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Is WKAG still independent?

NEW WAVE COMMUNICATIONS IS PURCHASING LOW POWER HOPKINSVILLE TV STATION WKAG EFFECTIVE MAY 1ST, WITH NEW WAVE SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER STEVE BUTTRAM TO BECOME THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE STATION.

I think it’s rather obvious that something had to happen or else WKAG would shutdown completely. What does this mean for the station’s news reporting? On the positive side, the station will now get a major upgrade in equipment/manpower resulting in a better quality broadcast. I’m hoping for a more robust web presence for WKAG.

The concerns I have for WKAG revolve around New Wave’s relationship with city government. During the AT&T U-verse controversy, the city failed in maintaining neutrality. Even to the point of suing AT&T to prevent U-verse from being activated. New Wave has already proven they will be very aggressive in defending their interests. If this includes manipulating the news coverage then the usefulness of WKAG will be very limited.