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WKOW-TV ends its analog signal, becomes WKOW-DT


WKOW (MADISON) -- It's the end of an era at WKOW.

Channel 27's analog signal is no more.  WKOW flipped the switch on Tuesday at 1:00pm and turned off its analog transmitter.  WKOW now only broadcasts in digital, known as WKOW-DT.

"It's definitely a special moment," said WKOW engineer John Corstvet, who had the honor of pushing the "off" button himself.

"We've been working ten years towards this day," he said.

Corstvet has worked in broadcast engineering for 40 years.

A number of Wisconsin television stations switched over to digital-only broadcasting today despite President Obama's call for a 4 month delay.

The federal government originally ordered stations to stop broadcasting analog signals by Tuesday.

People with older TVs will need to buy digital converters to continue receiving programming.

WKOW first launched analog broadcasting in July 1953.  Since then, it's broadcast an analog signal every single day -- until today.

Engineers say they're going to tweak the digital signal over the coming weeks to improve picture and sound quality.

Email Dan Cassuto at dcassuto@wkowtv.com


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