Hi MSPIN, ARXAW and others.
MSPIN: I don't know where you got your information, but: There are no new licenses available. The FCC froze all applications for new stations years ago for TV, FM, AM. So there are no open frequencies in this area or anywhere else in the U.S. available for application. So, yes, 33 does take up space. The FCC has stated they don't intend to offer new licenses until after the digital broadcasting fiasco is over. Well, they didn't use the word "fiasco"...
Newscasts are among the most expensive, yet most profitable programming on TV stations. That is, of course, assuming they do a half way decent job and attract an audience.
Since 33 isn't really serving the area perhaps they would like to become a lptv and sell off their full power license. This would be more in keeping with the FCC's original guidelines on serving the public. They would still cover the metropolitan area, get some cash, and allow someone else to serve the area.
My guess is that we'll never agree about 33. I've enjoyed the discussion, but I'm afraid it's probably getting a bit off topic for this forum.
ARXAW: Thanks for the info! I'll put it to use. I don't expect much of a response from 33, but at least it would be taking my complaint directly to the source.