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by rugratsonline
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Flint, Tri-Cities, and The Thumb
Topic: Comcast Removing Detroit and Lansing Channels
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Comcast Removing Detroit and Lansing Channels

80sTalkRadioFan wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:03 am
Were any of these stations sometimes blocked, due to the FCC's "Network Non-Duplication and Syndicated Exclusivity" rules?
Definitely not 23, which is affiliated with PBS. No doubt WKAR won't be pleased with Comcast's actions, as it means less pledges.
by rugratsonline
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Remembering the Golden Years
Topic: Manistee, MI through the years
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Re: Manistee, MI through the years

Apparently, that's exactly what it was, and it shared the channel with Bravo (which had been launched two years earlier). I hadn't heard of it before either. Not the Bravo we know today? Bravo was like A&E was, featuring cultural entertainment programming, though Bravo was more upmarket. Today's Br...
by rugratsonline
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Remembering the Golden Years
Topic: Old cable lineups
Replies: 93
Views: 31816

Re: Old cable lineups

Here's the cable lineup for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in December of '89: (3) WNEM Bay City (NBC) ... (30) Home Shopping Interestingly, neither of northern Michigan's ABC or NBC affiliates were apprently carried in the Sault then. I once asked a headend engineer there why WTOM and WGTQ weren't on t...
by rugratsonline
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethons
Replies: 30
Views: 2754

Re: Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethons

I also remember on WNEM 5 when the late Jim Peyton did the Holiday Inn in Buena Vista in 1976 & in 1977!! Also the late Jim Rush & Mel Serow at the Shearton in Pearson Road in Flint back then!!! Also the late Chuck Waters at the Hampton Square Mall in Essexville in 1979, 1980 & 1981!! Any of those ...
by rugratsonline
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Flint, Tri-Cities, and The Thumb
Topic: 40 years ago in 1979
Replies: 34
Views: 1686

Re: 40 years ago in 1979

The last time that I heard the same announcer since August 28, 1979 was in March of 1984 when he said "That's Quiet Riot "Bang Your Head" (edited version) NOW "Stuck On You" by Lionel Richie" but that was it. That same announcer said "That's Marvin Gaye" (BUT did not say "Sexual Healing" when it wa...
by rugratsonline
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Network & Syndicated Radio and TV
Topic: Network programming preemptions by individual stations
Replies: 77
Views: 13092

Re: Network programming preemptions by individual stations

80sTalkRadioFan wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:59 am
A couple preemptions of note this week. First, looks like WDIV Local 4 has paid programming from 8 to 9 pm tonight (Thursday August 15) preempting another rerun of NBC's "The Wall."
"Smile Train" again?
by rugratsonline
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Network & Syndicated Radio and TV
Topic: Network programming preemptions by individual stations
Replies: 77
Views: 13092

Re: Network programming preemptions by individual stations

So it's a rerun. Yeah. It was brought up because it's during primetime and that's kinda significant. In my eyes that says a lot about a station's financial situation if they're willing to put paid programming on during primetime hours. As discussed on the Detroit board, the "paid programming" on WD...
by rugratsonline
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WTF is channel 4 doing?
Replies: 15
Views: 2491

Re: WTF is channel 4 doing?

Showing "paid programming" during the 8pm hour on a Thursday night? This shit should be on at 4am on a Sunday morning. They are showing some bullshit about deformed Vietnamese kids. Yeah I know it's the middle of July but NBCs legacy is Thursday night. Just a strange programming decision. You sound...
by rugratsonline
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Catholic radio in Detroit
Replies: 31
Views: 2671

Re: Catholic radio in Detroit

Spirit 90.5 streams -- one of my superiors back in Florida where I worked listened online, alternating between them and The Joy FM, another local CCM station in Tampa Bay that also streams.
by rugratsonline
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Why is Sanilac part of the Detroit DMA?
Replies: 21
Views: 1567

Re: Why is Sanilac part of the Detroit DMA?

I believe Bad Axe had one or two commercial TV allotments in the analog era. I know Port Huron had one. Obviously, they were never built. WDCQ (PBS) is licensed to Bad Axe and originally had its analog transmitter at Ubly, south of Bad Axe, but relocated its digital transmitter to closer to Bay Cit...
by rugratsonline
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Neighboring States/Ontario
Topic: I now know your pain...
Replies: 17
Views: 1547

Re: I now know your pain...

I remember back in the late 90s, early 2000s, they always had a black screen showing "no signal". This went on for hours. Channel 48 was supposed to be our local UPN affiliate. However, UPN on half of the days was missing. Then around that point the FCC forced the owners to sell to Cornerstone Chur...
by rugratsonline
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: CHBX-TV 2 SSM
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Re: CHBX-TV 2 SSM

As far as I know, it is, and it's still in analog, though CTV has plans to close down its repeater to the north, in Wawa.
by rugratsonline
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Neighboring States/Ontario
Topic: Gray Stations to revive daily Star Spangled Banner closings
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Gray Stations to revive daily Star Spangled Banner closings

According to ABC12, which is making a big fuss out of something that will only be shown in the middle of the night: https://www.abc12.com/content/news/510986662.html?fbclid=IwAR2_EsDAwIAw-XVeJSFmueZO9ZDXNteyXYCi6enId_-QHB8yV5Q-P3IwU40 (Check their Facebook post on the topic, which features hundreds ...
by rugratsonline
Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Warren High School TV station signing on for the first time in years this Fall.
Replies: 10
Views: 986

Re: Warren High School TV station signing on for the first time in years this Fall.

lidoshuffle wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:40 pm
Does this mean Lori Irla and Fred (??) are coming back??? Oh be still my fluttering with much anticipation lil 'ol heart...
I would think by now they graduated.
by rugratsonline
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: America's Rural Radio Stations Are Vanishing
Replies: 18
Views: 1816

Re: America's Rural Radio Stations Are Vanishing

The use of terminology had rankled a few of my broadcasting friends. "5000 volts" (instead of watts)? The "dungeon"? "Kill zone"?