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Tri-Cities losing primary PBS station

By Julie Newman
Published On: Mar 27 2013 09:48:41 PM CDT
ROANOKE, Va. -

The public broadcasting station serving our area for over 40 years is going dark in the Tri-Cities.

Blue Ridge PBS, the area's primary service provider, is powering down its towers in Marion and Norton, Virginia.

By June 30, 2013, you will no longer be able to get WMSY or WSBN over the air; but Blue Ridge PBS is still working with cable providers to continue carrying the channels.

James Baum, president of Blue Ridge PBS, says the shutdown is because Virginia cut-off state funding to public broadcasting stations last year.

Most viewers in our region can still pick up the secondary provider in the area, East Tennessee PBS out of Knoxville.