The national transition to digital television finishes Friday with Lexington's final two stations — NBC affiliate WLEX-18 and Fox affiliate WDKY-56 — ending their analog transmissions.
WLEX will switch just before NBC's Today begins at 7 a.m. and will be discussing the shutoff during its local newscasts from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Telephone assistance for viewers will be available all day and throughout the weekend; call (859) 259-1818.
WDKY will shut off its analog transmission at noon. The Fox affiliate will be undergoing another switch as well: At midnight, it will switch its digital channel from channel 4 to 31. Channel 4 was low on the VHF range, which made it difficult for some viewers to pick up the signal, prompting the station to petition the Federal Communications Commission for a change.
The FCC granted it, so beginning at midnight, consumers who receive the signal over the air will need to change channels manually or might have to perform a channel re scan for their remotes.
"It is as simple as that," said WDKY General Manager Michael Brickey.
The station will have telephone assistance available at (859) 269-5656 from noon to 1 a.m., as well as 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
For general questions about digital television, visit www.dtv2009.gov.