I am now beginning to doubt that Quincy Newspapers is going to acquire any of the Granite stations including WEEK. The reason being is the Granite-Scripps deal, which was made just 2 days before the Granite-Quincy Newspapers deal, already went through a few months ago. I can't see the FCC taking 3 months longer to approve one deal than another. There was a post about a change in ownership rules possibly derailing this deal. For one thing, Quincy will not be operating WHOI as they had once hoped for. But WEEK would be goldmine with or without WHOI. And there is just no further info available online. It's frustrating, but I'm sure it will not happen now. For Peoria to finally be ride of Granite would be too much to ask for. And as long as Granite owns WEEK, they will also run WHOI through the SSA expiration date of 2017, which means stagnation in Peoria for another full 2 years, and a continued standoff between WEEK & WHOI as far as HD newscast are concerned.
The biggest recent upgrade in Peoria is the new state-of-the-art Weather Graphics system at WMBD. Since WSI & Weather Central have merged, I can't tell much difference between them, but they have become very sweet. WHBF, WQAD & KWQC have had varients of their new systems for 1-2 years now. That said, WEEK's Accu-crap pales in comparison. I still chuckle at the thought of a ratings powerhouse deciding to remain with AccuWx in 2010. Peoria views are really naive.
But WMBD's new weather graphics, as nice as they are, are also a bad sign that they will not be offering an HD newscast anytime soon. Most stations, especially Nexstar stations, usually wait until they unveil their newscast and set before unveiling their new weather graphics. It only reassures the freshest look. Though a station may keep the same graphics for 5 years, they usually make changes the look every 2 years, be it minor or major. But you won't see them turn around and change the look just a few months later, which they will want to do if they get a new set. That said, I bet they will be SD another 2 years. Furthermore, I bet they will be in 4:3 for just as long. I am thoroughly disgusted with Nexstar's decision to neglect WMBD & WYZZ, especially knowing they are about the last outfit in the country left broadcasting 4:3 480i despite numerous complaints that get ignored. It's a waste to have graphics that beautiful only to pass them along in 4:3 480i. HD widescreen is the only way to view them. And as long as WEEK remains the only other competitor, Peoria tv will continue to suffer. Neither station wants to actually compete with the another. They just want to keep the bar low.
Last edited by Jokinjer1; 11-03-2014 at 10:40 AM.