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- Posted March 11th, 2022 at 12:06am
I just recently found out that W35DZ channel 35 which use to be originally set in the Algood community in Putnam County but moved to the Knoxville market, now has a permit to move back to Putnam County. This time it will be broadcasting from the WCTE tower. So, I e-mailed the current owner of W35DZ about the future of the station and he said, "I am donating to the PBS station in Algood. I think they will use for 3.0." Of course, you know that the PBS station he is talking about is WCTE. Now I am looking forward to seeing if I can receive it, but since I live in between Nashville and Cookeville, I have to say that both WCTZ 35 and W35DZ will be interfering with each other at my location, even though one is a 1.0 station and the other will be a 3.0 station. Also, he said something else in the e-mail. "Also building a station in Algood that will rebroadcast a Nashville station." First off, I do not know what channel he is building at the moment. Second, thanks to xmguy, he found for me documents on the FCC website showing trouble for Mr. Winemiller's company, Lowcountry 34 Media, the current owner of these channels. They have ruled that his company has mishandled the way they have moved these stations around. In so doing, he now (has to/has already) divest some of these stations and pay a fine of $250,000. So, what will come of this rebroadcast station in Cookeville, I don't know. By the way, I am assuming that the rebroadcast would be of WSMV. Now, I do not know for sure. That is just a guess based on W29FR, which he sold to Gray TV, the recently new owner of WSMV. I am providing a link to both W35DZ's broadcasting range and the FCC ruling on Lowcountry 34 Media below.

Also, I have found out that the sale of low power channel W09DM channel 9 has now been approved to Marquee Broadcasting. This maybe a result from the above mentioned FCC ruling. Anyways, in a past e-mail from someone at Marquee Broadcasting, he said they were going to put as many channels as they can on channel 9. I know of two types he said he was working on, and they are a weather network and a music network. He did not give me any more details than that. So, look for that in the near future. I know that was a lot of information, but I always like to pass on any information I find out about that concerns the Nashville TV airwaves and the surrounding area. Like always, until more news breaks, that's all for now.

W35DZ Broadcasting Range
FCC Ruling on Lowcountry 34 Media, LLC

8 Comments




Leatherneck97
- Posted on March 11th, 2022 at 1:41am - Edited

I have read about Lowcountry having to relinquish their channel 35 station but did not know if they were going to donate the station to the local PBS affiliate in Cookeville or do something else with it. It seems interesting to see how far a low powered signal would travel based on it going to 3.0 and to also see how it performs for its targeted audience. I would receive the station when it is finally online and no interference from channel 35 from Nashville as I live too far from the broadcast tower. When channel 35 comes online I will see how it performs. I have a suspicion of mine that the station that will repeat is channel 14 in Algood that is also operated by Lowcountry. Just a suspicion that the WJFB broadcast is going to be repeated from that station but my guess could be wrong. I would prefer to see WSMV on the repeater station rather than WJFB because WSMV is impossible to receive where I live while WJFB is strong where I live.



itgrouch
- Posted on March 11th, 2022 at 6:43am

This whole Lowcountry 34 Media thing is a mess. Unless there is some FCC regulation as to why WSMV cannot move to UHF, I do not understand the rationale of buying these low power stations instead of moving the station to UHF to solve the reception issues. I have said in the past, the reception issues with WSMV didn't start until they installed their replacement transmitter.



NashDigie
- Posted on March 11th, 2022 at 9:41am

I believe the reason they can't move to UHF is because with the last repack, there isn't an available channel. With all the channels in the surrounding area and a lot of these low power stations popping up, the availability of an UHF channel is very scarce. In other markets where Gray owns Hi-VHF channels, they have either done the same thing or there was an available UHF channel to move to.


itgrouch
- Posted on March 11th, 2022 at 2:50pm

That makes sense. Meredith could have participated in the repack, but chose not to. Not a surprise they bungled that.


xmguy
- Posted on March 15th, 2022 at 7:14pm - Edited

You're welcome NashDigie. I hope it's a channel like WTVF, or WKRN that is pulled from Nashville market. WSMV I get great. https://www.rabbitears.info/tvdx/signal_graph/10A0A745/tuner1/WSMV-TV I know not everyone is that lucky. But WKRN, and WTVF (both VHF 5, and UHF 36) are difficult to receive. Then again WNPX (RF 32), I can't get at all. So that might be better. Time will tell. I think Lowcountry is in a heap of trouble. It's not everyday the FCC levies fines like that. I too would like to see a translator of the Nashville market here. W35DZ is out past my area. But I can get WBXX if I go outside. So....



Leatherneck97
- Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 10:38pm - Edited

I seen today on RabbitEars that Gray Television is the operator of the channel w14ee in Algood, TN that is owned by LowCountry. So that maybe the new station that is rumored to have a Nashville channel. https://rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=w14ee#station



NashDigie
- Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 11:04pm

Yeah, I also saw that. That is the station that he was talking about. Once I saw that application being granted, that was when I remembered the station. I had forgotten about that one.


Leatherneck97
- Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 11:16pm

I thought I should say something as to get the word out that they indeed are going to use that station as a repeat station.

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