Sunday, August 20, 2006

A Toledo TV Correction

For whatever reason, we had this one wrong.

As it turns out, current Toledo market WB affiliate-to-be-CW affiliate "WT05" is NOT available on DirecTV, as we had thought previously.

Long-time OMW reader Chuck Matthews recently picked up voiceover work for the station, which is owned by Buckeye Cablevision and is seen on that system - and some others - in the Toledo market.

Chuck tells us that the WB channel in Toledo's DirecTV local channels lineup is not "Toledo's WB5", but is currently the network's Baltimore MD affiliate. Before, DirecTV was feeding the WB outlet in West Palm Beach FL to markets where the local WB station wasn't carried.

DirecTV does carry other WB outlets that do not have an over-air analog component. The WB affiliate in the Roanoke/Lynchburg VA market is the cable/digital-only WB outlet "WBVA/WB5", and that channel has carriage on both DirecTV and Dish Network.

Chuck passes along that "WT05" is indeed working to get that carriage on DirecTV, so maybe that out-of-market WB channel will be replaced with the Toledo-based incoming CW affiliate sometime soon.

Thanks, Chuck!

In addition to his role as program director of Cumulus talk WTOD/1560 Toledo, and voicetracking afternoon drive for low-power AM network "Surfside 1640" in Surfside Beach SC, the former WMJI/WMMS staffer has a growing voiceover business - which can be visited at


VODood said...

Appreciate the plug!


Morgan Wick said...

From the comments on the item below:

I just checked DirecTV's site local channel lookup for ZIP code 43601, and it does show "WB" on channel 14. I'd assumed that was WT05...

Never assume. (My motto.)

Ohio Media Watch said...

That was my comment, Morgan, and that's why this item exists. :D

I had no reason to believe that DirecTV would list the out-of-market WB feeds on the "local channels" list, but apparently they do. And I was aware of other non-OTA WB affiliates that ARE carried.

You live and learn. :)

As per usual, I correct myself pretty openly. I have a pretty decent "fall on my sword" complex...