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KNTV

KNTV, virtual channel 11, branded on-air as NBC Bay Area, is an NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Jose, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, as part of a duopoly with Telemundo owned-and-operated station KSTS licensed to San Jose. KNTV and KSTS share studios on North 1st Street in San Jose. KNTV is available on Comcast Xfinity cable systems in the Bay Area on channel 3. KNTV signed on the air on September 12, 1955 operating as an independent station covering the entire north-central California coast from Monterey to San Francisco, it was the first television station in San Jose, was operated by Standard Radio and Television Corporation, owned by Allen T. Gilliland; the station's studios and offices were located at 645 Park Avenue, a short distance from the Caltrain railroad tracks and adjacent to the Gilliland-owned Sunlite Baking Company in downtown San Jose. Its antenna was located on Loma Prieta, some 60 miles south of San Francisco.

Channel 11 aired shows from CBS, DuMont and NBC that were turned down by San Francisco's KPIX-TV and KRON-TV, as well as some ABC shows that aired on KGO-TV. The station was not viable despite the Bay Area's size; the going got more difficult when Oakland-based KTVU signed on in 1958, it soon became apparent that the Bay Area was not large enough at the time to support two independent stations. However, due to KNTV's antenna location, its signal could be received well in the nearby areas of Monterey and Salinas. Taking advantage of this, KNTV sought and was granted the ABC affiliation for the Monterey Bay area in 1960, on the condition that the station reduced its transmitter power so as not to overlap with network-owned KGO-TV's signal. All three networks had been shoehorned onto Salinas-based KSBW-TV. KNTV, became one of the few stations located outside the market it served. Following the death of Allen T. Gilliland in 1960, ownership of KNTV was held by the executors of his estate, which included son Allen T. Gilliland Jr.

The younger Gilliland acquired majority ownership in August 1966 and operated it as part of Gill Industries, which controlled San Jose's cable television system. As an ABC affiliate, KNTV preempted a few ABC programs. KGO-TV, aired ABC's entire programming schedule, so this gave San Jose and Silicon Valley area residents a second choice for viewing preempted ABC programming. Gill Industries sold KNTV to Norfolk, Virginia-based Landmark Communications in 1978. Twelve years Landmark sold the station to a minority-owned firm, Granite Broadcasting. In 1999, KGO-TV agreed to pay Granite a substantial fee to stop channel 11 from running ABC programming once the station's affiliation contract expired. ABC's corporate parent, The Walt Disney Company, saw the need to expand KGO-TV's exclusive advertising market share into San Jose for this reason, it felt that KNTV was taking away from the share; that same year, the deYoung family, owners of KRON-TV and the San Francisco Chronicle, put all of its media properties up for sale.

NBC, in the midst of renewing its affiliation agreement with KRON-TV, jumped into the bidding. It had been one of the bidders for the channel 4 license in the late 1940s when it wanted a sister television station to complement West Coast flagship KNBC, but lost out to Chronicle; the deYoungs had built KRON into one of NBC's strongest affiliates, though NBC had long felt chagrin at KRON's frequent preemptions of network programming. NBC was thought to be the favorite to buy KRON-TV, but lost a bidding war for the station to Young Broadcasting in November 1999. NBC responded by threatening to yank its programming from KRON unless Young agreed to run it under the conventions of an NBC-owned outlet, including disallowing the station from preempting NBC programs outside of breaking news coverage; the network made the unprecedented demand that Young pay NBC $10 million annually to carry the network's programming—a form of reverse compensation. Young refused, announced that it would end KRON-TV's 52-year relationship with NBC once its affiliation contract ended in December 2001.

In February 2000, Granite contacted NBC to negotiate an affiliation deal and offered to pay an average of $37 million annually for the rights to broadcast NBC programs on KNTV. This agreement was groundbreaking and notable, as KNTV became the first major market affiliate to pay a network for programming, reversing a long-standing model where networks paid affiliates to carry their programming. NBC accepted the deal, due to take effect in January 2002. In preparation for this switch, KNTV boosted its signal to reach the entire Bay Area; this increased KNTV's potential audience to more than seven million viewers, including 90% of the Bay Area Metropolitan area. On July 3, 2000, KNTV terminated its ABC affiliation after 40 years with the network; the move cost the Monterey Bay area an over-the-air ABC affiliate. In order to compensate for the loss, KGO-TV was then

Mario Titone

Mario Titone is an Italian footballer, who plays as a forward for Montegiorgio Calcio. Born in Erice, Titone started his professional career with Tuscany club Sansovino. After played once for Sansovino in 2006–07 Coppa Italia, he was signed by Serie C1 club Pisa and spent 2 seasons with its Primavera team. After Pisa went bankrupt, he was signed by Serie B club Sassuolo and farmed to Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Sambenedettese in co-ownership deal. On 26 June 2009, Sambenedettese bought him outright after winning the closed tender regarding the remain 50% registration rights between the two clubs; however in July 2009, Sassuolo re-signed Titone after Sambenedettese went bankrupt. On 18 January 2011 Titone left for Lanciano in temporary deal with option to purchase. Titone missed the whole second half of 2011–12 Lega Pro Prima Divisione, except the promotion playoffs. After a short experience with FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț he signs for A. S. Bisceglie Calcio 1913. Titone played once for the Italy U20 Lega Pro team against Hungary in 2008–09 Mirop Cup.

He won the annual Lega Pro Prima Divisione Trophy with U21 representative team of Group A and won Trofeo Dossena with U20 Lega Pro representative team in June 2009. During the 2009–10 season, he played once for Italy under-21 Serie B representative team in internal training match. La Gazzetta dello Sport Profile La Gazzetta dello Sport Profile Football.it Profile Mario Titone at FootballDatabase.eu Mario Titone at TuttoCalciatori.net

Plavecké Podhradie

Plavecké Podhradie is a village and municipality in western Slovakia in the Malacky District in the Bratislava region. In historical records the village was first mentioned in 1247 AD; the village lies at an altitude of 256 metres and covers an area of 21.188 km². On 31 December 2011, it had a population of 686 people. Plavecké Podhradie lies on the street from Jablonica, it can be reached by train from Zohor, seasonally by trains starting in Záhorská Ves on the border to Austria. The Plavecky Castle and few caves in the Little Carpathians are located nearby; the original castle was built in the 13th century. The middle part consisted of a Gothic castle with the palace. In the 16th century it was expensively rebuilt into renaissance fortress with low courtyards, it was continually fortified and maintained during the 17th century, when new cannon bastions were built. In 1706 it so became dilapidated in the 18th century; the remains are visible from surrounding environment, part of Zahorie district can be seen from the remains.

Water font is located near the remains. Media related to Plavecké Podhradie at Wikimedia Commons Official page https://web.archive.org/web/20070513023228/http://www.statistics.sk/mosmis/eng/run.html