The metropolitan area around the cities of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ontario, CA has roughly 1.1 million people. It is centered roughly 50 miles from Los Angeles and throughout much of the region, analog OTA reception is only possible by putting an antenna up 15 or 20 feet above the roof. Yet, for whatever reasons this area is not a "DMA" as defined by Nielsen. If it were, it would be in the top 50, just below Memphis and far above other regions with thriving television presences. The Inland Empire region, as it is called, is home to a large international airport, Air Reserve base, two thriving minor league baseball teams, the nation's largest flood-control system, the largest rail yard in the west, and four major freeways. But, it is home to zero network television affiliates (except one PBS station). The Los Angeles DMA extends far further than one could reasonably get a TV signal. If you look here, the LA DMA isn't the biggest one, but it does go far further than the 60 mile radius in which you could reasonably get signals. Trust me, no one in Blythe is picking up anything OTA. However, unlike the Death Valley communities, the Inland Empire thrives and pulses. Long considered declassé by the LA and Orange County elite, it nonetheless has commerce and industry and, as I said, over a million people who are not served by local networks. If I may take a moment, I'll explain that last statement. DIRECTV, Dish, verizon, Charter, Comcast, and Time Warner all provide Inland Empire natives with Los Angeles programming. We're not out of luck when we want to watch American Idol. Not only that, ATSC has made it possible for me to get 26 channels over the air. I shouldn't be complaining. I generally don't, unless... In 2003, a fire scorched about 100,000 acres and destroyed close to 1,000 homes. The news media didn't cover it until it had been going on for three days. A local city with over 90,000 laid off several hundred teachers, apparently needlessly, as incorrect accounting at the school district created the impression of a budget crisis. The LA media covered a school district in Los Angeles county that laid off ten. Recently, a 4.0 earthquake hit, centered a few miles from my home. The news media got this one, but mispronounced the name of the city in which I live (which is not exactly hard to pronounce.) Every day there is important and interesting news. I know this because my region has three thriving newspapers. I can get American Idol on TV, but if I want to know about the recent corruption scandal in a neighboring city of 50,000 people, I read the paper or go to the internet. DMAs are intended, in part, to allow broadcasters to serve the public trust, a charter they take on by agreeing to lease the public airwaves. A DMA this big with so many to serve is impossible. The news institutions can't be everywhere. Still, they are right on the spot when someone flicks a bic in Griffith Park but are nowhere to be found when fire sweeps into a densely-populated area of San Bernardino. I don't know for sure why the Inland Empire is considered part of the LA DMA. I don't want to accuse the networks of trying to bolster ad sales or discourage competition. It would be unfair to assume that without knowing the facts, so I can only wonder. In a way I'm glad I get LA locals, as I have HD programming and high-quality locally-produced programs. I get the Rose Parade in HD, and if the networks had anything decent on right now, I'd get that too. My pleasure at getting HD signals from Mount Wilson disappears though, when drive-by shootings in a nearby city don't even merit a mention, or when a struggling local restaurant is ignored by the LA food critic. Over a million people. Not one local newscast on broadcast TV. Over a million people. Not one local newscast on broadcast TV. Yes, I repeated that on purpose. I bet that at least one of the seven broadcasters in Casper, Wyoming, population 50,000, has a local newscast. Sorry, just needed to get that off my chest.