WTRN sale disputed; judge steps in

The last of the late Cary Simpson’s radio stations, WTRN (1340 Tyrone) and its FM translator, are in the process of being sold to Lightner Communications. Now, a judge in Blair County has ordered Simpson’s son to avoid further contact with the FCC and to stop posting about his father’s estate on social media, after […]

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TV Repack process will affect FMs

On July 6, Patrick McFadden, the associate general counsel for the National Association of Broadcasters, sent the FCC a study that they had commissioned to determine what FM stations would be affected by the TV repack while the work was being done to change the channel allocations. V-Soft Communications did the research. In the letter […]

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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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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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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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WJAC anchor Bill Brown to retire

32-year veteran WJAC-TV (6 Johnstown) anchor Bill Brown has announced his retirement effective at the end of February. Brown is an original anchor of the morning newscast which began 29 years ago. He has been anchor of the Noon broadcast for 30 years. (WJAC)

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WTOV, WJAC to Sinclair

We reported several months ago that Cox, long-time owner of Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV (11), was looking to get out of the smaller markets including Steubenville and Johnstown. FTVLive is reporting that the two NBC affiliates – WTOV-TV (9 Steubenville) and WJAC-TV (6 Johnstown) – and two FOX affiliates elsewhere are headed to Sinclair. Sinclair owns Pittsburgh’s WPGH-TV […]

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