Expanding on Sinclair Broadcasting (my previous post), I looked at their affiliate list (here). Sinclair has stations in five of the 25 largest television markets (#13 Tampa, #14Minneapolis, #19 Sacramento, #21 St. Louis, and #22 Pittsburgh). Their station in Tampa is channel 38, the WB affiliate. It's a UHF station for the #5 network. Additionally, they do not own this station; they only have a Local Marketing Agreement. In Minneapolis, channel 23 is also a UHF WB affiliate. Their Sacramento affiliate, channel 13 (CBS) is their only large market VHF station, and the only one on top-ranked CBS. In St. Louis, their affiliate is channel 20, an ABC affiliate. Major network, but still a UHF station. Lastly, in Pittsburgh, they have two stations, channel 53 (FOX) and channel 22 (WB). Again, both of these channels are UHF stations on smaller networks. The advent of cable TV has lessened the liability of operating on a UHF frequency, but people in outlying areas without cable are still far less likely to be able to pick them up.
posted on October 13, 2004 09:40 PM
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