Temporary Changes to WGUC and WVXU Broadcast Coverage

Beginning October 1, transmission of WGUC and WVXU's broadcast signals during daylight hours will move to a back-up transmission site resulting in a reduction in coverage area.

Why is this happening?

WGUC and WVXU's primary broadcast transmitters and antenna are located on the WCPO tower. WCPO has been assigned a new digital frequency as a result of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) broadcast spectrum auction and repacking process and must install new equipment on its tower to implement this change.
The work is expected to take place from sunup to sundown over three weeks beginning October 1. When the work being done is near the location of WGUC and WVXU's antenna, the stations cannot be on the air for the safety of the tower workers. Transmission will move to a back-up site on the Star 64 tower (on Winton Road) at these times.

Because the back-up site has less power and antenna height than the stations' primary signal, listeners may find that their reception of WGUC or WVXU has changed – especially outside the I-275 loop, or in Northern Kentucky. There will be no HD2 broadcasting (Jazz at WGUC HD2 and Radio Artifact at WVXU HD2) while utilizing the back-up site.

We expect to return to full-power main transmission in the evening and overnight and anytime there is inclement weather when tower workers will be absent.

Here's the good news:
  • WGUC and WVXU live streams will be operating as normal and can be accessed online at wguc.org and wvxu.org, through the WGUC and WVXU apps, and your smart speaker.
  • The WGUC/WVXU app is available FREE for iPhone and iPad at the Apple App Store; and Android and Kindle Fire at Google Play. Visit wvxu.org/mobile or wguc.org/mobile for more information.
  • To listen via your smart speaker, ask it to "Play WGUC" or "Play WVXU."
  • In some locations, an off-air outside antenna will be sufficient to receive a quality signal.
  • WMUB is not affected and will be operating as normal.

FAQ's

What is the FCC's broadcast spectrum incentive auction and "repacking?"

On March 29, 2016, the FCC commenced the first-ever "incentive auction" designed to repurpose broadcast spectrum for new uses. Authorized by Congress in 2012, the auction's goal was to make "low-band" airwaves available for video and wireless broadband.

As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the FCC was authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. Repacked television stations must complete their channel moves within a limited window. WCPO has scheduled its tower work to begin on October 1.

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Why does this affect WGUC and WVXU?

WGUC and WVXU's primary broadcast transmitters and antenna are located on the WCPO tower. The work needed on the WCPO tower includes the installation of a temporary TV antenna near WGUC and WVXU's antenna. This will be used by Channel 9 while they are dismantling their current antenna and reinstalling the new antenna for their new frequency. For the safety of the workers and to minimize their exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation, the FCC and OSHA mandates that no RF broadcasting can take place while they are on a tower. Depending upon the workers' location on the tower, WGUC and WVXU must be off the air. Therefore, transmission will move to a back-up site while the workers are on the tower.

We expect to return to full-power main transmission in the evening and overnight and anytime there is inclement weather when tower workers will be absent.

WMUB is not affected and will be operating as normal.

When will the tower work take place?

The work is expected to take place from sunup to sundown over three weeks beginning October 1. We are expecting the work affecting WGUC and WVXU to take a minimum of eleven days during this period. The schedule is determined by the tower workers and is highly dependent upon the weather.

We expect to return to full-power main transmission in the evening and overnight and anytime there is inclement weather when tower workers will be absent.

Where is the WGUC and WVXU transmission back-up site?

WGUC/WVXU is installing a temporary antenna and accompanying transmitters on the Star 64 tower on Winton Road.  

Cincinnati Public Radio is grateful to the owners and engineers at Star 64 who have made this tower space available. This back-up site allows both stations to maintain over-the-air service while the repacking work is taking place on the WCPO tower. We also appreciate the ongoing partnership with WCPO, who has generously hosted our transmission site for decades and is working with us to manage this situation.  

What is the reach of the back – up site?

Because the back-up site has less power and antenna height than the stations' primary signal, listeners may find that their reception of WGUC or WVXU has changed – especially outside the I-275 loop, or in Northern Kentucky. Reception in your car may be different than reception in your home. There will be no HD2 broadcasting (Jazz at WGUC HD2 and Radio Artifact at WVXU HD2) while utilizing the back-up site.

We expect to return to full-power main transmission in the evening and overnight and anytime there is inclement weather when tower workers will be absent.

WMUB is not affected and will be operating as normal.

If I cannot receive WGUC or WVXU on my radio, can I listen in other ways?

Yes, WGUC and WVXU live streams will be operating as normal and can be accessed online at wguc.org and wvxu.org, through the WGUC and WVXU apps, and your smart speaker.

The WGUC/WVXU app is available FREE for iPhone and iPad at the Apple App Store; and Android and Kindle Fire at Google Play. Visit wvxu.org/mobile or wguc.org/mobile for more information.

To listen via your smart speaker, ask it to "Play WGUC" or "Play WVXU."

In some locations, an off-air outside antenna will be sufficient to receive a quality signal.

Cincinnati Public Radio