An Arkansas Traveler
By Ronald Sitton
MONTICELLO, Ark. — I’m sittin’ in the carriage house without any television or Internet, save that which sporadically appears through wireless waves emanating from somewhere in the neighborhood.
I want to see President Obama’s State of the Union address, but refuse to pay for cable at a place I live three out of seven days when I’m already paying Comcast at home. The net flickers in and out like a candle in a breeze; such flickering wiped out some of your comments when I last tried to clean out the spam.
“OK,” I think, “I’ll go FDR on ’em.” I pull out my trusty Emerson AM/FM/Weather Band Portable Radio, tune in and get … sound, music, static, static, static, sound, music, sound, static, static, static, MUSIC, static, music, music, static, static, static on both my AM and FM dial.
What? No presidential speech over the airwaves to keep the poor informed? How much would it cost to add a friggin’ RADIO mic in front of the president? Would it be too much to ask them to put the address on the WEATHER band when it’s a government update? (Unless, of course, a tornado is coming).
SAVE the RADIO! Otherwise, they’ll end up like their print colleagues.
In case you haven’t noticed, the print newspaper industry is DYING. It’s my fault, your fault, their fault … who cares?
Isn’t the bigger question, where do YOU expect to get local or regional news? Continue reading