Three Quad-Cities television stations likely will be off the air for all noncable customers at various times next weekend.
Mediacom customers won't be affected, but others probably won't be able to see WQAD-TV 8, KWQC-TV6 and FOX 18 KLJB from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 19, according to WQAD chief engineer Rick Serre.
He said the transmitters for the three stations, all on a tower near Orion, will be shut down so a new antenna can be added to the tower. The work times could change if there is rain or wind, Mr. Serre said
American Tower Corp. owns the 1,106-foot tower, and the stations lease parts of it. WQAD owns the land the tower is on.
Mr. Serre said the antenna is being added for WMWC, a station that will feature Trinity Broadcasting Network religious programming.
FOX 18 KLJB/KGCW chief engineer Don Bargmann Jr. said KLJB will be affected, but KGCW won't be because it is broadcast from another tower.
Mr. Bargmann said that, while the station doesn't like having to go off-air, "we share community towers, so when another tenant needs help, we have to help them out."
KWQC general manager Ken Freedman said he hadn't heard confirmed times for the work on the tower as of Friday morning.
Mr. Freedman said the stations are trying to set up "alternative delivery means" so DIRECTV, DISH and Comcast customers still could view them.
Mr. Serre and Mr. Bargmann confirmed that.
"It's complicated," Mr. Freedman said. "We don't know if we will be be able to work it out in time."
Calls to American Tower Corp. and Trinity Broadcasting Network weren't returned as of late Friday afternoon.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.