WMAZ-13 to continue with analog signal until June

Macon CBS affiliate WMAZ-13 will continue to broadcast both a digital and analog signal until June 12, general manager Jeff Dudley said.

Dudley said the station was originally going to cease broadcasting the analog signal Wednesday, a month after most of the other local stations stopped their analog signals. But Dudley said a Federal Communications Commission decision will keep the analog signal going until June 12, when the FCC’s mandated switch for all stations to switch over to digital-only signals takes place.

“The FCC requires at least one local analog signal in a market,” Dudley said. “We had sent in an application (in February) to switch in March, but it was deferred.”

Originally, Feb. 17 was the date set by the FCC to switch over all signals to digital, but President Obama asked that the date be pushed back until mid-June, fearing that people weren’t prepared for the switch.

Dudley didn’t say how much it costs the station to run both signals.

“Our focus is on educating consumers about making the transition,” he said. “We’re certainly going to continue to make announcements on the air about the switch.”