Antenna TV Viewers - Plan to Rescan

If you are one of the many Michigan capital region viewers who rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, this information is for you.

WKAR Television is scheduled to move to a new broadcast frequency in May of 2018.

Plan to Rescan

If you watch TV for free, using an antenna, you will need to rescan your TV or converter box to continue viewing WKAR once the change is made. No new devices, equipment or services are needed.

If you pay a monthly fee to subscribe to a television service you do not need to take action.

CURRENT ESTIMATED DATE: May 11 or later - (this date is subject to change, and will be updated here).

Beginning approximately April 20 through completion of the project in May, WKAR TV and 90.5 FM and 101.5 FM will be broadcasting at substantially reduced power as crews work on the transmitter and antenna to make the required updates.

Follow project updates at WKAR Technotes

More Info

The WKAR TV broadcast signal will be moving from RF channel 40 to 33. After a tuner rescan, WKAR will appear on the same "virtual channel" numbers as before: 23.1. 23.2, 23.3 and 23.4.

By law, nearly 1,000 TV stations nationwide must change broadcast frequencies by the spring of 2020. The frequency reassignments are part of a project by the FCC to make room in the broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband services and new digital TV technologies.

These additional capital region TV stations will also be moving to different broadcast frequencies:  

  • WLAJ - ABC 53 
  • WLNS-TV - CBS 6 
  • WSYM-TV - FOX 47 

You will want to rescan your TV after each station moves. Those stations will be moving at different times, and some dates are still to be determined. For updated schedule information, visit

To learn more about the upcoming changes, visit the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) website at Information there includes: