Ch 50 weatherman Al Kaprelian laid off

Bob DeMattia
Wed Dec 16 10:57:10 EST 2009

If I remember correctly, WNDS changed to WZMY and was calling itself
"My TV" as an independent
before the "My TV" network came out.  I thought there was going to be
some litigation over the
network's use of "My TV" (trademark infringement?).  Not many weeks
later, the affiliation was

Was there some sort of arrangement made that allowed ch. 50 to become
a network affiliate
in exchange for Shooting Start dropping is suit, or was the plan all
along for them to become
a MyTV outlet?


On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Scott Fybush <> wrote:
> Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>> According to the TVFMSTNS software I use, WZMY is transmitting with an
>> ERP or 7.3 kW from a HAAT of 669' at a site 31 miles NNW of the Pru.
>> Conceivably, this info is out of date. The OTA signal where I live
>> (Arlington Heights, just north of Route 2, maybe 1/2 mile west of the
>> top of Belmont Hill near Lexington) is mostly unwatcheable
>> (pixellation, long gaps in audio). If the technical info is current,
>> given the low power, the modest height, the long distance from where I
>> live, and the fact that I am using an unamplified indoor antenna
>> (which I think is typical for OTA reception in this above average
>> location), it is quite amazing that the signal is ever watchable. If
>> those are still the WZMY facilities, it is quite surprising that any
>> network would call WZMY its Boston affiliate. OTOH, some radio network
>> once called WGAW (1340 Gardner) its Boston affiliate.
> The difference is that WGAW is unavailable to roughly 99% of the
> Boston-market population. WZMY, thanks to cable and satellite must-carry, is
> at least available to (if not viewed by) somewhere north of 85% of the
> population in the Boston DMA...maybe closer to 90% if you include the OTA
> viewers north of Boston who actually can see the off-air signal.
> s

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