I grew up in Oregon where more cities had their own voice in the TV market than does Washington. Even Roseburg had TV.Olympia does not have it’s own commercial TV station and with the economic times being what they are, probably won’t have one anytime soon.
Soon, I hear, we will have another public access channel. I am definitely in support of public access TV. I used to participate more actively in the Portland access system. I think also public access TV will have plenty of content to show with the rise in citizen-generated content.
Will changes in media with technology render the need for a local TV station pointless?
I LOVE this guy. I used to watch him on public access TV. My favorite bit was when he pointed out stupid stuff in the paper like an ad for Mother’s Day from ye olde Yard Birds for hip waders. Just what mom is pining for.
Jerry Farmer is a Radio Columnist for 94.5 ROXY KRXY-FM in Olympia, Washington, and a video maven and a blogger.
The Olympian newspaper has had a video section on it’s website. Of particular interest is Olycast which looks like what a TV newscast would look like if Oly had a commercial TV station. Also check out the user-submitted stuff.
I used to live in Portland and we had the furniture and appliance store owner, Tom Peterson , regaling us with his motto “Free is a very good price.”
Indeed, true, Tom.
Recently I was at a meeting for a community group trying to make Olympia “more better” and we were discussing advertising options for getting our message out. We thought of ways NOT to pay for media, such as using web resources and other options, rather than scooping into our meager treasurer box.
That was an eye-opening moment. One member said essentially, “If we pay to get our message out, we are doing something drastically wrong.”
While there is a giant sucking sound going on in print media, and commercial media outlets struggle for market share, the online media is alive and well and kicking tail.
I’ve had a chance to get to know people and organizations in Olympia who are making their own noise in Olympia and changing how Olympia talks to itself.
With the “free” aspect to the public, comes also the “freeing” of voices that are cutting through the corporate-owned media. New voices are much more strident, extreme, and lively… which might take some people some getting used to in the era post “seven dirty words.”