WLNY-TV may or may not have to be sold--maybe CBS can convince the FCC that it's in a different ADI for both radio and TV purposes, and when you come to think of it, that could be a valid assertion...
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"ADI" is an Arbitron TV term. Do you know how long ago Arbitron stopped doing TV ratings and, thus, killed the ADI term?
The FCC uses Arbitron radio MSA's to establish market definitions. Nassau and Suffolk counties are very, very much a part of the New York City MSA and (absolutely a part of the TV DMS) since in the two-county area less than 30% of radio listening is to "local" stations and the remainder goes to New York City radio stations.
Radio metros and TV DMA's are based on a variety of factors, including the amount of listening to the "central city" (or cities) stations, commute patterns, etc. The FCC has accepted the Arbitron system for defining a metro and uses it to determine the market caps and the stations that are attributed to a market.
You certainly could not claim that Hempstead is not part of the functioning New York City metro...
In any case, the option of making Ch. 55 a cable only channel is the one that makes the most sense.
Sidebar: Clear Channel would love a waiver or redefinition as then they could keep the successful LI operation that is now in the Aloha Trust. A waiver was also made on the ownership caps in Puerto Rico, based on the fact that no single station comes remotely close to covering the Arbitron-defined "metro" there, but that is not the case in New York City.