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By: Justin Manship
By: Justin Manship

It's been a while since I took the time to answer viewer e-mail here in the Corner, so let's do a little catching up.

It's been a while since I took the time to answer viewer e-mail here in the Corner, so let's do a little catching up. Our first e-mail is from Roger in Morgantown...

Dear Chris, I notice each night the weather segment shows the high and low years for temperature extremes for our area. Is it possible to get the listing of the record highs and lows for each day throughout the year?

I recently bought a copy of the Jerry Hill book about Kentucky weather. (I worked for Mr. Hill as part of work/study at the University of Kentucky about 1970. The job was recording the daily weather station charts from the University farm. My degree was in agriculture though.)

The tables in the book I found humorous were the monthly record highs and lows across the state. It turns out that 67% of the record daily lows for each month have occured since the year of my birth in 1951. What's really neat is that 83% of the record daily highs for each month occured before 1951. (tables A8,A9 pp. 170-171). That points toward Kentucky cooling! Forget global warming, I'm staying here.

I've noticed for some time that the daily record highs seem to be 1925 or berfore.

Best wishes, Roger Southerland Morgantown

Roger...A great resource to find daily climate data in almost every city or town in the country can be found from the National Climatic Data Center. When you go there, you can pick the daily high (maximum), low (minimum) and other data you need to fill your curiosity. The link to the NCDC website is

Next we hear from Janice in Glasgow... I hear a lot about "the digital conversion" but I don't quite understand what it's all about. I've been told I won't be able to pick up Channel 13 anymore after February 17th of next year. I can't do without WBKO so what am I supposed to do?

Janice Glasgow

Well Janice, this subject has a lot of people confused and even upset. WBKO is not going off the air but will soon be changing the way we broadcast our signal. Since we began in 1962, WBKO has been broadcasting an "analog" signal on VHF channel 13. Starting February 17, 2009, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has mandated that every broadcast TV station (not just WBKO) must convert their broadcast signal to "digital" which will provide a much cleaner picture and better quality sound.

For us, this means we also will need to replace the antenna that sits atop our broadcast tower in Richardsville. For that reason, we are now working toward making the transition to the new digital signal earlier than the February 17th deadline. There will be a period of time later this year in which we will permanantly cease broadcasting on our regular or "analog" channel 13 signal that you now receive. If you receive us on Insight Cable, your signal will not be interrupted. We are working right now with other cable systems in our viewing area to make sure they are able to pick up our current digital signal so they can continue broadcasting us through your cable box and into your TV. When the new digital transmitter and antenna are installed, you will then be able to see WBKO at DIGITAL channel 13 using either a converter box hooked to the TV you now own or by purchasing a new Digital-ready TV set. If you currently watch WBKO through a local cable system, you won't have to do anything in order to pick up our new digital signal.

Once the conversion takes place, if you own a regular (analog) TV set, you will no longer see WBKO when you go to channel 13. In fact, you won't see any other channel either. It will all be static. That is why you must purchase either a digital converter box for your current TV or buy a digital TV set.

There is a great website that has been designed to answer all of your digital TV questions and where you can also apply for a DTV converter box coupon to help you out. The website is

Stay connected here at for more information about our eventual conversion to digital television and what it means to you. And keep those e-mails coming! CA
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    hey name is david every time i go to your web sit your server seem slow it take forever. im not on dial up. broad ban is't what i have. can you help me? i have good securty. thanks david have a nice day.
  • by Linda Location: Glasgow on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    Chris, what about this winter? You guys are late in getting your winter prognosis out. Are we going to have any snow? If so, when. Hurry, winter will soon be here and we need to prepare.
  • by danny Location: bg on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    why is the time and temp and record highs and lows always wrong on wbko??? i've seen as much as 7 degrees colder than the airports report...i'm sure there is a slight difference in the temp from one place to the other but the colder it is the more the difference...i work outdoors so the weather means a great deal to me and the temperture plays a large role in being able to work...i know when fronts come in the temps can drop fast and there may be several degrees diff in the temp from wbko to the airport...but even on calm mornings wbko is as much as 7 degrees colder??? every nearby town such as russelville,scottsville,franklin,morgantown and others will read close to the temp at the airport...i can understand some diff in temps from place to place but good grief your temps are almost always wrong...maybe it's time to get an new some new equipment...thank god i can get the weather channel and news channel 5 for the weather reports i need for work lol
  • by James Lindsey Location: Glasgow on Oct 26, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    I bought a weather alert radio but wasnt able to stay and get it programmed... can i bring it by WBKO to get it programmed?.. TY .. jimmie
  • by John Location: Glasgow on Oct 24, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    Are you still doing theA llen challenge on your own? If so, how's it going? Any tips you would like to share?
  • by Sam Location: glasgow,ky on Sep 29, 2008 at 03:56 PM
    Why during the weather you never show Barren River Lake??? Also what has happened to all of the older news people, it seems like you all change every month, just when we get use to one, they are gone and someone new is on.
  • by David Location: Bowling Green,Warren County on Sep 14, 2008 at 01:12 AM
    I too am a subcriber of Direct TV and have lived at same address for 8yrs now..And was wondering if WBKO could contact ABC and give Direct TV access to air them so the Direct Tv Subcribers could continue to watch WBKO when it goes digital... I once asked and paid more to receive CBS but not from the local air wave that we get it, had to get what they call a wavier from CBS in New York and California... I have yet to understand why the cable has permission from the ABC,CBS and other afflacitions but yet they don't allow Direct TV to get them for all its subscribers,and also for that fact why cable isn't in all areas not just limited to certain part of BG and Warren County. Signed a Resident of Girkin Boiling Spring Rd. David D. sane address for
  • by Lee Location: Bowling Green on Sep 9, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    Why is it that when oil goes up $1.00 per barrel, gas goes up .29 and when oil goes down $6.00 per barrel, we get .01 reduction in gas prices. It would be nice to have someone in the gas business that was honest. Not the get rich crooks we have here in B.G. All of the surronding towns gas is always cheaper than ours.
  • by Judith Location: Green Co. on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:43 PM
    Chris,I have a question. We have kept our antenna so we could watch WBKO why aren't you all on satellite? I guess we will have to get a box to cont. watching? Any news in that area? Judith
  • by Lee Location: Bowling Green on Sep 8, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    I never got a response from my comment about the dumb airplane , that took up our kids soccer practice field. Maybe we can look for all the tanks and other artillery from the war, and take up all the ball fields too.How much does it cost the tax payers to furnish all those lights around it? And I hear we are going to get another one.Airplanes belong at the Airport, not in our county parks.
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