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WMGM-TV (NBC 40) IS ABOUT TO GO OFF THE AIR AND SOUTH JERSEY WILL LOSE ITS LIFE-SAVING OUTLET

For the last 45 years, NBC 40 has been South Jersey's sole local television news and information outlet. But NBC 40 is going off the air.

And it's not our choice.

NBC 40 owner, Access.1 Communications, has signed a deal to sell the station to LocusPoint Networks, and they have applied to the FCC for approval of the sale. To put it bluntly, LocusPoint Networks (LPN) is a spectrum speculator. They are NOT a broadcaster. They want NBC 40's TV channel for an FCC auction where it could be sold to the highest bidder, who would in turn use the channel's allotted frequency space for expansion of various wireless services: cell phones and other wireless devices.

NBC 40: SOUTH JERSEY'S LIFELINE DURING EMERGENCIES

Look back no further than a year ago: As Superstorm Sandy took aim at South Jersey, then roared ashore, NBC 40 was there for you.

Chief Meteorologist Dan Skeldon and his team - South Jersey's own meteorologists - tracked the storm and kept you up to date on its progress. News anchors Michelle Dawn Mooney, Jennifer Husko, and Jeff Whittaker relayed vital information that helped us stay safe under Sandy's punishing force. And when the superstorm had passed, NBC 40 was there for you, helping get South Jersey back on its feet and documenting the recovery every step of the way. As we reported just a few days ago in our Sandy anniversary special, there's still a lot of work to do.

There's a line in the station jingle, "...You don't live in Philly and neither do we..." Over the years, our devotion to coverage of local scholastic sports in South Jersey, from Atlantic to Cape May and Cumberland Counties, has had no equal. Sports Director Pete Thompson and his Sports team fan out every week to keep viewers up to date on their favorite school's sporting events-not just football and basketball, but field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and the rest.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE NBC 40

We need you to convince Access.1 (and the FCC) that if NBC 40 must be sold, to find a buyer who will pledge to keep South Jersey's life-saving voice on the air, provide much-needed improvements to its facilities, and SAVE (or add) jobs.

No exact date for the auction has been set, but it's expected to happen within the next 12 months (by mid-2014). And if and when that happens, NBC 40 goes DARK, with 60-plus jobs lost, and South Jersey loses its life-saving outlet.

Contact your local state senator and assemblyman, mayor or county executive! Call on Congressman LoBiondo, and Senators Menendez and Booker and tell them you want their help to save NBC 40. Contact Gov. Chris Christie too. Let them all know that you don't want to lose New Jersey's ONLY full-power-major-network-affiliated televison station and South Jersey's life-saving outlet.

Here's who you can contact to help...

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

  1. Click here to go to FCC: File a Public Comment.
    http://www.fcc.gov/comments
  2. From Proceeding, select last item in drop-down menu:
    99-360--Public Interest Obligations of TV Broadcast Licenses.
  3. Complete form, and click FILE COMMENT button.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2ND Dist.-NJ)
E-mail: https://lobiondo.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Washington, DC Office
2427 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6572
Fax: (202) 225-3318

Mays Landing Office
5914 Main Street Suite 103
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1746
Phone: (800) 471-4450 or (609) 625-5008
Fax: (609) 625-5071

U.S. SENATE

Sen. Cory Booker (D - NJ)
141 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224

Sen. Robert Menendez (D - NJ)
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744
Contact: http://menendez.Senate.gov/contact/

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

Gov. Chris Christie (R)
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6000
Contact: http://nj.gov/governor/contact/

NJ STATE SENATE

Senator Jeff VanDrew (D - Dist. 1)
District Office: 21 North Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 465-0700
District Office: 1124 North High St., Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 765-0891
District Office: 1028 East Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 696-7109

Senator Jim Whelan (D - Dist. 2)
District Office: 511 Tilton Rd., Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 383-1388

Senator Stephen M. Sweeney (D - Dist. 3)
District Office: 935 Kings Highway, Suite 400, West Deptford, NJ 08086
(856) 251-9801
District Office: 199 East Broadway, 1st Floor, Suite G, Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 339-0808

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R - Dist. 8)
District Office: 176 Route 70, Suite 13, Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-1498

Senator Christopher J. Connors (R - Dist. 9)
District Office: 620 West Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 693-6700

NJ ASSEMBLY

Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D - Dist. 1)
Assemblyman Bob Andrezjczak (D - Dist. 1)

District Office: 21 North Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 465-0700
District Office: 1124 North High St., Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 765-0891
District Office: 1028 East Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
(856) 696-7109

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo (R - Dist. 2)
Assemblyman Chris A. Brown (R - Dist. 2)

District Office: 1801 Zion Rd., Suite 1, Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 677-8266
District Office: 1801 Zion Rd., Suite 1, Northfield, NJ 08225
(609) 677-8266

Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D - Dist. 3)
Assemblywoman Celeste M. Riley (D - Dist. 3)

District Office: 935 Kings Highway, Suite 400, West Deptford, NJ 08086
(856) 251-9801
District Office: 199 East Broadway, 1st Floor, Suite G, Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 339-0808

Assemblyman Christopher J. Brown (R - Dist. 8)
Assemblyman Scott Rudder (R - Dist. 8)

District Office: 176 Route 70, Suite 13, Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-1498

Assemblywoman Dianne C. Gove (R - Dist. 9)
Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R - Dist. 9)

District Office: 620 West Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 693-6700

ACCESS.1 COMMUNICATIONS CORP.

Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, President and CEO
333 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
212-614-1000
Email: Chesley@access1radio.com

Comments?

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Comments from supporters...


This station needs to be saved. Leave the people in South Jersey alone!!! We don't have any other station that is uniquely covering what is truly the South Jersey area as station 40 does. We are not Cherry Hill people, of what other stations consider South Jersey area. We are Cumberland County, and the Shore Counties and need a station to keep us up to date with vital information during storms and other alerts to the area. SAVE NBC40!!!
-Holly Gale
Good luck with the cause, I will definitely be supporting to save what was my local news network for many years while I lived in South Jersey.
-Josh
Integral part of news at the shore!!! have been watching as long as I have lived here. Great for what’s happening locally.
-Anonymous
I watch TV40 news twice a day. I watch the 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm broadcasts. I feel that TV40 is a vital part of our area due to so many more reasons than I could state in one letter. However, I will mention a few of the obvious. I know when I tune in I will be watching not only stories from the national front, but most important to me, stories from my own area about people, places and events that I know about, want to know about, care to know about or need to know about. I learn about events from our local schools, crimes in our towns, people who are wanted for a crime, missing persons or pets, local sports, upcoming charity events, local entertainment, information about the casinos, warnings from our local police departments, public health emergencies ( a rabid raccoon having been found a half mile from my home, for example),road closures, giving us the chance to hear from everyone involved in local elections to help us know who we would like to vote for, how the government shut down affected our local businesses, local flu clinics, closings due to weather, where to go in an extreme weather emergency, etc., etc. In reference to weather I feel that we are so fortunate to have Dan Skeldon to rely on for accurate weather forecasts or real time updates during extreme weather situations. He is gifted in being able to explain weather events and being able to prepare viewers for what to expect locally. Locally is the key word as we all know that the Philadelphia stations are focused on their immediate area. Those stations do include "the shore" , however, they have been wildly off in their predictions for our area when Dan Skeldon got it right. I will be contacting local officials in the hope that they can help us stay connected via TV 40. We need channel 40!

-Lisa Smith
I wrote to each link provided on your website to help save NBC 40. We need to keep it on air as it is a very important source of information for our community. Thanks for your efforts.
-Denise Leitch