400 TV stations to shut off analog Tuesday

Moving forward despite Congress' delayed deadline

About a quarter of the nation's TV stations cut off their analog signals Tuesday, causing sets to go dark in households that were not prepared for digital television despite two years of warnings about the transition.

Although most viewers were ready -- and people with cable or satellite service were unaffected -- some stations and call centers reported a steady stream of questions from frustrated callers. Many wondered how to get coupons for converter boxes that translate digital signals for older TVs -- or how to get the devices working.

"It's kind of an irritation, but I understand that everyone will have a much better picture. As far as I was concerned, they could have left things the way they were," said Dorothy Delegard of Minneapolis, who bought a converter box because a friend gave her a coupon that expires Tuesday.

Phones were ringing off the hook at a walk-in information center set up by stations in Providence, R.I. A volunteer at the center, Jeremy Taylor, said he tried to calm agitated callers and explain the reasons for the disappearance of analog signals, which have remained largely unchanged since the 1950s.

"I try to explain that the digital switch is not something we're doing to extort them of money," Taylor said.

The federal government mandated the end of analog broadcasts to make room on those frequencies for wireless Internet service, emergency radio traffic and other uses. Digital TV broadcasts, which began several years ago, take up much less of the wireless spectrum.

Originally, all U.S. stations were to cut their analog signals Tuesday, but at the urging of the Obama administration, Congress voted this month to give broadcasters more time.

Most stations, particularly those in big cities, accepted the offer to wait until June 12. Others wanted to stick to Feb. 17, a date they had spent much airtime advertising. Many of them had also booked engineering work on their antennas for that day.

The FCC, which wanted to ensure that no one would be entirely deprived of analog signals, cleared 421 stations to go all-digital this week. Another 220 stations have already made the switch, including all stations in Hawaii.

The most populous places where many or all major-network stations are cutting analog this week include San Diego and Santa Barbara, Calif.; La Crosse and Madison, Wis.; Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Sioux City, Iowa; Waco, Texas; Macon, Ga.; Scranton, Pa.; Rhode Island; and Vermont.



The back-and-forth over the cutoff date threw both TV stations and viewers for a loop.

Jeff Long, manager of WHKY-TV, an independent station in Hickory, N.C., said the company's analog shutdown went smoothly Saturday, but some viewers complained that they thought it had been postponed until June 12.

RadioShack Corp. circulars in newspapers this weekend had the opposite message, saying Feb. 17 was still the date for the end of analog TV. Spokeswoman Mary Delagarza said the fliers had been prepared two months in advance and could not be pulled.

Congress delayed the cutoff in large part because the fund that pays for $40 converter-box coupons had reached its spending limit. Coupons are now being issued only as fast as old ones expire unused.

The stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday contains $650 million in additional funding. Once that money becomes available, it can clear the backlog of 4 million coupons in a few weeks. Without a coupon, a converter box costs $45-$80.

Joe Glynn, vp engineering at PBS affiliate WVIA-TV near Scranton, Pa., said the station has been getting a dozen calls over the past two days about its planned changeover at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The converter
boxes have been a frequent subject.

"Unfortunately, some of them have asked how you get the coupons for the converter box," he said. "Some of them have called asking us if we sell converter boxes. Others are calling and saying 'I got the converter, but I'm not getting anything on it' -- I'm assuming because they don't have it hooked up
right."

He said most callers acknowledge that they only have themselves to blame for procrastinating.

"Everybody admits it's their fault. They knew it was coming," he said. "Some people seemed to be mad at themselves for not doing something sooner."

Even converter boxes that are correctly installed may drop some channels. That's because apart from killing analog, many stations are also changing to new digital frequencies. Viewers who were already watching the digital signal, either through a converter box or a digital TV set, will lose the channel until they force the device to "rescan" the airwaves.

In addition, many households will find that they need new antennas. Digital signals generally come in better than analog ones, but they are not received well by some older antennas. PBS spokeswoman Lea Sloan said that a rising number of calls to member stations are from people who are getting digital
signals but not all the ones they want.

A complete list of TV stations shutting down analog TV broadcasts this week is on the next page.



Alabama
Birmingham-Anniston-Tuscaloosa: WDBB (CW), WABM, WBIQ (PBS), WTTO (CW)
Louisville: WGIQ (PBS)
Huntsville-Decatur-Florence: WFIQ (PBS), WAAY-TV (ABC), WHIQ (PBS)
Mobile-Pensacola: WBPG (CW), WEIQ (PBS) (also see Florida)
Montgomery-Selma: WIIQ (PBS), WDIQ (PBS), WAIQ (PBS), WCOV-TV (Fox)
Mt. Cheaha: WCIQ (PBS) (Atlanta market)

Arizona
Phoenix: KCFG, KMOH-TV, KTAZ (Telemundo), KPPX (Ion)

Arkansas
Jonesboro: KTEJ (PBS), KVTJ
Little Rock-Pine Bluff: KVTH, KARK-TV (NBC), KASN (CW)

California
Bakersfield: KUVI-TV (MyNetworkTV)
Eureka: KEET (PBS)
Fresno-Visalia: KVPT (PBS)
Los Angeles: KHIZ
Monterey-Salinas: KION-TV (CBS), KCBA (Fox)
San Diego: KFMB-TV (CBS), KGTV (ABC), KSWB-TV (Fox), XETV (based in Tijuana,
Mexico, but carries U.S. CW network)
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose: KCNS, KOFY-TV, KICU-TV, KFTY
Santa Barbara: KSBY (NBC), KTAS (Telemundo), KEYT-TV (ABC), KPMR
(Univision), KCOY-TV (CBS)

Colorado
Denver: KBDI-TV (PBS), KREG-TV (CBS), KRMZ (PBS)
Grand Junction-Montrose: KFQX (Fox), KKCO (NBC), KREX-TV (CBS), KREY-TV
(CBS)

Connecticut
Hartford & New Haven: WUVN (Univision), WHPX (Ion)
Bridgeport: WEDW (PBS) (New York market)

Florida
Ft. Myers-Naples: WBBH-TV (NBC), WINK-TV (NBC), WXCW (CW), WZVN-TV (ABC)
Gainesville: WCJB-TV (ABC)
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: WSBS-TV, WPXM (Ion)
Mobile-Pensacola: WFGX (MyN), WJTC , WSRE (PBS) (also see Alabama)
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne: WBCC (PBS), WVEN-TV (Univision), WTGL,
WMFE-TV (PBS), WRDQ
Panama City: WMBB (ABC), WPCT
Tallahassee-Thomasville: WFXU (PBS), WFSG (PBS), WFSU-TV, WTXL-TV (ABC)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota: WCFL, WWSB (ABC), WTTA (MyN), WEDU (PBS),
WVEA-TV (Univision)
 
Georgia
Albany: WACS-TV (PBS), WABW-TV (PBS)
Atlanta: WGTV, WATC
Augusta: WAGT (NBC & CW), WJBF (ABC), WRDW-TV (CBS), WCES-TV
Chatsworth: WNGH-TV (PBS) (Chattanooga market)
Columbus: WJSP-TV (PBS), WLTZ (NBC)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville: WNEG-TV (CBS) (also see South Carolina)
Macon: WMUM-TV (PBS), WGXA (Fox), WMGT-TV (NBC), WPGA-TV (ABC)
Savannah: WGSA (CW), WJCL (ABC), WVAN-TV (PBS) (also see South Carolina)
Tallahassee-Thomasville: WCTV (CBS) (also see Florida)
Waycross: WXGA-TV (PBS) (Jacksonville market)
 
Guam
Guam: KUAM-TV (NBC), KTGM (ABC)

Idaho
Twin Falls: KMVT (CBS)

Iowa
Cedar Rapids: KFXA (Fox), KGAN (CBS), KFXB, KWKB (CW), KWWL (NBC)
Davenport-Rock Island-Moline: KGCW-TV (CW)
Des Moines-Ames: KDSM-TV (Fox), WHO-TV (NBC)
Sioux City: KCAU-TV (ABC), KMEG (CBS), KPTH (Fox), KTIV (NBC)
(also see Illinois and Missouri for Keokuk area)
 
Illinois
Champaign & Springfield-Decatur: WICD (ABC), WEIU-TV (PBS), WAND (NBC), WBUI
(CW), WICS (ABC), WRSP-TV (Fox), WCCU (Fox)
Peoria-Bloomington: WYZZ-TV (Fox), WEEK-TV (NBC), WMBD-TV (CBS), WTVP (PBS)
Quincy-Hannibal-Keokuk: WMEC, WGEM-TV (NBC), WQEC
Rockford: WIFR (CBS), WQRF-TV (Fox), WREX-TV (NBC), WTVO (ABC)
Olney: WUSI-TV (Terre Haute, Ind. market)
East St. Louis: WRBU (MyN) (also see St. Louis)
(see Paducah, Ky., for southern Illinois, and Iowa for Moline area)

Indiana
Fort Wayne: WFWA (PBS), WISE-TV (NBC), WPTA (ABC)
Indianapolis: WCLJ-TV, WIPB (PBS)
South Bend-Elkhart: WSJV (Fox), WNDU-TV (NBC), WSBT-TV (CBS)

Kansas
Joplin-Pittsburg: KOAM-TV (CBS)
Topeka: KTKA-TV (ABC), KTWU (PBS), WIBW-TV (CBS)
Wichita-Hutchinson: KUPK-TV (ABC), KBSH-TV (CBS), KOOD (PBS), KMTW (MyN),
KWCH-TV (CBS), KSWK (PBS), KSAS-TV (Fox), KSCW (CW)

Kentucky
Bowling Green: WKYU-TV (PBS)
Lexington: WYMT-TV (CBS), WTVQ-TV (ABC)
Louisville: WBKI-TV (CW)
Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg: WDKA (MyN) (also see Missouri)

Louisiana
Alexandria: KALB-TV (NBC & CBS),
Lake Charles: KVHP (Fox)
Monroe-El Dorado: KAQY (ABC), KNOE-TV (CBS)
Shreveport: KSHV (MyN)
 
Maine
Bangor: WVII-TV (ABC)
Portland: WGME-TV (CBS), WPFO (Fox)

Maryland
Baltimore: WBFF (Fox), WNUV (CW)
Hagerstown: WJAL (Univision) (Washington, D.C., market)

Massachusetts
Boston: WMFP
Providence-New Bedford: WLNE-TV (ABC) (also see Rhode Island)
Springfield-Holyoke: WWLP (NBC)

Michigan
Detroit: WPXD (Ion), WMYD (MyN)
Lansing: WILX-TV (NBC)

Minnesota
Duluth-Superior: WDIO-TV (ABC), WIRT (ABC) (also see Wisconsin)
Minneapolis-St. Paul: KWCM (PBS), KAWE (PBS), KAWB (PBS), WUCW (CW)
Rochester-Mason City-Austin: KTTC (NBC), KXLT-TV (Fox)
Worthington: KSMN (PBS) (Sioux Falls market)

Mississippi
Biloxi-Gulfport: WMAH-TV (PBS), WXXV-TV (Fox)
Columbus-Tupelo-West Point: WMAE-TV (PBS), WMAB-TV (PBS), WLOV-TV (Fox)
Greenwood-Greenville: WXVT (CBS), WABG-TV (ABC), WMAO-TV (PBS)
Jackson: WMAU-TV (PBS), WMPN-TV (PBS), WRBJ (CW)
Meridian: WGBC (NBC) (Feb. 19), WMAW-TV (PBS), WMDN (CBS) (Feb. 16)
Natchez: WNTZ (Fox) (Alexandria market)
Oxford: WMAV-TV (PBS) (Memphis market)

Missouri
Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg: KBSI (Fox) (also see Kentucky)
Springfield: KSPR (ABC)
St. Louis: KDNL-TV (ABC) (also see Illinois)

Montana
Butte-Bozeman: KWYB (ABC)
Great Falls: KFBB-TV (ABC), KRTV (CBS)
Missoula: KTMF (ABC)

Nebraska
Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney: KGIN (CBS), KHNE-TV (PBS), KWNB-TV (ABC), KHGI-TV
(ABC), KLNE-TV (PBS), KOLN (CBS),
Omaha: KYNE-TV (PBS), WOWT-TV (NBC)
Scottsbluff: KDUH-TV (ABC) (Rapid City, S.D., market)

Nevada
Las Vegas: KVCW (CW), KVMY (MyN), KMCC
Reno: KAME-TV (MyN), KNPB (PBS), KREN-TV (CW), KRXI-TV (Fox)

New Hampshire

Boston-Manchester: WENH-TV (PBS), WEKW-TV (PBS), WNEU
Burlington-Plattsburgh: WLED-TV (PBS) (see also Vermont)

New Jersey
Newton: WMBC-TV (New York market)
West Milford: WFME-TV (New York market)
Wildwood: WMGM-TV (NBC) (Philadelphia market)

New Mexico

Albuquerque-Santa Fe: KENW (PBS)

New York
Binghamton: WBNG-TV (CBS), WICZ-TV (Fox)
Buffalo: WUTV (Fox)
Burlington-Plattsburgh: WPTZ (NBC), WCFE-TV (PBS) (Also see Vermont)
Rochester: WUHF (Fox)
Syracuse: WNYS-TV (MyN)
Utica: WKTV (NBC)
Watertown: WWNY-TV (CBS)

North Carolina
Charlotte: WTVI (PBS), WHKY-TV, WAXN-TV
Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem: WMYV (MyN), WXLV-TV (ABC)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville: WYCW (CW) (also see South Carolina and
Georgia)
Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville: WRDC (MyN), WLFL (CW), WRAY-TV
Wilmington: WUNJ-TV (PBS)

North Dakota

Fargo-Valley City: KBME-TV (PBS), WDAZ-TV (ABC), KJRE (PBS), KVLY-TV (NBC),
KSRE (PBS), KXJB-TV (CBS)
Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson: KFYR-TV (NBC), KQCD-TV (NBC), KMCY (ABC), KUMV
(NBC)

Ohio
Cincinnati: WSTR-TV (MyN)
Cleveland-Akron: WOAC
Columbus: WWHO (CW), WTTE (Fox)
Toledo: WGTE-TV (PBS)

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City: KAUT-TV (MyN), KETA-TV (PBS), KOCB (CW), KOKH-TV (Fox), KWTV
(CBS)
Tulsa: KDOR-TV, KRSC-TV (PBS), KQCW (CW), KGEB, KMYT-TV (MyN), KOED-TV
(PBS), KOTV (CBS), KWHB Wichita Falls-Lawton: KSWO-TV (ABC) (also see
Texas)

Oregon
Eugene: KEZI (ABC), KLSR-TV (Fox)
Medford-Klamath Falls: KBLN, KDKF (ABC), KOTI (NBC), KDRV (ABC), KMVU (Fox),
KOBI (NBC), KSYS (PBS)
Pendleton: KFFX-TV (Fox) (Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick market, also see
Washington)

Pennsylvania
Erie: WSEE-TV (CBS)
Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York: WIFT-TV (PBS), WLYH-TV (CW)
Johnstown-Altoona-State College: WATM-TV (ABC), WWCP-TV (Fox)
Pittsburgh: WPGH-TV (Fox), WPMY (MyN), WQEX
Wilkes-Barre-Scranton: WNEP-TV (ABC), WVIA-TV (PBS), WYOU (CBS), WBRE-TV
(NBC), WQMY (MyN)

Puerto Rico
Fajardo: WORO-TV, WRUA
Naranjito: WECN
San Juan: WTCV

Rhode Island
Providence-New Bedford: WJAR (NBC), WNAC-TV (Fox), WPRI-TV (CBS) (also see
Massachusetts)

South Carolina
Allendale: WEBA-TV (PBS) (Augusta market)
Beaufort: WJWJ-TV (PBS) (Savannah market)
Charleston: WITV (PBS), WMMP (MyN), WTAT-TV (Fox)
Charlotte: WNSC-TV (PBS)
Columbia: WRLK-TV (PBS), WZRB (CW), WKTC (MyN), WRJA-TV (PBS)
Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville: WMYA-TV (MyN), WNTV (PBS), WNEH (PBS),
WRET-TV (PBS) (also see Georgia and North Carolina)
Hardeeville: WTGS (Fox) (Savannah market)
Myrtle Beach-Florence: WHMC (PBS), WJPM-TV (PBS)

South Dakota
Rapid City: KIVV-TV (Fox), KZSD-TV (PBS), KBHE-TV (PBS), KEVN-TV (Fox).
Sioux Falls-Mitchell: KABY-TV (ABC), KDSD-TV (PBS), KESD-TV (PBS), KQSD-TV
(PBS), KPRY-TV (ABC), KTSD-TV (PBS), KCSD-TV (PBS), KSFY-TV (ABC), KTTW
(Fox), KUSD-TV (PBS) (also see Minnesota)

Tennessee
Chattanooga: WDEF-TV (CBS), WTCI (PBS)
Jackson: WLJT (PBS)
Knoxville: WETP-TV (PBS)
Memphis: WLMT (CW) (also see Mississippi)
Nashville: WNAB (CW), WUXP-TV (MyN), WZTV (Fox)

Texas
Amarillo: KACV-TV
Austin: KEYE-TV (CBS)
Dallas-Ft. Worth: KTAQ
Harlingen: KMBH (PBS)
Lubbock: KAMC (ABC), KJTV-TV (Fox), KLBK-TV (CBS), KTXT-TV (PBS), KLCW-TV
(CW)
Odessa-Midland: KPBT-TV
San Angelo: KLST (CBS), KSAN-TV (NBC)
San Antonio: KMYS (MyN), KABB (Fox)
Sherman-Ada: KXII (CBS)
Nacogdoches: KYTX (CBS)
Victoria: KAVU-TV (ABC)
Waco-Temple-Bryan: KYLE (Fox), KCEN-TV (NBC), KWBU-TV, KWKT (Fox), KWTX-TV
(CBS), KXXV (ABC)
Wichita Falls-Lawton: KFDX-TV (NBC), KJTL (Fox) (also see Oklahoma)

Utah
Salt Lake City: KCSG

Vermont
Burlington-Plattsburgh: WCAX-TV (CBS), WETK (PBS), WVNY (ABC), WNNE (NBC),
WVER (PBS), WVTB (PBS), WVTA (PBS) (also see New Hampshire and New York)

Virginia
Charlottesville: WCAV (CBS), WVIR-TV (NBC, CW)
Harrisonburg: WHSV-TV (ABC)
Norfolk: WHRO-TV (PBS), WTVZ-TV (MyN)
Richmond: WRLH-TV (Fox)
Roanoke: WDRL-TV

Washington
Seattle-Tacoma: KWPX (Ion), KBCB, KVOS-TV
Spokane: KHQ-TV (NBC), KSPS-TV (PBS), KXLY-TV (ABC)
Yakima-Pasco-Richland Kennewick: KVEW (ABC), KNDU (NBC), KTNW (PBS), KAPP
(ABC), KNDO (NBC) (also see Oregon)

West Virginia
Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill: WVVA (NBC), WVNS-TV (CBS)
Charleston: WSAZ-TV (NBC), WOWK-TV (CBS)
Clarksburg: WBOY-TV (NBC)
Parkersburg: WTAP-TV (NBC)
Wheeling-Steubenville: WTRF-TV (CBS)

Wisconsin
Duluth-Superior: KBJR-TV (also see Minnesota)
Green Bay: WFRV-TV (CBS), WIWB (CW)
La Crosse-Eau Claire: WEUX (Fox), WEAU-TV (NBC), WQOW-TV (ABC), WKBT (CBS),
WLAX (Fox), WXOW-TV (ABC)
Madison: WBUW (CW), WISC-TV (CBS), WKOW-TV (ABC), WMTV (NBC)
Milwaukee: WCGV-TV (MyN), WVCY-TV, WVTV (CW)
Wausau-Rhinelander: WYOW (ABC), WJFW-TV (NBC) (Feb. 16), WAOW-TV (ABC),
WSAW-TV (CBS), WFSX (Fox)

Wyoming
Casper-Riverton: KFNB (Fox), KGWC-TV (CBS), KPTW (PBS), KTWO-TV (ABC),
KGWL-TV (CBS), KFNE (Fox)
Cheyenne-Scottsbluff: KLWY (Fox)
Laramie: KWYP-TV (PBS) (Denver market)
Rock Springs: KGWR-TV (CBS) (Salt Lake City market)
Sheridan: KSGW-TV (ABC) (Rapid City, S.D., market)
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