TV Station's FM Simulcast Yanked
August 24, 2009 at 3:02 PM (PT)
After the analog TV shutdown, FREEDOM COMMUNICATIONS CBS affiliate WRGB-TV (CBS 6)/SCHENECTADY-ALBANY-TROY no longer could be heard at 87.7 FM, as analog channel 6 TV stations were before they went to digital transmission, so the station fired up an analog FM audio simulcast at 87.9 FM. Unfortunately, that wasn't authorized by FCC rules, so the station has pulled the audio simulcast from the air.
A message on the station's website from VP/GM ROBERT FURLONG reads, "Effective immediately, we have turned off our analog signal which we were simulcasting on the radio at 87.9 FM. We do not have FCC authorization to transmit an analog signal. We only have authorization for a digital signal at this time. We are reviewing our options and I apologize for any inconvenience to our audience. Thank you again to all of our viewers for their patience as we work through our digital issues."