Originally Posted by RF Hog
Originally Posted by Trip in VA
New fill-in translators requested in Johnstown for WPCW (on channel 27) and KDKA (on channel 31).
BTW, the translator for KDKA listed in the post above is for Morgantown, WV, not Johnstown, PA. Johnstown is a different DMA than Pittsburgh of course, so WTAJ in Altoona might have an issue with KDKA putting a translator for CBS programming in Johnstown (although KDKA is a CBS O&O). I believe that Morgantown and Monongalia County in WV are in the Pittsburgh DMA, which makes sense for KDKA to put a translator there.
WPCW (also owned by CBS) is applying to put a digital translator above Jennerstown PA on route 30, the same location as their old analog 19. This will help to fill on some of their old analog coverage that was recently lost, plus there is no affiliate for the CW network in the Johnstown/Altoona/State College market.
Turns out KDKA wants two translators. The ch 31, 15 kW is for Morgantown. They also want ch 40, 2.9 kW on the old WPCW analog stick near Jennerstown, PA. This will not do all that much for Johnstown. It seems more aimed at filling in some gaps in Eastern Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.
Sister station WPCW's proposed ch 27, 15 kW signal is probably targeted at the same area, and if they happen to pick up some Johnstown viewers, so much the better. If approved, they'll likely muck up WHVL-LD in State College also on 27.
But them's the breaks I guess.
OTA coverage within the city of Johnstown is terrible. Even WJAC is blacked out over much of the city's south side due to terrain. But with cable penetration >90% in the city, there's little incentive to seek an OTA solution.