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 Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.