Originally Posted by Giacomo Siffredi
MHz WorldView, Welcome to New Jersey and New York!
As 12 Midnight, MHz WorldView is now being programmed to the New York City metro area over Channel 29, still officially WFME-TV West Milford.
Throughout October 31, 2013, the station's last day of being programmed by Family Radio as "Family Educational Television, WFME-TV 66", programming was normal with no special references to the impending changeover except for a horizontal scroll that was occasionally rolled just after the start of some programs. The scroll's typeface looked exactly like the scroll used over WFME-TV's Analog Channel 66 in the days prior to the February 2009 shut-down of that signal.
Sometime during the morning or afternoon of this last day, Family Radio dropped two of its remaining audio subchannels: The Family Radio West Coast Feed on channel 66-3 and the Family Radio Foreign Language Feed on channel 66-5. They also changed the PSIP on channel 66-1 from "WFME-TV" to "WNYJ".
The final show to air was "Hymn Sing" hosted by Gary Burgett. Following the conclusion of that half-hour show, there were two PSAs and one final "Family Educational Television, WFME-TV 66" Station ID. Following a normal fade-to-black, there was a video glitch indicating a switch was executed at exactly 12 Midnight. Then MHz WorldView programming immediately began. The first show to air was Braquo: Running After the Night
(S01, E05/First Aired: Nov. 27, 2011). The episode summary is: Eddy works to release Walter; Roxane makes a tough decision. This series has English subtitles. During this episode, there was a brief on-air ID bug at lower-right which read "WNYJ West Milford". This only appeared once, and has not appeared again during the time I have watched the station. Another episode of Braquo
followed at 1AM. Then at 2AM and beyond, various Asian newscasts and documentaries from NHK and CCTV.Editor's Opinion
: Tonight's launch, while not flashy or obvious, satisfied to establish a definite contrast between the past and future programming on this channel. Within the first half-hour, there was intrigue, suspense, mild violence, mystery, and if all that didn't convince viewers that a new chapter began for channel 29 from West Milford, transmitting out of West Orange, NJ., the very first show included a female nurse happily providing a urine sample for one of the characters, Theo, in front of him... and everyone else watching this episode. When he suggests a little horizontal payback for her generosity, she obliges him right away. Of course there was no nudity, but the acting and camera angles helped convey the sense of realism of this scene.
Following this show, the plethora of international newscasts was a refreshing contrast to the typical newscasts produced here in the U.S. These international reports on real issues contain substance without the agenda pushing and dumbed-down delivery with mindless anchor banter that has become a staple of U.S. cable and even broadcast news during the past 15+ years.
I am very impressed with MHz WorldView. The fact that the New York metropolitan area has gone so long without this network is further evidence of how stuck in second gear the TV and radio broadcast situation is here in this market. Independent ownership of broadcast licenses is why markets like Los Angeles and Chicago have such a diverse selection of domestic and international programming, and the New York market hardly ever changes.
It is also further proof of the need to encourage independent ownership of broadcast licenses, and not allow big corporations to monopolize the public spectrum through expansion of the ownership rules.