Monday, August 15, 2005

KNWA Knocked Off Air

This from KNWA.com:

Over-the-air signal will resume as soon as possible. A power surge caused a catastrophic failure at one of KNWA’s transmitters last Wednesday, August 10th. Those viewers who have cable or receive KNWA’s signal via a satellite dish have not been affected. But we apologize to those who receive the KNWA signal by an antenna. Those viewers have not been able to watch KNWA programming for the last 6 days. KNWA engineers are working diligently to restore the signal. KNWA will resume over-the-air transmission as soon as possible.

23 Comments:

At 8:02 PM, August 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big loss there. No one watches anyways.

 
At 8:05 PM, August 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah what a crushing blow, neile jones not yelling at me for a few days, i think i can manage.

 
At 8:19 PM, August 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how is the station able to stay on cable and satellite without actually being on over the air?

 
At 8:34 PM, August 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most stations send their signals directly to the big cable companies or satellite providers. If a transmitter goes out, they can still broadcast to most.

 
At 10:44 PM, August 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's taken someone 6 days to notice?

 
At 7:53 AM, August 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the advertisers/clients of the station are getting a special rate? Seems like they would. I know engineers that could build a battleship in 6 days, let alone get a transmitter on the air. Sheesh!

 
At 8:01 AM, August 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catastrophic failure? That means: "Oops! We're too cheap to keep important replacement parts in stock and have to order them."

 
At 9:53 AM, August 16, 2005, Blogger the spook said...

I can still get 'em on channel 24, but the signal sucks. Channel 51 is dead air, though. And ditto on Neile, Don Elkins' professionalism notwithstanding.

 
At 4:12 PM, August 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto on thoughts about Don and Neile. I wonder if this will play into Nexstar's corporate commitment to pull stations off the cable systems? They're pretty darn lucky to be on cable in NWA right now. A NWA oriented station has no transmitter in NWA. People on DishTV see the Fort Smith signal and FSM advertisers. They only way that station is able to continue to run spots and bill NWA clients is because of Cox Cable.

 
At 10:36 PM, August 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PREDICTION: KNWA will have their little cable dispute and go quietly into the night...cox cable will turn to springfield or tulsa to give its subscribers NBC programming, after all the NFL will be on NBC in a year and people will be really really mad if they miss out on their NFL football.

 
At 9:28 AM, August 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good prediction. NBC Springfield is owned by Schurz; NBC Tulsa is owned by Scripps. Guess Cox couldn't import NBC Little Rock - also owned by Nexstar.

 
At 9:58 AM, August 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting....

 
At 11:00 PM, August 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usually stations have contracts with their networks to NOT allow other network affiliates in their DMA. That is what is going to happen with KNWA. So no luck there... No NBC Period. But again - it will be interesting!

 
At 6:55 AM, August 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm going to laugh my face off when it turns out that the whole problem was that some dummy acidentally flipped a switch that he wasn't supposed to.

 
At 8:13 AM, August 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The exclusivity agreement with the networks does not carry over to cable retransmission. That is an arrangement negotiated with the Cable company and the broadcaster. IF the local affiliate and an imported affiliate are carrying the same program at the same time, the imported affiliate must be blacked out. Other than that, it's pretty much free game. Additionally, the TULSA stations are grandfathered into the NWA market under a very unusual federal regulation that dates back to the 1970's.

 
At 7:41 PM, August 22, 2005, Anonymous ahasp said...

I'm sure it's Bush's fault. At least that's what Don Elkins would say

 
At 10:24 PM, August 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed @ how rude most of these comments are! We must be in the twilight zone because I love KNWA. Pretty much the only station I watch and the ONLY station I watch for news. I've been so happy for Neile Jones. For those of you who don't know, she was the morning weather person back before 51 aired the news and I've enjoyed waking to her smiling face and cheerful voice for years. Will be very glad to get my station back ASAP. Thanks guys!

 
At 10:25 PM, August 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed @ how rude most of these comments are! We must be in the twilight zone because I love KNWA. Pretty much the only station I watch and the ONLY station I watch for news. I've been so happy for Neile Jones. For those of you who don't know, she was the morning weather person back before 51 aired the news and I've enjoyed waking to her smiling face and cheerful voice for years. Will be very glad to get my station back ASAP. Thanks guys!

 
At 1:34 PM, August 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is like Ground Hog Day.

 
At 1:34 PM, August 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is like Ground Hog Day.

 
At 10:32 AM, August 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been 19 days so far I dont see the channel has been restored. Have they decided not to?

 
At 6:23 AM, September 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA has always lacked in on air quality. First their signal leaves the fayetteville square, then goes through like 8 or 9 relays then goes to their station in Ft. Smith, then comes back up to NWA via microwave. If it rains, forget watching them. Their whole idea of this fiber line to KARK is going to kick them in the butt.. But that is like that station to do something stupid. That is what you get with crappy management. Rumors are that the Benton County bureau will be @ JB Hunt in Lowell. Still, this is going to be a huge disaster.. KNWA is going to sink!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 1:25 PM, September 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elkins stop posting crap to a blog on your own webpage!!!!

 

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