Originally Posted by Giacomo Siffredi
I actually may be able to confirm that a sale of WFME-TV West Milford is imminent. The licensee name was recently changed. The call-sign of WNYJ-TV has been requested by the current licensee. And check out the station's website:http://www.wfme.net/
At the moment, a sale of WFME-TV West Milford seems highly likely. However, a PSOA (the non-commercial equivalent of a LMA) might be what is happening, at least for now.
Check out the new WNYJ website: http://www.wnyj.org/
. According to the Find Us > Over The Air section, MHz programming will be airing on virtual channels 66-1 through 66-4. So this prompts a question: Will MHz Worldview
air on the main channel, 66-1, and be duplicated on the three successive subchannels? Or will the subchannels feature unique programming, possibly from international channels they presently air in Washington, DC, such as CCTV, France24, or RT?
This indicates that the present Family Radio
feeds will either be relocated on the channel, or eliminated altogether. If they are dropped, this is yet another indication that Family Radio programming likely is nearing a permanent end. Family Stations sold the class B 94.7FM signal licensed to Newark, NJ. they owned for nearly fifty years last year to Cumulus Media, and as part of the sale they acquired a rimshot on 106.3FM licensed to Mount Kisco, NY. that Cumulus was looking to unload. Family Stations moved the WFME programming there, but the signal barely makes it out past it's primary predicated contour. Family Radio could have promoted that the programming was also available over WFME-DT2, but they didn't and I don't think they give a damn anymore anyway. A few months ago, WFME-TV dropped virtual channel 66-6, Radio Taiwan International
, and virtual channel 66-7, KWO35: NOAA Weather Radio
, both of these being "Audio Only" streams.
It is unknown whether the MiND TV
reciprocating agreement will continue, but I would think the MiND TV
programming would compliment MHz programming.
Also of note is the WNYJ - Contact Us
section. Apparently, WNYJ will be based out of 289 Mount Pleasant Avenue in West Orange, NJ., the past and present home of the WFME studios. Jason Frentsos, a holdover from WFME-TV, will be the Station Manager for the new WNYJ.
WFME-TV has essentially been a waste of 200,000 watts and a 6 MHz swath of spectrum in the #1 market. While I have no objection to Religious programming or airing Biblical readings on television, I would guess no one was watching this station. It is hard to find a TV station that airs less compelling programming. Furthermore, considering the credibility damage Family Stations CEO Harold Camping did to the network, few people believed anything their stations aired after 2011. In fact, WFME-TV still references the "End of the Church age" in pre-2011 promos for free literature.
Overall, MHz Worldview
will bring more diversity and a unique educational service to Television in the New York City Metropolitan region. It will be refreshing to see this new service, and it would be even better if they brought along some more unique programming services to the three subchannels they apparently will be making use of come November 1, 2013.