Why There’s No Television Channel 37



If you live in the United States, you won’t find channel 37 in your line-up. That’s because channel 37 is an intentionally unused broadcasting channel. When UHF channels were being allocated in the U.S. in 1952, channel 37 was assigned to 18 communities across the country. One of them — Valdosta, Georgia — featured the only construction permit ever issued for channel 37: WGOV-TV, owned by Dee Rivers, Jr., son of the former governor of Georgia. Rivers received the permit, but WGOV-TV never made it to the air. In 1963, the FCC adopted a 10-year moratorium on any allocation of stations to channel 37. A new ban on such stations took effect at the beginning of 1974, and was made permanent by a number of later FCC actions.