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Apr 20 2017

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 TV sets. Of course those who receive stations via cable will not have to do a thing.

Below is the list of what will happen to stations as listed by

Station Analog City of License Original Digital Current Digital New Digital Notes


19 Jeannette 49 11 11 No change
WQED-TV 13 Pittsburgh 38 13 2
WEPA-CD 59 Pittsburgh 16 16 0 Goes Off-air
WJMB-CD - Butler 17 17 17 No change
WEMW-CD - Greensburg 19 19 0 Goes Off-air
WWLM-CD - Washington 20 20 36
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 25 25 25 No change
WPCP-CD - New Castle 27 27 0 Goes Off-air
WBOA-CD - Pittsburgh 29 29 0 Goes Off-air
WNNB-CD - Beaver 30 30 0 Goes Off-air
WINP-TV 16 Pittsburgh 26 38 16
WBYD-CD 35 Pittsburgh 39 39 38
WMVH-CD - Charleroi 40 40 32
WPNT-TV 22 Pittsburgh 42 42 21
WPGH-TV 53 Pittsburgh 43 43 20
WKHU-CD - Kittanning 44 44 32
WWAT-CD - Charleroi 45 45 29
WQVC-CD - Greensburg 46 46 0 Goes Off-air
WWKH-CD - Uniontown 47 7 22
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 48 48 23
WPCB-TV 40 Greensburg 50 50 28
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 51 51 27 No word on repeater. Channel 22 (currently used as a repeater by WTAE) will be taken by a low-power station
WWCP-TV 8 Johnstown 29 8 8 No change
WPSU-TV 3 Clearfield 15 15 15 No change
WTOO-CD - Bolivar 23 23 22
WATM-TV 23 Altoona 24 24 31
WTAJ-TV 10 Altoona 32 32 24
WJAC-TV 6 Johnstown 34 34 35
WKBS-TV 47 Altoona 46 46 6
WFMJ-TV 21 Youngstown 20 20 33
WYTV-TV 33 Youngstown 36 36 31
WKBN-TV 27 Youngstown 41 41 0 Will share spectrum with WYTV
WNEO-TV 45 Alliance 46 45 29
WICU-TV 12 Erie 52 12 12 No change
WSEE-TV 35 Erie 16 16 21
WFXP-TV 66 Erie 22 22 26
WJET-TV 24 Erie 58 24 28
WQLN-TV 54 Erie 50 50 27
WTRF-TV 7 Wheeling 32 7 7 No change
WTOV-TV 9 Steubenville 57 9 9 No change
WJPW-CD - Weirton 18 18 18 No change
WVTX-CD - Bridgeport 28 28 0 Goes Off-air
WOUC-TV 44 Cambridge 35 35 6

Apr 14 2017

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. has the list for Pittsburgh here. KDKA-TV will not be moving from its DT signal at 25, nor will sister WPCW be moving from 11. While WQED will move from its analog/digital signal at 13 to channel 2, former sister and WINP will move from digital 38 to 16 where its DT signal will match its analog ID. “Confused? You won’t be after this episode of Soap!”

Surrounding markets:

Johnstown PA

Youngstown OH

Erie PA 


Dec 30 2016


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 him initially, but he died Christmas Day.

Other than that, Cary was still very healthy for his age.  He would have been 90 on January 25th. He still drove himself to and from the station (he lived five minutes away) in his gray 1992 Ford station wagon, and took his meals at The Bullpen tavern behind the station almost daily. He was faithfully at the station by 8:45 each morning. He also survived a bout cancer years ago and had not had any problems since.

Cary’s first station was WHUN in Huntingdon, where he grew up. He helped build it when he was just 19, then they hired him there as PD. I had looked at it and its FM sister, WLAK when I was looking at buying at station in the mid-90s. I called Cary to ask him if money could still be made in that town, and he said it could, but it would take a lot of time, and much hands on work by any new prospective owner. I think he would have bought it if he had the money, but Cary’s more apt to build stations, rather than buy them. But not all of them were successful. He built an AM station in Punxsutawney in the mid 50’s…WPXY at AM 1290.  WPME 1540 was the first to go on the air there. WPXY was off the air six years later and WPME is now known today at WECZ and owned by Tony Renda. Cary said Punxy was one of his first ‘hard’ lessons in a venture that failed. But he recovered very nicely. He was a very dear friend of mine and he meant so much to so many.

More trouble for Pentecostal Temple Development Corp. Today, the FCC proposed a fine against PTDC for $25,000 for failure to properly paint and light two of the four towers at WGBN’s (1360 McKeesport) nighttime Lincoln Borough site. The same site that they just received permission to operate a daytime signal for WGBN earlier this month. WGBN returned to the air last week after being silent for a year. The fine also cites that PTDC failed to properly refile an expired NoTAM with the FAA when lights were out. An FCC inspection of the site in October, 2015 brought the situation to light (no pun intended) and promises were made to make the repairs by the end of May, 2016. Repairs remained undone by August.


Michael Jackson, ABBA and Billy Joel are among 15 pop acts selected for 2017 induction into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame. Michael Jackson, in his first year of eligibility, topped the public on-line vote. The new inductees were announced Thursday. Also newly-elected into the Hall of Fame by public vote are the Dave Clark Five, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson Five, Diana Ross and Rod Stewart. In the “Legends” category, The Hall of Fame nomination board chose Pat Boone, Fats Domino, the Drifters, Connie Francis and Bobby Vee in recognition of their influence on pop music.

Inductees had to have a charted song prior to 1980 to be considered and were selected from 20 nominees chosen by a national music industry panel based on the breadth, depth and influence of the artists’ recordings. These, alphabetically, are the 2017 inductees into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

In previous years, the Hall of Fame nomination board has chosen Les Paul and Mary Ford (2015) and Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers (2016) as Pop Music Hall of Fame “Legends” for their influence on pop music.

America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame board is currently working with local and state officials to construct a permanent facility. Current plans are for a large, multi-use performance venue as well as both permanent and rotating exhibits. America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame is based in Canonsburg, the home of Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins, who together placed nearly 200 songs on the Billboard charts.

Dec 27 2016

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 and later put on WKBI in St. Mary’s – the first station of his group. In 1955, Simpson put WTRN on the air which was followed by WGMR-FM (101.1) in 1961. The FM was sold to Forever in 2008. Many of the Central Pennsylvania stations that Simpson owned were sold off to other owners over the 1990s and 2000s, but Simpson held on to WTRN. More as we hear it.

Dec 05 2016

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 Stapleford family under the company name of Magnum Broadcasting. WQKK’s signal covers State College with its Class A signal.

christmas-sunny-1470-am-logoSam Jordan, operations manager of WLOA (1470 Farrell) reported that his station flipped to all Christmas on December 1 and will continue through Christmas Day. The regular programming such as CBS news, local news, sporting events, etc. will continue to air as needed.

Nov 02 2016

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, PA to translate WJAS via 103.9.

May 02 2016

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 will go to Seven Mountains Media.

Mar 24 2015

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:


WDSY-FM (107.9 Pittsburgh) – Oustanding Use of Digital Media

KDKA-AM (1020 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding Radio PSA/Campaign

WCCS-AM (1160 Indiana) – Outstanding Radio Feature Story/Report/Series

WYEP-FM (91.3 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding Radio Public Affairs Program/Series

KDKA-AM (1020 Pittsburgh); WFGY-FM (98.1 Altoona); WQMU-FM (92.5 Indiana) – Outstanding Radio Commercial

KDKA-FM (93.7 Pittsburgh); WCNS-AM (1460 Latrobe) – Outstanding Radio Coverage of a Local Sporting Event

WBZZ-FM (100.7 New Kensington); – Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team and Outstanding Station Sponsored Event

WMBS-AM (590 Uniontown) – Radio Judges’ Merit


WPXI-TV (11 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding Use of Digital Media and Outstanding TV PSA/Campaign

KDKA-TV (2 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding TV Feature Story/Report/Series

WJET/WFXP-TV (24/66 Erie); WPXI-TV (11 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding Public Affairs Program/Series

WTAJ-TV (10 Altoona) – Outstanding TV Spot//News

KDKA-TV (2 Pittsburgh); WTAJ-TV (10 Altoona) – Outstanding TV Coverage of a Local Sporting Event

WTAE-TV (4 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding TV Documentary

WICU-TV (12 Erie); WTAE-TV (4 Pittsburgh) – Outstanding Investigative Report

View the complete list here!

Mar 16 2015

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 the victim’s former husband “caused severe disruption to our business”.

An online petition with 20,000 signatures called for Ms. Lane’s reinstatement, but she was never reinstated.

Now Lane is suing the company for an unspecified amount claiming that her termination has caused her lost wages and benefits, irreparable harm to her career, humiliation and emotional distress. She is seeking reinstatement, back wages and benefits, and other damages. She also seeks a finding that her firing violated federal and state laws in relation to her being a victim of domestic violence.

(Tribune-Review 3/13/15)
(Tom Taylor NOW E-mail Subscription 3/16/15)

Mar 05 2015

WJAC makes news when news van flips

10856692_10153165786879308_8339512645515966413_oIcy 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 were able to drive to an area of cell service to call 911. Also to the other drivers who attempted to stop but couldn’t because of the ice. We appreciate your concern and willingness to help.

Thanks to the firefighters, EMTs, police, workers at Miners Medical Center, PennDOT plow drivers and Neff Recovery Services who helped get our employee to the hospital and our truck safely off the road.”

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