WXXI provides DTV help with radio and TV specials

Thu, 01/22/2009 - 1:00pm

Analog TVs that depend on antennas will soon go to snow if they aren't hooked up to a digital converter box.

On Thursday, January 22 WXXI will present a special DTV 1370 Connectionon AM1370/HD91.5-2 and a live DTV call-in show on WXXI-TV/HD. AM 1370’s Rachel Ward and Scott Fybush will host the special DTV 1370 Connection and will open phone lines to take calls from listeners from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5-2. Then at 9 p.m. WXXI presents DTV 101: Get the Picture on the Digital Transition on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1). In this program viewers will learn more about the benefits of digital television, find out who will be affected, and what individuals need to do to prepare. Throughout the broadcast WXXI will air a message that appears on the bottom of any analog television screen. Viewers will only see that message if their television relies on an antenna and analog signal. The audience will also have a chance to call into the station and ask questions. Calls for DTV 101: Get the Picture on the Digital Transition will be taken at 1-866-348-9994.
On January 8, 2009 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) selected WXXI Public Broadcasting as one of 12 agencies across the country to assist the FCC with its DTV consumer education program. These two live, call-in programs are part of WXXI's outreach initiative to help over-the-air viewers in the Greater Rochester area prepare for the digital transition. The initiative also includes a toll-free telephone help center, staffed by trained technicians and personnel. Consumers can call 1-866-348-9994 to have their DTV questions answered.
As one of only five public broadcasting stations selected by the FCC, WXXI was recognized for its ongoing commitment to helping Rochesterians prepare for the analog shut off. WXXI has been engaged in a program to build community awareness and understanding about the digital transition for the past year. With the FCC contract WXXI will build on the work it has already done, and dedicate more effort in reaching those who need help the most – seniors, citizens in rural areas, disabled citizens, and minority communities.