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WNTU and Bowling Green KY News

- Posted March 14th, 2022 at 4:58pm
First, WNTU 26 (RF 26) has today applied for a construction permit to raise their broadcasting antenna. They are raising it 135.8 ft (41.4 meters). There are no other changes. Since that is the only change, that means that if you are not receiving or hardly receiving WNTU, then you will probably start receiving or have a better signal once they are able to raise the antenna. That is only after their FCC application gets granted and then they can raise it. It will probably be a while before that comes about.

Also, there is a construction permit for a channel 16 in Bowling Green, KY. It is just a permit for 16 to broadcast north of Bowling Green at just 1kw. The only reason I am bringing this up today is because Marquee Broadcasting, the owner of WNKY 40 in Bowling Green and the new owner of W09DM in Nashville, has just purchased this station. Now, the only two thoughts I have for what this station is for are either they will place a lot of networks that Bowling Green does not have or make this WNKY's 3.0 station to broadcast WNKY's channels in 3.0. That's just my two cents though. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on March 15th, 2022 at 10:03am - Edited

My guess would be W16EI will get re-engineered and possibly moved to downtown BG at WNKY's studios or moved to WNKY's broadcast tower in Smiths Grove. However, the power will remain limited because of the interference with WHTN Murfreesboro. I also saw Marquee has an agreement to add Weigel's new Story Television network. Since WNKY already has bit starved MeTV network on 40.3, I'd lean towards channel 16 getting several subchannels including Story TV. On a side note, a few low power digital channels have originated at this same site before moving. I think only one ever made it "on-air" from the site. WCZU-LD was originally licensed at the same site. W34FG which is now a WBKO translator was originally W14DG and broadcast briefly from this site with the Laff network before being sold and moved to WBKO's main tower near Bowling Green.

- Posted on March 15th, 2022 at 8:48pm - Edited

It would be great to receive the 3.0 broadcast of channel 40 especially of how close it is to my location.

- Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 8:13am

I wouldn't rule out WNKY using the low power signal to go 3.0, but it wouldn't cover the same areas as the 1.0 signal the way its currently engineered. WNKY 1.0 does not have the best coverage either. I am somewhat surprised after the re-pack they didn't apply to increase their power from the 90kW at just 584 feet high. Although maybe it's not surprising, considering they participated in the spectrum buy-back and were willing to sell their existing allocation. If the FCC needed the spectrum here, they would have cashed out and probably we would have lost the station.

- Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 2:55pm

Well, most stations are just experimenting with 3.0 right now. They're not looking to broadcast 3.0 to people. So coverage, at this time, does not matter. They may just want to broadcast 3.0 to mess around with it.

- Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 4:03pm

They would try it on a low powered station first, then they would consider upgrading their main 1.0 station to 3.0 is the possibility of what they might just do if it works out positively for them.

- Posted on March 15th, 2022 at 12:05pm - Edited

I get WNKY here in Monroe county, Kentucky better than WBKO and both are Bowling Green, I get 3-4 bars on WNKY but only 1-2 on WBKO. I no longer receive the PBS station WKYU in Bowling Green for some reason, I used to get it good.

- Posted on March 15th, 2022 at 8:49pm - Edited

Right now I receive 13 because of a dedicated vhf antenna for 13 and the signal quality and strength is great but for channel 40 it is not coming in as the antenna is pointed towards Nashville and to also add both of the antennas are in the attic.

- Posted on March 17th, 2022 at 12:21pm

Same here in Lafayette Tennessee. I get channel 40 great but 13 is most of the time digitized if I get it at all and I can't remember the last time I got WKYU.

- Posted on March 17th, 2022 at 4:07pm

I get WKYU more than I receive WNKY come in from my location at this point of time. I live in Monroe County, KY near the border to TN.

- Posted on March 19th, 2022 at 12:40pm

WBKO supposed to up it's transmitting power from 22,000 watts to 46,500 watts at some point between now and the end of 2023.

- Posted on March 19th, 2022 at 1:01pm

Yeah I seen their CP channel 13. I'll be getting channel 13 at 100% when they up their power.

- Posted on March 19th, 2022 at 1:13pm - Edited

I might be able to receive their signal in Nashville when they do increase their power. Their short transmitting tower could be a problem for me receiving their signal though.

- Posted on March 19th, 2022 at 3:18pm - Edited

If you have a good antenna that can pick up high VHF then you can possibly pick up channel 13.

- Posted on March 21st, 2022 at 1:41am

Did WJDE (Channel 31) raise its power? I’ve never gotten it in La Vergne before. Tonight it’s coming in clear.

- Posted on March 21st, 2022 at 3:34am

No, but I am too far out to receive channel 31 from my location. I am also getting a lower powered channel from Nashville WKUW channel 40 even though I am way too far outside of the service area for it to reach me.

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