KECY TV, a staple in downtown El Centro for many years, will be closing its local operation soon. Station officials say the move is necessary because of technical difficulties resulting from the change to digital signals and problems tied to trying to get those signals to penetrate the moisture and sand between the Valley and KECY's Black Mountain transmitter.
According to station officials, to adequately provide service they must have their master controls east of the sand dunes — that means Yuma, home to competitors KYMA and KSWT. The move is understandable, but it is an unfortunate loss for El Centro, the city's downtown and the Valley as a whole.
For many years the station was the Valley's only one, at one time bringing to viewers the chance to participate locally in things such as the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and, for a few short years, the Children's Miracle Network. Until its newscasts ended nearly 10 years ago, the station offered the Valley's only locally generated TV news programming.