Honestly, in speaking about things doubtful to ever happen, I'd like to see Allentown-Reading become its own DMA. It would make sense for the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill, Berks, and Warren in NJ to be lumped into their own market (especially for Warren being in the New York DMA at present; it definitely identifies more with the Lehigh Valley than NYC).
The market would easily be top 100 and would bring together communities that don't completely identify with the rest of the DMA they're in (all that's really shared is a love of the same sports teams, and even then large numbers of people in the greater Lehigh Valley and Reading are just as likely to like the New York or Pittsburgh teams).
Allentown-Reading already has enough dial space for the big 3 (I'm sure 51 and 60 would go at a premium to another owner, and 69's already flirted with ABC), plus I'm sure the allocations for 19, 26, and 44 could open up.
But I digress.
The Lehigh Valley needs competition anyway. 69 and 39 are the only ones not trying to cater to Philly. 60 and 51 are more concerned with keeping their must carry status south of Valley Forge and don't cater the public interest at all. I'd love to see one of them start something up and bring competition to the Lehigh Valley/Berks area, but like it was said, it'll probably never happen.
> Sorry for the TV-related post, but I think it's of interest.
> Any thoughts on WTVE-TV 51?
> The station has had an interesting history, from being
> live-and-local TV from its start in 1980, to becoming Home
> Shopping in the late 80's and 90's (or thereabouts), to
> becoming all news for awhile in the late 90's or early
> 2000's, to now being primarily religious and infomercials.
> Does the station have any sort of following? Every time I've
> tried to watch it, it's an infomercial, which is kind of a
> shame. I'd love to see WTVE become another WFMZ-TV of sorts,
> but doubt that'd ever happen. Those days look like they were
> done in the 80s.
> Any thoughts on Ch. 51?
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