WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Remembering Joel Clawson
(WENY) -- The community remembers a local radio personality and passionate volunteer.
Joel Clawson of Sayre, Pennsylvania passed away early Sunday morning.
He was known for his community service throughout the valley.
Clawson began his career here at WENY in the early 70s and has been a trailblazer in the business up until his passing.
The several organizations he volunteered for say his goal was to help everyone he could without asking for anything in return.
Clawson lived his life, helping others.
He was recovering from a heart surgery he had in *mid May* and even then he devoted much of his time volunteering and working in the Valley up until his death on June 1st.
"You could go to him with a quick thing and say Joel I gotta have a piece of copy and thirty seconds later, he'd knock it right out," said John Herrick, former WENY News Director. "And then he would produce it. He was a very incredible person."
Herrick, first met Clawson back in the 1970s when they worked together at WENY.
He says clawson was dedicated to his broadcasting career but had a passion for being a support system to those in need.
"If you talk to anyone now down in the valley where he ended up, they loved him," said Herrick. "And think he's the greatest thing in the world because he would go out and work with people and their different organizations."
Throughout his 74 years, Clawson remained the helping hand everyone knew, touching many throughout the community.
Bill Millholen met Clawson back in 2005 when he first opened up The Loom in Waverly.
"He approached us, wanted to know if we needed any assistance in advertising," said Millhollen.
And from then on they were not only co workers but close friends.
They spent every tuesday together, discussing business and the purpose of life.
Millholen says meeting Clawson was a once in a lifetime opportunity, he says he'll never experience again.
"Yea, I'm going to miss him," said Millhollen. "My whole schedule, my whole life is going to be different."
A memorial service will be held for Clawson at the Sayre Theatre this Thursday, June 5th at 7 PM.
*Correction from video