaced with recent programming that deviated from the classic TV theme.
During the past three years, RTV has went through several positive changes, including a rebranding as Retro TV
and the acquisition of some popular movie and TV shows, some of which are described as cult classics, including Doctor Who
and Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The WKOB-LD broadcast signal unfortunately remains a challenge. The presently authorized 300 watts over VHF-Lo RF channel 2 allows for nearly all interference to wreck the usable signal. While it would be interesting to see whether increasing the ERP at this facility would improve the signal, Nave has a more ambitious plan: Relocating the signal to West Orange, NJ., moving to UHF RF channel 42, and increasing the ERP five-fold to 2,500 watts. The station has recently filed for an extension of its construction permit to build this facility, said extension having been approved by the FCC. The build-out is now expected to be completed within the first half of 2015.
Meanwhile, the lineup at WKOB-LD remains stable. The primary channel leads off the lineup with an EBR Test Pattern, and is labeled "WKOB-LD" via the TVCT. Religious programming remains prominent on the channel via Daystar
, Peace TV
, Guide US TV
, and Sonlife Broadcasting Network
. And OnTV4U
provides the Hispanic audience with a unique service in this market: Infomercials en español.
With the addition of Retro TV
on WKOB-LD, the New York City market now has access to every major classic TV diginet.
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