It's interesting to note that other metro areas have in some cases thousands of posts in their threads, but good ol' Atlanta has --what?-- only 44 posts?
In all fairness, before CPanther95 came along to re-organize the local threads, we Atlantans were using the all-encompassing "Atlanta AT&T Broadband" thread for every local issue. So, props to him for the hard work in helping the scores of local groups!
As far as WGCL goes, I have mixed feelings regarding our CBS affiliate. I greatly appreciate the continual work (and updates in the local archaic listserv) of Lou and the other engineers to keep WGCL-DT up and running with its digital feed. I also respect there are things that are far beyond their control-- state-of-the-art, updated, and redundant equipment come to mind.
It took some serious tweaking and additional antennae purchases for me to pull in WGCL-DT with any stable strength up in Marietta. I'm no idiot and I completely understand the bottom line merits its current low power status. I considered it a necessary expense to have a separate, WGCL-only antenna installed at my location.
However (and this is directed to the folks upstairs and *not* the engineers), we keep hearing that the WGCL-DT feed brings in absolutely no revenue as Neilsen doesn't measure digital television viewers. This point *always* leads into the "so why should we invest in more/better equipment?" argument by WGCL whenever things go awry (i.e.-- little events like the Superbowl fiasco).
My question to the folks in charge at WGCL is, "If your digital viewers a) don't matter, b) don't bring in any revenue, and c) aren't tracked anyway, then why don't you grant waivers for the national CBS-HD feed to us non-existant, thorn-in-your-side, fringe-only viewers?" I have yet to see anyone in the Atlanta area receive a waiver for the CBS-HD national feed, even though they are evidently dismissing their digital audience.
Again, this is pointed only towards the management of WGCL and *not* the hard-working engineers of the station. Guys, you are appreciated!