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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 


Jan 28 2017

950 WDIG up for “sacrifice” sale

Area media broker Ray Rosenblum has announced that WDIG (950 Steubenville) is up for sale. It is an “urgent sacrifice” sale at $40,000 with $30,000 paid at closing and the remaining $10,000 paid over 10 months with no interest. The sale includes a 4-tower, 15-acre site near Weirton. ERP is 1000 watts by day; 35 at night.

The station format is Urban AC and is owned by the World Witness For Christ Ministries, Inc. It signed on as WLIT in 1973 and became WDIG in January 1987.

Dec 27 2016

Phillips returning to WTOV

Phillips/WPXI Photo

Bill Phillips is leaving WPXI-TV (11 Pittsburgh) to return to WTOV-TV (9 Steubenville) to anchor the station’s 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. and noon newscasts along side Jessica Haberley. His new role begins Tuesday, January 3. Phillips left WTOV fifteen years ago to join then-sister station WPXI as a sports anchor, but he and his family continued to reside in the Ohio Valley. He had served at WTOV as sports director from 1991 until 2002.



Nov 19 2015

Nexstar buys WTRF and 3 others

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has paid $130 Million for four West Virginia TV stations. The seller is West Virginia Media Holdings (WVMH). That includes WTRF-TV (7 Wheeling), WBOY (12 Clarksburg). WVNS (59 Bluefield), and WOWK (13 Charleston). Nexstar will enter a time brokerage agreement with WVMH where Nexstar will receive the cash flow and pay WVMH an annual fee. The agreement will continue until the assets and licenses are transferred which is expected to be late next year.


Sep 02 2014

Summers appears on stations throughout area

John SummersPittsburgh native John Summers is on the air throughout the area during afternoon drive. Summers just moved to afternoons through his position at Westwood One. Summers can be heard on Keymarket’s “Pickle” stations – WPKL (99.3 Uniontown) and WKPL (92.1 Ellwood City). In the Steubenville/Wheeling listening area he can be heard via WUKL (105.5 Bellaire, OH). Summers worked at area stations including  WQTW (1570 Latrobe), WESA (98.3 Charleroi; now WPKV Duquesne), and WBZZ (93.7; now KDKA-FM) in the early 1980s.

Jul 15 2014

WTOV adds Fox affiliation

WTOVSinclair Broadcast Group announced last week that they would be adding a new subchannel to Steubenville-licensed WTOV (9) to carry to Fox Network. WTOV’s main channel has long been the NBC affiliate for the Ohio Valley. They also carry the MeTV network on their first subchannel. Beginning September 1, Fox programming and syndicated programming will air and the station will add a 10:00 p.m. newscast by the first of 2015. Over-the-air viewers will have to rescan their tuners in order to receive the new service.

May 23 2013

Minor leaving WTOV


Eric Minor; WTOV Photo

WTOV-TV (9; Steubenville) anchor Eric Minor is leaving the station after 16 years. He will assume the role of Director of Student Careers and Opportunities at West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Minor applied for the position while pursuing a Masters of Science degree at the university for the last three years. The decision comes not long after Minor turned 40 and health issues kept him from working for several months in 2012. Even though the station modified his schedule, the new job will allow him more time with his family including a 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. Minor’s last day is Friday, June 7.

Mar 06 2013

Sale of WVBC approved

ppm_logo_golda smallThe FCC has approved the sale of WVBC-FM (88.1) from Bethany College to Pittsburgh Public Media. The sale price is disclosed at $135,000 paid for by money raised through listeners of PPM’s PIttsburgh Jazz Channel and other supporters. PPM president Chuck Leavens tells the Post-Gazette that he would like to get the new station on the air as soon as possible. That could be as soon as April depending on how fast a studio can be built. An additional $100,000 is being raised for construction.

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.

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