Nashville DTV News

WDHC 6 and Other Broadcast Changes - Updated

- Posted June 24th, 2021 at 4:23pm
I just found out that the four Cookeville channels will not be staying. They are moving. First, W35DZ channel 35 is going to be moving to Knoxville, and it looks like W15ER and W29FR is moving towards Nashville. Also, W35DZ on the website is now listed under the Knoxville TV listings. At the moment, for W14EE, I have no idea yet where it is going because they haven't applied to move it yet and Nashville already has a permit for another channel 14 coming (WIIW-LD). They have moved W35DZ to just north of Crossville and W15ER and W29FR to Gordonsville in Smith County. I don't know where exactly W29FR will end up because of the already broadcasting station W29DM in Lewisburg would cause interference if W29FR goes to Nashville. Also, they can't move it towards Bowling Green, KY because of PBS/KET station WKGB-DT 53 (RF 29). So, it might go somewhere else. The reason for the slight movement is because of what I mentioned before in another post. There is an FCC rule where a broadcaster can't move a station any more than 30 miles in any direction. On this FCC Blog Post, it says, "Current rules bar LPTV moves that are more than 30 miles, even if they are moving within their existing market. This has sometimes led to the absurd result of stations having to file applications repeatedly when moving within their existing DMA, “inching” along 30 miles at a time." So, now you know what is happening.

Also, WDHC channel 6 may have reached its final destination. They have just applied for a construction permit for a spot in northern Dickson County and will be broadcasting at 3kw, the highest you can broadcast a low power VHF station. I am providing a link to the broadcasting range below. I will be updating this post by adding more links for the ranges of the other low power channels mentioned above down below when they become available. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.

WDHC 6 Broadcasting Range
W15ER Broadcasting Range
W29FR Broadcasting Range
W35DZ Broadcasting Range


- Posted on June 24th, 2021 at 5:28pm

That rule is crazy. It also explains why the station owner was less than forthcoming with me on info for the Cookeville location. He told me to "Check back in 30 days". I see why now. Because by then, they'll be gone.

- Posted on June 30th, 2021 at 8:47pm

W34FG-D is now on the air simulcasting WBKO ABC (HD 34.1) FOX (HD 34.2) AND CW (SD 34.3). Seems strange for WBKO to have a translator on the same tower. Possibly coverage issues for their VHF signal. Gray TV has owned the CP for years. Hoping they plan to launch ATSC 3.0 with one of the signals in the near future.

- Posted on June 30th, 2021 at 11:08pm - Edited

Thank you so much for that. I have been wondering when they were going to begin broadcasting that channel. I knew they had that construction permit for a while now. I was a wondering what they were going to put on it. Again, thank you.

- Posted on June 30th, 2021 at 11:10pm

By the way, can you tell me what it says in the call letter space of the EPG of each channel?

- Posted on July 1st, 2021 at 6:38am

It's a duplicate for what we see on 13. WBKO-HD (720p), WBKO-FX (720p), and WBKO-CW (480i widescreen). The channels broadcasts on physical channel 34 and displays as 34.1, 34.2 and 34.3 respectively. RF34 does not re-map to 13 - not sure if it will stay that way.

- Posted on July 18th, 2021 at 9:26am

I heard something for a few seconds on 87.7 on the Cumberland Parkway in Kentucky on Friday while on my way back from a quick vacation to the Chicagoland area. I'm guessing either WDHC hasn't left Lebanon, Kentucky yet or a new channel 6 station was put on the air up there in its place...

- Posted on July 18th, 2021 at 1:49pm

I don't know what you heard Friday, because WDHC is about ready to come on the air in Dickson County. It should be within the next two weeks if there are no delays. Also, there are no more channel 6 stations anywhere in the entire state of Kentucky. You might have captured a station broadcasting from a far away place which is a phenomenon called E-Skip. You might not know what that is. If you don't know, you can look at this YouTube video and see it in action - If you need any more information, just let me know.

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