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MeTV enters Chicago’s FM Back Door at 87.7 FM

Channel surfing on cable or over-the-air TV you may have come across Bewitched, Columbo or other “classic” re-runs on a station that calls itself MeTV. This successful Chicago-based upstart network that airs its nostalgic programming on digital television subchannels across the country is dipping its toes into the radio pool. Today MeTV parent company Weigel […]

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Merlin Media killing smooth jazz 87.7 to bring alt rock to TV Ch. 6 in Chicago

Merlin Media killing smooth jazz 87.7 to bring alt rock to TV Ch. 6 in Chicago

Editors’ note: Since the publication of this article the smooth jazz format has returned to the Chicago airwaves. Read this December 31, 2014 update for more details. In a move whose logic I honestly don’t understand, Randy Michael’s Merlin Media has entered into a local marketing agreement with Venture Technologies Group, which owns the low-power […]

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Channel 6 "radio" stations could be silent by 2012

Channel 6 “radio” stations could be silent by 2012

Currently the FCC is accepting comments on a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the low-power television service [PDF]. Unlike full-power TV, LPTV is still analog. Now the FCC is considering a timeline for closing that gap. The fact that LPTV is still analog is why some stations on channel 6 have been able effectively […]

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The End of Channel 6 on FM Is Imminent

The End of Channel 6 on FM Is Imminent

Over the past year I’ve been tracking the mini-phenomenon of a few low-power TV stations on channel 6 using their signal as a back-door to the FM dial rather than real TV stations. This situation occurs because the audio portion of analog TV channel 6 bumps up against the far left end of the FM […]

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