An idea WAY out of left field, but hear me out:
What if markets that are relatively close to each other combined operations & targeted each other? Use your imagination here.
In my neck of the woods, Savannah is relatively close to Charleston, Augusta to Columbia, Macon to Columbus, etc. Now imagine one city keeping two nets (NBC & FOX) and the other city keeping the other two (CBS & ABC). Now find a midway point to build a new generation of very tall towers, maybe as high as 3000' (pending FCC & FAA approvals). Yes, a tremendous initial outlay of capital, but over time it might pay off.
Many local network affiliates are struggling & the future of some are in doubt. Might this be their saving grace?
Imagine if you will:
(whatever the Columbus FOX affiliate is)
Farfetched, I know.
Yeah. Keyword here is FARFETCHED
Doing anything like that here East of the Continental Divide here in Colorado would be like merging Denver with Colorado Springs & Pueblo. Add to the fact that ALL
of the stations in Denver & Colorado Springs/Pueblo have transmitters ATOP MOUNTAINS
& that just makes things even worse.
Compounded is the fact that the biggest losers would be the local advertisers (Namely small businesses) who would be $pending HUGE
amounts of $$$ in the hopes that viewers from Denver, Colorado Springs & Pueblo would actually patronize their business regardless of distance.
And last, but not least, we'd have....1) Two
NBC affiliates (KOAA 5/30 Colorado Springs/Pueblo & KUSA 9 Denver)2) Two
CBS affiliates (KKTV 11 Colorado Springs/Pueblo & KCNC 4**
My Network affiiates (KKTV-DT 11.2 Colorado Springs/Pueblo & KTVD 20 Denver)4) Two
ABC affiliates (KRDO 13 Colorado Springs/Pueblo & KMGH 7 Denver)5) Two
FOX affiliates (KXRM 21 Colorado Springs/Pueblo & KDVR 31 Denver)6) Two
CW affiliates (KXTU 57 Colorado Springs/Pueblo & KWGN 2 Denver)**
Owned & Operated by CBS.
Now it's true that KKTV drop My Network from its Digital subchannel lineup, but since all the TXers here in Colorado are atop mountains, your plan would be impractical (If not UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE
) from an engineering alone to implement. That's also saying nothing
of the fact that the networks would NEVER
allow such overlap on such a massive scale to take place.
In fact, about the only networks that would allow it would be PBS, ION, Daystar, TBN & (Maybe) the latin networks.
In short, PIGS WOULD GROW WINGS
before this flies.
Just my opinion....
Thanks for giving me more time in between my dinner & the nice round of Chocolate Paradise that's waiting for me though.