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This is an OTA CW station that for some reason has disappeared.  I don't watch it a lot, but when I looked for it after my last channel scan in WinTV, I noticed it wasn't there.  Upon trying another computer with another card that had the channel in it's database, I got NO SIGNAL on the channel. 

I know Hockeynut gets this channel, but was wondering if anyone in the Greensboro/Triad area has lost signal.  It was extremely strong for me, even in Charlotte, so other parts of NC, SC , VA might also get it.

The website looks a little cheesy also..not like most stations website.  Not much info, just a bunch of pictures..

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I hadn't noticed until you mentioned it, but the last time I received this one was on July 31.  It was always a solid regular here, just north of Raleigh.

However, I'm getting WUNM Jacksonville, also on RF 19, on a regular basis now.  Wonder if they raised their power, or if WCWG cut theirs?
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After reading this, I looked over on the AVS Forum in the Greensboro Market sub-forum, and found this:

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Is RF19 (WCWG) still transmitting at this time?
No. They ceased transmitting at 3am July 31 and at the same time, the additional streams were lit up on WXII. For those who get both stations, they had two 20-1s, one 20-2 and one 20-3 and two 20-4's with one set of -1s and 4's working and one set not and 20-2 and 20-3 dark. A rescan would take the unused 20's out. The receivers seem to be completely happy with that, but it has been a little confusing to the humans involved though! I have taken several calls from befuddled viewers thinking I could magically "fix" another stations "problems".

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Ha!  My last (auto-logged) reception of WCWG is timestamped 31-July-17 02:57:15.  So there you go.

And indeed, those additional streams are listed in the market listing for WXXI at rabbitears.info.  Can't cross-check because the signal isn't coming in right now.

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Thanks for all the info guys...it's just strange that there is no explanation as to their demise.  I had read that they were the 15th most watched CW in the US as well as having 3 other subchannels.  I saw something in the Winston Salem News about WXII showing their news broadcast on WCWG, but nothing else.

WXII's signal is a little bit out of my range and they are around a .7MW station, so to get them the weather has to be optimal.

I just can't remember seeing, in this area anyways, a large market TV station just fold out of the blue.

Found this on Wikipedia:

In the FCC's incentive auction, WCWG sold its spectrum for $105,731,122 and indicated that it would enter into a post-auction channel sharing agreement.[10] WCWG subsequently reached a channel sharing agreement with WXII-TV (channel 12); the station also entered into a separate shared services agreement allowing WXII's owner, Hearst Television, to provide additional services to WCWG.[11] A full acquisition by Hearst is not currently possible, as the creation of a new duopoly would result in only seven different owners of full-power stations in the Triad market.

With the spectrum move, WCWG dropped Escape and Laff from their channel lineup on July 31, 2017.[12]






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