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Wheeling and Martinsburg TV Translators Are Back


West Virginia Public Broadcasting is happy to announce it has restored service on its television translators in Wheeling and Martinsburg, after being off for more than two months.

Earlier this year, WVPB was forced to turn off five translators, including these two, because of budget cuts.

But now, the organization has secured the $50,000 it needs to restore over-the-air television service in these two communities, said Scott Finn, executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

“We heard from many members of the Martinsburg and Wheeling communities when we were forced to turn off these two translators,” Finn said. “So we are pleased we were able to raise the money to bring them back online.

“We had a record fundraising year and we’ve also succeeded in increasing other revenues,” Finn said. “This allowed us to restore translator service in these two communities, despite several years of state budget cuts.”

Three other translators in Mathias, Wardensville and Forks-of-Cacapon will remain shut off, Finn said.

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