TechNotes

Technical updates, information and help for WKAR TV, Radio and Online.

TECHNOTE: 870 & 88.9 Off Air Due To Power Outage

Oct 2, 2019

Update 12:28 p.m.: Power is back on.

WED. OCTOBER 2, 2019 11:50 a.m.: WKAR (AM) and The Impact 88.9 are off the air due to a power outage. Consumers estimates restoration at 3:30 p.m.

TECHNOTE: WKAR Listening Streams Are Down

May 21, 2019

UPDATE: 5/21/19, 9:35am: Listening streams have been restored.

TUE. MAY 21, 2019, 9:10am: All WKAR online listening streams are down. The affected services are  90.5, AM870 NewsTalk, WKAR Folk, WKAR Jazz, WKAR Classical and Radio Reading Service.

We are working to correct the problem.

We will post updates at this page.

WKAR broadcast TV channels 23.1, 23.2, 23.3, 23.4 will be off the air for scheduled transmitter maintenance in the early morning Wednesday 5/15/19 beginning after 12 a.m., with service expected to be restored by 2 a.m.

WKAR broadcast TV channels 23.1, 23.2, 23.3, 23.4 will be off the air  for scheduled transmitter maintenance in the early morning Sunday 5/5/19 beginning after 12 a.m., with service restored by 7 a.m.

TECHNOTE: AM 870 is off the air for maintenance

Feb 5, 2019

UPDATE TUE 2/5/19, 5pm: AM 870 broadcast has returned to normal operations.

TECHNOTE: AM 870 off-air for maintenance

Dec 27, 2018

UPDATE THU 12/27/18, 10:15am: Maintenance was cancelled for today with no interruption of AM 870. Maintenance will be rescheduled for a later date TBD.

UPDATE 10/29/2:20 a.m.: After maintenance and successful testing, WKAR broadcast TV returned to the air at 2 a.m. 10/29.

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WKAR-TV changed its broadcast frequency on May 29, 2018, as required by the FCC. If you're an antenna TV viewer, have rescanned for channels to tune in the new frequency, and are still not able to receive WKAR, here is some information that we hope can help you find WKAR or another PBS station broadcasting in your area.

WKAR-TV Coverage Area

UPDATE: Wed. 6/13/18, 8am - Most listing services are now feeding correct program schedule information  to channel guides and recording devices.

TECHNOTE: WKAR TV Now at Full Power!

Jun 1, 2018

June 1. We have good news for our broadcast viewers and listeners! The work at our broadcast tower is done! Antenna TV viewers: If WKAR is not in your channel line-up, please RESCAN for channels now.

TECHNOTE: Rescan TVs Now

May 31, 2018
WKAR Illustration

Please check this page daily for updates. | About this project

UPDATE THU. 5/31/18, 11:00pm: On Friday, WKAR TV and FM will be off the air for portions of the day during testing of the TV main antenna and transmission line. If testing is successful, TV and FM could be returning to the air at full power by the end of the day. If you've been unable to receive WKAR TV this week, please try a scan for channels Friday evening. Follow here for updates.

The channel 33 antenna in place, gin pole and rigging removed
WKAR Illustration / photo: Amanda Pinckney WKAR-MSU

For updates later than 5/26/18, visit: TECHNOTE: Rescan TVs May 29

UPDATE SAT. 5/26/18, 10:30am:
90.5 and 105.1 FM

90.5 FM has returned to full power operation across its normal coverage area. 105.1 FM has also returned to full service for its usual coverage area. There will still be some brief periods on and after May 29 when the FM stations may be off the air or at reduced power during final tower work.

Workers on the tower.
Rick Thomas / WKAR-MSU

As you’ve probably noticed, our radio signal has been a lot harder to tune in recently. So we sought out some answers. 


illustration / WKAR-MSU

If you are one of the many Michigan capital region viewers who rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, this information is for you.

Gary Blievernicht photo with new WKAR-TV transmitters
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In a couple of weeks, television viewers who use an over-the-air antenna to watch WKAR-TV will need to re-scan their equipment in order to continue watching.


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