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Installing the backup antenna on WTCI-PBS's broadcast tower
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – September 5, 2019 – WTCI, the Tennessee Valley’s PBS station, is one of
hundreds of television stations across the country who are changing their over-the-air broadcast frequencies as a
part of the FCC-mandated Spectrum repack. WTCI viewers who receive their local channels using a TV
antenna will need to rescan their TV set to ensure the TV recognizes the new frequency. Cable and satellite
subscribers do not need to rescan.
To rescan, viewers will need to find “auto tune,” “program” or “rescan” in the “setup” menu of their TV or
converter box remote control. Viewers experiencing connection issues are encouraged to re-position their
antenna to point toward the Falling Water area. If you live in an apartment building, nursing home, or other
multi-unit facility and receive service through your building, please contact your property manager to adjust the
building’s antenna.
WTCI’s new channel is on the air but is operating at reduced power as construction is completed on a new, 440-
foot tower. Once completed, the new tower will provide viewers throughout the region with improved signal
quality and reach. Construction is expected to be completed in two to three weeks. Viewers experiencing
connection issues encouraged to visit for additional resources and are invited to call
WTCI, the Tennessee Valley's community PBS station, reaches a 35-county region and serves over 440,000
households with programming, events and educational outreach that educate, engage and inspire a lifetime of
learning and exploration. For scheduling, programming and membership information, visit the station online at