Wichita, KS March 5, 2013 – KWCH will go off the air to replace the antenna at the Goodland station, at approximately 7:00 a.m. CST, on March 6. The outage should last two or three days. The new antenna will improve the signal, allowing viewers in the outlying areas to receive KWCH. The current antenna is operating at half power, preventing many viewers from receiving the signal free over-the-air.
“We were hoping we could replace the antenna with minimal interruptions to our viewers,” Laverne Goering, Director of Programming and Operations said. “In some cases you are able to attach the new antenna to the tower while still operating on the old one, and then make the switch within hours instead of days. In this case, we need to remove the old one first.”
Cable customers will also lose access to CBS programming on KWCH, unless their cable provider is able to receive a direct feed from Dish Network or Direct TV. Dish Network and Direct TV subscribers will not lose KWCH. For a list of cable companies who will lose KWCH, go to kwch.com/news/kbsl.
KWCH is planning to begin broadcasting after three days. If conditions do not cooperate, the interruption could last beyond three days.
Viewers will still be able to watch KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on kwch.com or streamed to their Apple or Android device on the KWCH app.