This Is our Village

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Not too long ago I noticed a news ticker (moving horizontal bar with information) on Channel 63. It carried the weather.

When I saw this, I thought that this would be the perfect place to instead list the special programs on Channel 63 taking place for the next seven days.

The programs are listed in the Reporter, but it takes time to find the right page for this, and with the newspaper being a monthly, the information has often changed. The programs are also listed on Channel 63 itself, but it's a nuisance to wait until this comes around.

If the news ticker carrying the weather I saw a while ago instead carried the days and times of the programs for the next seven days, I think this would make life a lot easier for those who would like to watch Channel 63 but have been frustrated in not knowing when the things they want to watch are showing. With the news ticker, want to know what's on Channel 63 and when? Just turn to 63 itself and you'll have it in seconds.

As for the weather, who needs the weather on Channel 63 when there are so many other better sources for this?

People have worked long and hard to bring us what we have on Channel 63, but I think it is fair to say that our community channel has not been an overall big success. As I see it, the two big drawbacks to Channel 63 have been (1) the lack of special programs and (2) not knowing when the special programs are on. Seems to me this "news ticker" solution would take care of the second problem. (Obviously the tape would have to be kept up to date.) Then with more residents tuning into 63, interest in our community channel increases, and—who knows?—this might then provide the impetus for more programming to be worked up.

What do you think, those of you who may know more about this than I?

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