Having trouble picking up NBC 26 over-the-air? Here's why and how to fix it!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WAGT) -- Change is coming to NBC 26, but you'll likely see no change at all.

Achange will take effect that impacts the WAGT signal. If you're on cable or satellite, you shouldn't see any change.

However, if you're watching WAGT over-the-air, you may have trouble picking us up. That means you may not be able to watch the Today Show, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, your favorite primetime NBC shows, or News 12 NBC 26 newscasts.

But, there is something you can do!

What do I do if I cannot pick up WAGT on/after June 1?

If you're having trouble picking us up on or after June 1, you will likely need to upgrade to a larger antenna. You will need a UHF/VHF antenna! You can find them anywhere that sells electronics, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

Uhf/VHF Indoor Antennas

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I bought the new antenna, but I'm still not able to pick up NBC 26

You'll need to make sure to put your antenna in an elevated part of your house, such as a second story or attic.

AntennaWeb.org is a great resource to help you maximize your options and troubleshoot any problems you may face.


Use AntennaWeb.org to explore your television viewing options. Its Cord-Cutting Guide helps you evaluate alternatives to cable or satellite subscriptions.

Why am I starting to have trouble with NBC?

As part of the FCC’s historic spectrum auction, the FCC license for WAGT-TV was sold. Accordingly, on May 31, 2017, WAGT -TV will surrender its license back to the FCC. WAGT-CD is the station taking the place of the current WAGT-TV.

Where do I go to get more information about the spectrum change?

We've set up a dedicated page on 26NBC.com to answer your questions and provide you with more information about the change:

26 NBC - Spectrum

But, to ensure that viewers in Augusta and surrounding communities do no lose any of WAGT's programming, including NBC Network programming and WAGT's local news, immediately after WAGT surrenders its license a new station, WAGT-CD, will commence operations on the same channel as the old WAGT.