We have several advancements to tell you about here at WTAP this week.
This week, WTAP officially began testing its "second" television station, WTAP-DTV. The "D" stands for "Digital."
We’ve been working on this for more than a year. We would have had the digital signal on the air sooner, but we had to replace our tower and update our entire Channel 15 UHF transmission system first.
But we are now testing our digital signals and High Definition TV signals from our new digital channel 49. We still have lots of fine-tuning to do on it, but we're getting there.
How will you get WTAP-DTV Channel 49?
Mostly, by having a digital TV set and a UHF antenna. Hopefully, local cable systems will add our digital and High-Def signals to their services in the near future.
If you have a digital set and pick us up in the next couple of weeks, drop me a line and let me know.
Don't worry, you'll still be able to receive WTAP the way you always have, if you don't HAVE a digital set.
The second advancement is our new WTAP "Weather Watcher" program that you can download onto any computer and get up-to-the-minute radar images, weather warnings and breaking news.
It will also tell you about any Amber Alerts that are issued for missing children and any changes in the Homeland Security Level. It takes up almost no space on your computer, but sits there waiting for news and weather emergencies to alert you to.
All you have to do is go to WTAP.com and click on the Weather Watcher box, sign up, and it’s yours, free! In some parts of the country, systems like this have proven to be life-savers, letting people know about weather emergencies when they weren’t close to a TV set. Download it at home, at your office, everywhere you use a computer.
We're coming into the time of the year when we can get violent thunderstorms with very little warning, so download this feature from WTAP.com, so you don't get caught by surprise.
Finally, we’d like to welcome the 500 customers of Adelphia Cable in the Guysville, Ohio area to WTAP. Adelphia is in the process of adding WTAP to its station line-up for those additional Athens County homes, and we’re glad to have them.
A new digital signal on the way, a new Weather Watcher program for your computers and new WTAP households, quite a week!
That’s this week’s editorial