To our viewers: We are making progress!
Three weeks ago, the antenna at our transmitter site suffered damage in a storm, forcing us to greatly reduce the strength of our broadcast signal.
A temporary antenna has been placed atop our tower. The result was the return of the WRIC signal to many of our views who had lost us.
We expect to see continued progressive improvement as we work to repair the damaged antenna. The temporary antenna will continue to broadcast our signal while we remove, diagnose and repair the damaged equipment. It's quite an engineering undertaking, as the damaged equipment weighs more than 20,000 pounds!
We appreciate your continued patience as we work diligently to get back to full strength. In the meantime, much of the ABC programming you are missing can be seen online HERE.
For updates on the issue, and to have your individual questions answered, please contact our engineering department at 804-330-8899.
Viki Regan, General Manager
WRIC TV is on air twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week with ABC HD passthrough during primetime when available and on special sporting events. At this time 8-1 is carried by Comcast on Channel 210/808 and Verizon's FIOS on Channel 508. The WRIC Live Well Network on 8-1 is carried by Comcast on Channel 203 and Verizon's FIOS on Channel 463.
If you have purchased a digital settop converter box, make sure that you do a auto channel scan in order to find all the digital channels available to you over the air. Many people have made the mistake by tuning their converters to the analog channels to pick up the digital channels which WILL NOT WORK! You have to either do a channel scan and let the box find the channels or enter each digital channel in manually. For WRIC our RF channel for the digital channel is 22. When the box finds the channel it will relabel it as 8.1 and 8.2. One key component to receiving a successful signal from any broadcaster is picking the correct antenna depending on your location and situation. There is not really a one antenna fits all unfortunately. Another issue is for people who reside near any of the broadcast towers and using amplified antennas. This will create what is called multipathing possible by overamplfying the signal and overdriving your settop converter box or HD TV Reciever.
WRIC TV now has a secondary channel available to all viewers as 8-2 debuting "The LiveWell Network". The LiveWell channel is also available on Comcast at channel 203 and Verizon FIOS at channel 463. In order to receive this channel over the air you will need to do a new channel scan on your converter. This will allow you to see both the 8-1 and 8-2 channels after the scan completes.
Darrell Cheney, Chief Engineer WRIC TV