LOL, I doubt I can be considered a "regular", but perhaps a "semi-regular". I still check this thread every once in a while, but I don't have a whole lot of things left to post about the most stagnant television market in the nation. In fact, I refuse to watch them unless they get a couple of major facelifts. I guess I've become spoiled by watching the QC stations, as well as the Springfield, Rockford, and even the Quincy stations. Once you watch a few of their newscasts, it's really hard to go back to the crap that is Peoria DMA #116.
I'd love to see Granite go up for sale or merge with a much better-managed company. Why they continue to crave stumbling on to make further poor decisions is beyond me. I know that Sinclair is just as much to blame as Granite for the loss of WHOI on many Comcast systems. I don't think Sinclair & Comcast have the best relationship and I know that Sinclair (like Nexstar) can overcharge ridiculously staggering re-transmission fees. I have no idea why the lie to the Lincoln newspaper (see link below), if what it said was true, than WEEK & WMBD would have been dropped as well. Granite is to blame for what sets WHOI apart from WEEK & WMBD. Granite has pretty much destroyed their news product, leaving them with NOTHING to offer over WICS. Without WHOI producing anything truly local, why pay extra re-transsion fees for a duplicate nothing? They were also pulled from Galesburg's Comcast system as well. Being dropped by several cable systems can't help their bottom line at all.
I must also point out that, according to Mark DeSantis, WHOI was going to be upgraded from the Galileo to a Cinema Live HD weather graphics system (identical to WEEK's current model) later on in the year. I checked recently and that still hasn't happened. Perhaps that was another lie to get me off of his back? I know better. He was pretty much rude and hateful toward me, and nothing he said had any basis in reality. In fact, he used smokescreen tactics in order to make me look like an idiot and basically told me I was the only one who ever complained about WEEK. Go to his FB fan page now and the newest comments are all negative. LOL Thought I was the only one? And what's a ratings powerhouse like WEEK doing with Accu WX in this day in age?
And as for WMBD...A few months ago, there would be the occasional critical comment posted on WMBD's Facebook page. Especially when there's a sports event that they can only pass in SD 4:3. Eventually, they laid the law down and told people they would no longer tolerate hateful or disrespectful comments or the violators could eventually get blocked. Not only does this policy refer to abuse from one commenter directed toward another commenter, but they've also decided to use this as a way to snuff out any critical comment that anybody may post about the station. Nexstar is committed to doing what they can to keep Peoria tv viewers in the dark. They will stop at nothing to keep quiet those who would let those know that they are performing well beneath the average, even in this day in age.
Nexstar has recently bought WHBF from Citadel which means they own almost every CBS station surrounding Peoria, yet WMBD is the only one left that still broadcasts newscasts in 4:3 480i. I never would have thought this even 2 years ago, but now I have a sneaking suspicion that Nexstar is at least toying with the notion of farming WMBD's newscast out to an adjacent market. After all, many of us are 99.9% sure it's also a dream of their competition too. That said, there may come a time within the decade where the Peoria stations are no more than just repeaters of distant newscasts. WEEK's would obviously come out of their Ft. Wayne hub. But my question is which station would Nexstar build their hub? It's such a tragedy what is happening to DMA #116, but that's what happens when there's no competition. And I absolutely refuse to watch them now until they return to broadcasting in the public interest. It is not so much their poor quality that has finally caused me to turn my back on them, rather, it's the way they treat people who criticize their operations. Granite officials are less than professional and Nexstar thinks they can just ignore people as if they are nothing. If only it would do good to complain to the FCC.
http://www.lincolncourier.com/news/x625967990/Comcast-to-drop-Channel-18-in-LincolnEdited by Jokinjer1 - 11/12/13 at 9:44pm