Originally Posted by sebenste
WNDU-TV was just sold from Notre Dame U. to Gray broadcasting (pending FCC approval). Assuming it goes through, an era has ended.
Notre Dame has poured money into the station over the years, making it the power house that it has been and is today. Flooding money into it's news and weather operations, this station has had equipment that BIG market stations
would drool over. 2 news helicopters, producers of nationally syndicated programs like "Ag Day", legendary news and weathercasters like Dick Addis...
All coming to an end. Gray Television doesn't have deep pockets, and I fear
that the cost-cutting will start the moment they close on the sale. I pray
they don't. WNDU is a legend, a bastion of quality broadcasting, and is what one gets when everyone on board excels to be the best, from news to engineering to production, and is given the time and money to do so. I have never heard a bad thing said about WNDU, other than minor complaints. It was, and is, a station that other stations need to consider copying.
I hope Gray Broadcasting doesn't take that apart. I grew up with WNDU 80 miles away, thanks to tropo...and loved their programming. Some days, I watched it more than the stations in Chicago. This summer, a "YES!" echoed from my mouth when, during a mild tropo event, WNDU-DT came on my digital tuner 60 miles west of Chicago. As I expected, the picture on the main and two subchannels was sharp and colors were crisp. Exactly what I expected from WNDU.
Thanks, ND, for being such good stewards of this station. I only hope Gray Broadcasting can keep it going. In Rockford, they got rid of their longtime news anchors, and hired one anchor to replace them. Maybe they have got a second on the way, but it's been awhile, and I'm not holding my breath. Having said that, however, I hope the executives there realize what a gem they have and keep it the ratings and quality powerhouse it has been since 1955.