Category Archive: Johnstown-Altoona-State College

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 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.

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.”

Feb 03 2015

WJAC anchor Bill Brown to retire

Brown/WJAC Photo

Brown/WJAC Photo

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.


Feb 25 2013

WTOV, WJAC to Sinclair

6 WJAC -2 9 WTOVWe 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 (53) and WPMY-TV (22).

UPDATE: Tom Taylor NOW is reporting in the daily newsletter today that the deal is worth $99 Million minus $4.3 million in working capital adjustments. Meanwhile, Cox obtained $106 million when it sold 26 radio properties in 6 markets.

Oct 19 2012

WKGE off air

Birach Broadcasting’s WKGE-AM (850 Johnstown) is silent. Radio-Info reports Ray Rosenblum, a Pittsburgh broker, says there is a $250,000 asking price for the station. WKGE has been owned by Birach (who also owns WWCS-AM (540 Canonsburg) since 2007. It has been a simulcast of Pennsylvania Radiowerks’ WWGE in Loretto.

The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat says that Birach purchased the station with the hopes of formatting it to appeal to the ethnic community in Johnstown. But the station known as “The Edge” has been struggling with a political talk/sports format. WKGE is 10,000 watts with nine towers.

Jul 23 2012

Cox selling WTOV-TV and WJAC-TV

Cox Media Group is selling several radio and TV stations after purchasing four television stations – two in Jacksonville, Florida and two in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Locally, Cox has owned WPXI-TV (11) for several decades and while there are no plans to sell it, regional sister stations WTOV-TV (9) Steubenville, Ohio and WJAC-TV (6) Johnstown, Pennsylvania are on the market. Cox acquired the two stations in 2000 cornering the market on area NBC affiliates. Twenty-seven radio stations and three other television stations are a part of the sale. Cox plans to focus on larger and fewer markets.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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