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Viewers will miss UPN premieres

September 1, 2002

By Jim Kershner
The Spokesman-Review

It looks as if Inland Northwest TV watchers will be without their UPN for at least a few weeks.

The new UPN affiliate in the Inland Northwest, Equity Broadcasting’s KBGC-24 in Pullman, will not have its transmitter up and running until the end of the year.

However, Equity said on Thursday that it’s close to a deal with Spokane’s main cable system, AT&T Broadband, to carry the UPN programs on cable before that. But it may take a few weeks to complete the arrangements.

“It won’t be fast enough to avoid a little disruption,” said Doug Krile, the Equity Broadcasting spokesman. “Realistically, it will be October sometime.”

Meanwhile, viewers of “Enterprise,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and other popular UPN series will probably be out of luck unless AT&T Broadband can rush the new station into its lineup sooner than expected. The UPN season debuts in mid-September.

Also out of luck will be customers of the many smaller cable systems serving the Inland Northwest. Krile said Equity has not yet talked to any of them about carrying UPN this fall.

Viewers in Coeur d’Alene should be better off, since a low-power transmitter is already on the air (or will be within days) on channel 47. However, this signal won’t carry much beyond the Coeur d’Alene area.

The entire problem should be solved by the end of the year when the KBGC transmitter is up and running in Pullman. The signal should cover a great deal of the Inland Northwest, and at that point, all area cable companies will be required to carry the station, too.

The new WB station

KSKN-22 was the region’s UPN affiliate – until today.

Now, KSKN is changing its name to “Spokane’s WB22” to reflect the fact that it has become the region’s primary WB station.

WB shows will be carried in prime time in Spokane from now on. KSKN used to sandwich the WB programs around the UPN lineup.

It should be easier to find the WB’s shows, which include “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville,” “7th Heaven” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

KSKN will continue to carry its 10 p.m. newscast, using the people and resources of KREM-2. However, it has been renamed “The Ten @ 10 News on WB22.”

Sunday, September 1, 2002

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