First off, I'd much rather have every piece of content in 16:9, but I know that is years ahead...maybe even never for some of the low budget content. But, it does reduce burn in for your plasmas and rear projection sets. Also, if you don't have bars at all, it causes the picture to be distorted (ex.: WHNS when they first starting airing digital). Sure, black isn't as distracting, but it can cause problems with some types of TVs. To me, it looks more professional. I know it may not be as popular with some, but it makes more sense.
As far as WLOS, it totally spun my rotor 360, and never found a solid hot spot for the signal. I did find it locking better at a slightly different angle, which actually works better with my other stations, so I don't have to rotate as much when I change channels. I've NEVER had it this weak before. Weird. I'm thinking that possibly the adjusted orientation might be causing it to be blocked by the mountain range...kind of "out there" as a hypothesis, but still a possibility. Anyone else thinking this way?