WZME Bridgeport May Soon Be Viewable In NYC Area
On July 29, 2012, NRJ TV NY License Co., LLC. had the call-sign of its recent Bridgeport, Connecticut broadcast Television acquisition changed from WSAH to WZME. The new call-sign is widely believed to represent the programming broadcast over its primary channel, Me-TV
, a television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that airs classic television sitcoms, dramas and classic commercials from the 1950s through the 1980s. This correlates to the on-air branding, Me-TV New York
Although technically in the New York DMA, the Channel 42 signal upon which WZME Bridgeport transmits is not present in much of the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, or New Jersey. That soon may change, however, based upon a June 2012 filing with the fcc by NRJ which calls for a Digital Television Distributed Transmission System (DTS). The DTS2 facility the station plans to construct would be located at 350 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY., commonly known as the Empire State Building. The signal will be suppressed towards the southwest to protect full-power WTXF-TV Philadelphia, but the contour has been designed to ensure that the signal will be receivable in areas of New York City, Long Island, and Northeast New Jersey. The full application and associated predicted coverage map can be found here:FCC Application - BPCDT - 20120601ARY
This application is significantly different from one its former owners, Multicultural Broadcasting, filed a few years earlier in an effort to increase its value. That application called for moving the station to Channel 41 and its transmitter to the Empire State Building. That application, for numerous reasons, was denied.
Approval of this application would realize a significant increase in audience population, while allowing the station to continue serving its Bridgeport, Connecticut audience. As a full-power broadcast TV station, such increased penetration could also wield powerful leverage in securing Must-Carry status of its primary stream on regional multichannel video programming distributors, also known as MVPDs.
WZME Bridgeport transmits on RF Channel 42 (Virtual Channel 43). The station presently carries Me-TV from 2AM to 10PM weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends via its primary stream, 43-1. RTV programming is available on 43-2.