WTVQ, WYMT go digital today

Ready or not, the switch to digital television begins Tuesday.

Lexington ABC affiliate WTVQ-36 and Hazard CBS station WYMT-57 will be among those making the switch on the day originally scheduled as the changeover date for all U.S. stations.

Because Congress has delayed the mandatory implementation date, stations can wait as late as June 12 to turn off their analog signals.

WTVQ will turn off its analog transmitter at 11:59 p.m. during Nightline, said General Manager Chris Aldridge.

The station will have staff members taking calls beginning at noon Tuesday. That number is (859) 294-6090.

The station also is encouraging viewers to e-mail questions to

CBS affiliate WYMT in Hazard will also end analog transmission Tuesday.

The station will have an automated voice-mail system (606) 435-7951 to take messages that will be returned "as soon as we can," said general manager Ernestine Cornett.

Cornett said WYMT has already been "baptized by fire" when it comes to analog because the station's analog transmitter was down from September 2007 to February 2008 after a part broke.