Originally Posted by skylab
I stand corrected. For some reason I thought Akron/Canton had its own network affiliates. Thanks.
It's funny, because the "what if Akron/Canton became its own market" is often a question on these boards.
The area's CW and ION affiliates (WBNX/55 and WVPX/23) are licensed to Akron, and there's a secondary PBS affiliate here (WEAO/49).
Add two religious outlets (WDLI/17 TBN, WRLM/47 TCT) and some LPTVers, and there's enough outlets to cover all major and minor network affiliates for this mythical Akron/Canton market. And of course, WVPX was historically Akron's WAKR/WAKC/23/49, the long-time secondary ABC affiliate in the market.
The biggest reason this never happened?
Akron, in particular, gets strong city grade coverage from all the major full-power Cleveland stations...all of which camp out south of Cleveland in the "Parma antenna farm" (Parma, Broadview Heights, Seven Hills, etc., just 20 air miles from the Akron area).
If there was a signficant antenna installation downtown, or elsewhere in the northern end of the area, this would be a different story.