500-Plus Stations to be Digital in February

Feb 11, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Stations in markets as big as San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Baltimore plan to change over to digital broadcasting by the original Feb. 17 deadline, TelevisionWeek says, citing reports from the Federal Communications Commission. In all, 491 stations have asked to go ahead with the switch, joining 190 stations that have already terminated their analog signal, TVWeek says.
—Jon Lafayette


  1. In the list, please note that WBGU- 27.1, 27.2, 27.3, 27.4 are all missing from this list. They transitioned on 12/15/08, permanently shutting off their analog signals. Please make a note of that! DMA: Lima, Ohio.
    Funny how this listing was not in the listings… but if you go to “WBGU.ORG”, the WBGU-PBS site, you will see a note to that effect, which I am personally verifying.
    I’ve said it in the past, I’ll say it again… DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!! It looks bad to show that you did not do it.

  2. Good for these stations. More should do it too. There’s always going to be someone who isn’t ready. Just like the networks said when Obama took over an hour of primetime to the tune of $9MM of lost advertising, clearly the stimulus bill isn’t meant to help TV. Since the gov’t postponed this, they should pay any additional fees incurred by the stations. My company owns several stations and it’s bulls*#t that their numbers are going to be negatively affected by this.

  3. Yea EmmGee except this is from a list that the FCC released…and the writer probably (reasonably) assumed that the FCC, if anyone, should know what they’re talking about. Lucky I’m from Cleveland though and not Lima, or I’d maybe be upset like you. 😛

  4. True Brian… however, the FCC doesn[‘t even have the Windsor, Ontario stations correct. None are on the air, but the FCC shows that on Feb 17th, Windsor stations are to move their DTV frequencies.
    Take CHWI, Windsor, ON (A channel on tv 16), they are supposed to move from “60” or “66”… unknown number, really in the database… but they are not even DTV yet. You see, there are current frequencies near Windsor on 66. So, with the FCC doing the research, they would know that 66 is not an open frequency… since “Fox 66” is close by… maybe 65 or 70 miles away.
    You understand??? Someone is asleep at the wheel…. and that translates to “change change change.”

  5. Also… they would have been in the database, if they notified the FCC, a requirement of shutting off the analog TX. So there really is not excuse for WBGU not being on the list.
    But then again, Tax Dollar TV… and Obama do not mix… “Corp. for Public Broadcasting” AKA, my taxes, di not get Obama interviews on “making mistakes” like the commercial nets did, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc. PBS was shut out. I’m seeing a pattern here. Don’t know who else is seeing it… Change change change!

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