I Have A Virtual Birthday Coming Up

While the national switch-over to digital broadcast television happens on my birthday next year, the transition is getting a tryout in Wilmington, NC next week: Wilmington, N.C., ready for switch to digital TV (pdf)

The future of broadcast television is set to premiere in this quaint seaside city next week. And the federal government is working hard — too hard, some say — to make sure it’s a hit here.

At noon on Monday, Wilmington’s five commercial broadcast stations are scheduled to become the nation’s first to permanently switch to all-digital signals, serving as a test of the government-mandated transition that other stations across the country will make in February.

“It’s like landing on the moon,” said Constance Henley Knox, general manager of CBS affiliate WILM. “We’re making history.”