October 29, 2007
"Power" Off in Hartford
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*The urban radio war in CONNECTICUT's
biggest market is over, and CBS Radio's WZMX (93.7 Hartford)
is the survivor. Thursday morning at 10, Clear Channel pulled
the plug on the "Power 104" hip-hop format at WPHH
(104.1 Waterbury), a little more than four years after it went
up against "Hot 93.7."
While WZMX had an all-local lineup, WPHH used syndicated talent
in morning and afternoon drive (Steve Harvey and Wendy Williams,
respectively), and its ratings never quite measured up to its
CBS competitor, even before the eventual arrival of the Portable
People Meter in the market, with all the ratings headaches it's
brought to urban formats in the markets where it's already launched.
just as it did in Philadelphia, where Clear Channel killed off
Spanish tropical "Rumba 104.5" in favor of modern rock
"Radio 104" at WRFF (104.5), Clear Channel went to
a modern rock format on the newly-renamed "FM 104one"
in Hartford. And therein lies an irony: the "Radio 104"
image that landed in Philly came right out of the old WMRQ in
Hartford - an image valuable enough, apparently, that Clear Channel
was keeping the old Radio 104 website alive in Hartford years
after the format change to "Power," complete with an
automated webstream. (That site quietly went away after the "FM
104one" launch last week, replaced by a page that forwards
to the new WPHH site.)
Right now, there's no airstaff for the new FM 104one, and
Clear Channel has yet to even name a PD. Clear Channel says the
station will remain jock-free for a while, with minimal commercial
load and a strong emphasis on the web content at its new 1041music.com site.
*In other Nutmeg State news, Antonio Gois' Gois Communications
is paying $2.65 million to buy Spanish tropical WLAT (910 New
Britain) and Spanish news-talk WNEZ (1230 Manchester) from the
bankrupt Freedom Communications. Gois is no stranger to the Connecticut
River valley; he sold WSPR and WACM in Springfield to Davidson
a couple of years ago, and he still owns WORC (1310) over in
Worcester. He'll take over the Hartford-market stations via an
LMA November 1.
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*Crossing the border to NEW YORK,
our week's news begins with a new morning show at WWRL (1600
New York), which axed its Armstrong Williams/Sam Greenfield morning
entry on Thursday, replacing them with former WABC/WWOR host
Richard Bey and erstwhile Air America talker Mark Riley. (WWRL
is an Air America affiliate for most of the day, but it does
its own thing in morning drive.)
Over at ESPN Radio's WEPN (1050 New York), another ESPN network
shift is now being covered up locally, as Gordon Damer takes
the 2-6 AM weeknight slot. (Which means, oddly, that there's
now live, local talk all night on New York's two sports stations,
while its mainstream talkers are both running nationally-syndicated
fare, even if the Joey Reynolds show at least originates at WOR.)
The big ownership shuffle that clears Clear Channel out of
the Utica/Rome market closed Thursday, and the new owners wasted
no time rearranging much of that area's radio dial. Here's how
it's all playing out so far:
bought the Clear Channel stations, and the big prize that it's
keeping is classic rocker WOUR (96.9 Utica), which moved from
Clear Channel's downtown Utica studios on Genesee Street to Galaxy's
New Hartford studios. For the moment, we're hearing that the
syndicated Bob & Tom show remains in morning drive, with
Galaxy talent from Syracuse voicetracking the rest of the day.
Galaxy also gets hot AC WUMX (102.5 Rome), which is running
automated outside of its syndicated drivetime shows, as well
as sports talkers WRNY (1350 Rome) and WIXT (1230 Little Falls),
which will end up as a sports simulcast with Galaxy's WTLB (1310
Utica), flipping from standards.
Galaxy immediately spun several other Clear Channel signals
to Ken Roser, who's made no changes yet to top 40 "Kiss"
WSKS (97.9 Whitesboro)/WSKU (105.5 Little Falls). Roser also
gets the other two signals that had been part of the "Sports
Stars" simulcast, and we're told WUTQ (1550 Utica) and WADR
(1480 Remsen) will end up simulcasting Roser's "Bug Country"
WBGK (99.7 Newport Village), at least for the moment. (Will Roser
end up with Clear Channel's Mayro Building studios, or will Kiss
and the AM signals move up Genesee Street to the Bug studios?
We don't yet know.)
The third piece
of the spinoff involves EMF Broadcasting, which is picking up
one of Clear Channel's stations, classic hits WOKR (93.5 Remsen),
and one station that had been in Galaxy's hands, big-signal classic
rocker WRCK (107.3 Utica). We'd thought EMF would put its flagship
"K-Love" contemporary Christian format on the 107.3
signal, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, 107.3
flipped to EMF's Christian rock "Air 1," leaving K-Love
on EMF's existing WKVU (100.7 Utica) and now on WOKR as well.
(An EMF press release talked about closing a signal gap between
EMF's existing signals in Syracuse and Albany, but the addition
of WOKR to the K-Love network doesn't add much to WKVU's current
reach in that department, whereas WRCK would fill a big gap between
Syracuse rimshotter WSCP-FM and the Utica area.)
In Albany, we know more about the impending sale of Regent's
WTMM (1300 Rensselaer) to a group headed by former WROW (590
Albany) morning host Paul Vandenburgh. The group is doing business
as "Capital Broadcasting, Inc.," and until it closes
on its $850,000 purchase of the AM signal, it plans to launch
its talk format under an LMA with Regent from Regent's Schenectady
studios. Other principals in Capital, which plans to rebrand
the station as WCBI (did anyone tell Channel 4 in Columbus, Mississippi,
which has been WCBI-TV for years?) include Robert McCormick,
the CEO of Trustco Bank, as well as several local attorneys and
stockbrokers who hosted weekend shows on WROW.
One more Albany note: Phil Hendrie's new syndicated show has
found a home at the same station that carried his old Premiere
show. Hendrie will be heard on WGY (810 Schenectady) from 10
PM-1 AM weeknights, displacing Rollye James from that slot.
The Binghamton Broadcasters' Reunion October 20 was a huge
success by every standard, including the special guest appearance
by Chubby Checker, who was in town for a performance that weekend.
Shown above at left are this year's award winners: Gino Riccardelli,
veteran local broadcast engineer ("Living Legend Award");
Candace Chapman of WBNG-TV ("Special Achievement Award");
Rita French of WENE ("Special Person Award"); and Roger
Neel of WNBF ("Broadcaster of the Year").
Organizer Ray Ross reports that about 175 people turned out
- and that there are still some T-shirts and CDs available for
those who missed the event. (There's much more at binghamtonradio.com.)
In Syracuse, the International League Syracuse Chiefs will
change radio flagships next season, moving from Citadel's WNSS
(1260) to Clear Channel's WHEN (620), while in the Elmira market,
home games for the new minor-league basketball team, the Corning
Bulldogs, will be heard on Route 81's WENY (1230 Elmira)/WENI
New York, Holy Family Communications is in a building mode: the
Catholic broadcaster just won a construction permit for a new
430-watt FM signal in the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster, beating
out a challenge from the Mary V. Harris Foundation for the 90.7
frequency, which Harris would have put in Williamsville.
In Rochester, Holy Family's WHIC (1460) will hold a ceremony
Tuesday morning to dedicate its new three-tower transmitter site
in Henrietta; even though the site's not yet ready for directional
use with 5000 watts at night, it'll be ready to sign on with
3700 watts non-directional by day and a few hundred watts non-directional
at night, moving the station off the diplex at the WROC (950)
site that it's been using since September 2006.
Down the road at WYSL (1040 Avon), owner Bob Savage is taking
his fight against nighttime HD Radio interference to the next
level: he's just filed a formal complaint against CBS Radio's
WBZ (1030 Boston) over the interference that he says is destroying
his signal within what's supposed to be his nighttime interference-free
contour after dark. We'll have full details on the complaint
in next week's issue. (Bob's also got a new morning show: he's
just picked up the "Quinn and Rose" show from Pittsburgh.
There's a connection there - Bob hired Jim Quinn back at the
'Burgh's 13Q way back when...)
that Michael Doyle's been promoted from Rochester market manager
to a regional vice president at Entercom, sales manager Susan
Munn is moving up to take Doyle's old job in the Rochester cluster.
(Doyle will continue to be based here as well.)
And an obituary just in to us here at NERW: we're very sorry
to report the passing on Sunday of Craig Kingcaid, the veteran
Rochester engineer who spent many years at WEZO/WNYR, and later
as chief engineer at Clear Channel's local cluster.
Kingcaid had been battling cancer for several months, we're
told. (That's Craig in happier days, posing next to the then-brand-new
Harris 3DX50 Destiny transmitter at WHAM...)
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western PENNSYLVANIA, the simulcast of WBXQ (94.3 Patton)
and WBRX (94.7 Cresson) has come to an end after 16 years. While
94.3 keeps its classiic rock format and longtime "Q94"
identity, 94.7 has flipped to AC as "Mix 94.7," using
a Jones satellite service for now.
In Altoona, WTAJ (Channel 10) is losing the state's first
female TV sports director. Kellie Goodman has been with the CBS
affiliate since 1993, and has been its sports director since
1998. She'll leave at the end of the year to take a new job with
the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau.
And with all the rumors swirling, it was no surprise when
CBS indeed pulled Opie & Anthony off the morning shift at
WYSP (94.1 Philadelphia) last week after the duo openly criticized
the station's current management, calling it "a complete
disaster" - but it was a bit of a surprise that afternoon
jock Kidd Chris didn't immediately fill the morning slot. In
fact, he was off the air completely late last week, as the local
papers reported his agent to be in contract talks with CBS over
a big pay hike to take over the morning hole there. Meanwhile,
Opie & Anthony were milking the situation for publicity,
offering their show "for free" to any other Philadelphia
station that wanted to air it. (There were no takers.)
*A central MASSACHUSETTS AM station
is hoping the FCC will let it add a low-power FM simulcast. Barry
Armstrong's Money Matters Radio applied last month for special
temporary authority (STA) to add a 19-watt FM translator at 106.1
on the tower of WESO (970 Southbridge), allowing the station
to continue to serve most of its daytime coverage area after
it drops to 22 watts at sunset.
The FCC has approved AM-on-FM translators under STA grants
in several southern communities in recent months, but those were
all existing translators that were simply changing their primary
stations. Will the Commission open the floodgates by allowing
an AM station to put a brand-new FM facility on the air? We'll
be watching this one closely. (And we thank Mike over at NECRAT.com for catching this
amidst the FCC minutiae...)
In Taunton, WPEP
(1570) is officially history, as the station's license was returned
to the FCC and its callsign cancelled last week, opening up the
frequency to allow Keating Willcox's WNSH (1570 Beverly) to complete
its daytime power increase to 30 kW.
If Richie Balsbaugh and Ed McMann were hoping their latest
venture would be as successful as their long run with "Kiss
108" (WXKS-FM 107.9 Medford), they're not having much luck
with that. Amidst a sea of complaints from MBTA riders, the T
pulled the plug last week on Pyramid Radio's "T Radio,"
which was being heard on a test basis on platforms at South Station,
North Station and Logan Airport. It's not dead for good; the
T is studying ways to bring it back that might be less intrusive
to riders and less disruptive to the street musicians who protested
vocally against the new service.
And they're celebrating at Entercom, we're sure - after making
a very expensive gamble on a long-term contract to keep the Red
Sox radio rights in-house, WRKO (680) and WEEI (850) are ending
the season with a World Series win. Will the confusing "Sox
on WRKO, except on Wednesdays, when they're on WEEI, and except
on the rest of the WEEI network, which always has the Sox, which
are also on WCRN in Worcester" arrangement continue next
spring? Did the Sox actually bring any attention to WRKO's talk
lineup - and given what a disaster that lineup has been, would
it have mattered? We'll know more, presumably, by the time Manny
and Big Papi and Paps and Ellsbury (and, we sincerely hope, Mike
Lowell!) are getting their rings and their championship banner
MONDAY UPDATE: Entercom's
capitalizing on the championship in another way, too - its "Mike
FM" (WMKK 93.7) will spend all day Tuesday as "Mike
Lowell FM." (And here we thought the 93.7 signal
was licensed to Lawrence...)
*RHODE ISLAND's irrepressible Buddy
Cianci has a new broadcast outlet: in addition to his talk show
on Citadel's WPRO (630), he's been named as political editor
by the new owners at WLNE (Channel 6), where he'll appear as
a commentator on the ABC affiliate's newscasts.
*Radio People on the Move in NEW HAMPSHIRE
and MAINE: Jeff Pierce moves down I-95 from Clear
Channel's Bangor cluster to sister station WERZ (107.1 Exeter)
on the New Hampshire seacoast, taking the PD chair formerly held
by Mike O'Donnell, who's now programming Entercom's WKRZ in Wilkes-Barre.
has chosen the Concord and Lakes Region outlets for its new joint
venture with Entercom to carry WEEI's sports programming across
more of New England: come January, WWHK (102.3 Concord) and WWHQ
(101.5 Meredith) will drop their current "Hawk" classic
rock formats to become WEEI network outlets, while WLKZ (104.9
Wolfeboro) and WNNH (99.1 Henniker) will go from oldies to classic
rock as "Frank FM" signals. Pat Kelly will host the
morning show on the new "Frank" stations, replacing
Warren Bailey, and Sarah Sullivan will be PD. The new WEEI outlets
won't carry Red Sox games, at least initially, but we'd expect
that to change as the team's current contracts (on WEMJ in the
Lakes Region and WTPL in Concord) come up for renewal.
One more Maine note: WCYI (93.9 Lewiston), still for sale
by the Citadel-spinoff Last Bastion Station Trust, has dropped
its simulcast of WCLZ (98.9 Brunswick), as that station heads
for Saga ownership. WCYI's now running an automated all-blues
format while Last Bastion seeks a buyer. And the "Greetings
from Area Code 207" local-music show that was heard on WCLZ
under Citadel ownership is staying with the company; it's moved
to WBLM (102.9 Portland).
*A CONNECTICUT correction: former
WSTC/WNLK news anchor Lisa Lacerra isn't "out of work"
after the cutbacks at Cox Radio; she's working at Fox News Radio
and doing some fill-in at WICC/WEBE in Bridgeport. Her former
co-anchor Paul Pacelli left the stations of his own accord and
is also with WEBE/WICC now. Tom Michaels is still being heard
on WSTC/WNLK doing traffic from Metro Networks. And one more
name to add to the cutback list at Cox: production director Bob
Marrone lost his job at the Cox cluster in Norwalk last month.
*In CANADA, we offer congratulations
to Wayne Herrett's Seaside Broadcasting, which has won CRTC permission
to increase the power at CFEP (Seaside 94.7) in Eastern Passage,
Nova Scotia from its current 50 watts to 1.4 kW. Herrett's been
dreaming for a long time of having a full-signaled station, and
this is definitely a case of one of the "good guys"
In Toronto, Rogers has found a new home for CITY-TV (Channel
57) and its OMNI stations (CFMT/CJMT). They'll move to the "Olympic
Torch Building" at 35 Dundas Street East, ending City's
run on Queen Street West (where the "ChumCity Building"
will continue to house MuchMusic and other cable channels that
are now in CTV's hands) and moving the OMNI channels from their
longtime home on Lake Shore Boulevard.
Up in northern Ontario, Radio-Canada has been granted a 765-watt
relay transmitter on 102.3 in Marathon to rebroadcast CBON (98.1
Sudbury) - but back down in Meaford, near Owen Sound, Burlingham
Communications' application for a relay transmitter for CIWV
(94.7 Hamilton) has been denied, on the grounds that the signal
would offer no local content for the area, 175 kilometers from
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October 30, 2006 -
- Even as Clear Channel was making national headlines over
the possibility that it might go private, the company quietly
went through a "restructuring" on Friday that leaves
several veteran employees in western NEW YORK out of work. While
the in-house memo that went out Friday afternoon said "these
individuals have not been fired," we're not sure how else
to describe the status of the five Clear Channel Radio employees
in Rochester who are collecting severance pay and unemployment
checks this week. Craig Kingcaid was the cluster's chief engineer;
Susan Ashline had been reporting for WHAM (1180) for several
years; Rob Jason had joined the WHAM news staff just last year
after leaving the executive producer's slot at WROC-TV (Channel
8); Mike DiGiorgio was Bob Lonsberry's producer for his midday
talk show; and Jonathan Wallace was in the promotions department.
(Another veteran of the cluster, Dan Guilfoyle, left the sales
department recently in what was apparently an unrelated move;
we're also hearing that some of the remaining staffers may have
some of their titles shuffled.)
- The memo says the "restructured" employees will
be encouraged to apply for jobs elsewhere in the company, including
(we'd presume) the "many new positions (that) are being
created during this restructure in an effort to continue to super-serve
our advertising and listening community." It goes on to
say "the positions being created will focus on our online
products and will also include an expansion of our sales force."
- Longtime New York program director John Mainelli is returning
to the PD chair, this time at CBS Radio's "Free FM"
WFNY-FM (92.3). Mainelli, whose resume includes stops at WABC
and WOR, was most recently the radio reporter for the New York
Post - even while continuing to do consulting for talk radio
around the country.
- In Westchester County, Bill O'Shaughnessy is bringing a venerable
callsign back to the airwaves. On Wednesday (Nov. 1), he'll flip
WRTN (93.5 New Rochelle) to WVIP-FM, paying tribute to the late
Martin Stone's WVIP in Mount Kisco, an erstwhile sister station
to O'Shaughnessy's WVOX (1460). The WVIP calls are still in use
on 1310 in Mount Kisco, though that station's now merely a simulcast
of Spanish religious WWRV (1330 New York); the former WVIP-FM
on 106.3 in Mount Kisco is now WFAF.
- In western MASSACHUSETTS, they've been wondering for a while
about the status of WVEI-FM (105.5 Easthampton), the Springfield
move-in that will become the newest relay of Boston's all-sports
WEEI whenever it finally gets on the air from Mount Tom. Now
there's a date - WEEI has been promoting October 26 as sign-on
day for 105.5.
- Western MASSACHUSETTS' new sports station signed on right
on schedule Thursday afternoon at 2, as Entercom put WVEI-FM
(105.5 Easthampton) on the air from Mount Tom. Before the station's
simulcast of WEEI (850 Boston) kicked in, it stunted for a few
hours with readings from Dr. Seuss books, paying tribute to the
author's hometown, Springfield. WVEI-FM will take the Red Sox
broadcast rights from Springfield's WHYN (560) and Northampton's
WHMP (1400) next season; the Sox will apparently continue on
WHMP simulcast WHMQ (1240 Greenfield).
October 28, 2002 -
- It's been ten months since Christian contemporary station
WWJS (90.1) in Watertown, NEW YORK went silent, the victim of
a nasty spat between owner Charles Savidge and his father-in-law,
Rev. Robert Bryant, who owns the Liberty Christian Center that
was the station's home. And with the FCC's strict rule about
deleting stations that remain dark for a full 12 months, the
deadline was fast approaching for something to happen with this
frequency up there. And while it looked a little iffy (and sparked
a new battle between Savidge and Bryant), WWJS made it back to
the airwaves last Wednesday (Oct. 23), according to NERW North
Country bureau chief Michael Roach. Actually, WWJS would have
been back a few days earlier -- but, Roach reports, Bryant hired
workers to go to the WWJS transmitter site east of town on Champion
Hill (also home to WWNY-TV and WTOJ 103.1) to remove, yes, the
- But the mess has caught the attention of Watertown's other
broadcasters, and in stepped David Mance, owner of WTOJ (as well
as WBDI/WBDR, WATN and WOTT), who's letting Savidge use one of
his auxiliary transmitters for the moment. Expect another round
(or three or six) of lawsuits, including one in which Bryant
is apparently claiming that he owns the WWJS call letters! (NERW
notes: there's no trademark on "WWJS," and nobody actually
owns call letters, according to established case law.)
- Elsewhere in the Empire State, Sunrise Broadcasting has moved
another step forward in its attempt to get something back on
the air at 1200 kHz in the Hudson Valley. You may recall that
Sunrise's WGNY in Newburgh occupied that channel under special
temporary authority for most of the 90s, in an attempt to win
a permanent upgrade from its longtime spot at 1220 on the dial.
But the upgrade of New York's WLIB on 1190 doomed a fulltime
1200 signal in Newburgh, and WGNY had to slide back to 1220 a
few years back. But Sunrise didn't give up, and now its application
for a new station on 1200 in Kingston, some 40 miles north of
Newburgh, has been accepted for filing at the FCC. The new 1200
would run 2000 watts day from two towers and 400 watts night
from five towers, which would require a rebuild of the existing
WGHQ (920) site off Route 9W just south of Kingston.
- Mega Communications has sold its lone central MASSACHUSETTS
property: WARE (1250 Ware) goes to Marshall Sanft's "Siccess
Signal Broadcasting" (hey, it's radio, spelling doesn't
matter!) for a reported $250,000. If the name sounds familiar,
it's because Sanft used to own WESO (970) in nearby Southbridge;
his father owned WOKW (1410 Brockton, now WMSX) in days gone
- And on the TV side, WWLP-DT (Channel 11) in Springfield took
air this week, running 1.95 kW from the WWLP-TV (Channel 22)
tower high atop Provin Mountain.
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- It's an early Halloween for pirate broadcasters in New England,
and they're not getting any treats from the FCC. On Tuesday afternoon,
FCC agents visited Radio Free Allston (106.1) at its studios
in an Allston art gallery, as well as Worcester pirate WDOA (89.3),
ordering the stations off the air and threatening fines and jail
time if broadcasts continued. RFA founder Steven Provizer was
manning the board at the station when the agents arrived. He
says they photographed RFA's equipment and transmitter readings
but did not confiscate anything, and he's promising a renewed
fight in court to make RFA legitimate. Provizer says the FCC
told him it had received complaints from a licensed broadcaster
(he says it's WROR (105.7) that made the complaint). Other area
pirates aren't waiting for the FCC to come trick-or-treating;
they've voluntarily suspended operations while waiting for things
to quiet down. The web page for Rebel Music Radio in Boston (105.3)
displays only color bars and the words "Sorry it had to
happen...we're off the air." Also off the air is Radio Free
Chelmsford, 88.3, according to its web site.
- The battle between the pirates and the FCC is far from over;
Provizer is already getting assistance from the ACLU in his case
and he's promising to see things all the way through in court.
We'll keep you posted...
- In other news from MASSACHUSETTS this week: Keating Willcox's
Willow Farm Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of WPEP (1570
Taunton); staying at the station are George and Donna Colajezzi
and their local morning show. A follow-up to last week's mention
of the sale of WBET (1460) and WCAV (97.7) in Brockton: new owner
KJI Broadcasting has the same ownership as Pittsfield's WBEC
(1420/105.5) out in the Berkshires.
- One of CONNECTICUT's largest broadcast groups is for sale.
At a staff meeting Tuesday morning, Capstar employees were told
the company's Fairfield radio group is on the block. Capstar's
Connecticut properties include news-talk trimulcast WSTC (1400
Stamford)/WNLK (1350 Norwalk)/WINE (940 Brookfield), oldies WKHL
(96.7 Stamford), classic rock WEFX (95.9 Norwalk), and rocker
WRKI (95.1 Brookfield). Rumor has Clear Channel eyeing the stations
to add to its own 2AM-1FM group in nearby New Haven.
- In NEW HAMPSHIRE, the simulcast between WJYY (105.5 Concord)
and WNHQ (92.1 Peterborough) started last Friday, more than a
week ahead of schedule. Up in Manchester, WKBR (1250) has flipped
back to the One-on-One Sports format, supposedly for good this
time. WKBR was apparently having trouble getting a clear satellite
signal from One-on-One; they've built a new dish to fix that
- Could little WGOT (Channel 60) in Merrimack become Boston's
latest network O&O? WGOT owner Lowell Paxson is talking about
using his own group of UHF stations to create a seventh network.
Labelling WGOT as the "Boston" affiliate would be a
bit of a stretch; while the station has cable carriage through
the northern half of the market and a translator (W54CN) in Needham,
its over-the-air signal is weak to nonexistent in Boston proper.
Paxson also controls WHRC (Channel 46) in Norwell, Mass. through
an LMA; it too might become part of the network. Elsewhere in
the region, Paxson stations include WTWS (Channel 26) New London
CT, WPXN-TV (Channel 31) New York, WHAI-TV (Channel 43) Bridgeport,
and the not-yet-built WAQF (Channel 51) Batavia-Buffalo. Also
making network noises is Barry Diller's Silver King group, which
includes WHSH (Channel 66) Marlborough-Boston, WHSE (Channel
68) Newark-New York, and WHSI (Channel 67) Smithtown, L.I. With
Diller's acquisition of the USA network this week, there's growing
speculation that he'll use the Silver King stations as the core
of a new broadcast network (in addition to his CityVision local
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