June 1. We have good news for our broadcast viewers and listeners! The work at our broadcast tower is done! Antenna TV viewers: If WKAR is not in your channel line-up, please RESCAN for channels now.
WKAR-TV is now on the air at the new frequency and at full power for our normal coverage area.
As many of you know, WKAR-TV made the FCC-required frequency change on Tuesday, May 29. In the days following the switch, broadcasting continued at low power to a reduced coverage area while additional work was required on the new main transmission line. Many viewers beyond 30 miles, and those with indoor antennas, had no reception during this period.
As of 12:50pm on Friday, June 1, WKAR began broadcasting from the new main antenna at full tower height, at full power, and now reaches the full coverage area for all antenna TV viewers. See the map at the bottom of this note for the new estimated coverage area.
No further interruptions of service are scheduled or expected at this time.
Rescan for Channels
If you use an antenna to get TV, and you're not currently receiving WKAR-TV over the air, please rescan for channels now.
For information about how to rescan, visit this National Association of Broadcasters web page: Rescanning Instructions at tvanswers.org.
FM at Full Power
90.5 FM and 105.1 FM are also at full strength across their normal coverage areas.
First in Michigan, First in the Nation
With the transition to the new frequency on May 29, WKAR became the first television station in Michigan, and the first public television station in the nation, to make the FCC-required change. Over the next two years, nearly 1,000 stations must move to new frequencies as part of the FCC 'repack' of the broadcast spectrum.
More about the FCC-required project to update the WKAR-TV broadcast frequency is here: Antenna TV Viewers - Plan to Rescan.
We know how much our viewers and listeners value our unique programming, and we heard from many of you in recent weeks wondering when your favorite station would be back on the air. Thank you for your patience through this challenging project. And, thanks to everyone whose support helps keep this trusted, valued, and essential television station on the air.