Posts Tagged ‘WECP’

WECP goes on the air next week, WTVY dumped…

(from NewsHerald.com) – Bay County’s first CBS affiliate since the 1960s will be “flipping the switch” Monday, company officials said.

The new station, WECP, will be available over the air — that is, using rabbit ears — on channel 18 at mid-morning. Viewers will need to rescan their TVs to pick up the signal, said Curt Molander, general manager for WJHG, the sister station of WECP and WTVY in Dothan, Ala., which has served as the Panama City market’s CBS affiliate since the early 1960s.

The WECP studios will be located on Front Beach Road with WJHG. Both stations, along with WTVY, are owned by Atlanta-based Gray Television.

WECP’s broadcast towers will be located in Youngstown, so the addition will not affect viewers’ reception of CBS, Molander said. CBS is the “network of record” for Southeastern Conference football and will carry March Madness and the Super Bowl….Cont….

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09 2012

Will WECP bring WJHG down…?

Last week, Florida News Center reported that Gray Television had licensed a new television station, finally bringing a CBS affiliate to the Panama City market. The new station, WECP-LD (a low powered/range station) will be contained in the Panama City studios of Gray owned WJHG-TV. Along with studio space, WECP will share tower and transmitter space with WJHG, creating Panama City’s first duopoly.

While this sounds like a boon for Gray, WJHG and Panama City, WECP comes with a plethora of issues. Sources in the panhandle tell Florida News Center that the weak powered WECP signal, will be a drain on its sister, WJHG. Since the two stations will both share the same transmitter and power, estimates demonstrate that WECP will degrade the WJHG signal by almost 49%.

Of course most viewers in this day and age do not use the actual television signals anymore, opting for cable or satellite instead. However, sources point out that Comcast (the primary cable provider for Panama City) does not have fiber optic links to its local affiliates. Comcast retransmits its local affiliates by receiving the over-the-air signal and then using that to feed to its customers. So, the question is; will the 49% signal degradation by WECP, then effect the Comcast signal as well?

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any developing changes.

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07 2012

Panama City to get a CBS affiliate, a duopoly forms…

(from WJHG.com) – Panama City is getting a new television station and with it comes the market’s first exclusive CBS television affiliate.

Gray Television, Inc, owners of WJHG-TV in Panama City, confirm the new station will be on Channel 18 and the call letters are WECP. It will be on the air, on all area cable TV systems and satellite programming suppliers.

The new station has been in the works for months and construction of the transmitter facility is nearly complete and is located at the WJHG-TV NewsChannel 7 transmitter location on State Road 20 and US 231 in Youngstown, Green Hills in northern Bay County.

WECP studios will be co-located with NewsChannel 7, WJHG at 8195 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach….Cont….

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07 2012