By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 1/29/19 (Tue)
When TV first became commercially available in the
TV had actually been evolving since its first broadcast in 1927 and even though the BBC went on the air in 1930, commercial TV didn’t widely available in the
The first TV channels went on the air in
Those stations, KCJB in
At that time, there were still a lot of people in
By 1959, TV was on the air in
That meant those North Dakota residents who were too far out of
That brought a new dynamic to viewing since TV signals don’t check in at the border.
But by 1967, several additional stations had gone on the air across the state including WDAZ in
By 1970, there were at least two channels in each of the largest cities in
TV continued to grow albeit slowly. As an example, Prairie Public went on the air in
All these channels were analog and all went off the air at predetermined times of the day.
WDAY signed off at 1 a.m., with the National Anthem and technical information about channel 6. When WDAY ceased its signal, most of eastern
CBWT signed off at 2 a.m., with Oh
The biggest change to TV since TV itself came in June 2009 when the FCC ordered all analog channels in the
Some stations had already switched voluntarily, but most waited until the mandate.
And just to give you an example of how digital channels changed TV, in 2009, Minot had four TV channels. By the end of October 2018, that number had ballooned to 24 with the promise of more on the horizon.
Every network was represented and every network channel except FOX had sub-carriers meaning numerous channels could broadcast from the same tower, a feat pioneered by Prairie Public nearly 20 years ago.
Are there enough people in the
It’s been a huge change and to make this even more intriguing, there are more TV channels on the air in
But there are still some of us in the remote rural areas who miss the analog signals because occasionally, we could pick up distant channels like Melita, Manitoba or Carlyle or Yorkton, Saskatchewan, all of them CBC retransmitted at a lower power from a separate tower.
Massive budget cuts forced CBC to shut down Melita and
Over-the-air digital TV from across the border is near impossible, but if you live anywhere near the border, you could still pick up Carlyle or Brandon.