NOTICE: Tower work has been delayed to the last week in April.
APRIL 10, 2014, SPRINGFIELD, IL –Work to replace the damaged lighting system on WSEC/PBS Springfield’s broadcast transmitting tower in Franklin, IL will resume on Wednesday, April 30th. Weather permitting, the work will take approximately 2 weeks to complete. During that time, for safety reasons, the station will need to turn off the transmitter and cease broadcasting from time-to-time as tower climbers are working near the top of the tower where the broadcast antenna is located.
This will affect those viewers that watch WSEC/PBS Springfield using home antennae (over-the-air), DirecTV, Dish Network and Mediacom cable. Daytime programming affected includes WSEC/PBS Springfield’s primary channel of service, and it’s two other channels of service, WORLD and CREATE.
Viewers who subscribe to Comcast Cable will not be affected. All efforts will be made to keep the 'down time' to a minimum during these two weeks. Work will be done during daylight hours only.
The present lighting system was damaged by several lightning strikes and rendered unworkable. Work began in January but weather prevented the project’s completion. The new lighting system will incorporate 'LED' fixtures which are much more durable and energy efficient - saving on maintenance and energy costs over their lifetime.
WSEC/PBS Springfield, WQEC/PBS Quincy and WMEC/PBS Macomb are all part of Network Knowledge, which provides quality public television and educational services through a network of viewer-supporters, volunteers, universities, hospitals and business partners in communities throughout central and western Illinois.
Station-produced programs are available on its YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/networkknowledge. Network Knowledge is public media for western and central Illinois.