Spectrum auction explained

Rob Owen and Maria Sciullo perfectly explain the spectrum auction process and some of the results in today’s Post-Gazette. Stations have 39 months to change their frequencies, if required. Some will leave the airwaves altogether while others will share spectrum space and transmitters. Most over-the-air viewers won’t notice a difference as they will merely retune their […]

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Channel Repack

Remember when WQED announced the sale of its channel spectrum for $9.9 million? Now the complete list of channel changes have been released. This is the digital over the air signal which will never appear any different as, of course, channels identify themselves by their analog signals that went off the air in 2009. RabbitEars.info […]

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Tidbits

Cary Simpson was laid to rest today. A protege, Ken Hawk checked in with us the other day to offer some more information and memories of Mr. Simpson… According to Cary’s son Ted, he had been hospitalized in Altoona for dehydration and pneumonia a few days before he died. The doctors were able to stabilize […]

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In memoriam: Cary Simpson

We’re hearing word that longtime station owner Cary Simpson has died at age 89… just about a month short of his 90th birthday. Simpson was founder of the Allegheny Mountain Network of which WTRN (1340 Tyrone) served as the flagship. In 1947, he helped to build and went on to program WHUN in Huntingdon, PA […]

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News from the surrounds…

It’s not often anymore that we get reports from outside of the Pittsburgh area, but we have received word from a couple of those stations that are in our coverage region. Tom Taylor reported this morning that WQKK, licensed to Renovo, PA, dropped the AC format for an 80s-based. The station is owned by the […]

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Iorio sells two Central PA stations

Tom Taylor reported Monday that Frank Iorio’s Radio Partners LLC has filed to sell WLKE (93.5 Gallitzin) and WLSF (105.1 Sheffield) to Educational Media for $400,000. The two stations have been running K-Love in an LMA. Iorio’s Pittsburgh Radio Partners owns WJAS (1320) where he is in the process of moving his W244CU from Warren, […]

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Simpson sells all but one station

Tom Taylor reports that Cary Simpson has reduced his station load down to one – WTRN (1340 Tyrone). Meanwhile he’s selling off WNBT-AM/FM, (1490/104.5 Wellsboro) and translator W225AT (92.9), and WNBQ (92.3 Mansfield). The licenses and call letters will go to Southern Belle LLC – owned by Kristen Cantrell, Kirby Confer’s daughter. The other assets […]

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PAB Announces 2015 Excellence in Broadcasting Winners

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters has issued the list of winners for the 2015 Excellence in Broadcastng awards. The ceremony will be held at Noon on May 4 in Hershey. Winners in the PBRTV coverage area are: RADIO WDSY-FM (107.9 Pittsburgh) – Oustanding Use of Digital Media KDKA-AM (1020 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding Radio PSA/Campaign WCCS-AM […]

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Lane claims to be “revictimized” by station

Last year, Nancy Lane was fired from Forever Broadcasting in relation to the abuse she had been suffering from her ex-husband much of which spilled over into the workplace. (PBRTV 2-7-14). Although the company initially offered her paid leave and support, new information shortly thereafter led to Lane being fired. The company claimed that events involving […]

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WJAC makes news when news van flips

Icy roads in Northern Cambria County are apparently to blame after a WJAC-TV news truck ended up on its side on Tuesday (3/4). According to WJAC’s Facebook post, the unidentified driver was checked at a local hospital and was found to be okay. From the post: “Thank you to the people who first stopped and […]

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