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RTN (Retro TV) Coming to the SF Bay Area

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by sum_random_dork, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. sum_random_dork

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    Well it looks like RTN will be coming on the air in the SF/OAK/SJ DMA. According to FamilyNet
    I believe this is one of the old Pappas Broadcasting stations that was bought of Bankruptcy earlier this year. I am sure others on this board could fill in more details. There still seems to be some doubt if this group can actually pull off getting the station up and running, but with them mentioning both DirecTV and Dish it sounds like they have already worked out local carriage agreements.
     
  2. Paul Secic

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    I thought Retro TV was on KRON'S sub channel. Good Dish will carry it.
     
  3. sum_random_dork

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    For a long time it was listed under KRON but as far as I recall I have never seen it actually live on KRON. 4.1 is SD and 4.2 is HD, I think that dates back to when KRON used their HD channel as a secondary channel and didn't broadcast any real shows or their news on it. I have also read there is a 4.3 for KRON that just shows traffic cameras, but I have yet to every see that show up in a scan of channels.
     
  4. Paul Secic

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    Are you sure this station is in our DMA?
     
  5. Paul Secic

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    Are you sure this channel is coming?
     
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    Paul Secic

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    It looks like RTN won't make it.
     
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    sum_random_dork

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    I haven't seen any updates, not sure what happened. Maybe RTN's deal fell through with the channel. For the longest time RTN still had KRON listed as their local affiliate. I am sure some of the guys over at AVS fourm would have greater details.
     
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    SayWhat?

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    I hope RTN's OK financially. It's one of the best networks going right now. Unfortunately the Evansville, IN affiliate dropped them for some college and high school sports nonsense. I still get them on another station though.
     
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    Jeff Blank

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    According to the RTV Facebook page (posted today at 11:54am PST), Channel 8 goes live next week. The RTV web site shows KVQR on their Affiliates web page for the San Francisco Bay Area. That information was updated in the last 24 hours. Now if you look up KVQR on the web, it doesn't show, so I'm wondering if this is the new call letters for KUNO. :confused:
     
  10. Jeff Blank

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    According to the FCC web site, the actual new call letters are KBQR. The change was effective 10/20/10.
     
  11. Paul Secic

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    Perhaps Pappas didn't want to sell the station.
     
  12. Paul Secic

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    We shall see.. Hopefully it will come. I'm sick to death with TVLAND'S nonsense!
     
  13. Paul Secic

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    Well I guess we can forget about RTN. I haven't read about it.
     
  14. Paul Secic

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    I guess they couldn't get funding.
     
  15. Paul Secic

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    Perhaps they meant October of 2011?
     
  16. Paul Secic

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    KVQR is listed on RTN'S website.
     
  17. Jeff Blank

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    Looks like Channel 38 in San Francisco (38.1) started broadcasting Retro TV on Friday, April 1st! It took a while, but the wait is over. :)
     
  18. Paul Secic

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    Cool! What happened to the other channel?
     
  19. Jeff Blank

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    It's on the air in the Ft. Bragg area only. I have no information regarding it ever coming on the air via satellite or cable to the Bay Area anytime soon.
     
  20. sum_random_dork

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    the channel may be listed in Fort Bragg, but here in the East Bay near Mt. Diablo I am seeing RTN pretty clear on 38.1 and also channel 38 on my HR23!
     

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