Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2008




WLNS Lansing notifies viewers of pending temporary reduction to digital signal

As part of WLNS-TVs transition from analog to digital broadcasting, on or around January 5, 2009, the station, which is licensed to Lansing, Michigan, will temporarily reduce the power and coverage of its digital signal. This is necessary so the station can continue construction of its digital facility.

Because of this reduced power, some viewers who have been watching WLNS's digital signal over the air may no longer be able to see it after January 5th. These viewers can still watch WLNS over the air by tuning to Channel 6 and watching the station's analog signal until February 18 when all stations will transition to digital broadcasting. Viewers may also access WLNS's programming by subscribing to a cable or satellite television service. WLNS's digital signal will not resume full power and coverage until several weeks after February 18.



Former Mid-Michigan radio engineer dies

Douglas William Schoeffler, 50, of Spartanburg, South Carolina (previously of Almont) went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 4, 2008 after battling melanoma cancer. He was born in Detroit on September 21, 1958 and grew up in St. Clair Shores graduating from Lake Shore High School in 1976. He received a degree in Electronics from ICS in Pennsylvania.

Doug enjoyed music. He played the guitar, electric guitar, and bass, but he mostly loved to play the banjo. Doug was unique in the fact that he enjoyed riding a unicycle. He was also a former member of the Almont Jaycees.

Doug was employed at Echo-Star (Dish Network) in South Carolina as a high-level maintenance technician in Echo-Star's Spartanburg receiver plant. When he was in Michigan he worked for Covenant Communications in which he would install the transmitter equipment into local radio stations. He has done work for 103.1 FM (WWGZ), AM 1530 (WLSP), 98.9 FM (WOWE), 88.3 (WNFA) and 90.7 FM (WNFR). He also volunteered his time at Smile FM pledge drives and Compassion International tables at Christian concerts. He had a great love for Compassion International in which he supported several children in other countries.

Doug is survived by his parents, Charles and Irmgard Schoeffler of Almont; brother, Robert S. Schoeffler of Richmond, Indiana; sister, Iris (Eric) Johnson of Columbiaville; 3 nieces, Robin Schoeffler, Rae Anne Schoeffler, Charlene Johnson; 2 nephews, Robert C. Schoeffler, Andrew Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassion International and Samaritan's Purse.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 8, 2008 at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, Warren. Reverend Fred R. Leuck of Thornville Baptist Church officiated. Doug was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.







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