Originally posted by elspankdogThe host said it was live and in HD. It will be rebroadcast on ch 15 on 4/25 at 4 pm and on 5/13 at 7 pm. Since it was shot in HD, I assume it will be on 12-1/15-1 again. Our local FOX sends out a 1 kW signal while our PBS shoots its own programs in HD. How pathetic is that?
Your local Fox affiliate is little more than a glorified translator for the Waco Fox affiliate.
For historical reasons, B/CS is part of the Waco market, so TV stations serving Waco have to "serve" B/CS as well. Except for KWTX/KBTX (and excluding the PBS stations), this has meant putting a translator somewhere in or near B/CS.
Generally speaking, I don't think B/CS is a large enough market to support network affiliates from all 6 networks. Local News/Sports/Weather takes people, where just passing through a network signal takes equipment. But to make money you need to be able to air local ads. Local advertisers that air an ad in Waco generally don't care about airing the same ad in B/CS. And you need local content to attract local ads and local viewers. And that takes people...
I think it might be in the B/CS TV viewers' interest to convince the FCC to separate the Waco and B/CS TV markets. But that would mean losing some local affiliates all together. In exchange, the community might add 1 or 2 "full service" local affiliates. [I think the cable rules are such that any lost affiliate could be replaced by the cable provider with a station from Houston, Dallas, Waco, or Austin...] It is a hard choice and a hard trade-off. There just may not be enough ad money for more than one network affiliate.
Also, don't forget that KAMU is a very well supported PBS affiliate for such a small market.
(Being an oldtimer, I can remember when the noon local news on KBTX was exactly the same show aired (and produced) in Waco at KWTX, and it was principally a farm report. Ed Brown (now in Houston) did the weather forecast.)