The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.
Many of you have sent emails and letters telling us how much you have, over the years, depended on the Fox 6 radio broadcast for news and information, expressing your frustration with its disappearance.
Some have thought that the decision to stop broadcasting over the radio was ours. I can assure you...that's not the case. The FCC made the decision that broadcasters would move from analog to digital broadcasting and that's where the loss of our radio broadcasting signal comes in.
I'll explain. The Fox 6, that is, channel 6 radio broadcast was actually the audio portion of our channel 6 analog signal...not a separate radio station. Channel 6 was the only analog television channel that had its audio fall within the radio FM band at 87.7 on your radio. No other television channels had that unique configuration.
When we moved from analog to digital in June, we lost our ability to broadcast our signal on radio. Unlike analog, digital signals, including digital channel 6, do not have that capability.
We were pleased to be able to provide the news, weather and sports for your ride to and from work. And we're sorry for the inconvenience the change in technology has caused you and your family. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you.
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P.O. Box 6
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