Originally posted by easternncnewswat
Could you answer a question for me? I have Dish; have since I lived on the OBX back in '97. Moved here to Greenville in 2003. I still have my East/West CBS and NBC. Lost my ABC & FOX East/West last year when our locals came online.
How come I didn't lose all my East/West? Mind you, I'm not complaining... Could it be the CBS and NBC were grandfathered or was it that the local station just didn't care or was it at the network level?
Clue me in... That's really been nagging me. I just assumed WCTI and WFXI wanted to jerk it away, no offense to anyone who works there, but that didn't make sense because it wasn't like a waiver was filed over a year and a half after I moved! So, what gives?
I really don't know but here is some history that might help explain.
Dish has been historically reluctant to pull DNS of networks if the local stations do not complain because Charlie doesn't want to loose the income. That is why he is so behind the HD DNS. He sees at as a way for extra money. He has been fined by the FCC several times for not playing by the DNS rules. If you can receive your local analog network stations with an outside antenna, then by the DNS you are not entitled for the distant stations. It is my understanding that the DNS waiver is only good for a specific location and if you move, the DNS is nullified. If that is indeed the case, when you moved, to Greenville, you should have lost the DNS stations since you are well within Grade B of all four major network stations, (WITN and WNCT at Grifton, WCTI at Trenton and WYDO in Greenville). I was born and raised in Kinston before cable came to the area and I know what TV was like the in 60's before WNCT moved over to WITN's tower and increased height and WCTI was WNBE and was on the tower behind their building in New Bern.
We had a VHF only antenna on the roof and picked up 7,9, and 12 with no problems and picked up WRAL with some noise when they were on the tower behind their building on Western Blvd in Raleigh, YEARS before the Auburn towers went up. I used to watch "Unka Paul and All His Friends" in the morning on WRAL and then watch WhITNey Hobo on WITN in the afternoons. I remember in 1964 when my father went to Greenville and bought our first color TV, an RCA console. We had had a black and white Philco which got moved to my room! He bought it in Greenville because no one in Kinston had a color TV in stock. He bought it to watch Disney's "Wonderful World of Color", the predecessor of "Wonderful World of Disney" on WITN. It was about the only color show WITN had at time except for Bonanza and it was YEARS before the WITN studio had color cameras. WNCT nor WCTI ran hardly any color programs and when they did, it was network only. In those days CBS nor ABC did color because RCA held the patent on color and they owned NBC so CBS and ABC didn't want to put money in NBC's pocket by buying color equipment. It was a very sorted affair! If I remember correctly it was years after WITN went local color that WNCT and WCTI (it was WCTI by then) went local color. I remember seeing Slim Short on "Carolina In The Morning" on WNCT and Romper Room on WNBE/WCTI in black and white long after we bought that RCA color TV.
I remember going to the WITN studios to be on the "WhITNey Hobo Show twice. Once when I was 4 and again when I was 6. (That would make it 1964 and 1966) and there were NO color cameras there then and the studio lights were so bright you couldn't see anything! When the cartoons came on, they had to turn all of the lights in the studio off so you could see the old Conrac black and white monitors. Even after they installed color studio cameras, there was a Jesse Jones Sausage with the singing pigs in a parade commercial that always ran between the last cartoon and the 6 o'clock news and it was in black and white for years after the color cameras came in.Amazing what is imprinted on a pre-teen mind!
Boy, did I get off topic! My point was that even in the 60's, Greenville had good TV coverage and that was before all the tall towers and good TV receivers so a DNS really isn't needed.