Originally Posted by A J
Is that always a one-sided deal? Seems like, maybe something like 14.1 (primarily "Jewelry Television" home shopping) would be willing to pay TWC and Dish, etc, to carry their signal. That increases their customer base far beyond their severely limited OTA reception area.
This station was always carried on the Mooresville/North Mecklenburg cable system (Lakeside/Prestige/Adelphia) even in the analog days and I think before they came up with must carry and subscriber fees. I remember back in the early 1990s that WHKY had more varied content, such as the original pre-McMahon ECW wrestling. When Adelphia cable went bust and the Huntersville portion moved to TWC, the channel had already be placed on the Charlotte basic broadcast tier. I'm not sure about MI Connection which got the rest of the original Lake Norman cable system.
I saw something that said they increased their power just enough to force TWC, Dish, etc to pick it up for Charlotte since it could be received in a minuscule portion of Mecklenburg. IMO, it was obviously for the subscription fees because otherwise, the station does nothing Charlotte specific. There is no Charlotte advertising and their locally originated news (weekdays at 5:30p) does not cover much more than Catawba county. As you note, it's mostly shopping content, but they do have a daily local news program, maybe some coverage of local Hickory sports, and broadcasts of area church worship services. They were also simulcasting a show from Retro TV (14.2) each day, but I think they have stopped that.
This is a rare old school TV station that is focused on the town it's located in. A lot of people, including myself, have been critical of WHKY at times, but on the other hand a lot of people love the station for its lack of highly marketed pre-packaged generic branding found on 95% of the corporate stations out there. It's closer to what TV used to be like back in in the Dialing for Dollars days.Edited by blackcat6 - 6/9/13 at 2:34am