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WJFW Transmitter Maintenance Submitted: 07/30/2013
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RHINELANDER - Over-the-air transmission of Newswatch 12 may be spotty in some areas of the Northwoods.

Our transmitter is currently undergoing maintenance.

Our apologies for the inconvenience, and continue checking Newswatch 12 for when transmission returns in your area.

In the meantime, please check WJFW's website and look to the WJFW Facebook page for news, sports and weather updates.

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