Originally Posted by Michael P 2341
Forget about 17 becoming a network affilliate. I'm willing to bet it now has a non-commercial status since it is a part of TBN. Same wuld be true for 49, so that leaves only 23 and 67 elligible for your new DMA.
Oh, I know today's market conditions are different - but I'm just adding up all the market allocations that would be in the hypothetical Akron/Canton market.
BTW, WDLI/17 is a commercial license. TBN never changed the FCC designation:http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?list=0&facid=67893
And of course, both 17 and 67 used to be locally-programmed commercial stations, back in the day. In my "market from scratch" list, only 49 is a non-comm. 17, 23, 55 and 67 are commercial. Then, of course, there are LPTVers in both Akron and Canton - WAOH/29 in Akron and WIVM/52 in Canton - both operating as commercial independents.
No, as stated in BOTH directions, the problem is Akron/Canton's proximity to Cleveland. There'd certainly be enough for a low-top-100 TV market here, more than Youngstown/Warren at any rate, and at the time such a market could have been "created", Youngstown/Warren AND Akron/Canton were in better economic shape - especially Y-Town.
Simply put, if the Akron/Canton market *started* at, say, just south of downtown Canton, and the southern end was past Dover/New Philadelphia, it'd probably be its own standalone market. But with full-power Cleveland stations being closer to some of the Akron suburbs than they are to some of the Cleveland suburbs, it just would never have happened.
And without that proximity to Cleveland, stations like WAKR-to-WAKC/23 wouldn't have been competing with Cleveland for TV advertising dollars.