Well, the word is in.
First off, I'd like to thank WAZE's general manager, Dody Yarborough, and their chief engineer, Chris Meisch, for taking the time to answer my questions this week. It has been a pleasure to deal with the "new folks" running the station, especially in contrast to the complete lack of cooperation I got from the folks who used to run the place when it was headquartered in Evansville.
That said, I wish the news I have to share was good, but it isn't.
According to Chris, the reason there was no construction going on when RMP drove through the area around the present tower recently is because there is no construction going on. "As it stands at this time we are having issues with site acquisition," he explained. "We are planning on building a new tower for digital signal at a taller height than our current tower to better serve the Evansville market."
So, for those of us getting things OTA, digital WAZE isn't happening any time soon. But if you're on cable, fear not, because, as Chris explains, "At this time we are currently getting our satellite feed to as many cable headends as possible before the new digital transition." So, if your cable system in the area doesn't now offer WAZE, it could become available soon.
Chris has promised to try and keep me updated on things as they develop, and in turn, I will pass any and all information along to you.
Even if it's not what we want to hear.