Stay tuned for the arrival of another digital sub-channel available free over-the-air that carries old movies.
Nick Magnini, the general manager of Fox affiliate WUTV and My Network TV affiliate WNYO, has confirmed that one of the stations will be offering Grit TV after the stations’ owner, Sinclair Broadcasting, made a national deal to carry the new channel in 47 markets.
Magnini expects Grit TV, which is aimed at men age 25-54 and carries classic Westerns, war movies and action movies, will be available for local viewers to see within the next 30 days.
It is likely to be carried on 29.2 or 29.3, the WUTV sub-channels.
If it lands on 29.2, the country music station that currently airs on that channel will move to 29.3.
Magnini said that advertising for Grit TV, which is owned by Katz Broadcasting, will not be sold locally. Grit TV will have a financial benefit for Sinclair nationally and not for the local stations here.
Grit TV is similar to Get TV, which recently began carrying classic movies on one of WNYO’s digital sub-channels after Sinclair made a similar deal with it.
According to a Grit TV schedule online, this week it is carrying the movies “Shenandoah” and “The Cheyenne Social Club” with Jimmy Stewart, “Passenger 57” with Wesley Snipes,” “Death Wish 4” with Charles Bronson and “Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here” with Robert Redford.
Inquiring minds want to know: Who was the blame for the annoying static during the first quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday carried by WUTV. Magnini confirmed it was a Fox network issue that was solved after about five-10 minutes.
Inquiring minds also want to know why WGR’s radio broadcast of the game seemed to be delayed as much as 15-20 seconds behind what was going on the field. Greg Ried, the general manager of local Entercom stations, said the broadcast is delayed so it will air simultaneously with the high definition TV coverage to allow TV viewers to hear John Murphy and Mark Kelso call the game instead of network announcers.
Ried added that, depending on the network feed, the delay can be from 5-20 seconds. Ried was at the at the game at the Ralph and noted that he could watch a play inside the stadium and turn around inside one of the stadium’s suites and see the same play on TV.
The final question people were asking is why WGR left the halftime ceremony honoring Bills play-by-play legend Van Miller after Murphy spoke. Ried explained that WGR left as a video presentation was being shown at the Ralph because a radio station obviously isn’t capable of showing it.