WDCQ-TV

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WDCQ-TV
WDCQ 2013.png
Bad Axe/Bay City/Saginaw, Michigan
Branding Q-TV
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels 19.1 PBS
19.2 MHz Worldview
19.3 Create
19.4 PBS Kids
Affiliations PBS
Owner Delta College
First air date October 12, 1964 (intellectual unit)
December 31, 1986; 27 years ago (1986-12-31)(Bad Axe transmitter)
Call letters' meaning Delta
College
Quality Television
Sister station(s) WUCX-FM
Former callsigns WUCX-TV (1986-1997)
WDCP-TV (1997-2003)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
35 (UHF, 1986-2009)
Former affiliations NET (1964-1970)
Transmitter power 200 kW
Height 309 m
Facility ID 16530
Transmitter coordinates 43°32′33″N 83°39′37″W / 43.54250°N 83.66028°W / 43.54250; -83.66028 (WDCQ-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.deltabroadcasting.org

WDCQ-TV, channel 15 (virtual channel 19) branded as Q-TV, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member public television station for the Flint/Tri-Cities television market. It is owned and operated by Delta College in University Center, an unincorporated community in Frankenlust Township in southwestern Bay County; and licensed in Bad Axe.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air on October 12, 1964 as WUCM-TV channel 19, licensed to University Center; the "UCM" stood for University Center Michigan. The station was initially affiliated with National Educational Television until 1970, when the present-day PBS replaced NET. In 1986, WUCM established a satellite, WUCX-TV channel 35 in Bad Axe, to better cover Michigan's Thumb area. In 1997, when the station first adopted the "Q-TV" branding, both stations changed their calls, with WUCM becoming WDCQ-TV, and WUCX becoming WDCP-TV.

The channel 15 digital tower is located in Quanicassee, in northwestern Tuscola County. The analog channel 19 transmitter was located on a 496 foot (151 m) tower on the campus of Delta College, near the corner of 4-mile and Delta Roads near Delta College in Bay County. The analog channel 35 tower was located just south of Ubly.

The WUCX calls are still used today for Delta College's Public Radio station, WUCX-FM 90.1, Q90.1. That station is owned by Central Michigan University, and jointly-run by Delta College and CMU.

WDCQ is currently the third most-watched PBS affiliate in Michigan, behind WTVS in Detroit and WGVU-TV in West Michigan.[citation needed] As of 2008, Barry Baker is the general manager of WDCQ and WUCX-FM.

Programming[edit]

Programming on WDCQ is the general primary PBS fare, with some locally-produced shows, such as Currently Speaking, a weekly, live current events discussion program hosted by Andy Rapp, who's been a personality at WDCQ since the early-1970s, when he hosted a daily discussion program, Day By Day, which ran on the old WUCM into the 1980s.

Starting in 2005, Q-TV began to produce local documentaries which looked at aspects of local history in the Great Lakes Bay Region and surrounding areas. These documentaries received many state and national awards including four Michigan Association of Broadcasters "Excellence in Broadcasting" Awards, numerous "Telly" awards among others. Documentaries produced include:

"Vanishing Voices of World War Two"

"Sawdust & Shanty Boys - Logging the Saginaw Valley White Pine"

"Margin of Victory - Saginaw Valley's Role in Winning World War II"

"Tracks Through Time - Michigan Railroads - History & Impact"

"Breaking New Ground - Women of the Saginaw Valley"

"Restored To Glory - Classic Automobiles, Collectors & Their Stories"

"The Korean War - Voices from the 38th Parallel"


Many cable and satellite systems in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City market often carry WDCQ, as well as Mount Pleasant's WCMU-TV (or its satellite station, Flint's WCMZ-TV).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

WDCQ's digital channel, 15, is multiplexed. The lineup as of February 1, 2010 is:[1]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
19.1 720p 16:9 WDCQ-DT Main WDCQ-TV programming / PBS HD
19.2 480i 4:3 MHz WorldView
19.3 Create
19.4 PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

With the impending end of analog broadcasting in the United States, Delta College decided to use one digital station to cover its entire coverage area. Since it was widely believed that digital signals would travel further than analog signals, Delta College anticipated this would make up for the main WDCQ signal's shortfall on the Thumb. When each analog station was assigned a digital channel, WDCQ was assigned channel 18 while WDCP was assigned channel 15 for digital. For practicality and monetary reasons, school officials opted to activate only channel 15, from a location closer to the Tri-Cities. Accordingly, on November 28, 2003; the two stations switched callsigns.

Delta College discontinued regular programming on both stations' analog signals, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15,[3] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 19. Reflecting the analog channel position of WDCP. Even though FCC regulations regarding PSIP would usually mandate that WDCQ use "35" as its virtual channel, Delta College sought and received permission to use "19" instead. This is because most of its viewers live in the Flint/Tri-Cities area and have watched the station on channel 19 for almost half a century.

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