Dave, I am in. I agree 100% that the only way to hurt them is in the checkbook. They obviously are eroding market share and losing viewers right now with their position on Dish and quality of local programming. It must not be too big of a concern. Not watching is not an option, because I don't watch anything but Monday Night Football on ABC anyway.
I had planned on setting the Tivo to grab WOI when it isn't busy. It would be the first time ever that someone was fast forwarding to the commercials rather than over them. LOL. I will use that method to develop a list of local advertisers. God knows I don't want to actually have to watch the crappy channel's programming. I assume we are trying to keep this on a local level?
I also wonder if we could contact WOI's sales manager and simply ask for a list of current advertisers. Ostensibly with the idea that one of us, as a business, were going to become an advertiser and wanted to avoid a conflict with a competitor. Underhanded, I know. Give me some feedback on this.
With a good laser printer and some postage, there is no reason that there has to be more than 2 of us in the "Central Iowa Home Theater Enthusiasts". With a good name and a well worded letter, we will get some attention. The advertisers don't have to know how strong we are or aren't. Let's get behind this gang. Enough is enough.
Also, does anyone have any ideas to utilize the local media? Anyone have any contacts at the Register or the other 3 local TV stations? Maybe we can get Ed to use the Million Watt MegaDoppler to fry WOI's SD equipment? Seriously, does anyone think that we can use the local media to shine a little negative publicity on WOI? WHO and KCCI are both up and running over 50% of their broadcast day in compliance with the FCC (and spending a fair amount of money to do it), why wouldn't they both want to rub WOI's nose in it a little bit?
I too am tired of Mr. Porter's missed dates and excuses. If ABC is broadcasting HD football this year, and I don't get to see it, look out. They will hear me screaming at ABC HQ. If anyone caught the HD playoff games last winter on CBS, you know why I am so excited.
We can use this board to organize our thoughts for now. I can also be PM'ed or emailed at email@example.com
Anyone who has WOI on, please try to jot down local advertisers and post them here, or email them to me.