Nexstar’s WDVM (Hagerstown) is in a retrans pissing match and they wanted the Mayor to take their side.
The Mayor wants nothing to do with it and WDVM threw a temper tantrum on their website, trying to call out the Mayor.
The station writes that Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey declined to have any future involvement in WDVM and Antietam Broadband's negotiations Wednesday afternoon.
Bruchey answered a phone call from WDVM, and was asked, "What would you like to see from your local television company?"
He requested to not be called again, nor to be involved or be asked for any comment involving the negotiations.
"I have made it clear, I'm not getting involved between two businesses making business deals," Bruchey said. "I request that you never call me again."
WDVM has made several attempts since January 1 to receive comments on camera from Bruchey.
Andrew Wyatt, Vice President and General Manager of WDVM, responded by asking the mayor to take a stand.
"I think the mayor needs to stand up and lead," Wyatt said. "This issue is on the top of mind for dozens and dozens of local citizens, and for him not to have an opinion is a shame. It is all people talk about to our employees, and it is the first thing I hear about when someone from Washington County sees me."
"Antietam's subscribers want our two companies to negotiate and resolve this, and he should encourage Antietam to return to the negotiating table."
FTVLive really hates to agree with a politician, but in this case the Mayor is completely right. He does not need to get involved between two businesses making business deals in which both are just trying to line their pockets.