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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

Posted on 8/23/2019 at 2:03PM

Dabl is Coming to WNAB

Beginning Sept. 9th, Dabl, a new diginet focused on lifestyle programming, is coming to a new channel, WNAB 58.4. The new network is scheduled to begin Sept. 9th, but I don't know if that is when 58.4 will began or not. Click here to go to their website to check them out, but right now, the website is very minimum until Sept. 9th. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.

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Posted on 8/21/2019 at 5:36PM

Repack Update - WHTN

I have another repack update for you. This time it involves WHTN channel 39. The station, right now, broadcasts on channel 38 at 1000kw on a tower that is located on the west side of I-840 near the Wilson/Rutherford County line in Wilson County. It has a construction permit to change channels from 38 to 16 at the same location and same height, but to go from 1000kw to 900kw. They was going to change channels on Oct. 18th. They still are, but they will be switching to a temporary antenna at a much lower height and at just 24kw. Yes, just 24kw. The reason is because the tower crew that is going to install the new permanent installation is being delayed with other projects that WHTN has to apply for an extension on their permit for an additional six months. Once they do the work during those six months, they can power up the permanent installation at any time. They don't have wait until April 18th (exactly six months from their permit expiration date) for that to happen, but until then, they will only be operating at 24kw. Until more news breaks, that is all for now.

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Posted on 8/13/2019 at 12:52PM

Update on WJDE 31

I've recently heard that WJDE has been off the air for about two weeks. I e-mailed someone about it, and their reply is below. This is all the news I have for you right now. When something else comes along, I will post it here.

"We are back on the air at this point. We did have some issues recently. But it should be on now."

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by "Cablecutter" on 8/16/2019 at 11:25AM   

I have a picture on the WJDE stations but I have no sound.

by "aludra" on 8/16/2019 at 3:55PM   

Today WJDE is dead again after being on the air yesterday for a short time (with no audio)...I went to the stations website and wrote a letter and Mr. Fawbush wrote back to me "Yes we are having issues again. Will resolve quickly. Thanks for the heads up. " I am sure looking forward to their transmitter move and increased power in January..So many great stations that should be seen by many more in Nashville and surrounding areas that are very tough to receive right now....I'm looking forward to that day!

by "NashDigie" on 8/16/2019 at 11:47PM  - Edited   

By the way, I want to add that when they said they would start broadcasting on their new channel, it could be anytime between Oct. 19, 2019 and Jan. 17, 2020. It doesn't have to be in January. Also, thank you aludra for the update, and I, too, look forward to it.

by "stilgar" on 8/24/2019 at 9:49PM   

I wondering if after they make the move if there is any chance of receiving WJDE down here in Spring Hill? I'm hoping, but don't want to hold my breath.

Posted on 8/9/2019 at 10:33PM

Repack Updates - WTVF and WJDE

There are two updates concerning the upcoming repacking of WTVF NewsChannel5 and WJDE channel 31. First, WTVF NewsChannel5 is going to change from channel 25 to channel 36. A station that is involved in the repack usually constructs a side-mounted antenna for their current channel temporarily, so they can replace the top-mounted antenna for the new channel before the deadline to switch channels, but this is not the way WTVF is doing it. They have already constructed their temporary side-mounted antenna, but it is for the new channel. Their plan is when the deadline (of Oct. 18th) comes, they will switch channels to 36 on the temporary side-mounted antenna while they begin constructing and placing the permanent antenna on top, but as you can read below from an excerpt of an FCC filing, they have a problem.

"WTVF completed construction of its interim antenna facility on the post-auction channel 36 in September of 2018. The interim antenna and transmission line were installed, but have not been tested due to the continued operation of WNPX & WKMU on channel 36. WKMU has recently notified us that they intend to transition to their post-auction channel on October 18, 2019, which is the final day of phase 6. This leaves WTVF no option but to also transition on the last day of phase 6 and affords us no opportunity to remedy a problem should something go wrong. It also means that WTVF’s work to install our top-mounted full-power facility on the post-auction channel cannot begin until phase 6 is over.

Additionally, an unforeseen delay on the part of either WNPX or WKMU could keep WTVF from making our transition in a timely manner, and could threaten downstream-linked WJFB’s transition as well. "

OK, so, if you don't know what they mean by "could threaten downstream-linked WJFB’s transition as well", they are talking about WJFB 44 will be changing channels at the same time by changing from channel 44 to channel 25 (the same as WTVF's current channel). So, if there is some delay in either WKMU's (Murray, KY) or WNPX's transition to their new channels, that means WTVF will have to delay their transition as well as WJFB. There have been some stations in the repack that have been delayed because of delays in tower crews not getting to the next station in time. So, that could happen here.

Now that brings me to WJDE channel 31. It appears that WJDE will not be able to transition to their new channel 23 on Oct. 18th. The reason why is because they have not received their reimbursement from the auction to pay for the delivery of their new equipment. They say that they won't be paid in time before the deadline. So, they are requesting to move from the phase 6 deadline of Oct. 18th to phase 7 deadline of Jan. 17th, 2020 and also requesting to stay on channel 31 until they are able to get their new equipment, install it, and start broadcasting on their new channel. So, there you have it. I know this is a lot to take in, but I am trying to let everyone know what is going on with Nashville's TV airwaves.

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by "aludra" on 8/12/2019 at 9:54AM   

Hello.....Is there any news if WJDE will be back on the air again soon? I usually get a good signal (for wjde) but they have been off the air for over 2 weeks now....I hope they will be back on the air before January ..They have some great programming that I am missing....BTW this is a valuable website!! ...Thanks for making it available...Mike

by "NashDigie" on 8/12/2019 at 10:57PM   

I have e-mailed them. I am now awaiting a reply. Once I get it. I will post it.

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