Originally Posted by peoria555
As someone whos worked at both wmbd and week it makes me laugh to see you arm chair station managers complain... ya station management cares mostly about money thats why they haven't upgraded to hd..but you guys realize its not its the flip of a switch to go from sd to hd...also these stations don't make nearly as much as you think they do.
Are you Mark DeSantis incognito? I know mid-market stations don't make a ton of cash, and I know it cost 1~2 million easily, mere pocket change compared to what Nexstar shells out to buy more and more stations. My point is Peoria is one of the very few mid-sized markets that lacks a single station with an HD newscast. There are several markets even smaller and poorer than Peoria with at least one, and in some cases, 3 independent news operations broadcasting in HD.
Quincy Newspapers originally wanted to control WHOI once they get WEEK, but Sinclair announces they will break terminate the JSA within 9 months of WEEK's ownership transfer to Quincy Newspapers. Seems to me, as I have been suspecting for quite some time, Sinclair is wanting to revamp either the WHOI or WYZZ studios for their own independent news operation. WEEK will likely upgrade to HD within a year after being acquired by Quincy Newspapers. All other Quincy stations are broadcasting local news in HD from what I can tell. And hopefully this will light a fire under Nexstar to upgrade WMBD, but I have a sneaking suspicion WMBD's local news will eventually be farmed out to WCIA. If they weren't giving up, I would think they would have at least made the push to digital widescreen by now. Even KHQA has been broadcasting in digital widescreen.
It seems all I get on here are excuses for the poorest stations in the nation to continue their poor status. Look beyond Peoria and one can see how atypical it is for a market the size of Peoria to not have a single station fully transformed this late in time. Yes, it's 2014 for crying out loud. Wake up Peoria! Sure, Granite has no money, but there's no excuse for Nexstar's neglect of WMBD.