ATHENS, Ohio -- Public television stations WOUB-TV in Athens, Ohio, and WOUC-TV in Cambridge, Ohio, have been awarded a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's (CPB) Digital Distribution Fund. The grant is for a project total of $999,964, with the CPB Digital Distribution Fund providing $399,985 (40 percent) and WOUB/WOUC providing a 60 percent local match of $599,979 from state-appropriated digital conversion funding.
The grant will be used by WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV to purchase equipment for the transition to digital broadcasting. This equipment will include microwave transmission equipment to be used as studio-to-transmitter links, or STLs, to deliver the signals to each transmitter and the required processing equipment. David Wiseman, associate director for technology and operations, says, "This grant funding will be applied toward a portion of the transmission facilities and the processing equipment needed for digital conversion for both WOUB-TV/DT and WOUC-TV/DT. We are fortunate that it comes at this time so that we get closer to meeting the non-funded federal mandate of digital conversion.
"This funding will enable WOUB-TV and WOUC-TV viewers to experience and use a digital service essential to the educational growth and development of the citizens of southeastern Ohio," adds Carolyn Bailey Lewis, director of the Ohio University Telecommunications Center. "This is a significant grant and we are pleased to be in the first round of recipients to receive one." After the conversion to digital broadcasting, WOUB-DT 27 in Athens will sign on with a maximized power level of 250 KW, and WOUC-DT 35 in Cambridge will sign on with a maximized power level of 350 KW. Combined, WOUB/WOUC reach a potential 1.4 million viewers in southeastern Ohio and western West Virginia.
As part of the Federal Communications Commission mandate, all television stations must begin broadcast of a digital signal by May 1, 2003. Analog signals will be discontinued in May, 2006.
WOUB/WOUC-TV provides public broadcast services, student professional development, and non-broadcast educational services in support of the goals of Ohio University to extend the intellectual resources of the university to its broader community.The Ohio University Telecommunications Center, a unit of the College of Communication, operates two television stations?WOUB-TV/Channel 20 in Athens and WOUC-TV/Channel 44 in Cambridge -- one cable channel -- WOUB II, and six radio stations -- WOUB-1340 AM, WOUB-91.3 FM, WOUC-89.1 FM, WOUH-91.9 FM, WOUL-89.1 FM and WOUZ-90.1 FM.