Friday, July 01, 2011

Jonesboro to Gain NBC Affiliate

Broadcasting and Cable reports New Moon Communications has acquired a number of low power tv stations from Trinity Broadcasting, including one in Jonesboro. B and C reports the stations, including KJNE in Jonesboro will be an affiliate of the NBC Broadcasting Network. A spokesperson for New Moon says local news in is the works possibly for all the stations.

28 Comments:

At 6:05 PM, July 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do not think we can support 2 networks we are barely over 100'000 total and i like KARK 4 AND WMC 5

 
At 6:12 PM, July 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Not enough news around here to justify a second network.

 
At 6:13 PM, July 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News won't be able to compete with KAIT.

 
At 7:34 PM, July 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen KAIT. Im sure they could compete if given the necessary equipment and staff.

 
At 2:24 PM, July 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard the Bono beat consumes a lot of time. :)

 
At 5:08 PM, July 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have it on good authority that NBC is in deep negoiations with Terry Woods. This could be big.

 
At 10:09 PM, July 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonesboro and big? C'mon.

 
At 2:08 PM, July 03, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Woods still has a big following in Jonbur. So if they could get him and Jack Hill to sign on I could see them dominating the market.

 
At 6:26 PM, July 03, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this company, New Moon, connected in any way with halfmoon?

 
At 8:27 PM, July 03, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonesboro is an odd place that does not like change! No alcohol, abstinence, and lots of religion is their moto but they make great sport of ignoring that moto on a daily basis.
I can't imagine them welcoming anything new unless they all swear they are against it and then enjoying it in the dark. That is their way and I expect that is the way they will welcome a new TV station.

 
At 7:33 AM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the market could support two stations. A little local competition would be good for KAIT and Region 8.

 
At 1:01 PM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KAIT News has gone downhill for the past 20 years. It's a laughing stock and doesn't even hold a candle to the quality of news we had with Tony Brooks, Donna Dickson, Terry Wood and Dick Clay. Diana Davis even is nothing like when she came here. She's gone all tabloid sensationalist. Mitch Lilly is a joke and needs to be sent to the kiddy news with people his own size - maybe in Fayetteville with his precious Razorbacks. I say bring on the competition.

 
At 9:59 PM, July 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, if they do that it will hurt the people with satellite TV and their DNS reception. Why give all of it up for one little NBC station?

 
At 10:21 PM, July 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DNS = Distant Network Services, as it pertains to satellite receivers.

 
At 12:11 AM, July 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has got to be THE dumbest thing I have heard in ages. You have markets that, on cable, have access to as many as 2 NBC affiliates. Plus, a large portion of the markets in this area (JBoro and Jackson) can receive a full powered NBC station OTA in addition to availability on cable.

KJNE and WZMC are translators; their intended purposes were to retransmit a main signal to a non-served area. The stations New Moon acquired were former TBN stations that the network donated to The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council last year (that indicates how valuable these transmitters are). 78 of the translator/repeater stations are being target by full-power stations wanting to use them for their intended purpose, as signal translators/repeaters.

Darnell Washington, President of New Moon, purchased the 4 stations for $12k (another indication of how "valuable" these stations are). Low Power TV stations do not have to be carried on cable or satellite. If he wants cable carriage, he'll need to provide the station to each cable carried AND provide a quality signal to those cable providers. Between Jonesboro and Jackson, there are probably 100 cable providers. He'll have to pay EACH a fee to carry the signal. Plus he'll have to feed the signal to those cable providers, either via fiber or microwave.

And since low power stations are not included in the must-carry law, he'll need to negotiate a fee with each cable system.

If Darnell Washington can get his stations on cable, he could POSSIBLE knock off out of market NBC stations. But since these stations do not qualify for must-carry distinction, it is up to the cable companies whether or not they even want to consider even adding the stations to their lineups, which the can simply say "no thank you" to, no matter what he's willing to pay.

Now do you see why this is such a stupid move? Couple this with Washington's delusional idea of doing news and it even makes less sense. THEN consider this: all 4 markets already have NBC saturation; why would Jonesboro or Jackson cable providers allow THREE NBC stations to co-exist on one cable system? This makes me question if Washington has even secured NBC affiliation...sounds super fishy to me.

Darnell Washington bought KTGF in Great Falls a few years back for 3 million dollars. Before the station was sold, the former owners made a deal to transfer their NBC affiliation to another low powered station.

From Wikipedia:

"In April 2005, Beartooth Communications, the owner of KTVH (the NBC affiliate in Helena), purchased a low power television permit in Great Falls for channel 50. It became obvious that Beartooth was positioning itself to take the NBC affiliation away from KTGF when the NBC affiliation agreement expired at the end of June. Destiny Communications filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prevent NBC from removing the affiliation and giving it to Beartooth's station, now known as KBGF-LP. As the end of June approached, confusion reigned. Both parties claimed they would be the NBC affiliate on July 1 in Great Falls. On June 29, Destiny announced that it would affiliate with the Fox network beginning July 1. This created another confusing situation because another television station in Great Falls, KLMN, was already the Fox affiliate (although the local cable system did not carry the station). As a result, after the NBC affiliation moved from KTGF to KBGF on July 1, 2005, Fox programming was seen on both KTGF and KLMN for a time. Eventually, KLMN dropped Fox programming for UPN, and in September 2006 became an affiliate of MyNetworkTV."

Destiny, Washington's former company, later lost affiliation with Fox. He ended up defaulting on his loans. The station went black and ended up being transferred to the original creditor.

If this guy thinks he's gonna turn $12,000 into some sort of station group, he's out of his damned mind.

 
At 8:18 PM, July 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The post above sounds like someone from KAIT starting to sweat a little. Not gonna win all the awards for this market by default anymore, are ya? Is that you, Tim?

 
At 10:55 PM, July 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't even get a decent tower for 12K. Must be some really top-of-the-line equipment.

 
At 3:52 PM, July 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:18 Hardly. Just a realistic observation. A translator is not intended to broadcast a signal serving an entire DMA. Plus, every market this guy has purchased a translator on is saturated with NBC programming. Outside of Jonesboro proper, no one will be able to pick up the station. And cable? Pipe dream, at best

 
At 9:56 PM, July 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I lived in NE Arkansas I would be applying to the satellite companies (DirectTV or Dish) for a DNS waiver. You people are missing a lot of good programming by not doing so.

 
At 10:07 PM, July 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 56 I Have Direct TV i have tryed for years to get a waver but they say KAIT 8 blocks anyone trying to get LR MEM locals on ABC

 
At 6:28 PM, July 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, they would and probably can do that but you can still apply for NBC, CBS, PBS, etc. and if you are lucky you can receive WNBC New York, CBS New York, and national PBS. That will get you all the NBC, CBS, and PBS programs plus you can watch some very entertaining news shows on those stations. Contact DirecTV and tell them you want the stations that you are eligible to receive. Remember, you already have KAIT, shoot for the other stations since you are being deprived of NBC, CBS and PBS.

Go for it.

 
At 10:48 PM, July 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do it before changes take place in J'bro.

 
At 10:06 AM, July 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think new opportunities for Jonesboro are awesome. We have the need for professionalism as well as anyone else in this country. I don't feel like Kait Region 8 makes the cut anymore. Sorry, I've moved to other areas and return to Jonesboro to have a family and raise children, this place is in dire need of updating.

 
At 10:12 AM, July 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to it!!! Bring on the CHANGE, this CHANGE will be big in a GOOD way

 
At 12:11 AM, July 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what do you do at this new endeavor about to happen at Jonesboro?

 
At 5:49 PM, July 18, 2011, Anonymous migliore escort milano said...

This won't succeed in reality, that is exactly what I think.

 
At 11:12 PM, July 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to it!!! Bring on the CHANGE, this CHANGE will be big in a GOOD way

Sounds like the pres. talking. Ha, what a joke.

 
At 1:48 PM, October 13, 2011, Anonymous www.alicante-3d.com said...

This will not actually have effect, I think so.

 

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