As a certain Chicago Cubs announcer once said: "hold everything!".
Is WHBF *really* going back to channel 4? After all, that's all they could do,
with a UHF DTV allotment "out of core" (outside of 2-51), and a VHF-LO designation (channel 2-6, in this case, channel 4). The rules said you had to stay in core, and choose one channel in the band your analog OR digital channel was in if it was between 2 and 51. If you had both channels (analog and digital) out of core, then you could file for a new channel in round 3.
But the second round of FCC DTV channels elections is over. In that ruling,
where 81 stations had applications, with 75 approvals and 6 disapprovals that go to round 3, came this proclamation (see http://www.fcc.gov/dtv/
"THE THIRD ROUND OF ELECTIONS. ...In addition, licensees that have received a tentative channel designation for a low VHF channel (ie, channels 2 through 6)
or a channel subject to international coordination issues, may use this form to seek an alternative channel designation."
"This form" is a form used to file for an alternate channel in round three if you chose a VHF-LO channel in round one!
Will WHBF file for a new one? Maybe...oh, say, on UHF? Applications are due in no later than close of business on May 26, 2006. IE, about two weeks from now!
Oh Bierboy...I gotta homework assignment for you.
Work your magic,
and find out what WHBF is gonna do, if anything!
If they are wise, they will file to head to a UHF channel for maximum signal penetration in homes. We, in Chicago, are praying that WBBM-DT on channel 3
files for a UHF signal. They do have that option; I do not know if they will take it.