The FCC has announced today the results of the 'Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction', where TV station owners could elect to receive large sums of cash in order to give up their licenses. The spectrum currently utilized by channels 38 thru 51 is going to wireless phone companies, and most of the TV stations remaining on the air will move to different channel numbers. Communication services which cost money for Americans to receive, is more important to our government than free broadcasting. https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-314A2.pdf
Chicago area TV stations going away:
Channel 20 WYCC (PBS)
Channel 35 WWTO-TV LaSalle (TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network)
Channel 41 WOCH-CD (Charge!)
Channel 44 WSNS-TV (Telemundo)
Channel 50 WPWR-TV Gary/Chicago (The CW / my network TV)
Channel 60 WXFT-DT Aurora/Chicago (UniMas)
I suspect Channel 44 programming will merge with co-owned Channel 5 WMAQ-TV. Channel 50 programming will merge with co-owned Channel 32 WFLD. And Channel 60 programming has already merged with co-owned Channel 66 WGBO-DT Joliet.
I noticed the compensation amount for City Of Chicago-owned Channel 20 is much less than the other stations, so there could be a mistake somewhere. Perhaps Channel 20 is moving to VHF?
Several Milwaukee stations are going off the air, as well as Rockford's CBS affiliate: Channel 23 WIFR Freeport.