Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2009

Federal regulators shepherding the U.S. digital television transition visited Los Angeles on Monday and asked for divine assistance.

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Broadcasters turn off their analog signals in just over four months, and Federal Communications Commission staffers can’t make sure that people buy and set up the converter boxes they’ll need for their older TV sets that are hooked up to antennas.

Who can? Ministers.

“We need people to take up leadership in their community and make sure nobody gets left out in the switch,” FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein said during a public forum at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. “Churches already have the infrastructure in place to do that.”

Standing at the church pulpit, Adelstein asked the Baptist Ministries Conference of Los Angeles, nearly 50 African American preachers who meet once a month, to include information on the June 12 digital TV switch in their sermons.

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