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WKBT News 8 has strengthened its transmitting signal in the greater Eau Claire and Tomah viewing areas.  If you’ve been getting a weak or no signal from WKBT News 8 CBS, it’s time to rescan your television set.  You should be able to find WKBT-TV channels on 8.1 through 8.6 

What does this mean for you?  

If you watch TV through a cable or satellite service, you do not need to rescan. Your service provider will do it for you. But if you are antenna only, you should rescan. 

So, how do you run a channel scan?
Note, that every TV is slightly different, but below are general instructions on how to rescan. 

To start, on your TV remote, select “Menu” and then “Settings.” 

Next, select “Channel Setup” and select “Antenna” or “Air,” depending on your TV. 

Make sure you are not on “Cable.” Select “Channel Search” or “Channel Scan.” 

Keep in mind that steps to perform a channel scan may vary. If the wording in your TV differs from the options shown, refer to your TV user manual for help.  We have also included a link to an FCC document that has instructions from major TV manufacturers. 

FYI: Running a channel scan is NOT the same as pressing Channel UP/DOWN on your remote. There may be channels available that you won’t be able to tune in, even if you select it directly, until you do a scan. 

When do I need to run a channel scan?
To receive maximum programming, you have to run a channel scan after setting up the antenna. To keep your channel line-up up-to-date, it is a good idea to run a channel scan monthly, anytime a channel is lost, and anytime you change locations (after you move into a new home, for example). 

The full WKBT-TV line-up includes:

  • 8.1 WKBT-TV CBS News 8 Now 
  • 8.2 My Network TV Entertainment and Local Programming 
  • 8.3 ION TV Family Orientated Entertainment Programming 
  • 8.4 Dabl Lifestyle Network 
  • 8.5 QVC Home Shopping Channel 
  • 8.6 HSN – Home Shopping Network 


Click the “Menu” button. 
Select “Channels”. 
Click “Auto Tuning”. 

Click the “Menu” button. 
Select “Channels”. 
Then click “Air”. 
You will be asked “Are you sure you want to auto channel scan?” 
Click the “Yes” button. 

Click the “Menu” button. 
Select “Antenna” as your source. 
Then click “Scan”. 

Click the “Home” button. 
Hit the “Settings” button. 
Then the “Channels” button. 
Click the “AutoTuning” button. 

Click the “Menu” button. 
From the menu, click the “Set-Up” button. 
Select “Antenna”. 
Click the “Scan” button. 

Click the “Home” button. 
Use the left/right button to select “Set Up”. 
Use the directional buttons to select “Search for Channels”. 
Hit the “OK” button. 

Click the “Menu” button. 
From the menu, select “Channel”. 
Click the “Auto Program” button. 
Some Samsung models require you to then click the “Air” button. Others will just immediately begin scanning. 

Click the “Quick Setup Menu” button. 
From that menu, select “Channel”. 
Then click “Auto Channel Scan”. 

Click the “Menu” button. 
Using the up/down buttons, click into the “Set Up” menu. 
Using the up/down buttons, select “Auto Tune”. 

Press the “Menu” button. 
Use the up/down buttons to click into “Set-Up” menu. 
Use the up/down buttons to select “Re-Tune”. 
Click the “OK” button. 

For brands not listed in the chart, instructions are often similar and typically include these steps: 

  1. Press “set-up” or “menu” on the TV remote control or converter box. 
  1. Select “channels,” “antenna,” or other similar terminology. 
  1. Click “scan,” “auto-tune,” “channel search,” “auto-program,” or other similar terminology. 
  1. The TV will do the rest. The process usually takes just a few minutes.