Deborah D. McAdams /
10.22.2012 06:16 PM
New VHF Station WACP-TV Secures Pay TV Carriage
Station is one of two new full-power facilities
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. and PHILADELPHIA -- WACP-TV, the newly minted DTV station in Atlantic City, said it has secured carriage on Comcast, Dish and DirecTV systems. WACP will be added to the Comcast channel lineup Tuesday, Oct. 23. The station is one of two new full-power DTV facilities created in the wake of the 2009 digital transition, which left New Jersey and Delaware without a station transmitting on a VHF assignment, contrary to federal law. The Delaware station was issued the call letters “WMDE” in June.

Greg Kraft, chief engineer for WACP, said the Atlantic City station’s been on the air since early June and is transmitting at 10 kW ERP from a 3.7 kW transmitter. The press release announcing cable and satellite carriage said that the “initial programming lineup will be primarily infomercials and shopping, along with children’s and public affairs.” It also states that “WACP is actively exploring all market programming opportunities.” The station’s Children’s TV Programming file lists several syndicated shows from NASA, “Children’s Talk,” “Mustard Pancakes,” “Gina D’s Kids Club,” “Mouse in the House,” “Dragonfly” and “Think Big.”

WACP said it will be on Ch. 4—it’s over-the-air channel of license—on “most Comcast, Dish and Direct TV systems,” and Ch. 789 on the Comcast HD tier. WACP and WMDE are both owned by Western Pacific Broadcast, LLC, a division of Tampa, Fla.-based Richland Towers. WPB paid $3.8 million for the Ch. 4 license and $210,000 for WMDE’s Seaford, Del. Ch. 5 license.

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Posted by: Anonymous
Mon, 10-22-2012 09:02 PM Report Comment
According to ATSC, WACP should be using Channel 1 as its virtual channel. Since virtual channel 4 is not permitted (with the overlap of WNBC), WACP is supposed to bounce to 28. However, 28 is also unavailable because of WFPA-CA. 2 through 17 are unavailable, so channel 1 or an used virtual channel above 17 should be used. (If they used "1", cable companies would have to virtually identify them as "1")
Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 10-23-2012 08:56 PM Report Comment
This channel sux. Comcast changed our lineup for this crap here in New Castle county DE. Since when is this a local channel. AC is over 2 hours away.
Posted by: Anonymous
Wed, 10-24-2012 03:06 PM Report Comment
It has also been available in HD on DirecTV since July. (Channel 4 - if your in that market of course).

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