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"WTRF will be starting a new Fox affiliate due to the demise of the FoxNet cable channel in September, 2006. It is not clear if this will be cable-only or also available via WTRF-DT 32. This is per users4.ev1.net/~chipk/CW.html/."
Can someone please explain this in English? I got something about TRF being some sort of FOX affiliate, but after that the words failed to make any bit of sense. I've never heard of the "FoxNet" cable channel in Wheeling. Maybe it was the last sentence that lost me. Maybe I'm just in need of sleep or something.
With the new digital broadcasting (replacing the 50-year-old analog broadcasting), TV stations can broadcast more than one signal. WTOV is using it's second "channel" as a full-time weather channel. WTRF is using it's second as a FOX affiation. Most of the Prime-Time programming found on FOX53 from Pittsburgh can also be found on "FOX Ohio Valley". TV sets with digital tuners can receive this on channel 7-2. WTRF's regular programming can be found in a digital format on channel 7-1.
Does that clear things up?
WTRF has experienced reporters who know the Ohio Valley. Jerry Echemann, D.K. Wright and Dave Elias know the area and understand how to present news to the Ohio Valley. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 02:08, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
Secondary ABC affilliation
Didn't WTRF have a secondary ABC affilliation well into the 1980s? I remember for special events (Indy 500, for example), they would carry the ABC feed instead of the CBS feed? The date in the article of 1980 seems too early. Does anybody have a more exact date of when they completely dropped ABC as a secondary affilliate? Dmine45 (talk) 19:58, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Fox??? The F-word network.
I don't really know how or when WTRF lost its way but lost its way it did.
I suspect that part of the problem is when WTRF became part of West Virginia Media. A huge mistake.
For years, this TV station has been characterized by technical ineptitude...failed live feeds, terrible direction on the weekends, etc.
These days, for whatever reason, the video part of WTRF has a stretched, smeary appearance when viewed on Comcast's HiDef channel. What is that? Channel 9 in Steubenville certainly doesn't have this problem.
But this is merely a symptom. The entire station just seems tired --- the same tired transition music (left over from the 60's apparently) the same tired format. And the recent new ownership is a disaster.
Your town, your state, your future. Get real.
Look. Most people in the Northern Panhandle *hate* the idea of being associated with downstate. We consider ourselves a suburb of Pittsburgh, of course, and that's where we get our regional news, particularly the weather. Channel 4, WTAE in Pittsburgh has an outstanding weather staff, the exact opposite of WTRF, where the weather often comes from who-knows-where downstate. Just dreadful.
I could go on, but why bother?
We deserve better. Much better.