2 Dayton-area TV stations sell spectrum to FCC for $47.3 million


Some TV stations are selling their broadcast frequencies to the federal government in exchange for millions in compensation.

Two Dayton-area TV stations participated in a government auction.

WBDT, or the Dayton CW, received $27.3 million and WKOI received just over $20 million, according to an FCC incentive auction list.

The auction was created to free up bandwidth to help meet growing capacity needs for wireless technology. The idea is to open new wireless spectrum to “greater competition and innovation in the mobile broadband marketplace,” the FCC said at the close of what it called “the world’s first (broadcast) incentive auction.”

In some cases, stations may be moved to new channels.

Among those stations the FCC listed as set to “go off air” are WBDT and WKOI, a TBN station in Richmond, Ind.

But WBDT’s general manager said Friday that the station will not go off the air or even move to a new channel.

Joe Abouzeid, president and general manager for WDTN and WBDT, said the auction outcome should have no effect on viewers. He confirmed the station’s participation in the spectrum auction, but called it an “engineering exercise more than anything else.”

“The net effect is that there should be no net effect for viewers,” Abouzeid said. “They shouldn’t even really have to re-scan their TVs. It’s an engineering exercise.”

For questions about why the company took part in the auction, Abouzeid said those choices were made “on a corporate level,” and referred questions to the stations’ owner, Nexstar Media Group Inc. Nexstar become WDTN’s parent company in January.

Ohio University also agreed to move WOUC-TV in Columbus to a low VHF frequency for $18.4 million, the list indicates.

Messages seeking comment were sent to a spokesman for TBN, Trinity Broadcasting Network, which owns WKOI, and the FCC.

In a statement, the FCC said Thursday it raised $19.8 billion in the auction. The FCC also said it has kicked off a 39-month “transition period” to move broadcast stations to new channel assignments.

A total of 50 winning bidders won 70 megahertz of licensed spectrum nationwide, including T-Mobile, Dish and Comcast.

The auction, which started last year, will pay out $10 billion to 175 TV broadcasters that sold off their licenses, the Associated Press reported. Those broadcasters go off the air or move to new channels. Other stations will be affected, too, and roughly 1,000 will have to move channels over the next few years, the AP said.

FIVE NEW BUSINESS READS

City of invention: Dayton remains a cradle of creativity

Report: Ohio among the top states drawing venture capital

DP&L warns of these new scams

West Coast computer science firm headed for Dayton

New downtown pavilion depends on final round of fundraising



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

$10M sought for U.S. Air Force thermal protection systems
$10M sought for U.S. Air Force thermal protection systems

The U.S. Air Force is developing high speed vehicles and those vehicles need advanced heat protection. University of Dayton Research Institute is seeking $10 million for the total $20 million thermal protection systems development project, and is among dozens of local requesters that want the Dayton Development Coalition to lobby for federal funds...
Don’t want to cook? Some Clark County restaurants open on Thanksgiving
Don’t want to cook? Some Clark County restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just days away and turkeys, among various other holiday staples, are flying off the shelves in stores in Springfield and nationwide. But surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly), more Americans are looking to supplement their holiday meals with food provided by their friendly, neighborhood restaurant. RELATED: Hundreds of turkeys donated...
17 retail horror stories that show working Black Friday is the worst
17 retail horror stories that show working Black Friday is the worst

Retail workers put up with long hours, pushy customers and crowded stores during the holiday season. For many people, working in retail is a rite of passage — often the first job teens work during high school or college. In Ohio, the retail industry supports one in four jobs. We asked our readers to share your good and bad memories and experiences...
Hiring mostly robust across region
Hiring mostly robust across region

Hiring is healthy and unemployment rates are mostly holding steady across the region. According to the newest sub-state numbers for October 2017, the unemployment rate in Dayton was 5.3 percent, the same as September 2017 and improved from the 5.7 percent unemployment rate reported in October 2016. In Kettering, the jobless rate last month was put...
As gun sales slump, Black Friday offers day of redemption
As gun sales slump, Black Friday offers day of redemption

Black Friday has traditionally been a good day for gun sale retailers, but this year will be better for consumers looking for cheap deals. As the debate on how to regulate firearms heats up again following two recent deadly mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas, firearms makers and outdoor retailers are looking toward Black Friday as a day of redemption...
More Stories